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WVIN News Archives for 2018-12

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 31st

Hornell Drug Arrest:

 

The Hornell Police Department reports the arrest of a Hornell man following the search of an apartment Friday night.  42-year-old Jason Shinebarger was allegedly found by police in possession of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials, weapons, and over $1,900 in cash.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of stolen property, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

 

 

Horseheads Kmart to Close:

 

The Kmart store in Grand Central Plaza in Horseheads has been added to the list of stores that will be closing.  It, along with 80 other newly announced locations, is expected to close by March.  Previously, 40 locations were announced and are expected to close in February.  Meanwhile, other area stores, including the Bath Kmart and the Sears at the Arnot Mall have not appeared on either closure list.  The deadline for bids on the company was Saturday.  If none were received, the company can either: extend the deadline or liquidate its assets. 

 

 

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019:

 

In it’s largest increase in seven years, Social Security benefits will go up for recipients in 2019 by almost three percent.  The jump is a cost-of-living adjustment that was first announced back in the fall.  For the average retiree, it will be roughly $39 more a month, or about $468 a year. 

 

 

Possible Measles Outbreak at Newark International:

 

Holiday travel may have brought an unwanted surprise for some as health officials report a possible measles outbreak at Newark International.  According to officials, an ill passenger from Brussels arrived at Terminal B and reportedly visited other areas of the airport.  The exposure window is between noon and 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.  Locally, both the Elmira-Corning and Ithaca-Tompkins Regional airports offer direct flights to Newark International.  Those exposed may not see any symptoms until the middle of January, according to officials.  Some symptoms include: rash, high fever, cough, and watery eyes.  If you believe you could be at risk, you should contact your doctor.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 29, 2018

Canisteo Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Canisteo man following a response to a report of a domestic incident on Greenwood Street in Canisteo. Police say 24-year-old Charles Mielke allegedly became combative and non-compliant with Deputies, impeding the investigation. Mielke was charged with Harassment in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest. He was arraigned in Canisteo Village Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $300 cash bail.

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWI Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath man following a traffic stop on Baker Street in Corning. Richard D. Raymond, age 48, is alleged to have operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Raymond was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more blood alcohol content and failure to signal. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Corning City Court at a later date.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested for Allegedly Striking Child
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of a Painted Post man for Assault in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Zackary Beckett, age 27, allegedly struck a three-year-old child with an instrument, causing physical injury to the child. Beckett was arraigned for the two charges in the Village of Painted Post Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail to reappear on January 8th.

 

Pennsylvania Woman Arrested at Bath County Building
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of a Scranton, Pennsylvania woman at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Nichole L. Church, age 35, was wanted due to an active arrest warrant issued out of the Town of Tuscarora Court for the charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the third degree stemming from August 20th when Church allegedly operated a vehicle while knowingly not having the consent to take possession of it. She was arraigned in Town of Tuscarora Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

Juveniles Apprehended Following Escape from Detention Center
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the taking in of two juveniles to Steuben County Family Court for juvenile proceedings following a report of the two juvenile-aged suspects going missing from a non-secure Steuben County detention facility. Deputies received information of a possible location the escaped juveniles could have escaped to and on their way to the location, observed a vehicle operating erratically on County Route 11 in Bath. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, which stopped momentarily to let a passenger exit the side then left the scene. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle again until it collided with a guard rail and became damaged due to the crash and fire. The second juvenile was apprehended soon after. The investigation proved both the subjects were the two juveniles reported missing and that they allegedly stole the vehicle from Bath.

 

Chemung County Sheriffs Say No Foul Play in Rosno Case

According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office no foul play was involved in the death of newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney Matthew Rosno. Chemung County Undersheriff William Schrom says though they are awaiting toxicology report results to determine an official cause of death, but no signs of foul play was found. Rosno was found dead near Lattabrook Road in Horseheads the afternoon of December 22nd after being reported missing earlier that morning.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 28th

75 Needles, Drugs Found in Vehicle; Bath Woman Charged:

 

A traffic stop on I-390 has lead to multiple charges against a Bath woman.  According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Nitashia Robb was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped on December 22nd.  Over the course of the investigation, 75 hypodermic needles were recovered, packaging commonly used for narcotics were seized, and two stolen purses and candy from a Dollar General store were recovered.  Robb was charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of stolen property.  The driver of the vehicle, Sean Kohlmeier, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after it was discovered he had his licensed previously suspended three times.  A post-arrest search of the vehicle also allegedly turned up a bag of suspected heroin/fentanyl under the seat Robb had been sitting in, and later during intake at the Livingston County Jail a second bag of suspected heroin/fentanyl was allegedly discovered on her person.  Robb was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and promoting prison contraband.  Kohlmeier had bail set at $200 cash, while Rob was sent to the jail on $5,500.

 

 

Painted Post Man Accused of Assault Child:

 

A Painted Post man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a child.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Zackary Beckett struck a three-year-old child with an instrument, causing physical injury.  He has been charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail.

 

 

Canisteo Man Charged with Resisting Arrest, Harassment:

 

A Canisteo man is facing multiple charges following an alleged domestic incident in the town of Canisteo.  24-year-old Charles Mielke allegedly became combative and non-compliant with Deputies, impending their investigation.  He was charged with harassment, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $300 bail.

 

 

Corning Firefighter Injured in Auto Accident Returns Home:

 

Just in time for the holidays, the Corning firefighter injured in an auto accident was able to return home.  Christopher Willis, along with his mother and girlfriend, was injured in November when their vehicle was struck by an intoxicated driver.  According to the “Blue Lives Matter – Twin Tiers” Facebook page, Willis returned home on December 21st.  The driver of the vehicle that struck Willis’, Andrew Simpson, has been charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was also issued several traffic tickets.

 

 

Steuben Reports Top Events in 2018:

 

As 2018 draws to a close, Steuben County is looking back at the notable accomplishments over the year: including implementation of the state’s complex Raise the Age legislation, the opening of the long-awaited County Office Building Annex, the September rain storm and the repairs of the damage it brought, and the significant strides made in public health. 

 

 

New Year Brings New Laws for NYS:

 

2019 starts next week and coming with it will be several new laws in New York State.  One previously reported on WVIN is the increase in minimum wage, but also starting next week is the expansion of paid family leave.  Beginning January 1st, eligible employees will be able to take up to 10 weeks to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or to assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.  Also in 2019, mandatory sexual harassment training begins for New York employees and public restrooms at businesses, including restaurants, stores, and movie theaters, and at state facilities like parks and DMV offices, will be required to provide changing tables to both men and women.

 

 

Last 24hrs. for Fateful Sears Bid:

 

It’s down to the last 24 hours for Sears.  December 28th is the deadline for bids for the company, which filed for bankruptcy in October.  Previously, its chairman, Eddie Lampert, proposed to buy it out of bankruptcy as a whole through his hedge fund, ESL Investments, but as time winds down, Lampert has neither submitted his offer nor rounded up financing according to sources.  If Lampert gets his bid in under the wire, company advisors have until January 4th to decide whether he is a “qualified bidder,” and if so, ESL could then take part in an auction against liquidation bids.  If Lampert declines, and no one else bids, liquidators will break the company up into pieces.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 27, 2018

Rosno Case Awaits Autopsy Report
As the investigation continues into the death of newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney Matthew Rosno, officials say they are currently waiting for final results of an autopsy completed on Monday. Final results of the examination, including a toxicology report, will help determine a cause of death for Rosno. Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says they want to conduct more interviews regarding the Saturday night of Rosno’s disappearance before the morning his body was discovered near the fields of Lattabrook Road in the Town of Horseheads. If you have any information or may have seen Rosno in the area of Hanover Square between midnight and 3:30 a.m. Saturday, call the Chemung County Sheriff's Office at 607-737-2933. To donate to the GoFundMe page supporting Rosno's family, click here.

 

NYSP Continue Holiday STOP-DWI Crackdown
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving. This crackdown is part of the National "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign which runs to the end of the holiday season until Tuesday, January 1. Drivers should know sobriety checkpoints will be increased and more troopers are now on the roads to look for distracted drivers, unbuckled passengers and violations of the state's “Move Over Law.”

 

New York to Increase Minimum Wage on Monday 12/31
New York is increasing its minimum wage in just a few days on December 31st. New York City employers with 11 employees or more will have to pay employees at least $15 an hour- an increase of $2 from last year. New York City Employers with 10 or fewer employees must pay a wage of at least $13.50 an hour while Long Island and Westchester must pay $12 hourly. The rest of the state will phase into a minimum wage increase of up to $11.10 hourly. The wage increase was established as part of the 2016-17 state budget and will increase state wages to an eventual $15 an hour in incremental steps over the next few years.

