Bath Man Charged with Forcible Touching and Endangering Child:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 54-year-old Steven Sutfin of Bath on charges of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. It’s alleged that Stufin forcibly touched a child while in Avoca. He was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance.
Corning Inc. Ends 2017 with Strong 4th Quarter:
2017 was a good year for Corning Incorporated, especially in its final quarter. The company released its 4th quarter earnings and core sales, earnings, and earnings per share all increased. Vice President of Corporate Communications Dan Collins said shareholders should be happy with 2017’s results, and they should look forward to an even better 2018. Collins said they “…think [they] can reach $11 billion in sales in 2018.”
NYS Pistol Recertification Deadline Today:
Those with pistol permits that were obtained more than 5-years ago are reminded that today is the deadline to get recertified. Under law, those who had their permits issued before January 2013 must renew or their permit could be revoked. For more information visit https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/pistol_revolver_license_recertification.php.
Reed’s Problem Solver Caucus Backs Immigration, Budget Proposal:
During a media call Tuesday, Representative Tom Reed said that the Problem Solvers Caucus – which he co-chairs – is supporting a proposed solution to the immigration and budget gridlock plaguing congress. The plan includes a 10-12 year window for Dreamers to acquire citizenship – on the condition they pay taxes and don’t have a criminal record – and approximately $2.5 billion for the border wall. The 40-member caucus reached majority consensus on the proposal, but whether Congress agrees remains to be seen as a bill has not yet been drafted. Reed said a framework is in place and multiple components do have legislative texts.
Public Hearing on Proposed Campbell Tax Law:
The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing next month on a proposed local law. That law would enact a real property tax exemption for Cold War veterans. The hearing is scheduled for February 12th at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
NYS Senate Passes Law to Require Helmets for Children Skiing, Snowboarding:
The New York State Senate has passed a bill to help prevent children from dangerous head injuries while participating in winter sports. The legislation requires skiers and snowboarders under 14 years of age to wear a protective helmet while riding the slopes at ski areas in New York. According to a Senate press release, ski areas – which have expressed support for the legislation - would post signs at their information boards and on-site locations where lift tickets are sold notifying guests of the helmet requirements. The bill has been sent to the Assembly.
2 Arrested During a Domestic Incident:
Two people have been arrested following an incident in the Town of Corning. 33-year-old Steven Northrup of Painted Post is accused of violating the terms and conditions of a stay away order of protection issued due to a previous domestic incident. He has been charged with criminal contempt in the first degree and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Also arrested was 33-year-old Andrew Vanzile of Corning on a charge of criminal mischief in the third. Vanzile allegedly intentionally damaged the property of another by throwing a hammer through a window of the vehicle operated by Northrup. Vanzile was released on an appearance ticket.
Bath Woman Arrested for Damaging Hotel:
A Bath woman has been arrested for causing damage to a hotel room she stayed in. 41-year-old Jacqueline Zeringue has been charged with criminal mischief in the third for allegedly intentionally damaging property at a hotel on South Hamilton Street in the Town of Erwin. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail with $1,000 cash bail.
P.A. Fugitive Arrested:
The New York State Police of Bath arrested 26-year-old Dylan Connors of Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice. The arrest was based on information from the Bath Veteran’s Administration Police Department indicating that Connors was wanted in Pennsylvania. Further investigation revealed there to be an active arrest warrant for a parole violation that was issued out of Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Connors was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail as he awaits further proceedings in Steuben County Court.
Bath P.D. Investigating Fake Money:
Bath village police are investigating a surge of fake money flowing into the community. Five Star Bank has reported receiving several counterfeit bills of all denominations from local businesses. Police urge people to examine your money carefully and report suspicious activity immediately.
DeFranciso Files to Run for NY Governor:
State Senator John DeFrancisco made it official Monday. He filed paperwork with the State Board of Elections to run for Governor. More details are expected during a formal announcement set for today at 5 p.m. DeFrancisco joins Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra in vying for the Republican nomination. According to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, the candidates have all agreed not to challenge one another in a primary.
Von Hagn Earns Rep.& Dem. Noms. for Bath:
The Bath Village Republicans and Democrats held their caucuses Monday night. Only one position is up for election this March, Village Mayor. Last night both the Republicans and Democrats endorsed incumbent Mayor Bill Von Hagn for the position.
Meth Lab Discovered in Corning:
A fire in Corning Saturday morning lead to the discovery of an alleged meth lab. According to Corning Police, authorities responded to a structure fire at Lamphear Court around 6 a.m. and while on scene police officers observed materials and evidence of an existing methamphetamine laboratory. 40-year-old Katrina Breon was arrested and she has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. She is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.
Daughter Pleads “Not Guilty” in Mother’s Murder:
The daughter accused of killing her mother in Corning was arraigned Friday afternoon. 20-year-old Karrie Neurauter pled not guilty on second-degree murder charges. Both Karrie and her father, Lloyd Neurauter, have been charged in connection with the murder.
Steuben Begins Campaign to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children:
Steuben County officials have begun a five-year plan to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18. County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill said an advisory committee has been formed to explore the most effective ways to address potential sexual exploitation of children in Steuben, beginning this year with providing training for key agencies and raising awareness of the problem. “Commercial sexual exploitation is any time a child or youth, under 18, performs sex acts in exchange for something. That ‘something’ could be money, drugs, food, a place to stay for the night, or anything,” explained Caudill. County officials believe there are now unreported cases of the sexual exploitation of children in Steuben and more will be discovered through public awareness of the issue. The county’s advisory committee includes representatives from the county’s social services, sheriff, probation, mental health, public health departments, and the youth bureau.
Corning Seeking State Funds for Ice Rink:
To help pay for the needed upgrades to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink, Corning City officials have applied for $363,000 in state funding. If secured, the money would be used along with $150,000 from Corning Enterprises and $3,000 from the Crystal City Parks Foundation to pay for renovations that would include repainting the roof trusses, bathroom upgrades, and ADA compliance improvement. The upgrades would likely be completed in the spring and summer of 2019.
Cell Tower Proposed Near E-C Airport:
A company is hoping to build a new cell tower in the Town of Big Flats near the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. In response, airport director of aviation Bill Hopper said that he does not object to the tower, so long as it doesn’t interfere with airport operations. For the time being, the fate of the proposed tower is undecided, as the Chemung County Planning Board has tabled the application for now. It’s expected to be discussed again in three weeks. In the meantime, the board has approved an application for a different tower in Big Flats along Hendy Creek Road. It’s now up to the town for final approval.
NY Among Coalition of States to Sue Fed. Gov. Over Tax Reform:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is joining with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut in forming a coalition that will sue the federal government over the tax reform bill that was signed into law last month. In particular, Cuomo calls the $10,000 limit on deductibility of state and local taxes unconstitutional. There’s no timetable yet for filing.
Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Bill to Help Small Businesses:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Corning Friday where she announced a new bill to help minorities and women start small businesses. Gillibrand says the Microloan Modernization Act would help provide loans and technical assistance to women and minority business owners who face problems getting loans from banks to start or improve their small businesses.
Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI Following Crash in Howard
A Hornell woman was arrested after she crashed her vehicle earlier this week on Smith Road in Howard. Deputies said a vehicle operated by 26-year-old Samantha Dellapenna went off the road and struck a snow bank. She received medical treatment and was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Bath Teen Arrested After Threatening Hammondsport School Staff
New York State Police report the arrest of a 17-year old Bath resident. Steven R. Watters of Gibson Street was arrested and charged with Making a Terrorist Threat following an investigation earlier this week involving a threat left on the voicemail of a Hammondsport Central School staff member. The investigation determined that Watters left the message that advised possible threat to the school which included a specific time that the threat would take place. Watters was arraigned in Town of Avoca Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1000 property bond and will reappear in Town of Avoca Court in February.
Addison Man Arrested for Failure to Pay Fine
Steuben County Sheriff reports the arrest of 28-year-old Addison man Kaleb Heidrick due to a bench warrant issued by Addison Town Court. Heidrick allegedly did not pay a fine from a third degree assault conviction. Heidrick was arraigned in Erwin Town Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. He is being held there on $500 cash bail and scheduled to appear in Addison Town Court on February 7th.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Making False Statement
A Hammondsport man was arrested for filing a false written statement. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that 22-year old Carrington Ellis filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office in early December of 2017 and provided statements regarding this incident two different times. Upon further investigation of the case, it is alleged that Ellis submitted a false statement to officials. Following his arrest, Ellis was released and issued a ticket to reappear in Bath Town Court on February 14th.
