Cohocton Man Arrested for DWI
A 33-year-old Cohocton man was arrested this week for DWI after being pulled over on State Route 21 in Wayland. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office allege Anthony J. Infantino operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and charged him with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with greater than .08% blood alcohol content. Infantino was released on traffic summons to appear again in Town of Wayland Court next month.
Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report the arrest of a Bath man for violating terms and conditions of his probation. Christopher A. Spengler of West Steuben Street was arraigned for the violation in Village of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.
Elkland, PA Man Arrested for Traffic Charges in Lindley
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report that 37-year-old Steven Torres of Elkland, Pennsylvania allegedly operated a motor vehicle on County Route 115 in the Town of Lindley while his New York State license or operating privileges were revoked. Torres is also alleged to have a suspended vehicle registration. Torres was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, operating while registration is suspended or revoked and driver’s view obstructed. He was arraigned in Corning Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Bath Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Bath man was arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit and District Attorney’s Office. Steuben Sheriffs allege that 36-year-old Kristopher E. Delill knowingly possessed and filed a forged landlord statement with intent to defraud the County Department of Social Services back in April. Delill was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, arraigned in Town of Avoca Court, and released on his own recognizance to reappear in Village of Bath Court.
Gillibrand Talks "Stop Price Gouging Act" in Ithaca
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped in Ithaca yesterday to talk about the “Stop Price Gouging Act”a piece of legislation she is introducing to make prescription drugs more affordable. If passed into law, it would penalize pharmaceutical companies for jumps in prices or what she says is “excessive, unjustified price increases” and require the companies to report the increase in price of their products and reasons for any increase in prices that aren’t due to medical inflation to the public and Health and Human Services General. Senator Gillibrand says there is no law or regulation yet to prevent drug prices from spiking. In 2017 median prices for prescriptions were estimated to be about to be four times higher than the country’s overall inflation rate.
Steuben Office of Emergency Services Stresses Heatwave Safety
A reminder from the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services of this weekend’s heatwave with hot and humid weather expected today through Monday as afternoon temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s in the region. Please use precautions to keep safe in the next few days. Avoid strenuous activity, stay out of the sun, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, utilize cooling shelters and public places with air conditioning to stay cool, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, drink plenty of water regularly and often and check often on frail, elderly or sick neighbors and family.
NYS Police on Patrol for Holiday Weekend
The New York State Police begin increased patrols today to crack down on impaired driving and other traffic dangers over the Fourth of July holiday . Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by State Troopers to target reckless and aggressive drivers throughout the state in efforts to keep the New York highways safe during the busiest travel weekend of the season. Last year’s Fourth of July holiday ended with State Police issuing 240 tickets for DWI and investigated 152 crashes that resulted in 248 injuries and three fatalities. The increased Fourth of July patrol continues until Thursday, July 5.
2 Facing Drug Charges after “Strange Odor” Complaint:
A Corning man arrested earlier this year for having an active meth lab is facing more drug charges after Corning Police were called to a West Williams Street apartment Wednesday on a compliant of a “strange odor.” 39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000. Eygabroat was arrested in May at the same apartment for having an active meth lab. Also arrested Wednesday was 43-year-old James Carson, also of Corning. He was taken in on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on methamphetamine charges related to an arrest in September. He was sent to the county jail without bail. It’s expected he will also be charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for Wednesday’s arrest.
Binghamton Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Binghamton man on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing following an incident in Painted Post. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Joshua Charbonneau harassed members of the public and refused a lawful order to leave the premises of a retail lodging facility on South Hamilton Street. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested for misuse of food stamps. 24-year-old Lily Taylor is accused of using a Steuben County Department of Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. As a result, she obtained benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to. She was issued an appearance ticket.
List of Cooling Centers in Steuben County:
If you need help cooling down during the coming heatwave, cooling centers are available across the state. Here in Steuben County centers are located at: the Addison Public Library, Arkport Village Book Center, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Library, Dormann Library in Bath, E.J. Contrell Memorial Library in Atlanta, Fred & Harriett Taylor Library in Hammondsport, Greenwood Reading Center, Hornell Public Library, Howard Public Library, Jasper Free Library, Prattsburgh Library, Pulteney Free Library, Savona Free Library, Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, Southern Tier Library System in Painted Post, Wayland Free Library, and the Wimodaughsian Free Library in Canisteo. Health officials recommend calling ahead before you visit a cooling center.
WGI Once Again Nominated for Best NASCAR Track in the Nation:
For the third time, Watkins Glen International is again in the running to be named the best NASCAR track in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice contest. If WGI can take the title this year, it would by the third time it’s done so. Voting is open at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track/ until July 23rd. You can vote once per day.
Neurauter Back in Court:
Lloyd Neurauter was back in Steuben County Court Wednesday for a Huntley hearing. Four investigators took the stand to answer questions about how Neurauter was tracked down, how the situation where Neurauter threatened to take his own life was handled, and about their interactions with Neurauter leading up to his arrest. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the hearing will take a couple days. Neurauter is accused of killing his ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter, in her Corning home last August. His daughter, Karrie, pled guilty to helping him in March.
New Officer from Holland Joins Canisteo Police Department:
The latest officer to join the Canisteo Police Department came all the way from Holland to take the job. Officer Dex is a 10-month-old Belgian Malinois that was brought to the department thanks to local donations to the Canisteo Police Club. Dex is still in the process of being trained, but Chief Kyle Amidon said he expects the canine will be a huge benefit, especially with the up rise in drug cases. While Dex’s main assignment will be to help combat the rise in illicit drugs, he will also help in searches and as a therapy dog. Dex will be sworn-in in July.
Power Outages Possible at E-C Airport Today:
If you’re going to be traveling through the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport today, you’re advised to arrive even earlier than usual due the possibility of power outages. Power will be transferred to the new terminal starting at 7 a.m. and it could cause sporadic outages. The transfer is expected to be complete before 5 p.m. Management says the outages should only be a few minutes at a time, but delays could occur as computers may shut down. Ticketing, vehicle rental, parking lot entry and exit, and TSA screening could all be affected.
Scheduled Power Outage in Bath Tomorrow:
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced that customers should expect an interruption in power tomorrow as part of their ongoing project to convert their power distribution system. They have scheduled a power outage for Friday, June 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Customers on East Morris Street between the Village of Bath Wastewater Treatment to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, and customers on Delaware Avenue will be impacted. They apologize for any inconvenience.
Construction Underway on New Erwin Justice Court:
Work has begun on a new 8,000-square-foot court building in Erwin. The new location is next to the Erwin Town Offices on Town Center Road Extension. When construction is complete, the current Erwin Justice Court will be relocated from West Water Street in Painted Post. The old building is currently for sale. No potential buyers have been identified at this time.
Governor Urges New Yorkers to be Safe During Heatwave:
The coming weekend is expected to bring a period of dangerous heat and humidity and the Governor’s office has released a statement urging all New Yorkers to take care. The Governor encourages all individuals to limit strenuous outdoor physical activity, especially for people who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those who have respiratory diseases such as asthma. Governor Cuomo also encourages residents to take advantage of state cooling stations, pools, and waterbodies across the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting a heatwave beginning tomorrow and lasting until Monday. Heat indices are expected to range from the mid-90s and up to 104 degrees, especially away from the coastline, in urban areas, and in lower elevations and valleys.