 

Bath to Experience Heat Wave Tomorrow
The National Weather Service says Steuben County will enjoy another one-day warmup at the end of this week. Forecasters say the Bath area will reach the 50’s tomorrow.  Then temperatures will go back down from the 30’s into the 20’s by Sunday. Friday’s warmer weather is also expected to bring rain to the area.

 

Woodhull Man Arrested by NYSP for Impaired Driving
A Woodhull man was arrested during a traffic stop on W. Front Street in the village of Addison. State police said 26-year-old Tyler Cook was charged with 1st degree driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation and a traffic infraction. Court action is pending.

 

NYSP Arrest Horseheads Man for Impaired Driving
State troopers report the arrest of 40-year-old Christopher Burks of Horseheads. He was stopped in the town of Campbell and charged with driving while impaired by drugs in the 1st degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

 

Urbana Town Board Approves Resolution for Tractor
During its December meeting, the Urbana town board adopted a resolution approving the purchase of a tractor. The cost is slightly more than $99,000 and the money will be taken from the Equipment Reserve Account. The vote is subject to a permissive referendum.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 26, 2018

Population Decline to Cause New York to Lose One Seat in Congress
Due to the decline in state population, New York will be losing one Congressional seat. According to the U.S. Census, between July 2017-2018, New York state lost 48,510 citizens. A population change of just 20,000 people in a state is all it takes to add or subtract a House seat. A change in the number of representatives and redrawing of Districts would take effect in the 2022 Congressional Race.

 

Rosno Case Seeking Witness; GoFundMe Created for Family.
Newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney, Matthew Rosno was found dead this weekend, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Those wishing to help out the family can donate here to the GoFundMe page dedicated to supporting them. The death of Rosno is still under investigation as police continue their search for witnesses. According to police, Rosno was last seen on foot on his way towards South Main Street and out of a Hanover Square establishment in the Village of Horseheads. Those who may have seen him between 12:00 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday should contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2933.

 

Santa Visits Bath on Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, the Village of Bath had a very special visitor: Old St. Nick made an appearance by taking a detour ride around the community. Elves handed out candy canes to the community while Santa Claus deputized two firefighters: Dakota Johnson and Junior firefighter Harry Keen. Firefighter Jim Baroody played chauffer to Santa as he drove around the Bath Village in a fire department Christmas-lighted ladder truck. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department hosts Santa every year and say they are grateful for his visit.

 

Reed Remarks on NY’s Population Decline
U.S. Congressman Tom Reed remarked on the recent U.S. Census results reporting a population loss for New York State. In a recent Democrat & Chronicle article, Reed said:

“The fundamental problem has to be addressed. The question is: Why are people leaving? And I will tell you what I hear from folks across the district — there is just no opportunity in New York.” According to the U.S. Census, between July 2017-2018, New York state lost 48,510 citizens. This trend is nothing new for the Empire State with 42 of the 50 counties in New York steadily declining in population for the past decade.

 

Lane Closures and Construction Suspensions Continue to Next Week
Suspensions of road and bridge construction projects for the holidays will continue on New York state highways until next week. Shutdowns were declared by the governor this past weekend for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Highway construction will be temporarily suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.

 

STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police are continuing the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving for the holidays.  Troopers and deputies continue the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign into next week on Tuesday, January 1st. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

 

No Mega Millions Winner for Christmas Day Drawing
Did you receive a Mega Millions ticket as a gift for Christmas this year? If you win the lucky grand prize, you could be to $321 million richer. No one has yet been reported to come forward with a winning ticket for the fifth-ever Mega Millions jackpot drawing held on Christmas Day. But this Friday will be the next drawing, raising the estimated jackpot to $348 million. Out of the entire U.S., 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands play in Mega Millions jackpots with eight states allowing anonymity to winners of Mega Millions.

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Today's Top Stories - Christmas Tuesday December 25, 2018

Rosno Case Seeking Witness; GoFundMe Created for Family.
Newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney Matthew Rosno was found dead this weekend, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Those wishing to help out the family can donate here to the GoFundMe page dedicated to supporting them. The death of Rosno is still under investigation as police continue their search for witnesses. According to police, Rosno was last seen on foot on his way towards South Main Street and out of a Hanover Square establishment in the Village of Horseheads. Those who may have seen him between 12:00 and 3:30 a.m. Saturday should contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2933.

 

Cameron Woman Arrested on Drug Charge

State police have filed a drug count against a Cameron woman. Troopers said they arrested 35-year-old Laurel Cummings while she was on Mountain View Road-West in the village of Bath. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. She’ll appear in court at a later date to answer the charge.

 

Savona Woman Arrested on DWI Charges
During a traffic stop on County Road 87, state police arrested 30-year-old Tiffany Vanderhoff of Savona. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08% and failure to keep right. She’ll appear in Urbana town court at a later date to answer the charges.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested for Impaired Driving
State police report the arrest of 46-year-old Chris Wheeler of Painted Post. Wheeler was charged with felony driving while impaired by drugs. Police say he had a previous conviction on the same charge in the past 10 years. He was initially remanded to Steuben County Jail on $5,000.

 

Lane Closures and Construction Suspensions Continue to Next Week
Temporary lane closures and suspensions of road and bridge construction projects for the holidays will continue on New York state highways until next week. These shutdowns were declared by the governor Friday for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Temporary lane closures will continue until December 26th at 6 a.m. while highway construction is suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.

 

STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police are continuing the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving for the holidays.  Troopers and deputies continue the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign into next week on Tuesday, January 1st. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 24th, 2018

Canisteo Drug Bust Nets Three Arrests
According to the Canisteo Police, 3 arrests were made in connection with a drug bust in Canisteo at an apartment on Russell Street where they recovered $750 worth of crack cocaine, $1,500 in cash, marijuana, and paraphernalia containing crack residue. Two men of Canisteo, 52-year-old Christopher Allman and 45-year-old Isaac Wright, were charged each with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession while 30-year-old Rochester man Desmond McCullough has been charged with 3rd-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, along with 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Allman was issued an appearance ticket while Wright and McCullough are held in Steuben County Jail.

 

Local Lawmakers React to Government Shutdown
New York politicians reacted to the recent federal government shutdown and are not happy with the decision. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer remarked in Senate on Saturday: “President Trump,” if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall-plain and simple.” Congressman of New York’s 23rd District Tom Reed responded a few days ago in an MSNBC Live Interview with Ali Velshi with criticism of the handling of immigration: “This is not the way to run the trains here in Washington D.C….Cut a deal, move on. Let’s have a bigger conversation about immigration reform where you can take further enhancements at the border but also we have to fix our broken immigration system and deal with the DACA kids as well as other issues of immigration.” Today is day two of the partial government shutdown lasting through Christmas.

 

Penn Yann Woman Posing as Midwife Arrested Again
A Penn Yan woman arrested last month for allegedly posing as a midwife has been accused of the same crime. Elizabeth Catlin was arrested for  practicing midwifery without a license, identity theft, falsifying business records, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Troopers say Catlin continued to work as a midwife under the names of Prenatal Place and Penn Yan Prenatal as she worked out of a home in Milo at the same time. State Police say most of Catlin’s victims were women from within the local Mennonite community.

 

Recently-Appointed Chemung County D.A. Found Dead in Horseheads
After being reported missing, the body of a newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney was found in the town of Horseheads this weekend. Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Police found the body of Matt Rosno near the fields of Lattabrook Road. The Village of Horseheads was notified earlier that morning of a missing person. Officials are working to learn more details and conduct an investigation with the Coroners Office to figure out the cause of death for Matt Rosno.

 

Lane Closures and Construction Suspensions Continue to Next Week
Temporary lane closures and suspensions of road and bridge construction projects for the holidays will continue on New York state highways until next week. These shutdowns were declared by the governor Friday for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Temporary lane closures will continue until December 26th at 6 a.m. while highway construction is suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.

 

STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police are continuing the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving for the holidays.  Troopers and deputies continue the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign into next week on Tuesday, January 1st. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 22, 2018

Corning Teen Hostrander Found Yesterday
The Sixteen-year-old from Corning who was reported missing earlier this month, Alexis Hostrander, was found yesterday on Reynolds Avenue in the City of Corning. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says Hostrander was taken to the hospital for medical treatment yesterday. One suspect, 18-year-old Quinnton A. Johnson was arrested in connection to the case and charged with second degree custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.Johnson was arraigned in Erwin town court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000.

