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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday February 27, 2018

Bath Men Arrested for Food Stamp Misuse

Two Bath men were arrested yesterday for the alleged misuse of food stamps. Steuben County Sheriff deputies arrested Gerald Bush, 45, of West Morris Street and Gordon Clayson, 48, of West Washington Street after allegations that in December of 2017 Bush issued his New York State benefit card and PIN to another individual who was unauthorized to do so. Later in the same month, it is said that Clayson used Bush’s card three times, using almost $200 worth on the card without authorization or eligibility to receive these benefits. Both men were charged with the class A Misdemeanor of Misuse of food stamps in violation of the State Social Services law and set to appear in the Village of Bath Court March 21st.


Allard and Baker Present Opioid Plan to Legislature
Yesterday the Steuben County Legislature met to discuss an eight component plan to fight the opioid epidemic presented by District Attorney Brooks Baker and Sheriff James Allard. The plan covers a broad range of strategic action, from youth prevention to additional law enforcement. Baker believes that combating the epidemic begins at the youth level by engaging middle and high school students with more activities and competitions in our rural county as well as establishing a youth court. Baker and Allard also listed breaking the cycle of recently-released inmates with long-term after care programs as well as implementing an in-prison treatment program, having more officers on the force dedicated to cracking down on the drug epidemic, creating a victim impact panel and bettering the ways overdose survivors are worked with during recovery.


Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter Arraigned Yesterday
The father and daughter accused of murdering Michele Neurauter of Corning were arraigned separately yesterday. Both Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter pled not guilty to all of their charges. Michele Neurauter’s ex-husband, Lloyd, faces nine charges which include first degree murder while his daughter Karrie faces four charges, including second degree murder, and has been charged as an accomplice. Orders of protection were also issued by the judge, preventing Lloyd from seeing his other ex-wife and all three of his daughters, including Karrie. Steuben DA Brooks Baker believes a custody issue between Lloyd and Michele may have an impact on extending the trial to a longer period of time and says unless their attorneys file a motion to sever and the judge agrees to grant it, the father-daughter duo will be tried together. The tentative date of the trial is set to begin September 24th.

I-86 Tractor-Trailer Accident Hospitalizes Driver
A tractor-trailer driver is in recovery following an accident on I-86 early yesterday morning. Members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department say around 4:15 AM Monday near the Bath exit on I-86 Westbound, a refrigerated tractor-trailer full of blueberries went off of the highway and rolled several times, leaving the tractor-trailer with severe damage. The driver was able to get himself out of the wrecked vehicle after the rollover taken to Ira Davenport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Westbound lane and Exit 38 Westbound on ramp were closed down after the accident for the scene to be cleaned up.

Four People Arrested for Manufacturing Meth in Bath
Four people were arrested after Bath Village Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home on Howell Street in the Village of Bath where it was alleged methamphetamine was being manufactured. Police say that in the home between West Washington Street and West William Street they discovered an alleged meth lab. Three of the four suspects: Jerry Barnes, Jr., Martha Barnes, and John Landsborough are Bath residents while Emily Ayers is the fourth suspect from Corning. All four people were charged with third degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and scheduled to reappear in court tomorrow. Ayers and Martha Barnes are held on $10,000 bail while Landsborough and Jerry Barnes are held on bail at $50,000.


Steuben Academic All Stars Compete in Hornell
Academic All Stars competed in Hornell yesterday with some impressive results. In the Large School Division, Hornell scored 50 while Bath very scored closely behind at 49. Naples won 40 to 34 over Campbell Savona while Canisteo-Greenwood scored 54 over Addison’s 24 in the Medium Large School Division. In the Medium Small School Division, Hammondsport scored 43 over 32 to Jasper-Troupsburg and Alfred-Almond cleaned up with 62 to 4 over Arkport. Avoca were champions in the Small School Division, scoring 26 to Canaseraga’s 22 while Bradford beat Prattsburgh with a score of 43 versus 18. The next Academic All Stars competition will be held on Monday March 5th in Bath, Naples, Arkport and Canaseraga.

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