5 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
The Village of Bath Police Department is reporting the arrest of five people following a complaint of people making meth on Steuben Street in the village on Saturday. 34-year-old Joel Malloy and 34-year-old Nichole Church, both of Westfield, P.A., 32-year-old Christopher English of Bath, 60-year-old Howard O’Dell of Corning, and Megan O’Dell of Savona have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony. All were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, except English, whose bail was set at $10,000. One Bath police officer was taken to Ira Davenport Hospital for treatment for exposure to hazardous chemicals. He was later released.
2018 Steuben County Budget Approved, Tax Levy to Drop Slightly:
Steuben County property owners will see a slight drop in their tax bills next year as the county Legislature has unanimously approved its $191 million budget for 2018. The current budget is $177.7 million. The decline in taxes is due to a slight dip in the county tax levy and an average drop in the tax rate of $0.02 per $1,000 full value.
Steuben Co. Joins Opioid Lawsuit:
Steuben County legislators have voted unanimously to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Steuben will join counties and community governments across the state in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover lost costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction. County Manager Jack Wheeler added that the effort will include large prescribers as well as the pharmaceutical industry. This action is similar to a lawsuit Steuben joined in 1998 against four major tobacco growers in the U.S. The lawsuit resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Special Town of Hartsville Board Meeting Tomorrow:
A special meeting has been announced for the Town of Hartsville Board. It will be tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Hartsville Town Hall. On the agenda will be the purchase of a new loader for roughly $150,000, passing a resolution to allow the deputy town clerk to pay tax collector related bills, and amending the Hartsville wind law.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Volunteers interested in participating in the event should visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org and follow the directions.
Bath Rotary Donates Dictionaries:
Bath Rotary Club members recently presented third-graders at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School with personal dictionaries as part of the club’s annual literacy project. The club also donated dictionaries to Campbell-Savona Central School third-graders.
Southeast Steuben Co. Library Gives Back with “Food for Fines”:
The annual “Food for Fines” program is underway again at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The program gives residents a chance to clear their library fines while also giving back to the community. For every fine accrued, a person can donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for the fine. The donated goods will then be donated to the Corning Food Pantry. If you don’t have any extra food items, the library will also accept “gently used” children’s books for the bright red bookshelves located across Steuben County. The drive lasts through Saturday, December 2nd.