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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, March 13th

Update on Injured Route 36 Man:


There has been an update in the case of the man found injured on Route 36 in South Hornell over the weekend.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that it appears Matthew Cole was injured somewhere else, prior to being found in median of the road.  He said the investigation indicates that Cole was accidentally injured, then driven to an area near his home, and that he suffered a cardiac problem while walking and collapsed.  Cole is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.



Former Tyrone Highway Super. Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:


The former Town of Tyrone Highway Superintendent accused of submitting an altered town highway car invoice for work done on his personal car has now pled guilty to disorderly conduct.  66-year-old Paul Ernhout of Dundee was originally charged with felony official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing.  As part of his deal, he will pay restitution of more than $300 and he will not be able to run for political office for a year.



Canisteo Turns Down Additional Police Proposal:


The Canisteo Town Board has voted against a proposal that would have added additional police officers and made the Canisteo Police Department essentially full time.  Town Supervisor Steve Weed said the decision was because of a lack of preparation in the proposal and that what was presented was not as punctual as the board would have liked.  However, he added that the issue can be revisited in the future. 



Steuben Announces 2018 Bridge Schedule:


Starting at the end of March, work is expected to get underway on seven bridges in Steuben County.  County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti and Senior Engineer Steve Catherman said the department expects to start the bridge repair season by replacing the Boucher Road bridge in the Town of Jasper, using an off-site detour; and a superstructure replacement of the Daniels Road bridge in the Town of Bath using an Acrow detour bridge.  Other projects later in the year include: County Road 129 bridge in the Town of Woodhull, Wilson Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Hornby, Dry Run Bridge in the Town of Campbell, Kurtz Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Dansville, and Lyons Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Prattsburgh. 



NYS Senate Approves O’Mara’s Sexual Harassment Bill:


Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to combat sexual harassment in the workplace was approved Monday by the New York State Senate.  The bill would enact a series of major reforms, including: establishing a statutory definition of sexual harassment, prohibiting the anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements and banning mandatory sexual harassment arbitration clauses, prohibiting confidential agreements unless the victim requests confidentiality, expanding protections to independent contractors, creating uniform polices for all branches of state and local government, and protecting taxpayers from paying for public-sector harassment settlements.  The bill now moves on to the State Assembly.



Volunteers Needed for Public Health Drill:


Volunteers are needed to play “patients” for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s next emergency preparedness drill on April 10th from 1 to 3 p.m. at Haverling High School.  Volunteers are also needed to help staff the event at the same location from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m.  The drill is based on a scenario which simulates mass exposure to a virus that requires a vaccine to prevent an illness.  It’s important to note that is a drill – no real virus has been identified and no real vaccine will be administered.  If interested in volunteering as staff, contact (607) 664-2438.  Details on how “patients” can pre-register will be released the week of the event.



Upcoming Honor Flight Looking for Veterans:


The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is planning its next flight to Washington D.C. on May 12th and they’re looking for up to 80 veterans to join them.  They’re looking for veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars to visit the Capitol and see their respective war memorials.  Terminally ill veterans from other wars will also receive priority.  The trip is free, but veterans must apply.  To learn more, visit http://www.twintiershonorflight.org

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