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Convicted Sex Offender Jailed After Offering to Teach Marital Arts to Children:


On Monday, a convicted sex offender in Steuben County was arrested on new charges.  36-year-old Vernon Vanzile III of Campbell has been charged with failing to register or verify as a sex offender and failure to notify the state Division of Criminal Justice Services of change of Internet or internet identifiers, both class E felonies.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Vanzile was allegedly advertising to teach martial arts to children in his home and their investigation revealed that Vanzile had several internet profiles on social media and other internet sites.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Threat Locks Down Penn Yan Schools:


Penn Yan Middle and High Schools were locked down Tuesday morning after village police received a threat that targeted the school.  An unidentified 15-year-old male student was subsequently arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.



Steuben Officials Help Out at Food Bank:


There were some extra helping hands at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Tuesday.  Steuben County officials stopped in to help pack backpacks for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program.  The program provides children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare food each Friday during the school year.  The program serves nearly 1,000 children in Steuben County, and thousands more across the region. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Program Finds Trained Dogs a Home:


The first graduate of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s SPIRIT program held an informal press conference Monday, although his public comments were restricted to vigorous tail wagging and toothy smiles.  The program pairs dogs selected by Hornell Humane Society and the Finger Lakes SPCA with an inmate at the county jail.  The groups also place the graduating dog with an adoptive family.  Major, a Labrador-pit bull mix, completed his training program at the Public Safety Building in 5.5 weeks.  Steuben County Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore said another dog, Ralphie, is still in training, and another is likely to join in January. 



New State Paid Family Leave Police Starts 1/1:


Governor Cuomo has announced the launch of the nation's strongest, most progressive and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Starting January 1, New Yorkers will have job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. When fully phased in, New Yorkers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting:


The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium.

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