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P.A. Teen Charged with Attempted Murder after Leaving Baby in Bag in Elmira:


17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, P.A. is facing an attempted murder charge after an infant was found in a plastic bag behind a residence on Walnut Street in the City of Elmira Tuesday afternoon.  The baby was discovered by neighbors.  They called 911 and administered aid until emergency personnel arrived.  The infant was taken to a local hospital where she is now listed in stable condition.  The investigation is ongoing with Elmira Police asking any witnesses and those with any information to come forward.



Streets Closing in Bath:


The Village of Bath Street Department has announced several road closures for this week.  Today, East Washington Street, to the village line, and Circle Drive will be closed for paving.  On Thursday, May Street from East Steuben to East Washington will be closed, along with Freeman Terrace, also for paving.



Schuyler Co. Meth Bust Nets Four:


A methamphetamine bust in the Village of Montour Falls in Schuyler County has resulted in the arrest of four people.  While investigating a fire alarm August 4th at the Romeo Village Apartments, responders found suspicious items and alerted law enforcement.  52-year-old Daniel Decker, 32-year-old Melissa Oquendo, 19-year-old Rachel Pyhtila, all of Montour Falls, and 54-year-old Kevin Teed of Watkins Glen were all charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.  Oquendo was sent to the Schuyler County Jail in lieu of $1,500, while the other three suspects were remanded without bail. 



“Bath Buck” for Good Drivers:


Besides avoiding a hefty fine, drivers in the Bath area recently got an additional reward for complying with the rules of the road.  During a road check event by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Bath Village Police last Thursday, drivers who were found to be in complete compliance were given a “Bath Bucks” coupon.  Issued by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, the coupon guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Bath area.  Bath Chief Chad Mullen said he’s “happy to be able to recognize responsible members in our community and support our local businesses,” and both he and County Sheriff Jim Allard thanked all motorists who drive responsibly and encourage them to shop local.  Future “Bath Bucks” road check are expected.



Bridges Closing in Cameron, Lindley:


The bridge on County Route 119, between County Road 10 and Cameron-N. Jasper Road, in the Town of Cameron, will be closed to all traffic starting August 11th through the 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  The bridge, also known as Cemetery Bridge, will be undergoing structural repairs.  There will not be an onsite detour.  Also, the bridge on Griswold Road, between County Road 120 and Swarthout Road, in the Town of Lindley will be closed to all traffic starting August 14th for approximately 14 weeks.  The bridge will be completely replaced.  There will not be an onsite detour.



$1.4M Awarded to Food Bank of the Southern Tier:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an award of $1.4 million to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.  In a statement, the Governor said, “This funding will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will continue to be able to put food on their tables and provide for their families.” 



Disaster Training Returning to NYS Fair:


Besides enjoying the rides and food and entertainment of the Great New York State Fair, attendees will again have the chance to get prepared for emergencies as the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training will be back again this year.  The free training will be August 25th, 28th, and 29th, in the Empire Room Restaurant on the Fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m.  The course is aimed at teaching how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.  Participants also receive a free backpack of resources.  

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