Law Enforcement Park Needs Donations
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that the fund for a permanent memorial in the proposed Law Enforcement Memorial Park is still seeking and accepting donations. Donors can purchase pavers that are personalized to be placed around a raised pedestal supporting a life-sized statue of a law enforcement officer answering his call of duty. The pedestal the officer will stand on is shaped like Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Steuben , Schuyler and Yates counties. A waterfall representing the “thin, blue line” is scheduled to be erected in the park during the spring.The memorial park honors police and peace officers within the seven-county region who have died while serving in the line of duty. For more information about donating to the park, please call (607) 622-3930 or email Terri Moir via email@example.com
Volunteers Help Wrap Up "Wreaths Across America"
Over 75 volunteers teamed up to give back to the memory of our local fallen heroes. Volunteers cleaned up the wreaths from the graves at the Bath National Cemetery that were placed on the headstones for the annual “Wreaths Across America”ceremony in December. It is estimated over 3,200 wreaths were placed upon headstones at the site. The substantial volunteer turnout for clean up this year is credited to media sharing the need for people to help. Motivating many of the volunteers is the desire to give back to late veterans, including other veterans giving back to their fellow veterans. Ruth Walters, the Red Cross VA National Representative said "You've probably got 75 percent of the people up here today are veterans, so veteran working for veteran and that's what it's all about."
Two Sought in Credit Card Skimming Case:
The New York State Police in Ithaca and Homer are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects accused of using fake credit cards. A credit card skimmer was allegedly used to make the fake cards. The stolen information was then used to make purchases at the Wal-Mart stores in Watkins Glen and Painted Post in September. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYSP at (607) 346-4441 and mention case #7947954.
More Details in Corning Murder:
More details have been revealed in the murder of a Corning woman. 46-year-old Michele Neurauter was found dead in her Dwight Avenue home in August of last year. Police say it took a joint investigation, including the FBI, to get the case where it is with the arrests of Michele’s daughter and ex-husband. Search warrants were executed in Corning, Syracuse, and in New Jersey. According to police, their investigation revealed that the murderers staged a suicide inside the Dwight Avenue residence, but the cause of Michele’s death was strangulation. The investigation is still ongoing, with Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker saying that there are still witnesses to be interviewed and information to be gathered. 20-year-old Karrie Neuratuer and her father, 45-year-old Lloyd Neurauter, have both been charged with 2nd degree murder and they are both behind bars.
Probation Violation Arrest:
A Bath man has been arrested on a warrant for violation of probation. 38-year-old Rendell Hyer allegedly violated the terms and conditions of his parole on a previous conviction of grand larceny. Hyer was taken to the Steuben County Jail to await arraignment.
I-86 Closed Between Exit 34-34 Today:
I-86 East will be closed today between Exit 33, Almond, and Exit 34, Hornell, from approximately 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The closure is required to allow placement of a concrete barrier to protect a portion of the I-86 East bridge over State route 36 at the Hornell Interchange that was damaged by an accident. During the closure, eastbound motorists will leave the highway at Exit 33, travel north on 21 to Hornell, then State Route 36 north to Exit 34, where they can continue onto I-86. Flaggers, lane shifts, and travel delays are possible.
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Thursday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start February 2nd and will end on February 5th. Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, and authorities remind party hosts and goers that before you start rooting for your favorite team, to designate a responsible driver. Also, don’t forget the mobile app – “Have a Plan” to ensure you will always be able to find a safe ride home. http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.
Father, Daughter Arrested in Corning Murder:
An ongoing death investigation in the City of Corning has led to charges being filed against a father and daughter. Police have been investigating the death of 46-year-old Michele Neuratuer since August 2017. Wednesday, authorities executed search warrants that led to the arrests of her daughter and ex-husband. 20-year-old Kerrie Neurauter and 45-year-old Lloyd Neurauter both face second degree murder charges. Kerrie was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Lloyd remains in a New Jersey jail awaiting extradition to New York. Police will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at Corning City Hall.
One Shot in Horseheads Home Invasion:
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss sent out a tweet overnight reporting an alleged home invasion in the Town of Horseheads where one person was shot. The Sheriff said that that person is being treated at a local hospital. An All-Points Bulletin sent just after 1 a.m. this morning said that a vehicle authorities were searching for in connection to the incident was located in Elmira. Sheriff Moss said the scene is secure and more information will be available later.
Bath Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop:
A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in Avon. Police say 28-year-old Andrew Crosson was found to have a 5-times suspended driver’s license and during their investigation, Crosson began to show symptoms of swallowing concealed drugs. He was transported to a hospital, and three bags of heroin and one bag of crack cocaine were recovered. Crosson has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations. He was arrested when he was released from the hospital and currently is in the Livingston County Jail without bail.
Push for New Voting Rules in NYS:
The New York Senate’s Minority Conference announced Tuesday that it has introduced more than a dozen pieces of legislation that would make it easier for New Yorkers to vote. Democrats say that the current voting rules are responsible for low voter turnout. One of their big pushes is for early voting, which 34 other states already allow. The early voting bill would include state funding so local governments wouldn’t have to cover related costs.
Amity NYSP Honor Local Fallen Marine:
The State Police based in Amity paid their respects Wednesday to a local fallen Marine. Hornell native, Lance Corporal Zachary Smith was killed in action in Afghanistan on January 24th, 2010. He was just 19. Wednesday, the Amity State Police flew a Marine Corp flag over their barracks in honor of Smith’s service and in memory of his life. Smith’s father, Trooper Christopher Smith, is stationed at the Amity barracks.
Village of Bath Sets Dem/Rep. Caucuses:
The Village of Bath Democratic and Republican caucuses for the position of Mayor will be held on the same night, January 29th at 7 p.m. The Republicans will meet in the Village Board room. The Democrats will meet in the Court Room.
Bath Teen Arrested in Violent Incident:
A 14-year-old from Bath has been arrested following a violent incident at the Hillside Children’s Center in Bath. According to Bath State Police, on the evening of January 21st, the teen allegedly broke several windows and chairs inside the detention facility and physically threatened staff members with a long shard of glass. The 14-year-old has been charged with criminal mischief in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd and was released to the custody of their legal guardian with an appearance ticket for Steuben County Family Court.
Steuben Public Defender Aims to Make a Difference:
Newly appointed Steuben County Public Defender Shawn Sauro said Monday he intends to maintain the high standards for public defense set by his predecessor Philip Roche. Sauro worked in the Public Defender’s Office for the past 1.5 years before Roche took office in late 2017 as the county Family Court Judge. He will oversee an office of two full-time assistant public defenders and seven part-time assistant public defenders assigned to the criminal courts; three full-time assistant public defenders in family courts and three administrative staff. The office handled 1,743 felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in 2017 – a jump of 386 compared to 2014. Family court cases remained relatively stable at 643.
Next Steuben Co. IDA Voted In:
The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has elected Michael Nisbet to serve as the agencies’ next Chair. Nisbet has served on the Steuben County IDA Board of Directors since March 2006. He serves as the Managing Director and CFO at TTA/Transitair where he has worked for over 28 years. He said that he is “thrilled to be able to serve,” and that the goal “…is to create and stimulate an economic climate that competitively positions Steuben County to attract talented people, promote new business development, and to assist and respond to opportunities that will ensure long-term stability….” Nisbet is taking over for Philip Roche following his election as Steuben County and Family Court judge.
State Considering Lower Gun Hunting Age:
Children as young as 12 could be allowed to hunt deer with guns in New York State per a new piece of legislation passed by the state Senate. The children would still need to be supervised. Currently, 12 and 13-year-olds can only hunt big game with a bow. Only those 14 and older can use firearms. One of the bill’s backers, Senator Pat Gallivan said that interest in hunting is declining and the legislation might attract younger people. Critics, including the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence group, say they’re worried it will increase the likelihood of an accident. The Humane Society of New York (City) is expected to lobby in opposition of the bill. The legislation now moves to the Assembly.
