Human Remains Found in Bath Determined to be Missing Man:
The identity of the human remains discovered in Bath in February of this year has been determined. After review of evidence, state troopers have identified the remains as Orrin Mastin of Bath. Mastin was last seen on January 18th 2013, and was subsequently reported missing. At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53-years-old. The investigation at the time discovered that Mastin did not take any personal effects with him when he was last seen, including his medications, wallet, credit cards, personal effects, and stored clothing. The remains were discovered on February 19th by a hiker walking through an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle. The ensuing investigation determined that the remains had been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period and remnants of clothing found on the remains, closely resembled that Mastin was last seen in. The location of the remains was consistent with his last known direction of travel. That evidence, along with the results of a DNA comparison, led troopers to identify the remains as Orrin Mastin. The investigation into the cause of death is continuing, authorities say foul play is not suspected.
Brothers Arrested in Canisteo Burglaries:
Investigation by police into multiple residential burglaries in the Village of Canisteo has resulted in the arrest of two brothers. 25-year-old Anthony Schneider is facing six counts of burglary in the second, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance. 31-year-old Michael Schneider has been charged with two counts of burglary in the second. Michael was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $75,000 cash bail, while Anthony was remanded without bail.
2 Arrested for Allegedly Helping Mental Health Patient Abscond from Hosptial:
Two men have been arrested for allegedly helping a mental health patient abscond from Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. According to police the patient was awaiting transfer to a mental health facility and fled prior to transport with assistance from 25-year-old Jamie Gould of Bath and 26-year-old Cheyenne Koons of Cohocton. The patient was later located with Gould in the Town of Cohocton and was returned to the care of hospital staff. Koons was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent person and was released on his own recognizance. Gould was charged with the same misdemeanor and was issued an appearance ticket.
Troopers Investigating Bradford Burglary:
Bath based state troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred in the Town of Bradford sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers say the thieves entered a residence and a garage on Ct. Rt. #17 and stole a cut-off saw and weed trimmer. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police or Steuben County 911.
Parking/Traffic Restrictions During Bath’s Spirit of Christmas:
Tomorrow is the annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath. There are many activities scheduled between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at various locations around Pulteney Park and on Liberty Street, and as such there will be parking and traffic restrictions in place. At 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces on Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking. At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the village.
NYS Investing $7.7M into Corning Inc.:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the investment of $7.75 million by the state into Corning Incorporated’s Valor Glass. The manufacturing will take place at the company’s Big Flats plant on County Route 64, which will be refurbished. It’s expected to bring in over 185 jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier. Corning has teamed up with pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer to use Valor glass in packaging that the company says will enhance storage and delivery, and will provide more reliable access to medicines.
Guthrie Health Restricting Visitors Ahead of Flu Season:
As flu season approaches, Guthrie Health has announced that it will be restricting some visitors. Effective tomorrow, anyone under the age of 12, and anyone with fevers, coughs, sore throats, runny noses, and congestion will be restricted. Officials say face masks and hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances of their hospitals.
Simms Appointed Steuben Historian:
The Steuben County Historian’s office has a new face, with Emily Simms recently appointed to the position, succeeding retiring county Historian Eleanor Silliman. A Bath native, Simms recently graduated from SUNY Buffalo. She has solid experience in museums, including The Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, and the Albright-Knox Art Museum, Burchfield Arts Center and Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo.
Wreaths Across American Donation Deadline Extended:
The deadline to donate to Wreaths Across America has been extended to midnight Friday. The deadline was originally Monday. For $15, a wreath made of live greenery will be placed at the gravesite of a veteran. Bath National Cemetery is taking part in this year’s annual wreath laying ceremony, which is set for December 16th. You can sponsor a wreath at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica-bathny.org/.
Troops Investigating Bath Burglary:
New York State troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred on Saturday between 11 a.m. and noon on Robie Road in Bath. Troopers say the perpetrator(s) entered a garage and stole a 12-gauge Ithaca shotgun. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police, or Steuben County 911.
Greenwood Man Accused of Forcibly Touching Neighbor:
A Greenwood man has been arrested after he allegedly touched a neighbor inappropriately. 38-year-old Shawn Horton has been charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the 1st degree. He has posted $2,500 bail. He had been ordered to reappear in court at a later date.
Rep. Reed Voices Support for Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill:
Local representative Tom Reed is voicing support for an anti-sexual harassment bill that’s been proposed by a Virginia Congresswoman. The bill, proposed by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, calls for mandatory training and universal, uniform anti-harassment, zero-tolerance policies. In response, Reed said that “sexual assault and sexual harassment has no place in the workplace,” and that he thinks it’s “only appropriate that we adopt this legislation in the house.” In related news, Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania announced a bill of his own on Tuesday. It would ensure that tax-payer money is not used in sexual-harassment settlement cases that involve members of Congress.
Fill the Bus for Families in Need with Avoca’s Christmas in the Park Sat.:
This Saturday Avoca hosting its annual Christmas in the Park event from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Parade-N-Glow Contests. You can also help local families in need as the Avoca Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will be collecting donations at the Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fill the Christmas bus with gifts for children of all ages and non-perishable food items for families. The gifts will be distributed in the students’ annual Christmas Basket Give-Away. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m., with judging for floats and units on Main Street. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. after the tree lighting. If you’re interested in entering, you must either: message their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/avoca.christmas, email email@example.com, or call (607) 566-2111. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to You.”
Arby’s to Buy Buffalo Wild Wings:
Rumors of a forthcoming deal between Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s have proven true, as it’s been announced that Arby’s is buying the sports bar chain for $2.9 billion, or $157 per share. Arby’s is owned by Roark Capital, which also has stakes in Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, and Jimmy John’s.
5 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
The Village of Bath Police Department is reporting the arrest of five people following a complaint of people making meth on Steuben Street in the village on Saturday. 34-year-old Joel Malloy and 34-year-old Nichole Church, both of Westfield, P.A., 32-year-old Christopher English of Bath, 60-year-old Howard O’Dell of Corning, and Megan O’Dell of Savona have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony. All were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, except English, whose bail was set at $10,000. One Bath police officer was taken to Ira Davenport Hospital for treatment for exposure to hazardous chemicals. He was later released.
2018 Steuben County Budget Approved, Tax Levy to Drop Slightly:
Steuben County property owners will see a slight drop in their tax bills next year as the county Legislature has unanimously approved its $191 million budget for 2018. The current budget is $177.7 million. The decline in taxes is due to a slight dip in the county tax levy and an average drop in the tax rate of $0.02 per $1,000 full value.
Steuben Co. Joins Opioid Lawsuit:
Steuben County legislators have voted unanimously to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Steuben will join counties and community governments across the state in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover lost costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction. County Manager Jack Wheeler added that the effort will include large prescribers as well as the pharmaceutical industry. This action is similar to a lawsuit Steuben joined in 1998 against four major tobacco growers in the U.S. The lawsuit resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Special Town of Hartsville Board Meeting Tomorrow:
A special meeting has been announced for the Town of Hartsville Board. It will be tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Hartsville Town Hall. On the agenda will be the purchase of a new loader for roughly $150,000, passing a resolution to allow the deputy town clerk to pay tax collector related bills, and amending the Hartsville wind law.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Volunteers interested in participating in the event should visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org and follow the directions.
Bath Rotary Donates Dictionaries:
Bath Rotary Club members recently presented third-graders at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School with personal dictionaries as part of the club’s annual literacy project. The club also donated dictionaries to Campbell-Savona Central School third-graders.