 

Law Signed Granting Bill of Rights to Sex Assault Survivors
Yesterday, Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring New York state agencies establish a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors. The Democratic State Governor said his signing of the bill was a response to our federal government which: “shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors.” The Department of Health is mandated by this new law to formulate a bill of rights to notify victims of their legal rights as they face their cases through the medical and the criminal justice systems. One of which is the right to consult with a rape crisis organization and the right to receive updates on the status of their case.

 

O’Mara & Palmesano Urge Cuomo to Improve Area Infrastructure
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano have called on Governor Cuomo to “once and for all, make New York State’s commitment to local roads and bridges the strongest state-level commitment in the nation.” The local legislators responded this week to the Governor’s proposal to launch an infrastructure plan worth $150 billion for 2019. In a joint statement, the two lawmakers urged that: “The improvement and upkeep of local transportation infrastructure is a wise use of taxpayer dollars...It’s also an important investment in economic growth and job creation throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and all across New York.”

 

Cuomo Says NY has “Little Choice” in Legalizing Cannabis
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York has little choice when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana. When asked by the press, Cuomo explained that with our neighbor states like New Jersey and Massachusetts recently legalizing cannabis, it pushes our state to follow suit, adding : "So, it's not really 'is marijuana going to be legalized?' It is going to be legalized... For New York to be in between Massachusetts and New Jersey, and say 'We don't believe it should be legal...' It is legal. You'll just force people to drive to Massachusetts or New Jersey and come back to this state and use it in this state." Last week, the governor put legalization as one of his goals for the first 100 days of his third term.

 

Bath Native Gerrard Graduates Basic Training
A Bath native has completed military training in San Antonio, Texas this week. U.S. Airforce Airman Samantha T. Gerrard graduated from the eight-week basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The program trained Gerrard in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Samantha is the daughter of Bath couple Peter and Alisa Gerrard-Gough and a class of 2018 graduate of Haverling High School.

 

Holiday Temporary Lane Closures and  Suspensions for NYS Roads
For the next two weekends there will be temporary lane closures and suspensions of road and bridge construction projects on New York state highways. These shutdowns were declared by the governor yesterday for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Temporary lane closures will continue until December 26th at 6 a.m. while highway construction is suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 21st

Missing Corning Teen:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager from Corning.  16-year-old Alexis Hostrander was reported missing by her family on December 13th.  It was reported that she ran out of her residence to a waiting unknown vehicle, leaving the area.  Alexis is known to have a medical condition that can cause seizures.  She may be in the Elmira area.  Alexis is a white female, approximately 5”, 100lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a yellow hoodie, black Adidas sweat pants with a blue stripe on the side, pink sneakers, and carrying a small pink backpack.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department at (607) 622-3911 or the Steuben County 911 Center at (607) 664-2911.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit information on the Anonymous Tipline on the Steuben County website at https://steubencony.org, under the Sheriff’s tab.

 

 

Threat to Horseheads School District Deemed Not Credible:

 

While a threat made towards the Horseheads high school has been deemed not credible, out of an abundance of caution, school officials say there will be additional officers from the village police department on site today.  The presence of police on campus does not indicate that there is a situation, they added, only that “local law enforcement agencies are joining in the commitment to protect students’ safety, no matter what the issue.”  The district asks parents to talk to students about the importance of telling an adult if he or she hears something or is concerned about safety.

 

 

Local Legislators Urge Governor to Veto Tasting Legislation:

 

Several Fingerlakes-area legislators are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto legislation that would establish uniform standards for tastings of New York manufactured beer, wine, cider, and liquor.   Among its provisions, it would prohibit anyone under 21 from handling open containers of alcohol, including during the production process, or from serving alcohol at on-premises tastings at wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries. The legislation was approved by both houses of the Legislature in late June, but industry stakeholders have raised concerns regarding it, saying it will result in burdensome, unnecessary, unreasonable, and otherwise objectionable new requirements and costs, including layoffs and limited opportunities for young workers, particularly those studying viticulture or pursuing a career in craft beverage manufacturing.  The proposed law was delivered to Cuomo for final action on Monday.  Among the lawmakers speaking out against it are Senators Tom O’Mara and Pam Helming, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

 

 

R No Shave Nov. Raises $2,200 in Steuben Co.:

 

As a result of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s “No Shave November campaign” $2,200 was donated to the Cancer Services Program of Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties (CSPSACC) by the Deputies Association of the County of Steuben and the CSEA Corrections, Dispatchers and Court Security Union.  The November campaign allowed members of the department who opted to remain unshaven or wear a braid to donate to a cancer charity.  More than 40 members of the department participated.  The unions chose to donate to the Cancer Services Program as all the contributions benefit local cancer patients.  Additionally, County Sheriff Jim Allard said the department received so many positive comments regarding the officers and deputies with beards, his office will conduct an online survey on the department’s Facebook page to determine if the uniform policy should be amended to allow beards as part of the winter uniform between November and April.

 

 

Hand Receives Steuben Sheriff’s Office Career Achievement Award:

 

A man with 30 years of experience, in a challenging and dangerous occupation, was honored by the Steuben County Legislature and his department Monday.  Steuben County Captain Christopher Hand began his career in 1988 under Sheriff Jerry Dartt, and has been instrumental in the development of, and operations at, the current county Public Safety Building in Bath.  Since 1988, Hand has served under six different county sheriffs.  According to current Sheriff Jim Allard, Hand’s accomplishments during the past 30 years include the transition from the former jail on Mount Washington Road to its new location and expansion, the addition of cameras, computers, card access, records management software, housing of federal inmates, accreditation, inmate work programs, jail gardens, and most recently the canine rehabilitation-inmate SPIRIT program. 

 

 

Steuben Co. Tourism Expands Online Presence:

 

The Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to stimulate the tourism economy through authentic storytelling, supporting and developing destination amenities, and connecting visitors to the Southern Finger Lakes.  To that end, the CVB has launched four new websites as a part of promoting Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes as an exceptional destination for travelers from around the world.  CorningFingerLakes.com was first to be launched, in August, and is the primary website, featuring stories about Top Draws, how Steuben County is a destination of innovation, Finger Lakes Unique stories, and more.  FingerLakesBeerCountry.com features content on the growing trail of craft beverage producers in four counties and some of the exciting outdoor adventures that compliment the culinary experiences.  TiffanyTreasuresTrail.com includes studios and galleries, plus exciting hands-on workshop opportunities in glassblowing, stained glass, pottery, and more; it also connects visitors with the region’s fine arts treasurers in a variety of churches, museums, and other historic buildings with stunning Tiffany windows.  The newest site, launching just this month, is SteubenSportsman.com – it’s devoted to outdoor enthusiasts who love to hunt, fish, trap, and enjoy other outdoor adventures.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 20th

Clifton Springs Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery in Bath:

 

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 27-year-old Kenneth Patane of Clifton Springs for an attempted robbery of the Days Inn hotel on Monday.  Patane has also been charged with burglary for an incident that occurred at the Microtel Hotel on December 12th in which a sum of money was stolen.  Patane was arraigned in Bath Village Court and was sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.

 

 

DWI and Criminal Possession Arrests:

 

Two Corning men have been arrested following a report of a suspicious vehicle in Corning.  Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle on West William Street and allege that the driver, 18-year-old Steven McQuaid was in an intoxicated condition.  He and his passenger, 25-year-old Brandon McCarn were also allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.  McQuaid was charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance while McCarn was charged with criminal possession.  Both were released on appearance tickets.

 

 

Criminal Mischief and Criminal Contempt Arrest:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning woman following investigation into a domestic incident in the Village of Canisteo.  It’s alleged that 42-year-old April Sly damaged property at a location on Maple Street and violated a stay away order of protection.  She was charged with criminal mischief and criminal contempt.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

 

 

Misuse of Food Stamps Arrests:

 

Two Bath residents have been arrested for misuse of food stamps.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in April of this year 29-year-old Nicole Sullivan transferred a county Department of Social Service benefit card issued to her to 33-year-old Nicolas Marquez.  He allegedly then used that card while Sullivan was incarcerated at the Chemung County Jail.  As a result, Marquez allegedly received benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive.  Both were charged with misuse of food stamps and both were issued an appearance ticket.

