Sheriff David Cole steps down
There was a special tribute to outgoing Steuben County Sheriff David Cole on his final day on the job. As he left the sheriff department Friday afternoon as area law enforcement officers lined the sidewalk and saluted as the Sheriff left his office for the final time. Cole’s law enforcement career includes 13 years as undersheriff and then sheriff for Steuben County. He has also served with the New York State Police along with Police Department’s in Wayland and Addison. He leaves law enforcement career spans 41 years.
Pa State Trooper Shot
There has been a fatal shooting of Pennsylvania State Trooper Friday night. The trooper has been identified as Landon Weaver who had been a Pa state trooper for about a year. The shooting occurred early evening last night in the small town of Hesston 120 east of Pittsburgh. Authorities have a suspect and are searching for a 32 year Jason Robison.
Minimum increase wage starts
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new public awareness campaign reminding New Yorkers that the first increase to the minimum wage will go into effect. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed landmark legislation making New York the first state in the nation to enact a $15 minimum wage. The ads will run be featured on television stations across the state. The campaign marks the first benchmark of the phase-in schedule for the minimum wage increase, which will ultimately reach $15 an hour and impact more than 2 million workers in all industries across the state.
Painted Post man arrested
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Painted Post man for Criminal Trespass in the Second degree and petit larceny. 46 year old Scott Woodhouse was reported in a Victory Highway residence without permission and was taken into custody. He was remanded to the County jail on $2,000 cash bail.
The Flu in New York
The New York State Health Commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in New York State. With this declaration, health care workers who are not vaccinated against influenza must now wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are typically present. Flu season typically peaks in February.
County Prescription Program
An eight-year partnership between Steuben County and the ProAct prescription discount program has saved county residents a total of more than $4 million. Since the program took effect in October 2008, residents have collectively saved an average of 60 percent on more than 101,000 prescriptions. The ProAct card is available to all residents, regardless of age or income, with little or no prescription coverage.
New Laws for New York
Not only is minimum wage going up in New York, but several new laws go into effect in the new year including: Tinted windows on vehicles need to be able to let in 70% of the light to pass inspection. Starting Jan 17th funeral homes will be able serve snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. And people fighting drug addiction will no longer need approval from insurance companies
Minor Injuries in Bath Accident:
Minor injuries were reported in a single car accident that occurred Thursday morning in the Town of Bath. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Mail Route Road on a report of a vehicle over the bank. The driver, identified only as a woman, was still inside. Rescuers helped her get out and a sander was requested for the icy road.
“Lengthy” Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest of Lindley Man:
A “lengthy ongoing investigation” into drug sales throughout the area has led to the arrest of a Lindley man, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. 31-year-old Mathew McNeil was taken in on an indictment warrant for charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail without bail. Authorities say McNeil was at the center of the investigation into the sale of illicit drugs in the Lindley area.
Steuben Co. Notes 2016 Accomplishments:
As the end of 2016 approaches, Steuben County legislators and officials are making note of a number of initiatives that were launched over the year to help build a solid future for all county residents. Among those noted were: the Economic Development Plan, in which the government expects to take an even more active role in economic development by partnering with local development agencies, businesses, communities, and schools; an Expanded Drug Overdose Investigation, established to investigate drug overdose related deaths as potential crimes; and Senior Services, which saw the launch of Full Circle America, a program to help seniors remain in their homes at dramatically reduced costs.
ProAct Prescription Program Saves Steuben Residents $4M:
In 2008, the ProAct prescription discount program was launched in Steuben County and to date county residents have saved more than $4 million. Since the program took effect eight years ago, residents have collectively saved an average of 60 percent on more than 101,000 prescriptions, according to ProAct Discount Card Manager Nicole Bednar. The ProAct card is available to all residents, regardless of age or income, though it cannot be used with another insurance program to reduce the cost of co-pays or deductibles. ProAct cards are available at participating pharmacies in Steuben and do not require applications or enrollment fees. For more information call (877) 776-2285 or visit http://www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.
$1M Grant Awarded to Big Flats Manufacturer:
New York’s “Clean Technology” Business Competition has been awarded a grand prize $1 million grant to local technology and manufacturing firm Micatu Inc. of Big Flats. The competition is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” and it’s expected that over the next four years it will award approximately $20 million to clean technology companies in the Southern Tier. Micatu officials say the criteria was for companies to look at technologies that could reduce C02, help make renewable energies more efficient, help the grid, or have a positive impact on the environment.
Flu Declared “Prevalent” in NYS, Resident Urged to get Vaccinated:
If you still haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, health officials are urging New Yorkers to do so before the season hits its peak in February. The state Health Department has declared influenza as prevalent throughout New York, meaning any healthcare worker not vaccinated must wear a surgical mask when assisting patients. The declaration came on Wednesday, with news that the flu has spread through 39 of the state’s 62 counties and all of the boroughs of New York City. Ontario and Monroe counties were found to have elevated rates of confirmed cases.
VAC Credit Union Closing Early Today:
The VAC Credit Union in Bath has released a notice to all their customers that they will be closing early today, December 30th. They are closing at noon due to year-end business purposes.
Steuben Co. Inmate Charged with Having Drugs in Cell:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail is facing more charges after drugs were found in his cell. Officers reportedly found marijuana in the cell of 27-year-old Cameron Charles, of Rochester, during a search. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of contraband in prison.
Bath Teen Charged with Rape:
An 18-year-old from Bath is facing charges of rape and endangering the welfare of a child. State Police say Dakota Bulkley engaged in sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 15. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Hammondsport Considering Law to Override Tax Cap:
The new year could quickly bring a new law in the village of Hammondsport. The village board has scheduled a public hearing on the first proposed local law of 2017. That hearing is planned for January 10th, 6pm, at the village hall. The law, if approved, will give the village board the authority to override the mandatory state property tax cap. The preliminary proposed 2017/2018 budget was recently adopted and is available for review at the village office. It calls for spending slightly more than $688,000 and carries a tax rate of $8.23 per thousand of assessed property value. A hearing on the budget will also be held January 10th.
Smart Steuben Releases 2017-18 Goals:
Smart Steuben – a group made up of the Steuben County Health Department, Corning Hospital, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Arnot Health – has released a Community Health Assessment, with its goals for the next two years. The report includes reducing obesity in children and adults, reducing hypertension and heart disease, and increasing early childhood health in Steuben County. The full report can be viewed at http://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/steuben_county_cha-csp-chip_final.pdf.
No Uber for Elmira Yet:
While ride-sharing services like Uber aren’t currently allowed in upstate New York, many would like to see them come to the area, including the City of Elmira. Unfortunately for supporters, however, a resolution in support of Uber was pulled from the City Council agenda this week because council members want more information. Mayor Dan Mandell said he has questions regarding how Uber screens its drivers, insurance, and other requirements.
Santa Visits Prattsburgh Free Library:
It wasn’t just the homes of good little boys and girls that Santa visited on Christmas Eve. He also made a very special visit to the Prattsburgh Free Library. When workers returned to the library Tuesday morning after the holiday weekend, they discovered Christmas gifts lying under their tree and a check of webcams recently installed on the library computers revealed Santa, caught in the act. The gifts included various art supplies, and some new books. The library said they plan to use the supplies for their pre-and-grade school programs.
Fire in Corning:
Multiple fire companies were called to West Second Street in Corning Tuesday to battle a blaze at a residence. The fire started around 8:40 a.m., and firefighters battled it on two floors until 10 a.m. when it was finally put out. It caused heavy damage to the home, but there were no injuries reported. The fire is believed to have started near the rear of the first floor; the cause is under investigation.
Wayland Man Arrested in Burglary:
A Wayland man has been arrested and charged in a burglary that occurred in the Village of Wayland. 23-year-old Cory Gilbert is accused of entering a residence on Lincoln Street and stealing property that did not belong to him. He has been charged with burglary and petit larceny, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Avoca Woman Allegedly Offered False Information:
The New York State Police of Bath have arrested 24-year-old Samantha Schneider of
Avoca on a charge of offering a false instrument to file. Schneider allegedly provided a deposition in a criminal investigation that she knew was false. She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Bath Town Court.
Horseheads Woman Accused of Buying Food Stamps:
A Horseheads woman is facing charges of criminal use of a benefit card, and misuse of food stamps following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. 30-year-old Zestina O’Brian allegedly bought food stamps at a discounted price in exchange for cash on several occasions between August and September. She was issued an appearance ticket.
$1M to Build and Repair Homes in the Southern Tier:
$8 million has been awarded to New York State to construct, rehabilitate, and improve owner-occupied homes, of that $1 million is expected to come to the Southern Tier. The Arbor Housing and Development organization will receive the funds for the home improvement of about 60 units in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Allegany counties.
Data Collector for Steuben Co.:
Steuben County has hired a data collector for the county Real Property Tax Office. Mike Ryan, of Bath, will be assisting town assessors throughout the county by collecting additional information about properties, such as measuring square footage, style of home, garage and shed measurements, and how many rooms there are at a given residence. It’s expected that Ryan will begin making trips and visits around the county in late January.
3 Teenagers Charged in Destiny Mall Disturbance:
Reports of violence at malls have been sweeping the country following the holiday weekend, and among them was an incident a bit closer to home. Three Syracuse teenagers have been charged following a disturbance at the Destiny Mall USA on Monday night. According to police, they were called to a fight between two girls, and while they were breaking up that one, another fight occurred. A 15-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment, and the case was turned over to family court. A 16-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and was taken to the Onondaga County Justice Center. A “juvenile” was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, and was released to her parents.
