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Human Remains Found in Bath Determined to be Missing Man:


The identity of the human remains discovered in Bath in February of this year has been determined.  After review of evidence, state troopers have identified the remains as Orrin Mastin of Bath.  Mastin was last seen on January 18th 2013, and was subsequently reported missing.  At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53-years-old.  The investigation at the time discovered that Mastin did not take any personal effects with him when he was last seen, including his medications, wallet, credit cards, personal effects, and stored clothing.  The remains were discovered on February 19th by a hiker walking through an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle.  The ensuing investigation determined that the remains had been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period and remnants of clothing found on the remains, closely resembled that Mastin was last seen in.  The location of the remains was consistent with his last known direction of travel.  That evidence, along with the results of a DNA comparison, led troopers to identify the remains as Orrin Mastin.  The investigation into the cause of death is continuing, authorities say foul play is not suspected.



Brothers Arrested in Canisteo Burglaries:


Investigation by police into multiple residential burglaries in the Village of Canisteo has resulted in the arrest of two brothers.  25-year-old Anthony Schneider is facing six counts of burglary in the second, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance.  31-year-old Michael Schneider has been charged with two counts of burglary in the second.  Michael was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $75,000 cash bail, while Anthony was remanded without bail.



2 Arrested for Allegedly Helping Mental Health Patient Abscond from Hosptial:


Two men have been arrested for allegedly helping a mental health patient abscond from Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital.  According to police the patient was awaiting transfer to a mental health facility and fled prior to transport with assistance from 25-year-old Jamie Gould of Bath and 26-year-old Cheyenne Koons of Cohocton.  The patient was later located with Gould in the Town of Cohocton and was returned to the care of hospital staff.  Koons was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent person and was released on his own recognizance.  Gould was charged with the same misdemeanor and was issued an appearance ticket.



Troopers Investigating Bradford Burglary:


Bath based state troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred in the Town of Bradford sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday.  Troopers say the thieves entered a residence and a garage on Ct. Rt. #17 and stole a cut-off saw and weed trimmer.  Anyone with information is asked to call the state police or Steuben County 911.



Parking/Traffic Restrictions During Bath’s Spirit of Christmas:


Tomorrow is the annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath.  There are many activities scheduled between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at various locations around Pulteney Park and on Liberty Street, and as such there will be parking and traffic restrictions in place.  At 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces on Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking.  At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic.  All vehicles must be removed no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense.  Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the village. 



NYS Investing $7.7M into Corning Inc.:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the investment of $7.75 million by the state into Corning Incorporated’s Valor Glass.  The manufacturing will take place at the company’s Big Flats plant on County Route 64, which will be refurbished.  It’s expected to bring in over 185 jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier.  Corning has teamed up with pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer to use Valor glass in packaging that the company says will enhance storage and delivery, and will provide more reliable access to medicines.



Guthrie Health Restricting Visitors Ahead of Flu Season:


As flu season approaches, Guthrie Health has announced that it will be restricting some visitors.  Effective tomorrow, anyone under the age of 12, and anyone with fevers, coughs, sore throats, runny noses, and congestion will be restricted.  Officials say face masks and hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances of their hospitals.



Simms Appointed Steuben Historian:


The Steuben County Historian’s office has a new face, with Emily Simms recently appointed to the position, succeeding retiring county Historian Eleanor Silliman.  A Bath native, Simms recently graduated from SUNY Buffalo.  She has solid experience in museums, including The Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, and the Albright-Knox Art Museum, Burchfield Arts Center and Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo.



Wreaths Across American Donation Deadline Extended:


The deadline to donate to Wreaths Across America has been extended to midnight Friday.  The deadline was originally Monday.  For $15, a wreath made of live greenery will be placed at the gravesite of a veteran.  Bath National Cemetery is taking part in this year’s annual wreath laying ceremony, which is set for December 16th.  You can sponsor a wreath at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica-bathny.org/.  

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