 

 

Civil Rights Lawsuit Failed Against Steuben Co. D.A., Corning Police and City:

 

The owner of Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in Corning, Christine Speciale, has filed a $5 million Notice of Claim against Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, the City of Corning, and the City of Corning Police Department for violating her civil rights, including her First Amendment Freedom of Speech and discrimination.  In September, Speciale – who is also a Corning City dog warden - was charged with a hate crime, stalking, and disorderly conduct after an incident in Corning where she allegedly accused an Amish vendor of animal abuse.  The claim alleges that police officers publicly humiliated her and threatened to “tie her up.”

 

 

President Trump Makes Christmas Eve a Federal Holiday:

 

Government workers will get some extra time off this holiday as President Donald Trump has signed an executive order making Christmas Eve a federal holiday this year.  The declaration states that “all executive departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed” on Monday.  While Christmas has long been a federal holiday, the status of the 24th has varied depending on the President at the time.  In 2015, President Obama let employees leave early on Christmas Eve and gave workers the 26th off in 2014.  In 2017, when Christmas fell on a Monday, employees did not receive any additional time off.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service is expected to be open on Christmas Eve with full mail and bulk mail delivery as usual.

 

 

Wegmans Recall:

 

Wegmans has issued a recall for its one-pound and eight-ounce packages of cauliflower rice and other chopped produce because of possible E. Coli contamination.  Other products included in the recall are Wegmans Stir Fry Blend and Wegmans Veggie Rice Blend.  The items can be returned to any Wegmans store for a refund.

 

 

Guthrie Wineglass Marathon Donates Nearly $67K to Local Non-Profits:

 

The Guthrie Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running.  It’s also about giving back to the communities in which the race is run, and in 2018, the Wineglass donated nearly $67,000 to over 50 local non-profit and civic groups.  That makes for more than $500,000 donated since the donation policy was instituted in 2011.  Additionally, the Wineglass offers six $1,000 scholarships to student-athlete winners in the three high schools (Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post) along the route.  To learn more about the Wineglass, the organizations involved, or ways you can get involved, visit the race’s website at http://www.wineglassmarathon.com

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 19th

Members of the Elmira Enforcers Allegedly Involved in Fight:

 

Some members of the new Elmira Enforcers hockey team have allegedly been involved in a fight that left one man in critical condition.  According to the Horseheads Police Department, the incident occurred in the area of Hanover Square on Monday and a 30-year-old man was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries.   Owner of the Enforcers, Robbie Nichols, said they are fully cooperating with authorities and are awaiting the facts of the investigation.

 

 

41 Cats Rescued from Abandoned Property:

 

The Finger Lakes SPCA rescued 41 cats living in an abandoned property last week.  The Chemung County SPCA is also helping, they took in ten of the animals which are said to be settling in well at the shelter.

 

 

Trump Administration Bans “Bump Stocks”:

 

A new federal regulation signed Tuesday by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will make bump stocks illegal to possess beginning in late March.  Bump stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms.  They have been hotly debated since October 2017 when the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting used them.  “Anyone possessing these bump stock type devices have about 90 days, to either destroy them or turn them in to an ATF field office before this rule becomes final and is enforced,” said Whitaker.  Currently, in New York, bump stocks are legal to own, buy or sell, but it’s illegal to attach them to a firearm and use them, though Governor Andrew Cuomo had mentioned in his recent State of the State preview his desire to have them banned.

 

 

Bath Village Board Opposes Detention Facility:

 

The Bath Village Board voted unanimously Monday to oppose construction of a secure detention facility for 16 and 17-year-old offenders.  Mayor Bill von Hagn said he recently read a pair of newspaper stories claiming the facility would be built somewhere in Bath, but Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler assures that the 11-county consortium (including Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Yates, Cortland, Livingston, Cattaraugus, Schuyler, Wayne, Tioga, and Tompkins) hasn’t yet made a decision as to location.  The Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, located across from the Steuben County Jail, was submitted as a possibility, said Wheeler, but so were locations in Allegany, Wayne, and Tompkins counties.   

 

 

NYS Regional Economic Development Awards include Finger Lakes, Southern

Tier:

 

New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards were handed out Tuesday and among the recipients were both the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.  The Finger Lakes Region won the Top Performer Award and was awarded $86.5 million to support 141 projects.  The Southern Tier Region won the Regional Council Award and was awarded $65.4 million to support 101 projects.  Those projects will include $1 million for Corning Community College to upgrade their innovation center and $900,000 for the Corning Museum of Glass to expand their workshop and studio.

 

 

Simmons-Rockwell to Present $10K to Red Cross:

 

At a special check presentation today, the American Red Cross will accept a $10,000 check from Simmons-Rockwell.  Simmons-Rockwell is the premiere sponsor of the 2019 Finger Lakes Real Heroes Breakfast, an event closely related to the mission of the Red Cross.  The Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.  The presentation will be at 11 a.m. at Simmons-Rockwell’s Elmira location.

 

 

Guthrie Corning Tree Lighting Today:

 

The Guthrie Corning Hospital Auxiliary tree lighting ceremony has been rescheduled and will now take place today.  The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the main lobby and will also include remarks and music.  The annual hospital ornament sale will continue until December 21st for community members, patients, and staff.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 18th

Gov. Cuomo Releases “State of the State” Preview:

 

Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo issued his “State of the State” preview, outlining his priorities for 2019.  He spoke on healthcare, saying he wants to strengthen reproductive health protections such as abortion and contraceptive access, and passing legislation protecting those with pre-existing conditions, but he didn’t mention any plans for single-payer healthcare.  On gun violence, Cuomo said the state needs more regulations such as banning bump stocks, increased waiting periods, and passing a red flag law that would let a judge take away an individual’s firearms if they are believed to be a threat.  He also announced his goal of passing voting bills such as early voting, voting by mail, synchronized federal and state primary days, and even the possibility of making Election Day a state holiday; and there was also mention of a push to legalize recreational marijuana, making the property tax cap permanent, eliminating cash bail, and passing the Dream Act.

 

 

Fake Bills Passed in Big Flats, NYSP Seek Suspect:

 

The New York State Police are seeking at least one person suspected of passing several fake $100 bills at locations in and around the Big Flats area.  Details are limited at this time, but WETM News reports that one of the locations is the Old Navy store on County Route 64.

 

 

Rep. Reed in Bath Today:

 

The road show for Congressman Tom Reed will bring him to Bath today. The U.S. Representative has scheduled a town hall meeting at the Bath Fire Department located at 50 E. Morris Street. The session will run from 7-8 p.m. In the event votes are scheduled for today and Reed cannot make it, Allison Hunt, the District Director, will be on-hand to speak with constituents and relay their concerns to the congressman.

 

 

Steuben Co. Appoints Muller to Young Offender Board:

 

Monday Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller was appointed by the Steuben County Legislature to a board that will work toward implementing new state requirements dealing with young offenders.  The “Raise the Age” law went into effect in October and now classifies 16 and 17-year-olds as “adolescent offenders,” a newly-created category that carries special rules.  Among those rules is the requirement that they be sent to a special detention facility for that class of offender.  The board will direct the land development corporation to seek a site for the facility that will serve a consortium of 11 counties to include, along with Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Yates, Cortland, Livingston, Cattaraugus, Schuyler, Wayne, Tioga, and Tompkins.

 

 

Online Apartment Scam in Elmira/Corning Region:

 

A warning has been issued by the Pennsylvania State Police following their discovery of an online apartment scam in the Elmira/Corning region.  Troopers say the region is being targeted on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.  The scammer reportedly pretends to be the actual owner of a property, and tells the victim that they have the apartment/property for sale.  The scammer then says they would like to “get around” their real estate agent and offers to rent out the unit at a low price to lure the victim into sending money.  The scammers have asked for the money to be electronically transferred to someone else in a different state with a different name, and may even send a fake lease to the victim in return. 

 

 

NYS Ban on Nunchucks Ruled Unconstitutional in Fed. Court:

 

The ban on nunchucks in New York State is unconstitutional a federal court has decided.  The ruling came down on Friday in a Brooklyn federal court.  The ban was instituted in 1974 over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 17th

Narcotics Arrest in Bath:

 

A Rochester man is facing drug charges following his arrest in the Village of Bath.  23-year-old Jahari Bush was arrested while Steuben County Probation officers were checking another individual.  According to police, Bush was found to have a large amount of cash, a quantity of crack cocaine, and marihuana on his person.  He was charged with criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned in Bath Village Court where bail was set at $5,000 cash.