Southeast Steuben Co. Library Gives Back with “Food for Fines”:
The annual “Food for Fines” program is underway again at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The program gives residents a chance to clear their library fines while also giving back to the community. For every fine accrued, a person can donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for the fine. The donated goods will then be donated to the Corning Food Pantry. If you don’t have any extra food items, the library will also accept “gently used” children’s books for the bright red bookshelves located across Steuben County. The drive lasts through Saturday, December 2nd.
Domestic Dispute Leads to Charges for Savona:
A Savona man has been charged in a reported domestic dispute on November 21st at a residence in Savona. 28-year-old Aaron Nichols is accused of repeatedly striking a woman in front of two children less than 17 years of age. He has been charged with 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 4th.
Water Bill Changes Causes Confusion in Arkport:
There’s been a bit of confusion in Arkport recently as changes to the village’s water bills and the system used to generate them has led to a few snafus. At Tuesday’s meeting of the village board, it was revealed that switching the billing systems from a DOS to a windows system caused some files to become corrupted, especially with 6000-9000 series accounts, prevalent among those living at The Oaks residential park on Route 36. Some bills were also accidentally sent to service addresses rather than billing addresses, and the format of the bills themselves was changed from a postcard sized bill to a full-sized, 8.5 by 11 invoice. Village officials urge residents not to be alarmed by the changes, and assure that they are “working out the kinks.”
Veterans Town Hall at Bath V.A.:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. on Wednesday, December 6th. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92. This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.
Corning’s Holds Annual Tree Lighting/Parade of Lights, Sparkle This Week:
The holiday season officially got underway in Corning this past weekend with the annual Parade of Lights on Market Street and the Tree Lighting in Centerway Square. If you missed out on the festivities Saturday night, the Gaffer District will again be holding the annual Sparkle Festival – in its 43rd year this year – this Saturday, December 2nd.
Black Friday Online Sales Hit Record High:
The holiday season is off to a very merry start for online retailers as Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales have hit record highs, according to retail analytics firms. Adobe Analytics measured transactions at the largest 100 U.S. web retailers on Saturday and according to their report, a record $7.9 billion was raked in. That’s up 17.9 percent from a year ago. Today, Cyber Monday, internet sales are expected to pull in another $6.6 billion, which could make it the largest online shopping day in U.S. history. On the brick-and-mortar side, the National Retail Federation is expected to release sales data on Tuesday.
Spirit of Christmas in Bath Friday:
Get in the holiday spirit with the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce this Friday when it presents the Spirit of Christmas in Bath. On Pulteney Square from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a variety of activities and fun including horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, a live nativity scene, a community tree lighting, and a visit from Santa Clause. Stay tuned here to 98.3 WVIN for more details and for an on-location broadcast from the event that night.
County Legislature Holding Hearing Monday Night
The Steuben County Legislature will hold a public hearing Monday night on a local law to boost the salaries of ten appointed or elected officials. The 6 p.m. session is at the county office building. There will also be three other hearings on local protection districts.
Hornell Man Arrested During Traffic Stop
A 28-year-old Hornell man was arrested this week after a traffic stop. Scotty Hurd was stopped for speeding on County Route 68 in Hornellsville and he allegedly was operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license while possessing marijuana. He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle, released and given appearance tickets to return to Town of Hornellsville Court at a later date.
Avoca Woman Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
State Police report the arrest of 21-year-old Kaitlynn Pragle of Avoca. She was charged with three counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and not having a controlled substance in its original container. She’ll appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.
Bath PD Hires New Officer
The Bath Police Department has a new officer. Chief Chad Mullin announced that Officer Matthew Lehman was recently sworn in. He’ll be working on a part-time basis in the village. Lehman also works part-time at the Alfred Police Department.
New State Labor Department Regulations Open for Public Comment
New York State Department of Labor is accepting comments on its newly-proposed regulations for employee scheduling. The new set of regulations would affect the notice given to retail and other workers in the service sector before they report to work. The proposed regulations would entitle at least four hours of pay to employees who are called into work and then sent home. Four hours of pay is guaranteed to workers who are called into work a shift that was not scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Citizens can leave public comments regarding these regulations on the state department of labor website until January 6th 2018.
Cyber Monday Security Tips
Officials are urging New Yorkers to take steps to protect their personal and financial information during the upcoming holiday shopping season. While popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for their bargains, criminals often use these days to scam unwary consumers. Some Cyber Monday shopping tips…Shop with merchants and websites you know and trust; Keep your operating system and application software updated on all computers and mobile devices and Avoid clicking on banner ads or pop-ups since they may link to a malicious website.
Law Enforcement Continue Holiday Weekend Traffic Crackdown
Police across the state are stepping up traffic enforcement over this holiday weekend. New York State troopers will make regular patrols, looking for drivers who are impaired, speeding or texting. Sobriety checkpoints and patrols in unmarked vehicles are a part of this traffic safety effort. The Governor says local police agencies are participating in this weekend’s crackdown. Last Thanksgiving weekend troopers arrested 245 drivers for DWI, issued 673 distracted driving tickets and wrote 5,417 speeding tickets.
Tappan Zee Panels to be Used on Local Steuben Bridges
Steuben County anticipates to reuse steel and concrete panels from the Tappan Zee Bridge, a bridge crossing the Hudson River that is currently being dismantled. According to Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler, the County will be receiving six panels to reuse on three town bridges within the county, saving the county approximately $180,000. Which local bridges will get the panels is yet to be determined.
Suspects Flee Following Old National Hotel Robbery
Bath Village Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Old National Hotel yesterday at 6AM. Bath Village Police say two white males and one white female entered the bar area, taking off with a cash register containing money. The suspects ran away through the back door, fleeing towards Gansevoort Street. Anyone with information or leads is asked to forward their knowledge to the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.
Governor Announces Statewide Holiday Drive
A statewide drive for families across the state to celebrate the holidays was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. New Yorkers who wish to help their neighbors in need are asked to donate new and unwrapped coats, toys and school supplies to help community-based service organizations for this holiday season. Donations for the drive will be collected from this Monday November 27 until Friday, December 15th. The participating local drop--off site in this area is located at the Henderson-Smith State Office Building at 107 Broadway Avenue in Hornell.
Canisteo Men Arrested for Burglary, Petit Larceny
Two Canisteo men are facing felony counts. State Police they arrested 25-year-old Anthony Schneider and 31-year-old Michael Schneider. Both men were charged with multiple felony 2nd degree burglary counts as well as petit larceny. It happened earlier this month in the village of Canisteo and city of Hornell. Both men were detained.
Reed Briefly Comments on Net Neutrality Changes
Congressman Tom Reed said during a weekly media conference call that he was concerned about the recent repeal of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.The FCC released the plan on Tuesday dismantling regulations that ensured equal access to all content on the world wide web and opening up Internet Service Providers to charge users to see certain online content and curb the access to some sites altogether. In March of this year, Reed voted with many other Republicans in Congress rolling back a landmark FCC anti-piracy ruling that protected customer data from being sold to Internet Service Providers.
NYS E-Cig Ban Takes Effect
A statewide ban has taken effect on using e-cigarettes indoors in New York. The new state law The Clean Indoor Air Act was signed last month by the governor and bans vaping in the workplace, indoors at all colleges, on public transportation, and outdoors wherever smoking is prohibited. Private homes, hotel rooms and dining areas outdoors that don’t have a ceiling or roof New Yorkers can still use e-cigarettes.