FCC Won’t Lower Broadband Threshold Says Schumer:
Tuesday morning, Senator Charles Schumer announced that, following pressure from his office, the FCC has decided to reverse their proposal to lower the standard for high speed broadband internet. The FCC was considering dropping the minimum benchmark for internet speeds from 25 Mpbs download/3 Mbps upload to 10 down and 1 up. Schumer said, “When it comes to providing high-speed internet access to a place like Upstate New York, we should be building up, not lowering our standards and defining access down.”
Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot:
Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents that it’s never too late to get a flu shot. Flu activity this season has been categorized as widespread and has been found in every county in New York State. The number of cases and hospitalizations has been drastically rising each week and are expected to continue for weeks to come. The flu shot is the best protection against the flu and is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. They’re available at health care provider offices, pharmacies, and health departments. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. If someone has the flu, they are advised to stay home and take antiviral medications as recommended by health care providers.
Shed Fire in Bath:
A shed on County Route 10 in Bath was completely destroyed over the weekend by a fire. On Sunday afternoon, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the shed, with Assistant Chief Matt Glashouser first on the scene in just 4 minutes. The first engine was on scene shortly after and firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire. The siding of the nearby house was damaged from the heat, but the fire never spread and there were no injuries. The shed, which housed an outdoor furnace, was a total loss.
Woman Arrested in Hornell Bar Fight:
A fight at a bar in Hornell lead to the arrest of a Hornell woman. 46-year-old Tina Wightman is accused of breaking a beer bottle and cutting someone with it. She has been charged with 2nd degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th, and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Police say more charges are possible. The victim was treated and released by St. James Hospital. Also arrested at the scene was 49-year-old Carter Snyder of Dalton. He was wanted on a felony bench warrant for allegedly making meth, and he was charged by Hornell Police for allegedly having amphetamines on him at the time of the incident at the bar.
Hornell Man Accused of Lying When Buying Handgun:
A Hornell man has been arrested for allegedly providing false information while buying a handgun. 63-year-old Ronald Randall has been charged with falsifying business records and he has been issued an appearance ticket.
Bath P.D. Calls Up in 2017:
The Bath police department reports that calls for service and arrests were up in 2017, compared with 2016. Police said in 2017, officers made 1,462 arrests, up 27% from the year before. Total calls for service last year were up 11% and parking enforcement was up 86%. In 2017, Bath police made 105 felony arrests, 213 misdemeanor arrests and 69 violation charge arrests.
Tourist Bloggers to Visit Steuben in Sept.:
An opportunity to showcase for the world the beauty and attractions of Steuben County and the Finger Lakes is set for September. The worldwide group, the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) will hold its North American conference in Corning September 11th through the 13th. Finger Lakes Wine Country and the Corning Museum of Glass will act as the destination hosts, and Steuben County and Corning Enterprises are the presenting sponsors. As many as 500 attendees are expected at the conference, representing 150 travel industry professionals. Steuben’s $50,000 share of the cost of hosting the conference was unanimously approved by county lawmakers Monday. It will be paid through room tax revenue reserves according to county Manager Jack Wheeler.
Push for EMS Compensation for Fire Departments:
As fire departments across the state, especially in rural areas, are more often responding to medical calls a bill is now being sponsored in both the Senate and the Assembly that would allow departments to be reimbursed when they go out on an EMS call. Currently, when a hospital sends an ambulance, it will be reimbursed through a patient’s personal health insurance. Fire departments see no such refund. Fire officials say that the money would not only help to keep Fire Departments open, but it would also be used to pay for paid staff, equipment, training, and more.
Yates GOP Endorses Kolb for Governor:
The Yates County Republican Committee has announced support for Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in the upcoming race for the GOP nomination for Governor of New York. Kolb has served in the Assembly since 2000, representing all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County.
Time Capsule Discovered in NSB Rubble:
A time capsule was recently discovered in the rubble of the former Northside Blodgett School in Corning. On Monday, the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes emptied it, discovering two 1926 Evening Leader Corning newspapers, a small gold ring, a bible, the Book of Psalms, the remains of a U.S. flag, and a badly damaged envelope and pictures. Officials say the capsule was most likely damaged by the floods that hit the area in 1935, 1946, and Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The capsule also had an id tag reading “if found return to Arthur A. Humphrey, 7 East Pulteney Street, and receive a reward.” Local historian Tom Dimitroff said that the Humphreys have long been involved in Northside Blodgett.
Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Drugs Back in Court This Week:
The Corning Fire Lieutenant accused of selling drugs will be back in court today. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson, who also served as Horseheads Assistant Chief, is expected in Chemung County Court. He was arrested and charged with selling heroin in September.
Reed Statement on Government Shutdown:
Falling short of an agreement, the federal government remains shutdown this morning. Over the weekend, local lawmakers spoke out about the issue. In a statement, Congressman Tom Reed blames extremes on both sides of the aisle. He added that despite the shutdown, his office remains open. A vote on a short-term funding bill is scheduled for noon today.
O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Donated Food Tax Credit Bill:
On Friday, Senator Tom O’Mara announced that he is con-sponsoring legislation that would establish a tax credit to incentivize New York’s food industry to donate their surplus food to local food banks and pantries. The tax credit of up to $5,000 would be for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, and catering services that donate surplus or about-to-waste food. This proposal builds on legislation from 2017 that established a tax credit for farmers who donate fresh produce to food banks and other emergency food providers.
Lower Blood-Alcohol Content Limit Proposed by NY Lawmaker:
Following the release of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine last week that proposed changes to drunk-driving limits, a New York lawmaker is looking to turn that suggestion into reality. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is re-introducing his bill that would change the limit from 0.08 to 0.05. The bill hasn’t been scheduled for a vote at this time.
4-Star Rating for St. James Hospital:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a four-star rating for St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. Ratings on quality of care for more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country are posted on http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare. Out of 171 hospitals in New York, St. James is one of just 15 to receive a four-star rating. Two hospitals received five-star ratings.
New Equipment to Combat Narcotics for Steuben Sheriff's Office
Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be able to use new technology to prevent handling dangerous narcotics like fentanyl by hand. The $13,000 TruNarc device is a handheld narcotics analyzer that was made possible for Steuben County deputies through a Corning Incorporated Foundation donation of $23,500. What’s left of the Corning grant will fund an updated license plate reader costing $10,500 which will be set up in detail with a K9 unit for traffic stops to more aggressively control narcotics entering Steuben County via two interstate highways. The Sheriff’s Office anticipates to have the equipment ready for use by late February.
Horseheads Collision Last Night
A collision late last night in Horseheads was reported after first responders came to the scene of a crushed sedan on the highway. Authorities were called to the I-86 and Route 13 intersection through the westbound lane of I-86. Injuries, casualties and cause of the accident are still unknown as details are emerging for this developing story.
Spann, Wheeler and Hawkins Indicted for Narcotics Charges
Three people who are alleged to have sold narcotics in the Village of Bath have been indicted by a Steuben County grand jury. Brandi Hawkins and Alfonso Spann of Bath and Courtney Wheeler of Corning have all been indicted on multiple charges for drug sale and possession after an investigation was pursued lasting several months. Hawkins, Wheeler and Spann are being held in Steuben County Jail without bail.
Two Arrested, County Inmate Charged for Social Service Violation
Two Bath residents were arrested by Steuben County Sheriff Deputies for Misuse of food stamps in violation of a New York State Social Services law. Amanda Counterman and Cory Counterman were taken into custody at the Public Safety Building after allegedly receiving a state benefit card and PIN number from Steuben County Jail Inmate Allen Horton and using the card to receive benefits they were not authorized or eligible to utilize. Both Mrs. and Mr. Counterman will appear in Bath Village Court on February 7th.
Hornell Man Arrested for Falsifying Records
A Hornell man was charged with Falsifying Business Records in the second degree. Ronald Randall was arrested by New York State Police of Wayland after he allegedly applied to buy a firearm by providing false information. Randall was issued an appearance ticket in the town of Hornellsville Court for a later date.
