Latest Rochester News

The Latest: Snow, icy conditions hit Northeast, South

Nov. 12, 2019 10:27 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on winter weather (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Snow and icy conditions are snarling traffic and closing or delaying schools in parts of the Northeast and South. The National Weather Service says the snow total had surpassed 10 inches (25 centimeters) at the Buffalo airport...

NY Governor: Students' plot to attack school foiled

Nov. 8, 2019 5:37 PM EST

Three middle-school students have been charged with plotting to kill multiple people at their upstate New York school with guns and explosives, authorities said Friday. The Albion Middle School students were arrested Thursday after investigators determined a threat that started on an online gaming app was...

Suspect convicted in 2003 Xerox Federal Credit Union slaying

Nov. 8, 2019 3:19 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man has been found guilty in a deadly 2003 credit union robbery in western New York. A federal jury on Friday found 59-year-old Richard Wilbern guilty on charges of robbery and murder related to an August 2003 heist at the Xerox Federal Credit Union near Rochester. Wilbern was...

Upstate New York man charged in 1982 killing of wife

Nov. 8, 2019 12:11 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man who told police in 1982 that he came home from work to find his wife dead with an ax buried in her head has been charged with murder. The Democrat & Chronicle reports that an indictment was unsealed Friday against James Krauseneck in the Feb. 19, 1982 killing of 29-year-old...

Matchbox Cars, coloring book, Magic make Toy Hall of Fame

Nov. 7, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Matchbox Cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame, recognized for an enduring appeal that keeps them on store shelves today. A panel of experts selected the Class of 2019 from among nominated...

Ponzi schemer 'King Perry' pleads guilty; had lived lavishly

Nov. 4, 2019 5:32 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The fraudster called himself "King Perry," and for a while he lived like royalty. Perry Santillo masterminded a long-running investment scam that collected more than $115 million from 1,000 investors around the country, using some of the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle of cars,...

The Latest: Ponzi schemer 'King Perry' pleads guilty

Nov. 4, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Ponzi mastermind dubbed "King Perry" (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The mastermind of a long-running Ponzi scheme that collected more than $100 million from investors around the country has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Perry Santillo pleaded guilty...

Accidentally wounded officer crashes car and dies

Nov. 4, 2019 12:52 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say an upstate New York police officer accidentally shot himself while driving to work, then crashed and died as he drove to the hospital. Rochester Police Officer Manuel "Manny" Ortiz's car crashed into a ravine in Penfield on Saturday evening. On Monday, Monroe County...

Police officer dies after car crashes into ravine

Nov. 3, 2019 12:52 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an upstate New York police officer was killed in a car accident. The Democrat and Chronicle reports Rochester Police Officer Manuel "Manny" Ortiz died when his car crashed into a ravine in Penfield on his way to work Saturday evening. According to Monroe County...

Man gets 18 years in prison for child sexual abuse

Nov. 1, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for making child pornography and sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, sometimes with his girlfriend participating. Prosecutors say 38-year-old John Kohlmeier of Greece pleaded guilty to criminal sexual act in state court...