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One Day, Two Heroin Busts in Hornell:


Sunday was a busy day for Hornell Police.  They made not one, but two heroin busts.  Three people were arrested around 2 a.m. after a search warrant was executed at a home on Grand Street and heroin pre-packaged for sale was found.  41-year-old Jason Reisinger, of Hornell, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  26-year-old Brittany Hunt, of Hornell, and 32-year-old Joshua Owens, of Dansville, were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.  Then, in an unrelated case, officers discovered 40 envelopes of heroin pre-packaged for sale during a traffic stop on Hornell Street around 2:30 p.m.  21-year-old Dana Masterson, of Hornell, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole.  All four suspects were sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



New Twist in Prattsburgh Sex Slavery Case:


There’s a new twist in the 2013 case involving a Prattsburgh man accused of sex slavery.  23-year-old Brandon Todd was accused of kidnapping a local woman and holding her hostage for sex.  He ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors and was sentenced to a year in prison.  Now, Todd is back in prison and he will serve an additional 9 months for what is his second parole violation.  He will also receive another year of probation when he’s released.



Consesus Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching:


A Conesus man has plead guilty in the Town of Livonia Court to illegally poaching multiple deer over several months.  33-year-old Matthew Feil was charged with six counts of violating New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law since October 2nd 2016.  During that time, Feil illegally killed three bucks, illegally possessed deer tags from other hunters, improperly co-signed deer tags, improperly tagged deer, failed to tag deer, and illegally used a Big Game season buck tag on a bow-killed deer.  As a result, Feil was required to pay $5,540 in poaching fines and surcharges.  The DEC reminds the public that if they witness an environmental crime or believe a violation occurred, to call the DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-332-3267.



Gov. to Announce Proposal for Ride-Sharing in the Upstate, Voting Changes:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce today a proposal that would make ride-sharing available statewide.  Currently, companies like Lyft and Uber are only available in New York City.  The announcement is expected to come during the first of the Governor’s regional State of the State addresses.  In other news, the Governor is also pitching a modernization of the voting system in New York.  The “Democracy Project,” as it’s called, aims to allow early voting, automatic voter registration, and same-day voter registration.  Cuomo says each will “make voting easier for New Yorkers.”  The Governor is expected in Buffalo today, and he’ll be in Syracuse Wednesday.



What You Need to Know About Christmas Tree Pickups:


With the holidays well and truly behind us now, many people are stripping their beloved Christmas trees of garland and baubles, and are looking to dispose of them.  Many local areas offer pickup of trees, but the rules and dates vary.  In Addison: residents are asked to place the tree on the curb for public works to pick up before the end of January.  After that, residents can dispose of their trees at the village compost site dump.  In the Village of Bath: residents are also asked to place their trees on the curb for pickup.  The village says they will pick up trees for the next 4 to 6 weeks.  The trees will be chipped into mulch that will be available to residents for free at the village compost facility in the spring.  In the City of Corning: place the tree between the curb and sidewalk, public works will pick up trees Monday through Thursday until January 22nd.  In the Village of Painted-Post: place the tree on the curb.  Public works will pick them up for the next couple of weeks.  For residents without service or who miss the deadline in their community, the Steuben County Landfill will accept trees in Bath and at all transfer stations.



Pistol Owners Required to Recertify:


A provision of the NY SAFE Act, established in 2013, requires that all state pistol permit holders recertify their permit every five years.    As we approach 2018, that first five-year requirement is looming.  Currently, only those who were issued their permit before January 15th 2013 need recertify before January 31st 2018.  Anyone who was issued a permit after January 15th 2013 will be required to recertify before their five year anniversary.  There are two ways to recertify, online and through the mail.  The online process can be done at https://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/  Through the mail, applications are available in person at the Steuben County Clerk’s Office and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  If you have any questions about the process, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office or the Clerk’s Office. 



Large Increase in Obamacare Sign-ups in NYS:


Despite the President-elect’s promises to scrap it, New Yorkers have been signing up for Obamacare at a furious pace.  According to the Department of Health, by the third week of December, 3.4 million people have enrolled, an increase of 22 percent over the same period last year.  And officials confirm that all 62 counties saw an uptick in enrollment.  The last day to sign up is January 31st.

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