2 Charged in Gun Theft:
Two Addison men are facing charges in relation to a burglary on Thursday. 29-year-old Daniel Copp is accused of entering an Addison home and stealing two shotguns and has been charged with burglary and grand larceny. 22-year-old Kristopher Blanchard is charged with criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly possessing the stolen shotguns before selling them. Copp was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Blanchard was released on his own recognizance.
NYS Minimum Wage Goes Up Saturday:
Many workers throughout the state will receive a late Christmas present this week, as the New York State minimum wage is set to go up on Saturday. On the last day of the year the minimum wage will go up 70 cents from the current $9 to $9.70 an hour. It will go up 70 cents each year until 2020, when it will hit $12.50.
Gov. Cuomo Plans “Regional” State of the State Addresses:
Instead of the traditional “State of the State” message, Governor Andrew Cuomo has a new plan for this year’s address. The Governor will instead give a series of regional addresses delivered across the state, as Cuomo wants to focus on regional accomplishments, goals, and challenges. The addresses are set for the week of January 9th, with six stops expected, but no specific times or locations have been announced.
Former Employees File Suit Against Wegmans:
Grocery chain Wegmans is facing a lawsuit that has been filed by two former employees, claiming the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting act. The suit accuses Wegmans of failing to give proper notification to job applicants and employees who became the subjects of consumer background reports, and that the company’s online authorization for a background check fails to make clear that they would obtain consumer reports. In a statement, Wegmans responded that they are confident in their screening process, and that both it and the background check disclosure fully complies with federal law.
Steuben Co. Public Health Looking for Volunteers:
Steuben County residents looking for a unique New Year’s resolution need look no further than the county Public Health Department’s ServSTEUBEN Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Steuben’s corps is composed of both medical and nonmedical volunteers willing to respond in the event of a disaster. Free online training for nonmedical volunteers is offered, but not required, and all volunteers receive basic “Just In Time Training” for their assignments when they arrive on site. For more information, call (607) 664-2438 or go to http://tinyurl.com/ServSTEUBEN-MRC.
Gas Prices Surge to Highest Level in 2016:
With just days left in 2016, the price of gas in New York State has surged to the highest it’s been all year. According to AAA, the average price statewide is $2.47 a gallon, up four cents from last week and 23 cents higher than last year. In the Finger Lakes region the average is $2.41 a gallon, 4 cents higher than last week. Unfortunately, this trend is predicted to continue with expectations of tighter availability following the announcement of an OPEC deal to cut oil production starting in January.
Freezing Rain Advisory til 1:00pm
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...* LOCATIONS... EASTERN FINGER LAKES REGION... CENTRAL SOUTHERN TIER ...LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE OR SCATTERED FREEZING RAIN SHOWERS COULD BRING ICE ACCUMULATION OF A LIGHT GLAZE ON EXPOSED SURFACES.
* TIMING...DEVELOPING AFTER SUNRISE THROUGH LATE MONDAY MORNING. IMPACTS...A LIGHT GLAZE COULD DEVELOP ON UNTREATED SURFACES
CREATING SLICK ROADS AND SLIPPERY SIDEWALKS.
Fire in Pine Valley
A sad Christmas for a family in Pine Valley as fire destroyed their home last night. The blaze saw several Elmira area fire departments respond and it happened on Clair Road just of Rt 14 in Pine Valley. There are no reports of injuries, but the home was heavily damaged.
Artist of the Month at the Dormann Library
The Dormann Library in Bath invites the community to a special reception to meet the Artists of the Month this Wednesday evening starting at 6:30pm. The featured artists are Ron Hewitt for woodworking and Joyce House for embroidery. Some of Hewitt’s work on display at the library includes an Amish wagon, a covered wagon and a buck board wagon. House has been doing embroidery for the past twenty years.
Fire Training offered
Specialized training is available to New York State Firefighters starting in January. The course will teach fire how to make split second decisions in a virtual environment, safely extinguish fires, safeguard property, and save lives. They'll go through actual live scenario-based fire training through a hands-on interactive experience. The training will be held at the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls.
Fund raiser for Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of Steuben County is having a fund raiser Feb 3rd. It’s called Toasting’s and Tastings and will be held at the Radisson in Corning. The event will include wine from around the world along with local craft beers and plenty of give a ways. Proceeds will benefit local families in need. Tickets are $25.00.
Still time to make college funding contributions
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reminds New Yorkers that contributions to a New York State 529 College Savings Program account are tax deductible. New York’s 529 College Savings Program is an investment tool designed to help parents save for college. Contributions made by Dec. 31 can provide up to $10,000 in state tax deductions on 2016 income tax filings.
Bath Looking for a new BEGWS Director
The village of Bath is now actively searching for a new Director of Municipal Utilities. A complete job description is available at villageofbath.org. Resumes and letters of interest should be sent to the mayor by January 13.
Red Hatters Make Donation
Red Hatters known as the “Radical Reds recently presented the Steuben County Office for the Aging a check for $554. The check, presented by Margy Weaver and Cora Hancock will be used for future ramp construction projects. Since 1998, the volunteer “Ramps Guys” have constructed 414 ramps for low- and moderate income individuals experiencing mobility challenges.
Finger Lakes SPCA Special Gift
The Finger lakes SPCA has received a special gift from a secret Santa. Executive Director Vicki Mosgrove reports that a very significant gift has been made with a very specific instructions…it needs to towards helping the animals find a happy home. So in effort to make that happen the animal shelter will able to allow cats and dogs to be adopted without any fees until January 7th .
Health Related Programs offered
The Steuben County Public Health Department will offer two free health-related programs in 2017 pending public interest in participating. The programs include a National Diabetes Prevention Program which will be held in Bath and Hornell. The Department also hopes to conduct a 10-session “Freedom From Smoking” © program. For more information or to sign up, call Steuben Public Health at (607) 664-2
Another good deed
The Bradford Fire Department has been highlighted by WETM News following their recent give back to the community. The Department does fund raisers throughout the year and it gives them the opportunity to make Christmas a lot happier for needy families. Bradford Fire Chief Rodney Hoad says the Fire Department has been doing this for the past six or seven years.
Homeless Money coming
More than $60 million in federal funding is headed to 38 counties across Upstate NY that promote the goal of ending homelessness. More than $569,000 has been awarded to Steuben County. Recipients include the county, Institute for Human Services and Steuben Churchpeople Against Poverty.
Hornell Drug Bust
We have a report of a drug bust in Hornell. Four people were arrested following a two month investigation. Arrested were 36-year-old Tracy Ames and 50-year-old Christopher Allman both from Hornell. Also arrested were 30-year-old Juawn Robertson and 26-year-old Jessica Battaglia….both from Rochester. All four were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and spent the night in jail. They will appear this morning in Hornell City Court.
Steuben County has a new undersheriff. Jim Allard the incoming sheriff-elect has tapped 51 year old John McNelis to be his undersheriff effective Jan 1st. McNelis who is from Hornell is a retired NYS trooper and a school resource officer at the Canisteo-Greenwood School. He began is law enforcement career as a corrections office for Steuben County back in 1988.
Village of Bath receives $320,000 grant
The Village of Bath has received a Christmas present with the news of a $320,000 Main Street Grant from the Regional Economic Development Council. The money will be used for renovation and improvements to the Liberty Street corridor businesses. It’s a 75-25 grant program with 75% grant money and 25% from the business.
Miracle on the Miracle Mile
There was a four car chain reaction accident on the Miracle Mile in Horseheads last night…miraculously nobody was hurt. According to police the mishap happened at the intersection of Corning Blvd and Chemung Street just after 8:00pm. Traffic was reduced to one lane until the vehicles were cleared. No reports of anybody being charged.
Cohocton Man Arrested
A Cohocton man will spend the holidays locked up. Earlier this week, deputies from the Office Building and Court Security Division report the arrest of 54-year-old David Evans of County Road 6. He was taken into custody of a probation violation warrant. Arraigned in Fremont court, Evans was remanded to the county jail without bail. He’s due back in court January 9th. Evans was on probation for a previous crime
Canisteo Teen Accused of Selling Drugs
A 15-year-old from Canisteo has been arrested for allegedly selling prescription drugs. The teen is charged with 5th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. The 15-year-old will answer the charge in family court.
Funding to Fight Homelessness in New York
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday that $60 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will go to organizations statewide to help find housing for the homeless and to promote programs that encourage self-efficiency. That includes $2.8 million for the Southern Tier. In Steuben County, some $569,000 will go to three organizations.
Chick-fil-A Looking to Expand in Upstate
The Buffalo News is reporting that popular fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is looking to expand in upstate New York and is apparently considering Syracuse among several markets. The Town of Greece in suburban Rochester says a public hearing has been scheduled for January 17th to consider a request. Chick-fil-A has 2,000 locations in 46 states – but only few in New York, in the New York City area.
People leaving New York State
According to recent census figures, NYS continues to hemorrhage more residents than any other state. The continued loss of people could weaken the state’s congressional power.
Former Buffalo Bills Player murdured
A former Buffalo Bills player was found shot and killed in a Detroit, Michigan home.
