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Top Stories, August 9, 2022

Sticker Store Lawsuits Coming Up In Court

Appearing recently on WVIN's Community Focus, Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet said that Bath is going to court soon, on hopes of shutting down sticker stores.  "We are the only community in New York State, that's not only complained, but that's actually filed litigation to attempt to have the legal system shut these sticker stores down," Sweet told David Taylor Smith.  "That process is playing out right now."  Sweet did not elaborate as to whether the lawsuits were in village, county or state courts.  


A New Surcharge?

There is a new surcharge on small businesses in New York State, an employment insurance surcharge, based on the number of employees a business has.  Assemblyman Phil Palmesano explains that the state has just sent out the bills to businesses with this new surcharge on it.  According to Palmesano, he along with Senator O'Mara and others, tried to convince the governor and Albany Democrat state legislators to use the federal covid surplus money instead of passing the costs along to small businesses.  Palmesano maintains that fell on deaf ears.


Car Seat Check Event To Be Held Next Week

The Steuben County Fair starts next week, it starts on August 15th, and on Thursday the 18th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department will be having a car seat check event, from 10am to 2pm that day.  You can call Steuben County’s Sgt. Sorge, for more info about this, at 607-622-3911.  


Bills Fullback Reggie Gilliam Signs Another Deal W Bills

Buffalo Bills Fullback Reggie Gilliam signed a two-year extension on Sunday and is now under contract with The Buffalo Bills, through the 2024 season.  

Top Stories, August 8, 2022

Homicide Suspect's Court Date Has Been Changed 

A court official tells Wvin News that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning will be in Corning City Court on Thursday, August 11,  at 10:30am.  Heffner’s attorney, David Kang out of Rochester, is asking for a preliminary hearing for Heffner, and that’s the reason for Heffner’s court appearance being changed to Thursday at 10:30.  Heffner is accused of 2nd degree murder, and stealing the victim’s car afterwards.   The murder victim, Keli Collins, 26, of Corning, was found dead in her apartment early Friday morning in the 1am hour.  Heffner was arrested an hour later.  


DWAI In Campbell On Sunday Night

State Police report that a 42 year old Beaver Dams man was pulled over on Sunday night in Campbell.  The Beaver Dams man is accused of driving while ability impaired by drugs and 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Domestic Dispute In Horseheads 

State Troopers also report that there was a domestic dispute last night in Horseheads.  A 41 year old Elmira man is charged with trespassing, criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 17.


Albany Co D.A. Sides With NYC Mayor On "Change The Age"

Spectrum News reports that Albany County District Attorney David Soares wants state lawmakers to return to Albany this week to get rid of raise the age.  Raise the age made it so suspects had to be 18 to be fully prosecuted for violent crimes.  The Albany County D.A. says, huge crimes are being committed by 16 and 17 year olds who cannot be held accountable because of Raise the Age.  Also, a New York City based State Senator, wants the Albany County D.A. to prosecute Congressman Lee Zeldin.  Zeldin is being accused of photocopying pages of thousands of signatures on political petitions.  Zeldin, is campaigning in Franklin County today, on the issues of bail reform and public safety, as well as making changes to farm workers overtime rules.

Top Stories, August 8, 2022

Homicide Suspect's Court Date Has Been Changed 

A court official tells Wvin News that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning will be in Corning City Court on Thursday, August 11,  at 10:30am.  Heffner’s attorney, David Kang out of Rochester, is asking for a preliminary hearing for Heffner, and that’s the reason for Heffner’s court appearance being changed to Thursday at 10:30.  Heffner is accused of 2nd degree murder, and stealing the victim’s car afterwards.   The murder victim, Keli Collins, 26, of Corning, was found dead in her apartment early Friday morning in the 1am hour.  Heffner was arrested an hour later.  


DWAI In Campbell On Sunday Night

State Police report that a 42 year old Beaver Dams man was pulled over on Sunday night in Campbell.  The Beaver Dams man is accused of driving while ability impaired by drugs and 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 


Domestic Dispute In Horseheads 

State Troopers also report that there was a domestic dispute last night in Horseheads.  A 41 year old Elmira man is charged with trespassing, criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 17.


Albany Co D.A. Sides With NYC Mayor On "Change The Age"

Spectrum News reports that Albany County District Attorney David Soares wants state lawmakers to return to Albany this week to get rid of raise the age.  Raise the age made it so suspects had to be 18 to be fully prosecuted for violent crimes.  The Albany County D.A. says, huge crimes are being committed by 16 and 17 year olds who cannot be held accountable because of Raise the Age.  Also, a New York City based State Senator, wants the Albany County D.A. to prosecute Congressman Lee Zeldin.  Zeldin is being accused of photocopying pages of thousands of signatures on political petitions.  Zeldin, is campaigning in Franklin County today, on the issues of bail reform and public safety, as well as making changes to farm workers overtime rules.

Top Stories, August 5, 2022

A Homicide In The City Of Corning

Corning Police report that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning, is accused of 2nd degree murder.  Heffner is accused of killing 26 year old Keli Collins, 26,  of Corning, in the overnight hours.  Keli Collins was found dead in the 1am hour this morning.  Corning Police say, Brett Heffner knew Keli Collins because the two lived in the same building in Corning together, but did not live in the same exact apartment.  Police in Corning also say, Brett Heffner stole Keli Collin’s car and that car was discovered by Hornell Police, in Hornell in the 2am hour this morning.  Heffner is being held in Steuben County Jail without bail and the investigation continues.  Heffner will be back in Corning City Court Monday morning at  9am.   


