Arkport School Locked Down Due to Possible Threat:
The Arkport Central School was locked down Thursday after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said it received two emails on its anonymous tipline about a student with a weapon. The Sheriff’s Office said it immediately notified the school and appropriate action was taken placing it on lockdown. A mental health team from the county was called in to assist with interviewing the student, who was located at the school. After a thorough search of the building and grounds, and conducting interviews, the Sheriff’s Office concluded that there was no credible threat. The lockdown was completely lifted just before 11 a.m. Superintendent Jesse Harper thanked the community for responding to the lockdown with patience and cooperation.
Car Fire in Hornell:
Firefighters were called to Ben Weitsman of Hornell scrap metal recycling on Ice House Road on Thursday for an active vehicle fire. Officials report the vehicle caught fire due to a minor explosion while crews were moving it from one location to another. Firefighters doused the vehicle with water and within 20 minutes it was under control. There were no injuries.
Probation Violation Arrest:
48-year-old Kristina Jolley of Painted Post has been arrested for allegedly violating a term or condition of her pre-trial release. Jolley was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
New Corning Hotel Nearly Ready to Open:
After nearly two years, the long-awaited new Hilton-Garden Inn in Corning will soon be opening its doors. Management says they plan to offer guests a new kind of experience that’s unlike other accommodations in the area. The new hotel will have 125 rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center, meeting rooms, and a full bar and restaurant. The hotel is expected to open by July 10th.
Horseheads Student Heads to Scripps:
The Scripps National Spelling Bee gets underway May 29th and there will be an area student competing for the top prize. Kris Patel, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate School, qualified for the competition by winning the regional bee that was held in Corning on March 17th. The 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee is May 29th through the 31st.
Memorial Day Events:
Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have died in active military service. Here are some of the events take place throughout the area. The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be hosting a Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, the public is encourage to walk the cemetery grounds to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes. In Hammondsport, the American Legion Post will have a color guard present at a number of locations, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mitchellsville cemetery. The group will then move to the Pleasant Valley cemetery at 9:30, then at 10 a.m. they will be at the veteran’s honor roll memorial in the Hammondsport village square. Finally they will march to Elmwood Cemetery for a service.
Sheriff’s Office Looking for Owner of Chainsaw, Weed Trimmer:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a chainsaw and a weed trimmer that reportedly fell from a vehicle. The items were recovered in the area of 1000 State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.
Inmate Charged with Assault:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail as been charged with assault. 30-year-old James Blankenship allegedly struck another person while incarcerated in the jail, causing physical injury. He was arraigned and sent back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
GOP, Dems Make Nominations for NYS Governor:
New York Republicans and Democrats have made their official nominations for state Governor. As expected, GOP delegates endorsed 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro at Wednesday’s state convention. In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to fight corruption and deep-pocketed special interests. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, incumbent Andrew Cuomo secured ninety-five percent of the delegates votes to secure endorsement for his third term. Cuomo next faces off against challenger Cynthia Nixon in a primary on September 13th, but regardless of how that vote turns out, both will be in the November General Election as Nixon will be on the Working Families Party line. She could also still appear on the Democratic ballot line if she gets 15,000 Democratic signatures in a petition.
Farmers Market Returns to Bath:
A now annual tradition returned again to Bath Wednesday. The Bath Farmers Market is back up and running in Pulteney Square, and it will continue throughout the summer every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October. The market features a variety of handmade items, from soaps to fire-grilled pizza.
Gas Prices Surge ahead of Holiday Weekend:
If your Memorial Day plans include a stop at the gas pump, be prepared to pay more. AAA says gas prices will reach record highs for this weekend. The national average is $2.93 for a gallon of regular, it’s highest since 2014. Unfortunately, relief isn’t expected in the foreseeable future, with prices expected to more or less hold throughout the summer. AAA also predicts that if they haven’t already, most states will hit $3.00 in the coming weeks.
Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges Following Bath Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop in the Village of Bath lead to drug charges for a Rochester man. Officers say they stopped 20-year-old David Binion on East Morris Street and discovered a quantity of narcotics and a large amount of cash. Binion has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and he was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.
C-PP Teacher Accused of Stealing from High School:
A teacher with the Corning-Painted Post School District has been arrested for allegedly stealing property from the Corning High School. 39-year-old Eric Griffin of Campbell allegedly stole property valuing less than $1,000. He turned himself into Corning Police on Tuesday and he was released on an appearance ticket.
Power Mostly Restored After Strong Winds, Rain:
Power was knocked out for some in Steuben and Chemung counties Tuesday evening following heavy rain, strong winds, and even some hail. Almost 700 residents across Steuben were affected, mostly in the Caton, Town of Corning, and Erwin areas. NYSEG reports that all customers in Steuben have had their power restored at this time. Some outages do remain in Chemung County.
NYS’ First Female A.G. Officially Appointed:
New York State has officially appointed its first-ever female Attorney General. Barbara Underwood took over on an acting basis earlier this month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned amid allegations of assault. She was officially named Tuesday and she will now serve as the state A.G. until the end of the year. Voters will choose a new A.G. in November. Underwood says she has no plans to run for a full four-year term at this time.
Corning’s GlassFest to Cause Street Closures This Weekend:
With GlassFest returning to Corning this weekend, drivers should be aware that several streets will be closed for festivities. Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through 6 p.m. Sunday, Tioga Avenue from the parking garage to the entrance of the bus stop will be closed; and from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aurene Lane from Cedar to Tarantelli will only be open for emergency vehicles and deliveries. The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane; Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane; Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese. On Saturday, the following streets will be closed from 7:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the GlassFest 8k: Craumer Street, Cantigny Street, Aisne Street, Tioga Avenue (Ceder to Steuben), Steuben St. (Roundhouse Lane to Alabaster Lane), Cohocton Street (East Market Street Extension to Roundhouse Lane), Relihan Boulevard (Park Avenue to Trolley Lane), and Mill Lane (Relihan Boulevard to East Second Street Extension). From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jacoby Street will also be closed on Saturday due to the race. Throughout the event, free parking will be available in the Centerway Parking Facility.
CCE Surveys Deadline June 15th:
Two important surveys available to help Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) meet the needs of Steuben farmers have had their deadlines changed from June 1st to June 15th to give farmers more time to participate. The “Farmer Needs Survey” will provide information for future CCE programs and asks farmers of all backgrounds and experience levels to identify specific needs, favored resources, and ways to provide information. It is located online at bit.ly/agneeds18. The “Commercial Kitchen Survey” looks at interest in an important element of the Steuben County Farmland Protection Plan and seeks input on opening a certified Commercial Kitchen for farmers and others in Steuben and other counties to safely produce and sell value-added products. This survey is located online at bit.ly/farmerkitchen.
Bath V.A. Recognizes Volunteers:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center recently held its annual volunteer recognition program. Over 150 volunteers and attendees enjoyed lunch and were recognized for their volunteer time. There are over 350 registered volunteers at the Center that join in the mission to care for Veterans. Each year a Volunteer of the Year is selected and this year’s nominee was Connie De Lisa with over 42 years of volunteering and 17,000 hours.
Bath Man Arrested in Geneva Traffic Stop:
A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Geneva on Friday. 33-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe tires. He was sent to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Steuben Leg. Approves Coalition Contract; Abuse Prevention Award Recipient:
During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented the 2018 Child Abuse (Prevention) Steuben Award to a Family Development Home Visitor for ProAction of Steuben and Yates. Tawnya Hughes had dedicated her 18 years of experience with ProAction working with “at-risk” families to prevent child abuse, according to county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Active in all county child abuse prevention and awareness programs, and instrumental in launching the annual Color Walk (set this year for June 16th), Hughes has also taken the lead in the recent “Enough Abuse Steuben” initiative, applying for and receiving state funding for a community-wide campaign to identify and prevent the sexual abuse of children, said Muller. In other action before the legislature Monday, lawmakers agreed to a contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) as part of the local “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition.” The state law raises the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18, but also requires the creation of regional detention facilities for youths aged 16 and 17 that a court determines are a danger to others or themselves. TCS will look for a regional site, or sites, and will prepare proposals for the future use of the sites for the counties to consider.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Corning man for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation. 28-year-old Lee Cornell had been previously convicted of burglary. He was arrested on a felony violation of probation warrant and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Debate with Nixon:
Ever since announcing her campaign for governor Democratic, challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling for a televised debate against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Now, she’ll get it. Cuomo’s campaign office has agreed. The details, such as when and where, are still being determined.
State to Use “Eco-Friendly” Tick Control Measures in Southern Tier:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands as part of a new plan to control tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. These treatments will be used in the Southern Tier, the capital region, and the Hudson Valley. The state also plans to expand the use of deer feeding stations where deer automatically receive a tick treatment as they eat. The stations are already in use on Long Island and in other areas.
RSVP Banquet Honors Volunteers:
The invaluable work of Steuben County’s senior volunteers was recently recognized with more than 150 people turning out for the county Office for the Aging’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Watson Homestead in East Corning. Honorees at the event included: Richard (Rick) Packer of Hornell, who served 1,048 hours with the Residents’ Activities at Hornell Gardens in 2017. Packer has accumulated a total of 4,717 lifetime RSVP service hours. He was honored with the Louise Argentieri Service Award. Mary “Betty” Langendorfer of Bath was posthumously awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. She was a RSVP volunteer for more than 15 years, and accumulated 2,960 lifetime RSVP service house.
NYSDEC Picks Up Bear Cub in Corning:
Officers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called in Sunday to help a visitor who got lost in the City of Corning. At around 10 a.m., Corning Police received a report of a bear cub in the area of the city’s Department of Public Works. Police found the cub in a salt barn and stayed nearby until the DEC arrived. The cub was taken to a wildlife rehab center and will eventually be released into the wild.
Gubernatorial Candidate Molinaro Chooses Running Mate; Nixon to be on General Election Ballot:
In the latest concerning the fast-approaching election for New York State Governor, Republican hopeful Marc Molinaro has chosen his running mate for lieutenant governor, Julie Killian. Killian is the former deputy mayor of Rye, which is located in Westchester County. She recently lost a special election for state senate. Molinaro and Killian plan to run on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines; the pair is expected to be nominated by the state GOP at this week’s convention. On the Democratic side of things, regardless of what happens in the primary, Cynthia Nixon will be on the November general election ballot. Even if she loses the primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nixon will appear on the Working Families Party line, which endorsed her over the weekend. The Democratic Primary is set for September 13th.
Negotiations Resume Between Hornell and Humane Society:
Hornell Mayor John Buckley and the Hornell Area Humane Society released a joint statement following their recent contesting Facebook posts. They said negotiations and dialogue have resumed with a neutral third party, and progress has been made. They agreed that their previous remarks did not appear to be the best path towards resolution, and as such were removed from social media. The Hornell Area Humane Society will continue to provide services to the city, at the same rate as the previous contract, for the months of April through June while negotiations continue. They hope to have a new contract completed before the end of June.
Tickets on Sale for Steuben Public Health’s 100th Anniversary:
Tickets are on sale now for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s 100th anniversary celebration, which is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 8th at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport. The event includes live music, catered appetizers and local beverage and cheese tastings, displays, and more. Tickets are $15 until June 7th and can be purchased at Vine and Barrels in Bath, the Steuben Public Health’s Office in Bath, or online at https://tinyurl.com/100yeartickets.
Boater Safety Class June 9th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten-years-old. The class is limited to 30 students. Call (607) 622-3911 to register.
Statue Unveiled at Law Enforcement Memorial Park
Closing “Steuben County Police Officers Week” was the ceremony yesterday honoring 31 fallen officers who died while serving in the line of duty. Over 100 people attended at the Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park to honor our local heroes and watch the unveiling of the new Steuben Memorial Statue created at the Corning Museum of Glass and supported by seven metal pillars, representing the seven counties honored at the park and created by metal crafters at Mercury Aircraft. The statue is a blue glass flame representing eternal remembrance of fallen officers.
Empire Access Acquires Axcess
Yesterday, Empire Access announced it completed its acquisition of Axcess Ontario, another leading telecommunications service provider in the state. This will add over 200 miles of fiber optic network to Empire Access’ existing regional network and Empire Access plans to expand its infrastructure to serve Ontario County. Axcess Ontario is a fiber ring that existed since 2005, providing an open-access network for Ontario County and recognized as a national broadband model. Empire Access will expand its service into surrounding businesses and residential communities of Ontario County in the next few months.
Teens Arrested Following Wayland Burglary
New York State Police arrested two teens following an investigation into a burglary at a home in the Village of Wayland. Police say 16-year-old Adrian Palmer and 17-year-old Sebastian Harvey also stole items from a Wayland convenience store.Both were arrested and charged with Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. Harvey and Palmer were arraigned in the Village of Wayland Court then released on their own recognizance.
OFA Offers Medicare Seminars this Tuesday-Thursday
Steuben County Office for the Aging has set its second in a series of free seminars on Medicare for May 22-24. Led by Steuben’s certified insurance counselors, the sessions will inform citizens about basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The program is intended for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions about their current coverage and options.Programs will be held:
May 22 at Corning Senior Center at 1 Park Lane (small conference room) from 1 to 3pm
May 23 at Steuben County Offices Building located 3 E. Pulteney Square in Bath (South Conference room, third floor) from 10-11:30am
May 24 at Hornell Senior Center located at 20 Broadway Mall from 10-11:30am
For more information, including future dates, and to make reservations call the Steuben Office of the Aging at (607) 664-2298.
Hornell Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Clifford J. Neally of Hornell due to a warrant for a probation violation. Deputies say Neally violated a term or condition of his probation for a City of Hornell arrest and charge for aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Following his arraignment at Steuben County Court, Neally was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.
Steuben Legislature Meets Monday to Discuss “Raise the Age”
This Monday at 10am, the Steuben County Legislature meets with the agenda to honor Steuben County’s Child Abuse Prevention Award recipient and hire a consultant for New York state’s “Raise the Age” law. Lawmakers will likely join the “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition” and contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) to seek solutions for Steuben and its sister counties Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates to effectively comply with the state law raising the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18. The law also requires creation of regional detention facilities for youths 16-17 years old that are determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others. For the Child Abuse Prevention Award, Steuben County’s Legislature will also recognize an individual, program, or organization that significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben.
Millport Woman Arrested for SNAP Fraud
A 28-year old Millport woman is behind bars following an arrest for one count of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing. According to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, Ashley Brown used over $400 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible for when she used another person’s state SNAP benefit card. Brown is also alleged to have completed an application online for benefits using false information for another person while they were an inmate at the Steuben County Jail. Brown will reappear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.
Victim Identified in Cameron Crash
Yesterday’s fatal car crash in Cameron now has an identity for the victim. Michael D. Russell of Canisteo, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the County Route 119 and Angel Road intersection in the Town of Cameron. The single car crash was caused when fellow Canisteo motorist Nance Herbert failed to negotiate a curve, hitting Russell’s vehicle and rolling it off the road. An investigation into the accident continues.
Bath Village Public Hearing Set for May 30
The Village of Bath has scheduled a public hearing for later this month to address two issues. The village board will accept hearing public comments on the Village of Bath’s community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of the Village’s proposed Water System Study Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the 2018 program year. The 4 p.m. hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on May 30th. Written comments can also be submitted to the village clerk until May 30th.
Hornell Humane Society No Longer Performs Animal Control
The Hornell Area Humane Society announced on Facebook Wednesday of this week that, effective immediately, it will no longer be performing Animal Control duties within city limits due to lack of funding. The post was critical of the mayor, claiming Buckley attempted to cut the agency’s funding by 77%. Mayor Buckley immediately responded, saying he was disappointed the nonprofit’s refusal to negotiate. The Mayor also said that he was also deeply disappointed in the agency representatives’ behavior at a meeting on Tuesday. Buckley said the city was paying the Humane Society too much.
NYSLA Lumberjack Festival Tomorrow at Fairgrounds
It’s been over a decade since Bath has begun hosting the NYSLA Lumberjack Festival, but this year there will be a change from the usual Pulteney Park location. The Lumberjack Festival will start 9am tomorrow morning at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. Lumberjacks and lumberjills attend every year to ring in the competition season and last year several world records were broken. The festival this year will also include a vintage car and motorcycle show beginning at 9am and ending at noon while several kid-friendly activities like a petting zoo, bubble station, bounce house, tree-themed art project and other fun festivities will be available to enjoy.
Fatal Accident on C.R. 119:
One person was killed in a single car crash on County Route 119 near Angel Road in Cameron. Another person in the vehicle is believed to have suffered injuries. It is unknown at this time what may have caused the accident.
Millport Woman Accused of Misusing Food Stamps:
A Millport woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps. 28-year-old Ashley Brown allegedly used another person’s state SNAP benefit card and received $434.58 in benefits that she was not eligible for. It’s also alleged that in August 2017, Brown completed an online application for benefits that contained false information, for another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. Brown has been charged with misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing. Brown, who is currently in the Chemung County Jail, was arraigned and sent back to the jail.
Proposed Waste-to-Energy Incinerator Opposed by Cuomo:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a statement in which he voices opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Romulus. He says its “not consistent” with his administration’s goals, and that he’s confident the Article 10 siting board will “reject the project application if one is ever filed.” The project is being proposed by Circular EnerG and would be built in the former Seneca Army Depot.
NYS Looking to Cut the Cost of College Texts, Materials:
The high cost of textbooks and other educational materials could soon be a thing of the past for college students, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Open Educational Resources Initiative. Through the program, students have access to online, cost-free materials, from textbooks to classic literature. Corning Community College is one of the many SUNY and CUNY schools taking advantage of the program. CCC President Dr. Katherine Douglas said their students have saved a combined $100,000 each year the school has offered the resources. The Governor's Office says more than $28 million will be saved statewide by the end of Spring 2019.
Steuben Co. Teens to Speak at Tobacco Shareholder's Meeting:
Today is the annual shareholder's meeting of tobacco company, Altria Group, and this year there will be some very special speakers in attendance. The group Reality Check will travel to the meeting with teenagers from Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties. Reality Check is a teen-lead, adult-run program seeking to prevent and decrease tobacco use among young people. They'll be speaking to tobacco executives about changes they'd like to see in packaging and marketing.
Steuben’s Annual Salute at LE Memorial Park Friday:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Wednesday that the Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 18th, at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Law Enforcement Memorial Park. The service caps off “Steuben County Police Officers Week” and is open to the public. It will be attended by state and local officials, law enforcement, and veterans, and include the unveiling of the Steuben Memorial Statue. The statue is a blue glass flame created by the glassmakers of The Corning Museum of Glass, supported by seven pillars created by the metal crafters at The Mercury Corporation. It represents an eternal dedication to the memory of all fallen officers in the seven counties honored in the memorial park.
Fire in Caton:
Multiple fire departments, including the City of Corning, North and South Corning, and Painted Post, were called to Caton Monday night to battle a fire that broke out at a house on West Caton Road. The road was blocked off while crews battled the flames. Three firefighters were reportedly sent to a hospital for heat exhaustion. Authorities say four people were inside the home at the time of the fire. They were able to escape without injury. The fire has left the home uninhabitable. The American Red Cross is assisting. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Local School District Voting Results:
In local school district budget voting and school board election results, Addison, Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Prattsburgh, and Jasper-Troupsburg all had their budgets and various propositions approved by district voters. All had open board seats that were running unopposed. In Avoca, the budget and propositions passed, Elizabeth Peck won the 3-year Board of Education seat, and there was a tie between Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes for the 5-year seat on the board. By law, there must be a revote between the two tied candidates within 45 days. On its Facebook page the district said it will set and announce a revote date soon.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest:
A Hammondsport man has been arrested after he allegedly created a physically offensive condition and used obscene language in a public place while on Pulteney Street in the Village of Hammondsport. 60-year-old David Shaw also allegedly resisted arrest when Sheriff’s deputies tried to take him into custody. Shaw has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Canisteo Considering Village Wide Garbage Pickup:
At a public hearing Monday night, the Village of Canisteo discussed the possibility of instituting a village wide garbage pickup program. Currently, there is no such program and residents must dispose of their garbage at their own time and convenience. The new program would see residents able to have their garbage collected by a pickup company for a set monthly fee. No decision was made, and the village says it will be seeking further opinions on the matter.
Free Shredding Event:
The Steuben County legislature has offered a free shredding event in the coming days, weekend and month. The next event is this Saturday at the Bath landfill. A document shredder truck will be on site. Just bring your documents and they’ll be shredded and recycled.
Bath-Haverling CSD to Partner with ServU to Open Student-Run Bank:
Bath-Haverling students and staff will benefit from a unique opportunity this fall. The district is partnering with ServU Credit Union to offer a student-run bank in the high school. The bank will open on October 1st and will serve district students and staff on Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch periods. The credit union will provide all equipment and training for students. Three ServU employees will work with student volunteers to offer deposits, withdrawals, transfers, and check cashing during open hours. Besides offering out of classroom learning experiences in math, computer, and social skills, the goal of the project is give students hands-on experience in a real financial setting, and to increase students’ knowledge of money management, and with financial products and services.
Rathbone Fire Labeled "Suspicious":
Authorities are investigating what's been labeled a "suspicious" fire in the Town of Rathbone. The blaze broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a cabin on Derby Hill Road, according to the Addison Fire Chief. The fire was extinguished without incident. It was vacant at the time. The cabin was a total loss.
Wanted Corning Man Back Behind Bars:
The Corning man wanted for allegedly making an explicit cellphone video of a child under a table at a restaurant has been arrested. 48-year-old Bryan Griswold is charged with felony sex abuse of a child.
Bath Man Arrested on DWI, Weapon Charges:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Bath man on DWI and weapons charges. It’s alleged that 37-year-old Joseph Chely II operated a vehicle on East William Street Extension, and State Route 415 while in an intoxicated condition. It’s also alleged that Chely’s license or operating privileges has been suspended or revoked nine times. It’s further alleged that Chely possessed a loaded 30 round high capacity magazine and metal knuckles. Chely was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood, aggravated unlicensed operation, an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle, failure to keep right, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third and fourth degrees. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Hornell Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:
A Hornell man has been charged with violating the social hosting law. 35-year-old Michael Woodard was arrested after Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on a report of a loud party on County Route 109 in the Town of Hornellsville. Their investigation alleges that Woodard was in charge of the premises while several persons ranging from ages 16 to 19 years old were consuming alcoholic beverages. Woodard was charged with acting as a social host for the underage drinking gathering. He was released on an appearance ticket.
NYS School Budget/B.O.E Elections Today:
School districts across the state today will be holding their 2018-2019 budget votes and Board of Education elections. 699 districts are putting their spending plans up before voters. Of those, roughly 48 percent have proposed raising taxes without breaking the tax cap. Schools with proposed budgets that exceed the tax cap must meet 60 percent approval by voters. Districts have varying voting times and locations, so voters are encouraged to contact their own district to learn more.
Steuben Adds Roads to 2018 Schedule:
Two Steuben County roads are now scheduled this year for road repair, thanks to the state’s recent “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation. Over $642,000 will be used for work on 3.6 miles of County Road 10 in the Town of Cameron, and 2.6 miles on County Road 25 between the Towns of Cameron and Rathbone.
Local Veteran to be Inducted into NYS Senate Hall Vets Hall of Fame:
Today a local veteran will be recognized for his service and duty to the country as he's inducted into the New York Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame. Warren Thompson was born and raised in Steuben County. He graduated from Savona Central School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army. During his service, his plane was shot down over France and he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Nazis.
Local Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Dormann Dies:
Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Dormann died over the weekend at the age of 86. Dormann was born in March 1932 in New York City and he continued to keep an office there despite being heavily involved in the local community. In the late 1990’s, he and his wife donated $500,000 from the Young Leadership Foundation to the then Davenport Library in Bath to help fund a major expansion. The building was renamed in his honor when work was completed in 1999. Many residents may recognize him as the face of “Around Town with Henry Dormann,” the television show he hosted where he highlighted local businesses throughout the area. He also appeared in the last commercial break of Good Morning Twin Tiers with his “Thought of the Day.” Dormann was also the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of Leaders Magazine, and served as Chairman of the Board for the National Enquirer. Over his life he met with and discussed a variety of issues with world leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, and he published a book of letters and notes from them in 2013 titled “Letters from Leaders.” Dormann is survived by his wife, Alice, and two daughters Kaari and Kristi.
Court Allows Tops to Begin Liquidating Stores:
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, a court order has now been issued allowing Tops Markets to start closing and liquidating its stores. At the time of filing, the company said it was deal with a large portion of debt. While the order does allow stores to be closed, the company says it has not actually made any decisions yet about potential closures. It is unknown if the company will close any stores or how many could ultimately be impacted.
Three arrested in Drug Bust
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street. Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant. Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail. Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.