Police say Robert Eddins 28, and another man were found Tuesday and died of multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators believe the suspect, whom the police are still searching for, could be someone the two men knew.
Elmira Inmate Accused in Virginia Cold Case:
A 35-year-old cold case in the Virginia might finally see a conclusion as authorities in Norfolk say they now have a suspect – an inmate at the Elmira Correctional Facility. On September 5th 1981, 20-year-old Donna K. Walker was found dead inside her apartment in Norfolk, now after reexamining forensic evidence and a three year investigation, police have indicted 66-year-old Daniel Joseph Johnston. Johnston is currently serving time on unrelated charges of second degree murder, sexual abuse, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and assault.
4-Car Accident on Route 352 in Big Flats:
A Corning woman is listed in critical condition at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, P.A. following a multi-car accident on State Route 352 in the Town of Big Flats. According to Chemung County deputies 47-year-old Brenda Mckay, of Corning, was traveling west when she crossed the center line and struck a Jeep being driven by 41-year-old Cristopher Krueger of Elmira. Two other vehicles traveling west were involved in secondary collision. They were being driven by 47-year-old Tammy Selbig and 48-year-old William Winton, both of Elmira. They, and Krueger, were treated and released for minor injuries. Mckay was airlifted from the scene. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
An Ithaca man accused of “bail-jumping” has been arrested on a Superior Court Warrant. 43-year-old Dante Gilliam was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. He’s expected to reappear in court today.
Village of Bath Awarded $320K for Liberty St. Renovations:
After repaving the village parking lot and upgrading the park, Bath will now turn its attention to improving the Liberty Street Corridor. The Village has been awarded $320,000 through the Regional Economic Development Council’s Main Street Grant for various projects along the corridor, including façade work on store fronts, improving the streetscape, and $40,000 to restore the former Sherwood Liquor Store on West Steuben Street. All of the projects received 75 percent of the cost through the grant; the business owners will be responsible for the remaining 25 percent.
Bath CVS to Close its Doors Jan. 28th:
After being a part of the Liberty Street landscape for more than 20 years, the CVS store in Bath has announced that it will be closing its doors in January. Village Mayor Bill von Hagn said he was notified earlier this week of the January 28th closing. He said that village officials will begin work immediately with outside companies to find a business to rent or purchase the location. CVS officials reportedly indicated to Von Hagn that they will work to ensure current employees will have the chance to transfer to other area locations. The closing of the Bath store is part of new long-term strategy that will see the closing of 70 stores in early 2017, saving the company an estimated $3 billion from 2017 to 2021.
Schumer Completes Annual 62-County Tour:
With a stop in the Columbia County city of Hudson on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has once again completed his annual tour of all 62 counties in New York State. In 2016, Schumer visited Long Island 47 times, Rochester and the Finger Lakes 26 times, the Hudson Valley 27 times, and western New York 19 times. Despite the added responsibility of his new position as Senate minority leader, Schumer says he won’t give up on the tradition. He plans to start over again in January.
P.A. Owned Unis. Finally Reach Deal with Faculty:
Two months after a brief strike, the negotiations between 14 Pennsylvania state-owned universities and their faculty is finally over. The Pennsylvania State System’s of Board of Governors has approved the new contracts which will run through June 2018. Agreements with coaches and nurses will expire in 2019, and the contract with the police and security officers expires in August 2017. Faculty at the 14 universities – including Mansfield – went on strike for three days in October after negotiations fell through.
$250K to Support Small Businesses:
Since 1993, the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation has helped small businesses across the Southern Tier flourish with help from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The S.B.A. has provided funds that the R.E.D.E.C. has in turn “mircoloaned” to small, area businesses. Tuesday, they extended their partnership, with the S.B.A. announcing $250,000 to support the R.E.D.E.C. Over the years, the R.E.D.E.C. has leant over $7 million to businesses and helped create over 2,500 jobs.
53K Cartons of Contraband Cigarettes Seized in 2016:
New York State’s Cigarette Strike Force sized over 53,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes and over 261,000 untaxed cigars in 2016, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who made the announcement Tuesday. The street value of the items is estimated at $5.6 million. Locally, in the Finger Lakes region, 8,694 cartons of cigarettes were confiscated, along with 27,200 cigars. Those found guilty of violating cigarette and tobacco tax laws could face jail time and possible penalties of up to $600 per carton.
Man Accused in Ithaca Walmart Murder Claims He Killed Donald Trump:
The Dryden man accused of killing a UPS diver in the parking lot of an Ithaca Walmart was ordered to undergo mental evaluation Monday after he claimed in court that he shot and killed President-elect Donald Trump. 38-year-old Justin Barkley plead guilty on Monday to the murder of 52-year-old William Schumacher of Candor on December 8th. After the comments about Trump, the judge refused the plea and adjourned the indictment until January 6th. Barkley is facing charges of second-degree murder and menacing a police officer or peace officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison.
Anonymous Donor Ensures Christmas Dinner for Many:
Many area residents who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner will now be treated to all the trimmings thanks to the generous actions of one anonymous donor. The Salvation Army of Hornell and Save-A-Lot partner up for a program where customers can buy dinner bags that contain everything needed for dinner, including dessert. The Salvation Army then purchases a turkey for each bag sold. A regular customer recently entered the Save-A-Lot and spent $1,500 on 200 dinners. According to officials, last year they only had 38 dinners purchased, this year they’re now at 228.
Corning Inc. Awards $515K to the United Way:
In a 5 percent increase from last year’s donation, the Corning Inc. Foundation has awarded the United Way of the Southern Tier a $515,000 grant. The funds are in support of the 2016 community campaign which supports dozens of not-for-profit human services agencies in the Southern Tier.
Walmart Closing Early Christmas Eve:
Employees of retail giant Walmart have received an early Christmas present. The chain has announced that will be closing early on Christmas Eve. In recent years, it has closed at 8 p.m., but this Saturday it will close at 6 p.m. to give employees the chance to get home and spend Christmas Eve with their families.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School District will hold its regular meeting of the School Board tonight at 6 p.m. It will be held in the High School library.
Troopers Seek “Game Camera” Thief:
New York State Police are looking for a man suspected of stealing several “game cameras” from private property on Hallett Road in the Town of Cameron. The cameras were reported missing in mid-October. Anyone with information should call the New York State Police of Bath at 776-2136.
Nojay Complaint Unsealed:
The criminal complaint filed against state Assemblyman Bill Nojay before he took his own life has now been unsealed. The paperwork states that Nojay was accused by the FBI of wire fraud, for diverting $800,000 from an escrow account that he managed for his own personal benefit between September 2009 and April 2013. The money was allegedly hidden in his campaign funds, entities he was investing in, his children, and a car dealer. Some of it was allegedly used to pay property taxes on his residence. Nojay committed suicide the day after the complaint was filed.
Cameras to be Barred from Clayton Trial:
Citing the “sensitive nature” of the case, a judge has ruled that cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom during the trial of Thomas Clayton. Elmira’s Star-Gazette had made a request for audio and visual coverage of the trial, but the judge is concerned about the impact on family and witnesses, and the possible interference of the fair administration of justice and a fair trial. The document also cites the “relatively small courtroom” and the amount of equipment necessary as another factor. A similar request was also denied in the October trial of Michael Beard. Clayton is charged with first- and second-degree murder and is accused of hiring Beard to kill his wife Kelley Clayton in September of 2015. His trial is set to begin on January 9th. Beard was convicted on November 4th and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced on January 30th. A third man, Mark Blandford of Elmira, is charged with second-degree murder, burglary, and conspiracy.
Steuben Co. Legislature Wraps Up 2016:
Proving what comes around goes around, the 2016 recipient of the Steuben County Legislature’s annual festive fruitcake giveaway on Monday was county Deputy Manager Mitch Alger. Alger is, of course, the son of former county Manager Mark Alger, who instigated the tradition back in 1991. In other, less festive, action Monday, legislators reappointed the county Board of Elections Commissioners for two-year terms, confirmed the appointment of Nathan Alderman as county Personnel Officer for an unexpired six-year term, and approved a $20 disposal fee for “e-waste” at the county landfill.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Prepares for Retirement, Honored by Legislature:
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole was honored by the county Legislature Monday for his 41 years of service and commitment to the community as he prepares for his upcoming retirement. Cole worked for the state police for 25 years, served as Steuben County Undersheriff for 13 years, and was elected Sheriff four years ago. Cole will officially retire on December 31st, and Sheriff-elect Jim Allard will be sworn into office in January. Of his successor, Cole said Allard “has a lot of great ideas,” and called him “a real smart guy.”
Donation’s to Venison Food Bank Up:
Good news for those who rely on the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the venison donation program. According to officials, this year’s program is up from last year by about 40 pounds to 6,690 total pounds of donated venison. The venison is distributed via the Food Bank’s partnerships with various food pantries throughout the Southern Tier. There’s still time for hunters to donate – and it’s important to note that both the receiving and processing of the venison is free – just contact the Food Bank at (607) 769-6061.
Price of First Class Stamps Going Up Again:
All good things must come to an end, they say, and that includes the lowered price on First Class postage stamps. A spokesperson for the New York Postal Service confirmed to Finger Lakes Daily News that the cost of a first class stamp will be returning to 49 cents, after being lowered to 47 cents last year. Expect the price to take effect on January 22nd.
