Bath Man Arrested for Failing to Register Address with Sex Offender Registry:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Charles Augrom III for allegedly failing to notify the sex offender registry of a change of address within 10 days, a class E felony. Additionally, he’s accused of failing to personally verify his address every 90 days as a level 3 sex offender, also a class E felony. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Child Porn Charges Leveled Against Former Ovid Boy Scouts Employee:
A Lyons man that used to work for the Boy Scouts of America is facing charges of child pornography. According to federal prosecutors, 34-year-old Russell Ruth worked for Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid. This past March, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report from Yahoo that a subscriber uploaded five files to their servers suspected to be child pornography. Police traced the files to an email address allegedly belonging to Ruth and a subsequent search warrant executed at his home resulted in hundreds of images and videos of minors being recovered. As Ruth was employed by the Boy Scouts, investigators are asking anyone that might have information related to the case to contact the Buffalo office of Homeland Security at 716-464-5949.
Steuben County to Fund Opioid Services:
Steuben County will continue its battle with the local opioid epidemic, despite a lack of anticipated funding from the state. County Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health Education Committee Monday the state has cut anticipated funds for jail-based opioid treatment by 75 percent, with the remainder of the funds split between a few counties. Steuben planned to use that money as part of is Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) program, announced in February, with hopes of expanding counseling and treatment services for inmates at the county jail. Steuben is one of the few counties in the state now providing even limited in-house treatment for inmates with substance abuse, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard.
LPG Storage Project Loses Support of Schuyler Co.:
The Schuyler County Legislature has reversed its decision to support the proposed Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility Project, which would see gas stored in underground caverns beneath Seneca Lake. The legislature issued support in 2014 and again in 2016, but unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that withdraws its support. The decision comes after Crestwood issued a letter to the DEC stating that pressure testing done in some of the caverns revealed what is essentially a lack of integrity.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular and re-organization meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School library.
Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors:
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent
call for eligible donors of all blood types – but especially type O – to give now. The call comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized last week as the holiday was celebrated. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed. You can help by scheduling an appointment to donate by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, both Bath Ambulance and the Steuben County Office Building will hold drives this week on Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively.