County Officers Honored with Performance Commendations
In this week’s County Legislative Committee Meeting, Sheriff Jim Allard gave commendations to Sergeants Brandon Scott and Shawn Shutt as well as K-9 Daimon for assistance in preventing further criminal action in an early morning manhunt in West Union last month. Allard said Scott had just completed his overnight shift upon learning of an alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and theft of a vehicle in Alfred. Scott searched on secondary roads for the suspect by following fresh tracks, locating what appeared to be the stolen vehicle and alerted other law enforcement. Discovering the operator had left on foot, Shutt and K-9 Daimon tracked the suspect, locating him several hundred yards away before taking him safely into custody without injury.
Deputy County Manager Job to be Posted Before End of Holidays
The search for a new Deputy County Manager begins for Steuben County as Mitchell Alger prepares to leave the position next month to take a job with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS). County Manager Jack Wheeler says he will make a new pick for deputy with the assistance from the county Legislature. The next step is beginning the recruiting process for candidates who are qualified. Wheeler says the job posting should be up before the end of the holidays but anticipates to keep it open for a couple of months.
Arnot Mall Plaza Updates Rescheduled for Spring 2020
The approved plan to put a new Holiday Inn hotel in the Arnot Mall plaza that was originally slated to begin this April has been pushed back to next spring. According to Horseheads Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother, hotel developers plan to break ground next April or May as the Town Board looks to secure grants and other monies for them to help redevelop the mall. Plans for mall renovations include tearing down the closed Bonton store and putting in other new additions throughout the mall.
Bath VA Hosts "Stand Down" Session Today
The Bath V.A. will host a “Stand Down” session this morning to provide information and services to Veterans. It begins 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post on 71 Old Ithaca Road in Horseheads. Information on housing, medical and mental health resources will be made available for veterans as well as other free benefits include haircuts, flu shots and screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Veterans should plan a whole day to be at the event to receive a free lunch and military surplus items like blankets, coats, and boots in the afternoon. Veterans can enroll in VA health care at the event and should bring their DD-214 discharge papers or military ID.
Three Men Charged After Woodhull Hunting Incident
Three men face charges after the State DEC said they illegally poached deer last weekend in the Town of Woodhull. Alex Nadjadi, age 23 of Savona and two Cloudersport, Pennsylvania men 29-year-old Jeffery Duell and 24-year-old Nathan Karns were arrested and charged with a total of 40 misdemeanor offenses that stem from an investigation into the killing of eight deer. According to the DEC, Karns and Duell were both each arrested for 17 misdemeanor offenses each while Nadjadi was ticketed for 6 misdemeanor counts. All three men were charged with the illegal taking of a deer and taking a deer with the aid of a motor vehicle while Karns faces an additional charge for Criminal Possession of a Weapon. All three men can answer to the charges in Woodhull Town Court on January 8th.
Cuomo’s Office Says Plans for Recreational Pot to Come in 2019
According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the governor plans to come up with a proposal to set up a recreational pot program in the state for early next year. Earlier this year, a state Department of Health study was commissioned by Cuomo’s office finding that legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use would benefit the state, especially through its potential tax revenue. Public listening sessions across the state have been completed and a working group commissioned by the governor’s office will review their findings and feedback. It is not yet known if the plan for marijuana will be presented as part of the state budget for 2019 or a seperate bill.
NCA Grant to Ease Medicare Enrollment in Steuben
A $115,000 grant to Steuben County from the National Council on Aging will help make enrollment easier for eligible Medicare recipients beginning January 1st. By coordinating enrollments with related agencies, the 20-month grant will allow those on Medicare to also enroll in the Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy, Low Income HEAP, Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Coordinating these enrollments is expected to improve case-finding and eliminate the duplication of effort for offices. The national grant’s required 15 percent county match is now included in the 2019 Steuben County Budget.
STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Begins This Week
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced that County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving beginning this week on Friday and running until New Year’s Day. The holiday STOP-DWI Crackdown will have New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies out in full force across the state.
Avoca Man Arrested for DWI Following Accident
A 48-year-old Avoca man was arrested for DWI charges following a response to a report of a one car motor vehicle crash on County Route 70A in the Town of Fremont. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Thomas J. Dewey allegedly operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition as he traveled east on 70A and lost control of the vehicle, striking a head wall/culvert and caused the vehicle to overturn. Dewey was transported to a local hospital for treatment and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and failure to keep right. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Hornell Woman Arrested for Hosting Underage Drinking
A Hornell woman has been charged with 2 counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree and violating the Local Social Host Law for allegedly hosting a party serving alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Elena F. Zaldivar, age 21, was charged following an investigation into a report of an underage drinking party in the Town of Hornellsville. She was released on an appearance ticket to appear again in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Hornell Man Charged with DWI
A traffic stop on State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville led to the arrest of a Hornell man for DWI charges. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Mark L. Snowden was allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more blood alcohol content and 2 counts of speeding in zone. Snowden was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations
The American Red Cross continues to urge people to donate blood during the busy holiday season. Two blood drives have been scheduled in Steuben County this month. The first will be held December 21st at the Bath Ambulance building on East Steuben Street. The drive will run from noon until 5 p.m. The second blood drive will be held December 31st at the American Legion on Main Street in Campbell. Hours for that drive are 10-3.
Donations of Clothing and Christmas Gifts Needed for Avoca Family
A family of seven from Avoca that recently lost everything in a house fire needs some help to make their Christmas a merry one. Charles and Erica Lynn Johnson have five children: Izayha, Harmoney, Kaydin, Leyla and Braxtyn and one dog. Donations for clothing and Christmas presents will be accepted at Stephanie’s Restaurant in Bath and are much-needed. Clothing sizes and Christmas gift ideas are listed below.
Charles - Men’s size 2X/3X, pants 38X32, shoes Men’s 12 1/2
Erica - Women’s size Large, Shoes - Women’s 9
Izayha - Men’s Large shirts, Men’s pants 32X32 Shoes Men’s 11 ½
Harmoney - Women’s Small 4/6 Tops and Bottoms, Shoes - Women’s 8 ½
Kaydin - Boys size 14, Shoes - Boys’ size 5
Leyla - Girls Size 10/12, Shoes - Girls’ size 3
Braxtyn - Size 3T/4T, Shoes Toddler Boy size 8/9
Izayha (age 14) likes fishing and Fortnight and just saved up for a new PS4 that was lost in the fire
Harmoney (age 13) is girly and likes makeup as well as arts and crafts
Kaydin (age 9) likes NERF guns, Fortnight and arts and crafts
Leyla (age 7) likes horses, ponies and owls.
Braxtyn (age 3) likes Paw Patrol, PJ Mask and construction trucks.
Purina One dog food is also requested for their four-legged friend.
Annual Shop With A Cop in Bath is Today
The annual Shop with a Cop program will be happening this morning at 9am in the Bath Village Hall. The Bath Village Police, State DEC, Hammondsport Police Department and Bath VA Police Department will be doing the event in the Village of Bath with the assistance of Bath K-Mart. The Steuben County Crime Victims Advocate and Arbor Development will assist the fourteen local children from a shelter to participate in the event.
Hornell Courthouse Auctioned for $2,000
The Steuben County Legislature is set to approve and finalize the bid placed for the old Hornell Courthouse at 12 Allen Street sold at $2,000. Bidding for the building was overseen by Steuben County Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly and administered by Pirrung Auctioneers, Inc. of Wayland. The first bid of $50,000 solicited by the auctioneer was met with no answers. Dalton Cady of Cameron offered a “minimum bid” of $2,000 about three minutes into the auction and was sold the courthouse. The County Legislature will take up a vote for finalization as their “Resolution 1” in 2019.
Cuomo Vetoes NY Lottery Anonymity Bill
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would give major lottery jackpot winners in New York State anonymity. Those who sponsored the bill wanted the state to provide the privacy of being anonymous for winners of over $5,000 to avoid being pursued by others seeking money. Cuomo said in a statement late last Friday that lottery winners in New York who desire to be anonymous have the option of forming a liability corporation to do so.
