The weather advisory warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 4pm today. Expected weather will be sleet and snow accumulating 6-12 inches while ice accumulations are predicted to reach 1/10th of an inch. Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense and Northwest winds are expected to bring tree damages and power outages. Travel conditions of reduced visibility from precipitation will be hazardous to impossible so please be safe and avoid driving by any means until this evening.
Campbell residents back home
Nearly all residents in Campbell are home, after an evacuation that began Friday with the Campbell-Savona High School around 1 p.m., grew to include the hamlet and ended at roughly 5 p.m. Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said gas and electrical utilities were shut off to approximately 11 homes due to flood damage. Ice moved downstream from Bath and jammed in Campbell, creating a dangerous flooding situation for students and staff at the high school officials moved swiftly to evacuate the school. Then ordered an evacuation of the hamlet around 2:45 p.m. Around 3:30 p.m., the ice jam broke and the flood levels began to drop, Marshall advised residents in the area to prepare for the predicted ice/sleet and snow storm thru Saturday. The storm could bring as much as six to 12 inches of snow across Steuben County. “Stay home,” Marshall said. “Be safe, and warm, and dry.
Pennsylvania Man in Steuben County Court
A Pennsylvania man accused of murdering a mailman from Big Flats and kidnapping a Corning woman was back in Steuben County Court yesterday. Curtis Burrows pleaded not guilty to charges made last year of kidnapping, grand larceny, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Bail set $200,000 cash and $400,000 bond.
Corning Man Charged
A Fraud complaint filed January 1st has led to the arrest of a Corning man. Troopers said 33-year-old Garen Bennett of Corning was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree falsifying business records.
Canisteo in Jail
A Canisteo woman is in jail without bail following her arrest. Acting on a warrant, deputies charged 25-year-old Emily Henry of State Route 248 with violating probation. Henry was previously convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a return court date of January 19th.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to enact the “Solar Panel Collection Act” and establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program in New York State was reported out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee this week and now goes before the full Senate for a vote. The legislation would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop a program for the collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal of out-of-service solar panels. Manufacturers would finance the program.
Fake ID Arrests
New York State set a new record for the number of people arrested last year attempting to use fake identification to buy alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age. As part of the state's year-round Operation Prevent initiative, investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Liquor Authority work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants, concert venues, and alcohol retailers across New York State. Statewide, 893 people were arrested. In the Southern Tier, 45 people were charged.
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has been appointed to serve the Assembly Committee on Education. Palmesano who also serves as Vice Chair of NYS Assembly Minority Conference and has roles in Arts and Sports Developments Committee and Libraries and Education Committee, among several other State Assembly Committees. Palmesano said the key to providing the best possible education “...starts with making sure we treat parents as partners, our teachers as professionals and students who can dream, believe and achieve anything they put their mind to accomplishing.”