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More Details Released in Bath Bomb Threat:


Details regarding a possible bomb threat made against a business in Bath have been released.  State Troopers and K-9 units investigated the Arc of Steuben building and property Tuesday night in response to the threat, which was made around 7 p.m. by phone to the Justice Center in Albany, according to Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns.  Authorities found nothing during their search.  The business was closed and vacant at the time.



Indictments Handed Up in Steuben Co. Court:


Several indictments were handed up in Steuben County Court Tuesday.  22-year-old Joshua Jackson of Bath was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, and petit larceny.  45-year-old Aaron Silva of Bath was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching.  28-year-old William Newton of Georgia was charged with rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment.  39-year-old Phillip Drake of Painted Post was charged with criminal contempt, criminal trespass, and endangering the welfare of a child.  All the defendants will appear in Steuben County Court to answer the charges at later dates.



Vote on Arkport Capital Project Today:


The fate of two multi-million capital projects for the Arkport Central School District will be decided by voters today.  The first, $6.53 million project would include upgrades to certain infrastructure and new athletic facilities, as well as improvements inside classrooms and throughout the school.  The second project, which would only proceed if the first project is passed, would spend $1.65 million to reconfigure the school’s cafeteria and kitchen.  The first project would not result in a local tax increase.  Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. in the Arkport gymnasium.



Hornell CSD Finds Lead in Water:


At Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the Hornell School District, Superintendent Doug Wyant announced that three of the five schools tested for lead in their water.  The Bryant school had 8 unacceptable outlets and the Junior/Senior High School had 11 outlets that were found to be slightly contaminated.  The Columbian school tested clean.  The school board is still waiting for results for the Intermediate School and North Hornell School.  According to Wyant, the contaminated outlets have been posted and are not in use for consumption.



27 Bags of Heroin Found During Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop on 390 on Sunday turned into a drug arrest.  According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, a deputy pulled over a vehicle in the Avon area that was being driven by 27-year-old Tom Getman Jr. of Dansville.  39-year-old Brandon Salmon of Canisteo was a passenger in the vehicle.  The deputy reportedly discovered 27 bags of heroin in the car, and a jar containing marijuana.  Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Getman was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.  Both men posted bail and were released.



Governor Continues to Fight “Zombie” Properties:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to fight the issue of so called “zombie” properties

across the state.  He has announced a new Consumer Bill of Rights under the Department of Financial Services as part of an effort to help New Yorkers in the event of foreclosure, and there’s a new regulation for banks and mortgage lenders.  They’ll be required to report and maintain any vacant or abandoned properties.   



Tourism Agency President Steps Down:


The president of the local tourism agency for Steuben County, Corning and the Southern Lakes, has announced that he will be stepping down in order to take a new job offer.  The last day for Jake Buganski will be Friday, December 9th.  He will be taking the position of Executive Director of the Division of Travel and Tourism for the State of New Jersey.  In a statement, Buganski said that while he might be leaving, he looks forward “to returning regularly as a visitor.”

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