2016 Snowfall Ready to Surpass 2015 Total:
The official start of the Winter season isn’t until tomorrow, and yet the 2016 snowfall for the Finger Lakes region has already surpassed where it was at the same time last year, and could in fact exceed last year’s total snowfall. The seasonal average, to this point, is 19.7 inches; already in 2016 the Finger Lakes has seen 40 inches. The total for 2015 was 63.7 inches.
Steuben Co. Legislature Meeting Today:
Appointments, landfill fees and the traditional “passing of the fruitcake” top the Steuben County Legislature’s agenda when it meets this morning. County lawmakers are expected to renew the appointments of the Elections Commissioners. Legislators also are expected to confirm the appointment of Nathan Alderman as county Personnel Officer for an unexpired six-year term ending Dec. 31, 2021. Legislators also will weigh in on measures designed to cover costs associated with disposing of cathode ray tube televisions and computer monitors (CRT’s), along with other “e-waste” at the county landfill.
First Arena Still Open, Seeking New Owner:
Despite rumors to the contrary, Elmira’s First Arena did not close this past weekend. The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency met on Friday and confirmed that they still have control of the arena as it goes through sale negotiations. Executive Tom Santulli says there is a party that is extremely interested and he hopes to tell the community within 30 to 60 days that it’s under new ownership.
Thousands of Wreaths Laid at Bath National Cemetery:
Braving the cold, hundreds of volunteers turned out to Bath National Cemetery on Saturday to lay over 2,000 wreaths on gravestones of service men and women as a part of Wreaths Across America. The volunteers came from near and far, with Hornell Commander Terry Mehlenbacher mentioning one volunteer who came all the way from Buffalo to participate.
Schumer Calls for Recall of Exploding E-Cigarettes:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices after reports of them exploding and catching fire. At a press conference on Saturday, Schumer cited a story by the Associated Press that said the FDA identified 66 explosions in 2015 and early 2016, and 92 explosions between 2009 and September 2015. Schumer called the devices “ticking time bombs.”
NY Schools Can Switch to Computer Tests This Year:
When it comes time for state testing this spring, schools across the state can ditch the old pencil-and-paper exams if they so choose. The state Education Department is giving elementary and intermediate schools the choice to switch the state mandated English and math exams to computers. During a pilot program last year, roughly 800 schools participated with some 60,000 students taking one “field” exam on a computer. The state reported no major technological issues. The English exams will be given in late March, with the math exams in early May.
Cornerstone Homes CEO Sentenced In Fraud Trial Yesterday
Former Owner and CEO of Cornerstone Homes David Fleet was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service on charges of mail fraud yesterday. In addition he will pay roughly $88,000 in restitution to the people that he victimized following shady business tactics conducted while purchasing, renovating, and reselling the renting of formerly distressed homes. Cornerstone borrowed about $25 million dollars from various banks in the process, and upon failing to make it's operating income in 2010 the banks (as well as the private investors) were unable to be paid their debt service. Fleet however continued to solicit private investment without divulging his companies' true worth, in addition to making false statements and representations.
Local Man Indicted On Attempted Murder Charge
A man from the Elmira area was indicted yesterday on a charge of attempted murder. Matthew C. Smith was charged after he tried to shoot Anthony Hundley in the head with a loaded pistol back in mid-November. Smith has subsequently been charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery and two counts of criminal weapons possession. Smith was in the midst of committing a robbery against Hundley when he intended to use the aforementioned firearm.
Corning Watering Hole Preparing To Open It's Doors
The Office Pool and Libations Tavern on Market Street in Corning is wrapping up completion of renovations and upgrades thanks to the heart of a local couple spearheading the initiative. Arne and Nyanka Feyling plan to open the business come early January and are hoping to offer a friendly atmosphere, drinks, a pool table as well as other popular games. Games won't cost anything to play, and are complemented by a full bar with various amenities. The Office will be open six days a week and will be open 11 AM-11PM Monday through Thursday, and 11 AM-1AM on Friday and Saturdays. The bar ultimately expects to hold a capacity of 65 patrons, and should employ about 5 people.
Corning State Police Search For Robbery Suspect
State Police in South Corning are asking for the public's health in identifying a larceny suspect. Earlier this week authorities in Painted Post say a man entered a Byrne Dairy in the early morning hours of November 30th, then proceeded to steal 10 packs of cigarettes. He later fled the scene in a grey sedan. Anyone with information regarding the incident as well as the potential offender are asked to call Trooper Mattina at 607-962-6865.
Police out in Force
Beginning this morning and continuing through January 2nd…you’ll likely see more police vehicles on area roadways. It’s part of the special enforcement campaign aimed at drunk and impaired drivers. Troopers, deputies and municipal police will be out in force. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement campaigns can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20%. Last year, across the country in December, there were 840 alcohol-related traffic deaths. Area police say…consider this your one and only warning.
Identity of Victim in Elmira Murder Released
Thursday afternoon, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference where the identity of the victim of a suspicious death in the Town of Elmira was announced. 33-year-old Robyn Roper of the Bronx was found on Draht Hill Road Wednesday night, dead from apparent gunshot wound(s). The investigation is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 737-2933.
Bath police are still looking for tips regarding a home invasion this week on West Morris Street. One or more people stole more than a thousand dollars’ worth of gifts from a home. A reward has been offered. The getaway vehicle was parked behind the old Bath Packing building on West Morris Street, and at least 2 subjects entered the residence. Any information should be forwarded to the Bath Police.
Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Extended
For those who didn’t get a chance to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act by its Thursday, December 15th deadline, there will now be more time. The New York State of Health has announced the deadline to enroll or renew coverage for a plan effective January 1st has been extended through Saturday, December 17th. If you have questions or need help enrolling, you can log onto http://www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777. According to the NY State of Health more than 55,000 people have enrolled in coverage or renewed their plans over the past three days.
Public Transportation Coming to Yates County:
Starting January 3rd, public transportation will be available in Yates County. The Yates County Legislature authorized a contract with Yates Transit Service earlier this week. A website is expected to launch shortly after Christmas that will detail the schedules and fares. There will no cost to the county or local property taxpayers. The ARC of Yates will provide the service.
Hornell Receives Grant for Water Pollution Control Plant:
At the Hornell Board of Public Works meeting Thursday morning, it was announced that the city has been awarded at $562,800 grant as part of the 2016 Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding. The money will be used to purchase a new bar screen at the pollution control plant. The bar screens are intended to catch larger objects as they pass through the treatment process. The current screen has been in service since 1970.
Steuben County Legislature meeting Monday
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday, lawmakers will be asked to add a fee for people who want to dispose of TV’s, computer monitors and similar items at county disposal facilities. Disposal is free right now, but if the measure is approved, it will cost $20 per item…effective January 1st.
Navy Recruited Accused in Murder-in-Hire Plot in Court:
The U.S. Navy recruiter accused in a murder-for-hire plot was in Avoca Town Court Wednesday where more details about the case were revealed. According to court documents, 30-year-old Brandon McPherson agreed to pay another person to commit murder and police say he provided the place of employment, work schedule, and a photograph of the intended victim. McPherson is facing charges of conspiracy. He was arrested on December 9th. He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy and worked in the recruiting office out of the Arnot Mall. McPherson is currently out on bail.
Bath P.D. Search for Grinch Who Burgalized Home:
The Village of Bath Police Department is hunting for a Grinch and his accomplice(s) after they burglarized a residence on West Morris Street. The incident happened on Tuesday between 3 and 5:45 a.m. The suspects stole a large quantity of Christmas presents valued at more than a thousand dollars. A cash reward is being offered (from the paycheck of Sgt. Taft) for information leading to an arrest. The getaway vehicle was parked behind the old Bath Packing building on West Morris Street, and at least 2 subjects entered the residence. Any information should be forwarded to the Bath Police at (607) 776-2175.
Elmira Police Investigating Suspicious Death:
Overnight, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office posted a tweet on its Twitter account saying that they are investigating a suspicious death in the Town of Elmira. Details are limited, but around 8 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement and emergency crews responded to a car accident involving a pedestrian on Draht Hill Rd in the Town.
Chemung Co. Man Arrested on Warrant out of Bath:
A Chemung County man was arrested on Monday on a warrant issued out of the Village of Bath Court. Brendan Bassler of Elmira is accused of using a deceased persons New York benefit card and receiving over $190 in benefits that he was not entitled to. He was charged with welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps. He was released on his own recognizance.
Prattsburgh CSD Warns Motorists to be on Look-out for Late Buses:
The Prattsburgh Central School District is urging drivers be on the look-out for late running buses. In September, the school district initiated a late bus run for after sports and other after school activities. This means that Prattsburgh buses are at the school and are traveling on area roads between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Motorists should be aware that they could come upon a school bus at that time of the evening and should be mindful of buses with flashing lights.
Wineglass Marathon Donates $60K to Local Groups:
The Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running. It’s also about heart. That’s why the annual event has donated nearly $60,000 in 2016 to over 40 local non-profit organizations. Included in the list was the Red Cross, the Corning and Bath Rotaries, Corning Christian Academy, Girls on the Run, and a variety of local scholastic sports teams. Also, all three high schools along the route (Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post) receive scholarships for one male and one female student. In 2017, those scholarships will increase to $1,000 for each student-athlete winner. To learn more about the Wineglass Marathon, the organizations involved, or ways you can get involved, visit http://WineglassMarathon.com.