Workshop for Farms at Risk Being Held Next Wednesday
A workshop on New York State’s Highly Competitive Grant Program for Purchasing Development Rights of Farms at Risk of Conversion to Non- Farm Uses is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center, State Route 54, in Bath. The workshop will explain conservation easements, the application process and program criteria. The workshop is sponsored by the county Planning Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Corning Man Charged in Multiple Corning, Riverside Burglaries:
Multiple burglary charges have been leveled against a Corning man following investigation by authorities into multiple incidents in Corning and Riverside. 22-year-old Stanley Sellard has been charged with burglary, and 2nd and 3rd degree attempted burglary for allegedly robbing three homes and attempting to rob a fourth in Corning, and for an alleged burglary in the Village of Riverside. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Chemung County Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Charity Scam:
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam involving a charity. Last Sunday, November 19th, the "Paw Patrol Meet and Greet Pizza Party" was held at the Elmira Heights American Legion and it was supposed to be a fundraiser for charity. However, the Sheriff's Office says it has received multiple calls regarding raffles at the event where the payout did not appear to reflect the amounts collected. Callers also said that they were told that all proceeds from the event would go to charity. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that bought tickets to the event or donated in another fashion to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 723-2933.
Steuben Co. 2018 Budget Hearing Monday:
The public hearing on the proposed 2018 Steuben County budget will be Monday at 6 p.m. If approved by county legislators, the $190.8 million budget will decrease the tax levy by approximately $10,000, and the average tax rate will drop two cents to $8.44 per $1,000 full value. If the budget passes, the tax rate will be at its lowest in more than fifteen years.
Steuben Co. Considering Joining Opioid Lawsuit:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday, it’s expected to vote to join the mounting legal battle against opioid addiction. Legislatures are considering a resolution to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Some 20 other counties across the state have engaged legal counsel. The lawsuit is similar to action taken in 1998 against four major tobacco growers that resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Discount NYS Fair Tickets Going On-Sale for Cyber Monday:
New York State Fair goers who want to save on tickets on this year, are in luck, as it has been announced that on Cyber Monday (November 27th) there will be an online-only sale for weekday ride-all-day wristbands and admission tickets. The ride-all-day wristbands usually sell for $20 in advance, and $25 during the fair. They will be available Monday at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/8927 for $12.50. There are a few details to be aware of: there will only be 5,000 of the wristbands available, and there will be a limit of 4 per purchase. Admission tickets will be available for $3.
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips:
Thanksgiving is a time of family and fun, but it can also be dangerous. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and they've issued some safety tips: don't wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle; never leave the food unattended, stay in the kitchen; user a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on; keep anything that can catch fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, paper or plastic bags - away from your stove; and always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all appliances are turned off.
Steuben Co. Offers Special Services Registry:
Steuben County residents with special or functional needs – and facilities that serve those needs – may now register with the county Office of Emergency Services’ “Special Needs Registry.” The voluntary registry will provide secured, confidential information to emergency response agencies, so responders serve them better during a disaster or other emergencies. The registry can be accessed at https://www.delta-fnr.com/steubenny/Signin.
Pulteney Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:
The State Police of Bath have announced the arrest of a Pulteney man following a reported domestic dispute in the Town of Pulteney. 50-year-old Willie Mack III allegedly engaged in a verbal and physical argument with his domestic partner which resulted in an injury and occurred in the presence of ten minor children. He has been charged with one count of assault and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Holiday Weekend Roadwork Suspended, Real-Time NYS Thruway Traffic App:
To help ease traffic over the busy holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Transportation has ordered that construction-related lane closures on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday, November 27th. Additionally, before you hit the road, you can now download the new NYS Thruway Authority mobile app (http://www.thruway.ny.gov/index.shtml) for real-time, Thruway-specific traffic and navigation assistance, a Thruway Service Area and restaurant locator, a toll calculator, an option to request roadside assistance, and more.
E-Cig Ban Goes in Effect:
The law banning the use of e-cigarettes at work, restaurants, and bars across New York State goes into effect today. Little is known about the long-term effects of vaping, so the new ban is targeted at protecting non-smokers from exposure while also discouraging teenagers from using them.
Bath Trooper Named “Investigator of the Year”:
A state trooper stationed in Bath has been named the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year.” During a ceremony held in Manhattan earlier this month, Investigator Thomas Khork received the award. Khork has been a trooper since 2006.
Dormann Library Donates Books to Jail:
The Dormann Library loves to serve the community – the entire community. Recently it was asked to supply the Steuben County Jail with reading material for their seven inmate housing units and the library delivered. Library staff provided 7 boxes of books, one each for the inmate houses. The boxes included current books, inspirational reads, suspenseful titles, and a dictionary and thesaurus each. Staff says they hope to have more books ready to deliver in the next few months, so that the materials can be rotated through the housing units.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Corning Church:
A free Thanksgiving meal will be offered at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning tomorrow. The 20th annual free holiday dinner starts at 11 a.m. Reservations are needed.
NYS Launches Fentanyl Public Awareness Campaign:
Hoping to shed light on the dangers posed by fentanyl, a new public awareness campaign has been launched across New York. It consists of ads and information cards warning New Yorkers about the dangers of fentanyl, safety tips on prevention, and guidance on how to safely respond to a fentanyl overdose. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it will help save lives and create a stronger and healthier New York.
United Resumes Flights, E-C Airport Adds Newark Hub:
There’s plenty of good news for travelers through the Elmira-Corning Airport. Not only has United Airlines has announced that it will be resuming flights in April, but it will be offering two daily flights at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to the new Newark hub. United stopped serving the airport in 2016, citing a shortage of regional pilots. The new Newark hub is part of the airport’s $58 million renovation. Officials added that when employment goes up, they hope to have opportunities to look at other destinations, and possibly even another hub.
Canisteo River Bridge Project Meeting:
The Steuben County Department of Public Works will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the CR 22 Bridge Project over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Addison Central School District’s Valley Elementary School located on CR 119, Cameron Mills. Representatives from Steuben County, the NYS Department of Transportation and the project consultant, Fisher Associates, will be present to provide a short presentation and accept any questions, comments and concerns regarding the project.
Alfred State Offers Reward in Arson Case:
Alfred State College is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the recent Mackenzie North fire incidents. Tipsters should call University Police. Since Nov. 8th, three arson fires have occurred at the dorm. There have been no reported injuries. The College says it is doing everything it can to keep students and the community safe.
Pistol Recertification Deadline Approaching:
New Yorkers with pistol licenses issued more than five years ago are being reminded that the deadline to recertify is fast approaching. If your permit was issued before January 15th, 2013, the deadline is January 31st. Failure to recertify results in license revocation and surrender of weapons. Recertification can be completed online on the New York State Police website at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces, or by mail.
Arkport, Canaseraga Appoint Merger Committees:
As the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts continue to approach potential merger, the school boards have now appointed their eight-member advisory committees. The groups, one each for both the districts, are made up of both school staff and community members. As the merger process is a lengthy and complicated one, the earliest the districts could merge, if approved, is July 2019.
Traffic Stop Nets 29 Bags of Heroin, 2 Charged:
A traffic stop on 390 has resulted in the arrest of two women from Hornell on drug charges. 38-year-old Tanya Hoad was allegedly found to be in possession of 27 bags of heroin, while her passenger, 24-year-old Rosemarie Brown, was also allegedly found in possession of 2 bags of heroin.
Canisteo Man Arrested in Scam:
A Canisteo man has been arrested for allegedly scamming a Wyoming County couple
out of nearly $12,000 in a home improvement scam. According to authorities, 43-year-old Howard Pratt was hired to do work on the couple’s attic and chimney. He has been arraigned on a charge of grand larceny and was released on his own recognizance. Wyoming County Deputies allege that Pratt has conducted this scheme throughout the Southern Tier and are asking anyone with information to call them at (585) 786-8989.