Allegany County Man Becomes A General

The Wellsville sun reports that today, Wellsville native, Col. Jason Curl, is being made a Brigadier General at Fort Drum today.    


Local Accident News

There were no injuries in a two car accident in Friendship, the drivers were a 77 year old from friendship and a 19 year old from Belfast.


Music In The Park Next Week: Honoring The Police

On Wednesday August 10th, at the music in the park event in Bath, will be starting in the 5:00 hour.  And the mayor, Mayor Michael Sweet, will be there for this one, as it’s going to be an evening of music in the park honoring law enforcement.  The mayor is encouraging everyone to attend. 

Big Bonuses Next Year For Nurses, Etc

The governor says, there’s going to be $3,000 in bonuses, for healthcare workers who make less than $125,000.  Governor Kathy Hochul hopes to make that happen in 2023.


Early Voting Update

Early voting for the August 23rd primary and the August 23rd special eelction, that starts a week from tomorrow, on Saturday August 13th  and goes till Sunday August 21st.  The Steuben County Board of Elections says, there are three places to do early voting: in Hornell, Corning and in Bath, early voting is at the Steuben County Annex Building at 20 East Morris Street. 

Top Stories, August 4, 2022

Judge McAllister Steps In

The Gothamist.com reports that Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister has issued an order, making a cutoff date of August 11th for voters who want to switch party affiliation so they can vote in the Republican Primary.  Aug 11th is the last day to change your party to vote in the GOP congressional primary.  This is being done to prevent a kind of voter cheating called “party raiding”.     


Brooks Baker: Why The Severity Of The Four Charges 

In October 2019, there was a fatal DWI in the Town of Pulteney.   Dustin Drake of Prattsburgh was the driver.  Four passengers died as a result of a car crashing into a tree.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says, there are four 2nd degree murder charges against  Drake, because of the graphic nature of this fatal DWI.  Baker says the driver was going 86 miles an hour on small town roads and passengers died almost instantly in that accident. 


A Bath Teenager Is In The News Again

The Village of Bath Police Department reports that 18 year old Morgan Abeel of Bath, who was recently charged by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly robbing a motel in Erwin, is now being charged by Bath Police.  Now, Abeel is accused of criminal contempt and 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Bath Police say, the sheriff’s department is holding Abeel in custody right now.   Also, Bath Police are charging 22 year old Liberty Ferris of Bath with 2nd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Ferris was ticketed and released.  However, there may be more charges against both Liberty Ferris and Morgan Abeel.  The Bath Police Chief says that over $4,000 worth of drugs, have been uncovered because of these arrests.

Top Stories, Aug 3, 2022

Work Continues On LP Building Solutions

Steuben County IDA Head Jamie Johnson says, LP Building Solutions, expects to have their grading permit next week.  The grading permit will allow LP Building solutions to start work on the ground at the site…the County IDA’s Jamie Johnson says, they expect to begin the turning lane work for the Amazon project by August 15th.  


FEMA Update

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says funding for FEMA is starting to come in to the county, to help out with repairs needed across the county,  due to August 18th flooding.  Johnson says, the county has received about $8,000 dollars in reimbursement so far, which Johnson says, is good.  The IDA leader also says, FEMA has yet to approve funding for repairs to a bridge in Tuscarora.


Gov Hochul: What We Learned From The Covid 

Governor Kathy Hochul said this morning during a press conference in New York City, that the most significant lesson in the pandemic, is that when children are not in a school setting on a regular basis, with that regular support system around them, that the students falter.  The governor also says, there is a possible generation impact on the children who were home for one to two years, and the governor says, going forward, the goal will be to keep students in school and safe there.


Zeldin: We Need To See Info On Assaults In Prisons

The governor’s opponent, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, is calling for the governor to release all the data about assaults against prison guards.  Zeldin says he’s hearing that there has been a large increase in the attacks against correctional officers since the HALT Act was passed, which made it harder for prisons to discipline prisoners for getting into fights.


Top Stories, Aug 2, 2022

Meyers RV Is Expanding 
Mayor Michael Sweet says, Meyers RV in Bath is buying the old Kmart Plaza in Bath.  "I understand they've also bought the old Chemung Canal Bank location there as well," Sweet tells Wvin News.  "They're going to expand their operations.  They'll build a road between the KMart location and the top of the hill.  We're estatic about it."  


Harassment Charges, Local Accident Reports 

State Police in Bath, report that there were two people ticketed for harassment in the Town of Urbana.  State Police also say, there was an accident yesterday in the Town of Erwin.  Two drivers in their 40’s, from Painted Post and Beaver Dams, were involved in that accident, there were no injuries reported and there have been no charges reported as of yet.  

Sheriff's July 2022 Statistics 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, there was one DWI last month, and  27 car crashes.  Deputies also handled five death investigations, four assault investigations, five burglary investigations, two robbery investigations, one animal abuse investigation, seven grand larceny investigations, six larceny investigations, two drug investigations, two child endangerment investigations, six harassment investigations, seven fire investigations, six criminal mischief investigations, six criminal contempt investigations and one fraud investigation.  There were domestic dispute incident investigations along with crash investigations, and mental health detainments.  The sheriff also says there was an increase in burglary and larceny cases of four wheelers and trailers over the previous months. 


Save The Beef Cattle?

State police in Niagara County report that an animal rights activist is accused of grand larceny of cows.  The 35 year old woman is said to have taken cows that were on the loose, to her farm, to protect them from being slaughtered.  Troopers were able to hold the suspect on bail, they say the suspect would not return the cows to the farmer who owns them.  