Campbell Kraft Plan to Remain Open For Now:
Just over a year ago, Kraft-Heinz announced that its plant in Campbell would be closing, but thanks to a deal with state lawmakers it was delayed. Now, a spokesman for the company has announced that the facility will continue to remain open through the first six months of 2017. In a statement they said they will continue to work with prospective buyers, along with state and local officials, on the sale of the facility. They added that once a decision is made, the employees will be the first to know. The Campbell plant currently has around 380 employees.
$1M Gifted to CCC:
On Tuesday, Corning Community College received a historic donation. $1 million, the largest donation from an individual in the college’s history, was given in support of the Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar Series by the Smith Estate. Smith worked at the college for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2008. The Visiting Scholar Series was established in 2004 and brings various authors, speakers, and influential figures to the campus to discuss their work, experiences, and points of view.
Steuben Co. Fire Departments Seek Help Paying for New Pagers:
While a recent $660,000 grant for new high frequency mobile radio systems was a boon for several area fire departments, it also came with one drawback. The departments need new pagers that are compatible with the system, and terms of the grant state that none of the funding can used to pay for them. The Hornellsville Town Board has received an official letter of request from the North Hornell Fire Department asking for $2,000 each for the Arkport, North and South Hornell Departments to help pay for the new pagers. No decision has been made yet. The matter will be further reviewed by the board.
President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act:
On Tuesday President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The bill will provide $6.3 billion for a variety of health initiatives, including mental health treatment, cancer research, and the fight against Opioid abuse. It will also help the Food and Drug Administration speed up drug approval and pushes for better use of technology in medicine.
NYS Board of Regents Requests More Funding:
The New York State Education Commissioner says that the formula used by the state to award funding hurts schools in high-poverty areas, and to that end is asking the state the change it. Also, the State Board of Regents is requesting an extra two-billion in funding and asking lawmakers to consolidate the state’s seven Pre-K programs for dual-language programs for students learning English. Any changes would have to be in next year’s budget.
ARC of Steuben Job Fair Thurs.:
The ARC of Steuben will host a job fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at its Hornell Field Office on Seneca Street. Anyone interested can learn more about the agency, open positions, and benefits offered by the ARC of Steuben. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information, visit the ARC of Steuben’s website at http://www.arcofsteuben.org.
National “Wreaths Across America” Day at Bath National Cemetery:
Wreaths Across America will be held at noon on December 17th at Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center. Wreaths Across America is carried out through coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and over 1,100 locations in all 50 US states, including the Bath National Cemetery. More than 1,600 wreaths have been sponsored for this year’s event in Bath. Placing of the wreaths will begin at 10 a.m., the ceremony begins at noon sharp. Parking will be at the back of the Bath VA museum building. Refreshments will be provided by the Corning-Baron Steuben National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Holiday Post Deadlines Approaching:
If you’ve been meaning to get out those special holiday packages and cards, be sure to get them to your local post office soon as key holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching. Tomorrow, December 15th, is the deadline for Priority Mail Express International and Standard Post. The 20th is the deadline for First Class cards and letters, and the 21st is the cutoff for Priority Mail. The 23rd is the deadline for Priority Mail Express.
Red Cross Promotes Blood Donor App:
In the midst of the busy holiday season, the American Red Cross is reminding you that wherever you are you can schedule an appointment to give blood right on your phone with their Blood Donor app. And aside from scheduling, the app includes other features such as being able to provide feedback on your donor experience and even tracking where your blood goes. Find out more at http://www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp
Tanker Roll-Over on I-86:
Just before three a.m. Monday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched on a report of a tractor trailer tanker rolled over in the median east of Bath exit 39 on I-86. The driver of the truck got out on his own and signed off medical treatment with the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The truck had been hauling lubricants, but was empty at the time.
Bath Man Charged in ARC Bomb Threat:
The investigation into a bomb threat made against the Steuben ARC building has led to an arrest. 52-year-old Brian Akins of Bath has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, for allegedly threatening to blow up the building to another person. He was issued appearance tickets and will return to Bath Town Court at a later date.
Gunshot Leads to Arrest:
An Addison man has been arrested following investigation by Steuben County Deputies into an explosion or gunshot from a residence on Niles Cross Road in Addison. Deputies reportedly spoke with 24-year-old Brett Cervoni while investigating and discovered that he had a bench warrant out of the City of Hornell for failing to appear on charges of criminal contempt. He was arrested and turned over to Hornell police.
One Year Fire Contract Reached Between Canisteo Town, Village:
A resolution was at last created and agreed upon Monday night for a one year fire and ambulance services contract between the village and town of Canisteo. The village had originally been seeking a three year contract, but the town disagreed. The town was able to barter the price down from $105,000 to $95,000 for the year.
Teen Drug Use Down:
A new survey from the National Institute of Drug Abuse has found that fewer teenagers are using and abusing drugs. That includes a decline in alcohol, cigarettes, opioid painkillers, and marijuana, except among high schoolers where pot use remains steady. The data was gathered from more than 45,000 students in 372 public and private schools.
Mall Store Seized for Unpaid Taxes Reopens:
“Primitive This and That,” a store at the Arnot Mall, reopened Monday after being seized and shut down last week for allegedly not paying sales tax. According to the state Department of State records, the store owed at least $19,000 in taxes. The owners say the issues stemmed from a small clerical error made from an outside accounting firm, and they have since fired that company and have hired a local firm with a quality reputation. In a statement they said they want the public to know they never knowingly would try to evade payment of any sort of taxes.
Yankee Candle Recalling 31,000 Candles:
Yankee Candle has announced the recall of about 31,000 of its candles. Specifically the luminous collection fragrance candles which come in square glass jars. The jars can reportedly crack while lit, posing a laceration hazard. The company says it has received 16 complaints of the jars cracking, but no injuries have been reported. The candles were sold exclusively at Yankee Candle stores and on yankeecandle.com between September and November.
The Saga of the Steuben Co. Legislature’s Fruitcake:
The fate of a piece of local, little known, history will be decided on December 19th. That morning, Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith will select a recipient of the Steuben County Legislature’s fruitcake. The humble holiday cake has had a storied life among Steuben County’s elected and civil officials. It was first purchased in 1991 by then-county Administrator Mark Alger, who then passed it on at the office Christmas party. It has since passed hands 19 times – the same cake, in the original wrapping, reportedly encased in layers of cling wrap and aluminum foil and stored in the recipient’s freezer. As for who will receive it next, Smith says she’s “all set” for next week.
Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Until Noon:
A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier remains in effect until noon today. While the heaviest snow occurred overnight, it will continue today, ending as a mix of rain and snow. As you travel today, expect snow covered and slippery roads, as well as limited visibility. Take caution while driving.
Campbell Man Accused of Stealing Thousands from Employer:
A Campbell man has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an employee theft at Monroe Muffler in Riverside in July and August. Former assistant manager, 32-year-old Steven Button is accused of failing to deposit several sums of money to the bank and stealing nearly $3,000. He has been charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Steuben Co. Legislature to Vote on CRT Dump Charge:
The Steuben County Public Works Committee recently approved a resolution that will see the cost of turning in unwanted televisions and other electronic waste at the county Landfill increase to $20 each. The Steuben County Legislature will now vote on the proposal on December 19th. The fee would take effect on January 1st. Currently, it’s free to drop off electronic waste – including televisions and computer monitors – at the landfill, which Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said cost the county roughly $34,000 in 2016.
CDC Says “Heroin Deaths Outnumber Gun Homicides in 2015”:
A well-known problem locally is receiving some big, national attention. The Centers for Disease Control has released new data that reveals more deaths by heroin in 2015 than by gun violence. According to the CDC, there were nearly 13,000 heroin-related deaths last year, just slightly surpassing the number of gun homicides. Eight years ago, gun murders outnumbered heroin deaths by more than five to one.
More Changes to NYS Medical Pot Program:
Even more changes have been announced for the New York State medical marijuana program. The Department of Health says that dispensaries will now be authorized to sell cannabis or cannabis products to other dispensaries, and the cap on the number of products the dispensaries may manufacture and sell is being lifted. This news follows the previous announcements that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to certify patients and that chronic pain will soon be added to the list of qualifying conditions.
Over 37,000 Cards Collected in Holiday Drive:
The annual collection drive for holiday cards started by area student Sophie Kartzman has come to end with a grand total of 37,712 cards. The cards will now head to soldiers and veterans across the country, and globe, including military bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, the Arabian Sea, Antarctica, and Virginia, and veterans’ groups in Bath, Canandaigua, and Big Flats. This is the last year that Sophie will be heading the program, but it is expected to continue with someone new spearheading it.
Cargill Inc. Grants $10K to Odessa-Montour:
A classroom wish list put together by a teacher at Odessa-Montour High School will soon be filled, but not by the big guy in red. Cargill Inc., the local salt-producer based in Watkins Glen, has donated over $10,000 to teacher Laurel Strobel to help fulfill her list of classroom resources and technology, including new microscopes, DNA Gel Electrophoresis equipment, and Wisconsin FAST plant equipment. The facility manager at Cargill’s Watkins Glen location, Keith Klug, said that Cargill is more than happy to give back to the community.
