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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 22nd

Dansville Woman Facing Drug Charges:


A Dansville woman has been arrested on a charge of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine as well as tampering with evidence.  It’s alleged that when 35-year-old Hollie Taft’s boyfriend, Thomas Jacobs Jr. was arrested on March 17th, Taft attempted to conceal physical evidence at a different location.  Jacobs was also charged with unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine.  Taft was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail due to previous felony convictions.


Bath Man Charged with Rape:


An investigation by the State Police of Bath and the Steuben County Child Protective Services has resulted in charges against a Bath man.  23-year-old Cody Marvin is accused of rape in the 3rd and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child less than seventeen.  He was issued an appearance ticket.


Area Paper Laying Off 100 Employees:


The publisher that produces area newspapers including the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, and the Ithaca Journal has announced that it will be closing down its $50 million printing facility in Johnson City this summer and will now be printing in Rochester.  As a result some 100 workers will be laid off during a 14-day period starting June 16th.



Two Local Women Recognized for Youth Services:


Two women were recently recognized for their service to youth by the Steuben County Youth Board at its annual banquet.  Nominations were received from schools, youth-related agencies, and the community.  Amber Bailey Stevens, of Hammondsport, received the board’s “Gary Pruyn Youth Service Worker Award” while the board’s “Champion for Youth Award” went to Christine Harrington, of Addison.  A former Hammondsport Central Middle School teacher, Stevens is now the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Literacy Coordinator and developed the library’s weekly “Little Bookworms” program for infants through preschool children.  A Healthy Families Steuben Program supervisor for 10 years, and the president of the Addison Youth Center board, Harrington is active in agency fundraisers, and organized a local lobby to call their local legislators when center funding was in danger of being reduced.  Also, as an Addison Food Pantry board member, she helped open two “Kids Farmers Market” and developed the area’s first 1-mile “bunny hop” fundraiser to promote health and wellness.



NYS Sheriffs’ Institute Honorary Membership Drive This Week:


The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute began its annual Honorary Membership drive in Steuben County this week and Sheriff Jim Allard encourages residents to give their support.  The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families.  Their programs include the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, Criminal Justice Scholarship Program, and Crime Victim Notification Programs.



Kidde Recalling 452,000 Smoke Detectors:


Kidde is recalling 452,000 of its “Dual Sensor” Smoke Alarms due to a risk that the alarms won’t actually alert consumers to a fire in their home.  The issue is because of a yellow cap that the company says was left on during the manufacturing process that can cover one of the two sensors and compromise the device’s ability to detect smoke.  The alarms were sold from September 2016 through January 2018 at Walmart, Home Depot, and other home and hardware stores as well as Amazon.com and other websites.  Consumers are advised to remove the alarm and inspect it for the yellow cap, but are told not to attempt to remove it themselves.  Instead, immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm.  If no yellow cap is present, consumers can re-install the alarm and no further action is necessary.

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