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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 1st

Former Guthrie Physical Therapist Facing Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit:


A former physical therapist from Painted Post is named in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct.  The suit was filed by four women who claim Gregory Parfianowitz fondled them during massage therapy, gave them ill-fitting towels to cover themselves, and discussed sexually-charged topics during their sessions.  Parfianowitz was charged with four misdemeanor and violations charges, and was then acquitted of the charges by one of the women following a jury trial in November.  The acquittal prompted the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to discontinue prosecution on the remaining counts.  The suit also names Dr. Kathleen Hallinan, an internist; Diane Legendre, a physician assistant; Corning Hospital, and Guthrie Medical Group as defendants.  Hallinan and Legendre are accused of violating their duties to inform superiors of the allegations, as well as violating patients’ trust.



Two Arrested for Shoplifting:


Two area women have been arrested in two unrelated shoplifting incidents.  19-year-old Angelena Maio, of Corning, was arrested at the Tops Market in the Village of Riverside for petit larceny.  Alexis Law, of Bath, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in the Town of Erwin.  Both women were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Corning and Town of Erwin courts, respectively.



Prattsburgh, Greenwood Among Those to Benefit from Internet Grant:


Prattsburgh and Greenwood are among the local communities that are going to benefit from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program Round Two.  The Governor has announced the Southern Tier is receiving $38.8 million to help improve internet access to nearly 13,000 homes and businesses. The money will fund 17 projects.  Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Woodhull, Rathbone, and Jasper will also benefit here in Steuben County, as well as the Chemung County town of Van Etten, and Orange, Hector, Reading, Montour, and Catherine in Schuyler County.



Village of Bath Budget Meeting:


The Village of Bath will hold a budget meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the budget and anything else that comes before the board.



Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Announced:


On April 22nd one of the first women to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans will join other local residents in the Steuben County Hall of Fame as the 2017 inductees.  Monday, the county Legislature approved the nominations of Hannah Simpson Spencer, of Jasper; Dr. Roy W. Robinson, M.D. of Wayland; and Patrick and Betty Monahan, of Bath.  The inductees were selected in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents and based on their ability to enhance the name of the county and develop the county in ways the committee felt should especially be remembered.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Hosting Citizen Police Academy:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Public Safety Building on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. from March 6th through May 8th.  The course is intended to provide residents with an overview of law enforcement operations and methods to foster understanding and partnership with the community.  It does not certify participants for any aspect of law enforcement.  The class is free, but registration is required.  An application is required for background purposes.  Call 622-3930 for more information.

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