Painted Post Woman Charged in DWI Accident:
A Painted Post woman is facing multiple charges after a drunk driving incident in Corning. According to police, Alicia Carl drove while drunk with a 3-month old baby in her vehicle and struck multiple parked cars on Walnut Street in the incident late Wednesday night. She has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlicensed operation, and other traffic infractions. She is being held on $4,000 bail.
Steuben Land Bank Awards Bids for Bath, Corning, Hornell Properties:
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation board of directors awarded bids last week for the renovation of a City of Corning property and the demolition of two structures – one in the Village of Bath and the other in the City of Hornell. The Corning property is located at 232 Onondaga Street. The structure to be demolished in Bath is at 137 E. Washington Street, while the one in Hornell is at 23 Wells St. The goal of the land bank is to restore derelict properties to marketable conditions, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.
S2AY Rural Health Offers Cancer Expense Help:
Income-eligible residents in Steuben County may be able to receive help paying for cancer expenses and costs, according to the county Public Health Department. The S2AY Rural Health Network hosts the Cancer Services Fund which helps cover medical bills, co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, mileage, durable medical equipment, and any special foods or over-the-counter medicines related to the illness. For more information on the program, or to request funds, contact the S2AY Rural Health Network at (607) 962-8459.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. All in attendance are reminded to dress accordingly. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Over 900 wreaths have been sponsored to date. The goal this year is over 2,500. Wreaths can be sponsored at http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org for $15. The deadline is November 27th.
Steuben Sheriff Department Reorganizes
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is undergoing some organizational changes. Previously, the department operated under the command structure of five sergeants, five investigators and two corporals, all reporting to the captain who reported to Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis. Now, three new lieutenants have been promoted to each oversee a specialized area of operations. These three areas are Road Patrol, Criminal Investigation and Special Services which includes Court Security as well as the Civil and Navigation Division. This change was inspired by a study undertaken in February by McNelis with the goal to streamline communication within the department.
Pulteney Woman Charged Following Dispute Call
A Pulteney woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the Town of Pulteney. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched for a domestic incident on County Route 78 and charged Presey R.E. Hernandez with misdemeanors of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hernandez was released on her own recognizance and scheduled for a later court date appearance in the Town of Pulteney.
Regular Hunting Season Begins in Steuben
Yesterday, crossbow season ended and now the regular hunting season begins today in Steuben County. Species that can be hunted now are black bears and deer of both sexes. Properly controlled deer hunting is cited by the DEC as an important tool in managing deer populations that helps maintain balance for habitat and wildlife resources. The season continues until December 10th.
Baron Winds Energy Facility Growth Continues
The Baron Winds Energy Facility project in Steuben County continues to advance. The company says by the end of the month, it will file an application with a state Siting Board seeking permission to construct and operate the proposed facility. The project includes an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind-powered electric generating facility consisting of up to 76 wind turbines to be located in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland. The Facility will include wind turbines together with the associated collection lines, access roads, permanent meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance (O&M) building. After the application has been filed, Baron Winds will provide funding in the amount of $300,000 to be disbursed by the Siting Board to municipalities and other local parties to help pay expenses, including attorneys and consultants.
State Forms Suicide Task Force
NYS has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that includes leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other recognized experts in suicide prevention. Task Force members will examine and evaluate current suicide prevention programs services, and policies. Members will then make recommendations to increase access, awareness, and support for children, adolescents and adults in need of assistance. The Task Force will also explore methods to address and prevent bullying and cyber-bullying. New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation.
NYSEG and RG&E May Face Penalties After Investigation
The New York State Public Service Commission has completed its investigation into the March 2017 Windstorm that swept Western New York and determined that the poor storm restoration response by two utilities — Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation (RG&E) and New York State Gas & Electric Corporation (NYSEG) — violated the companies’ own emergency response plan. As a result, the companies’ owners now potentially face millions of dollars in financial penalties. With the Commission’s order, NYSEG and RG&E are directed to respond within 30 days to show why an administrative penalty proceeding should not be initiated.
Bath Orgs Announce Winter Drive
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems to sponsor a winter drive for our Bath neighbors. They call the drive “We’ve Got You Covered,” and from now until December 8th donations of new scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and winter socks are being accepted at the drop off locations at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems.
Private NY Colleges Report Drop in Enrollment
The Excelsior Scholarship that began this year in New York has affected the enrollment of students in private colleges. According to a report by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, 30 private colleges across the state have reported declines of yearly enrollment of five percent. The Excelsior Scholarship covers the tuition for students of SUNY schools from families making $100,000 or less annually and in 2018 eligibility will be expanded to students from families earning $110,000 or less.
Bath Woman Charged with Probation Violation
A Bath woman was arrested for Violation of Probation. While in the County Office Building, Amber Schoch was discovered by Deputies to be wanted on a probation violation warrant . She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the County Jail.
County Jail Inmate Arrested as Fugitive of Justice
A Steuben County Jail Inmate was arrested as a fugitive of Justice. Amber Moyer of Bath was arrested for charges that are pending in the State of Pennsylvania. Moyer was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court before being committed again to the Steuben County Jail.
Law Enforcment to Crack Down on DWI for Holiday
A reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that they and other law enforcement officers will be patrolling to stop impaired driving over the Thanksgiving weekend. From November 22nd to November 26th, law enforcement across the state will be out in full force to combat drunk driving and ensure safe travels during the holiday.
Bath Man Charged in Hit-and-Run:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a hit and run accident on November 7th. Police say 23-year-old Brian Patterson fled the scene of a property accident on Bates Road in the Town of Wheeler. He allegedly did not have permission to use the vehicle and he’s alleged to have intentionally rammed another vehicle off the road. Patterson was charged with reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Proposed 2018 Steuben Tax Rate, Levy to Drop:
Steuben County taxpayers can expect to pay slightly less in 2018. In his presentation of the draft 2018 county budget Wednesday, county Manager Jack Wheeler said the projected average tax rate of $8.44 per $1,000 full value will be the lowest in over fifteen years. The current tax rate is $8.46. Important elements of the proposed 2018 budget include: employee insurance expenses up 6.5 percent, Sheriff’s Department personnel costs up 5 percent, Medicaid increases of 4.3 percent, landfill cell 4 construction at a cost of $5 million, an allocation of $1 million in PAVE NY funds, and a decrease of 5 percent in mental health programs. The final decision on the budget is set to follow a public hearing 6 p.m. November 27th in the Legislature’s chambers.
Painted Post Police Officer Fired:
There are more changes at the Painted Post Police Department as Officer Brennan Hardy has been fired due to “personnel issues,” according to the village. Officer Hardy was let go on Friday. Trustee Brian Francis said they received “too many verbal and written complaints.” Hardy had a reputation as an extensive ticket writer. The move follows the firing of Chief Dennis Mullen, who was let go several weeks ago.
Public Presentations for C-G Capital Work:
Before voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district head to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a $14.5 million capital project, they’ll get a chance to learn more about it. There will be public presentations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 27th and Monday, December 4th in the high school conference room. Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th at Somers Hall, Canisteo, and the Greenwood Fire Station.
Massive AT&T Outage:
If you’re an AT&T customer and you were having trouble with your device Wednesday, you weren’t alone. There was a massive service outage, leaving thousands of users unable to make any calls. The company responded on Twitter, telling customers to restart their devices. They said it could take several tries. What caused out the outage is unknown; AT&T hasn’t offered any further details.
Win Big by Shopping Small:
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, one local community is looking to give back to those who remember to “shop small” and support local businesses. On Saturday, November 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Village of Hammondsport, you can Shop Small, Win Big. Shoppers who participate will have a chance to win 1 of 3 gift baskets full of merchandise and gift cards donated by the small businesses participating in the event. To take part, all you have to do is pick up your game card at the Hammondsport Visitor Center and fill in the destination check marks as you go, then at the end of the day, turn your game card in to the office. For more details, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1384940444951168/.