Grants Available to Grape Farmers Through CCE Program
A state investment worth $1.3 million into a new Cornell University program to help Concord grape growers could help farmers in our region. The new Concord Vineyard Improvement Program would help growers of Concord grapes plant vines, diversify operations of and renovate existing vineyards. Funding worth $145,000 by a USDA grant will be matched by additional state funding provided by the University’s Department of Food Science for new Concord grape product development. As part of the Concord Vineyard Improvement Program planned at the April Grape Summit, up to $50,000 worth of grants to enhance vineyard operations will be available on a rolling basis to growers in our county.
VA Seeks Volunteers for Wreaths Across America
The Wreaths Across America ceremony needs volunteers for Saturday. Those interested in helping place the wreaths should be sure to dress warm and meet at the VA campus by 11:30 a.m. Saturday to catch a shuttle bus or walk up to the cemetery. Coffee, cocoa and cookies to follow at the Historical Museum.
Wreaths Across America Ceremony Slated for This Weekend
Fallen soldiers will be honored this weekend in the placing of wreaths upon their tombstones with the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Bath V.A. National Cemetery. The annual ceremony honors service members of both past and present who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, by reading aloud their names as wreaths are placed on their place of rest. The Wreaths Across America program is open to the public and begins on Saturday in the Bath National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Senator O'Mara Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Meth Offenses
State Senator Tom O’Mara announced he will introduce new legislation that would be tougher on those manufacturing methamphetamine during the upcoming 2019 legislative session that begins in January. O’Mara, who is also a member of the NY State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opiate Addiction, seeks to give harsher penalties for those who repeatedly possess and sell the drug as well as make meth in the presence of a child or cause explosions or fires. O’Mara wants to increase these offenses from Class B Felonies to Class A-1 Felonies, which could yield sentences of 20 years in prison. O’Mara cites a recent string of arrests for meth and the making of the drug over the past few months in the area, from Hornell to Corning and Elmira, as reason to increase the penalties.
GoFundMe Established for Hornell Woman in Atlantic City Accident
A Hornell woman who was hospitalized following an accident in Atlantic City, New Jersey is getting some help from her community. Martha Marino was hit by a car while walking in the tourist city and put in the hospital for numerous fractures. A GoFundMe page has been set up for 63-year-old Marino, who is on a ventilator and still faces several surgeries. Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was the driver of the car and was charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, careless driving, reckless driving and for being unlicensed. Those who wish to give to Marino’s GoFundMe can do so here.
Troopers Report Less Tickets in 2018 Thanksgiving Crackdown
State Police report over 15,000 tickets were issued across the state for the Thanksgiving Crackdown patrol, a slight decrease from last year. Troopers say of the total 15,115 tickets issued in the 5-day campaign for this year, 215 people were ticketed for DWI while 774 were for Distracted Driving, 218 for not following the “Move Over Law” and 5,834 for speeding. The 2017 crackdown yielded 15,360 total tickets and 242 DWI arrests.
NYS Gas Average Increases From 2017
The rest of the country may be enjoying a lower price of gas compared to a year ago but the average price of gas has risen by ten cents in New York state. The state average cost per gallon for gasoline is currently $2.76. The city of Rochester jumped 16 cents compared to a year ago while Ithaca’s average only increased by one cent. Last week, the national average price for a gallon of gas was reported to be $2.44, a record low for 2018 and close to 5 cents cheaper than one year ago.
Daughter Sentenced in Neurauter Murder
Yesterday, Karrie Neurauter was sentenced to serve 1-3 years in state prison for her role in helping her father, Lloyd Neurauter, murder her mother Michele Neurauter back in the summer of 2017. Neurauter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and waived her right to appeal following her father’s confession to murdering his wife. Karrie will serve her time in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility downstate in Westchester while Lloyd will serve his life without parole sentence at one of the state’s top-security prisons.
CCC To Charge PA Students In-State Tuition
Corning Community College opened up the opportunity for Pennsylvania students seeking associate’s degrees to enjoy the same tuition costs as in-state students. The Keystone Residential Scholarship was approved by CCC’s Regional Board of Trustees to be available to all Pennsylvania students living on campus beginning next semester in Spring 2019 when classes begin January 22, 2019. According to officials, Pennsylvania students will be saving, on average, $5,000 per year.
Bath Man Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a 55-year-old Bath man for drug charges. Danny L. Soles was wanted on two Superior Court warrants and arrested for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Following his arrest, Soles was arraigned in Steuben County Court and sent to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.
Four Men Charged for Cameron Burglary
Criminal charges have now been filed against four men in connection with a residential burglary on October 24 in the town of Cameron. Charged with felony burglary to a dwelling while armed with a deadly weapon: 27-year-old Bryan Burleson of Avoca; 35-year-old Kyle Krisher of Bath and 28-year-old Christopher Sodeman of Bath. Also charged with criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon was 47-year-old Gregory Brown of Campbell.
Art for the Arc Raises $7,218 for Foundation
Arc of Steuben’s Art for the Arc silent auction raised over $7,000 to directly support those with developmental and intellectual disabilities through the Arc’s Foundation. The fundraiser was sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company and put over 50 items from local artists and businesses up for auction. The money raised will benefit more than 950 people in Steuben and surrounding counties through community, residential, employment, transportation and job-readiness training services and programs.
NY Farm Bureau Re-elects President at Annual Meeting This Week
New York Farm Bureau members wrapped up their 62nd State Annual Meeting Wednesday with an evening banquet full of awards, state dignitaries and celebration for another successful meeting that sets the organization’s public policy agenda for 2019. The event highlighted this year’s theme, “Believe. Engage. Connect.” Earlier in the day, delegates unanimously re-elected David Fisher, a dairy farmer from Madrid, NY, to his second two-year term as president of the state’s largest farm organization.
Alger to Leave Steuben Deputy Manager Position, Take BEGWS Position:
Current Steuben County deputy manager, Mitch Alger will be stepping down from his position to take one with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Alger was hired Thursday by the Bath Village Board of Trustees as the Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities at BEGWS. Alger said he will leave his current position in mid-January and start his new job shortly after.
Parking/Traffic Restrictions for Tonight’s Spirit of Xmas in Bath:
Tonight the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath from 5 to 8 p.m. Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that starting at 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces along Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking. At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben Street between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed from these areas, along with East and West Pulteney Square, no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the Village. During the event, the permit parking area of the municipal parking lot will be open to the public without charge.
Hornell Woman Injured in N.J Accident:
A woman from Hornell is said to be in Intensive Care following an accident in New Jersey. According to the Atlantic City Police Department, 63-year-old Martha Marino was walking on the sidewalk when she was struck by a van that left the roadway. The police investigation alleges that the driver of the van, 52-year-old Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was driving under the influence. He has been charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, and unlicensed driver.
Commission Votes to Give Lawmakers Raise:
On Thursday, a state compensation committee voted to give New York lawmakers their first pay raise in twenty years. The raise would be from $79,500 to $130,000 annually, and would be phased in over three years, beginning with $110,000 this New Year’s Day. The increase would make New York lawmakers the best paid state legislators in the country. Commission members also called for a cap on how much lawmakers can make from outside jobs.
Assemblyman Errigo Hit with Lawsuit by Whole Foods:
Assemblyman Joe Errigo’s legal woes continue. He’s now been hit with a federal lawsuit from Whole Foods. 13WHAM News in Rochester reports that the company claims a bill introduced by Errigo at the behest of a lobbyist – both of whom were allegedly paid to write the bill – intended to stop a project by the company without due process of law. They’re seeking more than $650,000 in damages. Errigo was arrested in October on charges of bribery and wire fraud stemming from a federal investigation into alleged bribery involving two New York assembly members, a lobbyist, and a developer.
Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse:
The owner of Lloyd’s Limited, a bar in Penn Yan, has plead to guilty to charges of sex abuse. Bob Champlin was arrested after a video was posted on social media last year where he appeared to sexually assault an unconscious woman. He is also accused of assaulting a second woman. He pled guilty Wednesday to 2 counts of sex abuse and he now faces up to three years in prison and ten years post-release supervision. Champlin will also be forced to register as a sex offender and undergo HIV testing. The victims have been issued orders of protection. Champlin will be sentenced on March 5th.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Charged with Selling Meth:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been charged by Hornell police with selling meth. 33-year-old John Davis was arrested at the jail on a superior court warrant and was then sent back to the jail without bail pending his arraignment.
Police Investigating Predator Targeting Yates Co. Students:
Parents in the Penn Yan school district were warned via robocall Wednesday of an online
predator that is targeting students in Yates County. Superintendent Howard Dennis says the individual has been sending inappropriate messages to students. The Penn Yan Police and State Police are investigating.
Filing a False Instrument Arrest:
An Elmira man has been arrested for allegedly offering a false instrument for filing with the Corning Town Court. 50-year-old Gregg Hicks was charged and released on an appearance ticket.
Green Party Official Pushes for Cooperative Business in Corning:
An official with the Green Party is pushing for the first ever cooperative business in the City of Corning. Darin Robbins, the Treasurer of the Steuben County Green Party, held a discussion about the idea where he said he believes “this is a great opportunity to provide a model, to show it actually does work.” A cooperative business is a private business that is owned and controlled by the people who use its products, supplies, or services. The proposed idea would be for a maker’s space and repair cafe, with accessible 3-D printing, a small-scale plastic recycling program, and assistance with repairs of small appliances and electronics.
Lloyd Neurauter Receives Life Sentence:
At his sentencing Tuesday, Lloyd Neurauter received the maximum – life in prison without parole. The 48-year-old pled guilty to strangling his ex-wife Michele Neuratuer in her Corning home and staging the scene to appear to be a suicide. While speaking in court, he waived his right to appeal. Next week, Karrie Neurauter will be sentenced for her role in her mother’s murder. Karrie admitted to assisting her father by distracting her younger sister while Lloyd carried out the killing.
Bath Woman Facing Drug Charges:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath woman on drug charges. 41-year-old Nichole Bynum has been arrested on two separate Superior Court Warrants on 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all Class B felonies.
Amber Alert Cancelled:
The Rochester City Police Department has cancelled the AMBER Alert that was activated Monday for 14-year-old Joanna Coates. According to 13WHAM News in Rochester, Coates and the suspect, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez, were both found. The girl’s mother told the Associated Press that her daughter is being treated at a Manhattan hospital while Gonzalez is in the custody of state police.
O’Mara Plans to Reintroduce Meth Crime Legislation:
Senator Tom O’Mara said Tuesday that in addition to his ongoing work as a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he will also reintroduce legislation targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and statewide for consideration during the 2019 legislative session. The legislation will seek to increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug, including a provision that would see anyone convicted of operating a meth lab for the second time in five years charged with a Class A-1 felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree would increase from a Class E to a Class D felony, punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in prison.
Steuben Public Health Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots:
With National Influenza Vaccination Week under way, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the immune system to build full protection. The flu season typically peaks between December and February. Steuben Public Health reports a list of pharmacies in Steuben offering flu shots. It’s available at https://tinyurl.com/shots18-19. Flu shots are also available at healthcare provider offices.
Charitable Act by Local Girl Scout Troop:
The young ladies of Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 61710 in Corning have earned their PJ Patch after they helped give back to their community. The troops, their parents, friends and family, collected 59 sets of new pajamas and 18 blankets that were received by Steuben County Deputy Brooke Payne and then delivered to the Steuben County Domestic Violence Shelter to help children in need. County Sheriff Jim Allard thanks Deputy Payne and the scouts of Daisy Troop 61710 for their kind efforts and thoughtfulness.
Rochester Kidnapping Triggers Amber Alert:
The Rochester City Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred on LaSalle Street in Rochester at about 7 p.m. on December 1st. The child is Joanna Coates, a white female, approximately 14-years-old with brown hair and green eyes. She is approximately 5’4” and weighs about 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing Timberland boots, a blue a Nike shirt, and black leggings. The suspect is Robert Gonzalez, a Hispanic male, approximately 41-years-old with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6” and weighs about 185 pounds. The suspect was last seen traveling southeast possibly heading for New York City. The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm. Anyone with information is asked to call the Rochester City Police Department at (866) NYS-AMBER or dial 911.
Lloyd Neurauter to be Sentenced Today:
Sentencing will happen today for Lloyd Neurauter, the man who pled guilty to murdering his ex-wife in Corning. Neurauter is facing 25 years to life in prison. According to his testimony, Neurauter strangled Michele Neurauter in her home and staged the scene to look like a suicide. He was assisted by their daughter, Karrie Neurauter, who has also pled guilty.
Welfare Fraud Arrests:
Two Steuben County residents have been arrested in separate incidents of welfare fraud. 63-year-old Stanley McKee of Bath was arrested on November 14th for allegedly failing to report income as required while receiving benefits. He allegedly received benefits he was not eligible for in the amount of $9,026. He was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of grand larceny. 54-year-old Chalice Colino of Corning was arrested on November 29th for allegedly providing documents containing false information to the county Department of Social Services and receiving benefits she was not eligible for. She was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud. McKee was released on his own recognizance. Colino was issued an appearance ticket.
DEC Compliance Check Sees Two Charged:
On November 25th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police conducted a compliance checkpoint on State Route 36 in Dansville. As a result, two men are facing charges. 26-year-old Dylan Young of Rochester is accused of hunting deer without a license, illegally taking a deer, and failing to tag the deer. He was released on an appearance ticket. 65-year-old Lawrence Morreall of Bloomfield allegedly took a deer in excess of bag limit and transported untagged portions of a deer. He was also released on appearance tickets.
No Mail Tomorrow in Honor of President Bush:
There will be no mail delivery tomorrow in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. President Donald Trump has declared December 5th as a national day of mourning. All Post Office locations will be closed, regular mail will not be delivered, and package delivery will be limited.
Farmers Property Tax Exemption Extended:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that a property tax exemption for farmers and growers has been extended. The Real Property Tax Law exemption saves producers from paying real property tax on buildings essential to their products, such as temporary greenhouses and dairy barns. The exemption has been extended for the next ten years and officials say it will help farmers stay competitive in the global economy and grow their businesses.
Corning Wants Moving Parade of Lights:
It seems the stationary Parade of Lights in Corning this year wasn’t very popular with some. The Corning City Council Monday adopted a resolution to request the parade resume being a traditional moving event next year. The parade is the responsibility of the Gaffer District, not the City. The Gaffer District has not yet responded.
Santa to Make Special Stop in Bath Christmas Eve:
Santa Claus has announced that he will be making a very special visit to the Village of Bath this Christmas Eve. With help from the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Santa will be taking a ride through the village at 6 p.m. wishing a Merry Christmas to children and adults. If you would like your name and address added to the list, the fire department asks you leave a message at the station by calling (607) 776-6909 or send the department a message on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bathfire.org. Santa is expected to start on one side of the village and work his way to the other.
Update – Human Remains Found on Lackawanna Trail Identified:
The Elmira Police say forensic investigators have determined that the human remains found on the Lackawanna Trail late last week are that of a homeless white male in his mid-60s. Police do not believe there was any foul play. The man’s family has been notified, though complete DNA test results could take several weeks yet.
Former Arkport Village Clerk Suing Village Board:
A former clerk for the Village of Arkport is suing the Village Board. Margaret Horan is suing the board because officials are opposed to a Dollar General Store being built on her property. According to WLEA News, Horan claims her property is zoned as commercial, while the Village has it listed as agricultural. Steuben County reportedly has it zoned as commercial as well.
List of Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse to be Released Today:
A list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor will be released today by the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese. In a news release Saturday, the Diocese said the list will include names of living and deceased priests since 1950. It will be available at http://www.thecatholicsun.com and the Diocese website at http://www.syrdio.org.
Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of President George H.W. Bush:
Flags outside federal government buildings and military installations will be at half-staff per the order of President Donald Trump in honor of former President George H.W. Bush’s death. The President also ordered government offices to be closed today. In New York specifically, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that state government buildings lower flags to half-staff as well. Flags will remain at half-staff until President Bush’s burial.
New Yorkers Urged to Buy Naturally-Cut Christmas Trees:
Shopping locally is deservedly stressed this time of year, but there’s one way to support community businesses specific to the holiday season that you may not have thought of: purchasing your Christmas tree from a local tree farm. The New York State Agriculture Commission and the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York have even come together to make it easy for you to find that perfect tree with a tree-farm locator available at http://www.christmastreesny.org/SearchFarm.php.
Free Two Hour Parking in Bath Business District Begins Monday
Two hour free parking in the Bath business district will begin this Monday and continue until January 4th 2019. Parking spaces will be on Liberty, East William, Buell, Steuben Streets and the West Pulteney Square’s West Side. During this time, metered parking will not be enforced for these areas but parking enforcement will periodically check vehicles in the area for anyone parked over the two hour limit.
NYSDOT Meets Wednesday to Talk Sidewalk Construction
This Wednesday at 6 p.m. the New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Bath Fire Hall to discuss replacing and extending sidewalks on State Routes 415 and 54. The proposed project would replace or extend sidewalks along Washington, West Morris and East Steuben Streets as well as the intersecting Liberty and Geneva Street. The project is slated for 2020 and the meeting will begin with an open house that features one on one discussions on the specifics of the construction followed by a presentation and question and answer session.
SCLBC Meets Wednesday
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation will hold a meeting Wednesday December 5th at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the Treasurer’s Report, Sales Updates for Onondoga, Kingsbury and Wells, Project Updates for Habitat for Humanity as well as Franzese for 137 East Washington, Terry Street Bid Results and Award, ABO Training and Policy Requirements and an Enterprise Grant Award Update. The meeting will be held at the Legislative Committee Conference Room at the Steuben County Office Building.
Bath Man Jailed for October Kidnapping
A Bath man was sentenced behind bars for a kidnapping incident in October. Richard Vanorden, age 41, of Bath was charged with kidnapping in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, two counts of robbery in the second degree, two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. During the October incident, police responded to a robbery in Hornellsville and found a male victim tied up with bed sheets who said he was threatened with force. The initial investigation resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Rochester man Deangelo Phillips and 35-year-old Detric Marshall of Rochester for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Vanorden is behind bars of Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Bath Woman Arrested for Drugs and Endangering Welfare of Child
With the help of the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative Program, Bath Village Police report the arrest of a Bath woman for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Miranda L. Bishop, age 35, allegedly sold narcotics and with at least one of the sales had her infant child present. Bishop was sent directly to Steuben County Jail without bail.
2 Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop in Wayland:
Two people are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Wayland. 31-year-old Maurice Jenkins and an unnamed 18-year-old female were stopped on Monday. Police say they discovered 57 grams of crack, 20 grams of cocaine, and marijuana inside the vehicle during their investigation. Jenkins was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving while ability impaired, and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail. The 18-year-old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sent to the jail on $20,000 bail.
Bath Woman Facing Drug Charges:
A Bath woman has been indicted on drug charges. According to the Village of Bath Police Department, 41-year-old Christina Perkins was charged on two separate Superior Court sealed indictment warrants for 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Steuben County Jail and will be arraigned at a later date.
Human Remains Found Along Lackawanna Trail:
A grisly discovery was made in Elmira Thursday. A person walking their dog found human bones along the Lackawanna Trail, just north of Washington Avenue underpass around 11 a.m. Elmira Police said the remains appear to be that of an adult that possibly died in July of this year or sooner. Sex is undetermined at this time. The New York State Police Forensic Investigation Unit provided assistance at the scene and a forensic anthropologist was called in.
St. James Hospital Christens New Building:
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday celebrated the opening of Saint James Hospital’s new medical office building. The 50,000 square foot facility, located on Seneca Road North in the former Wegmans plaza, will officially open on December 10th. It will offer a variety of outpatient services to improve access, convenience, and quality of care.
Rep. Reed Sends Letter to Gov. Concerning Amazon Deal:
Representative Tom Reed has concerns regarding the recently announced deal between the state of New York and retail giant, Amazon, and he’s sent them directly to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a letter sent to the Governor, Reed details his concerns and offers to work with Cuomo and the state legislature with “structural reform.” The deal with Amazon has received criticism since it was announced. In exchange for Amazon’s HQ2 site in Queens, the company will receive more than 1.5 billion in tax incentives over ten years.
Finger Lakes Red Cross Seeking Nominees for Real Heroes Breakfast:
Tomorrow is the deadline for nominees for the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ annual Real Heroes Breakfast. The event will be held in March at the Corning Museum of Glass. Proceeds from it benefit the Finger Lakes chapter, which serves Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. Nomination forms and more information can be found online at https://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-and-central-new-york/about-us/news-and-events/events/finger-lakes-real-heroes.html.
Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Corning:
Two men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the City of Corning earlier this week. On November 26th, Corning Police stopped a vehicle on Columbia Street and charged the driver, 40-year-old Micah Rogers of Painted Post with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance. The passenger in the vehicle, 41-year-old James Thaddies of Elmira, fled on foot, but was later found hiding under a vehicle. Thaddies allegedly possessed a large quantity of methamphetamine and attempted to destroy it while fleeing. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. He was also found have arrest warrants in the State of Pennsylvania and by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Corning Firefighter, Family, Critical After Serious Car Accident:
A Corning firefighter and members of his family suffered serious injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver on Sunday night. Firefighter Christopher Willis and his girlfriend are reported to be in critical condition while his mother was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. According to state police, they were traveling on Shaffer Road in the Town of Newfield when 27-year-old Andrew Sampson of Horseheads crossed the double yellow line and crashed into their vehicle head on. Sampson was arrested and charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also issued several traffic tickets. He was sent to the Tompkins County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.
Free 2-hour Parking in Bath Business District in Dec.:
Busy shoppers and travelers will have one less thing to worry about in the Village of Bath this December. Mayor Bill Von Hagn and the Village Board have authorized Police Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking in the business district to 2-hour free parking. Starting Monday and lasting through January 4th parking spaces on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of Pulteney Square will not have enforced metered parking. You will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those areas. That said, parking enforcement will be checking vehicles in those areas for anyone violating the 2-hour limit. All other metered spaces will be enforced as normal throughout those dates.
NYS Lawmakers Considering Pay Raise:
A pay rise could be coming to New York State lawmakers. The pay commission is considering the proposal and must have a recommendation on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk by December 10th. The commission said many people are opposed to lawmakers receiving a salary increase without including some sort of stipulation, such as a full-time legislature or cutting off outside income for lawmakers. Currently, lawmakers make $80,000 for part-time work.
NYSDOT Public Information Meeting in Bath on Sidewalk Project:
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 5th regarding the replacement and extension of sidewalks on Route 415 and Route 54 in the Village of Bath. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Bath Fire Hall on East Morris Street. The project proposes to replace or extend existing sidewalks at various locations along West Morris Street, Washington Street, Liberty Street/Geneva Street, and East Steuben Street. Construction is expected for 2020. Public officials and residents are encouraged to attend the meeting. Attendees will be given an opportunity to submit comment/question forms for response by the Department.
H-port B.O.E. Public Hearing:
Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will host a public hearing this evening with information on the Audiovisual Technology Capital Reserve. It will be at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
County Tax Rate May Increase if State Can’t Fund Mandates
This week, Steuben County approved its 2019 budget worth $191 million and a tax rate of $8.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. The new calculated tax rate may now be $0.19 cheaper than in 2018 but Steuben County Legislature Finance Committee Chairman Scott Van Etten says this could change depending on if New York State keeps its promise to offset projected increases for the courts and law enforcement. If everything goes as planned, New York would pay about $2 million to Steuben County toward extra costs for providing legal counsel for the indigent and re-housing young inmates as part of the “Raise the Age” law.