Unofficial Congressional Primary Results Too Close to Call:
The unofficial results are in for all 451 election districts in the fight for the 23rd Congressional District nomination. Max Della Pia holds a narrow lead of less than 30 votes over Tracy Mitrano, 7,022 to 6,996. Linda Andrei came in a distant third with 3,330 votes. Then Ian Golden with 2,918, and Eddie Sundquist with 1,395. The nomination is likely to be determined by absentee ballots. In Steuben County, Della Pia carried the vote, 624 to Mitrano’s 587.
Miner Picks Running Mate in Run for Governor:
Candidate Stephanie Miner has announced her pick for running mate in her campaign for New York State Governor. The former mayor of Syracuse has selected Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe. She said “Michael is a true public servant who has demonstrated real leadership by listening to his community and following-through with nonpartisan solutions.” Miner is a democrat, but she’ll be running on the Independent party line.
Steuben Co. Legislature Names 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:
The Steuben County Legislature has named its 2018 inductees for the county Hall of Fame, and this year’s class includes the first Steuben County manager and two civic leaders. In July, former county Manager Mark Alger, Clara “The Orphan Train Lady” Comstock, and social activist Anna Cadogan Etz will be inducted in the Hall. They were approved by the legislature Monday, and were recommended by the county Hall of Fame Committee from a field of eight nominees submitted by local historians and residents earlier this year.
Section Reynolds Ave. in Corning Closed for Gas Line Replacement:
A busy section of Reynolds Avenue in Corning has been temporary closed while replacement of a gas line is done. The section is in front of Lamphear Court Apartments.
Firework Events in Steuben Co.:
With the 4th of July just around the corner here is where you can see firework displays in Steuben County. Corning’s annual celebration, including concerts, will be July 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. Fireworks will be over the Chemung River at 9:45. Hornell will also hold its July 4th Celebration on the day at Veteran’s Memorial Park. In Hammondsport, the annual Fireman’s Citizen’s Hose Company Festival will be July 5th through the 7th on the firehouse grounds. It’ll include rides, food, games, and fireworks on Saturday night.
Teen Arrested for Stealing Minivan:
A 16-year-old has been arrested after he, along with a 14-year-old, allegedly stole a minivan from Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus and drove it to Corning. According to Corning Police, they received a report on Sunday around 4:30 a.m. of a minivan driving without headlights in the area of West Third Street near McKinney Park. Officers responded and lcoated the vehicle, which was registered to Hillside Shared Services of Rochester. The teens were located near Walnut Street and police determined they had fled from the Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus, stole the minivan, and made their away to Corning. Jaden Dunkley, of Corning, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail. The 14-year-old was returned to a staff member of HIllside Varick Campus.
New Ownership, Hockey Team Could be Coming to First Arena:
The future of the First Arena could soon be looking brighter as Deputy County Executive and President of STEG, Mike Krusen has confirmed that a new owner and a new hockey team are in the works. There are no details at this time as to who the new owner might be. The proposed hockey deal would reportedly bring a team from the Federal Hockey League, which is made up of seven teams and is considered a step below the ECHL. A deal could be announced as early as next week.
Reed Campaign Manager Accused of Trying to Confuse Voters:
The Congressional primaries are today, but that doesn't mean it isn't too late for some last minute campaign drama. The Chautauqua County Democrat chairman, Norman Green, is accusing Tom Reed campaign manager Nick Weinstein of trying to confuse voters with a write-in ballot in today's primary. According to an email he sent to WLEA Radio, Green says that while Reed is not on today's ballot, he's campaigning to be a write-in nominee for the Women's Equality Party. Tracy Mitrano has already been endorsed by the WEP and is on the party line. Green says the Reed campaign has done this "as a silly politicial game" to confuse voters. In response, Weinstein said, “It is simply inaccurate... to suggest we’re “playing silly political games” with the Women’s Equality Party primary. We believe that the voters in the Women’s Equality Party should be empowered to choose the nominee who best reflects their values." Polls for today's primary will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Inspections Begin for NYS Park and Fair Rides:
With summer underway, fair and park season is upon us. The New York Deparment of Labor is making sure that eager fun-seekers stay safe as they have begun safety inspections on all rides at amusement parks and fairs. The department inspects rides at least once a year, and rides at traveling carnivals and fairs are inspected every time they set up at a new location.
Congressional Democratic Primary Tomorrow:
A reminder to Democrats in the 23rd congressional district: you’ve got a big decision to make tomorrow. Tuesday is the primary, where five candidates are competing to face off against incumbent Republican Tom Reed in November. Reed has held the office since 2010 and was re-elected in 2016 with 57 percent of the vote. The five democratic candidates are: Linda Andrei, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, and Eddie Sundquist. Some of the issues they’ve cited as important include healthcare, education, tax reform, and jobs. For more information about the candidates, including a chance to compare them side by side, you can visit https://www.vote411.org.
Waste Incinerator Bill Misses Deadline:
Among the many bills that the state legislature failed to move on before the end of the 2018 session, was one that would block plans for a massive garbage incinerator in Romulus. Over 30 local government and school boards, as well as over 20 local environmental and business organizations have come out in opposition to the project, and the New York State Senate unanimously approved a bill to block the proposal earlier this month. The proposed facility would be built between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and would reportedly burn over 2,000 tons of garbage and withdraw 445,000 gallons of water from Seneca Lake every day.
Family Video Offering Free Rentals to “A” Students:
School might be out for the summer, but the importance of good report cards remains. Family Video has announced that they’ll give away free movie rentals to any student that brings in a report card with an “A” on it. For every “A” in core classes like math, history, science, and writing, the student can check out a movie for the night. The program will start on July 1st and will run through the entire month.
Food Drive for Food Bank’s BackPack Program:
Community members have the chance this week to both give and get with a food drive being held by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning. The event is in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program, and every donor that gives four or more items will be entered in a drawing for a barbecue grill, courtesy of Isaac. The drive is being held at the Corning ReStore on State Route 414. Items on the wish list include: canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, dry pastas, boxed macaroni and cheese, and canned soups. Donations can be made until June 30th.
Bath Man Arrested for Dealing Fentanyl
A 29-year-old Bath man was arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl to two people who later overdosed. Bath Village Police say they charged Donald Henry or “Drama” with two counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The arrest was made following the investigation of two overdoses in the Village of Bath four days ago on June 19th. Henry was sent to Steuben County Jail without bail following his arraignment in Bath Town Court.
Bath Woman Charged as “Operation Safe Summer” Continues
A Bath woman was arrested on narcotic drug charges. Amber Stiles was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree then sent to Steuben County Jail without bail. Village of Bath Police say the Stiles arrest is the 13th they’ve made as the extensive drug investigation “Operation Safe Summer” continues in Steuben County. The first dozen people were arrested this month and the D.A. Office is working on arresting six more of a total of 19 people suspected as involved in narcotics, meth and other drugs in Steuben County.