Hornellsville Man Arrested for Aggravated DWI
A Hornellsville man was arrested by Steuben County Sheriff deputies for aggravated driving while intoxicated. Steven W. Fuller was stopped on County Route 64 in Hornellsville for allegedly operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol content over .18% and released on traffic summons. He will appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court February 22nd.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Violating Probation
A Canisteo man was arrested for a violation of probation. Deputies charged James C. Tigner for violating his probation conditions after a previous conviction of petit larceny. Tigner was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail. Tigner is scheduled for reappearance in Steuben County Court.
Webster Man Arrested for Steuben Warrants
A Webster man was arrested due to a Superior Court warrant of arrest for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Paul L. Lockwood was stopped on I-390 near exit 4 by New York State Police for a vehicle and traffic violation. Police discovered he was wanted on warrants issued by the Steuben County Court and turned over to Steuben County Deputies before Lockwood was admitted to the Steuben County Jail and awaits as his future appearance date in Steuben County Court is pending.
Volunteers Needed to Remove Bath National Cemetery Wreaths
Wreaths Across America placed about 3,000 wreaths on the graves of Veteran’s at the Bath National Cemetery last month to end the year honoring our veterans. Now, volunteers are needed to take care of the wreaths. Steve Mower of Vietnam Veterans of America says due to more wreaths being placed this year than last, twice the volunteers are needed and he is hoping to have 50 people help remove the wreaths. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to meet at the Bath National Cemetery Friday, January 26th at 3 p.m. to participate.
Cameron Man Accused of Biting, Choking Victim:
A Cameron man is facing charges of assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. 29-year-old Anthony Ocasio is accused of choking and biting the victim over a two day period, causing physical injury. Ocasio was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Bradford Woman Charged with Child Endangerment:
A Bradford woman has been arrested following a call by a child to Steuben County 911. According to police, they were dispatched to the residence of 46-year-old Gina Dickinson on January 12th and their investigation revealed that she was unable to properly care for a child who was present at the home, due to an extremely high level of impairment. Dickinson has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was released on her own recognizance.
Hornell Mayor Officially Appoints Deputy:
New Hornell Mayor John Buckley officially appointed 6th Ward Alderwoman Jessica Cleveland as his Deputy Thursday evening. The Deputy Mayor assumes Mayoral duties in the event of the Mayor’s absence due to death, physical incapacity, impeachment, or resignation.
Common Ground Reports High Opioid Abuse in Steuben in 2016:
A report released this week by the Finger Lakes health agency “Common Ground Health” indicates Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the region in 2016. According to the recent study of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Steuben residents visited hospital emergency departments for opioid abuse and overdoses 121 times in 2016. Fourteen people died that year from opioids – nearly triple the five deaths that occurred in 2015. The report also found that roughly 54 percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years. Steuben is proactively fighting against substance abuse. In addition to law enforcement efforts, the county Sheriff’s anonymous tip line and drop boxes for unused medications, and treatment offers by the Department of Community Services, the county hosted three forums in 2017 intended to provide information and assistance to those struggling with addiction. The county has also joined a class action lawsuit in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover the soaring legal costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction.
WGI, Go Bowling Teaming Up:
Thursday, Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling announced a partnership where Go Bowling will be the sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Glen starting this season. The Go Bowling at The Glen race weekend will also include the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, August 2nd through the 5th. Over the multi-year agreement, Go Bowling will receive naming rights to the race that will be featured on network television, promotional opportunities, and a presence on the midway, including two fully-operational bowling lanes.
Amazon Releases List of Possible Headquarter Locations:
Retail giant Amazon has released a list of possible locations for its highly prized second headquarters, and while New York State did make the list, none of the proposed Upstate regions are on it. The company received several proposals from New York, including: the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area. Only New York City was included on the newly released list. According to Bloomberg, the new headquarters is projected to cost more than $5 billion, and it’s expected to create more than 50,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
Fire in Tuscarora:
Multiple fire departments, including the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Department and Addison Fire Department, were called to a blaze at a residence along Route 417 around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The fire was brought under control by 10:45 p.m. according to officials. Two people were sent to the hospital; their condition is unknown. Several pets are said to be missing as well. Much of Route 417 had to be shut down due to ice forming from the water usage. First responders believe a heater may be the cause of the fire, but it is still under investigation.
Corning Man Indicted for Mobile Meth Lab:
A Steuben County grand jury has handed up an indictment for a Corning man that
allegedly operated a mobile methamphetamine lab out of his car. Joshua Scott is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of meth. Scott was pulled over by State Police in June and was allegedly operating the lab and had more than two ounces of the drug in his possession.
Equipment Expected to Help Reduce Substance Abuse in Steuben:
Apparatus designed to help the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department reduce narcotics and alcohol abuse in the county is expected to be paid for through private and state funding. County Sheriff Jim Allard said a donation for $23,500 from Corning Inc.’s Corning Foundation will purchase a $13,000 “TruNarc” reader, which will allow officers to safely field test narcotics within packaging. Allard said in some instances the unwrapped potency of narcotics imperils the welfare of officers conducting an investigation. The TruNarc reader provides an accurate reading of a substance without opening the wrapping. The remainder of the Corning Foundation donation will pay for a $10,500 license plate reader, which Allard said will help deputies in their highway interdiction efforts. Additionally, $22,500 in state STOP DWI Funding is expected to pay for overtime for DWI enforcement and a $12,000 drunk-driving simulator.
Retrial for Sheldon Silver:
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. According to the Associated Press, the high court declined Tuesday to get involved in the case. That allows for a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption charges in late 2015.
NY Assembly Passes Propane Delivery Bill:
The New York State Assembly passed Wednesday a bill that would allow propane customers with leased tanks to get refills from other companies during times of urgent need. The legislation comes after reports from customers of Ferrellgas that said they had a difficult time getting refills during dangerously cold temperatures. The bill still has to pass the Senate and then be approved by the Governor.
Science Panel Advises Lower Drunk Driving Threshold:
On Wednesday a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a 489-page, U.S. government-commissioned, report that recommends significantly lowering the drunk driving threshold to .05. Currently, across the U.S. the threshold is .08, though Utah passed a law last year that will lower its threshold to .05 in December. The report also recommends that taxes on alcohol be significantly increased, and that the hours and days that alcohol can be sold in stores, bars, and restaurants be reduced to make alcohol less conveniently available. There is also a proposal for cracking down on sales to people under 21 and those who are already intoxicated, and putting limits on alcohol marketing while funding anti-alcohol campaigns similar to those against smoking. The proposals are expected to face fierce opposition. The Distilled Spirits Council has already released a statement saying that the recommendation for lowering the BAC threshold would “do nothing to deter” repeat offenders, and that the “tax increases and advertising bans” would have “little or no impact on traffic safety.”
Police Searching for Man Accused of Using Counterfeit Bill:
The State Police of Bath are looking for a man they believe used a counterfeit bill at the Dollar General store in Avoca on December 31st. The man is described as a black male, thin, approximately 140 pounds and 5'6 to 5'9." He was also said to have facial hair and possibly missing skin pigmentation around his neck and face. He was last seen wearing a puffy red winter coat, skinny black jeans, and tan or brown shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.
Drug Charges Leveled Against Caton Supervisor:
The Supervisor for the Town of Caton is facing drug charges for allegedly selling marijuana. 65-year-old Lynn Tucker was charged Monday with criminal sale of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana following a three month investigation by the Steuben County District Attorney's Drug Task Force. He sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He will continue to act as Town Supervisor until convicted on a felony charge.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
A Canisteo man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop. 24-year-old Mathhew Houston is facing two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was allegedly found with heroin and cocaine. He is being held at the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.
Boil Water Order for Hornellsville:
Another boil water order has been issued by the Hornell Department of Public Works. This one applies to Hornellsville District 1, Airport Road, Industrial Park Road and Seneca Road North (North of Route 21). The order is due to a water main break.
Gov. Cuomo Reveals 2018 Budget Proposal:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. Among the talking points is a proposed 3 percent spending boost for elementary and secondary education along with $10 million for after-school expansion. $65 million is proposed to combat harmful algae blooms, with Cayuga Lake among those listed as a priority. Cuomo is also pushing for more shared services and the proposal targeted reductions in state transportation and mental hygiene. The budget must be finalized by April 1st.
