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Tractor-Trailer Accident Early Thursday on I-86:


No injuries were reported in a tractor-trailer accident that occurred on I-86 early Thursday morning.  According to the Campbell Fire Department, the tractor-trailer swerved to avoid another car in the media, west of the rest area. 



Addison, Arkport Both Pass Capital Projects:


In both the Addison and Arkport School Districts Thursday, voters approved multi-million dollar capital projects.  In Addison, the $23 million project received 411 ‘yes’ votes to just 125 ‘no’ votes.  The majority of the work will be done at Tuscarora Elementary School.  Over in Arkport two projects got the okay: a $6.5 million project to make upgrades to the K-12 building and facilities that passed 222 to 62, and a $1.65 million project that will go toward renovating the school’s kitchen and cafeteria that passed 204 to 77.



Corning Man Facing Multiple Weapons Charges:


A Corning man is facing multiple felony weapon charges after six illegal weapons were found at his residence.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher Black also had a small amount of marijuana on his person when he was arrested.  He has been charged with six counts of criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail. 



Drug Complaint Leads to Arrest of Bath Woman:


A Bath woman has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a drug complaint that was made to the county 911 center.  Deputies reportedly received information on November 26th that a vehicle was driving around the Bradford and Bath area conducting illegal drug activity.  When the vehicle was located, they initiated a traffic stop and allegedly found 25-yearold Sara Mehlenbacher to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of drugs.  She was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and inadequate exhaust.  She was additionally charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as she allegedly failed to return the vehicle she was driving to its owner.  She was issued appearance tickets on all the charges.  She will appear in Canisteo Village Court at a later date.



Bradford Man Arrested in Domestic Dispute:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Bradford man following an investigation into a domestic dispute on November 27th.  25-year-old Steven Buchanan has been charged with assault and criminal mischief for allegedly getting into a physical altercation with another person and injuring that person.  He also allegedly prevented the victim from calling 911.  He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.



$60.4M in Economic Development Funds Awarded to Southern Tier:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Southern Tier will receive $60.4 million in Regional Economic Development Funding from the state.  The funds are part of $700 million that were announced Thursday.  Steuben County is set to receive nearly $5.5 million, while Chemung and Schuyler counties will each receive more than $2.6 million.  Some projects expected to benefit from the funds are water infrastructure improvements in Hornell, Erwin, and Addison.  Also, the Corning Museum of Glass will receive about $276,000 to build a mobile glass blowing studio.



2 Positions Filled at BEGWS:


After Guy Hallgren was fired as Director at Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems, two Commission members stepped down from their positions.  Wednesday night, the Bath Village Board filled those two vacant seats.  Mark Alger, retired Steuben County Manager, and Robert Plaskov, a retired attorney, will fill the positions left open by Harold Rodbourn and Mike Austin.



Two Area Fire Depts. Named in State Audits:


Two area fire departments have been named in audits released Thursday by the New York State Comptroller’s Office for lax accounting policies.  According to the documents, lack of financial oversight from the Bradford Volunteer Fire Company’s board of directors led to the misappropriation of nearly $8,500 in funds by the department’s treasurer.  The treasurer, Sherry Hamilton of Bradford, was arrested in July on a charge of grand larceny.  Meanwhile, a review of the Painted Post Volunteer Fire Department found that the department lacked written policies and procedures related to cash receipts and disbursements, procurement and claims processing, and that they had not adopted a code of ethics as is required by law.  Both departments must file corrective action plans with the Comptroller’s Office within 90 days.



Farmers Recognized in Steuben Co. Ceremony:


After a very difficult year in the upstate, some local farmers were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night in Steuben County.  Awards recognizing farmers for their hard work, production, community partnership, and volunteer efforts were handed out by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County.  Amy Irvine was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer – Under 10 Years,” while Joan Tichenor was awarded “Outstanding Volunteer – Over 10 Years.”  Joe Laquatra was awarded “Campus Connection,” Paul and Kathie White were awarded “Outstanding Producer,” and Campbell Building Supply was awarded “Spirit of Partnership.”



Temporary Nativity Scene Replacement to be Unveiled Dec. 16th:


At an event next week, a temporary replacement for the Nativity Scene in Elmira’s Wisner Park will be unveiled.  The previous scene was destroyed early Tuesday in a fire authorities say was deliberately set 24-year-old Daniel Peterson-Green.  He has been charged with felony criminal mischief.  The event will be held at Wisner Park at 5:30 p.m. on December 16th and will include carols, cookies, and a collection drive for the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities’ Second Place East homeless shelter.  

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