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Two Steuben Co. Plows Damaged in Fire:


A fire Friday on Route 415 in Cohocton damaged two Steuben County plow trucks.  The fire was reported at the county highway garage around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to county public works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti.  One plow was totaled in the fire, the other remains in the building and the extent of its damage is unknown at this time.  Spagnoletti said that the garage doors will need to be replaced and that “…the insurance will cover [the trucks], it’s a matter of how much.”  He speculated that an electrical problem in one of the trucks could have caused the fire, but the investigation is ongoing.



CCC Student that Passed in Suspected OD Identified:


The Corning Community College student that passed away last week from a suspected overdose while on campus has been identified.  According to a campus memo obtained by WENY News, the student was Marshall Fladd, a sophomore STEM major.  State Police were called to the campus on March 1st on a report of two unconscious people.  Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and she regained consciousness, according to authorities.  Naloxone was also given to 26-year-old Fladd, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.  The woman has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.  CCC is offering counseling services to students, faculty, and staff.



“Credible Threat” Puts Utica College on Lockdown:


Utica College was put into lockdown Monday afternoon after police received a “real, credible

threat” from someone claiming to have a gun on campus.  The college, which is located roughly 52 miles east of Syracuse, issued a “shelter in place” order just before noon.  The lockdown was lifted just after 5 p.m.  Police told media that no shots were fired.



“Stand Up for Recovery” Event Today:


Steuben County officials are holding the county’s first “Stand Up For Recovery” event at 10 a.m. today. The two-hour event looks to erase the long-held negative perception of addiction and will take place on the County Office Building’s third-floor atrium. Organizers plan a “meet and greet” opportunity for the public to speak with those recovering from substance abuse addiction, a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones.  The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery-Steuben, and Steuben County.



Changes to “Move Over Law” Called for Following I-90 Crash:


Tow truck drivers are calling for changes to the “Move Over Law” following a crash on I-90 that sent two NYS troopers to the hospital with serious injuries, and hurt a tow truck driver.  They’re seeking harsher punishments for drivers who violate the law, which requires drivers to use due care by slowing down and moving over when approaching emergency vehicles or hazard vehicles including police, fire trucks, ambulances, construction, maintenance, and tow trucks.  It applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right.  Violators can face up to 3 points on their license and a fine of up to $275, among other charges.



$30M Coming to Region in Final Round of Broadband Program Awards:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $30.8 million will be heading to the Southern Tier as part of the final round of funding through the New NY Broadband program.  The funding will be invested in public-private broadband and is expected to provide 18,000 homes and locations in the region with access to high-speed Internet. 



Steuben Co. Debates New Deputies:


There was a heated debate Monday as the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee and other public officials discussed the possibility of hiring new deputy sheriffs as part of the new plan unveiled last week to fight opioid addiction and trafficking.  County Sheriff Jim Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker have asked for four new deputies – allowing them to train four more senior deputies for dedicated drug interdiction – and are in favor of hiring them as soon as possible.  However, a federal grant will become available this summer that could fund two of the positions for three years, and it is the recommendation of the committee to reallocate all four positions, but only hire two of them while waiting for the grant application process.  The issue will be discussed again on March 13th when the Legislature’s Administration Committee meets.

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