 

 

NYSP Looking for Stolen Pickup:

 

The New York State Police are hoping to reunite a stolen pickup with its owner.  The vehicle was stolen from a house on Beartown Road in the Town of Erwin.  It’s a red 1996 Dodge pickup truck with a small dent on the driver’s side.  It has two window stickers, one that says “bison” on the driver’s side, and one that says “peavey” on the passenger side.  Anyone with information is asked to call the state police at (607) 962-6864.

 

 

“Shop with a Cop” Brings Early Christmas to Local Children:

 

Santa got an early start bringing some Christmas joy to local children with some help from the officers of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Corning Police Department.  Both departments recently held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event, which allows about a dozen children to have a shopping spree at no cost.  The children are selected through the Student Resource Officer Program.

 

 

More than 300 Volunteers Lay Over 4,800 Wreaths During Event:

 

Saturday saw the annual recognition of our nation’s fallen servicemembers with Wreaths Across America, and here locally the turn out was something to behold.  More than 4,800 wreaths were laid on Veterans’ graves at the Bath National Cemetery by more than 300 volunteers.  The theme for this year was “be their witness” – to remember, honor, and teach about area service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free and safe. 

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 15, 2018

DiNapoli and NYS Face Lawsuit For Increase of State Lawmaker Salary
The state’s recent vote to increase lawmaker’s salaries has been countered with a lawsuit filed this week. According to the Government Justice Center, they will lead the first lawsuit against the state and New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. In the lawsuit, the Government Justice Center claims the increase in salary for lawmakers as well as the restrictions put on the state legislature is “unconstitutional”. The group identifies as “nonpartisan” but Governor Andrew Cuomo accused the group of having a politically-motivated agenda due to its conservative members and funding by Mercer. Several other Republican state lawmakers expressed interest in lawsuits, so it’s possible the one filed this week will not be the last filed against New York state.

 

STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police have joined the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season.  Troopers and deputies are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through Tuesday, January 1. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

 

Governor Cuomo Orders Flags at Half Staff for Fallen Marines
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Major James Brophy of Dutchess County and five other Marines who were killed in a collision between a KC-130 refueling plane and a fighter jet last Thursday off Japan's southern coast. Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush, in conjunction with a federal proclamation, and will be lowered again on Monday, December 31 in honor of the Marines.

 

NY Farm Bureau Releases “Circle of Friends” List
New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 160 New York State Legislators to the distinguished list. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau. Making the list…Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.

 

Wreaths Across America Needs Volunteers
The Wreaths Across America ceremony needs volunteers for today. Those interested in helping place the wreaths should be sure to dress warm and meet at the VA campus by 11:30 a.m. to catch a shuttle bus or walk up to the cemetery. Coffee, cocoa and cookies to follow at the Historical Museum.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday December 14th, 2018

Steuben Works on Deal to Consolidate All Arraignments in Bath
Steuben County is negotiating an agreement with the cities of Hornell and Corning to hold all county arraignments centrally at a single location in Bath. This consolidation of arraignments has been mandated by the state following a lawsuit against several counties, revamping the arraignment process to provide attorneys to indigent defendants at every step of the legal process including  arraignment. Along with transportation, new attorneys needed to be hired to meet requirements, increasing taxes for the county by at least $1 million per year. County Manager Jack Wheeler remains hopeful that the two cities will opt into this plan if the County Sheriff’s Office can provide transportation for defendants. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee will meet Monday before the regular Legislature meeting to further discuss this issue.

 

County Officers Donate “No Shave...” Funds to Cancer Program
County Sheriffs said no to shaving last month for a good cause: combatting cancer. Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus Counties Cancer Services Program received a check worth $2,200 from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at the Public Safety Building this week. Funds for the check were raised by 44 deputies and correction officers across the county who each made $50 donation to stop shaving in November. The Cancer Services Program is a state program that covers cancer screening for those who are uninsured or have high deductibles. It is the second year officers participated in No Shave November and all of the funds will stay locally.

 

“No Active Incident” Reported Following Bomb Threat at Ira Davenport
A bomb threat emailed yesterday to several staff members of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital and the New York State Department of Health was reported and treated “seriously” according to Arnot Health officials. The threat was identified by officials as not appearing to be of credible threat but handled the situation seriously “out of an abundance of caution”. Hospital operations continued without interruption but additional security precautions were taken for the safety of patients and staff. “No active incident” was reported to be on scene by Sheriff Jim Allard but several similar emails have reported to be circulated across the country. Arnot Health officials say the threat continues to be investigated further by the FBI, New York State Troopers, and local police.

 

Deadline for NYS Health Insurance Sign-up is Tomorrow
The deadline for New York residents to sign up to be covered by health insurance in 2019 is tomorrow on Saturday, December 15th. State residents who do not register by tomorrow will not be covered on January 1st and the very last chance to register to have any coverage in 2019 is January 31st. For residents who do not have internet to access the online New York state of health marketplace for sign-ups, certified insurance representatives and state insurance navigators can be provided to assist in the registration process. Those who are uninsured but need assistance from a representative to sign up can be connected to one here.

 

Wayland Man Arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland man yesterday for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third degree following a report on the Sheriff’s Office tipline. Michael Glenn Bennett was reported to be driving a certain type of vehicle without license to do so and Deputies allegedly observed Bennett operating the vehicle on State Route 21 in Wayland while his license to operate a motor vehicle was suspended. Bennett was released on a traffic summons to appear in Wayland Town Court next month.

 

Six Arrested in County Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrests of six wanted persons during a warrant sweep by the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad. Five of the six subjects were wanted on Violation of Probation warrants while one suspect was wanted on two bench warrant violations from Pennsylvania. Arrested for Felony Violation of Probation warrants were 25-year-old Christopher D. Barrett and 62-year-old Larry Darby, both of Corning, and 30-year-old Cherokee R. Guerin of Thurston. Two of the suspects were wanted and arrested on Misdemeanor Violation of Probation warrants: 21-year-old Zachary Fetz and 22-year-old Timothy Stanfield, both of Corning. Larinda Silva of Corning was wanted by two separate Bench Warrant Parole Violations issued in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. All suspects were arraigned in Steuben County Court with the exception of Silva who was arraigned in Village of Bath Court.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 13, 2018

County Officers Honored with Performance Commendations
In this week’s County Legislative Committee Meeting, Sheriff Jim Allard gave commendations to Sergeants Brandon Scott and Shawn Shutt as well as K-9 Daimon for assistance in preventing further criminal action in an early morning manhunt in West Union last month. Allard said Scott had just completed his overnight shift upon learning of an alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and theft of a vehicle in Alfred. Scott searched on secondary roads for the suspect by following fresh tracks, locating what appeared to be the stolen vehicle and alerted other law enforcement. Discovering the operator had left on foot, Shutt and K-9 Daimon tracked the suspect, locating him several hundred yards away before taking him safely into custody without injury.  

 

Deputy County Manager Job to be Posted Before End of Holidays
The search for a new Deputy County Manager begins for Steuben County as Mitchell Alger prepares to leave the position next month to take a job with  Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS). County Manager Jack Wheeler says he will make a new pick for deputy with the assistance from the county Legislature. The next step is beginning the recruiting process for candidates who are qualified. Wheeler says the job posting should be up before the end of the holidays but anticipates to keep it open for a couple of months.

 

Arnot Mall Plaza Updates Rescheduled for Spring 2020
The approved plan to put a new Holiday Inn hotel in the Arnot Mall plaza that was originally slated to begin this April has been pushed back to next spring. According to Horseheads Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother, hotel developers plan to break ground next April or May as the Town Board looks to secure grants and other monies for them to help redevelop the mall. Plans for mall renovations include tearing down the closed Bonton store and putting in other new additions throughout the mall.

 

Bath VA Hosts "Stand Down" Session Today
The Bath V.A. will host a “Stand Down” session this morning to provide information and services to Veterans. It begins 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post on 71 Old Ithaca Road in Horseheads. Information on housing, medical and mental health resources will be made available for veterans as well as other free benefits include haircuts, flu shots and screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Veterans should plan a whole day to be at the event to receive a free lunch and military surplus items like blankets, coats, and boots in the afternoon. Veterans can enroll in VA health care at the event and should bring their DD-214 discharge papers or military ID.