Bath Woman Accused of Using Stolen Debit Card:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by state police into a stolen debit card and stolen money. 50-year-old Hannah Squire is accused of possessing the card and of stealing the money from an acquaintance without his permission. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, and has been released on her own recognizance. An order of protection has been issued.
Steuben DSS Celebrates National Adoption Day; Judicial Accomplishments:
Steuben County celebrated the adoption of six children – and the accomplishments of two retiring county judges – during its 2017 National Adoption Day reception Tuesday. Steuben Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller presented the Hon. Marianne Furfure and the Hon. Joseph Latham with commemorative gifts in honor of their judicial work assisting adoptive families. Furfure has overseen 305 adoptions over the past 20 years, and Latham has overseen 247 adoptions during his 19 years on the bench. Both expect to retire at the end of the year.
Winter Drive for Neighbors in Need:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is partnering up with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems for an event called “We’ve Got You Covered,” a winter drive for local Bath neighbors in need. Now through December 8th anyone can drop off a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks at the fire department on East Morris Street, or at BEGWS on South Avenue.
Republican Contenders for NYS Governor Announced:
On Tuesday, the Republican Party announced a few of the names that are looking to run against incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. They include Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse, and Harry Wilson. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has raised roughly $25 million for his campaign. He maintains that he just plans to run for re-election as Governor in 2018, and that rumors of him making a presidential bid are just that. If he were to decide to run for President, he will not able to use his state account to fund a presidential campaign.
Riverside Renames Village Hall after Former Mayor:
In a ceremony Tuesday, Riverside officials dedicated the Riverside Village Center to former mayor Bill Cornell. Cornell died at Robert Packer Hospital in June at the age of 74 due to complications with cancer. The new name was unveiled with a new sign that hangs above the entrance to the village hall.
Board of Ed. Meetings:
Tonight the Hammondsport Central School will host is regular meeting of the Board of Education. It will be at 6 p.m. in the High School library. Tomorrow, November 16th, the regular meeting of the Bath Central School Board of Education will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School library.
Keuka Lake Players Preparing for Annual Holiday Show:
It’s that time of year again! Time for the Keuka Lake Players Christmas show! This year they will present Rudolph and Friends at the Hammondsport Presbyterian Church on December 9th at 4 p.m. For those interested in participating in the show, there will be a meeting this Saturday the 18th at 20 West Morris Street in Bath. For more information, you can call/text (607) 377-9582.
Burrows Declines NY Extradition:
In Tioga County Court Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows declined extradition to New York, where he is facing warrants in Steuben and Chemung Counties. Steuben District Attorney Brooks Baker said that now both he and the Chemung County D.A. will have to each get a “governor’s warrant.” The warrants are applications that set forth reasonable cause the accused committed a felony and they will need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. If Burrows doesn’t waive extradition, there will be a hearing to establish that he is the person named in the warrants and that he was in New York at the time of the crimes. Burrows is wanted in Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, and in Chemung County for first-degree burglary. Officials have said the case will go the Grand Jurys in both counties.
Medical Marijuana Approved for Veterans with PTSD:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into a law a bill that legalizes medical marijuana for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cuomo said that, “If there are veterans that are suffering and [they] can make a treatment available, [they] want to.” The use of the drug will have to be authorized by a doctor.
Chemung Co. Leg. Approves Lyft/E-C Airport Deal:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, lawmakers approved 14 to 1 a resolution that officially approves Lyft for ride-sharing services at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. As part of the deal, the county will get $2 per Lyft ride. The agreement will last for one year to see how it performs.
NYS Mayors Gather in Albany to Push Back Against Tax Bill:
Some 50 mayors from communities around the state gathered in Albany to speak out against the GOP proposed tax reform bill. Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the bill would cost his city approximately $2,600 annually and explained how much the average homeowner in his city would lose if the State and Local Tax deductions (SALT) are removed as the bill proposes. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said that a vote for the bill is a vote against the state. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick expressed confusion as to why Representative Tom Reed supports the bill when most members of the House, including every Democrat and all but a few other Republicans, are against it. According to NEWS10 ABC, they have been unable at this time to find a single mayor in the state that supports the tax reform bill.
NWS Announces Changes to Winter Weather Alerts:
Looking to simplify the process and to make it easier for the public to understand, the National Weather Service has announced a series of changes coming to their winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings. Many of the advisories, such as “lake effect snow” or “freezing rain,” will be consolidated under a general “winter weather advisory.” The same is being done with watches. Warnings will remain more or less unchanged. Finally, a new product will be offered this year - “snow squall warnings.” This year warnings for snow squalls will only be issued by 7 national weather service offices, including the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, State College and Buffalo. It will be used nation-wide next year.
5 Miles Added to Lackawanna Trail:
An additional 5 miles has been added to the Lackawanna Trail, the Chemung county Executive’s Office has announced. The new section runs south from East Water Street in Elmira to Lowman Crossover (CR08) in Ashland. Chemung County says the wearing surface should be suitable for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian users.
Street Sweeping Season Ends in Hornell:
According to a press release from the City of Hornell Department of Public Works, the annual street-sweeping season came to an end this morning, November 14th. The parking ban on city streets that had been in place is no longer in effect. Residents are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets.
Multiple Weapons Charges for Canisteo Man:
A Canisteo man is facing multiple weapons charges after New York State troopers and members of the Canisteo Police Department, along with the Steuben County Probation Department, searched his residence following a tip that he was in illegal possession. 23-year-old Joseph Carter was found to be in possession of a rifle and two illegally possessed daggers and he was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd, and one count of criminal possession in the 4th. Carter was on probation due to a previous conviction for burglary. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
“Dangerous” Escapee Arrested:
There’s an update in the search for the dangerous convict from Rome that escaped parole last week. The NYS Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Ronald Cook was taken into custody Saturday evening thanks to the cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and tips from the public. Cook was apprehended by Binghamton Police and is currently being held at the Broome County Jail. He will be returned to Central New York to face criminal charges.
“Parade for Paws” to Support FLSPCA:
Campbell-Savona High School seniors are looking to give back to the community. They’ll be hosting a 5k run this Saturday, November 18th to benefit the Finger Lakes SPCA and the animals in need. The run, which will start at 8:30 a.m., will be free, but pet donations are required to participate. The donated goods will be delivered to the shelter by the students. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/prod/view/paradeforpaws.
Get Ready for Winter Driving:
With the first snow flurries of the season, it’s time to get ready for winter driving. Local officials have released the following reminders for motorists during the season: allow plenty of travel time, provide extra distance between vehicles to allow for more stopping time, turn off cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, be aware of snow plows, bridge surfaces are often more slippery so drive accordingly, and as required by state law be sure to fully clean off your vehicle before beginning any trip. For more safe winter driving tips, you can visit the United State’s Department of Transportation’s Winter Driving Tips webpage at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/vehiclesafety/winter-driving-tips.
Deer Rescued from Manhole in Alfred:
The Alfred State College grounds crew and Village Department of Public Works personnel found themselves with a unique challenge last week when a deer was found trapped in a manhole near the intersection of Glen Street and County Route 214. The six-point was discovered by an Alfred State employee in the channel that carries sewage from the college’s agricultural facilities to the village. It’s believed that the cover became dislodged during area mowing, or during maintenance. Heavy equipment was called in and a tow-strap was used to lift the animal the estimated 6 to 7 feet out of the hole and back onto solid ground, where it’s said it took off for the adjacent field as soon as it was able. A video of the rescue has been posted on the college’s Facebook page and Youtube channel for any that wish to witness it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZStTFxy4ioM.