Top Stories, Aug 1, 2022

Bath Area Accident Victim ID'd 

On July 29, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m.,the State Police responded to a serious injury motorcycle accident on I-86 in the town of Bath.  The operator, identified as, Casey Getman, age 29, was eastbound on I-86 and attempted to pass between 2 vehicles, also traveling eastbound, and lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guide rail.  Getman was airlifted to Strong Hospital and was pronounced deceased at 3:33 p.m.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the investigation is continuing.


August 1, 2022, Steuben Co Covid Update

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of a COVID-related death.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Steuben County to 303.  The individual was a male resident from the City of Corning who died at the age of 95.  Also, there are 153 new cases since last Monday.  


Gas Prices Aren't Exactly Going Down By A Lot

The Steuben County Department of Public Works, is, like everyone else, spending a lot more money on gasoline.  "Over the past six months we've seen major increase in gasoline and deisel pricing," said Steuben County DPW Chief Eric Rose.  "To date, we've expanded our annual budget amount, for our line items for gas and deisel.  The usage, is about the same at this point as it was last year at this time, but it's just that the cost is so much."  


Close Call For Three Teen Drivers In Horseheads   

State troopers report that three teenagers, ages 17, 17 and 18, were in a three car accident in Horseheads.  Two of them were from Horseheads the other was from Elmira.  The three escaped without injury.


Rochester Police Officer's Funeral Is Today

Governor Kathy Hochul and Congressman Zeldin and Alison Esposito will pay their final respects to fallen Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz today, Mazurkiewicz was killed in the line of duty on July 21st.  


Max Della Pia Joins In 
Democrat Congressional candidate Max Della Pia is speaking out against Senate Republican Pat Toomey (R, PA) for stalling the vote on the Pact Act, which is intended to help veterans who need treatment for sicknesses they got from being around burn pits.  


Top Stories, July 29, 2022

Fatal Accident On I-86

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that there was a fatal accident in the noon hour today, on I-86 between Bath and Kanona.  No names or details are out yet.  


Covid News From Albany

New covid positive numbers from the governor:

Steuben county 28 new cases

Chemung county – 21 new cases

Allegany county 5 new cases


Road Work In Avoca Is Coming Up Next Month

County Route 70, in the Town of Avoca, will be closed to all traffic between Wessels Road and County Route 6, Monday August 15th through Tuesday August 23rd from 7:00am to 4:00pm.   The road will be closed in order to replace a culvert pipe.  There will be no onsite detour.

Opposite Reactions To Chips And Science Act 

Governor Kathy Hochul says, "The passage of the federal CHIPS and Science Act will create a stronger, brighter economic future for New York…But, Utica republican congresswoman Claudia tenney says, the chips and science act legislation that the democrats got passed in congress, will help china and not American small manufacturers...tenney says, senators marco rubio, tom cotton and portman, tried to get amendments in that would help American manufacturing but those republicans were voted down.


Nat'l Weather Service: A Tornado Hit Wyoming County 

A tornado going 115 miles an hour touched down in Wyoming County at approximately 10:40am Thursday in the town of java just south of the intersection of NY Route 78 and Chaffee rd. The tornado then moved along an east-northeast path near  route 78 for approximately 10 miles before dissipating near Gainesville just west of ny route 19 at about 10:55 am edt.  The tornado was on the ground for approximately 15 minutes.  The tornado did significant damage to a barn, with one portion of the barn being displaced 20 to 30 yards, and another portion sustaining significant damage. trees were blown down on several residences along the path, producing damage to homes. roof and shingle damage was noted on several other residences,


Big Event In Downtown Hornell This Weekend

The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is happening this weekend in downtown Hornell.  Thousands are watching on the sidewalks of Main Street, thousands come in and out playing basketball out in the heat today.


Top Stories, July 28, 2022

Sen Gillibrand: What The Hell?  

Democrat US Senator Kirsten Gillbrand is more than slightly annoyed today about a big veterans issue.  Gillibrand says, Pennsylvania Republican US Senator Pat Toomey blocked a vote on the Pact Act, to help veterans suffering from sicknesses caused by exposure to burn pits.  Gillibrand says, last month the bill passed in the US Senate 84-14, and nothing in it has changed.  Gillibrand is perplexed.  Gillibrand said the following this morning in Washington DC: "This is the worst form of over-politicization I've ever seen.  We had the votes, we had strong bipartisan support for this bill, and at the 11th hour, Senator Toomey decides that he wants to re-write the bill, change the rules, and tank it.  What the hell?  How does this happen?  How do you change your mind right when you're about to pass a law that's going to save lives?"  


Steuben Co Man Accused Of Stealing In Chemung County

The Chemung County Sheriff's Dept reports that a Steuben County man was charged in Chemung County for stealing from the insides of unlocked cars in Elmira and Southport.  The suspect is 30 year old Frank Adams of Addison, Adams was ticketed and released.  


A Langworthy Campaign Event In Steuben County Today

Republican Congressional candidate Nick Langworthy will be in Steuben County from 5pm to 6pm.  Langworthy will be in Hornell, at 38 Cameron Avenue in Hornell, for an event that’s open to the public.  


Johnson: How The IDA Helped Bring LP Building Solutions 

Steuben County IDA Director Jamie Johnson says the LP project in Bath is a case study in the importance of the county IDA and their ability to react and manage multiple facets.  Johnson says that the LP Building Solutions project came together in an unprecedented amount of time, requiring the IDA to coordinate with multiple infrastructure partners, economic development programs, and community leaders to provide LP leadership with the confidence needed to choose the Bath site within three months of initial contact.  Johnson also says that  Goodrich Auto Works, T&R Environmental’s spin-off company Momentum, Finger Lakes Community Health, Alstom, and Riedman are all existing businesses in the Bath community that are investing in new buildings over the next 12 months. 