Tops Deal Rolls Back Teamster Benefits for Bankruptcy Deal
Tops Markets is one step closer to ending bankruptcy for the company. Teamsters who work in warehouses to supply the company’s stores will take the blow of decreased benefits, pensions and wages. Members of the Local 264 approved the deal which includes a negotiated pension fund which has been set to $15 million. Tops has agreed to use $4 million that would have covered executive bonuses to put towards the $15 million pension fund which will carry lower pensions in the future. Tops says this new deal will save the stores $180 million over the next 20 years but has yet to be approved in federal bankruptcy court.
NY Farm Bureau Helps Successfully Pass Several Bills for Farmers
The New York Farm Bureau capped off the end of the 2018 New York State Legislative Session with a number of victories on bills it advocated for this year. Many of the bills will have a direct benefit on the diverse range of farms in the state. The organization’s priorities are geared towards reducing regulatory burdens and finding solutions to the economic challenges farms increasingly face. One victory includes the legislature passing a renewal of the 10-year real property tax exemption on new farm construction. This helps to incentivize investment while limiting rising property taxes based on updated agricultural assessments of the farm property.
Steuben Legislature to Name “Hall of Fame” Nominees
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning at 10 in the County Office Building, the local legislators will most likely approve nominees for the Steuben County Hall of Fame. The county Hall of Fame honors individuals who have enhanced the name of or developed Steuben County in memorable ways. Weeks ago, the inductees to be announced were selected by local historians and civic officials from a pool of candidates nominated by local residents. The formal induction ceremony is slated to take place after July’s monthly legislative meeting with a reception to follow in the third-floor foyer.
Bath Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter For Overdose Death
A Bath man faces sentencing for up to 15 years behind bars for his involvement in an overdose death that occured in his apartment last August. According to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Mathew Taft, Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges after a man he sold heroin to died from taking an overdose of the drug which was laced with fentanyl. The D.A. Office says Taft sold the man heroin and failed to take steps to keep him from dying of overdose. Taft will be sentenced in court next month.
Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Campbell man was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Patrick M. Rafferty for possessing counterfeit twenty dollar bills and trying to pass them at a store in the Town of Erwin. After being charged with the Class C Felony, Rafferty was arraigned in Bath Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Rafferty awaits to reappear in Town of Bath Court at a later date while the investigation continues as similar incidents have been reported in the town of Campbell and City of Corning.
State Senate Approves “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”
This week State Senate legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara was approved unanimously with a vote of 60 to 0 to establish an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”. The program intends to reduce a costly burden on local governments that are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most postconsumer, unused paint. O’Mara said his legislation would create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.
NYS Senate Passes “Drug Take Back Act”
Legislation has been approved by the New York State Senate to discourage abuse of prescription drugs and prevent unused drugs from contaminating local water supplies. The “Drug Take Back Act” calls to establish an industry-funded, statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program. Drug manufacturers would be responsible for all of the costs of the initiative which includes collection, transport and proper disposal of unwanted drugs as well as informing citizens through public education and awareness.
NYS Bill Protecting Anonymity of Lotto Winners Passes
The State Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Cuomo that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. The bill passed the Senate this week by a vote of 61-1 and last week the State Assembly approved it by a vote of 140-3. Currently the law gives the state gaming commission the right to a winner’s name, hometown and photo for publicity, mainly online for the New York State Lottery website. The legislation prohibits the state lottery from identifying a winning ticket holder if the winner requests to be anonymous in writing.
Law Issuing ID Cards for the Disabled Passes NYS Senate
The New York State Senate this week has passed a bill to strengthen communication with those who have developmental disabilities. The bill creates a new optional identification card to be given to first responders and law enforcement in an emergency. The card would contain contact information as well as vital details about the individual’s developmental disabilities. The state assembly has passed the legislation which currently awaits the review and approval of the governor.
Former Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges:
The former owner of Lloyd's Limited in Penn Yan appeared in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty to charges related to the alleged sexual assault of two women at the bar on Christmas eve and early Christmas morning. 61-year-old Robert Champlin is charged with criminal sex act, rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawfully dealing with a child. Last month he was offered a plea deal of two felony counts of sexual abuse with a guaranteed 3 year prison sentence that he declined. He now faces up to 25 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry if convicted.
Hornellsville Man Charged with Growing Marijuana:
A Hornellsville man has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in the Town of Hornellsville. According to State Police, 54-year-old James Jackson admitted to growing nearly 200 marijuana plants at a location on South Hornell Road. He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.
NYS Senate Passes School Bus Camera Bill:
Senator Cathy Young of Olean has announced that the State Senate has passed the School Bus Camera Safety Act, a measure she sponsors. The bill authorizes the use of automated cameras on school buses to record and ticket motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
$4M DEC Grant to Cut Back on Food Waste:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to help New York cut back on food waste with a $4 million grant to help divert food away from landfills and instead get it to people who need it. The money will help businesses invest in equipment and technology - such as on-site composters, anaerobic digesters, or dehydrators - to make it easier to recycle waste. Some 250,000 tons of food is wasted annually in New York, and according to the DEC if just 5 percent of that was donated, food banks would see a 20 percent increase in food available for consumption.
Arc of Steuben’s Golf Classic Raises $28,000:
The Arc of Steuben recently held its annual Arc Star Golf Classic and this year’s event raised more than $28,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the organization’s Wish Upon an Arc Star program. The program gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as past wishes of a family camping trip and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand. It also helps cover medical needs not paid for by government benefits.
Wayland Man Charged in Domestic Incident:
A Wayland man has been charged in an incident in the Town of Wayland. According to the New York State Police, they received a complaint from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend struck her and left the residence. Troopers arrested 21-year-old Thomas Hough on charges of criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment. It's alleged that Hough grabbed the victim by the hair and prevented her from entering her residence. He also allegedly grabbed the victim's phone and prevented her from contacting 911. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Former Syracuse Mayor Announces Bid for Governor:
A former Mayor of Syracuse has announced that she's throwing her hat into the Gubernatorial race. Stephanie Miller will run on the independent line. She left the mayor's office this December. She told media that she "cannot be a silent witness to what [she] thinks is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day."
CCC President Announces Retirement:
After years of service, Corning Community College President Dr. Katherine Douglas has announced that she will retire in 2019. Dr. Douglas is the college's 6th president. Her tenure began in July 2011. She will retire on June 30th, 2019.
Watkins Glen State Park Opens New Welcome Center:
The new welcome center at Watkins Glen State Park is now officially open, after two years of construction. The $6.5 million project is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 project. It includes a new green space, a new amphitheater space, local food and drinks in the concession center, and informational plaques. Parking will now be located across the street from the park.
NYS Senate Votes to Block Romulus Trash Incinerator:
Following the Schuyler County Legislators vote against the proposed waste incinerator in Romulus, the New York State Senate has now voted unanimously voted in favor of blocking energy company Circular EnergG's proposed facility. The project was first proposed in January and drew immediate opposition over potential environmental impacts. Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as local governments and school boards, environmental and business organizations, have also come out against the project. The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the Code of Conduct today at 5:45 p.m. in the high school library. The regular meeting will follow.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for DWI Charges
Deputies arrested a Hammondsport man for Driving while Intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Alan G. Locey, age 57, operated a motor vehicle on Main Street of Hammondsport while in an intoxicated condition. Locey was charged with DWI, Refusal to submit to pre-breath screening, and failure to keep right. He was released on traffic summons and scheduled to appear in Urbana Town Court at a later date.