School Budget vote Tuesday
Bath Central School residents will head to the polls tomorrow to vote for the upcoming school year budget. The $38 million spending plan is a 3.8 increase. Because of Town of Bath revaluation, it’s unknown exactly how much it will affect resident’s checkbook. Also, on the ballot will be the purchase of three new school buses at a cost of $355,000. Polls will be open Tuesday from noon to 8:00pm at the District Office on the school campus.
CCC Graduate over 600
The 59th commencement ceremonies at Corning Community College were held Saturday in a packed gymnasium as 659 students received Associate Degree diplomas. The oldest graduate was a 62 year old student…the youngest was Corning-Painted Post student Ashlyn Hartman who is 17. Hartman will graduate from High school as well in a couple weeks. Apparently she is not the only in the family to do this…her siblings have also graduated from college study before High School graduation.
Watkins Glen State Park
There’s been a 6.5 million upgrade going at the Watkins State Park and it’s almost completed according to Park officials. Trails are now open and the new entrance will be done just in time for memorial weekend. Improved parking, information center and concession building and an enhanced park experience are all part of the improvements. The project is part of a state wide $900 million dollar plan to upgrade state parks.
Campbell Home Destroyed by Fire:
A home on Meads Creek Road in Campbell was completely destroyed by a fire on Friday. Several fire departments were called to the scene, including Campbell, Painted Post, Gang Mills and both North and South Corning fire departments. The road in front of the home was closed for several hours. Firefighters report that no one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street. Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant. Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail. Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.
Prattsburgh Man Facing Burglary, Drug Charges:
A Prattsburgh man is facing multiple charges following his arrest in relation to a burglary in the Town of Prattsburgh. It’s alleged that 30-year-old Bradley Davis burglarized a residence, and that he was in possession several pieces of stolen property and a quantity of cocaine. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and grand larceny. Davis was also wanted out of Rensselaer County for criminal possession of stolen property. More charges are pending. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Corning Man Accused of Raping 13-year-old:
An 18-year-old Corning man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old. Ryan Cosgrove has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both class D felonies. The Corning Police Department said Cosgrove is an alleged “sexual predator that preyed upon children 13 years old or younger” and that there may be another victim or victims of similar ages. Cosgrove was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Bath Teen Arrested for Sexual Abuse:
A joint investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Steuben County Child Protective Unit has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old from Bath. Zachariah Hill has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the 1st, a class D felony. It’s alleged that Hill subjected a 9-year-old to sexual contact on multiple occasions at a private residence in the Town of Jasper. Hill was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Corning Man Arrested for Allegedly Violating Parole on Rape Conviction:
A Corning man was arrested on May 5th on a violation of probation warrant. 21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation on his previous conviction of rape, sexual abuse, and attempted sex offender failing to report address. He will appear in Steuben County Court at a later date to answer the charge.
Fugitive from Justice Arrest:
A Mount Morris man wanted on a warrant out of the State of New Jersey has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. 55-year-old Robert Hennekens was wanted on a warrant for shoplifting in Bergen County. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
2 Local Recruits Graduate from Academy of Fire Science:
After 11 weeks and more than 500 hours of training, 57 recruits from across New York have graduated from the Academy of Fire Science in Watkins Glen. Among them were 2 recruits from Corning. All the graduates will become full-time firefighters across the Twin Tiers. This year's was the largest graduating class at the Academy since it's inception in 1984. Their next class begins this fall.
Funding Available to Help New Yorkers Purchase Air Conditioning:
New Yorkers suffering some serious health issues aggravated by extreme heat can get financial help to purchase an air conditioner. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3 million is available for individuals who apply through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at their local department of social services. Recipients must meet eligibility requirements. Applications will be accepted through August 31st, or until funding runs out.
Cuomo, NYS Financial Regulator Being Sued by NRA:
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state financial regulator are being sued by the National Rifle Association for what the lobby calls a "blacklisting campaign." The NRA says New York is trying to compel banks and insurers to stop doing business with it. In response, Cuomo issued a statement on Friday saying the lawsuit is "...a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns."
DEC Asks Public to Look Out for Invasive Moth:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for an invasive species of moth that may be making its way into New York State. The spotted lanternfly is a native of China, India, and Vietnam. It was introduced to Korea where it has already become a pest insect. It was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and this past fall in 2017, a single moth was found in New York. According to state officials, spotted lanternflies feed on 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. If you see a spotted lanternfly you're asked to send a message and photos of it to email@example.com. You should include where you saw the moth and if you saw any eggs or signs of infestation.
Employee Accused of Stealing $6,000 from Painted Post Business:
28-year-old Dylon Howk of Horseheads was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing over $6,000 from a retail business in Painted Post while he was an employee there. Howk has been charged with grand larceny in third and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Canisteo Woman Allegedly Falsified Business Records:
A Canisteo woman is accused of falsifying the records of a business she was employed at. 51-year-old Lisa Sigond allegedly filed false papers while employed at a business in Arkport. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Hornell Man Accused of Abusing Dog:
A Hornell man has been charged with a felony for abusing an animal. It's alleged that 33-year-old Philip Drew intentionally injured and abandoned a dog. He has been charged aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and abandonment of an animal, which is a misdemeanor.
Amber Alert Cancelled for Missing Montour Falls Infant:
The Amber Alert issued for a missing infant from the Village of Montour Falls has been cancelled after the child was found safe. 17-day-old Gionna Harter was taken early Thursday morning and was located with her mother, 31-year-old Katrina Harter, in the City of Geneva. It's believed Harter took the baby to avoid a family court order transferring custody of Gionna to another person. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office offered its thanks to the public for providing tips and over 100 leads across seven counties.
Corning's Bridge St. Bridge to Temporarily Close:
The Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed temporarily this Sunday, May 13th between 6 and 11 a.m. The City's Public Works Department, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Corning Fire Department, will be installing temporary flood control devices in order to help the city be prepared in the event of future flooding.
Gov. Declares May “Aviation Month”:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the month of May 2018 as “Aviation Appreciation Month” in New York State. According to the governor, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output in New York. In his proclamation, Cuomo said, “Business aviation is a critical tool for companies in New York State to improve efficiency, save money, and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment, and jobs to all areas of the state.”
Bath Man Charged with Making Meth:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Authorities responded to a residence on Rumsey Street Extension, just outside the Village of Bath on Tuesday and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized. 37-year-old William Trenchard was arrested and has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third, a class D felony. Following arraignment, he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
State Police Seeking Corning Man Wanted for Sexual Abuse:
Painted Post State Troopers are asking for the public's help in locating a Corning man wanted for sexual abuse. 47-year-old Bryan Griswold was arrested on April 29th for allegedly obtaining an intimate video of a 12-year-old girl that was taken on a cell phone under the table at a public restaurant. Griswold posted bail on April 30th. Troopers later discovered that Griswold allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 13. He is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual abuse. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact local police or the Painted Post State Police.
Car Crashes Into Corning Gas Station:
Authorities were called to the scene of an accident in Corning Wednesday where a car crashed into a gas station. A silver Audi went through the front of the Fastrac gas station on Pulteney Street. The accident was reportedly caused by the driver accidentally pressing the gas pedal when they meant to press on the brake. Police say there weren't any injuries and that the damage done to the building is all cosmetic. Fastrac is expected to reopen once the debris is cleared away.
Wanted Corning Man Arrested When He Attempts to Serve Claim at Police Station:
A Corning man wanted on an active bench warrant was arrested at the Corning Police station Tuesday when he tried to serve a motion of claim to the department. 30-year-old Kenneth Letson was arrested for failure to appear in relation to a police chase in March 2016. According to police, Letson led police on a chase in the early morning of March 13th. It began in a city parking lot on Bridge Street and ended roughly an hour later on Interstate Highway 99 in Pennsylvania. He was charged in 2016 with unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, inadequate exhaust, unlicensed operation, failure to stop at four stop signs, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, and speed in zone. He was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Bath Police Looking for Owner of Lost Snake:
Bath Village Police have apprehended an unusual suspect and are seeking the public’s help in getting more information. Officers are looking for the owner of a 4-foot python that was found at the end of Wood Street. The department posted a picture of the animal on their Facebook page. It appears to be a ball python. If you are the owner, or if you have any information about the snake, you’re asked to call the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.
2 Local Schools Recognized as Top Schools in State, Nation:
Hammondsport Junior-Senior High and Haverling High were both recently recognized as top high schools in New York State and in the Nation in 2018 by U.S. World and News Report. Hammondsport earned a “silver medal” based on its student performance on state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and it was ranked 199th in the state. Haverling was ranked near the top of all school districts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, earning a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness.
PBS Travel Show to Re-Air Finger Lakes Episodes:
Recently, Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport got some well-deserved attention from PBS during the fifth season of Travels with Darley. The show can be seen in over 96 percent of the USA on PBS stations and the fifth season’s first episode was the very first to be shot in New York and it featured the Southern Finger Lakes. The fourth episode featured the Finger Lakes National Forest. If you missed their original airings, not to worry, as they will be returning soon. Travels with Darley episode #501 (Southern Finer Lakes – Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport) will re-air on June 17th and episode #504 (Finger Lakes National Forest) will re-air on July 8th, both at 11:30 a.m. on WSKG-HD. Travels with Darley follows host Darley Newman in beautiful, awe-inspiring places as she experiences what gives each destination its authentic “sense of place”… all with the help of local residents. While in the Southern Finger Lakes, Darley and her crew experienced glider rides and Mark Twain, exceptional food and art, waterfalls and race cars, plus wine, paddle-boarding, a museum dedicated to the fastest man on earth, and more.
Meth Lab Busted in Corning:
A Corning man was arrested Monday for allegedly making methamphetamine after authorities were called to his apartment on West William Street in Corning on a report of a strong chemical odor. 39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Family of Bears Treed in Corning Tuesday:
Things got a little hairy in Corning Tuesday when a family of bears was spotted in a tree near Chemung Street. According to a witness the bears – a mother and three cubs – were chased into the tree by dogs. The DEC has said that bear complaints have risen with the warmer temperatures and that with the delayed start to spring, it’s likely that bears are more inclined to come into populated areas looking for food. Their advice if you spot a bear is to ignore it, though if you must scare if off, making a lot of noise will usually prompt them to leave. They also advise that residents remove attractions such as bird feeders and garbage, and that pet food isn’t stored outside.
Canisteo Wildfire Extinguished after Four Day Effort:
On May 2nd just before 5 p.m., DEC Dispatch received a call from Steuben County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire burning on a steep, south-facing slope in the Town of Canisteo that was inaccessible by vehicle. Due to fire activity, weather conditions, and difficult terrain, five Rangers responded to assist. Local volunteer fire companies also responded with wildland fire engines and UTVs. By 8 p.m., the fire was under control and over the next four days, Forest Rangers patrolled the fire and continued to reinforce the control line and target interior hot spots. The fire was officially declared out on May 6th. It burned a total of 43.6 acres. An investigation determined the fire was caused by tree branches that came into contact with power lines.
Tornado Confirmed in Penn Yan Last Week:
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly touched down in Penn Yan Thursday night. With winds of 100 mph, the tornado hit a barn on East Swamp Road after 8 p.m. The barn collapsed and the tornado continued into several fields, knocking down several trees. It also blew down a fence and another tree on Voak Road. No injuries have been reported.
Former Elmira Christian Academy Teacher to Serve 84-months for Child Porn:
A former Elmira Christian Academy teacher was sentenced to 84-months in federal prison Tuesday on multiple child pornography charges. 40-year-old Howard Edward Brooks will also have to serve 10-years of post-release supervision and he will have to register as a sex offender. Brooks was arrested in August 2015 after authorities searched his home in West Elmira and thumb drives containing images and videos of child porn were recovered. Brooks pled guilty to the receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child pornography.
Acting A.G. Named Following Schneiderman Resignation:
A temporary acting Attorney General has been named following Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation Monday night following allegations of abuse. According to the New York Daily News, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will take over the AG's duties. Underwood has served as the state’s Solicitor General since 2007, overseeing the A.G. Office’s Division of Appeals and Opinions, which argues civil and criminal appeals in cases in both state and federal courts. Per state law, the state Legislature will eventually appoint a new A.G. in one vote in a combined session. That person will be temporary until the November election, when voters will make the final decision.
Lloyd Neuratuer Appears in Court:
The man accused of killing his ex-wife in Corning appeared in court Monday where his defense attorney sought to have statements made by Lloyd Neuratuer excluded from his upcoming trial. The defense also asked that the District Attorney’s office be removed from the trial and that a special prosecutor be appointed. The judge reserved a decision. June 27th is set as the next court date.
Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Drug, Weapons Charges:
A traffic stop by North Hornell State Troopers has resulted in multiple charges against a Rochester woman. Troopers stopped 30-year-old Cassidy Unterborn on April 21st on Seneca Road in Hornellsville. They allegedly detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and they conducted a search where they found crack and powder cocaine, marihuana, and a loaded 9mm pistol that had been defaced. Unterborn has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and 7th degrees, unlawful possession of marihuana, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Warrant Squad Arrests 4 During Warrant Sweep:
Four people were arrested during a recent warrant sweep by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad.
-37-year-old Howard Larkin of Bath was originally arrested on March 27th on a charge of petit larceny following a physical altercation with another person in Bath during which Larkin allegedly stole a cell phone. It was later discovered that Larkin gave a false name and date of birth during his arrest, and that he was additionally wanted in Rochester for criminal mischief in the 4th, and in Pennsylvania for violation of parole. Larkin was arrested on May 3rd and processed under the correct name for his original petit larceny charge. He was also charged with two counts of forgery, and criminal impersonation. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
-41-year-old Tracy Borman of Hammondsport was arrested as a fugitive from justice after the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma that she was wanted by their agency for engaging in pattern of criminal offenses, and financial exploitation by caretaker. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail without bail.
-32-year-old Ryan Jenkins of Bath was arrested on a misdemeanor violation of probation warrant. The charge stems from being placed on probation for a charge of criminal possession of stolen property. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
-22-year-old McKenna Harris of Coopers Plains was taken into custody on an arrest warrant out of the Village of Bath. Harris had an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driver, and a number plate violation. She was turned over to the village police department.
A.G. Schneiderman Resigns Following Allegations of Violence Against Women:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday night after The
New Yorker published accusations by four women saying Schneiderman was violent toward them. Two of the women were previously in relationships with Scheiderman and they described his actions as “assault” and that his behavior was fueled by heavy drinking. All four women said the alleged violence was non-consensual. New York police said in a statement that they had no complaints against Scheiderman on file. The article states that the women did not report their allegations to police at the time, but that they did eventually seek medical attention after being slapped and choked. One of the women said that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and two said that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. In a statement, Schneiderman strongly denied the accusations, saying that while he has engaged in “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” he has not assaulted anyone, and has “never engaged in non-consensual sex.” Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both called on Schneiderman to resign and in a second statement Schneiderman said that the allegations would “effectively prevent [him] from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” Cuomo said he will seek an investigation into Schneiderman.
Additional Possible Measles Exposure Sites Announced:
Monday, the New York State Department of Health released a warning regarding an international traveler from Europe that has been confirmed to have measles that made multiple stops in New York State, potentially exposing others. It was announced that this person visited the Old Country Buffett on County Route 64 in Elmira on April 30th from 1 to 4 p.m. Now additional locations have been released: the Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (Interstate 90), Leroy Exit on April 30th from 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Sheraton Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, from 5:30 p.m. May 1st through 9:30 p.m. May 2nd; Niagara Falls Urgent Care, Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls on May 1st from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville on May 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Measles symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure, but can appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Any individuals who develop measles symptoms, including fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or a runny nose, should contact their healthcare provider.
Two Injured in Route 54 Accident:
Two people were seriously injured in a two-car accident Saturday on State Route 54 in the Town of Milo. Details are limited. But the driver of one of the vehicles, 60-year-old Mark Cates of Painted Post was ticketed for unsafe passing. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for chest pain. The other driver, 55-year-old Kathleen Good of Horseheads was taken to Strong Memorial for head pain.
Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team Called In Over Chemical Storage
The Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team was called to the Sullivan Park CCIC Research Center Monday as a precaution over a chemical storage concern. According to a Corning Inc. spokesman, there was a pressure issue with a tank outside the facility containing hydrofluoric acid. The tank was de-pressurized and stabilized. The scene was cleared by 5 p.m., and no injuries were reported.
Nixon Challenges Cuomo to Live Debate:
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon challenged the incumbent to a live, prime-time televised debate. In a video, Nixon said, “One-on-one. No distractions and nowhere to hide.” While there was no immediate response from the Cuomo campaign, he has previously participated in multi-candidate debates for the general election in each of his previous campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014.
Hauryski Proclaims Steuben Co. Correction Officers Week:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed the week of May 6th
through the 12th as “Steuben County Correctional Officers Week.” First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the week highlights the professionalism and dedication of correctional officers in demanding rolls. Hauryski said the importance of all staff members at the Steuben County Jail cannot be overstate, because each has an important role, whether civilian or security staff. He noted that correctional officers serve behind the scenes to protect the safety of county residents and they deserve the utmost respect.
Possible Measles Exposure at Big Flats Restaurant:
The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding a possible measles exposure at a restaurant in Big Flats. According to the NYSHD, a measles-infected traveler from Europe visited multiple locations in New York, including the Old Country Buffet in Big Flats on April 30th. The visitor was at the restaurant between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Measles can survive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. Anyone who has had two doses of the measles vaccine is considered immune, but the Department of Health says anyone who experiences a fever, runny nose, cough, or rash should seek medical attention.
Jasper Man Arrested in Animal Neglect Case:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 3rd deputies from the Sheriff’s office arrested 50-year-old James Lapham of Jasper after they received a report of possible animal abuse. Following an investigation, police allege that Lapham failed to supply sustenance to his cattle. He was charged with two counts of overdriving, a class A misdemeanor. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Cuomo Proposes Offshore Drilling Ban:
On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a bill that proposes a ban on offshore drilling from the state’s waterways. The bill would bar the transportation of any oil or gas collected from such drilling anywhere inside the state. Cuomo added that he’s prepared for a legal battle with the Trump Administration over the move, but in response, Trump officials say drilling near the state’s coastline is unlikely as there are few known oil or gas reserves in the area.
$90M for State Parks, Historic Sites for Upgrades:
Dozens of state-owned parks and historic sites will see improvements this year thanks to some $90 million that’s been promised in the 2018-2019 state budget. Projects at the nearly 50 state properties range from installing new playgrounds to building or repairing cabins and cottages. The money is part of the state’s NY Parks 2020 plan that has issued more than $700 million in improvements at more than 170 state parks and historic sites since 2011.
VA2K Walk and Roll May 16th:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be holding the annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless veterans and promote health and wellness on May 16th. Participants can walk anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to consider donating to support homeless veterans. Donations include paper products and cleaning supplies.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 28th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. The public is also encouraged to walk through the Bath National Cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers.
Three Locals Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
Three people are facing a variety of drug charges after they were stopped on I-390. Livingston deputies identified the driver as 28-year-old Nancy cowl of Horseheads. Also in the vehicle were two passengers, 40 year old James Thaddies from Elmira and 24 year old Lindsay Stephens form Painted Post. While conducting the roadside investigation, deputies said drugs were in plain view…which prompted a more detailed search. Deputies recovered, meth cocaine, heroin, PCP and drug paraphernalia. All three were remanded to jail pending further action by the court.
Hornell Man Arrested for DWI
A Hornell man is facing a felony and other counts after he was pulled over on Route 36. State police said they arrested 22-year-old Brandon Isaman. He was charged with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock and aggravated unlicensed operation. Court action is pending.
State Assembly Ousts Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Mandate
The NYS Assembly this week passed a bill to eliminate the mandate that state created or administered tests be used to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation. The legislation will allow school districts and teachers to negotiate an effective evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities. The changes are an outgrowth of ongoing discussions for the past several weeks between the Assembly Majority Conference, the Governor and educators.
Reed Declares Opposition Against "Extreme Ithaca Liberals"
In a town hall meeting this week, Congressman Tom Reed said he will focus on taking on who he dubs are “Extreme Ithaca Liberals”. The local politician said "I'm going to call out extremism across the district and I believe the extreme Ithaca liberal brand is achieving that. I want people to make sure that they understand the difference between ...what I believe is a common sense type of approach to legislating, as opposed to many of the policies that we see that's represented by that extreme Ithaca liberal brand that support this extremist type of policy.” The Enfield Highway Department town hall was a forum for Tompkins county citizens to address and voice issues such as affordable health care and gun control to Reed and the congressman faced a lot of opposition from the crowd.
Palmesano and O'Mara Hosting State "Sip and Sample"
The New York Wine Industry Association’s 5th Annual “Sip and Sample” tasting event will be co-hosted by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano this Monday in Albany. New York wineries, cheese producers, restaurateurs and other businesses across the state will be represented at the event at The Well of the Legislative Office Building. Many of our own local Finger Lakes and Western New York small businesses will be represented while O’Mara, Palmesano and other legislators will make an address o the attendees and acknowledge the participating industries’ contributions to our state and local economy.
O'Mara Honored by Audubon's Hoyt Award
Audubon leaders from across New York met recently to present the annual “William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award” to State Senator Tom O’Mara for his dedication to protecting New York’s environment. The award is named in honor of former Assemblyman Hoyt, a committed environmental advocate who passed away in 1992. Upon receiving the award, O’Mara said the past several years in New York State government have represented an era of meaningful environmental achievement, and he’s been grateful for the opportunity to help move it forward.
Rochester Man Charged in Bath Robbery:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Rochester man in connection with a robbery in Bath. According to police, deputies responded to Victory Lane on April 27th on a report of a robbery in progress and their investigation alleges that 41-year-old Anthony Larkin stole property from another person. Larkin was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Kittens Thrown from Car in Bath Doing Well:
The three kittens thrown from a moving car in Bath are said to be doing well, according to local animal rescue “Pawz and Purrz.” The kittens were found by a passerby who witnessed the incident. All three were between six and eight weeks old, and were in poor health. One of the kittens had an eye infection that required surgery to remove the eye. The rescue said that kitten is recovering well from his surgery and will have his stitches removed soon. All three kittens are now looking for their forever homes. If you’re interested in adopting any of them, you’ll need to contact Paws and Purrz and fill out an application.
Tickets on Sale for Steuben OFA’s Night in Vegas:
Tickets are on sale for the 27th annual joint extravaganza co-hosted by the Steuben County Office for the Aging Advisory Council and Bath-Haverling Student Council. “Evening in Vegas” is set for 5 to 8 p.m. May 19th at Haverling High School in Bath, and it will feature table top games, music, dancing, refreshments, and prize drawings. Tickets are $10 for singles and $15 for pairs. Tickets can be purchased at all three county Office for the Aging offices, Haverling High School main office, or at the door.
Free Bike Maintenance Workshop:
There will be a free bicycle maintenance workshop offered by Corning Bikes and Elmira Bikes on May 19th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The seminar will offer instruction on everything from airing up tires to getting brakes and chains in shape. The seminar is free for anyone 10-years-old and above, but registration is required at (607) 936-3713 EXT 213.
Guthrie, Reed Hold Diabetes Roundtable:
Representative Tom Reed met with Guthrie Hospital staff, diabetes patients, and others for a roundtable discussion on diabetic issues on Wednesday. Reed said he is planning on introducing a bill in the House that aims to make Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) “more accessible” for patients who qualify under Medicare. The cost and availability of diabetic treatment was discussed at the roundtable and Reed asked about the effectiveness of telemedicine to help treat diabetes. Reed said he plans to put some of the information he received at the meeting into the bill.
Campbell-Savona Budget Hearing May 7th:
The Campbell-Savona Central School District will hold a hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 school budget this Monday, May 7th. The $22.2 million budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.51 percent, which is within the tax cap limit. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school in the LGI room. Voting on the budget will be May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. at the high school in the district office lobby. The ballot will also include a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund, and a request by the Savona Free Library for an increase of $2,900 in the amount collected by the District on its behalf.
$4.2M in Federal Funding Headed to Local Pro Action:
Wednesday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $4.2 million in federal funding will be head to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County. The funding will be used to support child care services for low-income families in both counties. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Programs include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.
Letter Carriers Food Drive May 12th:
Saturday, May 12th will be the 26th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to place healthy, non-perishable food donations near their mailboxes for letter carrier delivery to local food banks and pantries. Donations stay within the community. Suggested items include: pasta, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and canned goods. Glass containers should be avoided.
Backup Cameras Now Required in all New Vehicles:
A federal regulation went into effect Wednesday that will now require all newly manufactured vehicles sold and leased in the United States to have backup cameras. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rear view cameras have reduced backup related crashes by 17 percent since they first started appearing in vehicles as an added feature, but the Department of Transportation says that backup related crashes still kill more than 200 people and injure 12,000 others every year. The new cameras are expected to add roughly $140 to the price of a new car.
