Midday News Brief

Written by on April 20, 2021

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Juan M. Mendez of Holley for first-degree rape, a Class B violent felony.
Lawmen say that Mendez engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless. The victim was allegedly highly intoxicated. The attack occurred on September 4th at Genesee Community College Batavia Campus.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee and surrounding counties.
It takes effect at midnight and runs until 2 tomorrow afternoon.
Total snow accumulations of 3-6 inches possible.
This will be a heavy, wet snow, and may result in isolated power outages and downed tree limbs.

Capacity limits are going to be expanding soon at several businesses and venues statewide. Beginning April 26th, attendance at museums and zoos can increase from the current 33-percent to 50-percent.
Also, the capacity limit for movie theaters will expand from 25-percent to 33-percent.
And beginning May 19th, arenas can sell 25-percent of tickets for sporting events and shows, up from 10-percent.
Officials say as the spread of COVID-19 slows, the state will be able to open up more.

The state Attorney General’s office has been asked to look into Governor Cuomo’s alleged use of state resources to help write his book on how he handled the COVID-19 crisis. The request was made by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who recently sent Attorney General Letitia James a letter requesting an investigation begin.

A new poll shows support for Governor Cuomo is continuing to fall among New Yorkers. According to Siena College, only 40-percent of the people surveyed had a favorable opinion of the governor, down from 56-percent in February. But when asked if the governor should resign due to the multiple scandals involving his administration, 51-percent of people said they believe he should stay in office.


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