Geneva Bank Robbed, Suspect At Large:
Geneva Police are reporting that the Community Bank Branch on Seneca Street was robbed around 2:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The suspect is described a dark skinned male in his early 20’s, 5’9” tall with a slim build. He was wearing a grey or blue sweatshirt with writing on the front, black jeans, a grey or tan hat with a design, and dark aviator sunglasses. He was last seen running through the area of South Main Street and Pulteney Park. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should contact the authorities.
Tuscarora Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is reporting that 38-year-old Bert Tohafjian, of Tuscarora, plead guilty in federal court yesterday to possession of child pornography. He now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller Tohafjian was found to possess more than 600 images of child pornography, such of which included depictions of violence. Tohafjian was arrested during an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of an online peer-to-peer file-sharing program.
$32M Corning Bridge Project to Begin This Summer:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that a $32 million project to replace the aging Patterson Bridge in downtown Corning will get underway this summer thanks to some expedited funding. The bridge – which is considered a vital link between the city and the Village of Riverside – is currently at risk of being closed because it is structurally deficient by federal standards. Plans had been in place to replace the bridge in fiscal year 2013-14, but the money for the project was accelerated and included in the 2012-13 budget under the “New York Works” initiative. The project will be overseen by the state Department of Transportation because the bridge carries a state road – State Route 352. Local officials expect traffic to be detoured during the project. It isn’t known at this time how long it will take to complete.
Corning Inc. to be Featured in Tonight’s NOVA:
Corning Inc.’s Sullivan Park research facility will be featured in an episode of “NOVA” airing tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. The two-hour special, titled “Hunting for the Elements,” will include footage from host David Pogue’s visit to the facility last summer, when he and his crew spent a day taking part in Gorilla Glass strength demonstrations, pouring molten glass, and doing experiments with ClearCurve optical fiber.
“RECRUIT NY” Kicks Off April 15th:
The week of April 15th is National Volunteer Week, and as part of that the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is urging Volunteer Fire Departments all across New York State to open their doors for “RECRUIT NY,” to promote people to volunteer their time to their communities as a volunteer firefighter. Locally, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting an open house at their station on East Morris Street on April 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be truck and equipment displays, vehicle rescue demonstrations, and tours of the new fire station. Food will also be available.
Bath Tub Races Set for Bath:
Bath Tub Races are once again returning to Bath next month. Plans have been finalized to hold the popular community event as part of Bath Community Day May 19th. The event will be held on Liberty Street as the entire days events have been moved to Pulteney Square including the lumberjack competition and a chicken BBQ. If you would like to be a part of the races registration forms are now available at the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce and at the Five Star Bank on Liberty Street.