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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 15th

Storm Warning Still in Effect, Use Caution:


Caution is still urged today following the massive winter storm that enveloped the area Tuesday.  Steuben County Director of Emergency Management Timothy Marshall urges those who don’t need to go out to stay home.  The concern today, he said, is not just continued snow, but also high winds that could make for very poor visibilities and poor driving conditions.  Residents are advised to call ahead to make sure destinations are open, be prepared for delays, and to check for updates on travel conditions.    Local closings and delays are available here on WVIN and on wvinbath.com with Stormwatch.  Drivers can call 511 or visit http://www.511ny.org for information.  Please do not call 911.



Police Seek Suspect in Road Rage Incident:


Troopers are seeking a suspect who allegedly displayed a handgun during a road rage incident Sunday night near the intersection of County Road 111 and County Road 84.  According to the North Hornell state police the incident occurred around 8 p.m. and the man in question was gone by the time they arrived on the scene.  He is described as a white male about 50-years-old.  Average build with long grey hair and a beard, wearing a baseball cap, a winter plaid jacket possibly blue in color, and blue jeans.  He was operating a silver pickup truck with large mirrors, four doors, and amber marker lights.  Anyone with information should call the Wayland State Police barracks at 585-728-5007.



Snow Storm Snapshot – How Others Faired:


Locally, it was a messy, snowy day that shut down schools and many businesses and

organizations.  A travel advisory was announced for Steuben, but no ban.  How did other areas fair?  Broome County took the brunt of the storm with some areas recording 14 inches of snow by 7 a.m., and at 4 p.m., the National Weather Service posted 27 inches of snow in Endwell.  Chemung County issued a travel advisory Tuesday afternoon, but the Elmira area only saw about 5 or 6 inches.  Police in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties reported a few minor accidents and cars off the road.  In Buffalo, 255 members of the National Guard were called in.  In Rochester, following last week’s heavy windstorm, some 3,000 people were still without power.



St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdown:


Steuben County Sheriff James Allard has announced that Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement crackdown on impaired driving over the Saint Patrick’s holiday weekend.  The effort starts on Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th and runs through March 19th.



Drug, Alcohol Presentation in Bath March 29th:


The Steuben Prevention Coalition will present a drug and alcohol program entitled “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug, Concealment and Alcohol Trends” on March 29th at the Bath Haverling High School Auditorium.  It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. for school personnel, area professionals, educators, and prevention providers; from 1 to 3 p.m. for law enforcement, probation officers, first responders, and fire departments; and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for community members and parents.  Registration is requested by calling 587-4015.

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