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Shed Fire in Bath:


A shed on County Route 10 in Bath was completely destroyed over the weekend by a fire.  On Sunday afternoon, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the shed, with Assistant Chief Matt Glashouser first on the scene in just 4 minutes.  The first engine was on scene shortly after and firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire.  The siding of the nearby house was damaged from the heat, but the fire never spread and there were no injuries.  The shed, which housed an outdoor furnace, was a total loss. 



Woman Arrested in Hornell Bar Fight:


A fight at a bar in Hornell lead to the arrest of a Hornell woman.  46-year-old Tina Wightman is accused of breaking a beer bottle and cutting someone with it.  She has been charged with 2nd degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th, and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Police say more charges are possible.  The victim was treated and released by St. James Hospital.  Also arrested at the scene was 49-year-old Carter Snyder of Dalton.  He was wanted on a felony bench warrant for allegedly making meth, and he was charged by Hornell Police for allegedly having amphetamines on him at the time of the incident at the bar.



Hornell Man Accused of Lying When Buying Handgun:


A Hornell man has been arrested for allegedly providing false information while buying a handgun.  63-year-old Ronald Randall has been charged with falsifying business records and he has been issued an appearance ticket.



Bath P.D. Calls Up in 2017:


The Bath police department reports that calls for service and arrests were up in 2017, compared with 2016. Police said in 2017, officers made 1,462 arrests, up 27% from the year before. Total calls for service last year were up 11% and parking enforcement was up 86%. In 2017, Bath police made 105 felony arrests, 213 misdemeanor arrests and 69 violation charge arrests.



Tourist Bloggers to Visit Steuben in Sept.:


An opportunity to showcase for the world the beauty and attractions of Steuben County and the Finger Lakes is set for September.  The worldwide group, the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) will hold its North American conference in Corning September 11th through the 13th.  Finger Lakes Wine Country and the Corning Museum of Glass will act as the destination hosts, and Steuben County and Corning Enterprises are the presenting sponsors.  As many as 500 attendees are expected at the conference, representing 150 travel industry professionals.  Steuben’s $50,000 share of the cost of hosting the conference was unanimously approved by county lawmakers Monday.  It will be paid through room tax revenue reserves according to county Manager Jack Wheeler. 



Push for EMS Compensation for Fire Departments:


As fire departments across the state, especially in rural areas, are more often responding to medical calls a bill is now being sponsored in both the Senate and the Assembly that would allow departments to be reimbursed when they go out on an EMS call.  Currently, when a hospital sends an ambulance, it will be reimbursed through a patient’s personal health insurance.  Fire departments see no such refund.  Fire officials say that the money would not only help to keep Fire Departments open, but it would also be used to pay for paid staff, equipment, training, and more.



Yates GOP Endorses Kolb for Governor:


The Yates County Republican Committee has announced support for Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in the upcoming race for the GOP nomination for Governor of New York.  Kolb has served in the Assembly since 2000, representing all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County.



Time Capsule Discovered in NSB Rubble:


A time capsule was recently discovered in the rubble of the former Northside Blodgett School in Corning.  On Monday, the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes emptied it, discovering two 1926 Evening Leader Corning newspapers, a small gold ring, a bible, the Book of Psalms, the remains of a U.S. flag, and a badly damaged envelope and pictures.  Officials say the capsule was most likely damaged by the floods that hit the area in 1935, 1946, and Hurricane Agnes in 1972.  The capsule also had an id tag reading “if found return to Arthur A. Humphrey, 7 East Pulteney Street, and receive a reward.”  Local historian Tom Dimitroff said that the Humphreys have long been involved in Northside Blodgett.   

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