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Bath Teen Arrested in Violent Incident:


A 14-year-old from Bath has been arrested following a violent incident at the Hillside Children’s Center in Bath.  According to Bath State Police, on the evening of January 21st, the teen allegedly broke several windows and chairs inside the detention facility and physically threatened staff members with a long shard of glass.  The 14-year-old has been charged with criminal mischief in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd and was released to the custody of their legal guardian with an appearance ticket for Steuben County Family Court.



Steuben Public Defender Aims to Make a Difference:


Newly appointed Steuben County Public Defender Shawn Sauro said Monday he intends to maintain the high standards for public defense set by his predecessor Philip Roche.  Sauro worked in the Public Defender’s Office for the past 1.5 years before Roche took office in late 2017 as the county Family Court Judge.  He will oversee an office of two full-time assistant public defenders and seven part-time assistant public defenders assigned to the criminal courts; three full-time assistant public defenders in family courts and three administrative staff.  The office handled 1,743 felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in 2017 – a jump of 386 compared to 2014.  Family court cases remained relatively stable at 643.



Next Steuben Co. IDA Voted In:


The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has elected Michael Nisbet to serve as the agencies’ next Chair.  Nisbet has served on the Steuben County IDA Board of Directors since March 2006.  He serves as the Managing Director and CFO at TTA/Transitair where he has worked for over 28 years.  He said that he is “thrilled to be able to serve,” and that the goal “…is to create and stimulate an economic climate that competitively positions Steuben County to attract talented people, promote new business development, and to assist and respond to opportunities that will ensure long-term stability….”  Nisbet is taking over for Philip Roche following his election as Steuben County and Family Court judge.



State Considering Lower Gun Hunting Age:


Children as young as 12 could be allowed to hunt deer with guns in New York State per a new piece of legislation passed by the state Senate.  The children would still need to be supervised.  Currently, 12 and 13-year-olds can only hunt big game with a bow.  Only those 14 and older can use firearms.  One of the bill’s backers, Senator Pat Gallivan said that interest in hunting is declining and the legislation might attract younger people.  Critics, including the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence group, say they’re worried it will increase the likelihood of an accident.  The Humane Society of New York (City) is expected to lobby in opposition of the bill.  The legislation now moves to the Assembly.



FCC Won’t Lower Broadband Threshold Says Schumer:


Tuesday morning, Senator Charles Schumer announced that, following pressure from his office, the FCC has decided to reverse their proposal to lower the standard for high speed broadband internet.  The FCC was considering dropping the minimum benchmark for internet speeds from 25 Mpbs download/3 Mbps upload to 10 down and 1 up.  Schumer said, “When it comes to providing high-speed internet access to a place like Upstate New York, we should be building up, not lowering our standards and defining access down.”



Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot:


Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents that it’s never too late to get a flu shot.  Flu activity this season has been categorized as widespread and has been found in every county in New York State.  The number of cases and hospitalizations has been drastically rising each week and are expected to continue for weeks to come.  The flu shot is the best protection against the flu and is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older.  They’re available at health care provider offices, pharmacies, and health departments.  The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May.  If someone has the flu, they are advised to stay home and take antiviral medications as recommended by health care providers.

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