Gunlocke Adds 110 New Jobs in Expansion Projects
Gunlocke in Wayland recently completed a $2.6 million expansion project that created 110 new jobs. Both Governor Cuomo and State Senator Tom O’Mara credit the expansion to Recharge NY, a discount power program providing lower-cost power for economic development in businesses and nonprofits committed to preserving and creating local jobs. Last year, it is estimated ReCharge NY’s allocation of 1,680 kilowatts generated $2.63 million in new capital investments.
Hornell Court House to be Auctioned Next Week
The old Hornell Court House on Maple City Drive became vacant last year and now will be up for auction next week. The building that formerly held offices of the Department of Social Services as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles, had been approved by a measure of the county legislature to go to auction since it stopped being used for government purposes. The final auction date is set for December 7th at noon on the steps of the old court house.
County PS&C Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee meets the morning of Monday December 3rd, many topics are up for discussion on the agenda. The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking commendations and Acceptance of Uniform Bid while County Public Defender Shawn Sauro will be presenting the CAP Plan. Tim Marshall from the Emergency Management Office will present the Approval of Burn Building Bid and the County 911 Office will address Code Red Renewal, UPS Maintenance Renewal and Regional Phones Solution Discussion. The monthly meeting is this coming Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the Legislative Committee Room of the Steuben County Office Building.
Steuben Public Works Committee Meets Monday
Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday morning December 3rd at 10:00 and multiple projects will be presented for Highways and Bids. Topics up for discussion include construction of bridges over County Route 22 and 119 both over the Canisteo River in Cameron, Transfer of $50,000 worth of funds from County Route 25 Permanent Improvements to Diesel Fuel, Transfer of $14,000 of funds allocated from Minor Equipment to Major Equipment and more. The Committee meets at the the Legislative Committee Room in the Steuben County Office Building.
Canisteo Man Arrested Following Domestic Dispute
Canisteo police say a man was arrested for kicking officers when they responded to a domestic dispute recently. 25-year-old John Kinne of 40 East Main Street in Canisteo was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment in the 2nd degree. No injuries were reported. Kinne was arraigned in Canisteo Village Court and initially remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Bath Man Wanted for Failure to Appear
Bath Village Police are looking for a Bath man after he failed to appear in court. Justin J. Snyder, age 29 of Roosevelt Avenue, had two appearance tickets for Conspiracy in the 4th degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence, both Class E Felonies, stemming from arrests for a Burglary in the Town of Cameron and Robbery in the Village of Bath back in October. The Bath Police Department says not to attempt to apprehend Snyder but contact them at (607) 776-2175.
Steuben Sheriff’s Office Forwards Grant to Evidence Task Force
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is shifting funds to purchasing equipment and training to give the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office an edge in improving gathering evidence. Allard days he wants to create a countywide task force to collect evidence of crime scenes to yield more arrests in property crimes like burglaries. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee approved using a $20,000 grant from Corning Inc. to help certify more deputies to be evidence technicians and add more equipment, including drones. Additional deputies are still being trained and an agreement among the participating agencies is still pending before the plan can move forward and officially begin.
County Legislature Approves $191 Million 2019 Tax Budget
Yesterday morning, the Steuben County Legislature approved its 2019 budget with a total spending of $191 million which also includes a slight decrease in the county’s expected tax rate. The tax levy totaled $49,989,115 which had decreased by $8,797 compared to the 2018 budget. Due to two major criminal justice mandates by the state, Steuben County will face additional costs for raising the age of criminal responsibility and requiring defendants to be legally represented for every appearance in court including arraignments. The state promised funding for the Raise the Age Requirement but many know that the state has a history of not keeping its funding promises.
Bath Man Arrested for Crack Possession and Sale
A Bath man was arrested and jailed for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Bath. According to Bath Village Police, 36-year-old Albert Beam was arrested on a sealed indictment warrant and charged with Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance both in the Third Degree. Following his arrest, Beam was directly taken to the Steuben County Jail until his arraignment in county court at a later date.
Police Need Leads for Missing Corning Man
Police in Corning need the public’s help to locate a man who has been missing for several weeks. Last seen earlier this month on November 10th, 59-year-old James Burdick was last spotted walking from a residence near Ontario Street in Corning and was believed to be headed to a home on Sunset Drive. Burdick is a 5’9” tall white man with green eyes who weighs about 160 pounds and last seen with a mustache, gray hair and a scruffy beard. Anyone with information about Burdick or his whereabouts is urged to contact the City of Corning Police Department at 607-962-0340 x1500.
Trooper Clark Honored with Scholarship on Giving Tuesday
In celebration of today’s Giving Tuesday, an international day of charity, Alfred University is recognizing one of its late alumni lost this year. Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark, who graduated from Alfred University in 2011, is being honored for his “academic and athletic accomplishments, leadership, community service and character” with the establishment of the University’s Nicholas F. Clark '11 Memorial Scholarship Fund. In honor of the Giving Tuesday holiday, Alfred University is accepting donations today to fund the scholarship. Those interested in contributing can do so here.
Board of Education Meeting Tonight at Hammondsport Central School
Hammondsport Central School is holding a special Board of Education meeting tonight. The meeting is scheduled for 7:15 this evening at the High School Library. The meeting is open to the public.
Steuben County Budget Hearing at 11:30AM
At this morning’s 11:30 public hearing at the County Office Building in Bath, the $191 million budget for 2019 is expected to be passed by the Steuben County Legislature. For the third year in a row, Steuben’s spending plan calls for a slight decrease in the county tax levy and tax rate with $8.25 per thousand dollars of assessed value, down from the previous year’s rate of $8.44.
Hornell DPW Approves 5 Year Labor Contract
Hornell and the employees of its Department of Public Works have reached agreement on a labor contract lasting 5 years. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the deal provides 2% raises for the first 4 years and a 2 ½ % pay hike in the final year. The deal is retroactive to April 1st. A deferred compensation plan was also approved by the Hornell Common Council for employees, bringing some associated costs to be covered by New York State.
Bath Kmart to be Auctioned Following Sears Bankruptcy
Bath Kmart is one of the 505 locations Sears is planning to auction to a new owner in an attempt to keep the retail business afloat. Sears Holding Corp. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday of last week and if the auction is successful for Kmart locations including Bath and Wellsville, the stores will be sold and remain in business under new ownership. New owners would make the call to continue business, bring in another business to the site or liquidate the store assets. Bids will be accepted from now until December 28th by Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, while an auction series begins January 14th.
Audit Finds Misuse of I-Stop Monitoring in Addiction Treatment
According to a new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, addiction treatment programs are using the opioid prescription monitoring system incorrectly. The audit recommends better coordination by treatment professionals and points to instances of administrators neglecting to check the I-Stop monitoring system to make sure patients receiving addiction treatment were not getting opioid medicines from a different physician. Failure in checking this system put patients in danger and can set back their addiction recovery, especially if the patient receives opioids as part of their treatment program.
All Pistol Permit Owners Reminded to Recertify By End of Year
This year is the first where the SAFE Act required everyone with pistol permits to recertify. Under the law, permit owners must recertify every five years but the state will not send a reminder of when to recertify. The status of a permit can be checked by calling 1-855-LAW-GUNS or visiting the New York State Pistol Permit Recertification website. Paper recertifications take about 9 to 12 months to finalize but filing electronically shortens the recertification process drastically. Upon submitting your recertification, your state legal obligation is complete.
Weather Advisory to Bring Ice to Steuben County
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in affect for Steuben and surrounding counties today beginning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this afternoon. Late this morning patchy freezing rain or drizzle is expected to develop. Areas of freezing rain and drizzle is expected with total accumulations of a light glaze is expected, mainly at higher elevations. Ice will result in slippery conditions that could cause travel difficulties so expect slippery roads and slow down, using caution while driving today.