NYS Public Service Commission to Investigate Spectrum:
New York State Public Service Commission has announced an investigation of Spectrum Media Company. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of the 119th District, released a statement saying that he called for an investigation into Spectrum last week following consumer complaints about rapid increases in their cable and Internet bills. In response, Spectrum released a statement saying that they are “bringing more broadband to more people across New York State,” and that they are in full compliance with their merger. They vowed to “fight these baseless actions vigorously.”
Red Flag Warning Until 9 P.M. Tonight:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for portions of the Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes, including Steuben County, and all of Northeast Pennsylvania. A Red Flag Warning means conditions will be primed for extreme fire behavior, including gusty winds, low relative humidities, and warm temperatures. If a fire sparks, it is likely to spread. Residents are urged to heed all state and local burn bans.
14-year-old Charged in Series of Children’s Center Incidents:
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with criminal mischief in a series of incidents at Snell Farm’s Children’s Center in Bath. According to State Police, troopers were called to the center three times in the past week. On the first incident, the boy discharged a fire extinguisher, causing the smoke detector to go off and he broke a window. For this he was charged with criminal mischief and issued a family court appearance ticket. On April 30th, troopers were called again for the same child throwing chairs. Staff were able to calm him and said police involvement wasn’t necessary. Then later that same day, troopers were called back to the center for the same boy who broke two windows by throwing rocks at them. He was again charged with criminal mischief and was released with another family court appearance ticket.
Legislation to Toughen Heroin/Opioid Dealing Punishments Passes NYS Senate:
The New York State Senate passed Tuesday legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara that would toughen the penalties for heroin and opioid dealers. If made law, the bill would, among other things, take into account that heroin does not weigh as much as other drugs which currently means more doses are needed to trigger current criminal charges, and it would criminalize the sale of a controlled substance on or within 1,000 feet of a drug or alcohol treatment center.
Smoking Age Could Increase to 21 in NYS:
The push is once again on to change the smoking age in New York State from 18 to 21. The Tobacco 21 bill, which failed in the state Legislature last year, would make it so no one under the age of 21 would be able to purchase any kind of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center says roughly 96 percent of smokers began smoking before age 21 and the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition says they’re seeing a trend of people using e-cigarettes at a younger age. Currently, nineteen areas in New York have implemented the law, including Tompkins and Cortland Counties. The bill is currently in the state Senate.
Corning Ice Rink Upgrades to Cost More than Expected:
The upgrades planned for the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink in Corning are going to cost more than originally planned. The apparently low bid for the work, by Nelson & Streeter Construction Company of Pine City, is over $1.1 million. The City Council bonded $900,000 in the city budget. City Manager Mark Ryckman said that despite the higher than expected bids, the work will move forward as the system at the rink that freezes the floor is no longer being produced and needs to be replaced. The City Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday, and it may place an emergency resolution to take the needed money from the city’s fund balance.
Re-Creation to Perform at the Bath V.A.:
Re-Creation’s “HAPPY!” show will appear at the Bath V.A. on May 9th at 2 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium. The group represents Re-Creation USA, Inc., which provides a national program of live entertainment for America’s hospitalized Veterans in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes. “HAPPY!” features the best in American music and some of the nation’s finest young entertainers.
4 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
A two-month investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the Holland American Motel on Route 415 in the Town of Bath has lead to the arrest of four people. According to State Police, troopers responded to the motel on April 13th and interrupted 27-year-old Cassandra Plumley, 33-year-old Christopher English, 29-year-old Whittany Hale, and 30-year-old Colin Decker, all of Bath, in the process of actively manufacturing methamphetamine. A warrant was obtained and executed, and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized. All four suspects have been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony, and they were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Additionally, Hale had a warrant for violation of probation and was held without bail. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
Bonilla Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Witness Bribery:
The sister of accused murderer Lloyd Neurauter appeared in Steuben County Court Monday where she plead not guilty to charges of attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy. According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Wendy Bonilla and her brother “…conspired to give Karrie Neuratuer (Lloyd’s daughter) a free lawyer in her case to encourage her to change her testimony.” Lloyd previously also entered a not guilty plea to the charges. He’s being held in the Livingston County Jail without bail pending trial in the murder of Michelle Neurauter. Karrie Neuratuer pled guilty in early March to second-degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life and her promise to testify against her father. Bonilla was released Monday on her own recognizance with a series of conditions, including an order of protection for Neurauter’s three daughters and if Bonilla doesn’t appear in court she can be prosecuted without being present and if she is extradited from California, she will pay the cost. Bonilla could face 1 to 4 years in state prison.
Retrial of Sheldon Silver Gets Underway:
The retrial of New York’s former assembly speaker got underway Monday in federal court, with prosecutors saying Sheldon Silver took millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a legal fee bribery scheme, while his defense insisted the money wasn’t a bribe. Silver was previously convicted in 2015, but that decision was overturned in appeals court. In opening statements Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Silver was “blinded by greed.” Defense attorney Michael Feldberg countered that there’s no proof that Silver pocketed the money in exchange for taking official action, and he said accepting the fees was “100 percent legal.”
Governor Cuomo Announces More than $100M to Pave Roads Impacted by Extreme Weather:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday more than $100 million in state funding to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the harsh weather this past winter. Funding will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and New York City. In the Southern Tier, approximately $18.8 million will pave 179 lane miles of roads in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties.
H-port Board of Ed Budget Hearing:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed 2018-2019 budget. It will be held in the high school library, beginning at 6 p.m.
Plane Headed for E-C Airport Makes Emergency GA Landing:
An Allegiant Airlines flight bound for the Elmira-Corning airport Friday evening arrived much later than usual after it had to make an emergency landing in Georgia. The flight was headed from Orlando, Florida and it made the pitstop for what officials are calling “a precautionary measure.” The replacement plane finally made it to its destination just after midnight Saturday morning.
T-Mobile and Sprint Agree to Merger:
Consumers looking to sign up with, or change their wireless phone company could soon be limited to three carriers if a proposed $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is approved by the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators. The two companies have attempted merger before in 2014, but the deal fell apart following resistance from the Obama administration. The combined company would be called T-Mobile and would have roughly 127 million customers. Opponents say the reduction in carriers could result in higher prices, while unions have voiced concerns about potential job losses. The companies say they plan to have more employees than they do now, and that the merger will allow them to compete better. The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.
Steuben Co. Public Awareness Meetings on Feral Swine:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, along with USDA-APHIS Wildlife Specialist Katie Long, will hold informational meetings this week regarding feral swine and the importance of monitoring and managing this destructive invasive species. The meetings will take place on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscarora Town Hall in Addison, and on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Troupsburg Volunteer Fire Hall. The meetings are offered at no cost, but registration is requested at (607) 664-2300. In 2017, the last feral swine were removed from New York State, but monitoring efforts continue.
24% of NYers Prescribed Opioids in the Last Two Years:
Over the last two years, 24 percent of New Yorkers have been prescribed opioids for pain by a doctor, according to Part III of a new Siena College poll. Of those, 51 percent were told by their doctor or other members of the doctor’s staff about the risks associated with opioid use, while 49 percent were not. Of those prescribed opioids over the last two years, 62 percent did not take the entire prescription and among those, 40 percent did not dispose of the remaining pills. Eighteen percent of New Yorkers say they, or a family member or close friend, has pursued treatment for opioid abuse. Eleven percent say it was very easy to access treatment, but 26 percent say it was either not very or not at all easy.
NYS May Ban School Shooting Programs and Marksmanship
The New York State legislature is proposing a piece of legislation that would ban marksmanship and shooting programs in New York state. If made into law, it would ban students from using guns and prohibit firearms from being discharged on school grounds while banning schools from offering shooting programs and marksmanship like: "Proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in using 20 various types of ranged weapons, such as firearms and air guns... Handguns, rifles and shotguns and/or bows or crossbows." Under the law, classes would be allowed about teaching safe hunting practices and firearm use but students would be banned from the discharge and use of guns and firearms on school grounds. The law is currently in committee stage and will need to be approved before moving forward to be voted on.
Bonilla Arraigned in Neurauter Case Yesterday
A new development has emerged in the Neurauter murder case this week as the sister of Llloyd Neurauter, Wendy Bonilla, faced an arraignment yesterday in Steuben County Court. Bonilla, who is from California, was extradited to New York to be arraigned and is accused of attempting to bribe a witness last summer in the case against Neurauter for murder of his ex-wife Michelle. Both Bonilla and Neurauter were charged with attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy. Bonilla’s next court date is Monday afternoon at 2pm.
Woodhull State 417 Bridge to be Repaired
Bridge work was announced for State Route 417 in the town of Woodhull by the New York State Department of Transportation. Bridge joint repairs for the bridge that lies over Tuscarora Creek are expected to last about one month. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals and motorists are reminded to be mindful in obeying construction speed limits and watch for workers working on the road.
Meth Bust in Catlin
State police say they discovered a meth-making operation at a home in the Chemung County Town of Catlin. Troopers were following up on a previous complaint at the home on route 414 when they saw a “one pot” methamphetamine lab located in a detached shed at the residence. Police then arrested 20-year-old Jake Mattison of Beaver Dams. He was charged with felony 3rd degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. Mattison was then arraigned and sent to jail on $5,000 cash bail. After executing a search warrant, troopers said the recovered a pot which contained more than 2 ounces of liquid methamphetamine, laboratory equipment, chemical reagents and solvents.
Savona Village Board Meeting Monday
The Savona village board has scheduled two public hearings for Monday. Both hearing will be at the village hall and start at 6 p.m. The first hearing will allow residents to ask questions about the proposed 2018-19 village budget. The second hearings involve a proposed local law that would allow the village to override the state mandated property tax cap.
“Golden State Killer” Born in Bath:
Now that he’s behind bars, more is being learned about the man accused of terrorizing the state of California in the 70s and 80s, including the fact that he has local ties. In a California newspaper article published in 1973 profiling Joseph DeAngelo, he was described as a “native of Bath, N.Y.” The now 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested on Tuesday after DNA samples allegedly linked him to a series of murders and rapes. He is currently charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
Cynthia Nixon Makes Stop in Geneva:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s democratic challenger, Cynthia Nixon made a stop in Geneva Thursday where she voiced opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator on Seneca Lake. The proposed facility at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus would reportedly burn 2,500 tons of trash every day. Opponents say it would be bad for the environment and that it would bring an influx of traffic. In her speech, Nixon also called out the Crestwood LPG storage project on the opposite side of the lake.
Local Fire Departments to Participate in RecruitNY Weekend:
Four Steuben County fire departments will be participating in this weekend’s annual “RecruitNY” campaign. The Cohocton Volunteer Fire Department will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. The Gibson fire department will be open tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. for those interested in volunteering. And the Pulteney Fire Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Then, on Sunday, the North Corning Department will hold an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Meet the Candidates” Night May 10th:
Allegany and Steuben county voters are invited to a congressional “Meet the Candidates” night on Thursday, May 10th at Genesee Valley Central School in Belmont. There are five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Tom Reed for the 23rd congressional district seat in November. The 23rd district covers all of Allegany and Steuben counties. Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, and Eddie Sundquist will all appear on the June 26th primary ballot, and the May 10th meet-and-greet will allow their potential constituents the chance to sit down with the candidates in small groups and ask about their specific plans on a variety of topics, including agriculture, social security, job growth, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 100 guests. You can reserve a seat by calling (585) 466-4246.
Hornell Named One of the Most Affordable Places in New York:
A financial services monitoring organization has named the City of Hornell as one of the most affordable places for homeowners/buyers in New York State. SmartAsset used data from Bankrate, the US Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey, government websites, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and more, Hornell was ranked fourth overall in affordability, fourth in property tax rate, fourth in homeowners insurance rates, and fourth in mortgage payments. In response, Mayor John Buckley said, “The Maple City continues to lead the way in the region in affordable living. From water and sewer to public safety, Hornell continues to provide effective services to residents.”
Garbage Truck Overturns in Erwin:
A garbage truck on its way to the Hakes C&D Landfill overturned in Erwin early Wednesday morning. The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Erwin Hollow Road. Some of the truck’s load did spill into a nearby creek. Both state police and officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene. B&W Towing hauled away the truck and cleaned up the trash that spilled into the creek. There is no word at this time as to any injuries, the cause of the accident, or the status of the creek.
3 Arrested for Stealing from Cars:
Three Hornell men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from nearly 20 cars in Hornell. Terrence Tigner, Xander Whiteley, and Sebastian Hughes have each been charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Numerous stolen items, including loose change and two rifles, have been recovered, according to police.
Sister of Lloyd Neurauter to be Arraigned Tomorrow:
The California woman accused of conspiring to bribe a witness in the Michelle Neuratuer murder case will be arraigned in Steuben County Court tomorrow. Wendy Bonilla, along with her brother Lloyd Neuratuer, is accused of conspiring and agreeing to attempt to influence a witness in the murder case by offering that witness something in exchange for changing their previous testimony. Both Bonilla and Neuratuer are charged with felony attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy.
Arnot Mall, Wayfair Projects Approved in Chemung IDA:
The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency has approved two major projects. The Chambers Hospitality project will see a new hotel constructed at the Arnot Mall once the old Bon Ton building has been demolished. Online retailer Wayfair will open a new call center on Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats, bringing 450 jobs to the area.
DOT Announces Culvert Work:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work has begun on a $1.3 million culvert maintenance and repair project that stretches across multiple counties. Numerous small culverts are expected to be replaced and some larger culverts on state roads will be repaired in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. Officials say the work will help maintain traveler safety, improve drainage, and mitigate potential flooding. Drivers may encounter temporary lane and shoulder closures, longer-term lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals, and short off-site detours.
Wegmans Comes Out Against Proposed Plastic Bag Ban:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ban on one-time use plastic bags in New York State is facing criticism from major grocery retailer Wegmans. The chain made a statement saying that the ban would increase the use of paper bags, which are heavier and take up more space. They added that paper bags also take roughly 90 percent more resources and energy to make and recycle than plastic bags. Wegmans said it’s recycling rate for plastic bags was close to 50 percent in 2017, and they promised to continue to remind customers to recycle them.
Motorcyclists Reminded to Renew Registrations:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorcycle owners to renew their registrations before they expire on Monday, April 30th. Motorcycles, unlike most other vehicles, are only registered for one year, and they all expire on April 30th. Initial registration must be done at a DMV office. Renewals can be completed online, by mail, or at a DMV office.
Bath Man Wanted on Manslaughter Charge Arrested:
The Bath man wanted by police in relation to an overdose death in the village has been arrested. 37-year-old Matthew Taft was taken into custody Tuesday on a sealed indictment charging him with manslaughter in the 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd, falsifying business records in the 1st, and felony tampering with evidence. It’s alleged that Taft sold a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to Joshua Rowe on August 26th 2017 in the Village of Bath. Rowe then used the drug, resulting in his overdose. It’s alleged that Taft knowingly failed to take any actions or precautions to aid Rowe, recklessly causing his death. Taft is accused of then providing police with a false statement in addition to concealing certain physical evidence. Taft has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He could face up to 15 years on the manslaughter charge if convicted.
Corning Inc. Releases Q1 Earnings:
Tuesday Corning Incorporated released its first quarter earnings. There was an increase in sales of 5 percent, despite a 7 percent decrease in sales of Gorilla Glass compared to the same time last year. Vice President of Corporate Communications, Dan Collins said the dip wasn’t unexpected, saying they had a strong year with Gorilla Glass last year, and in the first quarter “there is not as many new product introductions.” He said he expects to see Gorilla Glass and all of Corning Inc.’s other products increasing significantly over the rest of the year.
Steuben Co. Plans Landfill Expansion:
Steuben County is looking to move forward with construction of an additional cell in the county landfill. Officials are still determining which direction to construct the cell, known as Cell 4, in relation to the current facility. Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said they’re working with property owners now, and that they hope to have a decision by the end of May. The new cell will cost roughly $6 million to build and is expected to last through until about 2023. The current cell, Cell 3, is predicted to fill up sometime next year.
Road Work in Urbana This Week, I-86 Work Begins Monday:
Weather permitting, a shoulder reconstruction project is set to begin on Thursday, April 26th on State Route 54, the New York State Department of Transportation has announced. The work will be along State Route 54 near County Route 87 in the Town of Urbana. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals. Elsewhere, on Monday, road crews are set to begin work on a portion of I-86. Crews will be working on drainage improvements from Exit 46 to the Chemung County line during the overnight hours, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. In early May, paving on the same stretch will resume, also during overnight hours. Motorists are reminded to drive carefully in construction zones, and that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.
Steuben Co. Tourism Organization Getting New Look:
The Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau will be launching a new website which is being designed and built from scratch in the organization’s continued efforts to promote Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes as an exceptional destination for travelers from around the world. The new website is being designed by award-winning web-development company, Simpleview, and it’s set to be launched in August.
Brush Fire in Rathbone Damages Building:
Numerous fire departments were called to Merring Road in Rathbone Monday for a brush fire that engulfed a nearby building. It took over an hour for the blaze to be brought under control. The cause is under investigation.
Offering False Instrument Arrests:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three people in two separate cases of alleged false instrument reports to the county Department of Social Services. 25-year-old Ashley Jordan of Hornell allegedly offered a written instrument to Social
Services knowing it contained false information. She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and was issued an appearance ticket. 21-year-old Robert Freeman of Atlanta and 22-year-old Chelsea Damboise of Avoca both allegedly filed Job Search forms with Social Services knowing they contained false information. Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and were issued appearance tickets.
Steuben Deputies to Provide Mutual Aid for WGI Events:
Steuben County deputies will provide mutual aid services for Schuyler County during the Watkins Glen racing season, under a contract approved Monday by the Steuben Legislature. The agreement allows Steuben deputies to respond to regularly recurring emergency situations throughout the auto racing season due to the crowds, traffic volume, and other incidents at race events at Watkins Glen International. Special detail deputies from Steuben will volunteer for mutual aid police under the command of the Schuyler County Sheriff. Schuyler will pay for all costs connected to the mutual aid, provide insurance, and pay $30 a day for the Steuben vehicles. The one-year agreement can be renewed annually for five years by the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee.
Tops Looking to Close Some Stores:
Tops Markets is looking to close some of its stores. The grocery chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, and in a document filed this week, its asking a bankruptcy court for permission to close an unspecified number of stores. In a motion, Tops officials wrote, “A few stores have consistently underperformed. Historically, these underperforming stores, among other things, are subject to above-market rent, are in regions oversaturated with supermarkets, or are too large.” Tops has stores in three states and employs roughly 14,000 people. It is unknown which stores could be closed.
Gov. Cuomo Proposes Plastic Bag Ban Bill:
Single-use plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a bill that would ban them beginning January 1st, 2019. Trash bags, garment bags, and bags used to wrap certain foods – like meat and fruit – would be exempt. Several places in New York already have similar legislation, or are considering it. The state says New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags a year, and the Governor said, “The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water, and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment.” A study last month found that a mass of plastic in the Pacific Ocean known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” filled with bottles, bags, and other trash, is three times the size of France.
Democratic Challenger to Tom Reed Receives National Endorsement:
One of the Democratic challengers looking to unseat Tom Reed in the race for the 23rd congressional seat has received an endorsement from a national organization. Ian Golden of Ithaca has been endorsed by the Justice Democrats, a federal political action committee with the goal to get everyday, working people in Congress. In a statement, Director Alexandra Rojas said that they believe Democrats with a real message have the best shot of winning, and that Golden’s “…message of addressing income inequality, providing healthcare for all, and a strong public education system are clearly resonating across this upstate district.” In response, Golden said that he’s honored to earn the endorsement, and that it underscores his promise to prioritize people over profit and influence.
Campbell-Savona Announces Give-Back Snow Day:
The Campbell-Savona school district has announced a Snow Day Give-Back for Friday, May 25th. School will not be in session as originally scheduled that day as the district has not used all their emergency closing days for this year.
Montour Falls Man Arrested for Threatening to “Shoot Up” Corning Bar:
Corning Police arrested a Montour Falls man on Saturday night after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Rock Bottom BBQ, a Bar and Grill, on Baker Street Extension in the city. 44-year-old Michael Jenkins allegedly called the bar repeatedly, looking to speak to an employee, then, according to police, he threatened to “shoot up the place” and he arrived at the bar shortly after. Police say they found a .45 caliber pistol when they arrested Jenkins outside the bar. Jenkins is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, stalking, making a terroristic threat, and driving while intoxicated. Further charges are possible in relation to an incident at a Schuyler County residence prior to the Corning incident. Jenkins is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Drug Charges in Hornellsville Traffic Stop:
During a traffic stop on Seneca Road in the town of Hornellsville, state police arrested Cassidy M. Unterborn, 30, of Rochester. She was charged with felony 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felony criminal possession of a weapon, felony possession of a defaced weapon, unlawful possession of pot and failure to stop at a stop sign. Arraigned in court, she was committed to the Steuben County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000.
Parole Absconder Arrested in Corning, Facing Drug Charges:
Despite being lead on a foot-chase, Corning Police were able to arrest a wanted parole absconder last week in Corning. According to police, officers spotted 20-year-old Luke Gallagher on April 18th as he was walking in the area of Dension Parkway and Walnut Street. He was ordered to stop, but he allegedly ran across multiple lanes of traffic and then through a business in the Gaffer District. Police finally apprehended him on Market Street. He was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and police say Gallagher also discarded a quantity of cocaine during the chase, but officers were able to recover the drugs. Gallagher has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and resisting arrest.
Eric Smith Denied Parole Again:
For the 9th time, parole has been denied for the Savona man serving time for the 1993 murder of Derrick Robie. Eric Smith was 13 at the time of the crime. He’s serving a nine years to life sentence. In its decision, the Parole Board cited the seriousness of Smith’s crime, but acknowledged his “impressive institutional record” in prison. However, they determined release at this time would undermine respect for the law. There was one dissenting opinion, with a parole commissioner saying Smith is now a mature adult and that after 24 years in prison, additional incarceration serves no purpose. Smith is eligible for parole every two years. He’ll go before the board again in January 2020.
Three Kittens Rescued After Being Tossed from Car in Bath:
A trio of kittens are getting a second chance after they were tossed from a moving car and rescued from a roadside in Bath. A passerby found the kittens and was able to provide a description of the car and driver to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. The kittens were transported to Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue where shelter officials say all three were in very bad health. One kitten is set to have surgery to remove to an eye later this week. They said they don’t think the kittens were injured when they were thrown from the car, but that they had been neglected previously.
Bath Police Searching for Matthew Taft of Gang Mills
Bath police need help in locating local wanted man Matthew Taft of Gang Mills. Taft is 37 years old and wanted for charges of manslaughter, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and falsifying business records. All charges stem from the August 2017 overdose death of a man in the Village of Bath on Buell Street. Anyone with information of Matthew Taft’s whereabouts is urged to contact 9-1-1.
Students Demonstrate at Reed's Office During Walkout
Demonstrating at the front of Congressman Tom Reed’s West Market Street office in Corning yesterday were two dozen students from both Alfred-Almond and Arkport Central Schools who participated in the Friday walkout protesting in favor of stricter gun control laws. The peaceful protest was registered with the National Walkout Association and the 24 students who participated disagree with Reed’s gun control stance of bargaining with the major Washington interest group the NRA, which lobbies on behalf of gun rights under the second amendment. In a press release, the students expressed their thoughts on the issue of gun control and violence: “We say enough is enough. It is time to reform the nation’s laws about gun control so that mass shootings stop happening. We are disappointed by our government’s inaction on this issue, and are calling for action. We need a future where schools and all of the nation feel safe in collection.” Congressman Reed said the following about the students that gathered:“It is a very important part of our democracy to have people engaged. It is only fair that everyone gets a voice in our government.”
Legislature Discussing Deputy Sheriff Salaries on Monday
The Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning and one item lawmakers will address is wage options for deputies. Legislators are saying that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain Deputy Sheriffs. One resolution to be voted on Monday is amending the Deputies Association Collective Bargaining agreement. One change would allow for higher starting salary for new deputies who are experienced law enforcement officers from outside agencies. The Personnel Officer, County Manager, Sheriff and the Administration Committee of the Legislature have recommended the changes in the current contract.
Wegmans Allowing Refunds Following Traditional Medicinals Recall
Locals are warned about a product recall for two types of Traditional Medicinals teas due to possible salmonella contamination. Customers that purchased EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea (lot number of 19461 and UPC code 03291700197) or Organic Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea (lot number 19482 and UPC code 03291700159) who bought the tea from Wegmans can return both brands to the store to be refunded. Customers with additional questions about the product or the retail can contact Traditional Medicinals directly by phone at (800) 543-4372.
