Morning News Briefing

Written by on April 6, 2018

Programs pick up at the YWCA with a little help from friends.
The Genesee County YWCA has announced that on Monday its afterschool child care program will resume at its normal time and location.
The news was revealed yesterday evening after our News Partner The Batavian spoke with YW Board members who indicated that help was received by the YWCA of Niagara County.
The YWCA which is under the new leadership of Millie Tomidy-Pepper announced Earlier this week that because of financial difficulties, all programs and services were being terminated immediately.
Now with the assistance of the Niagara County agency the Children’s Center at the County Courthouse will remain open and calls to the Crisis Care Hotline that were handled locally will be transferred to the Crisis Care hotline in Niagara County.

National Grid Crews continue to work to bring back power in Western New York.
Damaging windstorms knocked out power for tens of thousands of homes across Upstate this week with National Grid showing 8 thousand customers still waiting for power to be restored.
There were approximately 130 Genesee County residents who remain in the dark, at last check.
The Village of LeRoy is currently the most affected area locally with around 60 customers still waiting for power.
The estimated restoration time for all of Genesee County has been pushed back by National Grid to 5 p.m. this evening.

The City of Batavia is now in the mall management business.
City Hall has taken over maintenance of the mall concourse in a deal that settled a years old dispute with the mall merchants.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth says the mall entrances will be the first focus…

On WBTA’s Main and Center program Worth said the city is looking for a full time maintenance manager for the mall.

Two suspects tracked down following one car crash in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by Livingston County Lawmen of a vehicle pursuit involving two suspects that allegedly stole merchandise from a department store in Geneseo.
The suspect’s fled on foot after crashing their vehicle on route 262 in Byron.
Deputies arrived on scene and K9 Destro was called in to assist in the apprehension of 45 year old Michael Collier of Rochester and 44 year old Gary Weese of Medina.
Both men received medical treatment from dog bites.
Collier was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Unlawful Fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and speeding and was remanded to Genesee jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Weese has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property is still being treated at UMMC for an unrelated medical condition.

A North Java man is accused of killing a puppy.
Arcade police say last month 20 year old Tyler Cummins killed the animal by slapping it in the head for urinating at a local business.
Investigators say the puppy died from trauma injuries.
Cummins is due back in court at a later date.

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