Morning News Briefing

Written by on April 3, 2018

Money troubles lead to shut down at The Genesee County YWCA.
New Executive Director for the YWCA Millie Tomidy-Pepper said the cash position of the agency is such that it cannot continue to operate.
The news was released in a statement late yesterday just two weeks after disclosing the agency was facing “serious financial challenges” and in the process of auditing their financial dealings
All operations at the YW will cease effective immediately including programs such as domestic violence, before and after school child care, food program for home daycare providers along with crisis helpline services.
36 YW employees are being terminated in the restructuring and according to the current Executive Director, unemployment benefits may not be available to them because payments to the unemployment insurance fund were not kept up to date.
Tomidy-Pepper took over for Jeanne Walton as executive director on February 5th.
Walton resigned after seven years as head of the agency.

State Street sweep in Batavia leads to arrest of six on drug related charges.
The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a raid at 133 State Street Thursday night where they allegedly found 6 individuals involved in various drug activity.
Two were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
26 year old Keith Kendrick AKA “sosa” of North Chili and 25 year old Denzel Hall of Rochester were both charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance.
48 year old Donna Fidanza of State Street in Batavia was charged with Criminal Nuisance for hosting the drug activity at her residence.
47 year old Heath Snyder of Orchard Park, 47 year old Joseph Marranco of Pringle Ave in Batavia and 32 year old Madalyn Muntz of Evans Street in Batavia were all charged with various drug counts.

The Batavia Police Department will be hosting two weeks of multi-agency Active Shooter Response Training with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, Leroy Police and State Police beginning this week.
The training will be held at the New York State School for the Blind, Hamilton Hall.
The training will emphasize single and multi-officer tactical responses used to make entry into buildings and address the threats.

Batavia man jailed without bail after allegedly violating court order.
36 year old Derek Wert of Tracy Ave in the city was arrested following an incident on Holland Ave in which he was accused of violating an order of protection by contacting a protected party at their residence.
Wert was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

A Fort Bragg soldier missing more than a week is safe.
Fayetteville Police say Sergeant Carl Seeman was found in North Carolina yesterday morning after his mother helped track him down.
His family traveled from Rochester to help with the search.
Seeman was listed as AWOL and could face charges once he returns to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Papa John’s is out of Rochester.
Employees’ at all five Rochester locations were shocked to find out yesterday that they were out of a job.
A letter was posted on the doors saying they couldn’t continue to operate in Rochester because of heavy headwinds put on them by New York State.
The company says they’re grateful to customers and are working to find new franchise owners.

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