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Bath Man Arrested for Trespassing in Milo:


A 29-year-old Bath man has been arrested following investigation into a reported burglary at a home in the Town of Milo.  According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Stejo Paxos was in violation of a court order to stay away from the residence and its occupants.  He was arraigned on trespass and criminal contempt charges and he was sent to the Yates County Jail.



Steuben Legislators Endorse 911 Wireless Surcharge:


The Steuben County Legislature gave its preliminary endorsement Monday to a local law to allow the 911 surcharge on cell phones to be expanded to include all basic wireless devices and prepaid wireless devices.  A public hearing on the local law and a final vote are expected in August. 



Family of Corey Hunt Protest at Steuben Co. Court House:


Outside the Steuben County Court House and the county Jail, the family of 26-year-old Corey Hunt protested Tuesday and Wednesday.  According to the county District Attorney’s Office, Hunt was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2014, but his family believes otherwise.  They believe Hunt was killed at an unknown location and his body was dumped on Route 417 in Addison where it was later struck, and they want his case to be reopened.  District Attorney Brooks Baker said that they did investigate those rumors, but that the evidence “didn’t show anything of that nature (of his body being dumped.)”  He added that if they receive new evidence that indicates otherwise, the case will be reopened, but currently he’s confident with what they have.



Strong Q2 for Corning Inc.:


Corning Incorporated had sales of $2.6 billion in the second quarter, surpassing not just the company’s expectations, but also Wall Street’s.  Compared to last year, earnings per share were also up this year by 14 percent. 



NYS to Investigate “Textalyzer” Technology:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to investigate “textalyzer” technology.  “Textalyzers,” so named due to their similarity to the breathalyzer, would allow police to determine if a motorist had been texting, emailing, or otherwise using a cell phone before a serious crash.  The Governor’s office says the committee will hear from supporters and opponents, law enforcement officials, and legal experts before issuing a report.  They will also review the technology’s effectiveness, the constitutional and legal issues, and how the device would be used in practice. 



President Trump Draws Ire After Telling Upstate NYers to Move for Better Jobs:


President Donald Trump has drawn some ire after an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he suggested upstate New Yorkers should move if they want better job prospects.  The comments came ahead of news that Foxxconn, iPhone’s maker, said they will open a Wisconsin plant for Apple, potentially bringing 10,000 jobs to that area.  Trump told the WSJ, “You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants.  I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York State, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people.”  He added, “It’s ok.  Don’t worry about your house.”  Senator Timothy Kennedy from Buffalo responded on Twitter, saying, “No thanks, Mr. President. …We’re used to being the underdog.  We don’t give up.”  Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. also responded, saying that he was disappointed that a president from New York would bash the upstate.  He said he “had hoped for better.”



Steuben Prevention Coalition Awarded $125K Grant:


Wednesday the Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) announced its received approval for its fifth-year grant award of the Drug Free Communities Grant program for $125,000.  SPC received its first grant award in 2013.  It works to bring awareness of teen alcohol and substance abuse.

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