In The News
Monday, March 30th, 2015
EAST ROCHESTER NY —- Two people were hospitalized following an explosion and fire in an East Rochester building that housed a business and apartments at approximately 5:30 Sunday morning.
Upon arrival to 404 West Commercial Street, fire companies reported intense flames coming out of the second floor and the roof. One part of the main wall on the buildings west side was completely blown out by the explosion.
Firefighters were unable to enter the two-story structure doe to the instability of the structure, but managed to extinguish the blaze within an hour or so byfighting the fire from outside. More than 75 firefighters from multiple departments including Pittsford, Fairport and Brighton were called to the scene.
Four people were home at the time of the blast and resulting fire. The occupants of the two apartments on the building’s second floor escaped; a man and a woman in one of the apartments sustained serious burns and were hospitalized. Both are expected to survive. The Red Cross is providing assistance to displaced residents.
Authorites say the building will need to be demolished. A thirty-year long business on the first floor, Frank and Paul Surace’s Pizza and Subs, has plans to re-build.
Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of the explosion.
NEWARK NY — After a lengthy investigation into counterfeit U.S. currency circulating locally, Newark Police reported the arrest on Friday (3/27) afternoon of Jeffrey S. Tyler, age 19, of Newark.
Tyler had reportedly been making counterfeit $10, $20 and $50 dollars bills for the last two years. On February 4th, investigators with the Newark Police Department executed a search warrant at Tyler’s residence. Police confiscated his copier, scanner and supplies used to make the fake bills, along with some of the counterfeit money.
Tyler passed most of the bills in Newark, at Wegmans, McDonalds, ExpressMart and other area stores. Most of the businesses in receipt of the counterfeit currency were un-aware until they attempted to deposit the bills at area banks.
Police say more arrests are pending. The bills that were seized were reportedly a touch smaller than actual U.S. currency, felt wrong to the touch, and bills of the same denominations had the exact same serial number. Some of the money was reportedly used in drug deals.
Tyler was arraigned before Newark Judge Michael Miller on Felony charges of four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged instrument in the 1st Degree, and one count of Criminal possession of a Forgery Device in the 1st Degree. He was remanded to jail on $3500 cash/$7000 bond to reappear in Court on April 1st.
AUBURN — A 43-year-old Auburn man faces multiple charges after police say he sprayed gasoline on another customer during a dispute at a gas station and threatened to set him on fire with a lighter.
Earl Breezee Sr. of Auburn was arraigned Saturday on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and stealing gasoline.
Auburn police say the incident occurred at a local Kwik Fill station. Following an argument about who was next in line, Breezee allegedly filled his vehicle from another man’s pump and then sprayed the man with gas.
Police say Breezee started sparking a lighter, then pulled out a sharp object and threatened the man with it.
Police arrived after being called and took Breezee into custody. He is being held in Cayuga County Jail, awaiting a court date to answer to the charges.
A Geneva woman is facing welfare fraud charges after sheriff’s deputies say she received almost 18-hundred dollars more than she should have in benefits.
Officials say 48-year-old Tammy Clark gave wrong information about her income on her benefits application, and did not list she was receiving child support from the father of her child.
Clark was issued an appearance ticket. We’re told she will answer the charges in Geneva City Court at a later date.
GENEVA NY — Saturday, Ontario County Sheriff’s along with Oaks Corners and Northside Fire Departments responded to a house fire on Gambee Road in Geneva. Theywere able to bring the fire under control and and completely extinguish it but not before the flames caused extensive structural damage. Ontario County Fire Coordinator Jeff Harloff felt the fire to be accidental and due to electrical issues following his investigation. No residents were home and reportedly, the home is insured. White Springs, Border City, and Geneva Fire Departments also assisted at the scene.
SHORTSVILLE NY — The town of Shortsville has cancelled it’s annual Wild Water Derby, pushing off the 40th anniversary of the event. Officials cite this year’s winter season as the reason behind the decision to postpone the anniversary until next year, due to the cold and the water is moving faster than normal, inhibiting safe rafting conditions. This year’s weather conditions are the opposite of three years ago when the sponsoring Shortsville-Manchester Chamber of Commerce, needed to cancel due to low water levels. According to the Finger Lakes Times, this is the third time the derby has been cancelled since its inception in 1975.