 

Three Men Charged After Woodhull Hunting Incident
Three men face charges after the State DEC said they illegally poached deer last weekend in the Town of Woodhull. Alex Nadjadi, age 23 of Savona and two Cloudersport, Pennsylvania men 29-year-old Jeffery Duell and 24-year-old Nathan Karns were arrested and charged with a total of 40 misdemeanor offenses that stem from an investigation into the killing of eight deer. According to the DEC, Karns and Duell were both each arrested for 17 misdemeanor offenses each while Nadjadi was ticketed for 6 misdemeanor counts. All three men were charged with the illegal taking of a deer and taking a deer with the aid of a motor vehicle while Karns faces an additional charge for Criminal Possession of a Weapon. All three men can answer to the charges in Woodhull Town Court on January 8th.

 

Cuomo’s Office Says Plans for Recreational Pot to Come in 2019
According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the governor plans to come up with a proposal to set up a recreational pot program in the state for early next year. Earlier this year, a state Department of Health study was commissioned by Cuomo’s office finding that legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use would benefit the state, especially through its potential tax revenue. Public listening sessions across the state have been completed and a working group commissioned by the governor’s office will review their findings and feedback. It is not yet known if the plan for marijuana will be presented as part of the state budget for 2019 or a seperate bill.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 12, 2018

NCA Grant to Ease Medicare Enrollment in Steuben
A $115,000 grant to Steuben County from the National Council on Aging will help make enrollment easier for eligible Medicare recipients beginning January 1st. By coordinating enrollments with related agencies, the 20-month grant will allow those on Medicare to also enroll in the Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy, Low Income HEAP, Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Coordinating these enrollments is expected to improve case-finding and eliminate the duplication of effort for offices. The national grant’s required 15 percent county match is now included in the 2019 Steuben County Budget.

 

STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Begins This Week
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced that County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving beginning this week on Friday and running until New Year’s Day. The holiday STOP-DWI Crackdown will have New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies out in full force across the state.

 

Avoca Man Arrested for DWI Following Accident
A 48-year-old Avoca man was arrested for DWI charges following a response to a report of a one car motor vehicle crash on County Route 70A in the Town of Fremont. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Thomas J. Dewey allegedly operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition as he traveled east on 70A and lost control of the vehicle, striking a head wall/culvert and caused the vehicle to overturn. Dewey was transported to a local hospital for treatment and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and failure to keep right. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for Hosting Underage Drinking
A Hornell woman has been charged with 2 counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree and violating the Local Social Host Law for allegedly hosting a party serving alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. Elena F. Zaldivar, age 21, was charged following an investigation into a report of an underage drinking party in the Town of Hornellsville. She was released on an appearance ticket to appear again in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

 

Hornell Man Charged with DWI
A traffic stop on State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville led to the arrest of a Hornell man for DWI charges. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Mark L. Snowden was allegedly operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more blood alcohol content and 2 counts of speeding in zone. Snowden was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

 

Red Cross Seeking Blood Donations
The American Red Cross continues to urge people to donate blood during the busy holiday season. Two blood drives have been scheduled in Steuben County this month. The first will be held December 21st at the Bath Ambulance building on East Steuben Street. The drive will run from noon until 5 p.m. The second blood drive will be held December 31st at the American Legion on Main Street in Campbell. Hours for that drive are 10-3.

 

Donations of Clothing and Christmas Gifts Needed for Avoca Family
A family of seven from Avoca that recently lost everything in a house fire needs some help to make their Christmas a merry one. Charles and Erica Lynn Johnson have five children: Izayha, Harmoney, Kaydin, Leyla and Braxtyn and one dog. Donations for clothing and Christmas presents will be accepted at Stephanie’s Restaurant in Bath and are much-needed. Clothing sizes and Christmas gift ideas are listed below.


Clothing Sizes:
Charles - Men’s size 2X/3X, pants 38X32, shoes Men’s 12 1/2  

Erica - Women’s size Large, Shoes - Women’s 9

Izayha - Men’s Large shirts, Men’s pants 32X32 Shoes Men’s 11 ½

Harmoney - Women’s Small 4/6 Tops and Bottoms, Shoes - Women’s 8 ½

Kaydin - Boys size 14, Shoes - Boys’ size 5

Leyla - Girls Size 10/12, Shoes - Girls’ size 3

Braxtyn - Size 3T/4T, Shoes Toddler Boy size 8/9

 

Christmas Gifts:
Izayha (age 14) likes fishing and Fortnight and just saved up for a new PS4 that was lost in the fire

Harmoney (age 13) is girly and likes makeup as well as arts and crafts

Kaydin (age 9) likes NERF guns, Fortnight and arts and crafts

Leyla (age 7) likes horses, ponies and owls.

Braxtyn (age 3) likes Paw Patrol, PJ Mask and construction trucks.

 

Purina One dog food is also requested for their four-legged friend.

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Annual Shop With A Cop in Bath is Today
The annual Shop with a Cop program will be happening this morning at 9am in the Bath Village Hall. The Bath Village Police, State DEC, Hammondsport Police Department and Bath VA Police Department will be doing the event in the Village of Bath with the assistance of Bath K-Mart. The Steuben County Crime Victims Advocate and Arbor Development will assist the fourteen local children from a shelter to participate in the event.

 

Hornell Courthouse Auctioned for $2,000
The Steuben County Legislature is set to approve and finalize the bid placed for the old Hornell Courthouse at 12 Allen Street sold at $2,000. Bidding for the building was overseen by Steuben County Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly and administered by Pirrung Auctioneers, Inc. of Wayland. The first bid of $50,000 solicited by the auctioneer was met with no answers. Dalton Cady of Cameron offered a “minimum bid” of $2,000 about three minutes into the auction and was sold the courthouse. The County Legislature will take up a vote for finalization as their “Resolution 1” in 2019.

 

Cuomo Vetoes NY Lottery Anonymity Bill
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would give major lottery jackpot winners in New York State anonymity. Those who sponsored the bill wanted the state to provide the privacy of being anonymous for winners of over $5,000 to avoid being pursued by others seeking money. Cuomo said in a statement late last Friday that lottery winners in New York who desire to be anonymous have the option of forming a liability corporation to do so.

 

Grants Available to Grape Farmers Through CCE Program
A state investment worth $1.3 million into a new Cornell University program to help Concord grape growers could help farmers in our region. The new Concord Vineyard Improvement Program would help growers of Concord grapes plant vines, diversify operations of and renovate existing vineyards. Funding worth $145,000 by a USDA grant will be matched by additional state funding provided by the University’s Department of Food Science for new Concord grape product development. As part of the Concord Vineyard Improvement Program planned at the April Grape Summit, up to $50,000 worth of grants to enhance vineyard operations will be available on a rolling basis to growers in our county.

 

VA Seeks Volunteers for Wreaths Across America
The Wreaths Across America ceremony needs volunteers for Saturday. Those interested in helping place the wreaths should be sure to dress warm and meet at the VA campus by 11:30 a.m. Saturday to catch a shuttle bus or walk up to the cemetery. Coffee, cocoa and cookies to follow at the Historical Museum.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 10th, 2018

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Slated for This Weekend
Fallen soldiers will be honored this weekend in the placing of wreaths upon their tombstones with the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Bath V.A. National Cemetery. The annual ceremony honors service members of both past and present who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, by reading aloud their names as wreaths are placed on their place of rest. The Wreaths Across America program is open to the public and begins on Saturday in the Bath National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

 

Senator O'Mara Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Meth Offenses

State Senator Tom O’Mara announced he will introduce new legislation that would be tougher on those manufacturing methamphetamine during the upcoming 2019 legislative session that begins in January. O’Mara, who is also a member of the NY State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opiate Addiction, seeks to give harsher penalties for those who repeatedly possess and sell the drug as well as make meth in the presence of a child or cause explosions or fires. O’Mara wants to increase these offenses from Class B Felonies to Class A-1 Felonies, which could yield sentences of 20 years in prison. O’Mara cites a recent string of arrests for meth and the making of the drug over the past few months in the area, from Hornell to Corning and Elmira, as reason to increase the penalties.

 

GoFundMe Established for Hornell Woman in Atlantic City Accident
A Hornell woman who was hospitalized following an accident in Atlantic City, New Jersey is getting some help from her community. Martha Marino was hit by a car while walking in the tourist city and put in the hospital for numerous fractures. A GoFundMe page has been set up for 63-year-old Marino, who is on a ventilator and still faces several surgeries. Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was the driver of the car and was charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, careless driving, reckless driving and for being unlicensed. Those who wish to give to Marino’s GoFundMe can do so here.

