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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 19th

Cameron Man Accused of Biting, Choking Victim:

 

A Cameron man is facing charges of assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.  29-year-old Anthony Ocasio is accused of choking and biting the victim over a two day period, causing physical injury.  Ocasio was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

 

 

Bradford Woman Charged with Child Endangerment:

 

A Bradford woman has been arrested following a call by a child to Steuben County 911.  According to police, they were dispatched to the residence of 46-year-old Gina Dickinson on January 12th and their investigation revealed that she was unable to properly care for a child who was present at the home, due to an extremely high level of impairment.  Dickinson has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was released on her own recognizance.

 

 

Hornell Mayor Officially Appoints Deputy:

 

New Hornell Mayor John Buckley officially appointed 6th Ward Alderwoman Jessica Cleveland as his Deputy Thursday evening.  The Deputy Mayor assumes Mayoral duties in the event of the Mayor’s absence due to death, physical incapacity, impeachment, or resignation.

 

 

Common Ground Reports High Opioid Abuse in Steuben in 2016:

 

A report released this week by the Finger Lakes health agency “Common Ground Health” indicates Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the region in 2016.  According to the recent study of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Steuben residents visited hospital emergency departments for opioid abuse and overdoses 121 times in 2016.  Fourteen people died that year from opioids – nearly triple the five deaths that occurred in 2015.  The report also found that roughly 54 percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years.  Steuben is proactively fighting against substance abuse.  In addition to law enforcement efforts, the county Sheriff’s anonymous tip line and drop boxes for unused medications, and treatment offers by the Department of Community Services, the county hosted three forums in 2017 intended to provide information and assistance to those struggling with addiction.  The county has also joined a class action lawsuit in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover the soaring legal costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction. 

 

 

WGI, Go Bowling Teaming Up:

 

Thursday, Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling announced a partnership where Go Bowling will be the sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Glen starting this season.  The Go Bowling at The Glen race weekend will also include the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, August 2nd through the 5th.  Over the multi-year agreement, Go Bowling will receive naming rights to the race that will be featured on network television, promotional opportunities, and a presence on the midway, including two fully-operational bowling lanes.

 

 

Amazon Releases List of Possible Headquarter Locations:

 

Retail giant Amazon has released a list of possible locations for its highly prized second headquarters, and while New York State did make the list, none of the proposed Upstate regions are on it.  The company received several proposals from New York, including: the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area.  Only New York City was included on the newly released list.  According to Bloomberg, the new headquarters is projected to cost more than $5 billion, and it’s expected to create more than 50,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

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