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Bath Woman Accused of Getting High While Driving, Causing Accident:


A Bath woman is facing several charges following an accident in Corning on Monday.  25-year-old Cicianca Failing was allegedly getting high on canned air while driving near the intersection of Wardell Street and Reynolds Avenue.  She nearly struck another vehicle and then hit a tree.  She is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stay in lane.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.



Bath Man Charged with Falsifying Business Records:


A Bath man has been arrested for falsifying business records.  52-year-old Luis Santiago was arrested following an investigation by authorities into his dealings with the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  He has been charged with falsifying business records and two counts of petit larceny.  His parole status was also petitioned for revocation.



Endicott Firefighter Accused of Starting Blaze:


An Endicott firefighter is facing an arson charge after he allegedly set his own home ablaze.  41-year-old Jason Stokes of Vestal was arraigned Monday in Broome County Court.  He’s accused of starting a fire at his home at 410 East Main Street in Endicott on August 10th while his wife and two children were inside.  The Broome County District Attorney says that responding firefighters discovered multiple containers of fuel inside the home.



One Charged in Elmira Nativity Fire:


A 24-year-old transient man has been charged with setting the fire at the Elmira Nativity scene early Tuesday morning.  Police say Daniel Peterson-Green told them he accidentally started the fire with a cigarette, but they say their investigation shows Peterson-Green intentionally lit a cash register receipt and then let it catch on a bail of straw.  Peterson-Green then allegedly fled the scene.  He has been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and was sent to the Chemung County Jail on $750 cash bail.  The Nativity scene was damaged beyond repair and has since been removed.  With Christmas just weeks away, the city is reportedly working with area churches for a temporary solution.



Join the Bath V.A. for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:


Today is the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack by nearly 400 Japanese warplanes on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Five battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed.  About 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 more were wounded.  The attack prompted the United States to enter World War II.  In remembrance today of those who lost their lives, join the Bath V.A. for an open house at the V.A. Museum Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Painted Post Master Plan Meeting Tonight:


A public meeting will be held tonight regarding the new Village of Painted Post master plan.  The meeting will go over the results of the preliminary master plan survey with public input on the formation of the new comprehensive plan.  The meeting will be held at the Painted Post Fire Station on Steuben Street at 6 p.m.



Riverside Comprehensive Plan Tuesday:


The Village of Riverside will hold a public meeting on December 13th to discuss its comprehensive plan and the results of the recent village-wide survey.  It will be held at the Riverside Hall on Stanton Street at 6:30 p.m.



Winter Driving Tips from the Red Cross:


As Winter creeps closer and snow increasingly features in the forecast, the Red Cross has issued some tips to help make driving easier and safer throughout the season.  Besides limiting speed and staying aware of the surroundings, drivers should also stock a winter kit in their vehicle, including a blanket, food, and a change of winter clothes.  You can also download the American Red Cross first aid app on your phone, which contains a list of ways to prepare for weather and environmental emergencies.  

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