Rochester Stalking Suspect Jumps to His Death

On April 4, Rochester police responded to a report made by a woman in the 1600 block of Chase Drive that a man was cutting wires that lead into her home. After calling the police, the woman confronted the 56-year-old Ferndale man; he drove off and eventually ended up at a local motel in Madison Heights where he jumped to his death out of a third-story window. According to the police, the man was the subject of prior stalking complaints and should not have been at the woman's house because … [Read more...]

Crime Files: Forged probation signatures; stolen fur coat and more

Speed sign knocked over on Parkdale Ave. On Sunday, Jan. 26 around 2:30 a.m., a Rochester resident told police about a downed digital speed limit pole on Parkdale Ave. After the resident heard a loud bang outside their home, they saw the pole on the ground but were unable to identify the car that hit the speed sign. According to the report, vehicle tracks were seen leaving the roadway onto the sidewalk where the pole was found, disconnected from the base. Officers have no further … [Read more...]

Rochester Police agree to no-raise contract

A few years ago, the Rochester Police Department’s patrol officers were so unhappy that they flew a banner over the Rochester Christmas parade to air their grievances. But things have quieted considerably, and this month the officers agreed to a new contract in what has been described as a cooperative process. City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the three-and-a-half-year deal, which is retroactive to July 1, 2011, includes no raises for the first two years. After that, the officers will not … [Read more...]