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Statue vandals plead guilty

April 4, 2019 -- Two men have pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief related to vandalism of a Frederick Douglass statue on Tracey Street and will pay a total of $10,000 in restitution.

John Boedicker and Charles Milks were arrested last year after knocking the statue off its base and taking it.

The pleas from Boedicker and Milks came after they entered a restorative justice program. They met with the artist of the statue created as part of the celebration of Douglass' 200th birthday. They will also take part in a phone call with a descendant of Douglass and write a report.

Shuttered mall's carousel reportedly up for sale

Jan. 16, 2019 -- The carousel inside the old Medley Centre is up for sale. An undated ad on lists the asking price as $245,000, marked down from $295,000.

The carousel in the long-ago shuttered maill has been the subject if intrigue recently because interior lights had been turned on again after nine years of darkness. Angelo Ingrassia bought the complex in January 2016 with plans to convert the vacant property, now called Skyview on the Ridge, into a mixed-use space.

Frederick Douglass will be moved

Jan. 4, 2019 -- Monroe County will relocate Rochester's iconic statue of Frederick Douglass from the bowl in Highland Park to a more prominent location at the corner of South Avenue and Robinson Drive. Work will begin following the annual Lilac Festival in the spring.

Douglass admirers felt the statue's location didn't do justice to the stature of the former slave turned abolitionist, writer and statesman. The bronze statue was erected in 1899 at what was then the city's train station. The statue was moved to Highland Park in 1941.

In 2018, Assemblyman Harry Bronson secured $125,000 in state funding to build a new home for the statue, and Monroe County will provide an additional $25,000 to hire a contractor to haul the statue approximately 100 yards to its new location.


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