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Cameron Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing Weapon, Leaving Accident:


A Cameron man has been arrested in relation to two separate incidents.  34-year-old Ivan Caparulo was taken into custody by deputies due to allegedly possessing a weapon, a rifle, as a convicted felon.  He was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.  Additionally, Caparulo was charged in a separate incident involving a motor vehicle crash in the Town of Jasper.  He was issued summons for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a vehicle without an interlock device, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right, and having no displayed number plate.  He was released on his own recognizance.



Violation of Probation Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent violation of probation arrests.  On November 26th, 36-year-old Brian Witherell of Bath was taken into custody as a result of a traffic stop on County Route 64 in the Town of Hornellsville.  He was arrested on an alleged violation of probation warrant out of the Town of Prattsburgh Court.  A search also revealed he was in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device.   He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  On December 1st, 42-year-old Howard Pratt of Canisteo was taken into custody at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath due to an alleged violation of probation warrant.  He was also sent to the county jail without bail.



Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding social services.  29-year-old Christopher Spengler allegedly reported false job search forms to the Steuben County Department of Social Services, and as a result received public assistance he would not otherwise have been eligible for.  He was charged with one count of falsifying business record and one count of welfare fraud.  He was issued appearance tickets.



A.G. Launching Investigation into Net Neutrality Comments:


The New York Attorney General’s Office has announced that it has launched an investigation into millions of fake comments surrounding the proposed repealment of net neutrality.  The repeal would lift rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing web traffic and creating so-called paid internet fast lanes.  The fake comments, which were posted as part of the comment process, used real American identities and A.G. Eric Schneiderman said that one of his own colleagues had their identity used to post fake comments in favor of the repeal.  The A.G.’s Office has created a website where New Yorkers can check if their identities were used, and Schneiderman urges everyone to check and then report to his office to further aid in the investigation.  You can check at https://ag.ny.gov/fakecomments



Public Hearing on Campbell Restore NY Grant Project:


The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a project for the Restore NY Communities grant program. The town board wants to submit an application for the Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center located in the east-central business district. The town wants to secure funding to renovate the restrooms and enclose the outdoor pavilion.  The hearing will be held next Monday at the town hall beginning at 7 p.m.



Tommy Hilfiger in Corning for Book Signing Tuesday:


A celebrity with local ties is going to be in Corning today.  Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will be signing copies of his book ‘American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business’ at the Tommy Hilfiger store at 47 East Market Street from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today.  For a $20 donation, you’ll not only get a copy of the book and his signature, you’ll get to meet the designer himself.  And all the proceeds from the event are being donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  Hilfiger grew up in Elmira and still has many ties to the area, including family and friends.



Voters to Decide A.S.D. Property Purchase this Week:


Voters in the Addison School District head to the polls this week. On Thursday, residents will decide whether or not to give the District authority to spend $25,000 to purchase property at 10 Colwell Street, adjacent to the Middle-High school. Officials say acquiring real property contiguous to the high school is an important part of the District’s long-range planning for parking and safety issues. Officials also said this real property provides swing space for the District to be able to use for increased parking needs of the new Middle School wing, the Event Center and the new pool that will be constructed in Phase III of the capital project. Voting takes place Thursday in the high school cafeteria from noon until 8 p.m.



Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:


There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. on Wednesday.  The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus.  This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.

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