Gov. Cuomo Calls for Recreational Marijuana Study:
During his budget presentation Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a study on recreational marijuana. The Governor did not say whether or not he supports it, he merely stated that New York needs to know all of the facts such as the health impact, economic impact, and the state of the law, especially as neighboring states such as Massachusetts legalize it. He’s proposing that the NYS Department of Health work with state police and other agencies to study how a regulated program would function.
Steuben Co. Teen Charged with Sexual Assault:
A Steuben County teenager has been charged following an alleged sexual assault in the Village of Wayland. According to State Police, the unidentified 14-year-old engaged in sexual contact with two children under the age of 11. The teen has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act.
Springwater Man Arrested for Theft:
A man from Springwater has been arrested following investigation by New York State Troopers into the theft of jewelry from a residence in North Hornell. It’s alleged that while 45-year-old Matthew Stewart was an employee of a flooring company and was working in an adjoining residence that he entered the victim’s residence on two occasions and stole jewelry. Stewart was arraigned in the Town of Hornellsville Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. The investigation also resulted in multiple additional victims, all of which may have also contracted with the same flooring company. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim should call Investigators of the New York State Police at (585) 728-5007.
Steuben Co. Obtains Rights to Clear Trees to Prevent Future Flooding:
Following the heavy flooding due to ice jams in the river that forced residents out of their homes in Campbell over the weekend, Steuben County officials are looking to prevent such events in the future. WENY-TV reports that county officials have obtained rights from the Upstate Milk Company to clear roughly 50 acres of trees near the river bank. The project isn’t expected to begin until spring.
Gov. Cuomo to Announce Budget Proposal Today:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year today. Analysts say one of the biggest challenges will be addressing the state’s $4.4 billion deficit. However, the Governor’s spending proposal is supposed to reduce the deficit to under $2 billion…but several factors could change that number. Another big chunk of spending will be on school aid. School leaders want a $1.6 billion increase. School spending has already increased more than 30% in the last six years. Cuomo delivers his budget address today at 1 p.m.
Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Board of Education in Hammondsport will be asked to approve some budget transfers on Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. At the request on the superintendent, the Board will transfer $40,000 from the state retirement account to legal expense…and $63,000 from Teacher’s Retirement to students with disabilities/Other District Tuition. Also on the agenda…a discussion of the 2018-2019 school calendar and approval for a Ski Club Fundraiser request for the Billy Martin Circus on March 4. The meeting will be held in the high school library at 6 p.m.
New York Among Amazon Hopefuls:
The Star-Gazette reports that New York State is among the many courting retail giant Amazon in hopes of landing the company’s proposed second headquarters. The state has offered Amazon a package of taxpayer-funded incentives, the details of which have not been released. The state’s economic-development branch, Empire State Development, submitted four regional bids in October for the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area. The new Amazon headquarters is expected to be a $5 billion project that promises as many as 50,000 jobs.
Steuben Trust Donates to Area Organizations:
14 area organizations have received a welcome boost from Steuben Trust Company. Throughout 2017, employees of Steuben Trust were asked if they would like to voluntarily donate monthly on behalf of local charities that serve their communities. Each employee who contributed was allowed to dress casually on the donation days, as a small thank to those who participated. The employees raised over $1,600. Each organization was presented with a check from managers at their respective branches during the holiday season. Steuben Trust kicked off its 2018 campaign on Friday.
Campbell Cleans Up Following Flood Evacuation
Though a storm was underway, cleanup both began and continued this weekend for many Campbell residents after a mandatory evacuation was issued to the hamlet Friday afternoon due to the flooding of the Cohocton River. Campbell remained under a state of emergency for about two hours Friday and once it was over, crew members inspected each home for gas leaks and flood damages before residents could return to their homes safely. Ice chunks reached the town’s bridge and water reportedly nearing one foot filled the basement of Campbell American Legion Post 1279 but most of Campbell is expected to return back to normal following cleanup.
NYS Issued Federal HUD Grant for Homelessness
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced New York State has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of just over $200 million to combat homelessness. The funding was made possible by HUD’s Continuum of Care Program to be issued to 579 local governments and nonprofit programs throughout the state to help homeless through support for affordable housing projects. The objective of the major grant is to quickly give housing to homeless families and individuals while providing them with programs that encourage self-sufficiency.
Schumer Wants More Support for Opiate Epidemic
A federal spending increase to help with the New York opiate crisis was demanded by Senator Chuck Schumer, citing the 23 percent increase in opiate-related overdoses in the state for 2016 reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite multiple prevention efforts. "The situation is urgent and it requires an urgent and substantial response from Congress." Schumer said. The Senate Democratic leader says he will seek $15 million more in funding during the Congressional budget negotiations to provide more grants through programs like the 21st Century Cures Act to states like New York where the opiate epidemic has worsened. In 2017, $485 million in federal funding was given to our state to fight the opiate problem.
New NY Broadband Program to Bring “Broadband for All”
Governor Cuomo’s “Broadband for All” promise that would give high-speed internet access to all of New York, including underserved rural areas, is underway and a few businesses will be given a boost. In 2015, the governor established the $500 million New New York Broadband Program which will connect all of New York with broadband internet access by the end of 2018. This support for technological infrastructure is anticipated to expand digital access for rural areas in Steuben, Livingston and Allegany Counties while creating new jobs in the tech field throughout the state.
Hornell Appoints Carbone to Planning and Development
The City of Hornell has a new chair for its Common Council’s Planning and Development Committee. Alderman of the 10th Ward John Carbone was appointed by newly-elected mayor John Buckley. Carbone has served on both the Common Council and Planning and Development Committee for 14 years and has been involved in several Hornell businesses as both an owner and proprietor. “As a business owner, I like to see growth ... it helps the whole city,” says the new chairman.
Cuomo Proposes Funding for Sustainable Southern Tier Program
Governor Cuomo has issued $6.6 million in his proposed state budget for an initiative that would stimulate the Southern Tier economy. Alfred State College is being considered for its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) which creates sustainable energy solutions to construct a new forest economy. The college plans to use funding to further the development of existing eco-friendly manufacturing processes such as its hot water extraction process patented by its Applied Biorefinery Sciences (ABS) program. Bipartisan support for the initial funding has been expressed by Senator Cathy Young, Senator Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed.
The weather advisory warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 4pm today. Expected weather will be sleet and snow accumulating 6-12 inches while ice accumulations are predicted to reach 1/10th of an inch. Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense and Northwest winds are expected to bring tree damages and power outages. Travel conditions of reduced visibility from precipitation will be hazardous to impossible so please be safe and avoid driving by any means until this evening.
Campbell residents back home
Nearly all residents in Campbell are home, after an evacuation that began Friday with the Campbell-Savona High School around 1 p.m., grew to include the hamlet and ended at roughly 5 p.m. Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said gas and electrical utilities were shut off to approximately 11 homes due to flood damage. Ice moved downstream from Bath and jammed in Campbell, creating a dangerous flooding situation for students and staff at the high school officials moved swiftly to evacuate the school. Then ordered an evacuation of the hamlet around 2:45 p.m. Around 3:30 p.m., the ice jam broke and the flood levels began to drop, Marshall advised residents in the area to prepare for the predicted ice/sleet and snow storm thru Saturday. The storm could bring as much as six to 12 inches of snow across Steuben County. “Stay home,” Marshall said. “Be safe, and warm, and dry.
Pennsylvania Man in Steuben County Court
A Pennsylvania man accused of murdering a mailman from Big Flats and kidnapping a Corning woman was back in Steuben County Court yesterday. Curtis Burrows pleaded not guilty to charges made last year of kidnapping, grand larceny, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Bail set $200,000 cash and $400,000 bond.
Corning Man Charged
A Fraud complaint filed January 1st has led to the arrest of a Corning man. Troopers said 33-year-old Garen Bennett of Corning was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree falsifying business records.
Canisteo in Jail
A Canisteo woman is in jail without bail following her arrest. Acting on a warrant, deputies charged 25-year-old Emily Henry of State Route 248 with violating probation. Henry was previously convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a return court date of January 19th.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to enact the “Solar Panel Collection Act” and establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program in New York State was reported out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee this week and now goes before the full Senate for a vote. The legislation would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop a program for the collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal of out-of-service solar panels. Manufacturers would finance the program.