Top Stories, July 27, 2022

Palmesano: Stop HALT Act To Stop Prisoner Violence 

Corning Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is speaking out about the recent prisoner assaults against prison guards at Elmira Correctional.  There were head injuries, back injuries, in at least one case a prisoner head butted one of the guards.  "They are serious injuries and that's the problem going on in our correctional facilities," Palmesano said.  "Over the past several years we've seen a trajectory of the rise and increase of inmate on staff assault, and inmate on inmate assault.  What happened that made this issue even worse and much more dangerous than even before, was that they don't segregate the more violent prisoners from the rest of the jail population.  Supporters of the Halt Act, say that the left is stopping solitary confinement, but they're not.  It's like a dangerous powder-keg environment inside these facilities."  


State Police Report An Assault, And An Accident 

State Police report that 42 year old James Lifseski of Wayne, was issued an appearance ticket to answer to a charge of 3rd degree assault with intent to cause injury.  Troopers also say, there was a two vehicle accident in Savona, both drivers were 24 years old, one was from Addison and one was from Bath. 


A Very Large Turnout In Hornell: Possible DOT Changes

Hornell High School’s auditorium was about three quarters filled last night, for the Department of Transportion’s public hearing regarding what the DOT described as possible changes to Route 36 from Hornell to Arkport.   Below are some of the questions that were asked: 

Hornell resident Angelo Scotti asked “will Alstom be able to transport transit cars through roundabouts?” Answer: DOT engineer Mike Griffin stated that there would be a meeting coming up soon, with officials from Alstom and the DOT.

Another Hornell resident asked, quote – “you’re going to turn part of a four lane highway into a two lane highway and you’re going to add roundabouts?” Answer: DOT Engineer Griffin stated that that was being discussed as a possibility.

Then there was a question about the intersection at Routes 66 and 36 and a possible roundabout there and a right of way. Answer: the DOT is looking at every intersection as a possiblity for a roundabout.


Reports Of Confusion Over August 23rd Voting 

There is a special election coming up on August 23rd for the remainder of the old Tom Reed seat in the old 23rd congressional district.  That special election is between Republican Joe Sempolinski and Democrat Max Della Pia.  ON the same day, on August 23rd, there is a GOP primary for the new 23rd congressional district.  The new 23rd goes from Buffalo to here, and the two candidates for that race are both from Buffalo, that’s Carl Paladino and Nick Langworthy.  Allegany County Clerk Rob Christman says, because the two races are on the same day, it’s creating a lot of confusion.  "I hope that the candidates are out there educating the public," said Christman. "I hope the board of elections offices are educating the public, because I can tell you, confusion is rampant."


Top Stories, July 26, 2022

Anticipating Bad Moves By The State

The New York State Sheriff’s Association met last week, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, one thing that the sheriff’s discuss when they get together, is, what will Albany think up next?  "It's kind of a guessing game, having to anticipate what the courts will do next," said Allard.  Also, while many people know about the demands from Albany on nurses working so many hours on this and so many hours on that, many do not know that sheriff’s and deputies are under the same kind of pressure from state government.  "If you look at some of the most recent changes, they've (the state) increased the hours of staff which is the most needed, and there is a such a recruitment and retention crisis right now, that really inhibits the ability of the sheriff's offices to comply with these new laws," Allard said.  


Funeral For Slain Rochester Police Officer 

Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes says, the funeral for Rochester police officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz will be next Monday at the Rochester Blue Cross Arena, Mazurkiewicz, who was from the Livingston county town of Avon, was shot and killed last Thursday night in Rochester, the suspect is from Boston, Massachusetts.


Congressional Medal Of Honor For WWII Vet/Attorney

Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand want to give a congressional medal of honor to World War II veteran Benjamin Ferenz, who is the last living attorney to have prosecuted nazi’s at the post-war Nuremberg trials.  Ferrenz is a Harvard law graduate who fought in anti aircraft gunner work in France in World War II who helped prosecute nazi’s at the end of the war.

Top Stories, July 25, 2022

Home Invasion In Bath Sunday Night

Three Elmira residents are accused of doing a home break in, in Bath last night.  Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says the break-in was on West William Street, the three suspects are accused of demanding money and threatening violence against the victim’s child.   According to Chief Taft, the break-in quickly came to an end when Bath Police showed up.  The three suspects all made a run for it, two of them were caught on Cruger Street, the other was picked up 20 minutes later by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies on West Washington Street.  That suspect was 14 years old and from Elmira.  The other two suspects are 18 year old Kanye Rouse and 21 year old Aniston Wheeler.  Rouse and Wheeler are charged with 2nd degree burglary and endangering the welfare of a child, the 14 year old was charged with 2nd degree burglary.  Rouse and Wheeler are being held until arraignment, the 14 year old was released to their parent’s custody.  


NYSEG: What Towns Were Hit The Worst

New York State Electric and Gas have been reporting several hundred power outages in Steuben County today, because of the overnight storm and yesterday’s storm too.  The towns hit the worst, were Wayne, Corning, Pultney and Thurston.  


Jasper-Troupsburg Students To Keep Using Greenwood 

Because of the August 18th 2021 flood damage at JT Central, Jasper-Troupsburg students will be once again using the Greenwood School Building this fall.   That's according to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard who also says, the Greenwood School which used to be used for law enforcement to do training for active school shooters, is no longer used for training.  So where do deputies, troopers and police officers go now for active school shooter training?  Sheriff Allard says the newly closed down Bryant School in Hornell, is the facility currently used for active shooter training. 


