DEC Asks Public to Look Out for Invasive Moth:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for an invasive species of moth that may be making its way into New York State. The spotted lanternfly is a native of China, India, and Vietnam. It was introduced to Korea where it has already become a pest insect. It was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and this past fall in 2017, a single moth was found in New York. According to state officials, spotted lanternflies feed on 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. If you see a spotted lanternfly you're asked to send a message and photos of it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should include where you saw the moth and if you saw any eggs or signs of infestation.
Employee Accused of Stealing $6,000 from Painted Post Business:
28-year-old Dylon Howk of Horseheads was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing over $6,000 from a retail business in Painted Post while he was an employee there. Howk has been charged with grand larceny in third and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Canisteo Woman Allegedly Falsified Business Records:
A Canisteo woman is accused of falsifying the records of a business she was employed at. 51-year-old Lisa Sigond allegedly filed false papers while employed at a business in Arkport. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Hornell Man Accused of Abusing Dog:
A Hornell man has been charged with a felony for abusing an animal. It's alleged that 33-year-old Philip Drew intentionally injured and abandoned a dog. He has been charged aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and abandonment of an animal, which is a misdemeanor.
Amber Alert Cancelled for Missing Montour Falls Infant:
The Amber Alert issued for a missing infant from the Village of Montour Falls has been cancelled after the child was found safe. 17-day-old Gionna Harter was taken early Thursday morning and was located with her mother, 31-year-old Katrina Harter, in the City of Geneva. It's believed Harter took the baby to avoid a family court order transferring custody of Gionna to another person. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office offered its thanks to the public for providing tips and over 100 leads across seven counties.
Corning's Bridge St. Bridge to Temporarily Close:
The Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed temporarily this Sunday, May 13th between 6 and 11 a.m. The City's Public Works Department, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Corning Fire Department, will be installing temporary flood control devices in order to help the city be prepared in the event of future flooding.
Gov. Declares May “Aviation Month”:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the month of May 2018 as “Aviation Appreciation Month” in New York State. According to the governor, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output in New York. In his proclamation, Cuomo said, “Business aviation is a critical tool for companies in New York State to improve efficiency, save money, and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment, and jobs to all areas of the state.”