Fake ID Arrests
New York State set a new record for the number of people arrested last year attempting to use fake identification to buy alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age. As part of the state's year-round Operation Prevent initiative, investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Liquor Authority work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants, concert venues, and alcohol retailers across New York State. Statewide, 893 people were arrested. In the Southern Tier, 45 people were charged.
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has been appointed to serve the Assembly Committee on Education. Palmesano who also serves as Vice Chair of NYS Assembly Minority Conference and has roles in Arts and Sports Developments Committee and Libraries and Education Committee, among several other State Assembly Committees. Palmesano said the key to providing the best possible education “...starts with making sure we treat parents as partners, our teachers as professionals and students who can dream, believe and achieve anything they put their mind to accomplishing.”
Fight at Wayland School Leads to Arrest:
A 17-year-old from Atlanta, New York has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported fight at the Wayland Central School in October. It’s alleged that the unidentified teen intentionally caused physical injury, a concussion, to another person. She has been charged with assault in the third and has been released on an appearance ticket.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 25-year-old Jeffrey Marvin of
Coopers Plains on a violation of probation warrant. It’s alleged that Marvin violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a previous criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. Marvin was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Website Launches for St. James Hospital:
Residents hoping to keep up with the latest developments with the new St. James Mercy Hospital now have a new tool at their disposal, one directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. The hospital has launched a new website, http://thenewstjames.com/, that will include photos of construction, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities will offer.
$400K Awarded to Area Non-Profits:
At its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening, the Community Foundation of Elmira gave more than $400,000 in grants to 58 non-profit organizations. The programs are located in both Chemung and Southeastern Steuben County, and they were selected through an application process. They range from arts organizations to environment and human services, to education and youth programs.
Alfred State to use Propane Cannon to Scare Crows:
Alfred State University Police took to their twitter account to give residents a heads up about some “big bangs” they will soon be hearing around the campus. According to the tweets, over the next week and a half the college will be using a propane cannon to scare off crows that have been wreaking havoc on the campus. They assured that there are no projectiles and that the birds will not be harmed. The cannon will be fired at increments from dusk until dark. Anyone with questions may call the Alfred State Facilities department at (607) 587-4750.
Red Cross Urges Blood Donations:
With some 200 blood drives cancelled due to the recent severe weather and bitter cold, the American Red Cross is urging anyone eligible to donate, to please do so. Winter is traditionally a slow time because of hectic holiday schedules and cold and flu season, but the weather has compounded the issue. To see if there are any blood drives happening in your area, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter your zip code.
Burrows’ Steuben Arraignment Tomorrow:
The man accused of killing a Big Flats man will be back in court tomorrow. This time, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows will be in Steuben County for arraignment. He has already been arraigned in Chemung County where he pled not guilty to first-degree murder and twelve other counts. According to police, Burrows crimes began in Steuben County when he attempted to kidnap a woman from a parking lot in Corning. He then allegedly stole her car and crashed it on the Steuben-Chemung County line. He’s accused of then breaking into a Big Flats home and killing 60-year-old Timothy Webster and stealing his vehicle.
Corning Woman Arrested for Stealing Wallet:
A Corning woman has been arrested and charged for stealing a wallet. 45-year-old Hope Trussell is accused of stealing the wallet while at retail establishment in the Town of Erwin. She has been released with an appearance ticket.
Parts of Hornellsville Under Boil Water Advisory:
Due to a water main problem Tuesday night in Hornellsville, parts of Hornellsville are under a boil water advisory. A water main break was repaired, but due to a water pressure issue the advisory is in place. The boil water advisory affects those on Airport Road, Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North, and County Route 66. According to Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the advisory might be lifted by tomorrow.
Steuben to Consider Future “Best Value” Purchases:
Steuben County is likely to be in a position to take advantage of national cooperative pricing for future purchases, pending the passage of a local law within the next few months. Known as “best value” purchasing, the choice is an option for counties, county Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee Tuesday. Wheeler told the committee the local law, if adopted, would allow Steuben to consider alternatives, such as quality, in awarding contracts. The ability to join in a nationwide cooperative for purchases is even more important since other group purchasing options, such as state bids, are less available, he said.
State Police Launch Drone Program:
The New York State Police have launched a drone program. The State Police Unmanned Aerial System will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response, and traffic safety. It is said that the drones can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time, resulting in shorter road closures and lessening the impact on motorists. The drones can also be used to document and photograph crime scenes. Four drones will be put in place this month for Troops A, D, F, and G. By April, an additional 14 drones are expected to be deployed.
O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Legislation:
New legislation to help combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being sponsored by local lawmaker, Senator Tom O’Mara. The legislative package includes a pilot program for Lyme and tick-borne disease testing in children; a “Mental Health Impacts Report,” that would require the state to conduct a study on how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, such as Lyme, may relate to mental illness in those infected; the improvement of postmortem reporting of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by requiring those conducting postmortem examinations to report to the state Department of Health if the deceased individual was afflicted with Lyme or any other tick-borne disease at the time of death; and the establishment of an expert-based Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to review current practices for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Offering Pistol Permit Safety Courses:
A new round of pistol permit safety courses is being offered by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. The free course is required for Steuben County residents who want to apply for a pistol permit. The classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 17th, April 21st, June 16th, August 18th, and October 20th. Pistol permit applications will be available for purchase the day of each class for $10. Reservations are required. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
NYSP Seeking Woman Accused of Stealing Wallet:
The New York State Police are looking for an unidentified woman that’s accused of stealing a wallet while at an Erwin Car Wash. According to police, the woman took the wallet, which had been accidentally left by its owner on top of the meter box, finished her car wash, and then drove away. The incident happened on December 31st. The woman has yet to turn the wallet in, or attempt to make contact with the victim, say police. The woman is described as short and heavy set, with long brown hair. She was driving a black or charcoal gray Chevy Silverado with a Harley Davidson on the rear window. The truck appeared to have Pennsylvania plates. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at (607) 962-6865.
Indictments Handed Up by Steuben Co. Grand Jury:
On Tuesday, a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up the following indictments: 33-year-old Joshua Scott of Corning is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for allegedly operating a meth lab and possessing more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 34-year-old Brandi Hawkins of Bath is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing with the intent to sell a narcotic in the Village of Bath. 52-year-old Raymond Nimtz of Corning and Bath is charged with rape for allegedly forcibly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person in the Village of Bath. 19-year-old Nicholas Fish of McGraw is charged with burglary for allegedly unlawfully entering a building in the Town of Hornellsville with the intent to commit a crime. 54-year-old Kevin Scott of Canisteo, 28-year-old Whittany Hale of Bath, and 32-year-old Earl Robbins III of Bath are all charged with burglary for allegedly entering a residence in Howard with the intent to commit a crime. 41-year-old Yamrica Vazquez of Painted Post is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly unlawfully possessing cocaine with the intent to sell during a traffic stop. 29-year-old James Smith of Hornell is charged with criminal mischief and possessing prison contraband for allegedly intentionally damaging property at the Steuben County Jail and possessing an improvised weapon.
Flu Cases Leads to More Hospital Restrictions:
Due to flu activity, Arnot Health has announced visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, including Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath. The restrictions include: no more than 2 visitors and 1 designated caregiver/support person per patient in patient rooms at any time; no one under the age of 14 may visit with the exception of maternity units only where healthy siblings of any age may visit healthy newborns; and if you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, or if you have been in contact with someone with those symptoms within the past 4 days, you must postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
Area Airports Receive Funds:
Several regional airports are among 29 regional airports statewide chosen to share $20.5 million in state funding through New York’s “Aviation Capital Grant Program.” Corning-Painted Post Airport was awarded $448,000 to construct a helicopter maintenance and storage hangar; Penn Yan-Yates County Airport will receive $421,000 to undertake an airport sanitary sewer extension; and Finger Lakes Regional was awarded more than $662,000 to construct a new Jet-A Fuel Farm. State Senator Tom O’Mara said the regional aviation industry has an enormously positive economic impact across the local economy.