Local Accident Report From State Police

Two people were injured in a one car accident in the Town of Erwin on Sunday afternoon in the 2:00 hour.  That was on I-86 in Erwin, troopers say the driver was a 31 year old from Massachusetts. 


Covid Update In Steuben County

There are 160 new covid cases since last week, that’s according to Steuben County Public Health. 

Top Stories, July 22, 2022

Statement From The Zeldin Campaign For Governor  

Last night, a man climbed on stage and attempted to stab Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), the Republican Party and Conservative Party nominee for Governor, during a rally speech in front of campaign supporters. The attacker was saying to Congressman Zeldin, “you’re done.” Congressman Zeldin grabbed the attacker’s wrist to stop him until several others assisted in taking the attacker down to the ground. Law enforcement then took the suspect into custody and Congressman Zeldin went back on stage to finish his remarks and thank the law enforcement officers who responded to the scene.  After being charged with Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a felony, the suspect, who has been identified by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as David G. Jakubonis of Fairport, was immediately released under New York’s cashless bail law.

“It is terrible public policy that in the State of New York, you can try to stab a sitting Member of Congress, or anyone else for that matter, and be back out on the street not even 6 hours later,” said Katie Vincentz, spokesperson for Zeldin for New York. “This is one of many reasons why crime is on the rise, especially in certain parts of the state. There is not enough accountability for people when they commit crimes, and this is just one of the many examples we hear all about in New York every single day. Enough is enough!”


Two Police Officers Were Shot In Rochester Last Night

As has been reported on the national news, two Rochester police officers were shot last night.  We are sorry to report that one of them has died: his name was Anthony Mazerkowitz.  Rochester media outlets report that the other officer, Sino Seng, is at home recovering from a single gunshot wound. 


Canisteo Police Fundraiser Is This Weekend 

Canisteo police are having what they call Smoke In The Valley, this weekend.  That’s a fund raiser for the village police department there.  At the annual event, there are chicken barbeques, live bands and they’re sure to have large crowds for this. 

Reminder About Going Back To School And Vaccines 

Steuben County Public Health says now is a great time to make sure your child is up to date on routine vaccinations before school starts.  "Make an appointment with your child's doctor to discuss which vaccines they need," read the statement from the county public health office.   Officials if you don’t have a doctor, call the county, at 607-664-2438 .  The county's next clinic is on Tuesday, July 26. Both routine immunizations and COVID vaccines are offered.

Top Stories, July 21, 2022

Update On The Wayland Downtown Fire From February  

So how are things in Wayland since the downtown fire in February?  Wayland village hall officials say they have been having meetings with IDA and store owners and their working to come up with a plan for getting grant money to help the store owners.  


Elmira Sheriff: Man Drives Through Airport  Fence 

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of 34-year old, Craig Wang, of Murphy, Texas...officials say that yesterday, at about 6:30, a car drove through the fence at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport.  They say he was trying to get into an airplane that was locked and secured on the airport property. Officials say, Wang is not a licensed pilot, and has no privileges to be in unauthorized areas on airport property. Wang has been charged with 3rd degree Criminal Mischief and 3rd degree Criminal Trespass.


Out Of Staters Collide In Corning 

State Police report that there were no injuries in a two car accident that happened on I-86 in Corning yesterday in the noon hour.  The drivers were both from out of state: both were men, one was a 64 year old from Massachusetts and a 52 year old from Ohio.  


Need A Job?  The Bath P.D. Is Hiring!   

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, the Bath Police Department is hiring a part-time confidential secretary for about 20 hours a week.  Duties would include assisting the Chief of Police and the Bath Police Department in billing, time sheets, monthly reports, scheduling, and other administrative duties.  They're looking for someone by August 1st, if interested, please drop off a resume at the police station.

Top Stories, July 20, 2022

July 20 2022

Covid News For Students Grades K-12 Statewide

Governor Kathy Hochul says, students this coming fall semester, don’t have to wear masks in school. 


Expiration Dates For Home Covid Test Kits 


Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says, the expiration date has been extended for home kit rapid tests.  According to Smith, the tests shelf life are now extended for another year.  


Investigate You...Investigate Me

The New York State Democrats want Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin investigated because Zeldin would not certify the 2020 election, and because they say he has ties to the groups that are responsible for January 6th.  But it doesn't end there.  Lee Zeldin wants Gov. Hochul investigated over the New York State Nursing Home deaths.  


The GOP Calls For Stopping Sales Tax Statewide 

State Senator Tom O'Mara says senate Republicans in Albany want the state legislature to put a stop to state sales tax for the next two years.  

Top Stories, July 19, 2022

Tonya Smith Was Sentenced Today

A Steuben County Court official tells Wvin News the following: Tonya Smith was given 4 to 12 years on the Manslaughter 2nd Degree Conviction, 2 and 1/3 to 7 years on the Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd degree Conviction, 1 year on the Reckless Endangerment Conviction, the sentences are to run concurrently.   There were 113 people in the court, for the sentencing, and the family made victim impact statements.


No Monkey Pox Cases Yet In This County

So WVIN News caught up with Steuben Co Public Health Director Darlene Smith, who says, so far there are no cases of monkey pox in Steuben County.   "We do not have any cases of Monkey Pox in Steuben County at this point, for which we are grateful," Smith said.  "This will not be like covid, meaning, highly transmissible through all populations."  Smith also says, there are cases in other areas, but not here in Steuben.  


