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19 Charged in Major Bath Drug Investigation:

 

There was a major drug raid Thursday morning in Steuben County.  More than 50 law enforcement officers from five agencies and child protective workers engaged in Operation Safe Summer.  By mid-morning 10 people were in custody and police were still searching for nine more.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the arrests were the result of a four-month investigation and grand jury indictments handed up last week.  Baker said there were 26 overall indictments charging 19 people.  The crimes involve trafficking narcotics, meth, and other controlled substances in the village and town of Bath.  During the arrest process police seized a BMW and cocaine packaged for sale with a street value of more than $10,000.  The suspects were all remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail pending county court arraignments.  The D.A. gave special acknowledgement to Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen and Investigator Taft.  Baker called the operation a true, multi-agency cooperative effort.  Nine arrested were identified as: Frank McCray, 47, of Bath.  McCray was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, as well as three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  Gerald Iverson, 48, of Rochester.  Iverson was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  William Trenchard, 37, of Bath.  Trenchard was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.  Gordon Clayson, 47, of Bath.  Clayson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.  Jessica Austin, 34, of Bath.  Austin was arrested for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  Joseph Bennett Jr., 31, of Campbell.  Bennett was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.  Carl McCoy, 50, of Rochester.  McCoy was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  During the arrest of McCoy, a white BMW was seized and a large amount of crack-cocaine was located in the vehicle. McCoy was subsequently arrested for one more count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  Zachary Fulkerson, 27, of Campbell.  Fulkerson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  Sean Riley, 32, of Corning.  Riley was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

 

 

State Police Announce “Speed Week” Enforcement Campaign:

 

The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.  The “Speed Week” campaign started Thursday and runs through Wednesday, June 13th.  Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State.  Speeding by all vehicle types will be heavily enforced throughout the week, but troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.

 

 

Corning Approves Plan for Gibson Fire District Coverage:

 

A plan has been approved by the Town of Corning deciding how the Gibson Fire Department district will be covered while the department’s contract is terminated.  The unanimously approved plan allows the North Corning Volunteer Fire Department and the East Corning Fire Department to provide fire protection services where the Gibson Department used to respond.  Funding was cut to Gibson Fire in late April after the department failed to follow the terms of a new contract created between the department and the town.  Town Supervisor Kim Feehan says if the department is able to get their records and training in order by next year, as required by the contract, they will welcome talks to bring the department back.

 

 

Protestors Call on Rep. Reed to Defend Net Neutrality:

 

Protestors gathered outside Representative Tom Reed’s Corning Office Thursday night in hopes of convincing him to change his mind about net neutrality.  The net neutrality laws are set to expire next week, on June 11th.  In the past, Reed has voiced anti-net neutrality sentiment, calling the regulations “harmful” and “overreaching.”  Net neutrality laws are meant to prevent companies from having too much control over the internet as a whole.

 

 

Corning Named One of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit”:

 

Smithsonian magazine has honored the City of Corning by including it in its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018.”  In order to make the list, cities had to have a population of less than 20,000 and include historic elements with distinct cultural offerings, and natural beauty.  The magazine made note of Corning Inc., the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Rockwell Museum as key businesses and attractions.  It also mentioned the Gaffer District and the Centerway Walking Bridge.

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