Inductees for Toy Hall of Fame Announced:
In September, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester announced the 12 nominees for this year’s class. Now they have announced the three toys that received enough votes from their panel of experts, historians, and teachers. The National Toy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is “Clue,” Wiffle Ball, and the paper airplane. They beat out Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, “Risk,” the Magic 8 Ball, Pez dispensers, fake food, Transformers, and sand.
Department of Labor Shares New Regulations for On-Call Workers
This week, New York State Department of Labor released new regulations regarding on-call hours for employees. The new regulations would make employers provide a work schedule two weeks in advance and provide two hours of extra pay for last minute assignments . The new regulations also demand employees be paid for at least four hours of work even if the shift they are scheduled is cancelled at the last minute or if they are on-call. These changes can be reviewed and citizens can leave public comments regarding the proposed changes on the DOL’s website during the 45-day public review period.
Dansville Science Teacher Makes State Finals for Presidential Award
Seven New York State mathematics and science teachers are state-level finalists for the 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) at the secondary level. The award is one of the highest honors in the nation for teachers of mathematics and science. Locally, Dansville High School science teacher Kevin Mialky is one of the finalists.
Steuben Center Hosts Lunch for Veterans
Yesterday at the Steuben Center, Veterans were celebrated at a luncheon honoring and thanking them for their service. Eighteen local veterans gathered and were recognized with medals and certificates. Each year the Steuben Center holds an event like the luncheon to acknowledge our community’s veterans.
Reed Says Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Lower Taxes; Cuomo Foresees Tax Increase
Congressman Tom Reed says tax cuts for western New York families are one step closer to reality. On Thursday, the Corning Republican voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Reed has been an outspoken supporter of the bill, which he maintains will lower federal taxes for 99 percent of taxpayers in New York’s 23rd District. Gov. Cuomo disagrees. In a press statement, Cuomo said in the counties represented by Congressman Reed, nearly 60,000 New Yorkers will be affected by the destructive plan and see an average tax increase of more than $2,500 from the loss of deductions.
Bath VA To Celebrate Veteran's Day with Afternoon Concert
A Veteran’s Day concert will be held on the Bath VA campus today. The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium. The event is open to the community. The band will play patriotic standards, pop hits and nostalgic classics, including a salute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
Military Salute to Air Wednesday Mornings
Since today is Veteran's Day it’s an appropriate time to remind you about a special WVIN radio feature. It’s called Military Salute and it airs every Wednesday around 11:35 a.m. It’s sponsored by the Bath VFW post. To have a veteran honored, just go to wvinbath.com, look for the Military Salue logo on the homepage and send us the information.
Drug Charges for Hornell Man:
An investigation into a drug overdose on November 5th has resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Jared Green of Hornell. According to Hornell Police, Green allegedly sold heroin and other opiates, and officers say they recovered a large amount of heroin, suspected opiates, packaging material and a cellphone that allegedly belonged to Green. Green is facing criminal possession and criminal sale charges, among others. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Burrows Kidnapping Case Update:
Bench warrants have been issued by both Steuben and Chemung counties for suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows. The 32-year-old from Pennsylvania is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning parking lot last week, then stealing her vehicle and fleeing the scene before eventually shooting and killing a man in a home invasion in Big Flats. Burrows is currently being held in the Tioga County Jail. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said a bench warrant has been issued through the Corning City Police Department for attempted kidnapping, while Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said a bench warrant for burglary has been submitted out of the Town of Big Flats. Baker added that he “guarantees” it will go to the Steuben County Grand Jury.
Police Searching for Escaped Rapist:
The New York State Department of Corrections is urging the public to be on the look-out for a man convicted of first-degree rape who has escaped parole. 66-year-old Ronald Cook was last seen in Rome on Wednesday. He reportedly cut off his GPS ankle bracelet. Cook is described at 5’9” and 240 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a bright yellow windbreaker. Cook is considered to be dangerous. Anyone with information should call 911.
Astornio Not Running for NYS Governor:
Following his defeat on Tuesday during his Westchester County executive re-election
bid, Rob Astorino has announced that that he will not be running for New York State Governor against Andrew Cuomo. Astorino ran unsuccessfully against Cuomo in 2014, and said then that it wouldn’t be his last bid, but his campaign spokeswoman told the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau that he won’t be running for governor, and that instead he’s “…going to work right now on a smooth transition….”
Steuben County TRIAD to Offer Information About Free Legal Assistance:
Steuben County TRIAD will be hosting Attorney Eric Charette, from Legal Assistance of Western New York at their meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Bath. Legal Assistance of Western New York is a not-for-profit that provides access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems. Attorney Charette provides legal services to older adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The presentation sponsored by Steuben County TRIAD will be free and open to the public.
Art for the Arc Event Raises More than $3,500 for Arc of Steuben:
The Arc of Steuben’s recent Art for the Arc event raised more than $3,500 for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The silent auction was held on Friday, September 29th at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and showcased local artists and businesses, and featured a silent auction, live music, catering, and tastings. Money raised also funds the Wish Upon an Arc Star program, which gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Past wishes include family camping trips and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand.
Veterans’ Day Deals and Discounts:
Americanis celebrating its veterans this weekend, and as has become tradition, that includes numerous discounts at businesses nationwide, including some who will offer deals all weekend long. To see a list of participating restaurants and businesses, you can visit https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/ and https://militarybenefits.info/miscellaneous-discounts-veterans-day-deals-veterans/.
Bath-Haverling Presents Seussical Jr.:
Next weekend 90 Bath-Haverling students will be participating in the 7th annual middle school show – Seussical Jr! There will be two performances of the family friendly show – Friday, November 17th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now in the middle-school office.
Savona Man Charged in Incident:
A Savona man is facing charges of burglary and menacing after he allegedly threatened a former girlfriend and her daughter. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies, they responded to a 911 call and found a woman climbing out of a window with her child in her arms, yelling for help and that a man had a knife. 37-year-old Mathew Smith was taken into custody and during their investigation, deputies say Smith entered the residence and grabbed a knife, threating the victim in front of her daughter. He allegedly took her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Smith has also been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Wayland Man Accused of Violating Protection Order:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of a Town of Wayland man on a charge of criminal contempt. On Monday, deputies say they received a complaint that 44-year-old Adam Parsons allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by placing several phone calls to the protected party. Parsons was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
New Hornell Hospital Officially Breaks Ground:
The new St. James Mercy hospital construction project officially got underway Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the hospital’s new location in the old Kmart Plaza in Hornell. Aside from hospital officials, many local and district officials were in attendance, including Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Sheriff Jim Allard, and future Hornell Mayor John Buckley, among others. All the speakers agreed that it was “a dream come true” for the community.
Steuben Co. Transportation Study Public Meeting:
There will be a public meeting concerning public transportation in Steuben County on Tuesday, November 14th. It will be held at the Dormann Library in Bath from 2 to 4 p.m. Residents will be able to hear the results of the Steuben County Transportation Study and provide feedback on current transportation systems.
Proposed Tower Installation in Corning:
Up State Tower Company is proposing to install a 165 foot lattice telecommunications tower on Winfield Street in Corning. The tower is not expected to be lighted. Comments on the proposal must be filed with the company’s West Seneca location by December 6th.
AFGE to Hold Rally Concerning V.A. Vacancies:
In response to vacancies at V.A. hospitals nationwide, the local branch of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) – Local 491 – will be holding a rally on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:30 a.m. Their goal is to raise awareness of the vacancies. The rally will be held on West Washington Street in Bath and is open to AFGE members and the community.