Local Officials Encourage Organ Donation at DMV Press Conference
Leaders of Steuben met at the Corning DMV yesterday to encourage local residents to register to become organ and tissue donors. Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Joseph Hauryski, County Clerk Judy Hunter, County Manager Jack Wheeler and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano organized and appeared at the press conference to promote and recognize April as National Donate Life Month. The local officials explained the enrollment process to become a donor has been recently incentivized by an initiative granting new donors “lifesaver” cards they can share by posting to encourage friends and families to sign up so they too can “donate life”. “While April is National Organ Donation month, people should consider registering as donors every month of the year,” said Hauryski, (R-Campbell). “The value of organ donors’ generosity is immeasurable.” Steuben County’s 43% donation rate leads over New York’s 30% rate of donation but is below the national average of 54% The County leaders also shared that the process to register has been updated to be easier and more accessible for citizens to donate through the online portal: donatelife.ny.gov/register.
Reed Endorsed by New York State Conservatice Party
This week, Congressman Tom Reed was given the New York State Conservative endorsement for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. “Over the course of his career in Congress, Tom Reed has been an advocate for conservative principles,” Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party Michael Long says. “We supported Tom in his four previous races for Congress and are proud to endorse him again.” Reed has also won endorsements from New York State’s Independence Party and from Republican Committee Chairmen for all 11 counties within the local 23rd Congressional District.
NY State Private Sector Job Rate Up from Last Month
New York State’s private sector job count rose to 8.1 million last month…that’s a new, all-time high, according to preliminary figures released by the State Department of Labor. The number of people holding jobs in Steuben County dropped .5% in March compared to a year ago. Job losses were also report in the Elmira metro area as well as Allegany County. Schuyler County remained steady.
Sister of Corning Murder Suspect Extradited to New York:
The California woman accused of trying to bribe a witness in the murder case of Michelle Neurauter has now been extradited from California. According to inmate records, Wendy Bonilla was booked at the Steuben County Jail without bail on Thursday morning. Wendy’s brother, Lloyd Neuratuer and his daughter, Karrie, are accused of killing Michelle last August and staging it to look like a suicide. Lloyd is currently being held in the Livingston County Jail. Karrie is in the Steuben County Jail.
Bath Couple Facing Felony Drug Charges:
A Bath couple is facing felony drug charges. State Police arrested 30-year-old Colin Decker and 29-year-old Whittany Hale. Both were charged with 3rd degree unlawfully manufacturing meth. The charges stem from an incident a week ago in the Town of Bath. Decker and Hale are also facing charges for an alleged crime in Erwin. State police leveled additional charges against them for criminal possession of a controlled substance and possessing a hypodermic instrument.
Drug Charge for Corning Man:
A Corning man will face court action for allegedly committing a drug crime in the Village of Bath. State Police said they arrested 29-year-old Cody Shoemaker. He was charged with criminal possession of Meth manufacturing materials. The crime allegedly occurred in the village March 23rd. Shoemaker was released on an appearance ticket for court.
Prattsburgh CS Approves 2018-19 Budget:
At it’s meeting on April 18th, the Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education approved the proposed 2018-2019 school budget. The budget includes an increase in expenditures of 1.95 percent, but the tax levy will remain unchanged from last year. Decreases in the budget come from lower pension payments to the state, a renegotiation of the health insurance program, and personnel retirement. Areas of increase include funds for wage increases and for additional debt service on the recent capital project. The expected change in the tax rate is a decrease from $13.95 to approximately $13.78. The board will present the budget to the public on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. in room 3012. Voting will take place on May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. in the main building cafetorium.
Chopped Romaine Lettuce Recall:
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a recall on store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. At least 53 people in 16 states have been sickened after eating the lettuce, and 31 of those have been hospitalized. The CDC has tracked the lettuce to a growing region near Yuma, Arizona, but a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has not been identified. Officials advise consumers to avoid any romaine lettuce products, including salad mixes, that containe chopped romaine lettuce.
Paroled Felons to be Allowed to Vote:
During a speech to the National Action Network’s (NAN) annual conference in Manhattan, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will soon sign an executive order granting paroled felons the right to vote in New York State. Currently, those convicted of a felony and sentenced to prison are unable to vote until completing their sentence and parole. Those on probation do not lose their voting right. Those doing time for a misdemeanor can vote absentee.
Steuben Sheriff Adds Deputies, Promotes Others:
Two new full-time deputies and two seasonal deputies were sworn in at the Steuben County Public Safety Building earlier this month in front of family, friends, and co-workers with Sheriff Jim Allard officiating. Returning Deputy Brandon Martin, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, and a four-year veteran of the Village of Canisteo Police Department was sworn in along with Deputy Josh Day, a four-year veteran of the City of Hornell Police Department. Also sworn in were two members of the navigation, or boat, patrol as seasonal deputies: Deputy P.J. Dyring, currently a Lieutenant at the City of Corning Police Department, and Deputy Nicholas Muhleisen, who is currently completing training at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy. Both of them will begin work during the boating season this summer. Promoted at the ceremony were Sergeant Brandon Scott and Corporal Josh VanSkiver as first line supervisors. Sergeant Scott is a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Corporal VanSkiver is a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, a three-year veteran of the City of Corning Police Department, and an 11-year veteran of the City of Elmira Police Department.
Main Street in Hornell Work to begin Monday:
Asphalt resurfacing work on Main Street in the City of Hornell will begin on Monday, April 23rd, the New York Department of Transportation has announced. While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained by lane closures in one lane. Motorists should expect delays. The work is set to be done by July 13th.
Savona Farm Offers Agriculture Training for Vets.:
Several local veterans recently headed to a farm in Savona that hosted a free agriculture training workshop for those who fought for our country. The vets were able to learn more about building, installing, and repairing fencing for livestock at Walter Palmer’s Farm. The program was put together by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of New York. For more information on future events through the Cornell Cooperative Extension visit http://www.putknowledgetowork.org.
Rockwell Museum Moves Bison for Building Upgrades:
It was a bit of sight in Corning Wednesday, when one of the Rockwell Museum’s most famous fixtures was removed and took a ride down Dension Parkway. Artemis the Bison was taken down so that the museum can undergo some upgrades in commemoration of its 125th anniversary. Museum officials said no one should panic. Artemis was removed to protect him from the work and while he’s down, he’ll even get some pampering of his own. The artist will be looking him over and making any repairs if needed. The museum renovation is expected to take six to eight weeks, and will focus mainly on the building’s windows, some of which haven’t been changed or upgraded in over 100 years.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s SPIRIT Program Graduates 3 More:
Three forever homes for three dogs will become reality at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, April 23rd at 1 p.m. Rowan, Phoenix, and Sequoia will graduate from the SPIRIT program at the county jail and be adopted into their forever homes. The three dogs were rescued as puppies from abandonment by the Hornell Humane Society and were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office for training. They received six weeks of in-house obedience training from designated and trained inmate handlers in the jail. All three dogs have been adopted and are waiting for graduation to join their new families. Sheriff Allard said, “What a phenomenal program, not only for the dogs, but for the inmates and the corrections officers. All staff have done an excellent job of working with the program and there is no doubt that it has had a positive impact on the inmate handlers.”
Bon-Ton Stores to Close by Aug. 31st:
It’s official. The over 200 Bon-Ton stores will be closing. The sale of all 260 stores to two liquidation firms has been approved by a bankruptcy court and corporate officials have confirmed that all remaining stores will be shut down by August 31st. Going out of business sales are to begin immediately. Locally, a Bon-Ton store can be found in the Arnot Mall. Mall officials told WETM that proceedings have not bee fully released, and that they will continue to monitor the situation.
DWI, Leandra’s Law Arrest:
A Wayland man is facing multiple charges, including Leandra’s Law, after he allegedly drove under the influence with a child in his vehicle. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Chad Huffner was impaired by drugs while driving on Main Street in Campbell. He allegedly had a six-month-old as a passenger in the rear seat. He has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, Leandra’s law, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and endangering the welfare of a child. Huffner was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. The child was not injured during the incident and was turned over to family members at the scene.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
27-year-old Derek Clark has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant. It’s alleged that Clark violated a term or condition of his probation on a previous conviction of assault. Clark was arraigned and send to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo’s Favorability Drops in New Poll:
A new Siena College poll released Tuesday brings both good and bad news for Governor Andrew Cuomo. While he’s still leading the race for Governor, his favorability rating has dropped to 44 percent, which ties for his lowest point ever as Governor. The poll shows Cuomo leading Cynthia Nixon – his closest Democratic challenger – by 31 points, though she has gained ground since the last poll. In March’s poll, Cuomo led 66 to 19. Now that Nixon has declared her candidacy, his lead is 58 to 27. The poll also shows Cuomo still leading over Republican challengers, Senator John DeFrancisco and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
If Not Chosen by GOP, DeFrancisco will Drop Out of Governor’s Race:
Next month, the Republican party will be choosing its endorsed candidate for the New York Governor’s race. A preliminary poll by the Conservative party shows a favoring of Marc Molinaro, and in response, John DeFrancisco says he will drop out of the race if not chosen. He said he won’t run in a primary election so a unified Republican front could be formed.
Drug Collection Box Installed at Corning P.D.:
If you miss the next Prescription Drug Take Back Event (which is set for April 28th at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath) there’s now another way to dispose of your unwanted medications. The City of Corning Police Department has a new drug collection kit installed in its lobby. Individuals can drop off unwanted, unused, or expired medication, including controlled substances. The lobby is open 24/7. Proper disposal of medications helps keep local landfills and water supplies from being contaminated.
Bon-Ton Heading to Liquidation:
After filing for bankruptcy in February, it seems time is running out Bon Ton. Reuters is quoting sources that say Bon Ton stores will go out of business after the only bidders at a court-supervised auction were liquidators. Money raised from the auction will go to Bon-Ton’s creditors to repay what it owes. Once a winning bidder is selected and the deal is approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the liquidator can begin selling the inventory, store leases, fixtures, and intellectual property. Bon-Ton has nearly 200 stores, including one in the Arnot Mall.
H-Port Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the High School library.
Penn Yan Veteran Honored at Tuesday’s Yankee Game:
One of the traditions of the New York Yankee’s 7th inning stretch is a tribute to a military veteran and their family and on Tuesday, it was an area native being honored for his service. U.S. Army Corporal Dylan Duncan of Penn Yan, along with his family, was welcomed on field behind home plate and was introduced to the crowd. Cpl. Duncan was recognized for his service during Operation Enduring Freedom and receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Hornell Man Facing Drug Charges:
A Hornell man is facing multiple charges after he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs in Canisteo. 29-year-old Joshua Smith is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operator, and license plate violation. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Vestal Burglary Suspect Found, Arrested in Corning:
A man wanted in connection with multiple burglaries in the Vestal area has been arrested in the Town of Corning. 61-year-old Donald Fike is also wanted in the state of Arizona as a parole violator, and in Oklahoma for Theft of Property. He is currently being held at the Steuben County jail on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property in the third and fourth degrees. Additional charges are expected to be filed by the Vestal Police, Broome County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
DWI, Driving Wrong Way Arrest:
A Corning woman is facing charges after she allegedly drove drunk and westbound in the eastbound lane on I-86. Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Michelle Reese and charged her with DWI, reckless driving, failure to obey a police officer, and driving the wrong way on a one way. She was released on a traffic summons and an appearance ticket.
DWI Charge in One Vehicle Crash:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 48-year-old Laigth Ollman on a charge of driving while intoxicated following a one vehicle crash in Corning. Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Fairway Road and Ollman allegedly drove the vehicle off the roadway, causing it to become stuck in a field with a missing front tire. Ollman was charged with DWI and moving from lane unsafely. He was released on traffic summons.
Mother of Kevin Ward Speaks Out on Stewart Settlement:
While the details of their wrongful death settlement remain undisclosed, the mother of Kevin Ward Jr. spoke to media about how the family felt “forced” to make the deal with NASCAR star, Tony Stewart. The family told USA Today that Stewart wanted to settle, and the lawyers representing the Wards “threatened to quit the case” unless they accepted the deal. Pamela Ward said they tried to find new representation, but determined they couldn’t afford it. According to USA Today, Pamela Ward told the judge she wanted a trial when they appeared in court in Utica last week.
CCE Awarded Grant:
Congressman Tom Reed has announced a $50,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant has been awarded to The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County. Executive Director of the Steuben County Branch said that the money will be used to develop an agritourism plan and an agritourism trail for 5 counties, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, and Yates.
Stalking Arrest in Corning:
A Corning man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly stalked a woman and her children. According to Corning police, officers were called to an incident at a local business on a report of an intoxicated man trying to punch a woman. The man fled the scene before they arrived. Another woman then came forward and told police that a man had followed her and her children, threatening to hit them. Police identified 39-year-old Michael Givens and he was arrested at his home. He has been charged with two counts of stalking, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.
Felony Charge in Corning Domestic Incident:
A 20-year-old Elmira man was arrested Sunday in relation to a domestic incident in the Town of Corning. According to police, the victim said Ali Muhammad Jr. burned her face with a cigarette during an argument. Muhammad was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Police Investigating One-Vehicle Crash Outside Corning:
New York State Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred this weekend outside Corning. On Sunday morning, the overturned Jeep Liberty was found abandoned with no one inside it on Whinn Road. No further details are available at this time.
Steuben Co. Considering Plan to Pay Deputies Based on Experience:
The Steuben County Legislature Administration Committee has given initial approval to a plan that would see law enforcement officers coming into the Sheriff’s Office get paid according to the experience they bring to the job. Sheriff Jim Allard said the plan helps attract the best deputies, and “lateral transfers” are good both for the Sheriff’s Office and county taxpayers. He said that they save the county in training costs. The plan is now set to be voted on by the full Legislature on April 23rd. It would also require an approved memorandum of understanding with the deputies’ union.
Weekend Color Run Raises Funds for Area School:
Students, faculty, and members of the public hit the pavement on Saturday to raise funds for the Addison Valley Early Childhood School with a color run. Held at Tuscarora Elementary school, the run was an untied 5k with over 100 participants. Over a thousand dollars was raised, which will all go to the Valley Early Childhood School. The school offers a full pre-school program free to all residents.
Steuben Weather Advisory Begins This Afternoon at 2PM
Steuben county will be facing a Winter Weather Advisory today from 2 pm until 2 pm tomorrow as ice making travel hazardous on the roads is likely to form. By this afternoon, the temperature is anticipated to drop to low 40’s as the cold front enters the Southern Tier. The potential for rain will also increase, giving a good chance for the Finger Lakes region to be dumped with a mix of sleet and freezing rain. Tonight the chance for rain increases and we may be met with another freezing rain and sleet mix as temperatures drop to near freezing and 10-20 MPH winds are anticipated for Sunday. Areas prone to flooding are at risk and residents are highly advised to avoid travel if possible between from the hours of 2pm today until 2pm tomorrow.
Hornell Police Officer Facing Official Misconduct Charges
State Police report the arrest of Hornell Police Officer Jason Day for allegedly mishandling evidence while acting in his official capacity as a police officer in a case a few years ago. Day faces charges of official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing following a month-long investigation requested by Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker. Day is alleged to have failed to follow departmental policy and procedure while handling handguns, which Day voluntarily surrendered. Day also is alleged to have provided a false written statement with the knowledge it would be part of the New York State Police records. He was given an Appearance Ticket to return to the city of Hornell Court April 24 at 10AM.
Steuben County Sheriff's Office Offering Boater's Safety Course Today
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office is holding a boater safety course today from 9:00am to 5:00pm. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, anyone born after May 1, 1996 wishing to operate any recreational boating vessel must complete an approved safety course and anyone age 14 and over who wants to operate personal watercraft must also complete the approved safety course. The minimum age to take the class is 10 years old and class limit is 30 students. Proof of age is required for all students. Please call 622-3911 to register.
NYSP Crack Down on Distracted Driving
New York State Police and local law enforcement are participating in a statewide crackdown on distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The enforcement effort, called Operation Hang Up, will include increased patrols and checkpoints targeting drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. Preliminary data indicates a more than 1,100 percent increase in tickets for texting while driving in New York State since 2011. The campaign continues through Monday.
Bath Harrisburg Hollow Bridge to be Reconstructed
Work is underway on a $1.6 million project to replace the bridge carrying Route 415 over Harrisburg Hollow in the town of Bath. Originally built in 1936, the bridge will be replaced with a more resilient, modern structure. Traffic will be maintained on-site with a temporary bridge that will carry both lanes of Route 415 during construction.Avoca
Woman Arrested on Assault and Weapon Possession Charges
An Avoca woman was arrested following a domestic dispute. State police said they charged 35-year-old Angela Mattoon with assault with intent to cause injury and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. She was detained for court action.
Reed Appearing at Three Town Halls Today
Congressman Tom Reed announced three town halls that will take place today in our congressional district. The meetings will be held at the following towns:
Town of Gerry from 9:00-10:00am at the Gerry Rodeo Conference Center
(4351 Rt. 60 Gerry, NY 14740)
Town of Otto from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Otto Volunteer Fire Department
(9099 Jark Rd Cattaraugus, NY 14719)
And the Town of Ischua from 2:00-3:00pm at the Ischua Bingo Hall
(5634 NY-16 Hinsdale, NY 14743)
The Congressman says the meetings will be held for voters and residents to share their concerns and thoughts on tax reform and the local economy.
Lloyd Neurauter, Sister Accused of Attempting to Bribe Witness:
Lloyd Neurauter, the man accused of killing his ex-wife in Corning in 2017, is facing new charges, along with his sister, Wendy Bonilla. An indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury alleges that Neuratuer and his sister conspired and agreed to influence the testimony of a witness in the pending murder case against Neuratuer. The prospective witness refused. Neurauter and Bonilla are charged with attempted bribery of a witness, a class E felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree – a class A misdemeanor. Neuratuer appeared in court Monday where he entered a plea of not guilty to the new charges. He was sent without bail to the Livingston County Jail, where he is being held pending his murder trial. Bonilla was arrested at her home in California on Tuesday. She waived extradition to New York. She will be held without bail and will answer her charges as soon as she can be returned to New York.
Burglary in Progress Arrest:
A Canisteo man was arrested on April 4th when police responded to a report of a burglary in progress. According to State Police, officers were called to a residence in the Town of Avoca and they located 28-year-old Dylan Hall inside the residence. Their investigation alleges that Hall forcibly entered the residence without the owner’s permission and destroyed property inside. Hall was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
P.A. Man Arrested in Jasper, Troupsburg Burglaries:
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested following investigation into numerous burglaries in the towns of Jasper and Troupsburg in 2017. 28-year-old Zachery Barber has been charged with burglary in the 2nd degree – a class C felony. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Work Underway on Harrisburg Hollow Creek Bridge in Bath:
Work has begun on the bridge that carries State Route 415 over Harrisburg Hollow Creek in Bath. The NYS Department of Transportation says that the work will replace the existing bridge, and some of the approach pavement will be restored. Motorists may encounter lane closures as well as flaggers. On site detours are expected to be in place in June while the bridge is under construction. The project is set to be complete by the end of November.
2 Hornell Police Officers Recognized for Saving Life:
Two Hornell Police Officers were recognized Thursday for recently saving a man’s life. According to Police Captain Mike Sexsmith, on March 23rd, Officer’s McHenry and Linehan responded to the East Main Street Bridge on a report of a distraught 20-year-old man who was standing on the railing and threatening to jump. The officers walled off the area and were able to successfully talk the man back onto the sidewalk. He was then taken to the hospital for evaluation. McHenry and Linehan will be receiving an official letter of commendation from the Board of Public Safety for their actions.
Local Lawmakers Hold Press Conference Against Ending Minimum Wage Tip
Local lawmakers joined with representatives of the restaurant industry and area restaurant owners Thursday in Corning for a press conference where they called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rethink his proposed elimination of the minimum wage tip credit. Currently, the hourly minimum wage is $10.40, but for tipped workers the state set minimum “cash wage” is $7.50. That is combined with a $2.90 credit or allowance for tips that the employee receives from customers. Combined it ensures the employees a minimum wage of $10.40 per hour. If tips, combined with the cash wage, don’t reach the minimum hourly wage, the employers much make up the difference. In January, the Governor announced hearings to “evaluate the possibility of ending minimum wage tip credits in New York State.” Business owners say the move would be bad for restaurants and employees, and that the customer will end up paying more. The hearings are set through late June, with the next being held in Syracuse on April 30th at 10 a.m. at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Anyone interested in attending and/or speaking can find more information at the Department of Labor’s website at http://www.labor.ny.gov.
NYS Extends Tax Call Center Hours:
With tax crunch time upon us, New York State is extending its Income Tax Call Center hours. The center is normally open from 8:30 to 4:30, but on Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17th it will be open until 8:30 p.m. You can reach the Income Tax Call Center at (518) 457-5181.
18-year-old Arrested for Attempted Break-in, Threatening Employees:
Corning police arrested an 18-year-old Tuesday after he allegedly attempted to break into a business and threatened employees with a weapon. Police say Kyle Horton was told on Monday to stay away from the business on West Market Street, but he returned on Tuesday armed with a knife with the alleged intent to attack the employees. He’s been charged with attempted burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Bath Man Accused of Violating Parole, Lying to D.S.S.:
33-year-old Michael Parkinson of Bath has been arrested by Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of offering a false instrument and violation of parole. It’s alleged that Parkinson offered a written instrument to the Steuben County Department of Social Services knowing it contained false information. As Parkinson is on parole, the felony charge of offering a false instrument alleges that he violated a condition of his parole. He was subsequently arrested on a parole warrant. He is currently being held without bail in the Steuben County Jail.
Cohocton Woman Found Unresponsive, Charged with Endangering Child:
A Cohocton woman is facing a charge of endangering the welfare of a child after she was found unresponsive by State Police. According to troopers, they responded to a residence in Cohocton in an attempt to locate a subject wanted on a warrant and found 48-year-old Tracy Taber unresponsive and a 7-year-old child. Their investigation alleges that Taber’s condition was a direct result of her own conduct, and as a result, she was unable to provide proper supervision of the child. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Tony Stewart, Ward Family Reach Confidential Settlement:
The terms of the settlement reached in the wrongful death suit between the family of Kevin Ward Jr. and Tony Stewart will remain confidential. A hearing was set for today to have the settlement discussed “on the record,” but both parties filed a motion asking the court to vacate it, saying it would have resulted in “inconvenience and significant costs.” The settlement will be handled through Surrogate’s Court. Ward was killed at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in 2014 when he was struck by Stewart’s car.
Scores Attend Emergency Drill at Bath-Haverling:
Scores of volunteers participated Tuesday in the Steuben County Public Health Department’s emergency preparedness drill at the Haverling High School gymnasium in Bath. Volunteers from medical and emergency response agencies treated volunteer “patients” during the two-hour drill, which tested the county’s ability to effectively handle a mass crisis in terms of staffing, volunteers, location, and public awareness efforts. The pretend crisis Tuesday focused on response to a potential outbreak of Hepatitis A, as directed by the New York State Department of Health. Anyone interested in joining the ServSTEUBEN MRC volunteer system can register at https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/servny/ or can call Public Health at (607) 664-2438.
Steuben OFA’s Ramp Guys Receive State Award:
A highly successful program that gives elderly residents in Steuben County more freedom to travel outside their homes has been selected by the Association on Aging in NY to receive the 2018 Volunteer Innovation Award. The “Ramp Program” will be awarded at a ceremony on May 22nd, and “lead” ramp guy Glenn Davis will also receive recognition for his individual efforts. Launched in 1998, the “Ramp Guys” have constructed more than 470 handicap-accessible ramps for low-and-moderate-income individuals having trouble coming and going from their homes.
Bradford Woman Arrested for Stealing from Elderly Victim:
An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath and the Steuben County Adult Protective Home Care Unit has resulted in charges against 32-year-old Rachel Cantineri of Bradford. Authorities received a complaint regarding suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject and the subsequent investigation found that Cantineri, without authority or consent, allegedly made unauthorized purchases from December 2017 to March 2018 using the victim’s credit card. Cantineri was charged with forgery and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
A Bath woman has been arrested for shoplifting. 39-year-old Jeanne Sumey allegedly stole items from a retail establishment on State Route 415 in the Town of Bath. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the stolen items and Sumey was charged with petit larceny. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Cameron Woman Accused of Neglecting Dog:
A Cameron woman is facing a charge of overdriving following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a complaint of possible animal abuse. 37-year-old Megan Welch allegedly failed to supply sustenance, water, and food to a dog. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Former P-P Police Chief Not Backing Down from Fight with Village:
Former Painted Post Village Police Chief Dennis Mullen is vowing to continue his fight against alleged “abuse of power” in village government that led to his firing in 2017. Mullen filed a federal lawsuit against the village for an alleged violation of civil rights following his termination for, according to the village, not settling a matter regarding his salary and pension. Steuben County Court ruled that Mullen wasn’t formally charged by his employer nor granted a hearing prior to his termination and it was ordered in March that he be reinstated with benefits and back pay. As of yet, the village has not reinstated him, and it is unknown if he will decide to come back or not given the opportunity. Mullen said he is “seeking to clear [his] name.” Village Mayor Ralph Foster said the village cannot comment due to the ongoing nature of the situation. The federal lawsuit alleging violation of the fourteenth amendment is pending.
