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Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 6th

High-Speed Police Chase in Hornell:


A Wellsville man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Friday night.  Officials say it all started around 8:30 p.m. when they attempted to pull over 47-year-old Kelly Baker on West Main Street in the City of Hornell.  Instead of pulling over, authorities say Baker lead police on a chase through Almond, Alfred Station, Andover, and Wellsville where he was finally taken into custody.  During the chase, Baker struck a Hornell police car and an Allegany County Sheriff’s vehicle.  No injuries were reported.  Baker is facing numerous charges and is currently being held in the Allegany County Jail.



Corning Council to Vote on Ward 2 Today:


When it voted in January, the Corning City Council could not break the tie between the 2nd Ward nominees Michele Beckman and Kate Paterson.  Today, it’ll try again.  The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to vote again to fill the vacant seat.  To win, a candidate must receive the votes of five city councilmen.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Fields 109 Animal Cruelty Investigations:


The first year of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s animal cruelty unit fielded 109 reports of cruelty or neglect, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard.  Allard recently reported that the investigations took place in 35 towns and villages, with 90 percent them of conducted by Animal Cruelty Officer Todd Terwilliger.  Three of the investigations resulted in the owners voluntarily signing their animals over to the Finger Lakes SPCA, and two other complaints remain open.  Allard said the majority of the investigations were resolved by issuing written or verbal warnings with education and compliance statements followed up with a physical compliance check. 



Prescription Drop-Off Point in Bath:


The Bath Village Police Department is reminding residents that if they have unused, unwanted prescription medications, they can now be dropped off in the lobby of the Village Hall.  Accepted medications include: patches, ointments, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and medications for pets.  Just visit the Village Hall and put them in the available Med Box.



Sales Tax Collections Sees Sluggish Growth in NY:


According to a new report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 2016 was another year of sluggish growth for sales tax collection in New York State.  In the report, six counties, including Yates, saw sales tax collections grow by more than 4 percent in 2016.  Eight counties, including Chemung, saw collections of more than 2 percent.  Steuben County saw a growth of .9 percent.  Central New York was the only region to suffer a decline in collection.

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