Steuben Co. HoF Nominations Sought:
Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame are now being accepted until December 31st. Nominees may be living or deceased, man, woman, or child; may have been born elsewhere as long as they have enhanced the name of Steuben County. The committee will review nominees in January, with selections approved by the county Legislature in April. Inductees will be honored with an annual banquet, and memorialized in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, located in southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building.
Steuben Youth in Gov. Met Friday:
Sixteen Steuben County high school students tackled county issues Friday at the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session in the county Legislature’s chambers. The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for the past three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations. The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course. In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions.
Hunters Take More Deer in 2016:
The Department of Environmental Conservation says that hunters have taken about 5 percent more deer in the Southern Zone regular season so far this year than in the same period 2015. All deer hunting in the Northern Zone and the regular season in the Southern Zone ends on Sunday. The late bow and muzzleloader season will be open in the Southern Zone Monday through December 20th.
Local CCC Student Prepares Big Run in Fight Against Cancer
A local student of Corning Community College is preparing for a big run to help in the big fight against cancer. Shana D'Angelo is soon set to become a medic for the U.S. Navy helping children in third world nations who don't have access to proper healthcare. But in the meantime she's taking part in next year's Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adult's 4k for Cancer. The run will take place from June until the beginning of August, and spans 4,500 miles from San Francisco all the way to New York City. D'Angelo was personally motivated to take part in the run after losing her grandparents and aunt to the disease, with every dollar raised going towards supporting those battling cancer as well as their families. She'll run about 12 miles each day relay style along with her team, stopping at hospitals along the way to deliver care packages to young adults fighting cancer as well as their families. D'Angelo has stated that they'll be donating about $1 million dollars to the organization.
Convicted Felon Arrested After Domestic Dispute
An Avoca area man was arrested earlier this week after an investigation into a domestic dispute. Allen M Lafler was brought in for one count of criminal possession of a firearm, which was in violation of his prior felony conviction. Under the terms of his prior arrest, Lafler was not allowed to possess a weapon under any circumstances. He was issued an appearance ticket for an Avoca court, with orders to appear at a later time and date.
NYS Police Make Arrest in Murder for Hire Plot
New York State Police arrested a man in the Town of Bath this week for being allegedly connected to a murder for hire plot. Brandon McPherson of Horseheads will now be facing a felony Conspiracy charge after police allege he was plotting with another person to commit a murder. Authorities have yet to release more details in the matters surrounding the arrest, but for the meantime McPherson was arraigned in a Town of Avoca court and taken to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. McPherson, an active service member in the Navy who was assigned to the Arnot Mall's recruiting office, is due back in court on December 14th.
Tompkins County Man Admits To UPS Driver Murder
A man from the Tompkins County area admitted this week to shooting and running over a UPS driver in an Ithaca area Walmart parking lot. Justin Barkley has been charged with murder in the 2nd degree for allegedly shooting William Schumacher early Thursday morning at about 12:52 AM. Barkley also admitted to intentionally running over Schumacher after killing him, as well as firing a shot with a long gun at police trying to take him into custody. At the time the man was able to flee to his Dryden home and barricade himself inside, only eventually coming out after a successful negotiation via robot. Barkley is currently being held in Tompkins County Jail, without bail.
Tractor-Trailer Accident Early Thursday on I-86:
No injuries were reported in a tractor-trailer accident that occurred on I-86 early Thursday morning. According to the Campbell Fire Department, the tractor-trailer swerved to avoid another car in the media, west of the rest area.
Addison, Arkport Both Pass Capital Projects:
In both the Addison and Arkport School Districts Thursday, voters approved multi-million dollar capital projects. In Addison, the $23 million project received 411 ‘yes’ votes to just 125 ‘no’ votes. The majority of the work will be done at Tuscarora Elementary School. Over in Arkport two projects got the okay: a $6.5 million project to make upgrades to the K-12 building and facilities that passed 222 to 62, and a $1.65 million project that will go toward renovating the school’s kitchen and cafeteria that passed 204 to 77.
Corning Man Facing Multiple Weapons Charges:
A Corning man is facing multiple felony weapon charges after six illegal weapons were found at his residence. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Black also had a small amount of marijuana on his person when he was arrested. He has been charged with six counts of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Drug Complaint Leads to Arrest of Bath Woman:
A Bath woman has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a drug complaint that was made to the county 911 center. Deputies reportedly received information on November 26th that a vehicle was driving around the Bradford and Bath area conducting illegal drug activity. When the vehicle was located, they initiated a traffic stop and allegedly found 25-yearold Sara Mehlenbacher to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and inadequate exhaust. She was additionally charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as she allegedly failed to return the vehicle she was driving to its owner. She was issued appearance tickets on all the charges. She will appear in Canisteo Village Court at a later date.
Bradford Man Arrested in Domestic Dispute:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Bradford man following an investigation into a domestic dispute on November 27th. 25-year-old Steven Buchanan has been charged with assault and criminal mischief for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with another person and injuring that person. He also allegedly prevented the victim from calling 911. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.
$60.4M in Economic Development Funds Awarded to Southern Tier:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Southern Tier will receive $60.4 million in Regional Economic Development Funding from the state. The funds are part of $700 million that were announced Thursday. Steuben County is set to receive nearly $5.5 million, while Chemung and Schuyler counties will each receive more than $2.6 million. Some projects expected to benefit from the funds are water infrastructure improvements in Hornell, Erwin, and Addison. Also, the Corning Museum of Glass will receive about $276,000 to build a mobile glass blowing studio.
2 Positions Filled at BEGWS:
After Guy Hallgren was fired as Director at Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems, two Commission members stepped down from their positions. Wednesday night, the Bath Village Board filled those two vacant seats. Mark Alger, retired Steuben County Manager, and Robert Plaskov, a retired attorney, will fill the positions left open by Harold Rodbourn and Mike Austin.
Two Area Fire Depts. Named in State Audits:
Two area fire departments have been named in audits released Thursday by the New York State Comptroller’s Office for lax accounting policies. According to the documents, lack of financial oversight from the Bradford Volunteer Fire Company’s board of directors led to the misappropriation of nearly $8,500 in funds by the department’s treasurer. The treasurer, Sherry Hamilton of Bradford, was arrested in July on a charge of grand larceny. Meanwhile, a review of the Painted Post Volunteer Fire Department found that the department lacked written policies and procedures related to cash receipts and disbursements, procurement and claims processing, and that they had not adopted a code of ethics as is required by law. Both departments must file corrective action plans with the Comptroller’s Office within 90 days.
Farmers Recognized in Steuben Co. Ceremony:
After a very difficult year in the upstate, some local farmers were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night in Steuben County. Awards recognizing farmers for their hard work, production, community partnership, and volunteer efforts were handed out by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County. Amy Irvine was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer – Under 10 Years,” while Joan Tichenor was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer – Over 10 Years.” Joe Laquatra was awarded “Campus Connection,” Paul and Kathie White were awarded “Outstanding Producer,” and Campbell Building Supply was awarded “Spirit of Partnership.”
Temporary Nativity Scene Replacement to be Unveiled Dec. 16th:
At an event next week, a temporary replacement for the Nativity Scene in Elmira’s Wisner Park will be unveiled. The previous scene was destroyed early Tuesday in a fire authorities say was deliberately set 24-year-old Daniel Peterson-Green. He has been charged with felony criminal mischief. The event will be held at Wisner Park at 5:30 p.m. on December 16th and will include carols, cookies, and a collection drive for the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities’ Second Place East homeless shelter.
More Details Released in Bath Bomb Threat:
Details regarding a possible bomb threat made against a business in Bath have been released. State Troopers and K-9 units investigated the Arc of Steuben building and property Tuesday night in response to the threat, which was made around 7 p.m. by phone to the Justice Center in Albany, according to Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns. Authorities found nothing during their search. The business was closed and vacant at the time.
Indictments Handed Up in Steuben Co. Court:
Several indictments were handed up in Steuben County Court Tuesday. 22-year-old Joshua Jackson of Bath was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, and petit larceny. 45-year-old Aaron Silva of Bath was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching. 28-year-old William Newton of Georgia was charged with rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. 39-year-old Phillip Drake of Painted Post was charged with criminal contempt, criminal trespass, and endangering the welfare of a child. All the defendants will appear in Steuben County Court to answer the charges at later dates.
Vote on Arkport Capital Project Today:
The fate of two multi-million capital projects for the Arkport Central School District will be decided by voters today. The first, $6.53 million project would include upgrades to certain infrastructure and new athletic facilities, as well as improvements inside classrooms and throughout the school. The second project, which would only proceed if the first project is passed, would spend $1.65 million to reconfigure the school’s cafeteria and kitchen. The first project would not result in a local tax increase. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. in the Arkport gymnasium.
Hornell CSD Finds Lead in Water:
At Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the Hornell School District, Superintendent Doug Wyant announced that three of the five schools tested for lead in their water. The Bryant school had 8 unacceptable outlets and the Junior/Senior High School had 11 outlets that were found to be slightly contaminated. The Columbian school tested clean. The school board is still waiting for results for the Intermediate School and North Hornell School. According to Wyant, the contaminated outlets have been posted and are not in use for consumption.
27 Bags of Heroin Found During Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop on 390 on Sunday turned into a drug arrest. According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, a deputy pulled over a vehicle in the Avon area that was being driven by 27-year-old Tom Getman Jr. of Dansville. 39-year-old Brandon Salmon of Canisteo was a passenger in the vehicle. The deputy reportedly discovered 27 bags of heroin in the car, and a jar containing marijuana. Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Getman was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Both men posted bail and were released.
