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Father arrested in abduction of 2 kids from NY foster home

Jan. 24, 2021 9:06 AM EST

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two children who were forcibly taken from their western New York foster home and later found in Alabama has been arrested in the kidnapping, police announced. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that Dimitri Cash Sr. was arrested Saturday on charges of...

The photos in this combo, released by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, show the three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in Mendon, NY, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. They are, from left: Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, age 54, from Rochester, NY; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, age 39, from Honeoye Falls, NY; and Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel Prial, age 30, from Rochester, NY. (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs via AP)

3 dead in military helicopter crash were experienced pilots

Jan. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EST

MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in an upstate New York field this week were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan, officials said Friday. Killed in the crash were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, of Rochester, Chief Warrant...

The wreckage of a UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter sits in a field in Mendon, NY., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Three National Guard members were killed in the crash Wednesday evening Jan. 20. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Remains of troops killed in NY helicopter crash recovered

Jan. 21, 2021 5:37 PM EST

MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Army will lead the investigation into a helicopter crash that killed three National Guard members on a training exercise, authorities said Thursday after the remains of the troops were recovered from the rural upstate New York crash site. Army aviation safety investigators...

Mendon firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to a military helicopter crash in a field near Cheese Factory Road and W. Bloomfield Road in Mendon, N.Y., late Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Three National Guard members on the routine training flight were killed, according to authorities. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Military helicopter crash kills 3 in training exercise in NY

Jan. 21, 2021 3:04 AM EST

MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — Three National Guard members on a training flight were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a farmer's field in western New York. The craft, a UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter, crashed around 6:30 p.m. in Mendon, New York, a rural town south of Rochester,...

2 children taken from NY foster home found in Alabama

Jan. 20, 2021 10:06 PM EST

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Two young children forcibly taken from their western New York foster home were found Wednesday after authorities tracked a rental car to Alabama and found them on the floor of the backseat, police said. Police Chief Andrew Forsythe of Greece, New York, said a woman who had been in the...

Search for 2 children forcibly abducted from foster home

Jan. 19, 2021 11:08 AM EST

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — A pair of men in ski masks broke through a window of a suburban Rochester home, duct-taped a woman and two of her foster children and then fled with two other children: a 5-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister, police said Tuesday. Police issued an Amber Alert for Dimitri Cash Jr. and...

Rochester legislator reports political pressure over photo

Jan. 17, 2021 10:07 AM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York legislator says “politically connected individuals” have tried to blackmail him after he sent an explicit photo to a 19-year-old woman. Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell said in a statement Saturday that he sent a photo “intended...

Danville officials still hopeful for casino, despite delays

Jan. 16, 2021 8:43 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials in an eastern Illinois city are still hopeful their community can land a casino, despite delays in the state's application process caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed gambling-expansion legislation in June 2019 that allowed for six new casino...

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...

This photo, provided by Lollypop Farm shelter, shows one of the 97 cats rescued from a house fire in Perinton, NY, outside Rochester, NY, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Many of the cats suffered smoke inhalation, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester said, and it wasn't clear whether all of them would survive. (Paige Engard/Courtesy Lollypop Farm via AP)

Humane Society: 97 cats survive house fire; some injured

Jan. 15, 2021 9:28 PM EST

PERINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 100 cats have survived a house fire in a town outside Rochester, New York, according to an animal protection group. The Lollypop Farm shelter had been told as many as 70 cats lived in the Perinton home when it caught fire. But its workers had rescued 97 cats as of late...