Arkport Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse:
An Arkport school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a former student. State Police said Wednesday that 26-year-old Thomas Wight of Cuba was charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Police said the victim was a 16-year-old male and the alleged crime did not occur on school property. Wight was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. State Police Investigator Scott Cicirello told WVIN he believes there are more victims and they should reach out to state police. In a statement, school officials said Wight has served as a long-term substitute teacher with the district since January 2017, and most recently worked with students in the junior/senior high school. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Sunday. In light of his arrest, Arkport Board of Education members voted on rescinding his appointment last night. Wight also taught at Cuba-Rushford and Fillmore Central Schools in the past.
7 More Jurors Seated in Miller Trial:
Seven more jurors, plus two alternates, were seated Wednesday in the trial of 23-year-old Dakota Miller. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says they still want two more alternates before the trial begins. Jury selection will continue today. Miller is charged in the 2015 death of 18-month-old Ian Maniske-Huff.
Addison, Erwin Reach Sewage Treatment Deal:
At the Town of Erwin’s board meeting this week, officials approved a sewer agreement with the Village of Addison. The deal will see Addison outsourcing its sewer services to Erwin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Gang Mills. Erwin will in turn charge the village bulk rates for the volume of sewage processed, and the village will charge residents hooked up in Addison based on those rates. The village sought the deal with Erwin as EPA regulations call for facilities that discharge into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to reduce phosphorus and nitrate levels by at least 10 percent by 2020, and it would cost the village more than $6 million to retrofit its existing plant to meet the regulations. Addison’s treatment plant will be shut down once the Gang Mills facility begins processing the village’s sewage.
Meeting on End of Coopers Plains-Long Acres Sewer Project Tonight:
There will be a public information meeting on the end of the Coopers Plains/Long Acres Sewer Project tonight at 7 p.m. at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church. Officials will be discussing some key information for residents in affected areas of the project, including connection fees.
Tuition Increase at GCC:
Another area community college has announced a tuition increase. The Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees has set the 2017-18 tuition at $2,025 per semester for full-time students, an increase of $50 over the previous year. Tuition for part-time students will be $165 per credit hour, an increase of $5. Despite the increase, President James Sunser said that Genesee’s tuition and fees remains among the lowest among all State University of New York colleges.
Dunn Field’s “Set the Night to Music” Postponed:
Elmira’s popular “Set the Night to Music” event and fireworks display has been postponed and will not be held at Dunn Field this year. City officials denied the application by organizers of the event, citing safety concerns and, as the field is in a residential area, fears that event goers would block driveways or trespass on private property. Despite the denial, organizers of the event say it will go on at a different time and location.