Five Hearings for Steuben Legislature Slated for Monday
Monday will be a busy day for the Steuben County Legislature. Five public hearings will be held in the legislative chambers. The sessions begins at 11:30 a.m. Lawmaker are expected to pass a local law providing pay increases for some department heads. Topping the list at $131,695 is the county attorney. Beginning January 1st, salaries will increase to nearly $109,000 a year for the Commissioners of Public Works and Social Services. The sheriff’s salary will advance to $90,000. After hearing public comments, legislators are also expected to adopt the 2019 county budget.
Fire Closed County Route 8 Yesterday
County Route 8 past Tracy Road in Wheeler was shut down temporarily yesterday afternoon to respond to a fire. The Howard Volunteer Fire Department and Area Fire Department responded to the call at 1:24 p.m. The fire was to a barn and was mostly contained by 2:15 p.m.
Penn Yann Student Sentenced for Terroristic Threat
The Penn Yann Academy student arrested for making a terroristic threat back in April has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and five years probation. On April 19th, the teen posted a Snapchat video of himself dressed in all black with what looked like a gun, captioned with “Eric Harris v2” referencing the Columbine school shootings. Following a Yates County Sheriff’s Office investigation it was found what he was holding was an Airsoft gun and the teen was banned from school. The student was granted youthful offender status and initially faced up to 7 years in prison in September after his guilty plea of a felony charge of making a terroristic threat.
Bath Village Aerial Ladder Up for Bids
The village of Bath is advertising for bids for a new 100-110 foot aerial ladder or platform truck. The specifics are available at the village clerk’s office. You can also call to have the information mailed. Bids must be received by 10 a.m. December 4th, at which time they will be publicly opened and read.
Tonawanda Teen Missing
The public’s assistance is being urged to help the Town of Tonawanda Police Department to locate a 14-year-old girl who went missing earlier this week on Wednesday. No name was provided by the Police Department but police say the teen was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans. The girl also has a nose ring and fuchsia red hair. Anyone with information about the girl or her whereabouts is asked to call 716-879-6613 and refer to complaint number 18-850793 or 911.
NY Ag Experts Urge Tree Buyers to Keep it Local This Season
New York State agricultural officials ask New Yorkers to keep it local when they choose Christmas tree this year. According to officials, 875 farms in upstate New York sell over 300,000 natural trees each year and reminds the public these tree farmers participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program following sustainable standards. A list of local, participating farms are listed on the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website.
Cuomo Orders Flags Half-Staff for Late State Senator
Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff yesterday to honor state Senator Jose Peralta who died suddenly Wednesday night after falling ill and being taken to a hospital. Perlata represented parts of Queens for eight years and was the first Dominican-American elected to New York State Senate after serving eight years in the State Assembly prior to becoming a Senator. Medical examiners have not yet determined Peralta’s cause of death.
Bath Woman Arrested for Petit Larceny
A Bath woman faces multiple counts after state police investigated a fraud complaint in September. Troopers have arrested 50-year-old Deanna Skinner. She was charged with three counts of petit larceny. She’ll answer the charges in village court at a later date.
Prattsburgh Woman Arrested for DWI Charges
A Prattsburgh motorist faces a felony among other counts after a stop on I-86. State police arrested 61-year-old Natalia Turczeniak. She was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and having a BAC above .08%. She was additionally charged with aggravated DWI and parking on a highway. Court action is currently pending.
Steuben OFA to Host “Feeling Fabulous From 55..” Presentation
The popular “Feeling Fabulous From 55 – 105” presentation by Joshua Goldman is set for noon on Monday, Dec. 3rd. It will be held at Wildflower Hills Clubhouse in Bath. The program is free and open to the public, and community resource materials will be available. For more information, and to register, call 664-2298. The event is sponsored by the county Office for the Aging, RSVP and NY Connects.
NYS Labor Department Stats Show Employment Growth
The number of people on a payroll in New York continues to grow. Labor department statistics out this week show the private sector job count increased by 122,500 jobs compared to October 2015. The unemployment rate has also decreased from 4.1 to 4.0%. In Steuben County, 41,500 people held jobs last month which is an increase of 800 workers compared with a year ago. The unemployment rate is 3.8% while twelve months ago it was 5.3%.
CCE Announces Annual Meeting Dinner/Open House
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County announced their annual meeting dinner and open house for next week on Thursday November 29th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at their new CCE-Steuben Office on 20 E. Morris St., Bath. The event will feature the final Centennial Lecture of this year titled “From Concord to Cabernet (and everything in between): Growing Grapes and Making Wine in the Finger Lakes,” presented by Hans C. Walter-Peterson, who is viticulture extension specialist from the Finger Lakes Grape Program. There is a $15 suggested donation for the event. To RSVP, call 607-664-2300.
Corning Civic Center Rink Re-Opens with Public and Family Skate
Open Skating to the public kicks off the re-opening of the Civic Center Ice Skating Rink by The City of Corning Parks and Recreation Department this week. The rink was upgraded with the removal of the old refrigerator plant, dasher boards and two existing concrete floor slabs during the offseason. Open Public Skating Sessions will be held today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as well as from 1-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. while a family skating session will be from 4:30-7:30p.m. tonight. More open skating sessions will be happening this weekend before the crews close again this Monday November 26th through Thursday the 29th to complete finishing touches.
Open Public Skating Sessions for this weekend:
CDC Says to Clean Refrigerator After Buying Contaminated Lettuce
If you purchased romaine lettuce recently during the nationwide E. Coli outbreak, you should clean out your refrigerator in addition to throwing the lettuce out according the CDC. Surfaces that came directly in contact with the contaminated lettuce can be a breeding ground for the virus and should be washed with hot, soapy water and disinfected with bleach. Other items in your fridge should be fine so long as they have not touched the romaine.
Verizon Responds to Unsent Area Amber Alerts
The Amber Alert sent out earlier this week on Tuesday warned residents in the Finger Lakes area about the one-year-old girl who was missing and possibly in danger but there were reports that not everyone in the region received the alert. According to CBS News 8 of Rochester, a few people reported they never got the Amber Alert sent out to their phones. Verizon issued a statement stating the Alert was not delivered to some phones in the Rochester area because of a network routing issue. A Verizon spokesperson then added: "We have fixed the problem and everything is now working as it should. We are relieved to hear that the child has been found."
Cuomo Says “I’m Upstate’s Voice” at Buffalo Appearance
During a trip to Buffalo this week to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys, Governor Andrew Cuomo made a comment claiming he was the voice of upstate despite the criticism of him not representing upstate interests. The governor said: “I’m Upstate’s voice. They have a very loud voice in the room. It’s my voice.” Cuomo received criticism weeks ago in this year’s midterm election cycle for not talking about issues that mattered most to Upstate New Yorkers in the gubernatorial debate against Republican Marc Molinaro, whom he lost in 44 of the 50 counties upstate.
I Love NY Signs Removed and Repurposed Yesterday
Over 500 “I Love NY” signs along the state Thruway system and other highways were removed yesterday after an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration. The FHA declared the signs were illegal and the agency said if New York did not remove them by September 30th, the state would be withheld $14 million in highway funding. In an agreement worked out before the September deadline, New York removed the last four signs in each five-sign grouping yesterday but is keeping the first sign in each group with modifications while the four other signs in each group are relocated at places of tourism like welcome centers, highway rest areas and Thruway travel plazas.
NYS Bill 9191 Would Review Internet History of Handgun Applicants
A new law being proposed in the state assembly could make New Yorkers applying for or renewing handgun licenses submit to a state review of internet searches going back to one year and social media histories going back to three years. The purpose of submitting these online histories is to give State Police the power to investigate "commonly known profane slurs or biased language used to describe the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person." The New York State Senate Bill 9191 is opposed by Second Amendment Group SCOPE President Tim Andrews who declared it a Bill of Rights violation. Supporters consider it helpful in using “red flag” provisions to prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands.