NY A.G. to Investigate Possible Propane Supplier Misconduct:
The New York State Attorney General’s Office has announced that it will be investigating possible misconduct by propane suppliers across the state. The investigation comes after complaints of delivery delays, possible price gouging, and more during the recent record cold. The A.G.’s hotline can be reached at 518-776-2000 or complaints can be filed online at https://ag.ny.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form.
Lockheed Martin Job Fair:
Lockheed Martin will be hold a job fair tomorrow in order to fill more than 200 positions open at is Salina and Owego sites. Positions include systems engineering, electrical engineering, hardware engineering, software engineering, integration, and testing and manufacturing. There are also positions for experienced assembly and electronic technicians. The event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Destiny USA.
Chance at Allegant Airways Sweepstakes Coming to Southern Tier:
The chance to win flights for life with Allegiant Airways is coming to the Southern Tier. The Allegiant Getaway Car is hitting the road and will be making stops in 80 cities across the U.S. and it’s expected to be somewhere in the Twin Tiers over the next few days. To enter, you need to take a picture of yourself with the Getaway Car and submit it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #GetawayCar and #Sweepstakes and tag Allegiant, enter in-person at the car, or enter online at https://sunseeker.allegiant.com/. According to Allegiant there’s a chance to win flights for life, flights for a year, or round-trip tickets on Allegiant.
18-year-old Charged in Alleged Assault:
An 18-year-old from Bath has been charged following an alleged assault at Snell Farms in the Town of Bath. Tyler Lautner is accused of stabbing a staff member with a pencil, intentionally damaging property, and preventing the staff member from contacting 911. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.
Savona Woman Accused of Driving Stolen Car:
Felony charges have been leveled against a Savona woman that was allegedly caught driving a stolen car. According to police, 61-year-old Louann Labarr was driving the vehicle along State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Public Safety/Correction Committee Approves Public Defender Applicant:
On Monday, the Steuben County Public Safety and Correction Committee unanimously approved Attorney Shawn Sauro for the position of county Public Defender. The 43-year-old Sauro has served as a county assistant district attorney, and worked heavily with former county District Attorney Phil Roche. Sauro is expected to be officially appointed to the position on January 22nd at the Steuben County Legislators’ Meeting. He will be paid $92,000 annually.
Steuben Co. Couple Honored at Victims’ Panel:
Before the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee Monday, county Sheriff Jim Allard recognized the service of a local couple. Ralph and Grace Stevens have been attending the county Victim’s Impact Panel for over 30 years, sharing the story of their son, 16-year-old Lenny Stevens, with people charged with driving while drinking. On August 7th, 1979, the teen was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a drunken driver. On Monday, the couple officially stepped down after their years of faithful service. Sheriff Allard thanked them and expressed “collective appreciation, gratitude, and recognition.”
Armstrong Teller Communications to Speak at Hartsville Town Board Meeting:
There’s expected to be a presentation by Armstrong Teller Communications at the next Hartsville Town Board meeting, which is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th. Town Supervisor John Bowles says that they will be speaking about high speed internet service.
2 Accused of Assaulting Corning P.O., Violating Order of Protection:
Two men have been charged in a domestic disturbance in Corning where orders of protection were allegedly violated and a Corning Police Officer was allegedly assaulted. According to police, they were called to West Third Street around 2 p.m. Friday and they believed both 29-year-old Jeremy Thomas of Atlanta and 43-year-old Luis Rivera of Bath were inside. Police believed both men were violating two separate orders of protection issued for the same victim. They said Thomas attempted to hide and punched an officer while being arrested. Rivera was taken into custody without incident. Thomas has been charged with attempted assault, criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Rivera has been charged with criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. He was sent to the jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Called On to Extend Pistol Permit Recert. Deadline:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is being called on by state leaders to extend the deadline for renewing pistol permits as required by the Safe Act. The deadline for permits currently over five years old is set for January 31st, but poor compliance is being blamed on poor outreach and confusion. Permits can be renewed through the state police website or with a form available at state police stations and at some county clerks’ offices. You can get more information about the permit recertification at https://safeact.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification.
Damage at Keuka College Following Burst Pipe:
A burst water pipe at Keuka College last week is being blamed for damage to the
campus’ Allen Hall. Officials say the pipe, which was connected to the fire suppression system on the third floor, broke on Monday and caused heavy damage, leaving the building uninhabitable. Classes and the college’s Office of Human Resources have been relocated.
Miss Finger Lakes Crowed in Corning:
The road to the Miss America Pageant is underway with Miss Finger Lakes and Miss Upstate New York being named in Corning this weekend. The competition took place at the Radisson Hotel and the Union Hall Civic Center. Diana Russo of Rochester was crowned Miss Finger Lakes, while Emily Mahana of Cicero took home the title of Miss Upstate New York. These young women will now compete in the upcoming Miss New York pageant. The winner there will move on to the Miss America Pageant.
Alfred State Prom Dress Extravaganza Set for April 15th:
Alfred State has announced that its annual Project Prom Dress Extravaganza will be held on April 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus. Project Prom Dress sees the sisters of Delta Chi Omega collecting new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, and accessories from bridal shops and individuals that teenage girls from Allegany County and surrounding areas can then come and choose from for free. Also on April 15th the Delta Chi Omega sisters will be collecting donations of gowns, shoes, and accessories.
Bath PD Asks Help to Keep Local Homeless Off Cold Streets
The Bath Village Police Department is urging community members to help their neighbors who are homeless as the freezing winter temperatures continue. The Bath PD announced vouchers have been issued to them by Steuben County Social Services to distribute to anyone who is found to be without a dwelling during the inclement weather. The Police Department has already given vouchers to homeless people they have been informed of and encourage community members who know of others who may be without a dwelling to please contact 211 or the Bath Village PD.
Painted Post Minor Arrested on Assault Charges
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office a seventeen year old minor from Catlin, New York was arrested after a report of assault in the village of Painted Post. The seventeen-year-old male allegedly struck another male in the head, injuring his eye. The subject was charged with third degree assault and released on an appearance ticket to later return to Painted Post Village Court.
Sub-Zero Cold Continues this Weekend
Upstate New York weather strikes us again as schools, some service agencies and even some businesses closed yesterday because of dangerously cold wind chills. Dangerous cold continue today as temperatures are predicted to plummet to well below zero. The National Weather Service continues the Wind Chill Warning. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 30 below zero.
Steuben County Accepting Bath Landfill Expansion Project Bids
Steuben County is accepting sealed bids for all labor and materials for the Bath Landfill Expansion project. Bids must be received by January 30th. A pre-bid meeting will be held January 18th at the new landfill on Turnpike Road.
Pullman Hosts Hornell Movie Premiere for Scholarship
Hornellians filled the city’s YMCA last night to attend a special premiere and homecoming for famous local actor Bill Pullman. Pullman was premiering his newest cowboy film "The Ballad of Lefty Brown". Pullman organized the movie’s premiere to honor former Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan and raise money for a scholarship under his namesake. Ticket sales went to funding the scholarship, which will be awarded to a student demonstrating community service and civic mindedness.
Senator O'Mara Asking for Survey Input
State Senator Tom O'Mara encourages his constituents to share what they believe to be the most important challenges experienced by citizens of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. O’Mara welcomes everyone to participate in his yearly “Community and Legislative Survey” that he says will be a venue that residents can sound off on the issues unique to their area as well as issues and challenges shared by citizens across the state. Please take your time to complete the survey here.
Curtis Burrows Facing Murder, 12 Other Counts:
Now officially back in New York, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows is facing thirteen counts for allegedly killing a man after an alleged kidnapping and carjacking. The charges include murder in the first, murder in the second, criminal use of a firearm, burglary, robbery, and grand larceny. Bail has been set at $1 million cash. Burrows is expected back in court on February 26th.
North Hornell Under Boil Water Notice:
Due to a water main break on Maplewood Avenue in North Hornell, residents are under a boil water notice, the Department of Health announced Thursday. This notice applies to areas east of Seneca Road, from Lynwood Avenue to Wightman Avenue. The boil water notice lasts for three days.
Winter Weather Safety Guidelines:
As the area hunkers down against the cold, area fire departments have issued guidelines to help residents stay safe. If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat. Wear layered clothing and use blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Never use generators, outdoor heating or cooking equipment, such as a grill, camp stove, or a gasoline or propane heater indoors. Never heat a home with a stove. Open cabinet doors and allow faucets to drip slowly to prevent pipes from freezing. Limit your time outdoors and protect yourself by wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. And if driving is necessary, keep disaster supplies in your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, and use extra precaution on the roads.