Where The Wind Projects Are, Here In Steuben County 

Wind is a big thing in Steuben County these days. There are projects that exist, there are projects that are being built now, and there are projects that are being planned. 


List of wind projects that are up and running:

Cohocton, Howard and Jasper.


List of wind projects that are under construction:
Greenwood and West Union, Cohocton, Wayland and the Steuben County Town of Dansville.


Wind projects that are being planned now:

Fremont, Canisteo, Cameron, Jasper, West Union, Greenwood, Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, Avoca, Howard, Cohocton and Wheeler.


No Injuries In A Car Accident Over In Elmira

Troopers also report that two Elmira men, ages 44 and 38 were in a car accident in Corning.  There were no injuries and neither man was ticketed.  The accident happened on I-86 at around 2pm yesterday. 


Lee Zeldin: The Manhattan District Attorney Drops Charges

After weeks of public pressure, Alvin Bragg finally came to the same conclusion we all did a long time ago- Jose Alba should’ve never been charged with murder. Jose Alba was an innocent man acting in self-defense, and he’s now finally a free man. Thankfully, video surveillance footage captured the incident or Jose Alba may have still been facing this murder charge. The reality that the video showed Alba’s innocence as clearly as it did made it all that much worse that Bragg charged Alba in the first place, sent him to Rikers Island with an open stab wound, demanded absurdly high bail, and refused to charge the person who attacked Alba. The streets of New York will be safer and our criminal Justice system will be stronger when I remove Alvin Bragg as DA this upcoming January.


New State Hotline Number For The Sexually Harassed

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of a statewide hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 for issues of workplace sexual harassment. The confidential hotline will be operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights and will connect workers who have faced sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys to advise them…

July 18, 2022

Buffalo Mass Shooting Suspect Pleaded Not Guilty 

The U.S. Attorneys office out of Western New York reports that the Buffalo Shooting suspect, Payton Grendon has pleaded not guilty.  He did not go with an insanity plea either.  The Government has 45 days to turn over discovery to the defense.  Status hearing scheduled for December 9.  


Tonya Smith To Be Sentenced Tuesday

Painted Post resident Tonya Smith will be in Steuben County Court  tomorrow at 1:15 for sentencing.  Smith was convicted in May, of the fatal DWI that claimed the life of Donnie Masti of Bath in 2019.  Smith was convicted of manslaughter and reckless endangerment.


Over One Million Dollars Made, In County's Online Auction

Steuben County spokesperson Mary Perham says, the county brought in 1.5 million dollars, in the recent online property auction.  The week-long auction of 99 parcels brought in a total of $2.4 million and recovered slightly more than $847,000 in back taxes, with the remainder going into the county’s General Fund.


Police Routine Pullover Turns Into Three Drug Arrests

The Village of Bath Police Department did a routine traffic pullover that resulted in three people now facing drug charges.  57 year old Judith Rosekrans of Hammondsport, is charged with 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance; 31 year old Matthew Bailey, of Hammondsport, who was charged with 5th degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and two counts of 2nd degree Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia;  43 year old Diane Dziaba,  of Bath, is charged with 2nd degree Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.


Domestic Dispute Arrest In Bath

Bath Police report the arrest of 30 year old Taylor Parsons of Bath, whose accused of 2nd dgree assault, 3rd degree Criminal Mischief and 4th degree Criminal Mischief and Criminal Obstructions of Breathing or Blood Circulation.

Top Stories, July 16, 2022

Car Break In's In Chemung County Yesterday Early AM 

The West Elmira Police Department is investigating several larcenies from motor vehicles that occurred on Friday July 15th between the hours of 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM. The larcenies were concentrated on the side streets south of W. Water St. and near the City of Elmira border. The West Elmira Police Department asks the members of the public with security cameras to examine their footage and look for suspicious persons in their neighborhood. Anyone with information may contact the West Elmira Police Department at (607)735-8600.


40 Yr Old Bath Man Is Accused Of Wanting To Lure A Child 

Numerous media outlets are reporting that a 40 year old man from Bath, whose name has not been released yet, is accused of attempting to meet up with a 14 year old.  This follows news from yesterday, that Douglas Cook Jr, is accused of attempting to meet up with someone he believed to be a 13 year old.


Zeldin: Why Isn't New York State Fracking?

Congressman Lee Zeldin released the following statement on President Biden visiting Saudi Arabia and begging for their oil rather than ramping up domestic energy production: 

"President Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia begging for their oil is an important reminder that right here in New York we could and should instead be ramping up domestic production, becoming energy independent, creating jobs, lowering taxes, revitalizing communities, and driving down energy costs.”


Gov Hochul Meets With The New BATF Leader


"I spoke with new Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Steven Dettelbach following his Senate confirmation earlier this week. I am glad that we are getting a seasoned partner with Director Dettelbach's immense depth and breadth of experience in fighting the gun violence epidemic. I shared the significant and encouraging progress we've made since forming the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns, which I convened in January to streamline data sharing and collaboration between law enforcement agencies at all levels of government and with our neighboring states. New York State Police has since seized more than twice as many guns when compared to the same period last year — proof that these strategies do work. I am confident that with strong federal leadership from Director Dettelbach, we can continue to expand these crucial efforts to stem the flow of firearms that are endangering our communities and needlessly taking lives."


Top Stories, July 15, 2022

Bath Man Is Accused Of Attempted 1st Degree Rape 

Bath Village Police arrested Douglas Cook Jr, 29, of Bath, who charged with attempted 1st degree rape.  Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft says, Cook was charged after allegedly meeting with a girl who he believed was under the age of 13, for sex.  


