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Avoca Man Arrested for Child Porn:


A yearlong investigation into child pornography by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of an Avoca man.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, investigators were contacted in August 2016 by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland about a resident in Avoca that was soliciting photographs of a 15-year-old from Maryland.  A search warrant executed by the Sheriff’s Department found photos and videos of the girl on the subject’s electronic devices, among other evidence.  26-year-old Nunziato Nirelli has been charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony, and he was issued an appearance ticket.  Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible.



Accidental Shooting Leads to Marijuana Bust:


A Jasper man who allegedly accidentally shot himself is facing drug charges after police discovered marijuana on his property.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene on 5 Corners Road in the Town of Jasper and found 26-year-old Michael Whritenhour on the front lawn of his residence with a gunshot wound.  Their investigation turned up a gun inside the residence, as well as marijuana plants growing inside and outside.  They believe Whritenhour was clearing off a bed and knocked the gun over, which then discharged and struck him in the abdomen.  Whritenhour was transported to Sayre.  He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was issued appearance tickets.



Governor Announces Funding to Fight Child Abuse:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new wave of funding to combat child abuse.  Over $4 million will be shared by 26 state-approved child advocacy centers.  The centers are located across the state and the funding will be used to offset the cost of purchasing and installing video recording equipment, as well as hiring specially trained staff to interview victims of sexual and physical abuse.



I-390 Work Postponed:


The asphalt pavement overlay work on Interstate 390 that was originally set to begin Monday, has been postponed to Tuesday, August 8th, the NYS Department of Transportation has announced.  The project will extend from Neils Creek in Wallace to Exit 2 in Cohocton.  Work will also be done on Cohocton Loon Lake Road, as well as on the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Exit 2.



New Free Fishing Days Announced:


Officials have announced new free sport fishing days in New York on Veterans Day, the weekend preceding Presidents Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day, (which is) the fourth Saturday in September. During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office NYS Boating Safety Course:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the county Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, August 12th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The class is limited to 30 students, so call (607) 622-3911 to reserve your seat.  Any individual age 14 or older, wishing to operate a personal watercraft, and any individual born on or after May 1st, 1996, wishing to operate any recreational vessel must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.

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