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Hornell Man Arrested for Abusing Child:


A Hornell man was arrested Thursday after the Olean General Hospital alerted authorities of child abuse.  50-year-old Rickie Johnson Sr. was admitted at the hospital for threatening suicide.  While there he disclosed that the reason he wished to harm himself was because he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old boy.  When interviewed by State Police, Johnson reportedly admitted to the inappropriate contact and provided a written statement.  He was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.



More Charges with Rochester Man Who Pretended to be Officer:


More charges have been filed against the Rochester man that allegedly impersonated a federal agent in the Bath area.  During a court appearance Wednesday, 62-year-old Dr. Richard Hoyer was additionally charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and one count of unauthorized police lighting in his vehicle.  Hoyer was arrested on March 9th after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly posing as a police officer.  He was previously charged with first-degree criminal impersonation.  Following Wednesday’s court proceeding, Hoyer was released on his own recognizance.



Steuben Co. K9 Officer to Receive Body Armor:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office’s 4-legged officer will soon be getting the same sort of protection as his two-legged coworkers.  K9 Devin will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interested in K9s, Inc, a non-profit organization.  The vest is sponsored by Jeremiah and JoLee Yeddo of Plattsburgh.  Delivery is expected within 8 to 10 weeks.  The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.  K9 Devin is a four-year-old German Shepard that joined the Sheriff’s Office in January 2014.  He’s named in honor of Army Sergeant Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2011.



Local Hospitals Could Be Hit by AHCA:


Gov. Cuomo is warning that hospitals in Steuben County could face funding cuts of more than $2.3 million if the American Health Care Act and its amendments are eventually passed. According to an analysis by the New York State Department of Health, Ira Davenport could lose $332,000, St. James $795,000 and $1.2 million at the Guthrie Corning Hospital. Cuomo said the funding reductions could cripple hospitals and their ability to provide critical health care services for local residents and jeopardizing hundreds of jobs.



FLSPCA Acts for Public’s Help with “Feline Emergency”:


The Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath is asking for the community’s help with what it’s calling a “Feline Emergency.”  64 cats were rescued from a home earlier this week, and while area shelters are assisting with the care of the animals, the SPCA is still in need of further items like blankets, towels, dry and wet cat food, cat litter, bleach, and laundry soap.



$274K Raised in “Check Out Hunger” Campaign:


Thursday, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced the results of its 23rd annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign and it was good news all around.  The fundraiser saw a 1 percent increase from last year and raised over $274,000.  Grocery stores throughout the region participated, including Jubilee Foods, Save-a-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans.  Shoppers donated at the register.



Work on I-86 Today:


The New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Bath will be performing road work on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath today in order to remove 12 light poles.  Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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