Possibility Of Full Time Fire Depts For Jasper, Addison, Etc

What to do about the decreasing number of people going to work for volunteer ambulance and fire departments?  The question has been asked: what can Steuben County do to keep providing fire and ambulance services for Addison, Jasper, South Canisteo and other areas in the southern part of Steuben County, with the decline in enrollment of volunteers?  Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says, starting up paid fire dept's in these towns, is not definite yet, but it's a possibility and is being discussed.  "So it's yet to be determined, but there needs to be, more paid EMT's brought in to the system," Wheeler told WVIN.  "With volunteerism dropping, essentially, the only the option to improve coverage, is to have more paid EMTs and paramedics within the county."  


Will There Be A Roundabout In Hornell? 

There will be a public hearing on the evening of July 26, at Hornell High School. At this event, Tuesday July 26, 6pm-8pm, the Department of Transportation will be talking about proposed changes to Route 36 between Hornell and Arkport.  In February of this year, a source told Wlea that there was talk about plans for a possible roundabout in front of Simmons-Rockwell on Route 36.  


Campbell Man Charged After Domestic Dispute Complaint

State Troopers report that Gage Heffner 28, Town of Campbell has been charged with 2nd degree menacing with a weapon, 1st degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense.  That’s after an alleged domestic dispute in Campbell.


State Police Accident Report For July 14, 2022 

Bath State Police report there was a two vehicle accident on I-86 in Bath, yesterday afternoon in the 3:00 hour.  The drivers were from the Livington County Town of Dalton, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  No injuries were reported and there were no charges filed.


A Chase In Chemung County

Nicholas Ingersoll, 26, of Beaver Dams is charged with 2nd degree assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, 1st degree reckless endangerment, 2nd degree criminal mischief, 4th degree criminal mischief.  Iingersoll is also accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and trying to escape a police officer.  This chase is said to have happened in the Chemung county town of Caitlin.

Top Stories, July 14, 2022

In Local Accidents

There were several two vehicle accidents yesterday.  According to Troopers, these happened in Elmira, Horseheads and Big Flats.  Two people were injured last night in the 9:00 hour in Elmira.  The drivers were from Elmira and Newfield, and there are no details available about the extent of the injuries. 


How Did Campbell, Prattsburgh And Bath Vote On June 28? 

The Steuben County Elections Board released the breakdown of how the candidates for governor, did across the county.  Here are some of the numbers.  In the Republican race for governor, Lee Zeldin came in first in the county, he got 1,989 votes.  Harry Wilson came in in second place in Steuben County, getting 1,485 votes.  Andrew Giuliani came in third, 1,105 votes for Giuliani, Rob Astorino came in 4th place, a total of 1,057 voted for Astorino countywide. 


For the Democrats, Governor Kathy Hochul came in first place, there were 1,337 votes for Hochul, Tom Suozzi had 222 votes, Jumane Williams 199 votes.  In Bath, Governor Hochul receieved 101 votes, and Lee Zeldin got 163 votes in Bath.  In Campbell, Lee Zeldin brought in 73 votes, in Campbell Hochul – 31 votes.  In Prattsburgh, Hochul got 21 votes, and Zeldin 41 votes.  


Attention Local Gun Owners

The new social media rules for New York State residents who want to get conceal carry permits, go into effect on September 1st.  Governor Kathy Hochul says, gun owners who want to get conceal carry permits, have to give character references and have their social media pages investigated.  However, Assemblyman Joe Giglio says, one big problem the Republicans have with this law is that it’s subjective: subjecting, meaning that the standards are not clear and objective, for the officials who will be deciding if someone gets a conceal carry permit or not. Giglio also says it’s unclear as to how the process of examining gun owner’s social media pages works.


Zeldin To Be In Fairport On July 21

There’s a Lee Zeldin Rally in the Monroe County town of Fairport that was announced today, the rally will be July 21st at the Fairport VFW at 7pm.  Zeldin will be there, along with his running mate Alison Espisito, and Zeldin’s former opponent Andrew Guiliani, who is now a Zeldin supporter.


Della Pia Picks Up A Union Endorsement

Democrat Max Della Pia, whose running for Congress in the special Election August 23rd has been endorsed by United Auto Workers Union Region 9.


Steuben County Public Health's Statement On Monkeypox

So far, there have not been any monkeypox cases in Steuben, but it's good to know some info about monkeypox.

Monkeypox spreads through close contact, including physical contact or contact with items used by someone who has monkeypox, like sharing sheets, towels, clothing, etc.

Symptoms of monkeypox include:

?? Rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face.

?? Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.

Learn more: health.ny.gov/monkeypox

Top Stories, July 13, 2022

Public Hearing Coming Up In The Town Of Campbell

Campbell Town officials say there’s going to be a public hearing with Hunt Engineers. The public hearing will be the Campbell Town Hall, July 26 at 1:00, to talk about the Water District#1 Extension in Campbell.   Officials say the cost of Water District #1 Extension might possibly go up.  The exact numbers will discussed at the public hearing.   


Accident In Campbell

there were no injuries in a two vehicle accident in the Town of Campbell yesterday at 2:00.  State police report that the drivers were from Horseheads and Kansas: a 65 year old man from Horseheads and a 37 year old woman from Kansas.  the accident happened at the Campbell rest stop. 

