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Bath Police Searching for Burglary, Gang Assault Suspect:


Bath Police are searching for an Ithaca man believed to have taken part in a burglary and gang assault on February 22nd in the Village.  25-year-old Devante Johnson is believed to be in the Bath area.  Earlier this week, police arrested 26-year-old Clifton McBean in relation to the same incident and he was jailed on no bail.  Police say three men unlawfully entered a home and assaulted and robbed two others.



Dundee Man Crashes Truck into Home:


There were no injuries Thursday in an accident where a truck crashed into a house on the Dundee-Himroad Road.  24-year-old Sean Hanes of Dundee reportedly lost control of his pickup truck around 6 a.m. and rolled the vehicle onto its side.  It came to rest in the house.  There were six people inside at the time.  Authorities say Hanes was traveling too fast on icy roadways and he was issued several traffic tickets.



Tractor-Trailer Carrying Livestock Crashes on I-86:


Around midnight this morning, a tractor-trailer transporting cows overturned on Interstate-86 in Chemung County near the Elmira Exit.  According to officials, around 38 animals were in the truck, 7 escaped and were wandering along the highway.  Some cows were killed in the accident, though an exact number isn’t known at this time.  There is no word on the cause of the crash or if any people were injured.



Corning Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud:


A Corning woman has been arrested on charges of welfare fraud and filing a false instrument.  45-year-old Amy Hargrave allegedly submitted an application to receive benefits and did not list all required income.  As a result, she received benefits in the amount of $908 that she was eligible for.  She was released on an appearance ticket.



Cuomo Calls for Investigation of Schools that Punished Students During



Following reports that some schools prevented students from taking part in Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence, Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked state education officials to investigate.  In a letter, Cuomo called the actions – which included reports of schools disciplining students and faculty for participating in the event – “an egregious safety violation” and unlawful.



Active Shooter Trainings Scheduled:


On Monday, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office presented the ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) training to over 120 members of the Corning area clergy and lay-leader community.  The training discussed security, planning, and actions involved in responding to a critical incident event at a house of worship.  More trainings are scheduled for: March 27th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bath, April 10th at the Wallace Wesleyan Church in Avoca, May 8th at the St. James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport, and May 22nd at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post.  All trainings are free and begin at 6 p.m.  You can register by calling (607) 622-3930 or by contacting the pastor of each site directly.



Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Nominations Sought:


Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, formerly known as the Steuben County Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse, is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben.  Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups.  Submissions should include what the nominee has done, what distinguishes efforts from other prevention efforts, and specifically why the nominee deserves special recognition.  The deadline for nominations is April 1st.  For nomination forms or more information contact county Youth Bureau coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.



Ford Recalling Fusions, Lincoln MKZs:


1.4 million Ford vehicles are being recalled because the steering wheel can become loose or even come off while driving due to a bolt that could come loose.  There have been two accidents and one injury as a result of the issue.  The recall applies to every model of the Ford Fusion and every model of the Lincoln MKZ from model years 2014 through 2018.  Additionally, Ford has recalled another 6,000 Fusion and Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate.    

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