Police Investigating Threat at Spencer-Van Etten High:
The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a school shooting threat at Spencer-Van Etten High School. On Tuesday, writing was discovered on a classroom desk that implied there would be a shooting at the school later this month. The District said it will release more information when it becomes available. There is no evidence that any students or staff are in immediate danger.
New Medicare Cards in Route to Participants:
Medicare participants will be seeing new cards in the mail soon that the Federal Government says will help thwart scams aimed at seniors enrolled in the program. The new cards have an 11 digit identification number instead of Social Security numbers. Congress mandated the change by April 2019.
Public Health Drill at Haverling Today:
Residents are reminded that the Bath-Haverling Central School District has been selected to participate in a New York State required mass-vaccination emergency drill today, in collaboration with the Steuben County Public Health Department and regional law enforcement. The drill will be held in the high school gymnasium. The simulation requires the presence of law enforcement on campus during the day and at the entrances to the campus. This is only a drill and there is no emergency.
Addison Woman Charged in Weekend Accident:
An Addison woman is accused of driving while intoxicated and fleeing the scene in an accident that occurred on Saturday. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 43-year-old Robin Smith was drunk with a blood alcohol content over .18 when she left the road, hit a street sign and a utility pole on Front Street in the Village of Addison. She then allegedly ran on foot and was arrested a short time later. She has been charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to stay in lane. She was issued an appearance ticket.
United Officially Back at E-C Regional Airport:
United Airlines has officially returned to the Elmira-Corning Regional airport, with the first flight touching down on Monday. United will now offer two daily departures to its hub at Newark Liberty International. From there, travelers will be able to connect to 150 destinations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. United previously pulled out of the E-C airport in 2016, but according to officials the airline has new leadership and a new focus on smaller communities.
Tax Deadline April 17th, Extensions Available:
We’re now a week away from the tax filing deadline of April 17th. That is also the deadline for requesting an extension if you won’t be able to turn in your return on time. According to the state Department of Taxation and Finance, taxpayers can request an automatic extension of time until 11:59 p.m. on April 17th. Full payment of the properly estimated tax balance is due when requesting an extension. Personal income tax returns filed on an extension are due no later than October 15th. For more information visit http://tax.ny.gov/pit/file/ext.htm.
Steuben Proclaims National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week:
Noting the tireless service of Steuben County dispatchers, county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed April 8th through the 13th as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” in the county. These dedicated professionals ensure the safety of residents by dispatching police, fire, and ambulance services every day at all times of the day from the county’s 911 center, and they also provide medical pre-arrival instruction to those in crisis, Hauryski said. He called upon all residents to recognize the vital contributions these public servants make on a daily basis, and to take the time to say “thank you” for their efforts.
Job Fair at CCC Thursday:
Corning Community College will host a regional job fair this Thursday, April 12th from noon to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium. Representatives from over 70 employers are expected to attend. Participants are encouraged to research and prepare before the event.
Domestic Incident Leads to Meth Lab Bust:
Investigation into a reported domestic incident led to the bust of an alleged meth lab on Friday in Corning. According to police, Corning officers were dispatched on Thursday, April 5th to a domestic incident on Bridge Street Extension. During the incident, 30-year-old William Griffin allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old woman with a hockey stick, and also allegedly punched, kicked, and bit her before fleeing the scene. The next day, on Friday, April 6th, Griffin was stopped by police officers while driving on Bridge Street. During the arrest, officers say they became suspicious that Griffin and his passenger, 25-year-old Jacob Woodworth were attempting to conceal something. Further investigation led to the discovery of an alleged active “one pot” type of meth lab, along with items used to make meth, and a quantity of meth. Griffin and Woodworth were charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Additionally, Griffin was charged with assault in the second and third degrees, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Woodhull Woman Accused of Stealing from Elderly Person:
An investigation by the New York State Police in Bath, the Steuben County Adult Protective Home Care Unit, and the Bath Police Department has resulted in charges against 20-year-old Haley Heigel of Woodhull. On February 26th, the state police and Steuben County Adult Protective received a complaint about suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject. Following an investigation, it was determined that Heigel, without authority or permission, allegedly cashed four separate checks that were forged from January 10th through January 31st. Heigel also allegedly made unauthorized purchases from February 8th through February 13th on the debit card of the same victim. Heigel was charged with four counts of forgery and identity theft. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Bath Compost Site Opens This Weekend:
The Bath compost site will open to residents this Saturday, April 14th. Through April 28th, it will be open Saturdays only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Starting May 1st through June 2nd, it will add Tuesday and Thursday hours from 4 to 8 p.m. Then June 9th through November 3rd, it will return to Saturdays only. Brush, leaves, grass clippings, and garden materials will be accepted. No containers, plastic bags, buckets, boxes, etc. may be left. Construction and or demolition materials are not accepted. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Clerk’s office and at Bath Plumbing and Hardware. No tickets will be sold at the compost site.
Recruit NY Weekend April 28th and 29th:
An opportunity for New Yorkers to give back to their communities and protect their neighbors is coming up April 28th and 29th when the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) holds its annual recruit drive. Local volunteer fire departments will provide informational materials explaining the registration process and membership benefits to prospective firefighters and EMTs. Interested participants can call their local fire department to see if they’re participating. You can also call your local emergency management office at (607) 664-2910, or visit http://www.recruitny.org for more information.
Top-Prize Take Five Ticket Sold in Bath:
On Saturday, the New York Lottery announced that multiple top-prize winning tickets were sold for the April 6th TAKE-5 drawing. The tickets were sold in Brooklyn, Queens Village, Roosevelt, and Bath. The Bath ticket, worth $19,116.50 was sold at the Pilot Travel Center on State Route 53.
Planning Board Meeting to Discuss Corning -Guthrie Medical Offices
Corning-Guthrie hospital has proposed to construct medical offices on Guthrie Drive. On Tuesday, the public can weigh in. The Town of Corning Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for April 10th at 4:30 p.m. at the town hall. The final conditional use permit will be reviewed.
Office for the Aging to Hold Medicare Seminars
The first in a series of free seminars on Medicare is slated for this month. It’s sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The information is tailored for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions about their current coverage and options. The programs will be held April 18th at 10 a.m. on the 3rd floor of the county office building and April 19th at 1:30 at the Hornell Senior Center, 20 Broadway Mall. A third will be conducted April 24th at 10 at the Corning Senior Center. So make a reservation, call the Steuben County Office for the Aging.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Burglarly
State police this week arrested 28-year-old Dylan Hall of Canisteo. He was charged with a felony crime after he allegedly burglarized an Avoca home. He was detained on bail.
Woodhull Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges After Forging Checks
State police report the arrest of a 20-year old Woodhull woman after an investigation into a complaint regarding suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject. Haley Heigel was charged with four counts of forgery in the 2nd degree, a class “E” Felony for cashing four seperate forged checks at a local bank in Steuben County between January 10 and January 31, 2018. Unauthorized purchases were also made between February 8th through February 13th by Heigel on a debit card owned by the same subject. Heigel was arraigned for the forgery counts at the Town of Bath Court, remanded to Steuben County Jail on bail and rescheduled to appear in Town of Bath Court at a later date.
Finger Lakes Forest Officials Prescribing Fires Soon
This week Finger Lakes National Forest Officials announced they will be using prescribed fires to prevent forest wildfires. Local fire departments plan to treat from 200 to 600 acres in the forest to remove heavy amounts of brush and grass. The prescribed fires will begin soon in a couple of weeks and should not continue for more than six weeks. The anticipated affect to local residents is minimal with smoke possibly being seen and smelled. If burns can’t be completed, the forest service will postpone the fires for the fall.
Allard Warns of "Apple Pay" Phone Scam
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is warning residents about a new phone scam that has been reported. The scam is a phone call from the area codes 225 and 515 and what is supposed to be “Apple Pay”. If you get a call claiming to be from “Apple Pay” with these area codes, don’t answer the phone or respond with any personal or financial information to this request and please do report it to the FBI or local Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.
Addison House Fire Turns into Meth Lab Investigation:
The investigation into a house fire in Addison Tuesday night has turned into a meth lab investigation. According to the New York State Police investigators were called to the house on Reservoir Hill Road after items used in the making of meth were discovered and a search warrant executed on the home lead to the seizure of meth lab equipment. It is not known at this time if the meth lab caused the fire. Troopers say no one was home at the time. The investigation is ongoing.
Public Hearing on McDonald’s Construction:
The re-construction of the McDonald’s restaurant in Bath is the subject of a public hearing next week. An amended site plan application has been filed with the village planning board. The hearing on the plan will be held in the municipal building on April 12th at 5:30 p.m.
Village of Bath Borrows $23.6M for Wastewater Facility:
The village board in Bath has approved borrowing $23.6 million. The bond resolution will fund upgrades to the village’s wastewater treatment facility. The move to borrow the money was approved earlier the week by village trustees. The resolution will take effect May 2nd, unless a petition is filed with the village clerk seeking a public vote on the plan.
Gov. Cuomo Announces New Initiative to Combat Substance Abuse Among Student
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday a new initiative to provide teachers and coaches with resources they can use to help prevent and address substance use disorder among young people. Starting next week, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will notify schools statewide of the availability of flash drives loaded with materials in English and Spanish for coaches, teachers, school nurses, and other educators to use in personal conversations with students and in community forums. The initiative aligns with the start of spring sports season, when school athletic directors, coaches, and trainers have the opportunity to discuss the dangers of prescription opioids with student athletes and their parents or guardians.
Rogue Chinchilla Wreaks Havoc at Almond Municipal Building:
It may sound like a late April Fool’s joke, but the chinchilla running loose in the Almond municipal building is anything but funny to officials. The animal – which is a large rodent native to parts of Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile – has made several mysterious appearances, even being spotted by Fire Chief Andy Hulbert. It has apparently evaded traps for several weeks, and the town and village have now contracted to rewire and protect its electrical wiring from rodents. A $2,500 quote for work has been put on hold until further consultation between the village and town, as it’s uncertain which is responsible for the cost given the shared office space. It’s believed the chinchilla was a pet that was turned loose during a private event.
“Perceived Threat” Prompts Jasper-Troupsburg School Lockdown:
Both the Jasper-Troupsburg elementary and Jr./Sr. high schools briefly went into lockdown Wednesday following a perceived school threat. Superintendent Michael Mead said the district was made aware of “concerning social media postings.” The responsible party was located by police and following an investigation, authorities determined no actual threats had been made. The lockdown was lifted around 9 a.m.
Silgan Plastics Receives Bomb Threat:
A bomb threat was made against Silgan Plastics in Penn Yan Wednesday afternoon. Following an evacuation and search by multiple police departments and state canine units nothing was found, and employees were allowed to return. Police say they are investigating the threat to determine who made it. That person or person(s) would face a felony charge.
Horseheads Eaton Cor. Plant Announces Layoffs:
The Eaton Corporation location in Horseheads has announced layoffs. By the end of this month, twenty-nine manufacturing production positions will be eliminated, according to a company spokesperson. The facility, which currently employs more than 200 people, makes electrical components for industrial customers. In a statement, the company said it was a difficult decision, and the New York State Department of Labor is working with them to help the affected employees.
100-Home Development Proposed for Painted-Post:
A 175-acre, $1.2 million residential development has been proposed for Beartown Road in Painted Post. Development group Cross Creek intends to move forward this fall on construction of 100 single-family homes. It would be done in three phases: 11 to 12 homes in phase one, 30 homes in phase two, and then the remaining number in phase three. Mains and other water infrastructure have already been installed. Road paving would be done simultaneously with house construction. Plans are said to be currently under development and will be presented to the Erwin Planning Board when completed.
Corning Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection:
A Corning man has been arrested on a charge of criminal contempt. 21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated an order of protection by appearing at the protected party’s place of employment. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail.
Apple Pay Scam:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a new phone scam that has been reported to their office. Targets have reported receiving telephone calls from “Apple Pay” which says that suspicious activity has been noticed on the account. The call instructs you to click on three options on the internet or to call back on a provided number. A call to the originating number results in a recording which confirms that fraudulent apple pay calls are being received from that number and to report it to the FBI. Calls from (225) 765-3500, (859) 971-5400, or (515) 440-9000 are fraudulent and not to be responded to.
Pinwheels and Promises Campaign Underway:
The 2018 Pinwheels and Promises campaign got underway Wednesday with a kickoff in Bath. Now in its sixth year locally, the program is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, and it is the start-up to a month-long effort to keep children in Steuben safe. Residents in the county are encouraged to post Pinwheels and Promises signs in their yards, and to display pinwheels in a prominent place. County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski also proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Medicare Seminars Set for April:
The first in a series of free seminars on Medicare is slated for April 18th, 19th, and 24th at various locations in Steuben County. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The programs will be held: 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 18th at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath; 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 19th at the Hornell Senior Center; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 24th at the Corning Senior Center. Future seminars are planned for May through June, with times and dates to be released closer to the events.
Bath-Haverling 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:
The Bath (Haverling) Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2018 for the “Haverling Athletic Hall of Fame.” Two candidates were selected out of the applicants: Michael Rossi, Class of 2009 - Soccer, Baseball; and Nick Rossi, Class of 2011 – Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse. The inductees and families will be invited to the annual Haverling Alumni Banquet on June 15th for a formal recognition ceremony. Following the presentation at the banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Athletic Complex. For reservations to the banquet, visit the Haverling Alumni Association Facebook page for more information.
Fire in Addison:
Multiple fire departments were called to a home in Addison Tuesday evening. Reports of a structure fire on Reservoir Hill Road went out around 7:30 p.m. and the Addison, Gang Mills, and Tuscarora departments all battled the blaze for roughly an hour. Further details are limited at this time. An investigation is underway.
Blunt Force Trauma Killed 8-Year-Old in Elmira:
Police have released the cause of death following investigation into the death of an eight-year-old girl in Elmira. They say the girl died from blunt force trauma caused by another person. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Bath Assessor’s Office Changing Hours 4/9 – 4/13:
The Town of Bath Assessor’s Office hours will be changed for the week of April 9th through April 13th. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday they will be open 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and they will be closed on Thursday.
2017 Hunting Season Sees Fewer Deer Taken:
The Department of Environmental Conservation says fewer deer were taken by New York hunters in 2017. More than 200,000 deer were harvested during the most recent season, including 107,000 antlered bucks, but the DEC says that’s approximately five percent fewer than the previous year. Statewide, it’s a 10 percent decline in the antlerless harvest and on par with the 2016 buck harvest.
Steuben 4-H Members Excel at Regional Presentations:
On March 24th eight Steuben County 4-Hers joined others from the nine county Finger Lakes Region at Midlakes Intermediate School for District Public Presentations. The day ended with an awards ceremony. The top 20 presenters received special recognition, including four from Steuben County: Victoria Kelly, Sarah Lawson, Darren Piniewski, and Bethany Patton. Each judge also chose a presenter that stood out or that they wanted to recognize. Those chosen from Steuben were Peter Kelly and Darren Piniewski.
Boater Safety Course to be Held by Steuben County Sheriff’s Office:
A boater safety course will be held by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is limited to 30 students. The minimum age is 10-years-old and proof of age is required for all students. The Sheriff’s Office says any person born on or after May 1st, 1996 wishing to operate any recreational vessel must have successfully completed an approved safety course. Any person wanting to use a personal watercraft, 14 years or older, must complete an approved boater safety course. Call (607) 622-3911 to register.
Rexville Man Arrested for Falsely Reporting Missing Teens:
State Police have arrested 53-year-old Gregory Anthony of Rexville in conjunction with falsely reporting incidents which did not occur. Specifically, police say their investigation into Anthony's claim of several missing teens from the Richburg area was determined to be baseless. Anthony was charged with falsely reporting an incident and was issued an appearance ticket.
Cameron Man Arrested at Steuben Co. Jail:
A Cameron man was arrested at the Steuben County Jail following an alleged altercation. According to the Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Christopher Ferreira initiated a physical confrontation with another inmate and an altercation ensued. He was arraigned on a charged of attempted assault and will answer the charge in Town of Bath Court at a later date.
Cohocton Man Accused of Damaging Ambulance Property:
A Cohocton man has been arrested for allegedly damaging property belonging to the Cohocton Amublance Service. 51-year-old Rick Towner is accused of intentionally damaging the property and he has been charged with criminal mischief in the fourth. He has been released on his own recognizance.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
A Corning man has been arrested for misuse of food stamps. The Steuben County Sheriff's Office allegest that 31-year-old Charles Wheeler gave the PIN to his issued NYS Benefit Card to another person while he was incarcerated at the county jail. He allegedly gave that person permission to use his card, which the person did on multiple occasions. Wheeler wa sissued an appearance ticket.
Probation Violation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 23-year-old Jon Calcote of Painted Post due to an active violation of probation warrant. It's alleged that Calcote violated the terms and conditions of his probation, after having been previously convicted of attempted sexual abuse in the first degree. Calcote was held at the county jail until his appearance in county court.
Steuben Co. Jail Considering In-Jail Treatment for Substance Abusers:
Steuben County could receive funds to expand addiction services at the jail under the recently-adopted state budget, according to county Office of Community Services Director Hank Chapman. Chapman told the county Legislature's Public Safety and Corrections Committee the funds would pay for a full-time substance abuse counselor and part-time nurse at the county jail, with a case manager assiting inmates in making a successful transition after their release. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, some 80 percent of the 200-plus inmates typically in the county jail are addicts.
Stewart, Ward Family Reach Wrongful Death Settlement:
Weeks before a trial was set to begin, the family of Kevin Ward Jr. has reportedly reached a settlement with Tony Steward in their wrongful death lawsuit. Ward was killed in 2014 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when he stepped out on the track and was struck by Stewart. A hearing where both sides will put the terms of the pending settlement on record has been set for April 12th.
2018 Tyrtle Beach Jumper Announced:
At Monday night's Kick Off Party for the 2018 Tyrtle Beach Fundraising season, this year's jumper was announced as Campbell-Savona High School Principal, Kelley Meade. Meade will take the plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Salubria in Bath on May 3rd for the benefit of youth organizations in Steuben County. Phone line sare now open at 776-3326 to make your pledge.
EPA Names Corning Inc. Energy Star Partner:
Among the 163 new Energy Partners named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy on Monday was Corning's own Corning Incorporated. Corning Inc. was recognized for its Global Energy Management program and it receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for the addition of new strategic dimensions to its corporate energy program. Energy Star is a federal symbol for energy efficiency awarded to companies who have energy saving solutions and help reduce emissions.
Molinaro Officially Running for NYS Governor:
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro officially launched his campaign for New York State Governor Monday. The 42-year-old initially said he wouldn't seek the GOP nomination, but changed his mind after state Senator John DeFrancisco said he would seek the party's nomination. Molinaro was elected county executive in 2011. He has previously served in the Dutchess County Legislature and the state Assembly. That now brings the total number of challengers looking to unseat incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo to five, including two seeking to oust him in a Democratic primary.
Campbell Man Charged in Bath Car Chase:
Three people were injured and one was arrested in a car chase that occurred in Bath Friday night. According to the Bath Police Department, officers observed a white pick-up truck driving erratically along village streets around 9 p.m. and when they attempted a traffic stop, a pursuit began. The vehicle left the village at a high rate of speed and struck another vehicle near Lake Salubria. Both vehicles were heavily damaged. The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Harley Lyon of Campbell and he was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The occupants of the other vehicle – 19-year-old Daniel Wurzer of Bath and 19-year-old Blake Thomas of Alexandria, V.A. – were treated and released from Corning Hospital. Lyon was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Further charges are pending. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
NYS Budget Passed:
Just in time to meet the new fiscal year on Sunday, members of the New York State Senate and Assembly passed on Saturday a new $168.3 billion state budget. It includes $1 billion in new education spending, investments in water quality, and money to fight Lyme disease. There’s a new surcharges on taxi, Uber, and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy. It also contains one notable new tax: a fee on opioid manufactures and distributors that will raise money to combat addiction.
NYS Passes Law to Remove Guns from Domestic Abusers:
On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the passage of legislation to remove guns from domestic abusers. The legislation closes a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns. It also ensures that individuals wanted for a felony or other serious offenses are not able to obtain or renew a firearm license. Previously, despite being subject to an arrest warrant, an individual could still legally obtain a firearm license while being sought by police. In a press release, the Governor said that domestic violence is an issue closely tied to gun violence and gun violence deaths, with nine of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the United States - including Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs – being committed by individuals with existing records of committing violence against women, threatening violence against women, or harassing or disparaging women.
Keuka Lake Polar Bear Plunge Raises Funds for Good Cause:
More than a dozen people took frigid dips this weekend in support of a good cause. The annual polar plunge in Hammondsport took place on Saturday to raise money for three-year-old Kira Christensen of Penn Yan. Christensen was diagnosed with cancer. The proceeds were originally to be split with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, but they decided to donate it all to Christensen.
Walmart Reportedly Considering Acquisition of Humana:
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that retail-giant Walmart is considering acquiring insurer Humana. Talks are early, according to the paper, and the companies are said to be discussing a number of options, including acquisition. Humana is a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and over. Humana and Walmart already have a deal to provide prescription drug coverage. Analysts believe if a combination takes place, patients would likely be steered toward Walmart stores for help managing chronic conditions and other services. Humana has not responded to the Associated Press’ requests for comment, and Walmart said it would not comment on “rumors and speculation.”
A notice for Easter travellers passing the Southern Tier this weekend: The New York State Department of Transportation has closed the Kanona Rest Area on Interstate 86 in the Town of Bath. The Rest Area was closed yesterday afternoon at 2pm due to electrical issues and will remain closed until further notice.
Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park saw a boost in funding as members of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial Inc. recently helped with their donation of $3,000 to the Memorial Park. The donation will cover the purchase and installation of the “thin blue line” water feature that honors all law enforcement officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their communities. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard expressed his gratitude for the generosity of Steuben County Veterans Memorial Inc. “It is an honor to work with them and we are extremely grateful that they have chosen to show their appreciation in this way.” said Allard.
Distracted driving tops driver’s list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The annual review shows that 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, topping other risky behaviors like aggressive driving, drivers using drugs and drunk driving. Drivers in the AAA survey believe the problem of distracted driving has increased over the past three years, with nearly 50 percent reporting that they regularly see drivers emailing or texting while driving.
A judge has sentenced a Bath man to a prison term. On Thursday, 37-year-old Carlos Armenta was sentenced to spend 1.5-3 years in state prison as a second felony offender. He had been convicted of attempted promotion of prison contraband.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a new report documenting the record number of data breach notices filed with his office last year. In 2017, companies and other entities reported nearly 1,600 data breaches, exposing the personal records of 9.2 million New Yorkers – quadruple the number of New Yorkers impacted in 2016. Schneiderman announced that he would introduce legislation to require Facebook and other social media sites to notify his office and New York consumers when they learn that users’ personal data was obtained and misused in violation of the law or the platform’s terms of service.
Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Kevin Costello shared with county legislators that the agency will continue to foster economic development and promotion of tourism. Costello says his agency will have a voice influenced by authentic storytelling, support and development of destination services that connects visitors to the many attractions in the county with a perspective rooted in local history. The story of Great Western Winery and Hammondsport’s role as the “cradle of aviation” are a few of the important historical highlights Costello wants to share with visiting tourists. SCCVB shared its goals with the Steuben County Legislature which include:
-Updating digital promotion with the development of a new website connecting tourists with recreation such as hunting, agritourism, hiking, water trails and events,
-Developing thematic group and leisure tour offerings, itineraries, and packages by working with Steuben’s tourism partners,
-Collaborating with neighboring counties for promotion of common attractions to bring more tourism to the area, and
-Offering alternative transportation options for visitors to the county.
West Union Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a West Union man on multiple charges, including sexual abuse. 41-year-old Scott Vanhoven is a registered level 2 sex offender and he is accused of subjecting a 14-year-old boy to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. Vanhoven also allegedly created and used a Facebook account which he did not report to the sex offender registry. He is also facing failure to register or verify and failure to notify DCJS of change of internet access or internet identifiers, among other charges. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Corning Man Accused of Strangling Girlfriend:
A Corning man is facing a charge of strangulation after he allegedly strangled his
girlfriend during an argument. 27-year-old Joseph Robinson has also been charged with aggravated criminal contempt. The woman did not seek medical help at the scene. Robinson was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
NYS Senate Passes Lyme Disease Legislation:
Legislation co-sponsored by Tom O’Mara that would strengthen New York’s response to the rise of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases (TBDs) has been unanimously approved by the state Senate. The bill would require the state to conduct an impact study considering how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, including Lyme and TBDs, may have correlations with mental illness in infected individuals, and it would enable better treatment of the mental health consequences associated with these infections. The legislation now moves to the Assembly.