Governor Continues to Fight “Zombie” Properties:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to fight the issue of so called “zombie” properties
across the state. He has announced a new Consumer Bill of Rights under the Department of Financial Services as part of an effort to help New Yorkers in the event of foreclosure, and there’s a new regulation for banks and mortgage lenders. They’ll be required to report and maintain any vacant or abandoned properties.
Tourism Agency President Steps Down:
The president of the local tourism agency for Steuben County, Corning and the Southern Lakes, has announced that he will be stepping down in order to take a new job offer. The last day for Jake Buganski will be Friday, December 9th. He will be taking the position of Executive Director of the Division of Travel and Tourism for the State of New Jersey. In a statement, Buganski said that while he might be leaving, he looks forward “to returning regularly as a visitor.”
Bath Woman Accused of Getting High While Driving, Causing Accident:
A Bath woman is facing several charges following an accident in Corning on Monday. 25-year-old Cicianca Failing was allegedly getting high on canned air while driving near the intersection of Wardell Street and Reynolds Avenue. She nearly struck another vehicle and then hit a tree. She is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stay in lane. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Bath Man Charged with Falsifying Business Records:
A Bath man has been arrested for falsifying business records. 52-year-old Luis Santiago was arrested following an investigation by authorities into his dealings with the Steuben County Department of Social Services. He has been charged with falsifying business records and two counts of petit larceny. His parole status was also petitioned for revocation.
Endicott Firefighter Accused of Starting Blaze:
An Endicott firefighter is facing an arson charge after he allegedly set his own home ablaze. 41-year-old Jason Stokes of Vestal was arraigned Monday in Broome County Court. He’s accused of starting a fire at his home at 410 East Main Street in Endicott on August 10th while his wife and two children were inside. The Broome County District Attorney says that responding firefighters discovered multiple containers of fuel inside the home.
One Charged in Elmira Nativity Fire:
A 24-year-old transient man has been charged with setting the fire at the Elmira Nativity scene early Tuesday morning. Police say Daniel Peterson-Green told them he accidentally started the fire with a cigarette, but they say their investigation shows Peterson-Green intentionally lit a cash register receipt and then let it catch on a bail of straw. Peterson-Green then allegedly fled the scene. He has been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and was sent to the Chemung County Jail on $750 cash bail. The Nativity scene was damaged beyond repair and has since been removed. With Christmas just weeks away, the city is reportedly working with area churches for a temporary solution.
Join the Bath V.A. for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
Today is the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack by nearly 400 Japanese warplanes on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Five battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. About 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 more were wounded. The attack prompted the United States to enter World War II. In remembrance today of those who lost their lives, join the Bath V.A. for an open house at the V.A. Museum Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Painted Post Master Plan Meeting Tonight:
A public meeting will be held tonight regarding the new Village of Painted Post master plan. The meeting will go over the results of the preliminary master plan survey with public input on the formation of the new comprehensive plan. The meeting will be held at the Painted Post Fire Station on Steuben Street at 6 p.m.
Riverside Comprehensive Plan Tuesday:
The Village of Riverside will hold a public meeting on December 13th to discuss its comprehensive plan and the results of the recent village-wide survey. It will be held at the Riverside Hall on Stanton Street at 6:30 p.m.
Winter Driving Tips from the Red Cross:
As Winter creeps closer and snow increasingly features in the forecast, the Red Cross has issued some tips to help make driving easier and safer throughout the season. Besides limiting speed and staying aware of the surroundings, drivers should also stock a winter kit in their vehicle, including a blanket, food, and a change of winter clothes. You can also download the American Red Cross first aid app on your phone, which contains a list of ways to prepare for weather and environmental emergencies.
Honeoye Falls Assis. Track Coach Arrested:
An Assistant Track Coach at Honeoye Falls Lima High School has been arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. 32-year-old Jeffrey Utegg is accused of requesting nude photographs from a 16-year-old student via Instagram Messenger. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Bath Woman Falsely Applies for Emergency Housing:
A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly falsely applying for emergency housing. 42-year-old Michelle Boarder is facing a charge of offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, a class E felony. She allegedly presented to the Steuben County Department of Social Services as homeless, but when her claim was investigated it was determined that she had filed false paperwork. Boarder was also arrested on a violation of parole warrant. She was sent to the Steuben County jail without bail.
Sex Offender Arrested for Failing to Register:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Lindley man. Sayquan Dejean is accused of failing to change address and failing to register as a sex offender. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Students IDed in Dryden Accident:
The two young girls who were struck by a truck on Sheldon Road in Dryden Sunday evening have been identified. 11-year-old Kaylee Wacht of Freeville was killed, and 14-year-old Kristin Shevalier of Freeville was flown to Upstate University Medical Center where she now listed in stable condition. State Police are investigating the accident. Charges are not anticipated.
Voters to Decide on Addison Capital Project Thurs.:
Voters in Addison will head to the polls Thursday. They’ll decide the fate of a nearly $30 million capital improvement plan for the school. The work will provide several areas of improvements. School officials say, if approved, the project won’t raise local taxes.
Corning Approves Pool Feasibility Study, Rink Work:
In a vote Monday night, the Corning City Council passed a resolution to move forward with a feasibility study on the Denison Park and Northside Pools. The pools are currently in need of extensive repairs. The feasibility study will look at more cost efficient ways for residents to enjoy the water during the summer months, such as turning them in splash parks. In other action, the Council also voted to pay $23,000 for work that was completed at the Nasser Civic Center rink in 2015. The council is now hoping to hear positive news regarding a $500,000 state grant needed to make other improvements at the Center.
Canisteo to Sell Old Fire Engine, Property:
An old fire engine and hot tar application machine from Canisteo will soon be hitting Ebay and Craigslist. At its meeting Monday night, the village board decided that the retired 1984 Mack fire engine will be put up for sale, along with the hot tar machine. The board believes the proceeds will be better than selling it for scrap metal. In other action, the board has agreed to sell the property adjacent to the village hall on Green Street to a couple looking to build a house on it. The property will be appraised by a realtor.
NYS Relaxing Some Pot Restrictions:
Following the recent news that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will soon be able to certify patients for medical marijuana, New York State has announced that some restrictions in the medical marijuana law that may be relaxed. Officials are considering authorizing home deliveries and will add chronic pain to the list of 10 qualifying conditions.
Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Tomorrow:
Have you been meaning to enroll in Medicare for next year? Make sure you do before tomorrow’s deadline. Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug coverage closes on December 7th. You can switch from original Medicare to a private Medicare Advantage Plan, join a prescription drug plan, drop your coverage, or swap Medicare Advantage plans during open enrollment.
Avoca Students Give Back to Food Bank:
In November, the Avoca Central junior and senior national honor societies helped ensure that residents in our area won’t go hungry by preparing more than 3.5 tons of food for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. They also packed over 1,100 backpacks or food packages that go home with students each Friday. This is the fifth year the students have helped out at the food bank.
Fugitives Arrested in Drug Raid Expected in Steuben Co. Court Today:
Two fugitives arrested in late September as part of a drug raid on Sunset Drive in Corning will be in Steuben County Court today. 22-year-old Delon Brown is wanted on a murder charge in the City of Philadephia. He is also facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a firearm. 23-year-old Tavis Smith-Hogan will also appear, facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a firearm. He is charged as a fugitive from justice in connection with a kidnapping case in the state of Tennessee.
Young Girl Killed in Dryden Accident:
One young girl was injured and another was killed Sunday after being hit by a car in the Tompkins County Town of Dryden. New York State Police said the two girls were walking along Sheldon Road when they were hit around 5 p.m. No further details are available at this time.
Steuben Co. Public Works Sets New Tip Fees:
The Steuben County Legislature has approved some changes to tip fees for certain services at the county landfill that will take effect in the new year. Effective January 1st: processed construction debris will go up $5 to $15 per ton. Disposal only auto fluff will go up to $12 per ton while auto fluff picked up and disposed by the county will go up to $23 per ton. The recycling of truck/tractor tires greater than 20-inches will go up $13 to $300 per ton. On July 1st, municipal sewage treatment plant sludge will go up to $36 per ton. Meanwhile, some charges will go down include municipal construction demolition debris and municipal friable asbestos. Officials said the changes in tip fees will cover costs at the landfill, and encourage the safe and cost-effective disposal of abandoned properties.
Odessa-Montour to Offer Pre-Kindergartener Program:
Following in the footsteps of Bath-Haverling, the Odessa-Montour Central School District has announced that it will be offering a new curriculum-based pre-kindergartener program for three year olds beginning in early January. It will be a full-day program, Monday through Friday at BC Cate Elementary School. However, parents will be responsible for transportation. It will not be provided by the district.
Hilton Project in Corning to Resume this Month:
The long delayed Hilton hotel project in Corning is expected to resume sometime this month. The project has been on hold since March 2015 after manufacturing waste was found in the soil under the former Days Inn. One million dollars in state funding was awarded to the project in August to help it get back on track. Work is expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete.
Housing Project for Homeless Vets in Finger Lakes Region:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $2.62 million supportive housing project in the Finger Lakes region that will provide permanent and transitional housing for homeless veterans and individuals suffering from substance abuse. Spaces will be available in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties for residents to access the services to help achieve stability in their lives and be active participants in their community.