NYS Senate Proposes Legislation Banning Injection Sites
Legislation that would ban safe injection sites for heroin users in New York has been introduced into the State Senate. The bill proposes to make it illegal for state residents to "own, operate, work in or volunteer at a supervised injection site” and is being considered in the State Senate Rules Committee. This isn’t the first time laws regarding injection sites have been proposed in New York State politics. Earlier this year, State Assembly members showed support for legislation establishing safe injection sites in the state.
Bath Women Arrested After DSS Housing Verification Check
Two Bath women were arrested on drug charges following a housing verification check for the Steuben County Department of Social Services. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Amber Schoch and Danielle Wright were both found to be in possession of illegal hypodermic needles at a place of lodging on West Morris Street in Bath. Schoch and Wright were each charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, arraigned in Village of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail until they reappear in court at a later date.
Bath McDonalds to Re-Open June 28th
Bath McDonalds has scheduled a month full of special events and activities to celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly built West Morris Street location. The restaurant opens Thursday June 28th and the celebration begins Friday morning June 29th at 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Original owners of the old McDonald’s building that was built in 1975, Peter and Connie Manikas, will cut the ribbon. Current owners David Foster and Martha Manikas-Foster will also be a part of ribbon cutting along with second owner of the restaurant Thomas Manikas, Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn and John Bryson, who was mayor at the time of the original opening of Bath McDonalds.The restaurant will offer prizes to promote its reopening through July 31st which include McDonald’s gift cards, VIP 4-pack tickets to NASCAR races at Watkins Glen and more.
Butler Named 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the Year
Steuben County Deputy Matthew Butler was recognized at the STOP-DWI awards banquet as the 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the year. County Legislative Vice-Chair Carol Ferratella of Riverside presented Butler with the award and recognition was also given to State Trooper Joseph Sparacino, City of Corning Police officers Jason Dininny and Zachary Alger for their enforcement accomplishments. Sheriff Sergeant Brandon Scott was honored with the top agency enforcement award. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and support the efforts of the officers who are out there every day keeping our communities safe.” Village of Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen said about the annual banquet.
Bridge Work Begins on I-86 EB & WB in Bath
Work on a bridge on Interstate 86 Eastbound and Westbound in the town of Bath began this week. Work began yesterday to replace the bridge bearings and is expected to last approximately two months, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction while construction takes place.
Dormann Library Budget Approved:
The budget proposition for the Dormann Library in Bath, voted on last week, was approved by voters 63 to 14. The library’s Board of Trustees thanks the community for its support.
Reed Out Fundraises Challengers:
In a press release this weekend, the Tom Reed campaign announced that it’s raised more than $250,000 between April 1st and June 6th, and that it has more than $1 million cash on hand. That far outpaces any of Reed’s challengers, with the closest being Linda Andrei and Max Della Pia, according to the Reed campaign. Reed said he’s appreciative of the generous support from his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
More Road Work Coming to Erwin:
Work on a section of Canada Road in the Town of Erwin finished last week, but travelers should be prepared for more to come. According to town officials, eight roads are scheduled for repairs in the coming weeks. Work will take place on Chatfield Place East, Weller Place, Brooke Road, Aurene Drive, Beartown Road, Troy Road, Scott Road and Rodman Road. Start dates aren’t set at this time.
USA’s “The Sinner” Films in Southern Tier:
If the upcoming episodes of USA’s drama “The Sinner” look familiar, it’s not just your imagination. Local filmmaker, Eric Hollenback stopped by WETM TV recently to talk about filming the show in Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Johnson City, and Owego. The show is an American crime mystery now on its second season. It stars Hornell native Bill Pullman and Jessica Biel. It’s first season received Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Jessica Biel.
Haverling Board of Ed. Meeting:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library. The Board will be going into Executive Session at 5:30 to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and will return to regular session at 6:30.
Volunteers Needed for Turning Point Bath Desk Receptionist:
If you’re interested in volunteering for a non-profit that has meaningful impact in your community, considering volunteering at Turning Point Bath. Turning Point Bath is looking for reliable volunteers to work as the front desk receptionist from 8:30 to 12:30 or from 12:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday at its Liberty Street location. Requirements do apply. To apply visit CatholicCharitiesSteuben.org/join-our-team/turning-point and click on the “Volunteer Application” link.
Wayland Woman Arrested Following Counterfeit Call
A Wayland woman was charged with a felony count of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument after New York State Police at the Wayland barracks responded to a call at the ShurFine food mart. Police say Linda Fox attempted to pay for groceries with a counterfeit $100 bill and was denied. Fox was arraigned in Town of Wayland Court and will reappear in town of Wayland Court on Wednesday.
Officers Sworn in at Steuben Sheriff's Office
This week four new corrections officers and one new deputy were sworn in while one corrections’ officer was promoted as sergeant at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Alexander Brown and Brandi Parsons were sworn in as full time corrections officers while Randi Taylor and Branden Erskine swore in as part time officers. Officer Ryan Thompson was promoted to Correction Sergeant, a thirteen year veteran to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Matthew Wood was sworn in as the new Deputy Sheriff. “We are thrilled to add such experienced and skilled members to the sheriff’s office family.” said Sheriff Jim Allard.
Lindley Man Charged Arrested for Harassment
Steuben deputies report the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolfe Jr. of Lindley. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and 2nd degree aggravated harassment. The charges were filed following an incident at a Caroline Drive home. He was released on his own recognizance.
Cuomo Announces Five-Year Multibillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan
Governor Cuomo has announced a $150 billion infrastructure plan for the next five years. Cuomo said the plan will support the creation of 675,000 jobs. The measure includes $19 billion to help school districts build new and better school buildings - creating learning spaces of the 21st century.
Two from Hornell Arrested Following Cocaine Sale Investigation
Two City of Hornell residents were arrested following an investigation into the sale of cocaine. Police arrested Gregory Little and Tia Kearse after executing a search warrant that revealed evidence of ongoing sales of cocaine. Little and Kearse were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Little had one additional charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on or near School Grounds. Both were arraigned in Hornell City Court.
Avoca Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny
An Avoca woman has been arrested by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. Police say 59-year-old Michelle Cornaire stole over $3,000 from a business in the town of Lodi and falsified business records to attempt to cover up the theft. Cornaire was released following her arraignment and will reappear in court at a later date.
Dumpster Fire in Painted Post:
Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, a large dumpster fire was put out Thursday before it could cause further damage. The fire broke out behind Tractor Supply in Painted Post and threatened the America’s Best Value Inn next door. Crews from the Forest View-Gang Mills Fire Department battled the blaze while the Corning City Fire Department went through the inn as a precaution. The Painted Post Fire Department and New York State Police were also on scene. Neither business suffered any damage and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:
Two Bolivar residents were arrested Thursday night following a traffic stop by Hornell Police. The vehicle was pulled over on Jane Street and police say they discovered money and marijuana inside. 23-year-old Andrew Smith and 24-year-old Lynn Quaintance were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana. Hornell Police Captain Mike Sexmith said the evidence was indicative of street sales of drugs.
