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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 18, 2017

Steuben Sheriff Department Reorganizes
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is undergoing some organizational changes. Previously, the department operated under the command structure of five sergeants, five investigators and two corporals, all reporting to the captain who reported to Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis. Now, three new lieutenants have been promoted to each oversee a specialized area of operations. These three areas are Road Patrol, Criminal Investigation and Special Services which includes Court Security as well as the Civil and Navigation Division. This change was inspired by a study undertaken in February by McNelis with the goal to streamline communication within the department.

Pulteney Woman Charged Following Dispute Call
A Pulteney woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the Town of Pulteney. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched for a domestic incident on County Route 78 and charged Presey R.E. Hernandez with misdemeanors of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hernandez was released on her own recognizance and scheduled for a later court date appearance in the Town of Pulteney.

Regular Hunting Season Begins in Steuben
Yesterday, crossbow season ended and now the regular hunting season begins today in Steuben County. Species that can be hunted now are black bears and deer of both sexes. Properly controlled deer hunting is cited by the DEC as
an important tool in managing deer populations that helps maintain balance for habitat and wildlife resources. The season continues until December 10th.

Baron Winds Energy Facility Growth Continues
The Baron Winds Energy Facility project in Steuben County continues to advance. The company says by the end of the month, it will file an application with a state Siting Board seeking permission to construct and operate the proposed facility. The project includes an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind-powered electric generating facility consisting of up to 76 wind turbines to be located in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland. The Facility will include wind turbines together with the associated collection lines, access roads, permanent meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance (O&M) building. After the application has been filed, Baron Winds will provide funding in the amount of $300,000 to be disbursed by the Siting Board to municipalities and other local parties to help pay expenses, including attorneys and consultants.

State Forms Suicide Task Force
NYS has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that includes leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other recognized experts in suicide prevention. Task Force members will examine and evaluate current suicide prevention programs services, and policies. Members will then make recommendations to increase access, awareness, and support for children, adolescents and adults in need of assistance. The Task Force will also explore methods to address and prevent bullying and cyber-bullying. New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation.

NYSEG and RG&E May Face Penalties After Investigation
The New York State Public Service Commission has completed its investigation into the March 2017 Windstorm that swept Western New York and determined that the poor storm restoration response by two utilities — Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation (RG&E) and New York State Gas & Electric Corporation (NYSEG) — violated the companies’ own emergency response plan. As a result, the companies’ owners now potentially face millions of dollars in financial penalties. With the Commission’s order, NYSEG and RG&E are directed to respond within 30 days to show why an administrative penalty proceeding should not be initiated.

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