Burrows Back in NY to Face Charges:
The man accused of attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning and murdering a man in Big Flats is now back in New York to face charges. 32-year-old Curtis Burrows was being held in Pennsylvania had been fighting extradition, but he finally waived on Thursday.
Bath Woman Arrested as Fugitive from Justice:
A Bath woman was arrested on Saturday as a fugitive from justice. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Dana Pierce was arrested following a traffic stop on Cook Street in the Village of Bath for allegedly failing to appear in Cumberland County, New Jersey on a burglary charge. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail to await extradition proceedings.
P.A. Man Charged in Lindley Accident:
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges following an accident in Lindley. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Route 5 on December 31st on a report of a motor vehicle accident and their investigation revealed that 35-year-old Bradley Route allegedly operated a vehicle involved in the crash while intoxicated. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving without a interlock device. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.
Water Returned in Corning, Boil Water Advisory for Some:
Following the diligent work of crews, the water is back on in Corning following a water main break Tuesday night. Some properties do remain on a boil water advisory. Water samples must be tested for two days in a row with appropriate results before it is deemed safe enough to drink. That is expected by tomorrow. Until then, those affected must boil water for one minute before consuming.
Gov. Cuomo Gives State-of-the-State Address:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his 2018 State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, kicking off the new legislative session. Among his top proposals were: A Federal Tax lawsuit in response to the new Republican tax overhaul, which Cuomo calls an unconstitutional assault on state’s rights and that he says will lead to big tax increases for many homeowners; a plan for New York to join the list of states taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies over the ongoing opioid epidemic; a new, uniform sexual harassment policy for all state and local officials; voting reforms, including early voting with the ability to cast a ballot up to 12 days before an election; and requiring that anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime surrender any and all firearms. More information is expected on these proposals and more in the upcoming budget presentation. Locally, Representative Tom Reed called the address “disappointing.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano asked how the proposals would impact taxpayers.
1 Killed in 75 Vehicle Thruway Pileup in Buffalo:
It was a chaotic scene on the eastbound Thruway Wednesday when at least 75 vehicles were involved in an accident near Exits 49 and 50 in Buffalo. The I-90 eastbound was congested for more than seven miles. Reports have one person killed and injuries, though specific details have not been released.
Food Bank Closes Mobile Pantry Due to Cold Temps.:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that its Mobile Food Pantry will be closed today and tomorrow due to the expected cold temperatures. It is expected to reopen Monday. You can find the schedule at https://www.foodbankst.org/mobile-food-pantry-distributions.
Flooding in Corning After Water Main Break:
Several streets in Corning were flooded Tuesday night after a water main broke on East First Street. Corning Police and Fire were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. and several surrounding streets, including part of Denison Parkway, were closed down. Crews were on scene throughout the night, but at this time there has been no word as to when the issue will be resolved.
St. James Mercy Restricting Visitors Due to Flu Spike:
An increase in the number of flu cases has prompted St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to institute restrictions on visitors. Starting today no more than two people can visit a patient at one time and no one under the age of 14 will be allowed in the hospital. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat will not be allowed in the hospital until they have been symptom-free for 24-hours.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Charged with Another Offense:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested on another offense. 37-year-old Michael Ellis allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by sending the protected party letters from the jail. He was charged with criminal contempt and sent back to the jail on $1,000 cash bail.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant. 34-year-old Tonya Bennett was previously convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Board Re-elects Hauryski Chair:
With unanimous support from his fellow legislators, Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski was sworn in Monday. He said his goals for 2018 include completion of the office building and records storage project, work on accommodating state-mandated changes in the judicial system, and expanding shared services for assessments in order to make them more uniform and efficient. Hauryski also said that this will be his final term as chairman. He will not seek a fourth term in 2019.
Palmesano Grant Provides for Shared County Services:
A $100,000 state grant, facilitated by state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has allowed the Steuben County Public Works Department and the county Soil and Water Conservation District to join together to purchase a mini track excavator. This piece of equipment will allow the agencies to complete many projects, including erosion control and streambank stabilization.
Arnot Mall Hallmark Store to Close:
In a post on Facebook, it’s been announced that the Hallmark Shop at the Arnot Mall will be closing. Details, including closing date, were not disclosed, but the post did thank the store’s loyal customers.
Penn Yan Bar Owner Charged with Sex Assault, Bar License Suspended:
Following charges against its owner, Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan has had its license suspended. The State Liquor Authority issued an emergency license suspension for the establishment, citing four violations: selling to a minor, improper conduct, disorderly premises and failure to exercise adequate supervision. No alcohol may be sold or consumed at the bar. Owner Robert Champlin turned himself into authorities on Thursday, pleading not guilty to charges in connection with two alleged sexual assaults that occurred inside the pub late Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning. One of the incidents was recorded and the video was put on social media. Champlin was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up in Corning, Erwin, P-P:
The holidays now officially behind us, if you haven’t already started taking down and packing up your decorations, you likely soon will, and several area communities are ready to help. The City of Corning begins its Christmas tree pick-up service today. Residents must place their trees between the street curb and sidewalk between now and 6 a.m. Friday, January 19th. The city reminds everyone to ensure that all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, and lights are removed. The Town of Erwin, Village of Painted Post, the Town of Big Flats, and the Village of Bath will also be offering Christmas tree disposal. Residents should leave the trees out by the curb. The Towns of Bath and Corning do not offer a Christmas tree removal service.
C-PP Marching Band Performs in London:
The Corning-Painted Post Marching Band kicked off 2018 in quite the fashion. The “Hawks” Marching Band performed as part of London’s annual New Year’s Day parade, joining cheerleaders and bands from all over the globe in celebrating and performing in front of a half-million people.
Wineglass Marathon Thanks Local Non-Profits:
The annual Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running – it’s also about giving back. Since the marathon started its donation policy in 2011, the event has donated close to $425,000 to local non-profit and civic organizations, including nearly $85,000 this year. The Wineglass relies on the help of law enforcement agencies, fire departments, county and local DPW’s and law enforcement cyclists, to ensure runner and spectator safety. Additionally, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from school groups, civic organizations, and service groups share their spirit and time leading up to Wineglass weekend and throughout the entire event. Marathon officials say that giving back to the groups that help them achieve their mission is the best part of what they do. The 2018 Guthrie Wineglass Marathon Weekend will be Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th.
Frigid Cold Affects Pets Too:
As bitterly cold temperatures continue to linger, don’t forget to help your four-legged companions brace for the weather too. New York State does have guidelines that pet owners must follow in order to keep animals outside in the cold. A law passed in 2003 requires that shelter be provided that suits the animal’s breed, size, and the climate, and they must have drinking water that’s not going to be frozen. While New York isn’t among the states that has laws limiting the time animals can be outside in the cold, pet owners should remember that just because their pets have fur doesn’t mean they’re not affected by the weather. Frostbite is just as prevalent for animals, and they can lose ears and tails. Extreme cold can cause seizing and even for their hearts stop.
House fire in Corning
Fire over the weekend on the Swamp School Road has displaced two families in Corning. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing for the five adults. The fire occurred Friday night.
New Mayor for Corning sworn in
Corning’s new mayor was sworn in yesterday. Bill Boland took the oath of office at city hall along with four other councilman. The newly elected Mayor said he was looking forward to getting started on housing and economic development initiatives. He replaces Rich Negri who has been Mayor of Corning for 8 years.
New Year...New Laws
Minimum wages are going up in New York state. $10.40 is the new wage and can vary depending on where you work in the state and what industry you are in. It’s expected more than 2 million wage earners with be affected in a positive way.
New York State begins the strongest, most progressive paid family leave policy in the country. New Yorkers will be allowed to take job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. The new law with eventually allow New Yorkers to be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.
Full Moon Tonight
It’s called a wolf full moon and should happen around 9:24pm tonight. It’s the first of two full moons this month…the second is scheduled for Jan 31st . The weather is forecasting cloudy skies tonight so it may be difficult to see the rare sight.