Bath Woman Arrested in Co. Office Building Incident:
A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance in the area of the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Monica Landry was violent, screaming, and using vulgar language, and she allegedly resisted arrest. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was also charged with criminal mischief related to an incident immediately prior to the one at the office building. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Harassment and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolf Jr. of Lindley. It’s alleged that DeWolf forcibly obstructed the breathing of another person and intentionally harassed another person at a residence in Lindley. DeWolf was charged with aggravated harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing. DeWolf was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Kellogg Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal:
A voluntary recall has been announced by the Kellogg company for one of its cereals over concerns of Salmonella. Honey Smacks cereal with best if used by dates of June 14th 2018 through June 14th 2019 are affected by the recall. The cereal was distributed nationwide and in some areas of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan. Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, and typically lasts four to seven days. It can cause severe illness and sometimes deadly infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Customers with the recalled cereal should throw it away and contact Kellogg for a full refund at its website https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html or by calling 1-800-962-1413.
Police Investigating Dogs Abandoned at Walmart:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is investigating who abandoned two dogs outside of the Walmart store in Painted Post. According to store employees, the dogs were found Tuesday afternoon tied up behind the store with their crates nearby. They did not have any food or water. Rescue advocates remind residents that there are options available if they are unable to care for a pet. Anyone who recognizes the dogs or who might have information regarding the case, are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Former Phillips Lighting Plant Price Dropped:
The asking price of the former Phillips Lighting Plant in Bath has been dropped by a half a million dollars, from $3.95 to $3.45 million. The property broker, Pyramid Brokerage, posted the new listing price on Twitter Wednesday. The facility closed in early 2014 and has been on the market for just under a year, following a lengthy site cleanup.
2018 Steuben Co. Property Auction Listings Now on Co. Website:
Some 71 properties will be auctioned off in the 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, which is set for 10 a.m. July 13th at the Campbell-Savona High School. The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual sale site in Bath. The properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org, with the final listings to be determined July 10th by the county Legislature’s Finance Committee.
Area Residents Asked to Take Health Survey:
The health departments of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, alongside Common Ground Health, are asking area residents to fill out a health survey that is available online at http://www.myhealthstory2018.com/. Survey results will be used in a series of studies on health equity in the Finger Lakes region and will help county health departments develop strategies for addressing public health priorities, such as reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition, and encouraging active living. The survey can be taken anonymously, or respondents can choose to enter their name and email for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Common Ground Health to a local grocery store or gas station.
Work on I-86 in Bath Next Week:
Work will begin on a stretch of I-86 in the Town of Bath next week. Bridge maintenance is set to begin Monday, June 18th on I-86 eastbound and westbound over State Route 54. While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction. It will also include an onsite pedestrian detour.
Program on Seniors’ Rights Set for June 20th:
A free public presentation on the rights of senior citizens is set for 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 20th at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. Presenters include representatives from the Steuben County’s Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services and Sheriff, as well as Legal Assistance of Western NY, Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program, and a local nursing facility.
Bath Rotary Awards Annual Scholarships:
Area high school students poised to graduate and pursue college degrees received extra support from the Bath Rotary Club with the award of annual scholarships sponsored by the club and families of former Rotarians. A special awards luncheon on May 24th was hosted by club members at the Bath Presbyterian Church fellowship hall to honor the students and their families. The scholarships include the Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, Bath Rotary Club Scholarship, and Bath Rotary Interact Scholarship. The students chosen to receive awards attend Haverling, Hammondsport, Campbell-Savona, and Prattsburgh.
Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship – Kyra Baker of Haverling, Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh, and Lauren Robbins of Prattsburgh.
Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship – Shelby Hammond of Haverling, and Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh.
Bath Interact Scholarship – Morgan Hess of Haverling and Kyra Baker of Haverling.
Bath Rotary Club Scholarship – Rachael Derby of Hammondsport, Jenna Pinckney of Prattsburgh, Anna Vogel of Hammondsport, and Katelyn Page of Campbell-Savona.
Operation Safe Summer Nets 2 More:
District Attorney Brooks Baker announced Monday that two more people have been arrested as part of the continuing investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer, spearheaded by the Bath Village Police Department. 37-year-old Cedric Williams of Rochester and 32-year-old Jessica Horton of Corning were arrested pursuant to a sealed indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury. The indictment charges them with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd. The pair allegedly worked together to sell cocaine in the Village of Bath on March 22nd. They were both sent to the Steuben County jail without bail. Baker said that the investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer continues, and that more arrests are expected.
Meth Materials Found During Domestic Incident:
A Howard man is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment, and could be facing possible charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance following a reported domestic incident on County Route 70A. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Robert Stehm Jr. allegedly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the mental and moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old, and intentionally harassed another person. Also during their investigation, deputies allegedly recovered suspected methamphetamine production vessels and suspected methamphetamine oil. Stehm was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5pm in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from Noon – 8pm at the library. Board members will be on hand to answer questions.
Bath’s Gansvoort Street Closed for Gas Main Replacement:
Work is underway to replace a gas main on Gansevoort Street in Bath, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street. To protect the public and Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems workers, the street is closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crew cuts the pavement and replace the gas mains across these intersections. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July.
Assemblyman Errigo Endorses Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:
Monday Assemblyman Joe Errigo endorsed Judge Chauncey Watches in this year’s election for Steuben County Judge. The seat is up for election due to the impending retirement of Judge Peter Bradstreet. Watches has served as a Municipal Judge in Bath for the past 14 years. Additionally, he has run his own private legal practice for 30 years, and he’s previously served as Assistant District Attorney and as Assigned Council through the Public Defender’s Office. Watches said that if he’s elected he will ensure that every person that comes through the courtroom is treated with respect and that integrity in the process is at the forefront of every case. This year’s primary election is set for Thursday, September 13th. The General Election is Tuesday, November 6th.
3 Arrested in Child Abuse Investigation:
An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath into suspected sexual abuse of a child has resulted in the arrest of three Steuben County residents. 36-year-old Natalie Burgess and 49-year-old Roger Taft, both of Thurston, were arrested and were both charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the third. Investigators allege that Burgess and Taft knowingly and intentionally allowed a child less than 17-years-old to remain alone in the residence of a Level-III sex offender. Investigators further allege that they knew of the offender’s likelihood of re-offending and repeatedly agreed to Child Protective Services plans forbidding unsupervised contact with him, but allowed the child to stay with him regardless. Burgess was additionally charged with a false entry to be made into the official records of the state police in an attempt to conceal the crime. 66-year-old Allen Lafler, also of Thurston, was later arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly subjecting a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact. Burgess and Lafler were sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail and without bail, respectively. Taft was released on an appearance ticket.