Schumer Vows to Fight Hospital Repayment Move:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is vowing to fight a move that would see rural hospitals across the upstate paying back millions of dollars in federal funding. Schumer says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently decided to change a calculation used to determine certain funding for sole community and Medicare-dependent hospitals. It is retroactively seeking repayment of federal funds based on this new calculation. The move could cost 16 hospitals between $15 and $20 million.
Bath Welcome Sign Restored:
Two years after the project began, work has finished on the restoration of the 100 year old historic “Welcome to Bath” sign at the old Phillips lighting property on Route 54. Bath Revitalization raised funds through the “Gateway to the Finger Lakes” 5K to finance the project, and had volunteer help through several local businesses, including Goodrich’s Auto Center, T&R Towing, Haines Equipment, Machuga Contractors, and Pelham Electric.
Corning Community College went into lockdown yesterday following a report a suspicious person with a suspicious looking object on campus. Corning Police along with New York State Police responded quickly and after a building by building sweep, it was determined that it was an art project wrapped in blanket and look like it could be a gun. With the recent Ohio State terrorist attack… authorities were taking no chances
Spirit of Christmas
Hundreds poured into downtown Bath last night to celebrate the Spirit of Christmas. The event which is put on by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce featured lots of free chili, hot chocolate, wagon rides and plenty of kids in line to see Santa Claus who was set up in the gazebo in Pulteney Park. Santa arrived around 5:00pm and assisted the Mayor of Bath in lighting the community Christmas tree.
Election results certified
The Steuben County Board of Elections announced today all General Elections results are now official and certified. In addition to a near-record turnout at the polls, the elections board received some 3,000 absentee ballots and more than 600 affidavit ballots. The official election results are posted on the county board of elections website.
Wineglass marathon Gives back
Wineglass Marathon officials announced yesterday that over 40 organizations received donations from this year’s marathon which drew a record number of 7,000 runners. Since the donation policy began in 2011 more than $340,000 has been given back to the community. This year more the 2,300 volunteers help make the marathon a success.
New York State police report there have been several instances of "movie money" being passed at local businesses over the last two weeks. This novelty money is clearly marked on the front and back with the words "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY," but does look like real US currency. These movie props can be purchased online as a novelty item. The public and local business owners should be aware this novelty money exists. Additionally, persons that pass off this novelty money as real money will be prosecuted for Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree, a C felony. If convicted this could result in a lengthy prison sentence.
2 Arrested in Gun Thefts:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Campbell residents for the theft of firearms in the Campbell/Savona area. 24-year-old Todd Buck has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a long gun from a residence on County Route 125 in Campbell and then selling it to a business in Chemung County. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail. 28-year-old Joseph Kish III has been charged with burglary, and 2 counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing two long guns from a residence on West Lamoka Avenue in Savona and then selling them to a business in Chemung County. He was sent to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail. The Sheriff’s Office reports that there have been two other similar incidents that they’re investigating and over the past week they’ve recovered nine stolen guns. They’re asking any member of the public in the Campbell/Savona area that are missing long guns to contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a report and to see if any of the recovered weapons are theirs.
Drug Charges for Bath Man:
A Bath man has been arrested on charges of possession and sale of a controlled substance. 39-year-old Robert Wood was arrested at his residence on a superior court warrant and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Prattsburgh Post Office Reopened:
After being closed over safety concerns, the Prattsburgh Post Office has finally reopened to customers. A notice was mailed to residents this week that said the office reopened on November 23rd with its regular hours. The Pulteney Post Office, which had extended its hours during the difficulty, has also returned to its regular hours.
Spirit of Christmas in Bath Tonight, Parking/Traffic Restrictions:
The annual Spirit of Christmas event returns to Bath tonight and while there will be plenty of fun to be had, it’s important to remember there will also be some parking and traffic restrictions as well. At 3 p.m. today, vacant parking spaces on Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking. At 3:30, Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben Street between Howell and Gansvoort, will be closed to traffic. Vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and along East and West Pulteney Square by no later than 4 p.m. or they’ll be subject to tow. Detours will be posted for those traveling through the village. During the event, the permit parking area of the village parking lot will be open to the public without charge.
Canisteo Village Court Issues Message Regarding Jury Duty Today:
The Canisteo Village Court has issued a statement for those with Jury Duty today. The court says that due to technical issues with the phone system, they were unable to leave messages with instructions to appear. So if you were summoned for jury duty and were directed to appear today, you must appear.
Tioga Downs Casino Opening Today:
Three years after its quest for a gaming license began; Tioga Downs is ready to open the doors of its new casino to the public. Today at 3 p.m., following an opening presentation and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the new gaming floor will be available to eager players. It includes 33 table games, such as Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, as well as other casino games like Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, 3-Card and 4-Card Poker, and the Big 6 Wheel. All of the video lottery terminals have been replaced with new slot machines.
Special Session Considered for Lawmaker Pay Raise:
A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the governor and top lawmakers are discussing a special session on legislative pay raises before the end of the year. A state commission recently turned down the proposal, but lawmakers have until the end of the year to vote to give the commission more time to reconsider. The spokesman said that while lawmakers are looking for a raise, Cuomo wants them to consider government ethics reforms and funding for a new hate crimes task force.
Steuben to Hold Drug Forum in Feb.:
Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid and other substance addictions through public information will lead to a public forum that’s been slated for February. County officials, physicians and related agency representatives recently met to plan a dedicated and cohesive campaign aimed at helping addicts and their loved ones deal with substance abuse. Plans include a forthcoming “facts sheet” listing the agencies providing help for addicts and their families.
Mass Gathering of Santas Coming to Corning:
Santa is coming to town a couple weeks early to celebrate with craft brews, live music, and more with Corning’s 1st Annual SantaCon. Organized by Brick House Brewery in Corning, the focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill. You can show up for free, in a just hat, but participants are encouraged to wear a full Santa, Elf, or other Santa-related costume. The event will start at the Iron Flamingo Brewery on Saturday, December 10th at 6 p.m. and from there participants can walk to the other participating locations – Lando’s, Cap’n Morgan’s and Brick House Brewery – to enjoy the festivities that each has planned. Please check out each participating business’ website and Facebook pages for more details.
Fatal Accident in Tuscarora:
An Addison man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Tuscarora. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to State Route 417 near the Addison/Tuscarora town line shortly after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning on reports of an accident where a vehicle collided with the rear of a logging truck. The driver of the truck received only minor injuries. 95-year-old Randall Whiteman, the driver of the other vehicle, was taken to Robert Packard Hospital in Sayre, P.A., where he later succumbed to his injuries. The logging truck was reportedly stopped on Route 417 and waiting to make a turn, when Whiteman struck the truck. Deputies say their investigation revealed that Whiteman did not apply the brakes nor did he attempt to take any evasive action. No charges have been filed. The investigation continues.
Rep. Reed Named to Trump Transition Team:
On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he’s been appointed to the transition team for President-Elect Donald Trump. He will serve in a vice-chair position. In a statement, Reed said that he’s “honored and humbled” by the appointment and that he’s looking “forward to getting to work.”
Governor Officially Announces Alstom/Amtrak Contract Wed.:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Alstom manufacturing facility in Hornell Wednesday where he officially announced the company’s $2.45 billion contract with Amtrak. Alstom will serve as the primary provider of next generation high-speed trains as Amtrak upgrades and expands its fleet. Alstom employs over 1,000 people throughout upstate New York, and this new deal is expected create 750 more, new jobs, with 400 of those directly at the facility in Hornell.
Some Polling Locations to Close in C-PP S.D.:
In a vote Wednesday night, the Corning-Painted Post School District decided to reduce the number of polling places by closing half of them. That will bring that number down from 8 to 4. The move is expected to save the district $7,000 every time there’s an election, but officials say that’s not the only reason they decided to close the locations. Superintendent Mike Ginalski said it will centralize things and it will take some pressure off voting inspectors. The four remaining locations are: the Corning-Painted Post High School, the Corning-Painted Post Administration Building, Corning Town Hall, and Erwin Valley Elementary School.
Dakota Miller Trial Moved:
The trial of the 23-year-old Hornell man accused of beating a 17-month-old baby to death last November has been delayed. The trial of Dakota Miller was originally set to begin on December 10th. It’s now set for February 28th. Miller is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.
Progress of New St. James Hospital Discussed in Town Hall:
The public was given an update on the progress of the new St. James hospital Wednesday evening at a special town hall featuring St. James CEO Jennifer Sullivan and Communications Director Dustin Hewitt. They re-confirmed that the old Kmart plaza has been selected as the location for the new facility and explained that they are currently waiting for Albany’s approval on the plans. They said they hope to have approval by 2017, and have set a tentative opening date by 2018. When questioned about the fate of the old hospital, Sullivan said that at this time has been no determination. She also said that are no plans for a maternity ward at the new facility.
Vote on Corning Pools Monday:
The fate of the Denison and Stewart park pools in Corning will be voted on next week by the City Council. On Monday a plan to decommission and raze the pools, turning the Stewart Park Pool into a splash park and the Denison pool into an aquatic facility, was approved by the City Capital Project finance Committee. City Manager Mark Ryckman said the cost of the projects is unknown at this time. If approved, the city will hire a consultant to analyze the cost.