Synthetic Marijuana Stolen from Riverside Shop:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who stole synthetic marijuana from a Riverside store early yesterday morning. Employees of the East High Street Swap Shop say the burglars took about $4,000 worth of merchandise, including the synthetic pot, and that the theft was caught on a surveillance camera. Last month, New York State’s Health Department banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and Investigator Donald Lewis said, “(The shop was) selling it before and they had pulled it off the shelves.” Lewis added that the thieves removed a window to enter and that the store has been broken into several times recently.
Ground Broken on Corning Hospital Project:
The long awaited Corning Hospital Project finally got underway yesterday with the official groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held at the future home of the $146 million medical campus at the end of East Corning Road, near Interstate Highway 86. According to a head contractor for the project, early site preparation of the 67-acre site will likely begin in mid-May and that construction will likely begin in late June. It’s expected that the project will take 20 months to complete and that it will create about 300 construction jobs in the meantime. The new hospital will replace the outdated Denison Parkway facility, built in the early 1900s, and will offer the same medical services as the current Corning Hospital.
C-PP Approves Budget, Sets May Vote:
The Corning-Painted Post School Board unanimously approved an $87.65 million spending plan that will eliminate 93.5 positions last night. A public hearing on the proposed budget has been set for May 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration building, and then it will go to the voters on May 15th – which is the third Tuesday in May, the day school budgets across the state will be voted on. The C-PP proposal includes a property tax levy of $47.65 million, an increase of 1.78 percent that stays within the state’s new levy growth cap. The tax rate is projected at $24 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Bill to Make Theft of Pets a Felony:
Owners of four-legged, furry friends across New York State are now one step closer to knowing justice will be on their side if their beloved family pet is stolen. A new bill recently introduced into the New York Legislature would make stealing any cat or dog a felony, with conviction drawing up to four years in prison. The bill reportedly has strong sponsors in the Legislature and if it passes, it would likely be the toughest in the nation.
Pinwheels Brighten Steuben County for Child Abuse Prevention:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force, with the help of hundreds of county children, is making a colorful impact. The Task Force has encouraged schools and agencies to participate in a county-wide Pinwheel Campaign, in which the vibrant pinwheels are distributed to the public and has them turning up in business windows and yards throughout the county. Program Coordinator of the Steuben County Youth Bureau, Bill Caudill said in a press release that “the abuse and maltreatment of children is more common than we like to think, involving over 700 children last year in Steuben County alone. A simple beautiful pinwheel can help to tie the community together to help protect our children.” Pinwheels will be offered to the public, while they last, on April 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pro Action of Bath, Kinship Programs in Corning, the Hornell Walmart. They’ll also be available throughout the month of April at the Dormann Library in Bath.