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Fire in Bath Injures Two:


Two people were sent to the hospital Thursday after a fire broke out inside an apartment in Downtown Bath.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department said it was dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to a fire at 17 Liberty Street.  Several other local departments and police also responded.  The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to officials, and the two people escorted to the hospital are said to be in stable condition.  Authorities believe the fire to be accidental.  The investigation is ongoing.



Three Hornell Teens Accused of Robbing, Beating Man:


Three Hornell teens are facing charges of robbery, assault, and gang assault for allegedly beating and robbing a man on Tuesday night.  According to Hornell police, 19-year-old Shaun Haynes, 16-year-old Jametris Jordan, and 16-year-old Terrence Tigner punched and kicked a 44-year-old man at the Adist place underpass.  They also allegedly took his cell phone and other items.  The man was taken to St. James Hospital for multiple injuries.



Hornell Woman Facing Sex Charges:


A Hornell woman has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 17.  25-year-old Kirsten Herrnecker has been charged with rape in the third, criminal sexual act in the third, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Bristol Woman Accused of Defrauding Steuben Co. SS:


A Bristol woman has been arrested, with the assistance of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, for allegedly defrauding the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  36-year-old Julie Martz allegedly failed to report income as required while receiving benefits and as a result received benefits she was not eligible for.  She was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and three counts of falsifying business records.  She was also charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny.  She was arraigned and was released on her own recognizance.



Lawmakers Urge Cuomo to Add Local Lakes to Algal Bloom Priority List:


Local representatives, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to add multiple Finger Lakes to the priority list the state considers vulnerable to harmful algal blooms.  They’re proposing the addition of Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca lakes to the list.  The Governor has proposed $65 million in funding to establish action plans to combat algae blooms.



Hornell Town Hall Meeting on Marijuana Feb. 28th:


A town hall meeting on the facts about marijuana as a remedy for physical and emotional ailments is set for February 28th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School auditorium.  With increasing efforts across the nation to legalize marijuana, people’s perceptions of the effect of pot are changing, according to Keith Hoffman, senior counselor and onsite supervisor for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.  Hoffman said that “people view marijuana as less harmful than other drugs or even harmless, believing since it grows naturally there should not be any issue with smoking it,” but he cautioned that “marijuana can have things like fentanyl or other illegal substances placed on it when its packaged for sale to make it more potent to entice the user to buy from that substance dealer again.”  Keynote speaker at the event will be Jennifer Faringer, director of the DePaul National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester area.  Other speakers will include representatives from Hornell Area Concern for Youth, the Steuben Prevention Coalition, and the Steuben Council on Addictions.



GOP Donation to be Put Toward New Hornell K9 Vehicle:


The Hornell Police Department is closer to a new K9 vehicle thanks to a recent $1,000 donation by the Hornell Republican Committee.  According to Mayor John Buckley, the old vehicle has over 180,000 miles on it and the engine is failing.  Chief Ted Murray called the K9 unit an essential part of the department, and he thanked the Mayor and the GOP for considering them for this year’s donation.   



Steuben Historian Seeking Hall of Fall Nominees:


Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame will be accepted until March 31st, according to county Historian Emily Simms.  Committee members will review and select proposed inductees in early May.  A reception for the inductees will follow their approval by the county Legislature in late June.  Portraits of the honorees will be placed in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, in the southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building.  To be eligible, nominees may be living or deceased, man, woman, or child who has enhanced the name of Steuben County.  They should have resided in Steuben, but may have been born elsewhere.   Past nominees not inducted may be re-nominated.  For applications go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357

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