13-year-old Arrested for Making Threats Against Bath High School:
A 13-year-old was placed in a juvenile detention facility pending a family court appearance after he allegedly made online threats against an upcoming function at the Bath Haverling High School. According to the Bath Village Police Department, a concerned student notified a facility member of the threats, who then in turn notified police. The juvenile was charged for offenses that would constitute criminal possession of a firearm and making terrorist threats if committed by an adult. The investigation is ongoing.
Corning Man Arrested for Menacing Students on Field Trip:
A Corning man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly menaced students on a field trip. 18-year-old Dante Sellers allegedly threatened the students with a knife while they were at a local McDonalds on June 2nd. He also allegedly followed the students back to their bus while making obscene gestures. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd.
State Police Investigating Bath Burglary:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary to a seasonal residence on O’Brien Road in the Town of Bath. It’s believed to have occurred sometime since last Sunday, June 3rd. Unknown subject(s) forced entry and stole long guns and hunting knives. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911. All calls will be kept confidential.
Kia Announces Recall of Over 500,000 Vehicles:
Kia has announced the recall of over a half-million vehicles because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The agency said it had reports of six front-end crashes where four people were killed and six injured. Vehicles in the recall include: the 2010 through 2013 Forte compact, the 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize, and the Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012. Kia has said it will notify owners by July 27th. The company will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.
Allard Recognizes Corrections Officer Labar at Committee Meeting
A Steuben County corrections officer was recognized for saving the life of a choking inmate at the county jail in late April as Sheriff Jim Allard acknowledged Robert Labar during this week’s meeting of the county legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee. Labar responded to the choking inmate by performing the Heimlich maneuver as he was supervising the collection of meal trays during lunchtime then called a “code blue” as part of the jail’s policy. Allard praised Labar’s use of training and attention to detail, adding that it’s likely Officer Labar’s actions saved the inmate’s life.
Bath Schedules Two June Public Hearings
The village board in Bath has scheduled two public hearings for later this month. The first deals with a proposed local law that amends the village code, adding a new section titled residential rental occupancy permit provisions. The other hearing involves another proposed local law that would amend the village code regarding the sale of certain seasonal items. The hearings are scheduled for June 18th at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Municipal Building.
Boater Safety Course Happening Today
Today the Steuben County Sheriff's Office Navigation Unit holds a New York State Boater Safety course from 9am to 5pm at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath, N.Y. The comprehensive boating course covers the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is limited to 30 students. All who complete the course will receive a New York State Boater Safety Certification. Attendees must be at least 10 years of age and bring acceptable forms for proof of age. Those interested in attending should call 607-622-3911.
Operation Prevent Continues Into the Summer
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles along with the State Liquor Authority, State Park Police and local law enforcement are cracking down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs at venues across the state. Since May, DMV has made 78 arrests during five investigations under its Operation Prevent campaign, an ongoing effort to curtail underage drinking that is once again in full swing as the summer concert season gets underway. 43 arrests were reported in Western New York and 15 in the Finger Lakes.
Two Bath Residence Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police of the Bath barracks report the arrest of two Steuben County residents stemming from a joint investigation with the County CPS into child endangerment allegations. Investigators say between June 4th and June 7th Anthony Cagle and Danielle Smith, both of Campbell Creek Road in the Town of Bath, knowingly and intentionally manufactured, possessed and used methamphetamine while inside their residence and supervising children less than 17 years of age. Both Cagle and Smith were charged with one count each of Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in third degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. They were arraigned in Town of Bath Court and will reappear in court June 11th as future charges are pending due to results of laboratory testing of evidence found at the crime scene.
Three Arrested in Addison Drug Bust
Three Steuben County residents have been arrested on drug charges following a drug seizure in Addison. The County Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant for a property on Hallett Hill Road, recovering suspected cocaine and suspected crystal meth worth over $16,000 in street value as well as materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Jeffrey S. Bovee of Addison was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the third degree and arraigned in the Town of Addison Court prior to being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Also charged were Donald Strope of Addison and Norman Smithers of Lindley, who each face Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree charges in Addison Town Court at a later date.
19 Charged in Major Bath Drug Investigation:
There was a major drug raid Thursday morning in Steuben County. More than 50 law enforcement officers from five agencies and child protective workers engaged in Operation Safe Summer. By mid-morning 10 people were in custody and police were still searching for nine more. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the arrests were the result of a four-month investigation and grand jury indictments handed up last week. Baker said there were 26 overall indictments charging 19 people. The crimes involve trafficking narcotics, meth, and other controlled substances in the village and town of Bath. During the arrest process police seized a BMW and cocaine packaged for sale with a street value of more than $10,000. The suspects were all remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail pending county court arraignments. The D.A. gave special acknowledgement to Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen and Investigator Taft. Baker called the operation a true, multi-agency cooperative effort. Nine arrested were identified as: Frank McCray, 47, of Bath. McCray was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, as well as three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Gerald Iverson, 48, of Rochester. Iverson was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. William Trenchard, 37, of Bath. Trenchard was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Gordon Clayson, 47, of Bath. Clayson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Jessica Austin, 34, of Bath. Austin was arrested for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Joseph Bennett Jr., 31, of Campbell. Bennett was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Carl McCoy, 50, of Rochester. McCoy was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. During the arrest of McCoy, a white BMW was seized and a large amount of crack-cocaine was located in the vehicle. McCoy was subsequently arrested for one more count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Zachary Fulkerson, 27, of Campbell. Fulkerson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Sean Riley, 32, of Corning. Riley was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
State Police Announce “Speed Week” Enforcement Campaign:
The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign started Thursday and runs through Wednesday, June 13th. Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. Speeding by all vehicle types will be heavily enforced throughout the week, but troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.
Corning Approves Plan for Gibson Fire District Coverage:
A plan has been approved by the Town of Corning deciding how the Gibson Fire Department district will be covered while the department’s contract is terminated. The unanimously approved plan allows the North Corning Volunteer Fire Department and the East Corning Fire Department to provide fire protection services where the Gibson Department used to respond. Funding was cut to Gibson Fire in late April after the department failed to follow the terms of a new contract created between the department and the town. Town Supervisor Kim Feehan says if the department is able to get their records and training in order by next year, as required by the contract, they will welcome talks to bring the department back.
Protestors Call on Rep. Reed to Defend Net Neutrality:
Protestors gathered outside Representative Tom Reed’s Corning Office Thursday night in hopes of convincing him to change his mind about net neutrality. The net neutrality laws are set to expire next week, on June 11th. In the past, Reed has voiced anti-net neutrality sentiment, calling the regulations “harmful” and “overreaching.” Net neutrality laws are meant to prevent companies from having too much control over the internet as a whole.
Corning Named One of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit”:
Smithsonian magazine has honored the City of Corning by including it in its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018.” In order to make the list, cities had to have a population of less than 20,000 and include historic elements with distinct cultural offerings, and natural beauty. The magazine made note of Corning Inc., the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Rockwell Museum as key businesses and attractions. It also mentioned the Gaffer District and the Centerway Walking Bridge.
Major Drug Investigation Announcement Today in Bath:
Members of the Bath Village Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Police will host a press conference at 10 a.m. today in Bath at the Village Hall. A significant announcement is expected regarding on-going drug investigations in the village and surrounding areas.
