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Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 16, 2017

BATH MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO OCTOBER DEATH
A Bath man has been arrested and jailed without bail in connection with the suspicious death of a man 8 months ago at a home on West Washington Street. Bath Police say 54-year-old William Young Jr. was charged with felony counts of drug sales and possession. He was arraigned in court and remanded to the county jail without bail. Young will head back to court June 26th. The death investigation continues.

 

MILLER TRIAL BEGINS

Opening statements began in the Dakota Miller trial yesterday. Miller is the Hornell man accused of beating and killing his girlfriend's 17-month-old infant. Witnesses called to the stand include the St. James registered nurse who examined the baby, Hornell Investigator Thomas Aini, a member of St. James emergency staff and a hospital security guard. The jury consists of 12 jurors with four alternates. Court resumes today at 9:00 A.M in Steuben County Court.

 

SCSWCD TO ADMINISTER GRANTS TO COMBAT POLLUTION
Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) is administering state grants to reduce water pollution, develop new income sources and implement best practices. There are three open contracts covering 20 landowners for pasture management, covered barnyards, cover crops and manure storage according to SCSWCD District Manager Jeff Parker. Contracts under this funding total $2.6 million, with about $1.2 million funding state “Ag Nonpoint”, a funding program established by the state in 1994 to help farmers prevent water pollution.

 

STATE SENATE APPROVES BILL FOR MEDICAID FRAUD SOFTWARE REIMBURSEMENT

Yesterday New York State Senate approved legislation to reimburse counties for the cost of buying Medicaid fraud detection software to detect cases of fraud, waste, and abuse within New York’s Medicaid system.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and the state senator says the use of “data mining” software has the potential to save taxpayers millions. Companies like Salient Corporation of Horseheads developed software programs used by the State Health Department and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

 

ARKPORT BOARD OF ED VOTES TO TERMINATE ABUSE SUSPECT

The Arkport Board of Education this week on Wednesday night voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Thomas Wight. Superintendent Jesse Harper said Wight had been a long term substitute teacher with English classes in grades 7-12. The 26-year old from Cuba was arrested by State Police Tuesday and charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Investigators allege that Wight sexually abused a teenage boy who was a former student. Harper noted that the alleged incident did not occur on school property.

 

REED ANNOUNCES BIOFINERY PROJECT GRANT

Congressman Tom Reed has announced the approval of an Alfred State College grant for Biofinery Development and Commercialization Center project. The $1.5 million grant is awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase equipment and develop programs to teach and train manufacturers new skills. The project will help private and public partners use natural resources to create business that are sustainable using “advanced” manufacturing processes. Reed says the grant project will be used to help develop a process extracting chemical assets from wood to make energy and biofuels.  

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