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Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:


A Bath woman has been charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after she reportedly used her car to physically push a 16-year-old out of a parking space at Champlin Beach.  According to witnesses, 76-year-old Marjorie Carson warned the teen that she was “going to do it” before bumping him several times and forcing him to leave the spot.  She was additionally charged with reckless driving.



Inmate Accused of Falsely Reporting Assault:


An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested for falsely reporting an incident.  29-year-old Jeremy Thomas reportedly told authorities that another inmate assaulted him, causing a broken collarbone and a contusion on his head.  However, an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office found that Thomas had in fact slipped and fell while running, causing his own injuries.   



Steuben Legislators to Look at 911 Revenues:


Steuben County lawmakers will consider repealing and replacing a local law when they meet today. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless devices, as well as all prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.



Finger Lakes Could Become National Heritage Area:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed will visit Watkins Glen today where they are expected to make an announcement about the possibility of the Finger Lakes becoming a National Heritage Area.  Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study across 14 counties, including Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins.  Officials say the designation would help boost tourism, and conserve and protect the region’s natural, historic, and cultural resources.  Reed and Gillibrand are scheduled to be at Lakeside Park and Pavilion in Watkins Glen at 12:10 p.m. today.



Hammondsport Restaurant Permanently Closes After Second Fire:


After two fires in less than a year, a restaurant in Hammondsport has decided to permanently close its doors.  Havana Cabana, at Snug Harbor, made the announcement on their Facebook page.  The building caught fire in November 2016, and then again in May 2017 – right before Havana Cabana was set to open.  Snug Harbor owner Tim Tompkins said they will likely have a new tenant next year.  They plan on restoring the property and hopefully by next spring they’ll have suites for rent, an updated restaurant and their usual docks for lease.



WGI Named “Best NASCAR Track”:


Out of 20 nationwide finalists, Watkins Glen International has risen to the top to once again be named “America’s Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today.  This is the second time WGI has received the recognition, with the first time being in 2015.  Finishing in second place this year was Martinsville Speedway. 



$44K Raised for Food Bank:


Over 150 cyclists descended on Hammondsport this weekend to help raise funds for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The annual ride, which starts at the Hammondsport Fire Department, has been supporting the food bank for the last three years.  The riders come from across the region and they have their choice of several different routes, from a 100-mile century course to a 16-mile family course.  Saturday’s event reportedly raised over $44,000 for the food bank.



Bush’s Recalls Baked Beans:


Bush Brothers & Co. has issued a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Backed Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on cans.  The company urges consumers to dispose of affected products immediately even if the beans do not appear spoiled.  Information, including UPCs of affected products, is available at http://www.bushbeans.com.  

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