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Today's Top Stories - Saturday March 17, 2018

New York Flu Cases Continue to Decline
For the third consecutive week, the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases has decreased across New York. The number of weekly hospitalizations decreased for the fifth consecutive week since influenza was declared prevalent in December, with 694 New Yorkers hospitalized for lab confirmed influenza.

Dansville Man Arrested on Probation Violation
A Dansville man was arrested by Steuben County deputies due to an active Probation warrant in the county. James Bennett was arrested in Eden, New York after violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Bennett violated his probation after receiving a conviction of reckless endangerment in the first degree. Following his arrest, Mr. Bennett was remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a later date to reappear in Steuben County Court.

O'Mara Co-Sponspors NYS "Contraband Screening Plan"
The New York State Senate is moving forward on legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) to require the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to establish an aggressive, multi-faceted “Contraband Screening Plan” in New York’s correctional facilities. O’Mara also noted that the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA) recently renewed the call for stepped-up efforts to cut down on drugs, weapons, and other dangerous contraband being smuggled into New York’s correctional facilities.  The Association points to 2017 as potentially “the most violent year inside state prisons since 2007” with inmate-on-staff assaults, inmate-on-inmate assaults, and the smuggling of dangerous contraband into prisons on the rise.

Reed Responds to Student Demonstrations
Congressman Tom Reed expressed appreciation towards students who marched out of class  to bring attention to school massacres and demand stricter gun control. In this week’s weekly conference call Reed said: “It inspires me to obviously reaffirm my position that doing nothing in regards to the issue of gun violence, in regards to the issue mental illness, derangement in America as well as protecting our schools….it’s something we should be doing.” Reed feels gun violence and school safety should be tackled by addressing those who are exhibiting mental illness or derangement as well as making sure function of background check is “flowing appropriately” while making sure legal rights are guaranteed, stressing “but at the same time due process rights are being protected.”

Law Enforcement Steps Up Patrols to Prevent St. Pat's Weekend DWIs
A reminder that state and local police will be on patrol to prevent drunk driving as part of the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekend” campaign. Targeting the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend the crackdown begins today and continues until this Monday March 19th. All drivers are reminded that if they will be drinking this weekend to organize a plan to get home safely by walking, calling a cab or carpooling. If you will not be sober and none of these can be arranged, please plan ahead to avoid getting drunk and behind the wheel by planning to spend the night. Research proves that  these highly visible crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of DWI

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