8 Diocese of Rochester Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse:
Accusations of sexual abuse of children are being levelled against eight priests of the Diocese of Rochester. The claims come from a press release by Road to Recovery, a non-profit organization that advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. Three of the priests have been accused before: in 1996, Eugene Emo was arrested and subsequently dismissed from the clerical state in the church due to “behavior with young boys” and was sent to a different parish. David Simon has been assigned “to a life of prayer and penance,” with no additional public ministry possible. And Francis Vogt has died, according to the Diocese. The other five men are being named for the first time: Stuart Hogan, Charles McCarthy, Gary Shaw, Richard Orland, and Thomas Valenti. They are all being accused by multiple victims. One of them, Thomas Valenti, is listed on the website of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick’s Parish in Owego as currently working there as a parochial administrator. In response, the Diocese released a statement saying that the allegation against Valenti was investigated, reviewed, and determined to be unsubstantiated. The Diocese of Rochester covers 12 counties, including: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.
CO Commended for Life-Saving Actions:
A Steuben County corrections officer is being commended for his swift action in late April that potentially saved the life of an inmate. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard and Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore, officer Robert Labar was supervising the collection of lunch time meal trays on April 30th when he noticed an inmate choking. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that Labar immediately responded to the emergency, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and called a Code Blue as part of the jail’s policy. Allard said it’s very likely he saved the inmate’s life, and that Labar’s calm and decisive action under incredible circumstances reflect his professionalism and commitment to duty as well as reflect the principles of the county Sheriff’s Department.
Congressman Reed Opposes Proposed Ithaca Drug Injection Site:
In his weekly media call, Congressman Tom Reed had some strong words for the proposed heroin injection site in Ithaca. Mayor Svante Myrick has asked the Governor to allow a pilot drug injection location where users would be under supervision. Myrick calls it a humane answer to the increasing number of overdoses in the city, and the Tompkins County Legislature and the City of Ithaca are both expected to urge the state Legislature to immediately pass a bill allowing cities to create the sites. But Reed said such sites will “bring an influx of violence, crime, and homelessness into our backyards as dangerous drug dealers follow heroin users into our communities.” He said he will “not help these radicals in their effort,” and said he hopes Governor Andrew Cuomo will not go along with the proposal. Reed isn’t alone in his objections. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker applauded Reed for his stance, and said that there’s no such thing as a “safe” injection site. He said resources should be spent on prevention, education, and treatment instead.
Superfund Site in Corning No Longer a Significant Threat:
A Superfund Site in Corning is being reclassified after the New York State DEC found that is no longer a significant public health threat. According to the DEC, remedial measures were taken at the 37 East Pulteney Street location in 2010 and 2012, including excavation of contaminated soil, and the installation of a soil vapor extraction system and now the site is being changed from a “Class 2” to a “Class 4.” The use and development of the site will be limited to restricted-residential, commercial or industrial use, and the use of groundwater at the site will be prohibited without prior approval.
Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse Set for June 16th:
The third annual “Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse” is set for June 16th. Registration for the family-friendly color walk will be that morning at 9 a.m. in Pulteney Park, with the event to follow at 10:15. The cost of registration is $3 per participant. Children under 5 are free. Along the mile-long course, volunteers will toss non-toxic colored paint powder at the walkers. Participants are recommended to wear light-colored clothes for the most colorful effect, and eye and nose protection are also recommended.
Bath Man Facing Menacing, Drug Charges:
A Bath man has been arrested following a 911 call made on May 31st. Painted Post State Troopers responded to the call involving the possible menacing of a woman by a man with a handgun in the Town of Erwin. The man was identified as 39-year-old Mario Hentz and he was later located in the Village of Bath by local police. During a search of his person, police allegedly found a bag containing approximately two grams of crack cocaine. Hentz has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and menacing. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Arkport Man Admits to Theft:
An Arkport man has been arrested for taking money from an ATM machine without permission from the account holder. According to State Police, 22-year-old Jesse Cartwright provided a written statement admitting to the theft. He is being charged with one count of petit larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor, and he has been released with an appearance ticket.
Steuben Co. Extends Contracts with SROs, Talks Expansion of Program:
On Monday, Steuben County officials agreed to extend contracts for school resource officers through the county Sheriff’s Office, and discussed the potential expansion of the program. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, there are only two school districts in the county that don’t have SROs, Arkport and Jasper-Troupsburg. But following a recent hoax regarding a student with a gun, Arkport is said to be in discussion about possibly adding an SRO. The Corning-Painted School District is also looking to put an SRO in each of its buildings – an addition of seven officers. For $30,000 a year, the SRO program puts an experienced law enforcement retiree to work in a school district. Because the officers are retirees with existing pension and healthcare plans, the expenses are low compared to the normal full salary and benefits of a law enforcement officer.
SSA Information Sent to Local Residents:
The annual letters from the Social Security Administration are in the mail with information on who may be eligible for – but not enrolled in – the Part D Medicare Rx plan Low Income Subsidy known as “Extra Help” and the Part B Medicare Savings Program (MSP). According to the Steuben County Office for the Aging, letters were sent out in mid-May and will continue through June 25th. The letters do not guarantee qualification in the programs and will ask for more information about an individual’s overall finances. For more information, call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.
Empire Access Expands Fiber Optic Internet to Elmira Heights:
Local communications provider, Empire Access continues to expand. The company has now launched state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet, TV, and Phone services in the Village of Elmira Heights. The new fiber service utilizes Corning Inc. fiber optic products, and is being offered to both residential and business customers. Empire called the expansion “very exciting” and said that they are “focused on continuing fiber optic expansion to more communities in Chemung County in the upcoming months.”
Arraignment for Man Accused in Corning Burglaries Today:
The man accused in multiple burglaries throughout the Corning area will appear in Corning City Court today where he is expected to be arraigned for Burglary in the 3rd degree. 55-year-old James Copeland, a convicted felon, was arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of power tools from a Denison Parkway business. Police believe Copeland also committed several other burglaries at area businesses and locations. Copeland allegedly sold the stolen power tools to unsuspecting citizens. Anyone who recognizes Copeland as someone they recently purchased power tools from is asked to contact the Corning Police Department.
Drug Charges in Bath Traffic Stop:
A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Bath. According to the County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a vehicle being driven by 27-year-old Korey Weaver on State Route 415 on Saturday for inadequate lights. Weaver was allegedly discovered to have 93 individual baggies in his possession that contained suspected crack cocaine, a large amount of U.S. currency, and other drug paraphernalia and packaging material used for selling narcotics. Weaver was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (with intent to sell). He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
A Campbell man has been arrested following a reported domestic disturbance in Campbell. 30-year-old Justin Morse is accused of choking another person and holding that person against a vehicle by the throat. Morse was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment in the 2nd. Morse was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.
Gas Main Replacement in Bath:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing a gas main on Gansevoort Street, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street, in Bath. Work is expected to start on Monday, June 11th and will continue through until the end of July. To protect the public and BEGWs workers, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crews cut the pavement and replace the gas main across the intersections. If you have any questions, you can contact BEGWs at (607) 776-2173, Option 2.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, June 12th at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote, which is set for Thursday, June 14th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library. Board members will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions.
