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4 Indicted on Drug Charges:


Four people have been indicted on drug charges.  26-year-old Samuel Byler of Addison, 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Serena Russell, both of Rathbone, and 24-year-old John Hallett of Elkland, P.A. have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession a controlled substance following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that lead to a search of a residence in the Town of Rathbone in December.  At the time of their arrest, the defendants were found to be actively producing meth and to be in possession of more than two ounces of the drug.



Elmira Man Arrested for Bail Jumping:


State Troopers arrested 39-year-old James Batrowny of Elmira on Wednesday for bail

jumping.  Batrowny pled guilty in Steuben County Superior court to manufacturing methamphetamine in August and was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing.  A warrant was issued for Batrowny when he failed to appear in court for his scheduled sentencing.  He was arrested in the City of Elmira on a separate warrant on February 3rd and was sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Parts of Elmira Correctional Facility Locked Down Following Suspected Gang Fights:


A series of inmate fights locked down two cell blocks at the Elmira Correctional Facility.  According to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the fights happened over a five day period starting on January 30th with a fight between two inmates inside a cell.  Six more fights broke out in the prison over the following days.  Two cell blocks were temporarily locked down over the weekend and officers searched the cells and common areas for contraband.  They seized 30 makeshift weapons.  The inmates involved were moved to special housing units and face internal disciplinary charges.



Second HEAP Benefit Applications Open Feb. 12th:


Governor Cuomo has announced additional funding available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following severe low temperatures this winter. Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program beginning February 12th.



Guthrie Looking to Expand Corning Hospital:


On January 23rd, Guthrie officials met with the Town of Corning Planning Board to discuss an expansion of the Corning Hospital.  The proposed addition will be two stories and approximately 30,000 square feet.  Guthrie hopes to break ground this year with a completion date in 2019.  Guthrie officials say the addition would be for medical office space where physicians can see patients. 



Steuben Co. IDA Launches New Website:


As part of its digital marketing strategy, the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has announced the launch of a new website.  New content on the site includes interactive charts and graphs, updated photography, links to partner organizations and targeted messaging with increased video and graphics.  The website can be found at http://www.steubencountyida.com



Annual Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation Meeting:


The Sole Member and the Board of Directors of the Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation will be conducting its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. on March 14th, in the Legislative Committee Conference Room at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath.  

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