Wegmans Pays Million Dollar Fine for Liquor Violations
Wegmans Food Markets and five of their affiliated liquor stores have been fined $1.1 million for liquor license related charges. The New York State Liquor Authority says Wegmans was fined $750,000 to settle eight charges that include: six violations for availing their license to their five affiliated liquor stores, one for availing the license of a wholesaler, one of illegally trafficking wine and a single charge of aiding and abetting illegal gifts and services. Each of the five liquor stores were charged an additional $75,000 for availing their license to Wegmans and accepting illegal services and gifts from Milton’s Wholesale. Wegmans Food Markets has appointed a new corporate compliance officer and composed a new corporate compliance program as a condition of this settlement to prevent future legal complications.
Woman’s Charges Upped to Hate Crime in Corning Court
Christie Speciale, the woman accused of a hate crime during an altercation at the Corning Harvest Fest this year, made her appearance at Corning City Court for two motions yesterday. The first motion was to dismiss the charges she received after the altercation that occured at the festival in late September. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker initially charged Speciale with disorderly conduct and simple harassment but upped the charge to a hate crime yesterday for claiming a vendor at the event sold “Amish puppy mill puppies”. Speciale’s lawyer Susan Chana Lask claims DA Baker “had no argument” and “His argument is as zero and nebulous as the charges here today.” The court will determine its written decision by the 8th of January 2019.
Rochester Toddler Returns Home After Amber Alert
The one-year-old girl from Rochester reported missing in an Amber Alert yesterday was found safe according to police. One-year-old Ta-Niyah Williams was reported to be brought back to her home after the Alert was issued yesterday afternoon. The Amber Alert said the child may have been at risk after being taken from her home by her father Terrence Williams, who is not yet facing criminal charges at this time.
Rogue Sentenced 20 to Life for Murder of Fellow BU Student
A former Binghamton University student was sentenced 20 years to life yesterday for the murder of a fellow student. Michael Rogue, age 20, pled guilty to the April murder of 19-year-old Joao Souza. Rogue’s filed motion to have his guilty plea withdrawn was denied by Judge Kevin Dooley after Rogue read a ten-page prepared statement where he claimed he did not want to plead guilty and his lawyer did not provide satisfactory counsel.
Governor Announces Thanksgiving Suspension of Road Construction
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of all temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways for Thanksgiving travel. The suspension began this morning at 6:00 a.m. and continues until Monday, November 26th at 6:00 a.m. Construction for emergency projects and barriers during the suspension may continue. Governor Cuomo urges “all drivers to be responsible on the roads so that New Yorkers and visitors can enjoy the holiday with family and friends."
Thanksgiving DWI Crackdown Continues Through Sunday
As the Thanksgiving holiday commences, the statewide crackdown on drunk driving continues with a reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff's Office for drivers to stay safe on the roads. State and local police are out in full force to patrol impaired and distracted drivers as well as conduct checkpoints for sobriety. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported a spike in DWI arrests for the county within the last year. The hopes for the Sheriff’s Office is to be more visible as a reminder for motorists to be more responsible and have a sober ride planned ahead of time. According to the Sheriff’s Office, patrols that are high-visibility can reduce death rate from impaired driving by as great as 20 percent.
Venison Donation Program Begins
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier launched the Venison Donation Program again for yet another deer season. Beginning in our very own Steuben County, the program has spread throughout the Twin Tiers region since its inception and allows hunters to donate field dressed deer meat to meat processors who agreed to participate in the program. The Venison Donation Program provides venison products to families in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. If you are a hunter interested in donating venison, here is a list of participating processors throughout Steuben County:
Bath, NY 14810
(Boned Venison Only)
Bradford Custom Meats
Bradford, NY 14815
(Donation Deer ONLY)
Caton Butcher Shop
Corning, NY 14830
Kanona Custom Meats
Kanona, NY 14856
Avoca, NY 14809
Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports that, with assistance from the New York State Police K-9 unit, the man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery has been arrested. Kyle Krisher was placed into custody at 2:30 p.m. Monday on Peacock Road in the Town of Bath. He is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail on a parole violation and is expected to be arraigned on robbery charges at a later date. Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen thanks all members of the Bath P.D., New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Parole for their hard work in tracking down all the suspects arrested in connection with the robbery that took place in the Village in October.
Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Addison:
Two Steuben County men are facing drug charges after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of persons allegedly passed out in a vehicle on Colwell Street in Addison. Their investigation found that 24-year-old David Hughes of Savona, the operator of the vehicle, was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance and 22-year-old Donald Burdick of Cameron Mills was allegedly in the process of producing methamphetamine and was in possession of methamphetamine pre-coursers. Hughes was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Burdick was charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. Hughes was released on an appearance ticket. Burdick was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
P.A. Man Arrested for DWI, Fleeing an Officer in Bath Incident:
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested on charges of DWI and fleeing a police officer following an incident in Bath earlier this month. 38-year-old Brian Vosburgh allegedly swerved his vehicle at a deputy’s patrol vehicle on May Street and when the deputy attempted to stop him, he allegedly failed to comply and sped away, before stopping in a driveway on McMaster Street. Vosburgh was also charged with failure to use interlock device, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to maintain lane, speeding, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and failure to signal a turn. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Additional charges are expected.
Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert:
At the request of the Cuba Town Police Department, a New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert has been issued relating to the disappearance of 82-year-old Lorena Fritts. She is a missing vulnerable adult with dementia and may be in need of medial attention. She was last seen on State Route 305 in the Town of Cuba, Allegany County at 5 p.m. on Sunday. She was driving a 2000 gold Dodge Caravan with NY registration HTH-6674. She was last seen wearing a brown coat, black jeans, and an unknown color ball cap. Information indicates she was on North Union Street in the City of Olean at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Tops Markets Out of Bankruptcy:
In a statement released Monday, Tops Markets announced that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and has left bankruptcy. Company officials thanked customers for their support and said they will continue to invest in their remaining stores and “create an even more exceptional shopping experience for its customers.”
Airlines Now Required to Check Strollers at Gate:
Just in time for the holiday travel season, a new provision will require commercial airlines to check strollers of any size in at the gate prior to boarding. The provision was pushed by Senator Kristen Gillibrand as part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill in order to help make traveling easier for parents. She said the provision will allow parents “to check strollers of all sizes at airline gates, preventing airports from leaving families stranded without their stroller or struggling to get to their destination on time.” Previously, some airlines had size and weight limitations for strollers, whether or not the stroller had cleared security.
Prattsburgh Man Seeking Conviction Reduction in High Speed Chase:
A Prattsburgh man convicted of 1st degree reckless endangerment after he led police on a drunken, high-speed chase through Yates County last November is seeking a reduction of his conviction. According to the Finger Lakes Times, Daniel Romer’s current conviction carries a 7-year state prison sentence. A public defender is looking to have it reduced to 2nd degree. Romer was convicted last month after a chase with police from Penn Yan to Jerusalem that hit speeds of nearly 120 miles per hour and resulted in one car being struck and several others nearly being hit head-on.
More Drug Charges for Hornell Man:
A Hornell man arrested when police allegedly found cocaine and marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop last month is facing additional charges. 31-year-old Justin Hand is now additionally charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine out of his home in September. Hand remains at the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Public Sale of Hornell Courthouse Set for Dec. 7th:
The public sale of the vacated courthouse at 12 Allen Street, Hornell has been set for noon December 7th, with four open houses set for public inspection. The open houses will be November 27th and 30th from 1 to 2 p.m., December 6th from 4 to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to noon December 7th with the sale to follow at noon.
Rep. Reed Supports Pelosi for Speaker of the House:
Nancy Pelosi is getting some unexpected support for Speaker of the House, Representative Tom Reed. Reed told CNN that he and his Problem Solvers Caucus will back Pelosi in exchange for rule reforms designed to make it easier to introduce bipartisan legislation to the House floor. On Saturday, President Donald Trump also voiced support for Pelosi and he tagged Reed by name in a tweet. Pelosi has gone on record rejecting GOP support.
