Police out in Force
Beginning this morning and continuing through January 2nd…you’ll likely see more police vehicles on area roadways. It’s part of the special enforcement campaign aimed at drunk and impaired drivers. Troopers, deputies and municipal police will be out in force. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement campaigns can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20%. Last year, across the country in December, there were 840 alcohol-related traffic deaths. Area police say…consider this your one and only warning.
Identity of Victim in Elmira Murder Released
Thursday afternoon, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference where the identity of the victim of a suspicious death in the Town of Elmira was announced. 33-year-old Robyn Roper of the Bronx was found on Draht Hill Road Wednesday night, dead from apparent gunshot wound(s). The investigation is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 737-2933.
Bath police are still looking for tips regarding a home invasion this week on West Morris Street. One or more people stole more than a thousand dollars’ worth of gifts from a home. A reward has been offered. The getaway vehicle was parked behind the old Bath Packing building on West Morris Street, and at least 2 subjects entered the residence. Any information should be forwarded to the Bath Police.
Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Extended
For those who didn’t get a chance to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act by its Thursday, December 15th deadline, there will now be more time. The New York State of Health has announced the deadline to enroll or renew coverage for a plan effective January 1st has been extended through Saturday, December 17th. If you have questions or need help enrolling, you can log onto http://www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call 1-855-355-5777. According to the NY State of Health more than 55,000 people have enrolled in coverage or renewed their plans over the past three days.
Public Transportation Coming to Yates County:
Starting January 3rd, public transportation will be available in Yates County. The Yates County Legislature authorized a contract with Yates Transit Service earlier this week. A website is expected to launch shortly after Christmas that will detail the schedules and fares. There will no cost to the county or local property taxpayers. The ARC of Yates will provide the service.
Hornell Receives Grant for Water Pollution Control Plant:
At the Hornell Board of Public Works meeting Thursday morning, it was announced that the city has been awarded at $562,800 grant as part of the 2016 Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding. The money will be used to purchase a new bar screen at the pollution control plant. The bar screens are intended to catch larger objects as they pass through the treatment process. The current screen has been in service since 1970.
Steuben County Legislature meeting Monday
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday, lawmakers will be asked to add a fee for people who want to dispose of TV’s, computer monitors and similar items at county disposal facilities. Disposal is free right now, but if the measure is approved, it will cost $20 per item…effective January 1st.