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Police Searching for Missing Teen:


The New York State Police of Wayland are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old.  Kathleen Miller AKA Valerie Angel Amato was reported missing on February 19th.  She is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches, approximately 130 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a blue Buffalo Bills sweatshirt, leggings of an unknown color, black sneakers, and she was carrying a white duffel bag.  She was seen on February 19th on State Route 21 in the area of Walter Kurtz Road in the Town of Wayland.  On February 21st she was seen in the Village of Dansville.  Anyone with information should contact 911.




Press Conference Today in Corning Murder Case:


Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and members of the Corning Police Department, New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building to discuss the latest developments in the murder case from the City of Corning currently pending against Lloyd Neurauter and his daughter, Karrie Neurauter.  The status of the case, charges currently pending, and other matters are expected to be discussed.



Hammondsport Man Accused of Endangering Child:


A 19 year old from Hammondsport has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment.  It’s alleged that Joseph Rago had unwanted contact with a person under the age of seventeen at the Hammondsport Central School.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



Home Invasion Charges Against Prattsburgh Man Dropped:


The Prattsburgh man accused in a home invasion in Penn Yan in December has had the charges against him dropped.  The attorney for 35-year-old Matthew Zappetella said an investigation by the Yates County District Attorney’s Office helped determine his client’s innocence.  The person that identified Zappetella at the scene later came forward and believed he had made a mistake.  30-year-old Mae Schenk of Napes has been charged with burglary in connection with the incident.    



Flu Cases Down Slightly in 11 NYS Counties:


While the flu is still widespread across New York, 11 counties are now reporting a slight decline, according to Steuben County Public Health.  For the week ending February 10th Cayuga, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Hamilton, Orleans, Orange, Putnam, Seneca, and Ulster saw decreases.  Despite those counties being down, there was still a seven percent increase overall compared to the week prior.  In Steuben County, there have been 254 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, which is significantly higher than previous years.  The public is reminded that despite March approaching, it is still not too late to get the flu shot and that it is still beneficial to get even up until June just before it expires.



Steuben Announces 2018 Road Schedule:


It’s costing less to keep Steuben County’s roads in good shape, according to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti.  Spagnoletti recently told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee an estimated $6 million annually will ensure county roads are in good repair.  An estimated $5.5 million will be used for work this year on 111 miles of roads, with roughly $500,000 held in reserves for unexpected spikes in costs.  In contrast, in 2013, the county spent about $8.1 million to repair some 76 miles of roads.  Spagnoletti attributed the reduction in costs to lower asphalt prices, and additionally, the kind work done on the roads means they’re holding up better to wear and tear, he said.  The Steuben County 2018 Road Schedule is as follows:


Crack Seal 

Dansville   CR 53  2.2 miles

Thurston   CR 12   2.1 miles

Chip Seal

Cameron   CR 22   1 mile

Campbell   CR 125   3.6 miles

Corning/Hornby   CR 41   5.6 miles

Dansville   CR 47   0.7 miles

Dansville   CR 48   3.7 miles

Erwin   CR 115   1.8 miles

Fremont   CR 57   2.7 miles

Hartsville   CR 28   10.3 miles

Kanakadea Park   CR 66   0.5 miles

Pulteney   CR 74   1.4 miles

Rathbone   CR 80   4.7 miles

Rathbone   CR 110   1.9 miles

Urbana   CR 76   4.7 miles

Wayland   CR 91   1 mile

West Union/Troupsburg   CR 84   6 miles

Woodhull   CR 102   4.1 miles

Woodhull   CR 129   0.4 miles

Slurry Seal

Erwin   CR 115  1.9 miles

Recycle Blacktop

Bath   CR 113   0.7 miles

Caton   CR 40A   2.6 miles

Cohocton   CR 38   0.7 miles

Corning   CR 41   1.9 miles

Hornellsville   CR 58   2.1 miles

Lindley   CR 115/CR 5   1.3 miles

Rathbone   CR 119   5.2 miles

Rathbone/Addison   CR 119   2 miles

Tuscarora   CR 85   5.3 miles


Prattsburgh   CR 122   3.1 miles

Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop

Greenwood   CR 25   3 miles

Lindley   CR 5   1.1 miles

Thurston   CR 2   0.4 miles

Gravel/Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop

Cameron   CR 25   3 miles

Prattsburgh   CR 7   2.4 miles  



CareFirst Hospice to Receive $86K Grant:


The CareFirst hospice of Steuben County was awarded a grant of over $86,000 Wednesday morning, thanks to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.  The money will help people who need life-long care lead happier, healthier, and more connected lives by supporting the skills lab.  The funds will be delivered over three years.  It’s expected that roughly 37,000 people in the Southern Tier will be impacted.



Tops to File for Chapter 11:


Tops Markets, LLC announced Wednesday that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from the company’s balance sheet and position Tops for long-term success.  The company has elected to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  In a statement, the company said it has filed a number of customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations during the court-supervised restructuring process, including the continued payment of employees’ wages and benefits without interruption.  The company also intends to pay vendors and suppliers in full under normal terms.  Tops expects to receive court approval for all these requests.

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