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Corning Man Found Guilty of Sex Crime:


Following a two-day bench trial, 36-year-old Ruben Bailey of Corning was handed a guilty verdict Wednesday in Steuben County Court on charges of criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child, and tampering with physical evidence.  Bailey was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a person less than 16, and of attempting to destroy a cell phone during his arrest.  Bailey was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail after the verdict was read.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 10th.



Indictment Charges Hornell Woman with Causing Son’s Death:


The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment and an arrest charging 30-year-old Britney Updyke of Hornell with manslaughter in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.  Updyke is accused of intentionally endangering the physical welfare and recklessly causing the death of her son, Bryson Hunt.  Updyke allegedly used illegal drugs close to the time of the child’s birth and failed to notify medical personnel during delivery and subsequent care of the child.  Bryson Hunt died a few hours after birth on June 24th.  Investigation revealed that fentynal and bath salt overdose were the primary factors in his death.  Updyke has been released on her own recognizance and is expected to appear at a later date to continue proceedings.



Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:


A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an underage student in possession of prescription medication that was not prescribed to them.  Authorities say that a 14-year-old student from Campbell-Savona was found in possession of prescription medication and that 49-year-old Kathy Clark supplied it.  Clark has been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.



Avoca School to Make Up Snow Day:


Avoca Central School Superintendent Stephen Saxton sent home a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday announcing that the school would be making up one of its snow days.  The school has had to close 4 times over the winter, which leaves it one day shy of the required number of days that the state requires students to be in session.  The school will now have a half-day for all students on Friday, May 26th.  School will begin at the normal start time, and students will be dismissed at 11:45.  Saxton said that they will be providing both breakfast and lunch that day.



NYSDOT to Discuss Steuben Co. Projects Tonight:


The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss upcoming projects in Steuben County.  It’s expected they’ll discuss plans to replace the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton River near Kanona in the Town of Bath, and adding a roundabout to the intersection of Route 415 and 53.  The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Kanona Fire Hall.



Drug Take Back Set for April 29th:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 29th.  Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can drop off any unwanted and unnecessary prescription medication.    The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension in Bath.



Art to “Bloom” April 29th-30th in Steuben Co.:


Spring isn’t the only thing that’s blooming this month.  For the 5th straight year, artists throughout Steuben County will be opening their doors on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th for the special “Arts in Bloom” weekend.  The free event will feature 15 locations, representing over 100 artists, using a wide variety of techniques and styles with live demonstrations from over 20 artists.  For an up-to-date list of the many live demonstrations, visit http://artsinbloom.net/live-demonstrations/



Events Set to Find Owners of Unclaimed Funds:


Several events have been scheduled for the month of April to try and find the owners of unclaimed funds.  New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there are 35 million unclaimed funds accounts valued at $14.5 billion.  The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits, uncashed checks, insurance claims, stocks and other sources that have been dormant.  Some goes all the way back to the 1940s.  Besides the events, many of which will take place downstate, residents can also search for and claim their money by using the online system or by calling 1-800-221-9311.



Scripps Looks to Avoid Tie, Adds Written Test:


For the last three years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie – a streak that includes two local spellers that became co-champions in 2014 and 2016.  Hoping for a solo champion this year, the competition has announced that it’s adding a written tiebreaker test that will be given to the top spellers before they begin spelling words in the finale.  The results will only be revealed if two or three contestants make it through unscathed.  There would only be a tie if the top spellers get the exact same score on the test.  This year’s bee will be held May 30th through June 1st and local student, 13-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post will be competing.

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