Here are the results of some of the contested General Election races in Steuben County:
Deputy Mayor of Hornell, Republican John Buckley gets to step up today after winning the race for Mayor over Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy. Meanwhile, in Corning the Mayoral race there also went to the Deputy Mayor, Democrat Bill Boland. Boland beat Nicholas Weinstein and Elizabeth Whitehouse for the position. Surrogate Court Judge officially went to Patrick McAllister with 62 percent of the vote; Chauncy Watches received 37 percent despite withdrawing from the race. In Bath, Rhonda Tobias won Town Clerk with 48 percent, just ahead of Cindy Knowles who had 43 percent. In Bradford, Robert Wolverton took the Town Justice position over Michele Keefer-Melenhbacher. The Town Council seats went to Phillip Cogswell and Brian Elliot. Gillian Campbell won Tax Collector. In Campbell, Michelle Seeley took 86 percent of the vote to win Town Clerk. In Cohocton, Chreyl Deusenbery and Michael Gilman, Jr. won the Town Council seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to Richard Schumacher. In Lindley, Superintendent of Highways went to Kevin Putman. In Prattsburgh, Anthony Byington and John Underhill won the Councilman seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to John Perry. In Pulteney, Terry Gibson won Superintendent of Highways. In Rathbone, Superintendent of Highways went to Donald McCaig. In Thurston, Noel Sylvester and Holly Chase each won a councilman seat. In Tuscarora, the councilman seats went to Robert Peoples and Richard Allen, and Superintendent of Highways went to Brad Tucker. In Urbana, Deanna Tompkins won Town Clerk, and John Jack Merriam won Town Justice.
For full local election results, visit https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/boe/2017_general_election/Summary%20report.html.
In state wide news, voters soundly rejected proposition one – which was for a constitutional convention – but have approved proposition two, which asked whether judges should have the right to revoke the pension of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs. As for proposition three – which is about the rights of local governments to use forest land for local projects – it’s said to be too close to call at this time.
Multiple Charges of Savona Man in Domestic Dispute:
A domestic dispute in the Village of Savona on Sunday has resulted in multiple charges against a Savona man. 50-year-old Michael Brown is accused of brandishing a knife and making threats to harm the victims, and preventing them from leaving and contacting help. He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued.
Rep. Reed Town Hall 11/20:
Representative Tom Reed will meet with his constituents on Monday, November 20th during a Town Hall in the Town of Horseheads. It’s set for 6 to 7 p.m. and will be held at the American Legion Post 442.
Warmer Weather, Political Turmoil Push Gas Prices Higher:
According to AAA the average price of a gallon of gas jumped 8 cents in the last week due in part to political turmoil in the Middle East and unseasonably warm weather in the U.S. The benchmark price for a barrel of crude reached $57, the highest in more than two years, in the wake of numerous princes, businessmen and government officials in Saudi Arabia being arrested in an anti-corruption crackdown over the weekend. Global demand for U.S. stockpiles has also put additional pressure on price. Crude exports reached 2.1 million barrels a day last week, a new record, which has helped reduce inventories in the U.S. to levels 5 percent below a year ago. Officials with GasBuddy say drivers can expect to see prices continuing to trend higher over the next week.
General Election Voting Today:
Voters are finally heading to the polls today in the 2017 General Election. There are active races throughout the region, and voters need to remember to check the back of their ballots. There are three statewide propositions. The most controversial is whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. A Siena poll out last week showed a majority of voters say they’ll vote against the measure.
State Labor Commissioner to Visit CCC to Discuss Paid Family Leave:
Tomorrow the state Labor Commissioner will visit Corning Community College to discuss the new Paid Family Leave law. You may have noticed over the summer that a deduction for this program was added to your paycheck. The law goes into effect January 1st, and offers virtually all private sector employees 8 weeks of paid family leave at 50 percent of their weekly salary. Time off and pay will increase every year until 2021. The law will allow families to take time to care for a sick relative, relieve pressure when a family member is called to military service, or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child. Commissioner Roberta Reardon will answer questions about the law tomorrow at CCC’s Health Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
Empire Access Reaches Deal to Acquire Ontario Fiber Ring:
Empire Access has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire the Axcess Ontario fiber ring. The Axcess Ontario fiber ring is a state-of-the-art 200-plus-mile open-access fiber optic network in Ontario County. The ring offers telecommunications carriers access to the countywide fiber optic network with the ultimate goal of improving telecommunications services in Ontario County. The CEO of Axcess Ontario, Sean Barry, called the deal a “natural fit,” and the COO of Empire Access, Jim Baase said that it will allow them to “offer fiber services to substantially more homes and businesses within Ontario County.”
New Hotel, Other Changes Coming to Arnot Mall:
As part of its upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebrations, some changes are coming to the Arnot Mall. Officials have announced that a new hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, will be taking the place of the existing Bon Ton location and “a hospitality, food, beverage, and entertainment neighborhood” will be created at the mall. Also as part of the celebration, the mall will be donating $50,000 to several local charities, including the Foodbank of the Southern Tier and the United Way of the Southern Tier.
Corning Ice Rink to Open Tomorrow:
With the temperatures dropping and the holidays on the horizon, a popular local venue will once again be opening its doors to the public tomorrow. Corning’s Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink will open at 10 a.m. and there are events planned seven days a week, including open public skate, lessons, figure skating and hockey. In 2016, the rink was closed for 42 days after an aging cooling tower caused the ice to melt. The City Council unanimously voted to put $900,000 in to the city budget to complete needed improvements at the rink. Corning Enterprises committed $150,000, and the Crystal City Parks Foundation donated $3,000 to help with the work. The rink is expected to be open until around mid-March.
Netflix Warns Against Scam:
Netflix subscribers beware, the company is warning of a new email scam. An email is making the rounds that appears to be from Netflix, but the company says it’s not. The message tells users that their membership will be suspended unless they update their billing information. If you click the link provided, it leads to a bogus website where you’ll be asked to give personal information, including credit card numbers.
More Details in Big Flats Home Invasion, Attempted Kidnapping, Carjacking:
Early reports on Friday of a home invasion and shooting in Big Flats have grown over the weekend to include an attempted kidnapping and a carjacking. According to police, it started in Corning Thursday night when a woman going to work at Landos was approached by a man she met online, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows of Pennsylvania. Corning Police say Burrows displayed a handgun and entered the victim’s vehicle. As he attempted to handcuff her to the vehicle she resisted and was able to run away. Burrows then fled in the vehicle, and it was later located in a ditch in Corning. During the subsequent search for Burrows, police received reports of a home invasion on Reasor Hallow Road in Big Flats. Police say Burrows walked on foot to the home of 60-year-old Timothy Webster, forced his way in, and shot and killed Webster. Webster’s wife was home at the time, but was not injured. Police say Burrows had no connection to Webster. The home was chosen at random. Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Burrows has been charged with burglary, at this time, but they are contemplating homicide charges. Burrows is currently being held at the Tioga County Jail.
Missing Cortland Woman Found in Nevada, Elmira Man Charged:
An Elmira man is facing multiple charges in Nevada in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a missing Cortland woman. 23-year-old Jon Wesley Turner has been charged with strangulation, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. Both Turner and the victim were reported missing out of 2 separate New York jurisdictions in August. Turner allegedly forced the victim to the leave the state with him and cross the country. Her abandoned car was found in California. The victim was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner is being held on $275,000 bail.
St. James Groundbreaking Wednesday:
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the future home of the new Saint James Mercy Hospital and Medical Office Building. The public is invited to join hospital leaders and staff for the event which will begin at 11 a.m. at 7301 Seneca Road. The new medical office building is set to open in 2018. The new hospital will follow a year later in 2019.