A.G. Pushes “SHIELD ACT”:
Following a report that four times as many New Yorkers had their personal information stolen in 2017 as 2016, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is again pushing for passage of the SHIELD Act. He says it would help make New York a “model for data security” by creating a legal responsibility to put in place “reasonable” safeguards for protecting sensitive data. Currently, Schneiderman says there is no law requiring companies to protect data. Many of the 9.2 million New Yorkers who had their data comprised were connected to the Equifax hack, but the A.G. says other breaches are on the rise as well.
Work Underway on Corning’s Brisco Bridge:
Work has begun on Corning’s Brisco Bridge to replace and strengthen all of the bearings, placing new tops to all of the piers, replacing pedestals at the abutments, and concrete surface repairs. Drivers should expect daily lane closures on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next two weeks. Currently, the northbound lane closest to the sidewalk is closed. Next week the southbound lane closest to the sidewalk will be closed. It’s expected on April 9th, a long-term stationary lane shift will be erected on the southbound side in the lane closest to the sidewalk. The project is set to be completed in July.
Trout Season Starts April 1st:
The State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday that this year’s trout fishing season in New York opens Sunday. The DEC will stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state, including Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek, the Canisteo and Cohocton rivers, Cold Brook, Meads Creek and Post Creek in Steuben County. Anglers can visit the DEC’s website for a list of stocked waters and the 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast for recommended trout and salmon fishing locations at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html.
Jasper Couple Charged in Meth Bust:
A Jasper couple is facing methamphetamine related and stolen property charges following an investigation by State Troopers. According to state police they responded to a residence on St. Rt. #417 in the Town of Jasper to execute an arrest warrant and they found both occupants – 40-year-old Daniel Gillespie and 35-year-old Michelle Croft – in possession of methamphetamine. A search warrant was issued and additionally, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment all used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized. Also, a large quantity of stolen property was recovered, including but not limited to an all-terrain vehicle, a vehicle tow-dolly, a dirt bike, construction equipment, and building materials. Gillespie was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Croft was released on her own recognizance.
Village of Bath Budget Hearing:
Residents in the village of Bath will have the chance to sound off on the proposed 2018-2019 village budget. A public hearing on the spending plan will be held Monday at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building. Earlier this month, trustee’s adopted a tentative budget which calls for an increase in taxes of 1.9%.
Gallant Withdraws from Congressional Race:
The Democratic field of challengers hoping to face off against Tom Reed for the 23rd Congressional District seat has gotten a bit smaller. Candidate Rick Gallant withdrew his name from the primary at a petition-signing event Wednesday evening, citing a lack of campaign funds and an inability to project an impression on voters. The longtime Corning-Painted Post teacher and basketball coach thanked his supporters and wished the other candidates well in the race. Five candidates remain; Gallant said he would support whoever wins the primary election.
Deadline Nears for Steuben Broadband Survey:
Steuben County officials are urging residents to take a few minutes to answer questions online or on paper for the Broadband Aggregation & Adoption Survey. The deadline to respond is April 16th. Officials say participation in this joint effort between Steuben and Yates counties will help Steuben access state funds needed to provide services across the county and improve provider competition. Also, the results of the survey will help the rural areas of the county gain access to funding that’s been made available in the Federal budget to improve broadband in unserved and underserved areas. The survey is available online at http://www.steubencony.org/broadband, and on paper at local libraries and town halls.
Southern Tier Pediatrics Acquired by Guthrie:
Effective April 1st, Southern Tier Pediatrics will become part of Guthrie, the company announced Wednesday. Currently, Southern Tier Pediatrics employs 60 people. They will all become Guthrie employees, and both offices in Corning and Horseheads will remain open. Officials don’t expect much to change in the transition, though in the future the number of staff might increase as the organization grows, and Guthrie is reportedly interested in expanding with a large multi-specialty site in the old Chase Pitkins building.
Pinwheels and Promises Set for April 4th:
For the sixth-straight year, Steuben County will celebrate children and take a stand to prevent their abuse and neglect. “Pinwheels and Promises Campaign …to prevent child abuse,” is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, and is slated for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 4th in Pulteney Park in Bath. The event features pinwheels – a symbol of carefree children – and encourages everyone to help prevent child abuse in the county. County Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski is expected to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county, and the event will also include information from participating agencies.
Man Wanted in Hornell Drug Raid Arrested:
A man wanted in connection with a drug raid in Hornell has now been arrested and is facing several charges. 64-year-old Hamid Afzali of Flushing is charged with criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds. They are all felony charges. Afzali has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Street Closure in Bath for Gas Man Replacement:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will be replacing a gas main on Pine Street, between West William Street and West Morris Street in Bath beginning Monday, April 2nd. For safety reasons, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction, which is expected to last throughout the month of April. The intersections of West William/Pine, West Steuben/Pine, and West Morris/Pine will be closed periodically as BEGWS cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main across these intersections.
Steuben Co. Traffic Safety Board Meeting Friday:
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board meets Friday. Two new issues will be reviewed. The Board has received a request from Bully Hill Vineyards for posted speed limit signs on Greyton H. Taylor Memorial Drive. Another request is from a Town of Campbell resident requesting a speed reduction from 40 mph to 30 mph on Clawson Drive.
Corning Postpones Hospice Home Decision Following Resident Pushback:
The Corning Planning Board had decided to postpone a vote on a proposed hospice home on Brown Road following pushback from residents. A petition to stop the home from coming to the area with 55 signatures was handed to the board. The Comfort Care Home, known as Bampa’s House, would be built on a 2.75 acre property in the Village of South Corning. Would be neighbors say they support the concept, but not the location, and they have concerns about the volume of traffic that will be brought to the residential neighborhood.
NYS A.G. Announces Lawsuit Over Census Question:
Following the announcement Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department that the upcoming 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are citizens, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that he will be leading a multistate lawsuit against it. Supporters of the question say it will help enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which aims to prevent voting rights violations, but in a statement Schneiderman said it violates both the 14th Amendment and the Enumeration Clause of the United States Constitution. He said it will create an “environment of fear and distrust in immigrant communities that would make impossible both an accurate Census and the fair distribution of federal tax dollars.” The census is required by the Constitution and is also used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. California has also already filed a lawsuit against the question, and New Jersey and Massachusetts both also expressed interest in leading or participating in lawsuits.
Southern Tier Outdoor Show Announces DogDogs for 2018:
The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show isn’t until October, but already officials have announced a brand new event that will feature at this year’s show. For the first time ever, the high flying action of DockDogs will come to the Steuben County Fairgrounds for both spectators and competitors to enjoy. DockDogs is the independent governing and sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving canine performance sports, and it will include the Big Air Wave competition, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve. The competitions will be open to any and everyone. Your dog must be 6 months or older, but dogs of any breed, size, or shape are welcome. Handlers above the age of 7 are welcome, and there will be a Youth Handler class for those between the ages of 7 and 14. Pre-registration will be available until one week prior to the event at http://www.dockdogs.com, or you can register on-site at the beginning of the day. The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on October 13th and 14th.
14 Acres Burned in Corning Brush Fire:
A brush fire in Corning Monday burned 14 acres of land and caused minor damage to a home on Theresa Drive. The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. when fire officials say a broken insulator on an electrical line caused the line to fall into a field west of the Corning Guthrie Hospital. With the dry conditions, the power line was able to ignite the ground and spread quickly. A dozen fire departments were dispatched and fought the blaze for several hours. No injuries have been reported.
Fugitive from Justice Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, deputies arrested 25-year-old Jessica Bennett of Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice. It’s alleged that Bennett was wanted by the P.A. State Police for forgery and receiving stolen property. She was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Warrant Arrest at Steuben Co. Jail:
A Rochester woman was arrested at the Steuben County Jail on Sunday on an active warrant out of Rochester. According to authorities, 35-year-old Fatinma Dubois allegedly attempted to the enter the jail for visitation and was found to have an active warrant out of the City of Rochester for assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was arrested and turned over to Rochester Police to answer the charges.
Multiple Traffic, Drug Charges for Erwin Man:
An Erwin man was arrested on Sunday on multiple charges including inadequate stop lamps, aggravated unlicensed operation and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 33-year-old Sheldon Peet allegedly operated a motor vehicle on County Route 115 in the Town of Lindley while his license or privilege to operate a vehicle was suspended, for failing to pay fines out of the Town of Woodhull Court. It’s also alleged that authorities found methamphetamine in his vehicle. Peet was released with appearance tickets.
$9.7M Awarded to Southern Tier for Projects:
New York State has announced $9.7 million is headed to the Southern Tier for various projects. Among those receiving funds is Hornell, where $1 million will be used to demolish the former Marion Rohr Building and turn it into a multi-family apartment building. Corning will receive more than $900,000 to convert the former College Center of the Finger Lakes into apartments and office space.
Veterans Town Hall March 29th:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall at the Bath V.A. on Thursday, March 29th. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.
Applications Open for 2018-19 NYS Excelsior Program:
New York State’s free-tuition program, known as the Excelsior Scholarship, is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Students who will attend a SUNY or CUNY school, and whose parents make less than $110,000 per year are eligible. Other requirements, including class credit minimums, do apply. To learn more visit http://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.
Bath Robbery Suspect Arrested:
The Ithaca man wanted in connection with a robbery in Bath has been arrested. Devante Johnson was taken into custody by Ithaca police and charged with burglary, robbery, and gang assault, all felonies. According to Bath Police, Johnson and two other men entered a village residence on February 22nd and assaulted and robbed two people. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail following arraignment. 26-year-old Clifton McBean, also of Ithaca, was also arrested in the same case on similar charges.
Drug Charges for Wayland Man Following Traffic Stop:
A Wayland man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Livingston County. 30-year-old Mackenzie Smith is facing 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument after heroin and a hypodermic needle were allegedly found in his vehicle.
“March for Our Lives” Protest in Corning:
Local supporters of the “March for Our Lives” gun-control protest took to the streets of Corning Saturday, joining thousands of others who did the same across the nation. Hundreds of people, many holding signs, marched down Market Street and listened to speakers that included local students and faculty. Some took the stand to express their personal stories of gun violence, and some called on Congressman Tom Reed to take action.
Tyrtle Beach Kickoff April 2nd:
The kickoff party for the 27th annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser for area youth programs is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 2nd at the Charles E. Westcott American Legion in Bath. A popular springtime tradition in Steuben County, the fundraiser has raised a total of more than $660,000 for youth programs in central Steuben, including $38,000 raised last year by county Sheriff Jim Allard. Kickoff festivities Monday evening include the announcement of the individual taking the plunge May 3rd from the chilly banks of “Tyrtle Beach” into the even colder Lake Salubria. Tickets for the kickoff are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information and ticket sales locations, call the county Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119.
CDC Warns of Second Wave of Flu Season:
While the flu season is winding down, it’s not going quietly. The Centers for Disease Control is warning of a second wave, Flu Virus B, which is happening now. According to the CDC, B-viruses are being reported more frequently now than the A-strain, which had been more dominant. Experts say it’s possible for those who have already had the flu this season to fall ill again with a different strain and a CDC spokesperson said the B-strain viruses tend to be more severe for younger children. Here in New York, flu cases have declined for the fourth straight week, according to the Department of Health. Reports of new cases are down 19 percent from last week and hospitalizations are down 29 percent.
New Restaurant Opening at Arnot Mall:
Hungry shoppers at the Arnot Mall will soon have a greater dining selection, as “Hometown Teams BBQ” has announced they’re opening inside the mall. The restaurant is described as family-style with a local sports theme. According to their Facebook announcement, “Hometown Teams BBQ” will open in May.
SSWCD Promises Improvements
County officials expressed praise for the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District for generating $30 per dollar of county contributions. Jeff Parker, who is District Manager of Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District, says $5 million was collected in outside funding for the fiscal year of 2017. Funds were made possible that year thanks to grants from agencies like the state’s Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program which contributed $2,756,310 and over $1 million from the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Parker said more improvement has been promised by the district, as they just approved an Army Corps of Engineers plan for an ice jam storage field for future dangerous ice jams like the hamlet of Campbell experienced in January.
Hornell Announces Zero Tolerance Policy on School Threats
Hornell and its school district issued a statement Thursday regarding school threats. Officials said students and parents should be aware that comments, even made in jest, will be investigated thoroughly and treated seriously. If you have concerns or have heard of threats made, you should call 911 right away. The statement was released after recent comments were made that could be construed as threats.
Rochester Woman Arrested for Drugs, Tampering with Evidence
A Rochester woman is facing charges of 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Tampering with Evidence, two counts of Falsifying Business Records, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop in Avoca. State Troopers pulled over Nancy Lopez, age 34, on I-390 for speeding and after interviewing Lopez, discovered marijuana and cocaine in her possession. Police say about possessing the substances. Lopez was taken to Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital under precaution because Troopers believed there was possibility Lopez swallowed narcotics to avoid charges. Upon her hospital release, Lopez was arraigned and sent to Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.
O’Mara Sponsors Laree’s Law
State Senator Tom O’Mara has co-sponsored an approved New York State Senate bill to allow drug dealers to be charged with homicide. “Laree’s law” would have drug dealers charged with homicide if a person dies of overdose of a substance sold by that dealer, carrying a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison for the charge. The bill heads to state assembly as supporters intend to target major and mid-level drug suppliers.
Canisteo Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Deputies announced the arrest of a Canisteo woman for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and failure to keep right. Katherine E. Kinne, age 27, was investigated after deputies were dispatched to a one car property damage motor vehicle collision on Woodworth Road in the Town of Hartsville. Police found Kinne to have collided with a fixed object and been intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or greater. Kinne was released on traffic summons and is scheduled to return to the Town of Hartsville Court at a later date.
Hauryski Endorses “Internet Fairness Conformity Act”
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski of Campbell has endorsed a state proposal which may increase local revenues and support initiatives to “buy local”. The “Internet Fairness Conformity Act” is a call for the state to collect sales tax from third-party sellers on large Internet marketplaces, regardless of the seller’s geographical location. Hauryski says the proposal will not effect the 8 percent Steuben tax rate and says the measure “will level the playing field” for local and small retailers and “adjust inequality in the tax system” as well as “bring sizable revenues into our county.” A total of $160 million in sales taxes could be collected by New York counties in the first year according New York State Association of Counties and could stabilize property taxes.
Watches Announces Run for Steuben Co. Judge:
Judge Chauncey Watches has announced his Republican candidacy for Steuben County Judge in the 2018 election. The seat is up for election this year due to the impending retirement of Judge Peter Bradstreet. Watches has served as a judge in Bath for the last 14 years and has helped resolve thousands of cases. Additionally, he has run his own private legal practice for 30 years and previously served as Assistant District Attorney and as Assigned Counsel through the Public Defender’s Office. Watches ran for the Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge seat last year, but was defeated by Patrick McAllister.
Waverly Woman Accused of Stealing $8,000 from Employer:
A Waverly woman has been accused of stealing nearly $8,000 in cash while she was employed at Sears at the Arnot Mall. 30-year-old Alisha Talmage allegedly stole the money between November 2017 and March 2018. She is facing a felony grand larceny charge. She has been released on an appearance ticket.
Steuben Co. Legislature Meeting Agenda:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets in regular session Monday, an effort to assist local governments in managing infrastructure projects, and a contract with the Hornell Humane Society are expected to top the agenda. County legislative committee members supported this month contracting with the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency for a part-time, experienced project manager to deal with the paperwork and complex regulations needed to apply for and receive grants for water, sewer, and other large infrastructure projects. The project manager would assist the governments, under the direction of the Steuben County IDA, providing an efficient and comprehensive plan for those participating. County legislators will also be asked to approve a proposed contract with the Hornell Humane Society for $7,500. This will be the first contract the county has had with the Hornell shelter, which works closely with the county Sheriff’s SPIRIT Program. SPIRIT pairs shelter dogs with inmates, who volunteer to train the dogs and prepare them for adoption.
City of Hornell, School District Release Joint School Threat Statement:
The City of Hornell and the Hornell City School District released a joint statement Thursday in regards to school threats. It said, in part that they recently heard comments and statements that could be construed as threats, and said that in each case, law enforcement was contacted immediately and each threat was thoroughly investigated. They remind students and parents that all comments will be investigated thoroughly and treated seriously, and urge anyone with concerns or that may have heard threats to contact law enforcement immediately. The school district said it will continue to follow established protocol and maintain ongoing collaboration with the City and the Hornell Police Department as needed.
Wayfair Opening Call Center in Big Flats:
Some 450 jobs will be coming to Chemung County as major online retailer Wayfair has announced a new call center will be opening on Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats. Wayfair, which is based in Boston, employs 7,700 people globally, and also operates centers in Massachusetts, Maine, Utah, Texas, Germany, and Ireland. It reported $4.7 billion in revenue in 2017, posting a 12-month loss of $245 million. The call center is expected to open this summer.
WGI Job Fair Today/Tomorrow:
As part of its preparations for the 2018 racing season, Watkins Glen International is holding a pair of job fairs today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., both days. Seasonal positions are available, including retail staff, security, ushers, gate staff, cleaners, and more. Attendees will have to fill out an application and supply two forms of identification.
Steuben Co. Notes National Volunteer Day is set for April 3rd:
Steuben County officials are urging residents and organizations to celebrate National Service Recognition Day, which is set for April 3rd. According to Steuben RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner, more than 400 participants serve in 71 civic, neighborhood, and faith-based locations in the county, through RSVP, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and AmeriCorps programs. The Steuben County RSVP volunteers alone save their parent agencies more than $1.5 million annually, she said.
“Check Out Hunger” Raise Over $278,000 for Food Bank:
This year’s “Check Out Hunger” campaign has been tallied, and shoppers throughout the Southern Tier donated $278,132 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, which is expected to provide over 834,000 meals. The total was announced Thursday at a celebration with participating stores: Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans. Seven cashiers were also honored with the “Golden Cash Register” award for outstanding work during the event.
Dansville Woman Facing Drug Charges:
A Dansville woman has been arrested on a charge of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine as well as tampering with evidence. It’s alleged that when 35-year-old Hollie Taft’s boyfriend, Thomas Jacobs Jr. was arrested on March 17th, Taft attempted to conceal physical evidence at a different location. Jacobs was also charged with unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine. Taft was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail due to previous felony convictions.
Bath Man Charged with Rape:
An investigation by the State Police of Bath and the Steuben County Child Protective Services has resulted in charges against a Bath man. 23-year-old Cody Marvin is accused of rape in the 3rd and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child less than seventeen. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Area Paper Laying Off 100 Employees:
The publisher that produces area newspapers including the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, and the Ithaca Journal has announced that it will be closing down its $50 million printing facility in Johnson City this summer and will now be printing in Rochester. As a result some 100 workers will be laid off during a 14-day period starting June 16th.
Two Local Women Recognized for Youth Services:
Two women were recently recognized for their service to youth by the Steuben County Youth Board at its annual banquet. Nominations were received from schools, youth-related agencies, and the community. Amber Bailey Stevens, of Hammondsport, received the board’s “Gary Pruyn Youth Service Worker Award” while the board’s “Champion for Youth Award” went to Christine Harrington, of Addison. A former Hammondsport Central Middle School teacher, Stevens is now the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Literacy Coordinator and developed the library’s weekly “Little Bookworms” program for infants through preschool children. A Healthy Families Steuben Program supervisor for 10 years, and the president of the Addison Youth Center board, Harrington is active in agency fundraisers, and organized a local lobby to call their local legislators when center funding was in danger of being reduced. Also, as an Addison Food Pantry board member, she helped open two “Kids Farmers Market” and developed the area’s first 1-mile “bunny hop” fundraiser to promote health and wellness.
NYS Sheriffs’ Institute Honorary Membership Drive This Week:
The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Steuben County this week and Sheriff Jim Allard encourages residents to give their support. The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Their programs include the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, Criminal Justice Scholarship Program, and Crime Victim Notification Programs.
Kidde Recalling 452,000 Smoke Detectors:
Kidde is recalling 452,000 of its “Dual Sensor” Smoke Alarms due to a risk that the alarms won’t actually alert consumers to a fire in their home. The issue is because of a yellow cap that the company says was left on during the manufacturing process that can cover one of the two sensors and compromise the device’s ability to detect smoke. The alarms were sold from September 2016 through January 2018 at Walmart, Home Depot, and other home and hardware stores as well as Amazon.com and other websites. Consumers are advised to remove the alarm and inspect it for the yellow cap, but are told not to attempt to remove it themselves. Instead, immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers can re-install the alarm and no further action is necessary.
Results of Local Village Elections
Local Village elections happened yesterday and Bath Mayor Von Hagn will serve another 2 year term. Von Hagn won in a landslide 31 votes over 13 votes going to the Democratic contender. A re-election also happened in Arkport for Mayor Charlie Flanders and Village Trustee Jon Hedges while Ryan Beers won over Patty Amidon for a Village Trustee position. North Hornell saw another term for Republican Mayor John Falci as well as Village Trustees Frank Libordi and Joe Ingalls. In Canisteo elected Michael Delaney and Grant Seaman as Village Trustees.
Reed Supports Death Penalty for Opiate Dealers in HELP Act
Congressman Tom Reed said he supports the death penalty for opioid and fentanyl dealers yesterday in his weekly media conference call. Reed supports the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act (or HELP Act) which proposes the death penalty to dealers who are prosecuted for a connection to an overdose death. The bill is pending in congress and Reed says that he thinks the death penalty will “make headway against those major traffickers to send the message that their behavior and their actions and their criminal activity is just unacceptable…” He also noted that pharmaceutical companies manufacturing these opiates such as fentanyl “need to be held accountable also”.
Steuben Leaders Concerned About RTA Tax Cap
Yesterday, Steuben County leaders shared their concern that New York State will force its counties to be abide by the state tax cap formula to receive the “Raise the Age” reimbursement that has been proposed in the 2018 state budget. The budget provision, which would begin in the fall, would give $100 million back to law enforcement and raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years of age so long as counties comply with the proposed state tax cap. County Legislature Chairman Hauryski of Campbell says Steuben expects to comply with the tax cap to be reimbursed but has called on state lawmakers to remove the RTA tax cap stipulation for counties to receive reimbursement due to the possibility of local economic deficit. The proposal to remove the RTA tax cap has also been given support in State Assembly and Senate.
Hammondsport Central School Board Holding Meeting Tonight
Hammondsport Central School will hold its Regular Board of Education Meeting tonight. It will be held at 6pm in the Hammondsport High School Library. It is open to the public and anyone who is a part of the school district is welcome to attend.
Johnson Arrested for February Assault and Robbery
Bath Village Police announced the arrest of an Ithaca man connected to a robbery in Bath that occured last month. Devante A. Johnson, age 25, was arrested for Robbery in the 2nd degree, Burglary in the 1st degree, and Gang Assault in the 3rd degree. Johnson was arraigned in Bath Village Court by Judge Watches and remanded to Steuben County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond and will reappear in Bath Village Court this afternoon at 3:15pm. The arrest was accomplished by a warrant that occured in Ithaca and in coordination with the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad, US Marshall’s Office, and Ithaca Police Department.
NYS Senate Passes Revenge Porn Legislation
The New York State Senate has passed legislation that protects individuals from the unauthorized sharing of intimate images, also known as revenge porn. The bill increases criminal penalties for this new form of cyberbullying to prevent potential victims from professional, emotional, or personal damage from the dissemination of explicit photos or other images. The bill will be sent to the Assembly.
Hornell Common Council Adopts New City Resolutions
In last night’s meeting, Hornell Common Council approved two major resolutions regarding the city’s Chamberlain term and policy for residency requirement. Changes made to the elections of Mayor and Chamberlains were made so neither of the separate offices will be elected to a new position in the same year and according to Mayor Buckley, this will make the transition into city hall smoother for the elected officials. The term for Chamberlain was also lengthened from 2 to 4 years. Residency requirement was updated so that any employee newly hired by the City of Hornell will have to be a city resident within 6 months of hiring with the few exceptions for part time or seasonal employees. Several budget adjustments were approved during the meeting and City Chamberlain, City Clerk and Mayor were given permission to draw checks for payments of bills.
