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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 2nd

2 Arrested in Gun Thefts:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Campbell residents for the theft of firearms in the Campbell/Savona area.  24-year-old Todd Buck has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a long gun from a residence on County Route 125 in Campbell and then selling it to a business in Chemung County.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.  28-year-old Joseph Kish III has been charged with burglary, and 2 counts of grand larceny for allegedly stealing two long guns from a residence on West Lamoka Avenue in Savona and then selling them to a business in Chemung County.  He was sent to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail.  The Sheriff’s Office reports that there have been two other similar incidents that they’re investigating and over the past week they’ve recovered nine stolen guns.  They’re asking any member of the public in the Campbell/Savona area that are missing long guns to contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a report and to see if any of the recovered weapons are theirs.



Drug Charges for Bath Man:


A Bath man has been arrested on charges of possession and sale of a controlled substance.  39-year-old Robert Wood was arrested at his residence on a superior court warrant and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Prattsburgh Post Office Reopened:


After being closed over safety concerns, the Prattsburgh Post Office has finally reopened to customers.  A notice was mailed to residents this week that said the office reopened on November 23rd with its regular hours.  The Pulteney Post Office, which had extended its hours during the difficulty, has also returned to its regular hours. 



Spirit of Christmas in Bath Tonight, Parking/Traffic Restrictions:


The annual Spirit of Christmas event returns to Bath tonight and while there will be plenty of fun to be had, it’s important to remember there will also be some parking and traffic restrictions as well.  At 3 p.m. today, vacant parking spaces on Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking.  At 3:30, Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben Street between Howell and Gansvoort, will be closed to traffic.  Vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and along East and West Pulteney Square by no later than 4 p.m. or they’ll be subject to tow.  Detours will be posted for those traveling through the village.  During the event, the permit parking area of the village parking lot will be open to the public without charge.



Canisteo Village Court Issues Message Regarding Jury Duty Today:


The Canisteo Village Court has issued a statement for those with Jury Duty today.  The court says that due to technical issues with the phone system, they were unable to leave messages with instructions to appear.  So if you were summoned for jury duty and were directed to appear today, you must appear.



Tioga Downs Casino Opening Today:


Three years after its quest for a gaming license began; Tioga Downs is ready to open the doors of its new casino to the public.  Today at 3 p.m., following an opening presentation and ribbon-cutting ceremony, the new gaming floor will be available to eager players.  It includes 33 table games, such as Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, as well as other casino games like Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, 3-Card and 4-Card Poker, and the Big 6 Wheel.  All of the video lottery terminals have been replaced with new slot machines.



Special Session Considered for Lawmaker Pay Raise:


A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that the governor and top lawmakers are discussing a special session on legislative pay raises before the end of the year.  A state commission recently turned down the proposal, but lawmakers have until the end of the year to vote to give the commission more time to reconsider.  The spokesman said that while lawmakers are looking for a raise, Cuomo wants them to consider government ethics reforms and funding for a new hate crimes task force.



Steuben to Hold Drug Forum in Feb.:


Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid and other substance addictions through public information will lead to a public forum that’s been slated for February.  County officials, physicians and related agency representatives recently met to plan a dedicated and cohesive campaign aimed at helping addicts and their loved ones deal with substance abuse.   Plans include a forthcoming “facts sheet” listing the agencies providing help for addicts and their families.



Mass Gathering of Santas Coming to Corning:


Santa is coming to town a couple weeks early to celebrate with craft brews, live music, and more with Corning’s 1st Annual SantaCon.  Organized by Brick House Brewery in Corning, the focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill.  You can show up for free, in a just hat, but participants are encouraged to wear a full Santa, Elf, or other Santa-related costume.  The event will start at the Iron Flamingo Brewery on Saturday, December 10th at 6 p.m. and from there participants can walk to the other participating locations – Lando’s, Cap’n Morgan’s and Brick House Brewery – to enjoy the festivities that each has planned.  Please check out each participating business’ website and Facebook pages for more details.

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