 

Troopers Report Less Tickets in 2018 Thanksgiving Crackdown
State Police report over 15,000 tickets were issued across the state for the Thanksgiving Crackdown patrol, a slight decrease from last year. Troopers say of the total 15,115 tickets issued in the 5-day campaign for this year, 215 people were ticketed for DWI while 774 were for Distracted Driving, 218 for not following the “Move Over Law” and 5,834 for speeding. The 2017 crackdown yielded 15,360 total tickets and 242 DWI arrests.

 

NYS Gas Average Increases From 2017
The rest of the country may be enjoying a lower price of gas compared to a year ago but the average price of gas has risen by ten cents in New York state. The state average cost per gallon for gasoline is currently $2.76. The city of Rochester jumped 16 cents compared to a year ago while Ithaca’s average only increased by one cent. Last week, the national average price for a gallon of gas was reported to be $2.44, a record low for 2018 and close to 5 cents cheaper than one year ago.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 8, 2018

Daughter Sentenced in Neurauter Murder
Yesterday, Karrie Neurauter was sentenced to serve 1-3 years in state prison for her role in helping her father, Lloyd Neurauter, murder her mother Michele Neurauter back in the summer of 2017. Neurauter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and waived her right to appeal following her father’s confession to murdering his wife. Karrie will serve her time in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility downstate in Westchester while Lloyd will serve his life without parole sentence at one of the state’s top-security prisons.

 

CCC To Charge PA Students In-State Tuition
Corning Community College opened up the opportunity for Pennsylvania students seeking associate’s degrees to enjoy the same tuition costs as in-state students. The Keystone Residential Scholarship was approved by CCC’s Regional Board of Trustees to be available to all Pennsylvania students living on campus beginning next semester in Spring 2019 when classes begin January 22, 2019. According to officials, Pennsylvania students will be saving, on average, $5,000 per year.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a 55-year-old Bath man for drug charges. Danny L. Soles was wanted on two Superior Court warrants and arrested for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Following his arrest, Soles was arraigned in Steuben County Court and sent to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

 

Four Men Charged for Cameron Burglary
Criminal charges have now been filed against four men in connection with a residential burglary on October 24 in the town of Cameron. Charged with felony burglary to a dwelling while armed with a deadly weapon: 27-year-old Bryan  Burleson of Avoca; 35-year-old Kyle Krisher of Bath and 28-year-old Christopher Sodeman of Bath. Also charged with criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon was 47-year-old Gregory Brown of Campbell.

 

Art for the Arc Raises $7,218 for Foundation

Arc of Steuben’s Art for the Arc silent auction raised over $7,000 to directly support those with developmental and intellectual disabilities through the Arc’s Foundation. The fundraiser was sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company and put over 50 items from local artists and businesses up for auction. The money raised will benefit more than 950 people in Steuben and surrounding counties through community, residential, employment, transportation and job-readiness training services and programs.

 

NY Farm Bureau Re-elects President at Annual Meeting This Week
New York Farm Bureau members wrapped up their 62nd State Annual Meeting Wednesday with an evening banquet full of awards, state dignitaries and celebration for another successful meeting that sets the organization’s public policy agenda for 2019. The event highlighted this year’s theme, “Believe. Engage. Connect.” Earlier in the day, delegates unanimously re-elected David Fisher, a dairy farmer from Madrid, NY, to his second two-year term as president of the state’s largest farm organization.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 7th

Alger to Leave Steuben Deputy Manager Position, Take BEGWS Position:

 

Current Steuben County deputy manager, Mitch Alger will be stepping down from his position to take one with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems.  Alger was hired Thursday by the Bath Village Board of Trustees as the Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities at BEGWS.  Alger said he will leave his current position in mid-January and start his new job shortly after.

 

 

Parking/Traffic Restrictions for Tonight’s Spirit of Xmas in Bath:

 

Tonight the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath from 5 to 8 p.m.  Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that starting at 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces along Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking.  At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben Street between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic.  All vehicles must be removed from these areas, along with East and West Pulteney Square, no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.  Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the Village.  During the event, the permit parking area of the municipal parking lot will be open to the public without charge.

 

 

Hornell Woman Injured in N.J Accident:

 

A woman from Hornell is said to be in Intensive Care following an accident in New Jersey.  According to the Atlantic City Police Department, 63-year-old Martha Marino was walking on the sidewalk when she was struck by a van that left the roadway.  The police investigation alleges that the driver of the van, 52-year-old Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was driving under the influence.  He has been charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, and unlicensed driver.

 

 

Commission Votes to Give Lawmakers Raise:

 

On Thursday, a state compensation committee voted to give New York lawmakers their first pay raise in twenty years.  The raise would be from $79,500 to $130,000 annually, and would be phased in over three years, beginning with $110,000 this New Year’s Day.  The increase would make New York lawmakers the best paid state legislators in the country.  Commission members also called for a cap on how much lawmakers can make from outside jobs.

 

 

Assemblyman Errigo Hit with Lawsuit by Whole Foods:

 

Assemblyman Joe Errigo’s legal woes continue.  He’s now been hit with a federal lawsuit from Whole Foods.  13WHAM News in Rochester reports that the company claims a bill introduced by Errigo at the behest of a lobbyist – both of whom were allegedly paid to write the bill – intended to stop a project by the company without due process of law.  They’re seeking more than $650,000 in damages.  Errigo was arrested in October on charges of bribery and wire fraud stemming from a federal investigation into alleged bribery involving two New York assembly members, a lobbyist, and a developer. 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 6th

Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse:

 

The owner of Lloyd’s Limited, a bar in Penn Yan, has plead to guilty to charges of sex abuse.  Bob Champlin was arrested after a video was posted on social media last year where he appeared to sexually assault an unconscious woman.  He is also accused of assaulting a second woman.  He pled guilty Wednesday to 2 counts of sex abuse and he now faces up to three years in prison and ten years post-release supervision.  Champlin will also be forced to register as a sex offender and undergo HIV testing.  The victims have been issued orders of protection.  Champlin will be sentenced on March 5th

 

 

Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Charged with Selling Meth:

 

An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been charged by Hornell police with selling meth.  33-year-old John Davis was arrested at the jail on a superior court warrant and was then sent back to the jail without bail pending his arraignment.

 

 

Police Investigating Predator Targeting Yates Co. Students:

 

Parents in the Penn Yan school district were warned via robocall Wednesday of an online

predator that is targeting students in Yates County.  Superintendent Howard Dennis says the individual has been sending inappropriate messages to students.  The Penn Yan Police and State Police are investigating.

 

 

Filing a False Instrument Arrest:

 

An Elmira man has been arrested for allegedly offering a false instrument for filing with the Corning Town Court.  50-year-old Gregg Hicks was charged and released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Green Party Official Pushes for Cooperative Business in Corning:

 

An official with the Green Party is pushing for the first ever cooperative business in the City of Corning.  Darin Robbins, the Treasurer of the Steuben County Green Party, held a discussion about the idea where he said he believes “this is a great opportunity to provide a model, to show it actually does work.”  A cooperative business is a private business that is owned and controlled by the people who use its products, supplies, or services.  The proposed idea would be for a maker’s space and repair cafe, with accessible 3-D printing, a small-scale plastic recycling program, and assistance with repairs of small appliances and electronics.   

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 5th

Lloyd Neurauter Receives Life Sentence:

 

At his sentencing Tuesday, Lloyd Neurauter received the maximum – life in prison without parole.  The 48-year-old pled guilty to strangling his ex-wife Michele Neuratuer in her Corning home and staging the scene to appear to be a suicide.  While speaking in court, he waived his right to appeal.  Next week, Karrie Neurauter will be sentenced for her role in her mother’s murder.  Karrie admitted to assisting her father by distracting her younger sister while Lloyd carried out the killing. 

 

 

Bath Woman Facing Drug Charges:

 

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath woman on drug charges.  41-year-old Nichole Bynum has been arrested on two separate Superior Court Warrants on 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all Class B felonies.

 

 

Amber Alert Cancelled:

 

The Rochester City Police Department has cancelled the AMBER Alert that was activated Monday for 14-year-old Joanna Coates.  According to 13WHAM News in Rochester, Coates and the suspect, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez, were both found.  The girl’s mother told the Associated Press that her daughter is being treated at a Manhattan hospital while Gonzalez is in the custody of state police.

