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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 9th


One Killed in Accident Near Rochester:

 

One truck driver was killed, another seriously injured in a crash that sent a truck off a ramp and onto Route 590 near Rochester Monday afternoon.  The crash occurred near Interstate 490 just after 1 p.m. and involved a tanker truck and a smaller box truck.  New York State Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies, and firefighters responded to the scene.  The cause has not been determined.

 

 

Jet Skies Collide on Keuka Lake:

 

A Mendon woman was seriously injured when two jet skies collided on Keuka Lake on July 4th.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened just before 8 p.m. and that the jet skies were being driven by 38-year-old Jeremy Jumper of Clyde and 43-year-old Theresa Wagaman.  Both were reportedly thrown into the water as a result of the crash.  Wagaman was brought to shore by the Hammondsport Fire Marine Unit and was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  She is currently listed in guarded condition.  Jumper was not injured.  The crash is still under investigation, but authorities do not suspect alcohol as a factor.

 

 

Virginia Teen Arrested in Hammondsport:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Virginia teen following a traffic stop in the Village of Hammondsport.  It’s alleged that when a deputy attempted to approach the vehicle of 19-year-old Randy Herbst, he fled on foot.  The chase reportedly went down Main Street where Herbst allegedly impeded traffic and caused vehicles to swerve to avoid him.  After being taken into custody, Herbst was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Disorderly Conduct, and was issued two Uniform Traffic Tickets.  He has been remanded to the county jail on $1,000 bail.

 

 

School Bus Driver in Livingston Co. Accused of Driving Drunk:

 

Livingston County Undersheriff James Szcesniak is reporting the arrest of a Geneseo Central School bus driver, who is accused of driving her bus while intoxicated.  47-year-old Manon Coyne of Avon has been charged with 5 counts of Felony DWI under Leandra’s Law, a single count of aggravated DWI, and 5 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was also placed on administrative leave from her driving position.  She has been remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $15,000 bail.

 

 

Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Hold Press Conference Regarding SCAM Task Force:

 

As reports of phone and internet scams increase in Steuben County, the Sheriff’s Office has announced that at 10 a.m. this morning, a joint task force group consisting of the Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Veterans Administration Police, and the county Chiefs of Police Association will hold a press conference regarding this matter.  Held at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, they will outline specific plans to increase public knowledge of these scams and proposed means of combating them.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo May Call Special Session to Deal with Flooding:

 

This year’s legislative session may have ended in June, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is saying now that if the federal government doesn’t issue a disaster declaration for upstate New York following the recent flooding, he will call the State Legislature back to address the matter.  Cuomo issued an emergency declaration a week ago for 15 counties, followed by a request for a federal disaster declaration that would provide money for rebuilding. 

 

 

Rep. Reed Co-Sponsors Research Bill:

 

Representative Tom Reed has announced his co-sponsorship of a bipartisan bill to put funding for medical research before political parties and conventions.  The Kids First Research Act of 2013 is a bill that would invest $130 million in scientific research for pediatric disease and disorders like autism, juvenile diabetes, and children’s cancer.  The bill prioritizes funding for research by eliminating taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions.

 

 

Watkins School Okays Letter of Intent for Middle School Sale:

 

A letter of intent that would see Serving the Elderly Through Project Planning Incorporated (SEPP) buying the Watkins Glen middle school for a little more than a half million dollars has been approved by the school board.  SEPP wants to turn the 10th Street building into independent senior housing units.  The agreement is dependent on the not-for-the-profit housing agency securing funding, maintaining the day-to-day costs of the building, and creating at least 48 affordable housing units.

 

 

C-G to Keep Mascot:

 

Despite the controversy, the Canisteo-Greenwood School District made it clear at a meeting last night that the Redskins are here to stay.  At Monday’s meeting of the board, interim superintendent Charles Clemens acknowledged that students and families were upset by how the board initially started discussions on changing the mascot, but reiterated that they were only considering a change and were seeking input.  They say now that they are keeping the redskins mascot and that now it’s time to focus on the big picture of education and the upcoming school year.

 

 

Hornell Mayor Says St. James Hospital Will Survive:

 

In a recent interview with WLEA, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan says he thinks that Saint James Hospital will not close in the future, despite serious cutbacks in staff and services this year.  However, he did also criticize the hospital leadership for being over-focused on affiliation, and not local issues.

 

 

Year-Round Farmer’s Market in the Works:

 

A year-round indoor regional farmers market may be coming to the local area.  If funding comes through, a $1.2 million air conditioned and heated facility will reportedly be built on the Chemung County Fairgrounds.  Organizers say the year round market would keep winter products in New York rather than being shipped out of state.  The project would be paid for by county funds, as well as state and federal grants.

 

 

High Schools Across NYS to Test Greek  Yogurt:

 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna have announced that New York State schools have been chosen to participate in a Greek yogurt pilot program issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The purpose of the program is to test the cost effectiveness of offering high-protein Geek yogurt in the school lunch program, which feeds 31 million students monthly nationwide.  In addition to New York, Tennessee, Idaho, and Arizona will also participate.


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