Local Villages Elections Happening in Steuben County
Today is an important day in local politics as several Village elections are taking place. Elections in the Village of Bath is for Mayor only where Mayor Von Hagn is running unopposed. North Hornell is holding a mayoral race and an election for two trustee positions. In Canisteo, Two village board seats are up for vote while three candidates - Independent Michael Delaney, and Republicans Grant Seaman and Don Lewis. If you are a voter in one of these townships who wants to participate but do not know where to go to vote, please refer to the County Board of Elections website to look up your polling place at: https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-Places/Poll_lookup.aspx.
Allard Calls for Corning/Elmira Border to Contain Drugs
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is calling for a financial border around the Corning area and throughout the Steuben County area as a means to control the drug epidemic as soon as possible. Allard recently told the city council “Whatever happens in Elmira will be here in five years. We need to establish a border around this area or it’s coming here.” Allard also says the fight against opioids will be given an edge when the Steuben County Legislature will hire two new deputies in mid-April to assist in drug traffic interdictions. Two other positions will be added later as part of a plan with the Police Chiefs of Bath, Hornell and Corning. Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker recently announced the Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort, or “COPE” that seeks to resolve substance abuse in the county through the four-tier approach focusing on law enforcement, prevention, treatment and education. Sheriff Allard believes following this strategy is key to making the urgent call for isolating Steuben County possible.
Dansville Man Killed in Snowmobiling Accident
A Dansville man was killed over the weekend when the snowmobile he was operating was struck by a car. Police said 54-year-old Robert Henry died after he attempted to cross State Route 19A in Wyoming County and was struck causing fatal injuries. 56-year-old Thomas Brice of Nunda was not charged.
CASH Program Available for Taxpayers Earning Less than $54K
With Tax Day less than a month away, Steuben County residents, including retired seniors and their families, earning less than $54,000 in 2017, can receive free income tax assistance and electronic filing through the Southern Tier CASH Program. For more information, appointments and a checklist of necessary documents, call 2-1-1. A photo ID is required.
Canaseraga Man Charged With DWI
A traffic stop on I-86 resulted in the arrest of a Canaseraga man. State police charged 38-year-old Joshua Capwell with driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with refusing to submit to a breath test, speeding and other infractions.
Dansville Man Arrested on Meth Charges
State Troopers of the Wayland Barracks arrested a Dansville man for meth-related charges on State Route 36 in Dansville during an investigation for a domestic incident. Police pulled over Thomas J. Jacobs Jr, age 39, whose driving privileges were suspended, and say they found equipment, chemicals and other materials to make methamphetamine. Jacobs was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree as well as other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. Jacobs was arraigned in Town of Dansville Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
State Burn Ban Begins
A reminder that the New York state burn ban is in effect for the brush fire season. The ban lasts until mid May as a safety measure to prevent grass and wood fires. Campfires are still allowed so long as they are contained by a ring or pit. The Department of Environmental Conservation warns that those who violate the state’s Open Burning Regulation are subject to both criminal and civil action, which can result in fines.
Beware of Scams Targeting Taxpayers
This tax season, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning New York taxpayers to be careful of a few reported scams. The office says they have received complaints about scammers impersonating IRS agents. Schneiderman stresses to never give personal information such as bank account information and social security and credit card numbers to anyone who calls you unsolicited and reminds citizens: "No legitimate government agency will call you unsolicited on something like this." Anyone suspecting a tax scam is urged to report it by calling the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755 or completing a consumer complaint form.
Police Still Looking for Robbery Suspect Johnson
Bath Police are still seeking help from the public to locate a suspect of a robbery in the village of Bath that happened last month. DeVante Johnson, a 25 year old man from Ithaca is wanted among two other people for robbery, burglary and gang assault charges after the assault and robbery of two other individuals. Police say Johnson may still be in the Bath area and anyone with information is urged to come forward and report it to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office or Bath Village Police Department.
County Public Health Seeking Emergency Drill Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an upcoming emergency preparedness drill held by Steuben County Public Health. The drill will be held April 10th from 1-3pm at the Haverling High School Gym. The drill simulates a scenario of mass exposure to a virus requiring the administration of a vaccine to prevent illness. Volunteers are also needed at the same location to staff the event from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Steuben County Public Health officials say volunteers of all ages and abilities are highly encouraged to help with the project. Interested volunteers are asked to please provide their name, email address and cell phone number to the Public Health Department through calling (607) 664-2438 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverling Graduate to Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award
A former Steuben County Youth in Government intern has received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Dylan Marshall, a 2016 Haverling High School graduate, will receive the Chancellor’s award at an April 10 ceremony honoring recipients at the Albany Capital Center. Active in on-campus government at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, Marshall also was featured in the New York State Association of Counties magazine for his involvement in Steuben County Youth in Government.
Bath Street Department Collecting Storm Debris
Bath Village residents are reminded that the Village Street Department is still picking up brush and limbs brought down by the recent storm. All limbs and brush must be placed to the edge of the street but residents must not pile any material on the roadway. This collection is intended for storm damage only and continues until next week. The Village compost area will also be open for residents to drop off brush and limb debris free of charge. Anyone with more questions about this is asked to contact the Village Street Department at 776-6321 from 7am through 3:30pm.
New York Flu Cases Continue to Decline
For the third consecutive week, the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases has decreased across New York. The number of weekly hospitalizations decreased for the fifth consecutive week since influenza was declared prevalent in December, with 694 New Yorkers hospitalized for lab confirmed influenza.
Dansville Man Arrested on Probation Violation
A Dansville man was arrested by Steuben County deputies due to an active Probation warrant in the county. James Bennett was arrested in Eden, New York after violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Bennett violated his probation after receiving a conviction of reckless endangerment in the first degree. Following his arrest, Mr. Bennett was remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a later date to reappear in Steuben County Court.
O'Mara Co-Sponspors NYS "Contraband Screening Plan"
The New York State Senate is moving forward on legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) to require the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to establish an aggressive, multi-faceted “Contraband Screening Plan” in New York’s correctional facilities. O’Mara also noted that the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA) recently renewed the call for stepped-up efforts to cut down on drugs, weapons, and other dangerous contraband being smuggled into New York’s correctional facilities. The Association points to 2017 as potentially “the most violent year inside state prisons since 2007” with inmate-on-staff assaults, inmate-on-inmate assaults, and the smuggling of dangerous contraband into prisons on the rise.
Reed Responds to Student Demonstrations
Congressman Tom Reed expressed appreciation towards students who marched out of class to bring attention to school massacres and demand stricter gun control. In this week’s weekly conference call Reed said: “It inspires me to obviously reaffirm my position that doing nothing in regards to the issue of gun violence, in regards to the issue mental illness, derangement in America as well as protecting our schools….it’s something we should be doing.” Reed feels gun violence and school safety should be tackled by addressing those who are exhibiting mental illness or derangement as well as making sure function of background check is “flowing appropriately” while making sure legal rights are guaranteed, stressing “but at the same time due process rights are being protected.”
Law Enforcement Steps Up Patrols to Prevent St. Pat's Weekend DWIs
A reminder that state and local police will be on patrol to prevent drunk driving as part of the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekend” campaign. Targeting the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend the crackdown begins today and continues until this Monday March 19th. All drivers are reminded that if they will be drinking this weekend to organize a plan to get home safely by walking, calling a cab or carpooling. If you will not be sober and none of these can be arranged, please plan ahead to avoid getting drunk and behind the wheel by planning to spend the night. Research proves that these highly visible crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of DWI
Bath Police Searching for Burglary, Gang Assault Suspect:
Bath Police are searching for an Ithaca man believed to have taken part in a burglary and gang assault on February 22nd in the Village. 25-year-old Devante Johnson is believed to be in the Bath area. Earlier this week, police arrested 26-year-old Clifton McBean in relation to the same incident and he was jailed on no bail. Police say three men unlawfully entered a home and assaulted and robbed two others.
Dundee Man Crashes Truck into Home:
There were no injuries Thursday in an accident where a truck crashed into a house on the Dundee-Himroad Road. 24-year-old Sean Hanes of Dundee reportedly lost control of his pickup truck around 6 a.m. and rolled the vehicle onto its side. It came to rest in the house. There were six people inside at the time. Authorities say Hanes was traveling too fast on icy roadways and he was issued several traffic tickets.
Tractor-Trailer Carrying Livestock Crashes on I-86:
Around midnight this morning, a tractor-trailer transporting cows overturned on Interstate-86 in Chemung County near the Elmira Exit. According to officials, around 38 animals were in the truck, 7 escaped and were wandering along the highway. Some cows were killed in the accident, though an exact number isn’t known at this time. There is no word on the cause of the crash or if any people were injured.
Corning Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud:
A Corning woman has been arrested on charges of welfare fraud and filing a false instrument. 45-year-old Amy Hargrave allegedly submitted an application to receive benefits and did not list all required income. As a result, she received benefits in the amount of $908 that she was eligible for. She was released on an appearance ticket.
Cuomo Calls for Investigation of Schools that Punished Students During
Following reports that some schools prevented students from taking part in Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence, Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked state education officials to investigate. In a letter, Cuomo called the actions – which included reports of schools disciplining students and faculty for participating in the event – “an egregious safety violation” and unlawful.
Active Shooter Trainings Scheduled:
On Monday, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office presented the ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) training to over 120 members of the Corning area clergy and lay-leader community. The training discussed security, planning, and actions involved in responding to a critical incident event at a house of worship. More trainings are scheduled for: March 27th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bath, April 10th at the Wallace Wesleyan Church in Avoca, May 8th at the St. James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport, and May 22nd at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post. All trainings are free and begin at 6 p.m. You can register by calling (607) 622-3930 or by contacting the pastor of each site directly.
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Nominations Sought:
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, formerly known as the Steuben County Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse, is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups. Submissions should include what the nominee has done, what distinguishes efforts from other prevention efforts, and specifically why the nominee deserves special recognition. The deadline for nominations is April 1st. For nomination forms or more information contact county Youth Bureau coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.
Ford Recalling Fusions, Lincoln MKZs:
1.4 million Ford vehicles are being recalled because the steering wheel can become loose or even come off while driving due to a bolt that could come loose. There have been two accidents and one injury as a result of the issue. The recall applies to every model of the Ford Fusion and every model of the Lincoln MKZ from model years 2014 through 2018. Additionally, Ford has recalled another 6,000 Fusion and Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate.
Canisteo Woman Killed in Vehicle Accident:
A Canisteo woman was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Bearlick Hollow Road in the Town of Hartsville. Emergency responders were called to the scene on reports of a woman trapped underneath the driver’s side of a vehicle. The woman was taken to Saint James Mercy hospital, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. The driver was identified as 75-year-old Bonnie Kraft. Investigation by State Police determined that Kraft erroneously put the vehicle into reverse gear instead of park, exited the idling vehicle, and was subsequently knocked to the ground and pinned by the rolling vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and no foul play is currently suspected.
Wayland Man Allegedly Pulled Shotgun During Dispute:
A Wayland man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at another person during a dispute. According to State Police, 31-year-old Scott Wiley was also determined to be a felon, meaning he was not able to possess the shotgun. Their investigation also found that the shotgun was reported stolen. Wiley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and menacing. He was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.
Horseheads Man Accused of Selling Stolen Property:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Horseheads man for criminal possession of stolen property. 19-year-old Mason Shephard is accused of possessing and selling stolen property to a retail establishment in Erwin. Shepard was released on an appearance ticket.
California Man Goes Missing in Steuben Co., Found Following Search:
State Police from Painted Post and Bath, as well as a State Police K-9 team were dispatched Wednesday after a California man went missing. According to police, the 22-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle that had pulled into the Campbell Rest Area on I-86 around 3:30 a.m. For unknown reasons, the man ran into the woods upon exiting the vehicle, and failed to return. Roughly an hour into the search, the man was located and subsequently taken to Corning Hospital for evaluation.
Corning Man Charged with Threatening Police Officers with Knife:
A Corning man has been arrested for menacing police officers. 49-year-old James Holiday allegedly threatened the officers with a kitchen knife. He was charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and obstructing governmental administration. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Democratic Challenges to Reed Debate in Elmira:
For the first time, voters in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties got to see and hear from all the Democratic challengers of Republican Tom Reed in one place Wednesday night. The six candidates held a debate at the headquarters of the Economic Opportunity Program in Elmira and topics covered ranged from library funding to unions, climate change, healthcare, and - on a day when thousands of students across the nation walked out of class in protest of gun violence, including hundreds locally – gun control. The Democratic Primary is set for June 26th. All the candidates have said they will support the winner in November’s general election.
Toys “R” Us Closing all U.S. Stores:
After 70 years of business, Toys “R” Us has announced that it will be closing or selling all of its U.S. stores. Employees were notified on Wednesday before the announcement was made. Toys “R” Us has nearly 800 stores across the country.
Residential Brush Burning Prohibited Through May 14th in NYS:
With spring approaching, bringing with it heightened conditions for wildfires, the Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that residential brush burning is prohibited across New York State March 16th through May 14th. Much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, but warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2018 fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App, which is available on the DEC’s website. Violators of the open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.
Drug Charges in I-390 Pullover:
A pullover on I-390 has resulted in felony drug charges for three people. According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was pulled over for vehicle and traffic violations and over a pound of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine were found in the vehicle. 35-year-old Jason Quick of Canisteo is accused of criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd. 26-year-old Marcus Ruckdeschel of Nunda and 19-year-old Dylan Lew of Portageville were also charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd, and Lew was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th for the alleged cocaine possession.
Hornell Man Killed in Florida Accident:
A Hornell man has been killed in an accident Monday in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in Holly Hill, just outside of Daytona and 54-year-old Dave Rumchuck was killed.
Steuben to Increase Interdiction Efforts:
Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction locally could get a boost by mid-April, with county legislative committees agreeing to hire two new deputies, thereby allowing two veteran deputies to be trained in drug traffic interdictions. The county Legislature’s Administration Committee agreed to allocate four vacant positions for the county Sheriff’s department, with the stipulation two of the positions be filled immediately. County officials will also apply for a grant to fund the remaining two positions which would allow for more drug investigators later in the year. The committee’s action Tuesday followed approval by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee last week.
$1400 Raised for Food Bank in “Check Out Hunger” Shopping Spree:
The annual “Check Out Hunger Shopping Spree” was held Tuesday and more than $1,400 was raised for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The annual event is put on by WETM-TV, Jubilee Foods, and the food bank. This year Ray Kellar of Horseheads won the chance to race the clock. He shopped for two minutes and racked up $1,402.80. Jubilee Foods will now donate a dollar amount equal to the amount of food gathered.
National School Walkout Event:
Students across the region may march out of school this morning in support of victims and protesting against the latest school massacre in Florida last month. Some area school districts have embraced the notion, including Bath, Corning-Painted Post, Watkins Glen, and Penn Yan. The Horseheads School District is encouraging students to take part in campus alternatives. Students will march out of classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the lives of the 17 victims killed.
Update on Injured Route 36 Man:
There has been an update in the case of the man found injured on Route 36 in South Hornell over the weekend. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that it appears Matthew Cole was injured somewhere else, prior to being found in median of the road. He said the investigation indicates that Cole was accidentally injured, then driven to an area near his home, and that he suffered a cardiac problem while walking and collapsed. Cole is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Former Tyrone Highway Super. Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:
The former Town of Tyrone Highway Superintendent accused of submitting an altered town highway car invoice for work done on his personal car has now pled guilty to disorderly conduct. 66-year-old Paul Ernhout of Dundee was originally charged with felony official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing. As part of his deal, he will pay restitution of more than $300 and he will not be able to run for political office for a year.
Canisteo Turns Down Additional Police Proposal:
The Canisteo Town Board has voted against a proposal that would have added additional police officers and made the Canisteo Police Department essentially full time. Town Supervisor Steve Weed said the decision was because of a lack of preparation in the proposal and that what was presented was not as punctual as the board would have liked. However, he added that the issue can be revisited in the future.
Steuben Announces 2018 Bridge Schedule:
Starting at the end of March, work is expected to get underway on seven bridges in Steuben County. County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti and Senior Engineer Steve Catherman said the department expects to start the bridge repair season by replacing the Boucher Road bridge in the Town of Jasper, using an off-site detour; and a superstructure replacement of the Daniels Road bridge in the Town of Bath using an Acrow detour bridge. Other projects later in the year include: County Road 129 bridge in the Town of Woodhull, Wilson Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Hornby, Dry Run Bridge in the Town of Campbell, Kurtz Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Dansville, and Lyons Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Prattsburgh.
NYS Senate Approves O’Mara’s Sexual Harassment Bill:
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to combat sexual harassment in the workplace was approved Monday by the New York State Senate. The bill would enact a series of major reforms, including: establishing a statutory definition of sexual harassment, prohibiting the anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements and banning mandatory sexual harassment arbitration clauses, prohibiting confidential agreements unless the victim requests confidentiality, expanding protections to independent contractors, creating uniform polices for all branches of state and local government, and protecting taxpayers from paying for public-sector harassment settlements. The bill now moves on to the State Assembly.
Volunteers Needed for Public Health Drill:
Volunteers are needed to play “patients” for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s next emergency preparedness drill on April 10th from 1 to 3 p.m. at Haverling High School. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the event at the same location from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. The drill is based on a scenario which simulates mass exposure to a virus that requires a vaccine to prevent an illness. It’s important to note that is a drill – no real virus has been identified and no real vaccine will be administered. If interested in volunteering as staff, contact (607) 664-2438. Details on how “patients” can pre-register will be released the week of the event.
Upcoming Honor Flight Looking for Veterans:
The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is planning its next flight to Washington D.C. on May 12th and they’re looking for up to 80 veterans to join them. They’re looking for veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars to visit the Capitol and see their respective war memorials. Terminally ill veterans from other wars will also receive priority. The trip is free, but veterans must apply. To learn more, visit http://www.twintiershonorflight.org.
Man Found Injured on Route 36:
The Hornell Police Department has confirmed that a man was found lying in the median on Route 36 on Saturday morning. Chief Ted Murray said that after calling the Hornell Fire Department for an ambulance, police turned the case over to the Sheriff’s Office as it’s their jurisdiction. The Sheriff’s Department has not yet released a statement, but a post on Facebook claims the man as Matthew Cole. Strong Memorial Hospital also confirmed that they have a Matthew Cole as a patient, and said, as of Sunday evening, that he was in guarded condition.
Winter Storm Cleanup in Bath:
The Bath Village Street Department will be picking up brush and limbs taken down by the snowstorm. All limbs and brush to be picked up should be placed to the edge of the street. Residents are told not to pile any of the materials onto the roadway. This pickup is free of charge and intended to clean up storm damage only and no other materials will be accepted. Pickup begins this week and continues no later than March 26th. If you have any additional questions about this pickup please call 776-6321 between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm.
GOP Chairs Endorse Molinaro for NYS Gov.:
While he hasn’t yet made a public campaign announcement, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is already picking up steam as a candidate for New York’s Governor’s race. Friday, Molinaro’s campaign announced the endorsements of several local Republican chairs, including Yates, Seneca, and Schuyler counties. On Thursday, the Ontario County Republican Committee announced their endorsement of Molinaro following the drop-out of Brian Kolb.
Hammondsport, Corning, Elmira to Feature on PBS:
Local communities will be getting a spotlight on PBS this weekend, as Emmy Award-winning series “Travels with Darley” will feature Hammondsport, Corning, Elmira, and Watkins Glen. Filming took place last September and the episode is set to air this Sunday, on March 18th. There will also be a second episode featuring Finger Lakes National Forest in April.
Public Invited to 2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee:
The community is invited to attend the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee this Saturday, March 17th at 10 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post Middle School. The event, which is sponsored by Corning Rotary, is free and open to the public. The Bee includes students from schools in Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties, as well as Bradford and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania. The champion of the regional bee will move on to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting Wed.:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a budget workshop this week on Wednesday, March 14th. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Bath Village Street Department Holding Brush and Limb Pickup
The Bath Village Street Department will be picking up brush and limbs taken down by the snowstorm. All limbs and brush to be picked up should be placed to the edge of the street. Residents are told not to pile any of the materials onto the roadway. This pickup is free of charge and intended to clean up storm damage only and no other materials will be accepted. Pickup begins this coming week of March 12th and continues no later than March 26th. If you have any additional questions about this pickup please call 776-6321 between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm.
Corning Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Incident
A Corning man was arrested this week for alleged criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest as the result of an investigation stemming from information given to a Steuben County School Resource Officer regarding an alleged domestic violence incident occurring on Bailey Creek Road in Corning. Terry R. Wilson, age 24 was arrested after allegedly intentionally applying pressure to the throat of someone under the age of 17 with the intent to impede normal breathing or blood circulation of the minor. Following his arrest, Wilson was arraigned in Corning Town Court, remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail and scheduled to appear in Corning Town Court on April 5th.
NYSP Highway Interdiction Yields Canisteo Drug Arrests
New York State Police report their Highway Interdiction efforts have resulted multiple arrests for drug-related offenses in the Canisteo area. Following a traffic stop in the Town of Canisteo, Bath and Hornell Troopers arrested Marilyn G. Maddaford of Almond after she was found to be in possession of Suboxone that was packaged for sale as well an unspecified quantity of marijuana. Maddaford was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and for other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations, arraigned in Canisteo Town Court and released on her own recognizance before she is scheduled to re-appear in court March 22nd. Another Canisteo traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Travis Carlton of Canisteo for Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 5th degree due to allegedly possessing about 1.6 ounces of marijuana. The 17 year old driver of the vehicle was given the same charge of Criminal Possession in addition to Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and other Vehicle and Traffic law violations. Both were issued appearance tickets to Village of Canisteo Court at a later date.
Two Men Arrested After Jasper Meth Bust
New York State Police report the arrest of two men for Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree after Troopers from Bath and the North Hornell barracks interrupted two men actively manufacturing methamphetamine. Troopers responded to the residence of Mark J. Walton in Jasper, observing Walton and James Ball of Mansfield, Pennsylvania actively engaged in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Both were charged and arraigned initially in the town of Hornellsville Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail with Walton’s bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond and Ball’s bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property bond. Execution of a search warrant at the Walton residence yielded a large quantity of methamphetamine as well as various equipment used to manufacture meth. Walton and Ball were charged additionally with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and arraigned in town of Bath Court before being remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of additional bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond.
Steuben County Sheriffs Make DWI Arrests
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests for DWI this week. Deputies arrested Elizabeth Sable, age 55, of Pulteney for aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, no child safety seat for a backseat passenger under age four years, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to signal a turn. Sable is alleged to have operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition with a three year old passenger in the vehicle while in the Village of Hammondsport. She was released on traffic summons and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Urbana Town Court on April 9th. Deputies also report the arrest of David Troth of Prattsburgh for driving while intoxicated. It is alleged Troth operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition on State Route 21 in Wayland and failed to maintain his lane of travel while the vehicle did not display adequate tail lamps. Troth was released on traffic summons and is scheduled to appear again in Wayland Town Court.
Allard Announces DWI Crackdown for St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced that County police agencies will participate in an effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown is set from March 16th and will end March 18th. New York State Police, County Sheriffs, and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate throughout the state and be patrolling in full force in a coordinated effort to further reduce the injuries and deaths that result from impaired driving. Citizens going out for Saint Patrick’s Day are reminded to prepare by having a sober plan and designate a responsible and sober driver.
Lockport Man Arrested for Racist Graffiti at Alfred State:
A Lockport man has been arrested and is facing felony charges after he allegedly posted racist graffiti at Alfred State College. 20-year-old Colin Kroening is accused of making the images, including a swastika and “KKK,” while visiting the campus. According to the college, Kroening is not a student and he has now been banned from the school in the future, on top of his criminal charges which include felony aggravated harassment in the first and criminal mischief in the 4th as a hate crime. He was sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Cuomo Calling for Review Following Winter Storm Power Outages:
The New York State Department of Public Service has been directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to conduct a full review into the power failures after Winter Storm Riley. The storm knocked out power to more than 280,000 New Yorkers and days after thousands still remained without power. Cuomo called the power failures “…dangerous and completely unacceptable…” and he said they will hold the utilities accountable by directing the Department of Public Service to conduct a full review into the outages and ongoing utility power infrastructure issues.
“Spring Forward” Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms This Weekend:
Daylight Saving Time officially gets underway at 2 a.m. Sunday morning so before you head to bed Saturday night you’re going to want to set your clocks ahead one hour. But while making sure you’re on time is important; don’t forget it’s also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If alarms have removable batteries, the batteries should be replaced. Alarms with sealed-in batteries should be tested, and alarms more than 10 years old should be replaced.
WGI Hosting Ferrari Challenge North America:
Watkins Glen International announced Thursday that the Ferrari Challenge North America will be returning to the track in 2018. This will be the first time since 2014 they’ve hit the track. The race weekend is set for July 27th through the 29th. Tickets and camping are available by visiting http://www.theglen.com.