SALT Deductions Still Missing from New GOP Tax Reform Bill:
While experts are still sifting through all the details of the latest tax reform bill proposed by the GOP, one thing is clear. This new bill, like the one before it, has completely eliminated income and sales tax deductions (SALT). However, it does now allow for property tax deductions, though they will be capped at $10,000. Many lawmakers have spoken out against the elimination of SALT deductions, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, but local representative Tom Reed maintains that the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Catholic Charities Annual Awards Dinner:
Catholic Charities of Steuben (CCS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Annual Awards. The theme for this year’s awards was Community, with an emphasis on Unity. Awardees were recognized on Thursday at an awards dinner at the Bath Country Club. The highest honor, the Friends of Catholic Charities Award went to Board member and Strategic Growth Planning Committee Chair Jon Chester, of Corning. The William and Dorothy Belknap Award went to Richard McCandless, of Victor. And the Barbara Fairbanks Award went to the Addison Central School District.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event is open to the community.
Save-A-Lot’s Brighter Holiday Program Underway:
With the holidays now fast approaching, one local store is looking to make them brighter for those in need. The Bath Save-A-Lot annual Bags for a Brighter Holiday program is now underway. Store customers can purchase a bag of food which will then be donated to Catholic Charities of Bath to be given out during the holiday season. The program runs through December 24th.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
A Canisteo man was arrested and sent to Steuben County Jail after a Dansville traffic stop. According to New York State Police, Nicholas Arce was stopped on State Route 36 and was found to possess suspected heroin and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned in Dansville Town Court and sent to County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Prattsburgh man was arrested for Violation of Probation. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Jarid Worboys was arraigned in Steuben County Jail without bail for his alleged violation and will return to court on Monday afternoon.
Television Crew Needs Help Finding Keuka Drone
Producers are searching for drone named “Wilbur” they used to film a potential project at Keuka Lake. The team of producers lost contact with the quadcopter drone Wednesday morning when it disconnected and never returned to the crew. The producers are from Illinois and were filming for the tentative television show “Vine Valley”. They are offering a possible reward for finding the drone. Anyone who thinks they may have found the quadcopter can contact via email paul@arndtphotography. com or call (618) 920-6039.
Most New Yorkers Oppose Proposition One
According to a new poll, most New Yorkers are not on board with holding a constitutional convention. The Siena College poll finds the majority of likely voters lean against Proposition One, a proposition on the November 7th ballot that would hold a convention statewide changing the New York constitution. Earlier in the year, the majority of voters were in favor of Proposition One but now 57 percent of respondents plan to vote "no" on the question of a constitutional convention while only 25 percent of respondents said they will vote yes.
GLAAD Conference Continues at Corning Raddison
The Greater Appalachian Lllama and Alpaca Association is holding its 30th annual four-day conference at the Corning Radisson hotel that continues this weekend until Sunday. It is the largest educational conference for camelids in the nation and gives those who love the animals the opportunity to network and become more educated about research, management, and care for the mammals through guest speakers reknowned in the camelid industry. Anyone interested in attending today or tomorrow can show up at their Registration Table at the Raddison in Corning.
Reported Home Invasion, Shooting in Big Flats:
New York State Police were on the scene overnight of a reported home invasion and shooting in Big Flats. It happened at a home on Owen Hollow Road. An all-points bulletin was issued saying that authorities were searching for a suspect who reportedly stole a vehicle and fled the scene, but it has since been canceled. There are no details at this time as to the victim or ongoing situation.
Corning Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges:
A Corning man has pled guilty to possessing child pornography. 53-year-old Kevin Theil was arrested in February after searches of his home in Corning and his lake house in Hammondsport revealed images of child pornography. Theil faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is set to be sentenced on December 21st.
Wayland Man Sentenced for Lying About Plane Crash:
A Wayland man who lied about the details of a plane he crashed two years ago at an airport in Wyoming County has been sentenced by a federal judge to one year supervised release. 40-year-old Brian Woodhams received his sentence in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office says when Woodhams crashed, he had a 15-year-old passenger on board, who was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said based on the pilot’s license class, he was prohibited from carrying passengers unless a flight instructor was also in the plane. Prosecutors said Woodhams repeatedly lied to several federal agencies. Woodhams has consistently maintained he was alone at the time of the crash.
Hogan Added to Hornell IDA as Consultant:
Though he won’t be serving as Mayor for much longer, Shawn Hogan will still be involved in Hornell’s future as the Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved adding him to its staff as a consultant. Hogan has been given a 2-year contract that begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st 2019 at a set pay rate of $5,000 per month. Board president Sam Nasca said that the IDA is thrilled to have someone with so much knowledge and experience to help the growth and direction of the city in the next few years.
Bath Kmart Not On Latest Closing List:
On Thursday, Sears Holdings published a list of Sears and Kmart stores that will be closing by late January 2018. A statement read that they “will continue to close some unprofitable stores as [they] transform [their] business model…” Eligible employees working at the stores set for closure will receive severance and will be given the opportunity to apply for open positions at nearby stores, according to the statement. The good news for local Kmart fans: there are no New York stores on the list at this time.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday:
If you’re tired of dark mornings on your way to work or while you’re taking the little ones to school, some relief is on the way on this weekend as Daylight Saving Time meets its annual end. The switch will occur at 2 a.m. Sunday. Most computers, phones, and DVRS automatically make the “fall back” shift, but analog clocks will need to be moved manually either at that moment, or the night before. We won’t return to daylight saving until Sunday, March 11th.
3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:
Three people were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday following investigation into narcotics activity in the Village of Bath. During a traffic stop off of May Street, village police allegedly found 10 bags of crack cocaine, as well as $1,200 cash. 21-year-old Sarah Barnes of Bath, 24-year-old Katherine Labarr-Bulson of Prattsburgh, and 36-year-old Clyde Gladney of Rochester, have all been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.
Dutchess Co. Man Charged in Bath VA Overdoses:
Investigation into the overdoses of two residents of the Bath V.A. during the same weekend in February has resulted in the arrest of a man from Dutchess County. 34-year-old Matthew Helmer, who also a resident at the V.A.’s drug treatment program, is accused of providing the patients with fentanyl and he has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Wayland Teen Arrested in Domestic Incident:
A teenager from Wayland was arrested on October 29th after State troopers were called to a domestic dispute. It’s alleged that during the course of the incident, 16-year-old Geoffery Burnett damaged property within the residence, threw a knife at a trooper, actively resisted arrest, and possessed a dangerous weapon. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.
New Fire Engine for Corning Fire Dept.:
The Corning Fire Department will soon be replacing its 26-year-old engine thanks to a grant of $450,000. The full price of the new truck is expected to be around $650,000; the difference will come from the city’s reserved funds. The new engine won’t be in place until next year as a committee of firefighters and officers will look at different designs to decide one that best works for the department. Once that process is complete, it will need to be built and delivered. The bid is expected to be awarded next fall.
New Law States Child Under 2 Must be in Rear-Facing Car Seats:
A new law is clarifying car seat requirements for young children. Currently, children are to remain in a car or booster seat until the age of 8. That will continue, but the new law specifies that children under the age of 2 must be in a rear-facing seat. Previously, this was only a recommendation. Parents of children found to be in an improper seat can be ticketed or face fines once the law takes effect on November 1st 2019.
Seneca Army Depot Opening for Tours Nov. 16th:
The long-awaited re-opening of the Seneca Army Depot to the public has been set for November 16th. This will be the first time in more than five years that the facility – now known as “Deer Haven Park” - will be open to public. Guided bus tours will prominently feature the white deer herd, which is the world’s largest, and will also include military artifacts from when the property was a major weapons storage facility. Tours will be conducted year-round. More information is available at http://www.senecawhitedeer.org.