 

 

O’Mara Plans to Reintroduce Meth Crime Legislation:

 

Senator Tom O’Mara said Tuesday that in addition to his ongoing work as a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he will also reintroduce legislation targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and statewide for consideration during the 2019 legislative session.  The legislation will seek to increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug, including a provision that would see anyone convicted of operating a meth lab for the second time in five years charged with a Class A-1 felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree would increase from a Class E to a Class D felony, punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in prison.    

 

 

Steuben Public Health Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots:

 

With National Influenza Vaccination Week under way, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the immune system to build full protection.  The flu season typically peaks between December and February.  Steuben Public Health reports a list of pharmacies in Steuben offering flu shots.  It’s available at https://tinyurl.com/shots18-19.  Flu shots are also available at healthcare provider offices. 

 

 

Charitable Act by Local Girl Scout Troop:

 

The young ladies of Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 61710 in Corning have earned their PJ Patch after they helped give back to their community.  The troops, their parents, friends and family, collected 59 sets of new pajamas and 18 blankets that were received by Steuben County Deputy Brooke Payne and then delivered to the Steuben County Domestic Violence Shelter to help children in need.  County Sheriff Jim Allard thanks Deputy Payne and the scouts of Daisy Troop 61710 for their kind efforts and thoughtfulness.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 4th

Rochester Kidnapping Triggers Amber Alert:

 

The Rochester City Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred on LaSalle Street in Rochester at about 7 p.m. on December 1st.  The child is Joanna Coates, a white female, approximately 14-years-old with brown hair and green eyes.  She is approximately 5’4” and weighs about 100 pounds.  She was last seen wearing Timberland boots, a blue a Nike shirt, and black leggings.  The suspect is Robert Gonzalez, a Hispanic male, approximately 41-years-old with black hair and brown eyes.  He is approximately 6” and weighs about 185 pounds.  The suspect was last seen traveling southeast possibly heading for New York City.  The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Rochester City Police Department at (866) NYS-AMBER or dial 911.

 

 

Lloyd Neurauter to be Sentenced Today:

 

Sentencing will happen today for Lloyd Neurauter, the man who pled guilty to murdering his ex-wife in Corning.  Neurauter is facing 25 years to life in prison.  According to his testimony, Neurauter strangled Michele Neurauter in her home and staged the scene to look like a suicide.  He was assisted by their daughter, Karrie Neurauter, who has also pled guilty. 

 

 

Welfare Fraud Arrests:

 

Two Steuben County residents have been arrested in separate incidents of welfare fraud.  63-year-old Stanley McKee of Bath was arrested on November 14th for allegedly failing to report income as required while receiving benefits.  He allegedly received benefits he was not eligible for in the amount of $9,026.  He was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of grand larceny.  54-year-old Chalice Colino of Corning was arrested on November 29th for allegedly providing documents containing false information to the county Department of Social Services and receiving benefits she was not eligible for.  She was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  McKee was released on his own recognizance.  Colino was issued an appearance ticket.

 

 

DEC Compliance Check Sees Two Charged:

 

On November 25th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police conducted a compliance checkpoint on State Route 36 in Dansville.  As a result, two men are facing charges.  26-year-old Dylan Young of Rochester is accused of hunting deer without a license, illegally taking a deer, and failing to tag the deer.  He was released on an appearance ticket.  65-year-old Lawrence Morreall of Bloomfield allegedly took a deer in excess of bag limit and transported untagged portions of a deer.  He was also released on appearance tickets.

 

 

No Mail Tomorrow in Honor of President Bush:

 

There will be no mail delivery tomorrow in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.  President Donald Trump has declared December 5th as a national day of mourning.  All Post Office locations will be closed, regular mail will not be delivered, and package delivery will be limited.

 

 

Farmers Property Tax Exemption Extended:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that a property tax exemption for farmers and growers has been extended.  The Real Property Tax Law exemption saves producers from paying real property tax on buildings essential to their products, such as temporary greenhouses and dairy barns.  The exemption has been extended for the next ten years and officials say it will help farmers stay competitive in the global economy and grow their businesses.

 

 

Corning Wants Moving Parade of Lights:

 

It seems the stationary Parade of Lights in Corning this year wasn’t very popular with some.  The Corning City Council Monday adopted a resolution to request the parade resume being a traditional moving event next year.  The parade is the responsibility of the Gaffer District, not the City.  The Gaffer District has not yet responded.

 

 

Santa to Make Special Stop in Bath Christmas Eve:

 

Santa Claus has announced that he will be making a very special visit to the Village of Bath this Christmas Eve.  With help from the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Santa will be taking a ride through the village at 6 p.m. wishing a Merry Christmas to children and adults.  If you would like your name and address added to the list, the fire department asks you leave a message at the station by calling (607) 776-6909 or send the department a message on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bathfire.org.  Santa is expected to start on one side of the village and work his way to the other. 

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Update – Human Remains Found on Lackawanna Trail Identified:

 

The Elmira Police say forensic investigators have determined that the human remains found on the Lackawanna Trail late last week are that of a homeless white male in his mid-60s.  Police do not believe there was any foul play.  The man’s family has been notified, though complete DNA test results could take several weeks yet.

 

 

Former Arkport Village Clerk Suing Village Board:

 

A former clerk for the Village of Arkport is suing the Village Board.  Margaret Horan is suing the board because officials are opposed to a Dollar General Store being built on her property.  According to WLEA News, Horan claims her property is zoned as commercial, while the Village has it listed as agricultural.  Steuben County reportedly has it zoned as commercial as well. 

 

 

List of Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse to be Released Today:

 

A list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor will be released today by the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese.  In a news release Saturday, the Diocese said the list will include names of living and deceased priests since 1950.  It will be available at http://www.thecatholicsun.com and the Diocese website at http://www.syrdio.org

 

 

Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of President George H.W. Bush:

 

Flags outside federal government buildings and military installations will be at half-staff per the order of President Donald Trump in honor of former President George H.W. Bush’s death.  The President also ordered government offices to be closed today.  In New York specifically, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that state government buildings lower flags to half-staff as well.  Flags will remain at half-staff until President Bush’s burial.

 

 

New Yorkers Urged to Buy Naturally-Cut Christmas Trees:

 

Shopping locally is deservedly stressed this time of year, but there’s one way to support community businesses specific to the holiday season that you may not have thought of: purchasing your Christmas tree from a local tree farm.  The New York State Agriculture Commission and the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York have even come together to make it easy for you to find that perfect tree with a tree-farm locator available at http://www.christmastreesny.org/SearchFarm.php

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 1, 2018

Free Two Hour Parking in Bath Business District Begins Monday
Two hour free parking in the Bath business district will begin this Monday and continue until January 4th 2019. Parking spaces will be on Liberty, East William, Buell, Steuben Streets and the West Pulteney Square’s West Side. During this time, metered parking will not be enforced for these areas but parking enforcement will periodically check vehicles in the area for anyone parked over the two hour limit.

 

NYSDOT Meets Wednesday to Talk Sidewalk Construction
This Wednesday at 6 p.m. the New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Bath Fire Hall to discuss replacing and extending sidewalks on State Routes 415 and 54. The proposed project would replace or extend sidewalks along Washington, West Morris and East Steuben Streets as well as the intersecting Liberty and Geneva Street. The project is slated for 2020 and the meeting will begin with an open house that features one on one discussions on the specifics of the construction followed by a presentation and question and answer session.

 

SCLBC Meets Wednesday
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation will hold a meeting Wednesday December 5th at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the Treasurer’s Report, Sales Updates for Onondoga, Kingsbury and Wells, Project Updates for Habitat for Humanity as well as Franzese for 137 East Washington, Terry Street Bid Results and Award, ABO Training and Policy Requirements and an Enterprise Grant Award Update. The meeting will be held at the Legislative Committee Conference Room at the Steuben County Office Building.

 

Bath Man Jailed for October Kidnapping
A Bath man was sentenced behind bars for a kidnapping incident in October. Richard Vanorden, age 41, of Bath was charged with kidnapping in the second degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, two counts of robbery in the second degree, two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. During the October incident, police responded to a robbery in Hornellsville and found a male victim tied up with bed sheets who said he was threatened with force. The initial investigation resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Rochester man Deangelo Phillips and 35-year-old Detric Marshall of Rochester for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Vanorden is behind bars of Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Drugs and Endangering Welfare of Child
With the help of the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative Program, Bath Village Police report the arrest of a Bath woman for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Miranda L.  Bishop, age 35, allegedly sold narcotics and with at least one of the sales had her infant child present. Bishop was sent directly to Steuben County Jail without bail.

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