Hornell Is On The Radar

Some major media outlets including Fox, the New York Times and Yahoo News are now reporting on the Hornell Neo-Nazi pamphlet story.  As you probably know by now, three Hornell residents are accused of passing around white supremecist pamphlets, dropping them off at numerous Hornell locations, including at a Synagogue and a church attended by African Americans in Hornell.  Hornell’s Mayor John Buckley is denouncing this, saying that there is no room for such hate. 


County Monthly Report From The Sheriff 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that in June, there were six DWI’s, 38 car crashes, 29 property damage accidents, nine personal injury accidents and 53 arrests.


Hogan Slams Zeldin

Steuben County Democrat Chairman Shawn Hogan issued a statement saying that Republican candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin is bad for New York State.  Hogan's big issue with Zeldin is that the Long Island congressman voted against certifying Joe Biden in the 2020 election.  The statement concludes with the county Democrat chairman saying that Zeldin is "Bad for women, businesses and public health."  


Zeldin Slams Biden

With the inflation report out, Lee Zeldin is saying that with inflation at nine point one percent, this is the biggest increase since 1981.  


Top Stories, July 12, 2022

Corning Man Is Accused Of Committing A Crime In Bath

State Police report that 38 year old Yosef Simon-Page of Corning, is accused of committing 3rd degree grand larceny in Bath.  Also, Troopers say that a 17 year old unnamed Bath teen, is facing charges of criminal mischief in Bath.


This Year's Tyrtle Beach Success

The Tyrtle Beach numbers for this year, are in.  A total of $34,012 was raised to support youth programs in Central Steuben County.  A big thanks to Neil Bryson for being this year’s jumper.


Neo-Nazi Incident In Hornell

In Hornell, Police Chief Ted Murray says, there are 115 counts of 1st degree harassment against three Hornell residents.  The three are accused of sending neo nazi pamphlets to area residents to individuals around Hornell, including the Hornell Synagogue and a Hornell Church where African American attend.  The Hornell Police Chief also says, that the three might be charged with hate crimes.  Both the police chief and Hornell Mayor John Buckley say, there is no room for this kind of hate.  "The Hornell Police Department responded quickly and appropriately to identify and arrest the individuals in question," said Mayor Buckley.  "There is absolutely no room for this type of hate or any other in our community".

Tonya Smith Will Be Sentenced In One Week From Now

Tuesday July 19, will be the day that Tonya Smith of Painted Post gets sentenced in Steuben County Court, Smith was recently convicted in the fatal dwi case, that caused the death of Donnie Masti of Bath.


Upcoming Local Events

In Hammondsport, the 39th annual classic boat show is coming up this Saturday and Sunday.  Then, the Steuben County Fair will be held August 15th to 21 this year in Bath.


Top Stories, July 11, 2022

Tonya Smith's Sentencing Is Tomorrow 

Tonya Smith will be sentenced tomorrow in Steuben County Court, Tonya Smith was recently convicted on manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges, for running over Donnie Masti of Bath in a fatal DWI that happened in 2019.


O'Mara: Support Finger Lakes Wineries In This Contest

State Senator Tom O’Mara says that USA Today is doing an online poll to find out what America’s top 10 wineries are.   O’Mara says, to vote on this, go to https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-winery/

Some Local Accidents In The News 

Troopers report that there were several accidents in the area on Sunday.  A 25 year old Dundee man was in an accident Sunday afternoon in Bath.  A 72 year old man from Millport was in an accident in the last night in Bath.  There was also a two vehicle accident in Riverside Sunday night, the drivers were from Campbell and Corning.  There were no injuries reported.  


Barn Fire In Bath

The bath fire department responded to a barn fire in Bath on Saturday afternoon.  There is no word about any injuries, to humans or animals. 


Covid Report From Steuben County Public Health

243 COVID positives have been reported over the last two weeks (no update was posted last week due to the holiday). As always, if you do not feel well or have been exposed, it is recommended that you get tested and follow appropriate quarantine protocols. Find more info at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/isolation-quarantine



Top Stories, July 9, 2022

Steuben County IDA Director Updates WVIN On Amazon, Phillips Lighting And LP Building Solutions 

Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson says the former Phillips building is in the process of being demolished.  Johnson also says about half of the building has been knocked down, and the remainder of the building will be down in the next few weeks.  Afterwards, there will be environmental cleanup.  As for Amazon coming to Bath, that project  is under construction, they are currently working on prep on the exterior of the property and preparing to do work on the parking lot and the trucking access points.  Work is also going on inside the new Amazon building.  It's all expected to be finished in November.  On the topic of the LP Building Solutions, their ground breaking will be held on Tuesday in Bath at 11:30am.  


There Are Many Veterans In Steuben County

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says that there is a new study out from Stacker, that shows that Steuben County is the number two in the state, in terms of percent of it's veterans population.  "It really is remarkable and we thank our veterans every day," says Wheeler.  From Stacker.com: 

- Percent of Steuben County residents that are veterans: 10.0% (7,522 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 159
--- Korean War: 548
--- Vietnam War: 2,597
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,353
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,168


Job Opening With The County Public Works Department

The Steuben County Department of Public Works is looking to hire a new engineer, if you’re interested, contact the Steuben County Department of Public Works by August 5th.


Corning Inc Is Going To Have Facilities In Monroe County

Governor Kathy Hochul says that Corning Incorporated is going to grow its operations, to help out the semiconductor market and as a result, help the country's supply chain situation.   Hochul says that Corning's expansion efforts will create over 270 new jobs at its Village of Fairport location, which is scheduled to be completed in 2024.  Additionally, the company will equip a new Laser Optics production facility at Jetview Drive in the Town of Gates, which is targeted for completion in 2023.  

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