Addison Family Homeless After Fire:
One Addison family is without a home after a fire destroyed their house on Saturday night. Fire officials say they responded to reports of a house fire around 10 p.m. and when they arrived at the residence on Metarko Road, it was already a total loss. No one was home at the time of the fire, no injuries were reported.
Elmira Heights Couple Helps Put Out Blaze:
Elmira Heights fire officials are saying that if not for the actions of one Elmira Heights couple, a porch fire could have had a tragic ending. According to officials the fire department was called to reports of a structure fire on West 18th Street around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night. When they arrived, police told them that most of the flames had been put out by a Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Colitti, who had been driving along West 18th when they noticed the front porch was on fire. Mrs. Colitti alerted the family inside, while Mr. Colitti attacked the flames with a floor mat and dirt from a nearby planter. Mr. Colitti sustained minor burns to his hand, no one else was injured. Elmira Heights Fire Chief James Locker said in a statement, “Had it not been for the actions of these people, this fire would have entered the attic space of the home in only a few short minutes most likely undetected by the family inside, which given the time of night, could have resulted in a tragic outcome.” Locker added that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a light fixture.
Mother Charged in Deadly Rochester Fire:
The former Elmira mother who lost four of her children in a fire in Rochester has now been charged with manslaughter and arson as authorities believe she intentionally set the blaze. Killed in the Grape Street fire on February 18th were 14-year-old Gage Reavey, 13-year-old Gregory Kugler, 11-year-old Kandee Kugler, and 6-year-old Kaiden Kugler. Their mother, Bobbie Kugler, and their youngest sibling, a two-year-old boy, survived. In court, Kugler’s attorney said she did not intentionally set the blaze and Kugler has plead not guilty. Kugler was sent to the Monroe County Jail on $300,000 bail. Her next appearance in court will be in May.
Sheriff Candidate David Cole Meets with Republicans, Discuses Goals:
Steuben County Sheriff candidate David Cole met with Republicans last Thursday night at the RBI Sports Lounge in Hornell and listed some goals he would like to achieve if elected. He stressed: Sharing equipment between agencies to be more efficient. Working closer with State police to make sure road patrols are evenly distributed for faster response times. Mandating that the Sheriff and Undersheriff spend more time in the jail for oversight roles. Mandating an audit of all inventory in the entire department. And re-emphasizing DWI road checks. Cole is currently a school resource officer in Addison and a part time security officer with Corning Inc.
C-PP Finalizing Budget, 93 Jobs to be Cut:
After much deliberation, the Corning-Painted Post school board is expected to finally finalize their proposed 2012-2013 budget this Wednesday. Included are the cut of 93.5 full-time jobs and a property tax levy of $47.65 million – or a 1.78 percent hike. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building on Charles Street.
Temperatures Expected to Soar Today:
Southwest breezes, in combination with lots of hazy sunshine, are expected to help temperatures soar into record-territory today. Today’s record high temperature stands at 86, which was set back in 2003. Local storm teams are currently forecasting an official high of 81, so it’s going be a close one. With these high temperatures – whether they’re records or not – residents are urged to avoid overexposure to the direct sunshine, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Bath V.A. to Host Walk-A-Thon:
The American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion are sponsoring a Walk-A-Thon this Saturday at the Bath VA Medical Center to benefit New York’s 13 VA medical centers. Information and pledge sheets are available at the Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post in Bath. Sign-in will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the walk will begin at 11.