Corning Senior Center Celebrating 36th Anniversary:
The Corning Senior Center will celebrate its 36th Anniversary Wednesday with a birthday party. There will be food, including cake and ice cream, and Tanglewood Nature Center will present their Birds of Prey. If you’re interested in attending the lunch, you must register by noon today at 962-8000.
Guilty Plea in Corning Murder Case:
20-year-old Kerrie Neuratuer appeared in Steuben County Court Wednesday where she entered a guilty plea to Murder in the second degree – admitting that she intentionally aided her father, Lloyd Neurauter, in the murder of her mother and Lloyd’s ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter. Under oath, Kerrie said her father confronted her in mid-August with an ultimatum: if she did not agree to help him kill her mother, he would kill himself. Kerrie said her father wanted to be free from child support and alimony and wanted custody of his youngest child. While she said she wasn’t involved in the actual killing of her mother, Kerrie detailed the plan where she drove Lloyd to and from the Dwight Avenue home, disconnected several devices to hide his presence, distracted a younger sibling, helped him stage the scene, and lied to police as directed by him. The plea carries a sentence promise of not more than 15 years to life in New York State Prison, and as part of the agreement, Kerrie agreed to give truthful testimony against Lloyd at trial. After the plea, Kerrie was sent to the Steuben County Jail pending sentencing. Lloyd Neurauter’s trial is set to begin on September 24th.
Curtis Burrows Found Dead in Jail Cell:
The man charged with killing a Big Flats man and attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday evening, according to Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating. It is believed to be a suicide. Burrows was accused of meeting a woman in Corning and attempting to kidnap her. She escaped, but he stole her car and after crashing along the Chemung-Steuben County line, he traveled on foot and broke into a home in Big Flats. There he shot homeowner Timothy Webster before fleeing in Webster’s truck. He crashed near Mansfield and was later arrested in the hospital. He was facing a first-degree murder charge and 12 other counts.
Fire in Campbell:
Multiple fire departments were called to a home on Stoney Ridge Road in Campbell Wednesday just after 5 p.m. Details are limited at this time, but the fire reportedly caused major structural damage to the second floor. It is unknown if anyone was injured.
O’Mara, Palmesano Join Call for More Investment in NY Roads:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano were joined Wednesday by a bipartisan group of 142 state legislators and a statewide coalition of county and town highway superintendents and other leaders to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges, and culverts. They’re asking for an increase in state base aid for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) by $85 million to a total of $523 million, and they’re seeking the restoration of a $65 million “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation.
DEC Releases 2017 Hunting-Related Shooting Incident Numbers:
The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that the 2017 hunting seasons in New York saw the second-lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents. Of the 19 incidents last year, 14 were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality. New York’s lowest incident rate was in 2016, with just 13 incidents. The DEC encourages hunters to remember that many incidents could have been prevented if primary hunter safety rules had been followed: treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, control the muzzle and keep it pointed in a safe direction, identify your target and what lies beyond, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, and wear hunter orange.
Former Navy Recruiter Sentenced to Jail for Conspiring to Kill Wife:
The former United Sates Navy recruiter that pled guilty to conspiring to kill his wife was sentenced Tuesday. 30-year-old Brandon McPherson, of Horseheads, was sentenced in Steuben County Court to five to fifteen years in a New York State Correction Facility. McPherson pled guilty to Conspiracy in the second in January. At the time of the crime, McPherson was a recruiter for the U.S. Navy and he enlisted the help of a potential recruit to commit the murder. That person revealed the plot to the New York State Police and after an investigation McPherson was arrested.
Steuben’s Stand Up for Recovery Draws Crowd:
Steuben County’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” rally took place Tuesday in the Steuben County Office Building, drawing dozens of supporters and agencies experienced with the challenges of addiction and recovery. The event tackled the negative public perception of addiction by focusing on recovery and calling for more services to assist addicts and their loved ones. Steuben County officials voiced their support for the agencies, with county Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski officially proclaiming the day Steuben County Stand Up for Recovery Day.
Arnot Mall Redevelopment Application Approved:
The Arnot Mall is one step closer to its redevelopment dream, as the Big Flats Town Planning Board has approved the application for the project. Work is expected to get underway in the coming weeks on the first stage of the project: a new 4-story Holiday Inn Express. The mall wants to demolish the old Bon-Ton space to make room for the hotel. The hope is that it will attract upwards of 40,000 people annually.
Arrest Made in Utica College Threats:
A student has been arrested for making the threats that forced Utica College to go on lockdown on Monday. 23-year-old Fahrudin Omerovic was arrested at his home and police say no weapons were found. Omervoic allegedly used a phone app to alter his voice and called in threats Monday to the college and Tuesday to Utica Police. He has been charged with four counts of making a terroristic threat.
NYS Senate Unveils Plan to Help NY Agriculture:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and his colleagues within the Senate Majority Conference have unveiled a new plan they say will help the state’s agriculture industry. The “Growing Strong” Plan, proposes a series of investments, educational strategies, and tax and regulatory reforms to strengthen the industry. One of the plan’s key proposals is the restoration of approximately $13 million in funding cuts currently being negotiated in the 2018-2019 state budget.
St. James Mercy, UR Medicine Finalize Agreement:
St. James Mercy Hospital and UR Medicine have announced that they have finalized an affiliation agreement. The deal will help St. James continue to expand services and improve patient care, and to complete construction on the new Medical Village on schedule. St. James is the sixth hospital to join UR Medicine’s network, the others include Strong Memorial and Highland in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville, and F. Thompson in Canandaigua.
Defense Against School Shooters Training at C-G High School:
Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon has announced a training session on how to handle a school shooter situation will be held at the Canisteo-Greenwood High School. It will be on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. and it will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Two Steuben Co. Plows Damaged in Fire:
A fire Friday on Route 415 in Cohocton damaged two Steuben County plow trucks. The fire was reported at the county highway garage around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to county public works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti. One plow was totaled in the fire, the other remains in the building and the extent of its damage is unknown at this time. Spagnoletti said that the garage doors will need to be replaced and that “…the insurance will cover [the trucks], it’s a matter of how much.” He speculated that an electrical problem in one of the trucks could have caused the fire, but the investigation is ongoing.
CCC Student that Passed in Suspected OD Identified:
The Corning Community College student that passed away last week from a suspected overdose while on campus has been identified. According to a campus memo obtained by WENY News, the student was Marshall Fladd, a sophomore STEM major. State Police were called to the campus on March 1st on a report of two unconscious people. Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and she regained consciousness, according to authorities. Naloxone was also given to 26-year-old Fladd, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The woman has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. CCC is offering counseling services to students, faculty, and staff.
“Credible Threat” Puts Utica College on Lockdown:
Utica College was put into lockdown Monday afternoon after police received a “real, credible
threat” from someone claiming to have a gun on campus. The college, which is located roughly 52 miles east of Syracuse, issued a “shelter in place” order just before noon. The lockdown was lifted just after 5 p.m. Police told media that no shots were fired.
“Stand Up for Recovery” Event Today:
Steuben County officials are holding the county’s first “Stand Up For Recovery” event at 10 a.m. today. The two-hour event looks to erase the long-held negative perception of addiction and will take place on the County Office Building’s third-floor atrium. Organizers plan a “meet and greet” opportunity for the public to speak with those recovering from substance abuse addiction, a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones. The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery-Steuben, and Steuben County.
Changes to “Move Over Law” Called for Following I-90 Crash:
Tow truck drivers are calling for changes to the “Move Over Law” following a crash on I-90 that sent two NYS troopers to the hospital with serious injuries, and hurt a tow truck driver. They’re seeking harsher punishments for drivers who violate the law, which requires drivers to use due care by slowing down and moving over when approaching emergency vehicles or hazard vehicles including police, fire trucks, ambulances, construction, maintenance, and tow trucks. It applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right. Violators can face up to 3 points on their license and a fine of up to $275, among other charges.
$30M Coming to Region in Final Round of Broadband Program Awards:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $30.8 million will be heading to the Southern Tier as part of the final round of funding through the New NY Broadband program. The funding will be invested in public-private broadband and is expected to provide 18,000 homes and locations in the region with access to high-speed Internet.
Steuben Co. Debates New Deputies:
There was a heated debate Monday as the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee and other public officials discussed the possibility of hiring new deputy sheriffs as part of the new plan unveiled last week to fight opioid addiction and trafficking. County Sheriff Jim Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker have asked for four new deputies – allowing them to train four more senior deputies for dedicated drug interdiction – and are in favor of hiring them as soon as possible. However, a federal grant will become available this summer that could fund two of the positions for three years, and it is the recommendation of the committee to reallocate all four positions, but only hire two of them while waiting for the grant application process. The issue will be discussed again on March 13th when the Legislature’s Administration Committee meets.
Steuben County Storm Report:
Steuben County officials say utility are working diligently to restore power to the roughly 1,200 customers still without power this morning while Red Cross shelters in Canisteo and Prattsburgh closed at 6 p.m. Sunday. The power failures and shelter openings were in response to a powerful winter storm that arrived in the region Friday, dropping as much as 18 inches of snow in Steuben and making safe travel difficult and dangerous. A Travel Advisory was issued Friday morning and remained in effect until Saturday evening. Some 10,000 homes and businesses originally reported a loss of power, with about two dozen individuals requiring shelter. Crews and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the following days to clear roads, remove downed trees, restore power, and provide other services. Steuben County Chairman Joe Hauryski thanked all of those who responded to the emergency.
2 Charged for Failing to Provide Adequate Shelter to Dog:
Lack of adequate shelter for a dog led to the arrest of two Tuscarora residents. 27-year-old Amanda Wilbur and 28-year-old Troy Rupar were arrested on February 28th after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a report that their dog was not being properly taken care of. Deputies said when they responded to the residence, they found a puppy left outside without proper shelter. Both Wilbur and Rupar were issued appearance tickets. The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that during the winter months, all dogs outside must be provided with water, wind resistant, properly insulated enclosed shelter. Failure to do so can result in criminal action.
Reed Talks Guns, Jobs at Town Halls:
The extreme weather didn’t stop Congressman Tom Reed from holding three town hall meetings over the weekend. Reed made stops in Baldwin, Addison, and Almond where he fielded questions about the state of mental health in this country in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting in February. Reed said, “That’s a conversation we need to have, to go after those individuals exhibiting violence and are so mentally deranged that they are just a sociopath that we need to learn from to mitigate them from being in a position again.” Reed also said that he’s opposed to banning assault-style weapons. There was also talk at the meetings of jobs and the economy. Reed said he will take his constituents concerns back to Washington D.C.
Palmesano Fighting for Library Funding:
At a rally at the State Capitol last week, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano meet with officials representing local libraries and library systems to help fight to restore the governor’s proposed budget cuts to library aid. Palmesano is also calling for an increase in funding so that the total library aid is in compliance with the state statute. Palmesano said that library usage is up across the state and for many people in rural areas their local library is where they can go to get online and get connected to career opportunities. He called it “…an investment in life-long learning, an investment in literacy, an investment in workforce development.”
Parts of Steuben Powerless After Storm
Steuben County is still recovering from the foot and a half of snow that was dumped during the National Weather Advisory that ended early this morning. NYSEG is working to restore power to an estimated 5,400 customers remaining without power in the county, with many outages expected to last into the weekend in some areas. Those who are using backup generators or heating devices please use caution to ensure proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Red Cross Shelters Open for Those Displaced by Storm
Red Cross-organized shelters have been established for those who have lost power during the storm and need warmth or shelter. Shelters are set up at the following stations:
· Canisteo-Greenwood High School - 84 Greenwood St., Canisteo
· Prattsburgh Fire Hall – 17 Allis St., Prattsburgh
· Alfred University McLane Center Gymnasium 99 n Main St. Alfred
· Livingston County has opened a shelter at the Springwater Fire Station
A warming Center has been established at the Hornell Community Arts Center 54 Broadway in the City of Hornell
Those who are in need of a shelter but unable to make their way on their own should call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Changes for Loyola Recovery Foundation Location and Contacts
The Bath VA Medical Center would like to share a Public Service Announcement:The Loyola Recovery Foundation is no longer located on the grounds of the Bath VA Medical Center. Anyone who must contact Loyola Recovery Foundation should call 585-203-1005. All veterans interested in the VA’s services should call the Bath Veteran’s Administration at 607-664-4000.
Farley Nominated as Republican Pick for US Senate
Chele Farley was nominated as the unanimous choice of New York Republicans as the candidate for United States Senate. The New York City Finance Chair accepted the nomination for U.S. Senate at a meeting of state leaders in Saratoga Springs on Friday. Farley says she will challenge Kirsten Gillibrand and pledges to reverse New York’s balance of payment deficit with Washington. Farley said “Since Kirsten Gillibrand took office New Yorkers have sent over $300 billion more to Washington than we got back. I will stand up and stop Washington from discriminating against New York taxpayers.”
Reed Wants Consensus Before Committing to Gun Violence Bill
Multiple proposals for gun control have been presented in Congress and Senate after the Parkland, Florida school shooting but Congressman Tom Reed says he has not committed to supporting any specific bills at this time. Reed visited Geneva this week and said he is working with the Problem Solvers Caucus on a bipartisan consensus and says he would prefer that the National Rifle Association be involved with the effort if possible and said that the NRA was not opposed to enacting legislation that would establish background checks for guns. Reed expressed sentiment about coming to a solution, saying: “There’s not a human being in America that wants to see these horrific tragedies occur and those Americans include members of the NRA.”
PBS Show to Spotlight Local Finger Lakes Attractions
Our Finger Lakes Region will be put on the map through National Television thanks to a PBS Travels Show. Travels with Darley will feature the Southern Finger Lakes Region in its first episode.The episode will specifically focus on Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport. Darley and her crew learned about the history of Mark Twain, experienced glider rides, waterfalls and of course wine while in Wine Country. The show is set to air Sunday, March 18th at 11:30am on PBS local affiliate WSKG. Another episode taking a look at the Finger Lakes National Forest will run on WSKG on Sunday, April 8th at 11:30am.
Travel Advisory Issued
BATH -- Steuben County has issued a Travel Advisory, effective immediately, recommending NO unnecessary travel in Steuben. Officials also advise residents NOT to call 9-1-1 unless a road is completely block by a tree or if the wires are arcing.
“This is NOT a travel ban, but just an advisory to motorists to use caution while traveling today,” county Sheriff Jim Allard said, Friday morning. “If you must go out for work or an appointment, please use caution and call ahead to make sure the business or meeting place is open.”
County road crews have been operating since 3 a.m. and are having difficulties due to downed trees and powerlines. Most roadways are snow-covered and dangerous.
County Emergency Manager Tim Marshall said areas across Steuben received heavy snow this morning and more snowfall is expected this afternoon. In addition, gusty winds are predicted to begin this afternoon, causing significant blowing and drifting of snow with near whiteout conditions, he said.
“If you must travel during the storm we urge motorists to use caution, slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles,” Marshall said.
Marshall also recommended travelers: • Call ahead to make sure destinations are open. • Be prepared for delays • In the event your vehicle is stranded, make sure there is an emergency kit in the vehicle, including high energy food like granola or protein bars, water, blanket, extra winter clothing, a shovel and rock salt.
Another Winter Storm
Old man winter has given us another punch as heavy snows and winds are causing problems this morning. Slippery roads, power outages and strong winds have forced the closing of most schools, caused many cancellations. NYSEG reports over 7,000 customers have lost power. Tree limps are reportedly falling due to the heavy snow. Forecasters say the winter storm warning will remain in effect until 1:00am Sat morning. Expect difficult travel this morning as work crews continue to get streets and roads cleared. A travel advisory has been issued by Steuben County advising no unnecessary travel
Corning Community College Student Dies of Suspected Overdose:
Corning Community College released a statement Thursday about a medical emergency that claimed the life of a student. Painted Post State Police are investigating and the college says it is cooperating. Troopers say that they were called to the campus on a report of two unconscious people. Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and authorities say she regained consciousness. Naloxone was also give to a 26-year-old man, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
Felony Charges for 14 in "Operation Spring Break":
At a press conference in Hornell Wednesday authorities announced the arrest of 14 people in what they've dubbed "Operation Spring Break." The accused allegedly sold different types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and prescription pills. Each faces criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance charges. One of the accused - Joshua Withrow - is also charged with criminal negligent homicide for allegedly selling drugs that killed someone in an overdose several months ago. Authorities said that while "Operation Spring Break" was extremely successful, there was one suspect that was not arrested: 63-year-old Hamid Afzali. They are calling him a person of interest and ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts contact the Hornell Police Department.
More Trouble at Elmira Correctional Facility:
Trouble continues at the Elmira Correctional Facility with more fights between inmates and the seizure of more makeshift weapons by officers in recent weeks. The first incident occurred on February 7th when two inmates started fighting inside the gym at the prison. One inmate suffered cuts to his face. A second fight happened on February 12th when two inmates allegedly attacked another inmate. Two ice pick-style weapons and a piece of broken glass were found after inmates dropped them to the floor. All three inmates were taken to the infirmary for treatment. Officials say more fights broke out over the next two weeks, with several of the incidents needing to be broken up with OC spray. Seven makeshift weapons were turned over by inmates or were found as a result of searches of the prison. Inmates involved in the incidents were placed in special housing units and are facing internal disciplinary charges.
Annual "Check Out Hunger" Campaign Ends Sunday:
The annual "Check Out Hunger" fundraising event for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier ends this Sunday. That will be your last chance to help out by making a donation while checking out at your local Wegmans. Last year, over $250,000 was donated. This year, officials have set a goal of $290,000.
Winter Storm Warning in Effect:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning going into effect at 9 p.m. this evening and lasting through 1 a.m. Saturday for Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Tompkins and Yates counties. Heavy snow is predicted, with total accumulations between 6 and 12 inches, though higher elevations could see localized amounts of up to 15 inches. Travel is expected to be difficult, including during Friday’s morning commute. Snow could fall heavy at times after midnight tonight and into the day on Friday, with rates potentially exceeding 1 inch per hour.
Larceny, False Filing Charges for Addison Woman:
An Addison woman has been arrested for allegedly offering a false instrument for filing to the Steuben County Department of Social Services Child Care Aware program. 32-year-old Alicia Griffey is also accused of receiving over $2,000 in child care paid from the county DSS that she was not entitled to. She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny. She was issued appearance tickets.
Alcohol, Drugs Cited in Hornell Accident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 22-year-old Lucas Andrews of Hornell following an accident in Hornell. Andrews was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle on Seneca Road North that collided with a fixed object after his vehicle left the roadway. According to authorities, their investigation found that Andrews was both intoxicated and impaired by drugs while driving at the time. He was charged with DWAI-Drugs and DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. He was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the accident and was issued a traffic summons.
Drug Enforcement Announcement at Hornell P.D. Today:
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Hornell City Police Chief Theodore Murray, and members of the New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services will be holding a press conference at the Hornell Police Station today at 11 a.m. Members will discuss the status of a significant on-going drug enforcement investigation effort in the City of Hornell and also plan to announce a major initiative aimed at drug trafficking in the city.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Advocates for Increase in State Funding to Increase SROs:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is among the local authorities backing calls for an increase in state funds for school resource officers (SROs), social workers, and guidance counselors. Currently, Steuben has nine armed SROs in seven school districts, and two deputies assigned to the two BOCES campuses in Hornell and Painted Post. All Steuben SROs have at least twenty years of policing experience, and have attended and completed the ALERRT active shooter training course. Allard said funding more SRO positions is a better option than firearm training for schoolteachers. “Without the adequate mindset, training, or physical conditioning, the armed teacher is likely to become a target of opportunity for a determined attacker to arm themselves from the very firearm carried by the teacher,” Allard said. He also called upon his experiences with the civilian police academy where sometimes during a use of force situation “…some students utilized deadly physical force without justification, some did not use force when justified, and some simply froze.” He pointed out that this “…occurred in a controlled training environment, not in a real situation, in which the body is reacting to an adrenaline onset and attempting to function during a traumatic moment of immense crisis.”
Former Corning Hospital Site Cleanup to Begin in March:
The New York State DEC has released a cleanup action plan to address contamination at the site of the former Corning Hospital on Denison Parkway. According to the plan, chemicals like mercury, lead, and cadmium were found in the soil. The DEC says work will begin in March. The Guthrie Clinic, Corning-Hospital, and Corning Properties Incorporated will perform the cleanup.
Bullying Bill Passes NYS Senate Again:
A bill that would require schools to notify parents when their child is the victim of bullying has passed the New York State Senate. Jacobe’s Law, as it is known, passed unanimously, for the second year in a row, but still needs to pass the Assembly before it can become law. The bill is named for 13-year-old Jacobe Taras, who committed suicide in April 2015. His parents say they had no idea he was being bullied and that his school never contacted them about it. The law would require administrators to reach out to both the parents of the victim and those of the bully. Currently, schools are only required to report to the State Education Department.
Gun Control Bills Blocked in NYS Senate:
New York Senate Democrats tried to force a vote Wednesday on four gun control bills, including a ban on bump stocks and the creation of more effective background checks. They attempted to include them as amendments to a different, unrelated bill that was being discussed on the floor, but Senate Republicans voted to block the amendment from being added, saying it was not the time. The Senate GOP did release a statement saying they plan on introducing a comprehensive school safety plan that will look at more money for security cameras and armed resource officers in schools. The voting was party-line split, with all Democrats and IDC members voting for and all Republicans voting against.
Retailers Pull Assault-Style Weapons, Raise Buying Age Restriction:
While the government continues to debate, U.S. retailers have begun making changes to their gun policies. Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell guns and ammunition to anyone under the age of 21 and will remove any items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Walmart stopped selling assault rifles in 2015. Dick’s Sporting Goods also announced changes Wednesday, saying it will also no longer sell assault-style rifles, and they will ban the sale of high capacity magazines or firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Dick’s said it has never and never will sell bump stocks.
Three from Bath Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a Bath man for Misuse of Food Stamps. Allen J. Horton is alleged to have given his SNAP benefit card and PIN to Amanda and Cory Counterman, both whom used $194 worth of benefits they were ineligible to receive during late August and early September 2017 while Horton was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Horton was charged and arrested in the Village of Bath Court then returned to Collins Correctional Facility while Amanda and Cory Counterman were also arrested for the same charges.
Avoca Man Arrested for Unlicensed Operation and Forged Inspection
An Avoca man was arrested after a report of a suspicious person near a NYS Department of Transportation mowing tractor parked near the intersection of State Route 415 and Wentworth Road in the Town of Avoca. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded and charged 33-year-old Cory M. Vanhorne for alleged Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree and Forged Certificate of Inspection while being suspended from operating a vehicle in New York State. Vanhorne was released with traffic summons to appear in court on March 13th.
Local Lawmakers Pledge for Resource Officers at Chairman’s Meeting
State leaders met with Steuben County Legislators and county Youth in Government interns during the monthly public legislative chairman’s meeting this week. State Assemblyman Palmesano and State Senator O’Mara announced that they and other New York state lawmakers are currently looking at the anticipated state takeover of Medicaid. Both officials also expressed concern about the proposed payroll tax and promised to support the effort to equip public schools with resource officers to prevent gun violence in area school districts.
Officials Announce “Stand Up for Recovery” Event for Next Week
Steuben County officials announced the county’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” forum event scheduled for next week. The event aims to eliminate the stigma and negative perception of addiction in order to promote open-minded recovery and support within the community. A panel presentation, meet and greet with those recovering from addiction and information from area agencies that offer support for addicts and their loved ones will also be available. The two-hour event is set to take place 10a.m. Tuesday morning March 6th at the Steuben County Office Building in its third-floor atrium.
Steuben Legislature Establishes “Steuben Saves Week”
This week, Steuben County Chairman Hauryski and the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of February 26th through March 3, 2018 as “Steuben Saves Week” within the county. The purpose in observing this week as such is to call upon all county citizens to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically through positive wealth building action like increasing automatic savings. The County Legislature reminds citizens to make the most of their income by pledging to extend and sustain these practices encouraged during Steuben Saves Week during the remainder of the year.
Bath CSD Honors Alumni in 2018 Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District has Approved its annual Haverling “Hall of Distinction” for the Class of 2018. Haverling Alumni being recognized include Judge Peter Bradstreet from the Class of 1966 for the “Business and Professional” honor, Ms. Louise Coleman, who graduated in 1963, for the “Lifetime of Notable Achievement” distinction and being recognized for the “Medicine and Science” is Dr. Irum Tahir from the Class 1998. District Superintendent Joseph Rumsey says there have been many graduates of Haverling who have went on to become positive leaders and have impacted the world with their efforts and visions and says “It’s time to honor these individuals and share their stories with our students to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”