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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 20, 2018

New Equipment to Combat Narcotics for Steuben Sheriff's Office
Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be able to use new technology to prevent handling dangerous narcotics like fentanyl by hand. The $13,000 TruNarc device is a handheld narcotics analyzer that was made possible for Steuben County deputies through a Corning Incorporated Foundation donation of $23,500. What’s left of the Corning grant will fund an updated license plate reader costing $10,500 which will be set up in detail with a K9 unit for traffic stops to more aggressively control narcotics entering Steuben County via two interstate highways. The Sheriff’s Office anticipates to have the equipment ready for use by late February.



Horseheads Collision Last Night
A collision late last night in Horseheads was reported after first responders came to the scene of a crushed sedan on the highway. Authorities were called to the I-86 and Route 13 intersection through the westbound lane of I-86. Injuries, casualties and cause of the accident are still unknown as details are emerging for this developing story.


Spann, Wheeler and Hawkins Indicted for Narcotics Charges
Three people who are alleged to have sold narcotics in the Village of Bath have been indicted by a Steuben County grand jury. Brandi Hawkins and Alfonso Spann of Bath and Courtney Wheeler of Corning have all been indicted on multiple charges for drug sale and possession after an investigation was pursued lasting several months. Hawkins, Wheeler and Spann are being held in Steuben County Jail without bail.


Two Arrested, County Inmate Charged for Social Service Violation
Two Bath residents were arrested by Steuben County Sheriff Deputies for Misuse of food stamps in violation of a New York State Social Services law. Amanda Counterman and Cory Counterman were taken into custody at the Public Safety Building after allegedly receiving a state benefit card and PIN number from Steuben County Jail Inmate Allen Horton and using the card to receive benefits they were not authorized or eligible to utilize. Both Mrs. and Mr. Counterman will appear in Bath Village Court on February 7th.


Hornell Man Arrested for Falsifying Records
A Hornell man was charged with Falsifying Business Records in the second degree. Ronald Randall was arrested by New York State Police of Wayland after he allegedly applied to buy a firearm by providing false information. Randall was issued an appearance ticket in the town of Hornellsville Court for a later date.


Hornellsville Man Arrested for Aggravated DWI
A Hornellsville man was arrested by Steuben County Sheriff deputies for aggravated driving while intoxicated. Steven W. Fuller was stopped on County Route 64 in Hornellsville for allegedly operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol content over .18% and released on traffic summons. He will appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court February 22nd.


Canisteo Man Arrested for Violating Probation
A Canisteo man was arrested for a violation of probation. Deputies charged James C. Tigner for violating his probation conditions after a previous conviction of petit larceny. Tigner was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail. Tigner is scheduled for reappearance in Steuben County Court.


Webster Man Arrested for Steuben Warrants
A Webster man was arrested due to a Superior Court warrant of arrest for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Paul L. Lockwood was stopped on I-390 near exit 4 by New York State Police for a vehicle and traffic violation. Police discovered he was wanted on warrants issued by the Steuben County Court and turned over to Steuben County Deputies before Lockwood was admitted to the Steuben County Jail and awaits as his future appearance date in Steuben County Court is pending.


Volunteers Needed to Remove Bath National Cemetery Wreaths
Wreaths Across America placed about 3,000 wreaths on the graves of Veteran’s at the Bath National Cemetery last month to end the year honoring our veterans. Now, volunteers are needed to take care of the wreaths. Steve Mower of Vietnam Veterans of America says due to more wreaths being placed this year than last, twice the volunteers are needed and he is hoping to have 50 people help remove the wreaths. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to meet at the Bath National Cemetery Friday, January 26th at 3 p.m. to participate.

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