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Repair Shop Destroyed, Home Damaged in Campbell Fire:


A Campbell business was destroyed and a family home was damaged by fire Wednesday.  The blaze started around 8 a.m., when the engine of a lawn tractor sparked in the garage at G&R Repairs on County Route 333 while the owner, Glenn Vogel – who happens to be the Assistant Fire Chief in Campbell – and an employee were working on it.  The garage was a complete loss; the adjacent home was limited to smoke damage.  The family says they plan to rebuild the business. 



4 Arrested Following Stop in Corning:


Four people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Corning Tuesday.  Authorities say the vehicle was pulled over in Lamphear Court just before 3 a.m. and when the vehicle was checked by patrolmen, more than an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found packaged for sale.  Arrested were 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Melanie Stoudt, both of Addison, and 25-year-old Zachary Snyder and 18-year-old Juan Abrue, both of Pennsylvania.  They were all sent to the Steuben County Jail where Abrue is being held on $500 cash bail while Baker, Stoudt, and Snyder have no bail.



Mower Stolen from Empire Tractor:


State Police are investigating the theft of a mower from Empire Tractor in Cohocton.  The mower is said to be a 2016 Kubota 22 hp zero turn lawn mower with a 48 inch mower deck, and police say it was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. July 1st and 5 a.m. July 2nd.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wayland State Police.



Trucker Arrested in Travel Center Incident:


An incident at the Pilot Travel Center in Kanona resulted in the arrest of a truck driver from Colorado.  State troopers say they were called to the scene on reports of a fight in progress and they arrested 48-year-old Robert Hewitt on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



Jury Selection Begins Today in Trial of Second Fatal Fire Suspect:


The second person charged in the fire that killed a man in Wayland in February 2016 will have her trial officially get underway in Steuben County today with jury selection.  Iryn Meyers is accused of intentionally setting the fire at the home of David O’Dell, and of taking out fraudulent insurance claims on the house, its contents, and O’Dell’s life.  Meyers’ husband, Joseph, was convicted in May of first degree murder and arson.  He is facing a potential life sentence.



Community Health Fair at Bath VA Today:


There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus.  This event is an opportunity for veterans and their families, and the community to learn more about the V.A. and its community programs and services.



Local Law Officers Receive Training at Steuben Public Safety Building:


Fifteen students from law enforcement agencies recently completed New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services courses at the Steuben County Public Safety Building.  The students, from the Allegany, Chemung, and Steuben Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the City of Corning and City of Hornell Police Departments, and the state Police at Alfred successfully completed the two-week state Instructor Development Course and Police Field Training Officer courses.  The students will be able to field-train new officers or deputies, conduct local, regional, and state trainings, and instruct at certified state Basic Courses for police and peace officers.



“Gorilla Glass” Concept Car Revealed by Corning Inc.:


On Wednesday, Corning Inc. showed investors that its “Gorilla Glass” can be used for more than phone screens.  They unveiled a concept car that uses the glass in the dashboard, the center of the steering wheel, the center console, and even had a roof made of glass.  According to the company, the glass is thinner, lighter, and stronger than regular glass and it could help with fuel economy.  However, it does currently cost much more than regular glass. 



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:


The reorganizational and regular July meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the VEW Primary School Cafeteria.



Red Cross Issues Blood Emergency:


The American Red Cross is urging all available donors to give blood as they experience what they’re calling a “blood emergency.”  While it’s typical for the organization to see a drop in donations over the summer when high school and college students, which make up twenty percent of donations, are out of school, according to officials this year they’re down 61,000 units, compared to the same time last year when they were down 39,000 units.  To find a blood drive near you visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/.  You can even schedule an appointment and save time by using the Rapid Pass system on the same site.    

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