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Past articles by James:

Firefighter injured, residents evacuated during massive warehouse fire in Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a massive warehouse fire along Otis Street in the City of Rochester. According to firefighters, the warehouse is filled with piles of wooden pallets, feeding the flames. The roof and three walls of the warehouse have collapsed. Firefighters say some residents have been evacuated […] → Read More

Tuesday school and business closings

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — With heavy snow headed our way Tuesday afternoon and evening, schools and businesses have begun to announce closures. Click here for an updated list of closings and cancellations. → Read More

News 8 Archives: Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the years

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The 2023 Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade is coming up on Saturday. It begins at noon on East Avenue at Alexander Street, heading down East Avenue to East Main Street, ending at Fitzhugh Street. News 8 is a sponsor of the 2023 Tops St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We will stream the […] → Read More

Judge sides with Whole Foods developers in Brighton lawsuit

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A judge has ruled in favor of developers of a Whole Foods store planned for Brighton. According to Daniele Family Companies, the store will now open this spring. “I’m happy for our staff who has worked hard on this for years and I’m thrilled for the community who will benefit from […] → Read More

Monroe County selects David Scott as new chief diversity officer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County is getting a new Chief Diversity Officer. David C. Scott will serve as Monroe County CDO and Director of the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, according to an announcement made by County Executive Adam Bello. A Rochester native, Scott previously served as the Director of the Office of […] → Read More

Armed man arrested on Monroe Community College campus

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester man was arrested Tuesday, accused of bringing a firearm onto the Monroe Community College Campus. According to the Brighton Police Department, Brighton officers and MCC public safety officials responded to the report of a person on campus with a firearm. They arrested Giovanni Paige-Mota, 21. Paige-Mota was charged with […] → Read More

Police investigation on South Winton Road in Brighton

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Police were called to South Winton Road in Brighton Friday night. Officers at the scene have not released any information about the cause of the investigation, or any potential injuries or arrests. Police say there is no threat to the public. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. → Read More

Police investigate shooting at Knuckelead Brewing in Webster

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Police are investigating a shooting at Knucklehead Craft Brewing on Ridge Road at Bay Road in Webster Thursday evening. Police have not shared any information about any potential injuries or arrests. News 8 has a crew at the scene. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Location → Read More

Teen killed, two others injured in Rochester shootings

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — One teenage boy is dead, another in surgery with life-threatening injuries, and a third injured after three shootings in the City of Rochester Thursday afternoon. Investigators tell News 8 it is too early to tell whether the shootings are connected. According to the Rochester Police Department, a 17-year-old was shot around […] → Read More

Woman killed by falling tree in Genesee County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A woman is dead after a tree fell on her in Genesee County. According to New York State Police, a tree was being cut down around 9:50 a.m. at the WNY Gas & Stream Engine Association on Gillate Road in Alexander when it fell on the 65-year-old woman. Neighbors called 911 […] → Read More

Frederick Douglas Museum Center for Knowledge, Equality and Justice announced

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives —the group co-founded by direct descendants of Douglass— is celebrating the famous abolitionist leader and Rochester resident’s birthday with an exciting new announcement to honor his and his family’s legacy. Rochester will soon be the home of the Frederick Douglas Museum Center for Knowledge, Equality and Justice. […] → Read More

Hyundai launches software upgrade to prevent car theft

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Hyundai Motor Company is rolling out a software upgrade it says will slow a recent increase in car thefts. The announcement came in a response to a local lawmaker’s call for action. Congressman Joe Morelle made his request Saturday, asking the CEOs of Hyundai and Kia to address the security vulnerabilities […] → Read More

Community Bank to close in Rushville

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Community Bank N.A. has announced the upcoming closure of its Rushville branch on Main Street in the village. After the April 28 closure, the closest Community Bank locations will be nearly 10 miles northwest in Canandaigua, and 13 miles southeast in Penn Yan. The company says employees of the Rushville branch […] → Read More

Bed Bath & Beyond closing Victor store

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Bed Bath & Beyond has announced a new round of store closures. This time, the Victor location is on the list. The Bed Bath & Beyond at 20 Square Drive is one of 150 Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy BABY stores going out of business. On January 5, the company […] → Read More

Parolee convicted for fatal shooting during Rochester robbery

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A parolee arrested in Alabama for a fatal shooting in Rochester was convicted of murder, robbery, and more Monday. Prosecutors say Jarrelle Williams, 39, shot Sharell Brown and another person during a robbery on Phelps Avenue in April, 2022. Brown did not survive. The second victim, severely injured, was able to […] → Read More

Rochester Fire Chief Felipe Hernandez announces retirement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Fire Chief Felipe Hernandez announced his retirement Thursday. The Rochester Fire Department’s first Latino chief, Hernandez steps down effective February 10. Hernandez was named interim chief in 2021, and was interviewed by Adam Chodak. He took on the full chief role in January, 2022. He has been with the RFD […] → Read More

Third victim dies in Kathy Drive stabbing

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A third person has died following a stabbing on Kathy Drive in Henrietta. Rajab A. Banahi was arrested and accused of murdering of his parents, Ali M. Banahi and Mastoora Banahi, on January 11. Court documents claim he caused blunt force trauma and stabbed each of them multiple times with a […] → Read More

Rochester police investigate stabbing on Myrtle Street

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A man was hospitalized Monday evening after a stabbing on Myrtle Street in Rochester. According to Rochester police, officers were called to a home on Myrtle Street around 6:30 p.m. They found a 27-year-old man who had been stabbed at least once in the upper body. He was taken to Strong […] → Read More

Four arrested for Starbucks robbery

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Four people were arrested Friday, after a robbery at a Penfield Starbucks. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a car with four people inside pulled up to the Rt. 441 Starbucks at 2:42 p.m. Investigators say the suspects robbed an employee at the drive-through window, then fled the scene. Police […] → Read More

Police investigate homicide on Culver Road at Merchants Road

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester police are investigating a homicide on the corner of Culver Road at Merchants Road. Officers at the scene say it happened around 8:30 p.m. Investigators have yet to release any other information. They expect to share more details Saturday morning. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Location → Read More