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Today's Top Stories - Monday February 26, 2018

Cohocton Mayor Accused of Providing Alcohol to Minors

Village of Cohocton mayor Thomas Cox was charged for providing alcohol to underage individuals after New York State Police responded to an incident on Wheeler Street in Cohocton this weekend. Troopers from the Wayland barracks responded to a report of underage drinking at the Cohocton Development Corporation and police say they discovered two youths, aged 14 and 19 years old, consuming alcohol allegedly provided by Cox, who was present. The 70-year-old Cox was charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and will reappear in Cohocton Town Court at a later date.


State Police Find Wayland Teen Safe
New York State Police have found a Wayland teen that was reported missing last week. Kathleen Miller, also known as Valerie Angel Amato, was missing from the Town of Wayland since Monday February 19th but the 17-year-old was found on Saturday of this weekend without further incident. State Police thank the public’s help in finding Kathleen after the public responded to Wayland Trooper’s requests for leads in finding her.


County Legislature Holding Meeting About Opioids Today
The Steuben County Legislature will tackle the topic of opioid addiction today during their morning meeting. The County Legislature will present their strategy that pairs past “best practices” with innovative strategies to combat the opiate epidemic locally. Officials say substance abuse has skyrocketed to record proportions in Steuben County, which experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. The same year, 121 residents were hospitalized for overdose while 14 people died from opioids, which is triple the death rate from 2015.


Horseheads Home Robbery Suspects Plead Guilty

Suspects from a home invasion in Horseheads from last month now have plea deals. Two of the four suspects from the incident have pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree robbery in the case. Olivia Maycumber and Zhamere Charriez, both seventeen years old, took plea deals. Two other suspects were alleged to be involved in the Overlook Drive robbery, one was 18-year-old Daiquan Bythwood, who is now recovering from being shot during the incident.

Cuomo Calls for Congress to Reject Trump SNAP Plan
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging Congress to reject a proposal from the White House that would cut Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits and and replace parts of the budget with boxes of food called “harvest boxes”. Cuomo says that the plan would reduce SNAP benefits for over 2 million New Yorkers, leaving those in need with inadequate support for proper nutrition. Cuomo called on Congress to resist this measure and protect funding for the food assistance program.

Hornell P.D. Offers CRASE Training
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program was held by the Hornell Police Department for employees of the Hornell YMCA this weekend. The program teaches emergency preparedness to citizens by taking immediate action in the event of an active shooter situation in order to save their own and others’ lives. CRASE was developed originally at Texas State University and covers the stages of disaster response and protocol. The Hornell Police Department offers the CRASE program free of charge to civilian groups including schools, businesses, civic and faith-based groups, among other organizations. To schedule a CRASE program or to learn more about it please contact Captain Mike Sexsmith at 607-324-2860 or email him at msexsmith@cityofhornell.com.

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