E-C Airport Needs for Funds for Reconstruction Project:
Monday night the Chemung County Board voted to issue bonds of nearly $5.5 million in additional funding for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport’s reconstruction project. The extra funds are needed to finance the tower portion of the terminal. Officials say tax payers shouldn’t be worried, that the additional cost will be paid for with Passenger Facility Charges that are designed to be paid over the next 10 years. Work on the airport is expected to be completed by October.
Tablets for Inmates Program Could be Coming to Steuben Co. Jail:
A program that would provide access to tablet computers for inmates could soon be coming to the Steuben County Jail, after the county Legislature Public Safety and Corrections Committee advanced the plan on Monday. The program is an expansion of the jail’s existing contract with GTL, the company that provides phone services at the jail. According to Sheriff Jim Allard there are a lot of advantages to the tablets, such as money from purchases on them – which comes from the inmates’ commissary funds – going back into jail operations and help to pay for activities such as the inmate dog training program and the inmate garden. Also, Allard said other facilities that have adopted the tablets or similar systems, have seen decreases in inmate-on-inmate violence and a decrease in assaults on staff. Communications through the tablets, like phones, are monitored. The tablets would be provided at no cost.
Work on I-86 Near Big Flats Starts Today:
Planned work on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project gets underway on I-86 today. From the Chemung-Steuben County line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits, and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Closings and disruptions should be expected for the next few weeks. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother said drivers can check for closings online at: www.bigflats.gov.
“Safety Concern” Prompts Police Presence at HHCSD:
Friday morning, and throughout the day, members of the state police and officers from the Horseheads Village Police Department were on the campus of the Horseheads Intermediate and Middle Schools as a cautionary measure after a reported safety concern. The threat was received Thursday night and school officials contacted local police who determined it to be non-credible. Parents were sent a letter from the district saying the investigation into the threat continues, and that safety concerns can be reported 24/7 at their Safe Schools Line at (607) 795-2044 or 1-800-305-4984.
Search for Missing Wayne Co. Toddler Called Off:
After more than two weeks, the search for missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been called off. Over 1,000 searchers tried to find the toddler after his mother’s body was found buried in the woods near a farm in Wayne County. Police say that despite bringing the search to an end, the investigation continues. The results of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s death are still being determined, but her boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, remains the main suspect. He is set to appear in Federal Court today on a charge of tampering with evidence, and separate charges of illegal re-entry into the country.
DEC Accused of Failing to Disclose Gas Storage Leak Concerns:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is being accused of both knowing and failing to disclosing leakage concerns regarding the proposed gas storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. The accusation comes from Toxics Targeting, a company that complies known information on toxic sites, and then sells that information to the public. On Friday, documents were released containing Crestwood’s storage application in 2011, where the company said, “it is assumed that the cavern does leak…” According to Toxics Targeting president, Walter Hang, the state required Crestwood to come up with a plan to investigate the concern, but never required the investigation to be carried out. In response, the DEC released a statement saying they have “…not made any final determination on Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC’s permit application,” and that, “The decision will be based on a comprehensive review to determine if the application meets New York’s strict environmental standards….”
Outdoor Show Looking for Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 12th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension there are several positions available for the event, including directing crowds, helping children fish, or transporting guests on golf carts. All volunteers will receive access to the entire show throughout the whole weekend and anyone who volunteers at least four hours will also receive a T-shirt, meal ticket, and water. The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show is set for October 13th and 14th at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath. For more information visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com/volunteer.
I-86 Work Near Big Flats Starts Monday
Work begins Monday on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project by the state Department of Transportation. From the Chemung-Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Anticipate closings and disruptions in the next few weeks if you plan to use this stretch for travel. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother advises drivers to check for closings during construction online at: www.bigflatsny.gov.
Addison Man Arrested Following Domestic Call
Steuben County Sheriff Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Addison man for menacing in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies responded to a domestic incident in progress in the town of Addison and arrested Dean F. Wright prior to his arraignment in the Town of Erwin Court. Wright was remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 surety bond.
County Legislature Land Bank Meeting Cancelled
The Steuben County Legislature announced the cancellation of Steuben County Land Bank Corporation meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday June 6th. The Office of the Clerk says a date has not yet been rescheduled.
Boland Endorses Mitrano for Congress
Corning Mayor Bill Boland officially endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano at her Campaign Headquarters’ grand opening in Corning yesterday. Boland says “Tracy Mitrano represents the best in American politics.” He added that she is practical, thoughtful and authentic.
State Troopers Arrest Several Shoplifters
State troopers announced multiple shoplifting arrests in the area this week. Three people in Steuben County were arrested after complaints were received and responded to by New York State Police. Garrett A. Schultz of Canisteo, Holly Denning of Painted Post and Shante Robinson of Woodhull were each charged with Petit Larceny and were issued tickets to reappear in local courts.
Bath CSD Approved for Free Breakfast/Lunch Program:
The Bath-Haverling School District has been approved for a free breakfast and lunch program for all students PreK through 12 beginning September 2018. This program was previously awarded to the Vernon Wightman Primary School, but now it will be available at all grade levels. It will be effective for the next four school years. More information will be given to parents later this summer in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents are also reminded that all children under 18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer in the Haverling High School cafeteria and at the Dormann Library.
First Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Votes Could be in August:
According to education consultants, voting on the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga Central School districts could get underway in August. Dr. William Silky of Castallo and Silky LLC said Boards of Education from each school could hold their first votes on the merger “no later than Thursday, August 23rd.” Both boards will be asked to schedule straw votes for October 16th. If those votes are positive, the state Education Commissioner will issue an order for a formal referendum of voters in both districts to be held in November. If there’s a negative decision in any of the votes, the merger proposal will end.
Public Hearing on Corning Deal with Empire Access:
There will be public hearing in the Town of Corning on June 19th regarding a pending agreement between the town and telecommunications service provider Empire Access. The town board will be voting on whether or not to approve the deal after the hearing, which is set to start at 7 p.m. If it is approved, fiber optic internet, phone, and digital TV will become available for town residents from Empire. Currently, Charter Communications, or Spectrum, is the only major internet and cable provider servicing the town.
Teachers Union Announces Protests at State Senator’s Offices:
Protests are expected at State Senator offices today by teachers from all across New York. The protests were announced Thursday by the state United Teachers Union, after the state Senate failed to bring a bill to the floor that would return control of annual teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers. The proposed bill would also eliminate the requirement that standardized tests must be used in individual teachers’ evaluations and it would prohibit test scores from becoming part of a student’s permanent record. The Assembly had passed the bill. The protests are set for 4 to 5 p.m. There is one planned for Senator O’Mara’s office in Elmira.
Sears Announces More Store Closings:
Continuing to face shrinking sales and losses, Sears has announced more stores will soon be closing. The company has released a list of 48 Sears stores and 15 Kmart stores that will be closing in September. This will leave roughly 800 still in operation, down from 1,000 at the end of last year. There are only two stores – one each - in New York set for closure at this time: the Sears on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, and the Kmart on Rockaway Blvd. in Rosedale.