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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 9th

18-year-old Charged in Alleged Assault:


An 18-year-old from Bath has been charged following an alleged assault at Snell Farms in the Town of Bath.  Tyler Lautner is accused of stabbing a staff member with a pencil, intentionally damaging property, and preventing the staff member from contacting 911.  He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.



Savona Woman Accused of Driving Stolen Car:


Felony charges have been leveled against a Savona woman that was allegedly caught driving a stolen car.  According to police, 61-year-old Louann Labarr was driving the vehicle along State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca.  She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Steuben Co. Public Safety/Correction Committee Approves Public Defender Applicant:


On Monday, the Steuben County Public Safety and Correction Committee unanimously approved Attorney Shawn Sauro for the position of county Public Defender.  The 43-year-old Sauro has served as a county assistant district attorney, and worked heavily with former county District Attorney Phil Roche.  Sauro is expected to be officially appointed to the position on January 22nd at the Steuben County Legislators’ Meeting.  He will be paid $92,000 annually.



Steuben Co. Couple Honored at Victims’ Panel:


Before the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee Monday, county Sheriff Jim Allard recognized the service of a local couple.  Ralph and Grace Stevens have been attending the county Victim’s Impact Panel for over 30 years, sharing the story of their son, 16-year-old Lenny Stevens, with people charged with driving while drinking.  On August 7th, 1979, the teen was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a drunken driver.  On Monday, the couple officially stepped down after their years of faithful service.  Sheriff Allard thanked them and expressed “collective appreciation, gratitude, and recognition.” 



Armstrong Teller Communications to Speak at Hartsville Town Board Meeting:


There’s expected to be a presentation by Armstrong Teller Communications at the next Hartsville Town Board meeting, which is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th.  Town Supervisor John Bowles says that they will be speaking about high speed internet service.

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