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Pulteney Man Charged with Abusing Child:


Following a joint investigation by New York State troopers, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and Steuben County Child Protective Services, a Pulteney man has been arrested for allegedly abusing a child.  73-year-old James Desrosiers is accused of intentionally subjecting a child less than 11-years-old to sexual contact.  He has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child and is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.  Additional charges are pending.



Bath Man Found with Drugs, Weapons:


The Hornell Police Department got some assistance from the State Police and North Hornell PD over the weekend in the capture of a Bath man wanted on several charges.  According to police, two suspicious people were located under the Cameron Street Bridge in the Village of Bath Sunday afternoon, and during their investigation, one of the men fled.  State Troopers responded and set up a perimeter.  The man, identified as Harold Warner, was quickly apprehended.  Warner was wanted on a criminal possession charge, among others, and he was sent the county jail without bail.  Warner allegedly had deadly weapons and narcotics on him at the time of his arrest.  Charges are pending.



Severe Weather Knocks Out Power to Thousands:


The severe weather Monday has knocked out power to many across the region.  In Steuben County, as of this morning, just over a thousand customers were still waiting for restoration, according to NYSEG.  The hardest hit, by far, was Broome County, where over 15,000 customers were still without power as of 5:30 a.m.



Hammondsport Could See School Tax Increase:


The Hammondsport Central School’s proposed budget stays below the state tax cap, but residents could still see a slight increase in tax rates.  The $13.9 million budget includes a 1.61 percent tax levy increase which would see taxes rise slightly from the current $9.90 to $10.06 per $1,000, though rates will vary by town depending on equalization.  A public hearing on the budget will held during the Board of Education meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.



Annual Savona Trash Collection 5/12:


The Village of Savona’s annual trash collection will be Friday, May 12th.  Residents are reminded that all items must be curbside by Thursday night, no exceptions.  Scrap metal and appliances must be stacked separately, and absolutely no tires, garbage, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers, televisions, paint cans, or hazardous materials.



Steuben Youth Tackle Issues:


Eleven Steuben County high school students tackled county issues on April 26th at the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session in the county Legislature’s chambers.  The program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for the past three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about local government operations.  After touring Steuben facilities and meeting with county officials, the students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session.  Some of the resolutions they presented and debated included: the need for a homeless shelter in Steuben County, efficiency of the New York State SNAP System, integration of Farm to School programs to stimulate healthier nutrition in students, and more.



“Purloined Pearls” Tickets On Sale:


The 2017 “Celebration of Spring” Mystery Dessert Theater is “The Case of the Purloined Pearls” – a production featuring the Keuka Lake Players on May 20th at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath.  The whodunit is a nod to classic movies blended with local color.  It includes voluntary audience participation and an intermission with dessert service and prizes.  Tickets are on sale now for $15 for one, or $25 for a pair at the Haverling High School and the county Office for the Aging.



Bath-Haverling Budget Hearing Tonight:


There will be budget hearing for the proposed Bath-Haverling School District budget tonight during the Board of Education meeting.  It will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

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