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J-T School Aide Accused of Having Inappropriate Contact with Student:


A teacher’s aide for the Jasper-Troupsburg school district has been arrested following an investigation into inappropriate contact with a student.  23-year-old Bethany Leach, of Jasper, has been charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly exchanging nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos over Facebook and Snapchat with a child she met while serving as a teacher’s aide at the Junior/Senior High School.  State Police report their investigation found that the contact was limited to digital communications and that there was no physical interaction, and it did not occur at the school.  Leach was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Multiple Charges with Bath Man Following Accident:


A motor vehicle accident has resulted in multiple charges against a Bath man.  State Police report that they were dispatched to Harrisburg Hollow Road in the Town of Bath around 9 p.m. Friday night on a report of a vehicle in the ditch.  They say they located the driver – 49-year-old William Schaffer – nearby and he was administered a field sobriety test.  As a result, he has been charged with felony DWI, felony DWAI, and aggravated unlicensed operation.  The vehicle was unregistered, uninspected, uninsured, and displayed stolen registration plates, and so Schaffer was additionally charged with multiple vehicle and traffic law charges, and criminal possession of stolen property.  A search of the vehicle also reportedly turned up suspected marihuana and oxycodone, and Schaffer was additionally charged with unlawful possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Schaffer was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:


A Corning man is facing multiple charges following a domestic incident in the city on Saturday.  26-year-old Cameron Ware is charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.  Police say Ware fought with a woman, pushing, punching, pouring water on her, knocking her to the ground, choking her, and threatening her with a knife.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail.



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing to Start 8/6:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will be flushing the village’s water mains beginning Sunday, August 6th, continuing through Friday, August 25th.  The BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains crew will be flushing the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.  Customers should be aware of the potential for dirty and discolored water, and are advised to check the water before use.  Should you experience dirty water, turn on a faucet, preferably outside, to clear the water line before doing any laundry, cleaning, or cooking.  Any concerns and/or difficulties with your water service can be reported at the 24-hour Customer Service line at (607) 776-2173.  Regular updates will be posted on the BEGWS Facebook page and here on 98.3 WVIN.



Turning Point Announces 10th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive:


Turning Point is now accepting donations for its 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive for Steuben County students in grades Pre-K through 12th.  School supplies and monetary donations can be made until August 14th at either the Bath or Hornell Turning Point locations.  Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Bath location.  School supplies will be distributed in a new format this year – a School Supply Depot hosted at both Turning Point locations.  Parents must bring proof of address and school supply list to the Turning Point location corresponding to the school district in which they reside on August 24th, 25th, or 26th.  Residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona, or Wayland will pick up school supplies from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bath location.  Residents of Arkport, Hornell, Canisteo, Greenwood, Cohocton, and Wayland can pick up school supplies from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Turning Point Hornell.



Alligator Captured in Whitney Point:


There’s a happy ending to the reported sightings of an alligator in Whitney Point.  On Saturday, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials captured the animal behind the fairgrounds and the reptile will now get to spend the rest of its days at Animal Adventure Park, which is also home to April the giraffe – who took social media by storm when the birth of her calf was livestreamed on youtube.  Park officials said the alligator will first enter quarantine before being placed on exhibit. 



Apple Releasing “Do Not Disturb” Mode to Combat Distracted Driving:


Tech giant Apple is joining the fight against distracted driving.  In its next update to the iPhone operating system, there will be a new safety feature – a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode.  When enabled, the system will block any incoming texts or alerts, and requires phones to connect to Bluetooth or hands-free technology before allowing incoming calls until it senses the car is no longer moving.  In case of emergency, texts sent in succession will be able to break through.  Parents will also be able to set specific restrictions for teen drivers.  The update is expected to be released this fall.

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