Hockey Returns to Elmira with Homeopener for Enforcers:
Hockey made its return to the First Arena in Elmira last week with the homeopener of the Enforcers. The game marked the first at the arena in nearly 19 months. The game was nearly sold out, with some 4,000 people turning up to watch the new team as they took on the Carolina Thunderbirds.
Wineglass Marathon Recognized as Best Marathon in NYS:
The results are in, and the Guthrie Wineglass Marathon has been recognized by RaceRaves as the top marathon in New York State. RaceRaves, the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners, recently announced the winners of its “Best Marathons in the U.S.” poll. The top race in each state was selected based on votes from thousands of runners across the country, along with reviews and ratings on RaceRaves.com. (Due to their exclusive status and popularity as World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and TCS New York City Marathon were excluded.)
Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Corning:
If you’ve no one else to celebrate Thanksgiving with, consider joining the community with a holiday dinner at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. The church will host a dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 33. E. First Street. Call (607) 937-5449 for more details.
Steuben Land Bank Awarded State Funding for Redevelopment
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation was awarded a second round of state funding worth $550,000 aimed to redevelop vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in Steuben County. Deputy Manager Mitch Alger said it’s a slight increase than the award of $500,000 they received in 2016 that was used to reclaim two homes in the City of Corning and demolish two in Bath and Hornell. Since 2013, the state Attorney General’s office reports it has awarded over $82 million for such properties.
Steuben Plans CCE Ag Teams for 2019
A new plan for “Ag Teams” could help bring in $187 million yearly to Steuben County. Cornell Cooperative Extension is proposing to provide local farmers with specialists that target specific issues for dairy, livestock, field crops, commercial horticulture and business management. Local farmers could participate in team research and demonstration trials with a stronger connection to the extension staff. The plan would be implemented in 2019 where 8-10 specialists would draw in $160,000 from Cornell that year with Steuben alone costing an additional $19,000 and $149,000 from CCE to support a small number of educators in Steuben. The team is projected to be self-sustaining by the year 2021 and has been endorsed by the Steuben Farm Bureau.
Penn Yann Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Practice
A Penn Yan woman has been accused of posing as a Midwife for many years and primarily exploiting pregnant women within the Mennonite community, in and around the Penn Yan area. 52-year-old Elizabeth Catlin was charged under the Education Law with felony unauthorized practice of a profession. She was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail. More court action is pending.
Hunting Begins With DEC Urging Young Bucks be Spared
The most popular game seasons begin today in New York State and the DEC is encouraging New York hunters to pass up shooting small-antlered, young bucks so they can grow to maturity. Hunters are also reminded to protect New York Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease by not using deer urine-based lures, disposing of carcass waste in landfills and not in the landscape, reporting deer appearing sick or acting abnormal, and hunting only deer and support fair chase hunting principles. Our region’s hunting season for deer continues until Sunday, December 9th.
Patrols Increased for STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced police agencies across the county will participate in a STOP DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown to combat impaired driving. The crackdown begins on Thanksgiving Eve November 21st until Sunday November 25th. State and local law enforcement will be out on patrol in full force to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Steuben County Sheriffs remind you to plan accordingly by having a Sober Plan and always anticipate how to find a safe and sober ride home.
Fourth Home Invasion Suspect Arrested, but Krisher Still at Large:
A fourth arrest has been made in connection with a home invasion robbery in October in Cameron. 27-year-old Bryan Burleson has been arrested for robbery in the second degree and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. Meanwhile, police report that Kyle Krisher, the wanted suspect considered armed and dangerous, is still at large.
Alabama Couple Arrested in Steuben Co. Fraud Investigation:
A couple from Alabama has been arrested in Steuben County following a fraud investigation. 44-year-old Thomas Cash and 39-year-old Alisha Cash have been charged with multiple counts of identity theft, and other fraud charges. According to the New York State Police, the couple - formerly of Hammondsport - used the identities of Thomas Cash's children to open multiple NYSEG utility accounts and obtain service totaling almost $10,000. They also allegedly used the children's identities to open several credit card accounts and installment loans. The scheme was reportedly uncovered when one of the children applied for a student loan. The couple was arrested in Madison County, Alabama. Thomas Cash was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, while Alisha Cash was sent to the jail on $50,000 bail. Additional charges are pending.
Elmira Man Charged in Hit-and-Run of Elmira Police Officer:
An Elmira man has been charged with first degree attempted murder in the hit-and-run of an Elmira police officer Wednesday evening. 35-year-old Billy McGinnis is being held pending arraignment. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Lower Taxes Could be coming to Steuben Co. Residents:
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler presented his 2019 budget Thursday morning and it could be good news for residents. If passed, the budget would lower the tax rate and levy for the third consecutive year. The $190 million budget includes a tax levy of $50 million, $8,000 less than last year. Additionally, the decrease comes at no cost of core services to residents. If passed by the legislature later this month, the budget will go into effect on January 1st.
Salmonella Found in Turkey:
It could be a difficult Thanksgiving for turkey lovers. The CDC has reported 164 illnesses across 35 states as part of an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. Salmonella has been detected in ground turkey, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys. A common supplier has not yet been identified.
Bath P.D. Seeking Home Invasion Robbery Suspect:
The Village of Bath Police Department is searching for a man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in October. 25-year-old Kyle Krisher of Cohocton is also wanted by New York State Police Parole for parole violation. Krisher has allegedly made threats to not be taken alive and should be considered armed and dangerous. The public should not attempt to apprehend him, instead contact your local law enforcement agency.
Elmira Police Officer Struck in Hit-and-Run:
An Elmira Police Officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after they were struck in a hit-and-run. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Elmira P.D. said that is attempting to locate the vehicle that struck the officer. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. in the area of Partridge Street in the City of Elmira. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored Acura 4-door sedan, believed to have gold NY license plates reading HVG-6361. Anyone with information should contact the Elmira PD at (607) 735-8600.
Domestic Incident Arrest:
A Hornell man is facing multiple charges following a domestic incident in Hornell. 44-year-old Leo Lippincott is accused of strangling and causing physical injury to another person as well as damaging property. He has been charged with strangulation, assault, and criminal mischief. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Corning Man Allegedly Impersonated Police Officer to Illegally Purchase Weapon:
A Corning man has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in order to illegally purchase a weapon. 40-year-old John Risely is charged with criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, and falsifying business records. He was arraigned and released to reappear in court at a later date.
Mitrano Announces Another Bid for Congress:
Tracy Mitrano has announced that she will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for the 23rd District seat in the House of Representatives. Mitrano lost the race last week against incumbent Republican Tom Reed. In a statement, Mitrano said that her loss on November 6th didn’t affect her commitment to working for causes such as affordable healthcare, education, and modern infrastructure. According to her staff, she plans to “launch her 2020 campaign with a Thank You Tour of events for her volunteers and supporters in each of the district’s eleven counties. Then she will commence a Listening Tour of communities to hear the concerns of constituents.”
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:
The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Snow Plow Safety Tips for Winter Travelers:
With more wintery weather predicted, the New York State Department of Transportation is offering some safety tips for sharing the roads with snow plows. Snow plows are large, heavy vehicles with many blind spots. They cannot maneuver easily or stop quickly. Plowing can create a cloud of snow around the truck that causes limited visibility and whiteout conditions for passing motorists, it also creates a ridge of snow between lanes that makes passing inadvisable. Motorists should: never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one, adjust speed for road conditions and schedule extra travel time, assume that bridge surfaces are slippery as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces, have a cell phone handy and equip your vehicle with emergency supplies, and inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival.
NBC to Air Neurauter Murder Case:
Dateline NBC will be taking another look this Friday at a murder case that shocked the area community. The Ultimatum, airing at 10 p.m., will cover the death of Michele Neurauter in Corning. Her ex-husband, Lloyd Neuratuer, is accused of murdering her and staging it to appear as a suicide with the help of his 19-year-old daughter.