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Today's Top Stories - Saturday March 24, 2018

SSWCD Promises Improvements
County officials expressed praise for the Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District for generating $30 per dollar of county contributions. Jeff Parker, who is District Manager of Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District, says $5 million was collected in outside funding for the fiscal year of 2017. Funds were made possible that year thanks to grants from agencies like the state’s Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program which contributed $2,756,310 and over $1 million from the USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Parker said more improvement has been promised by the district, as they just approved an Army Corps of Engineers plan for an ice jam storage field for future dangerous ice jams like the hamlet of Campbell experienced in January.

Hornell Announces Zero Tolerance Policy on School Threats
Hornell and its school district issued a statement Thursday regarding school threats. Officials said students and parents should be aware that comments, even made in jest, will be investigated thoroughly and treated seriously. If you have concerns or have heard of threats made, you should call 911 right away. The statement was released after recent comments were made that could be construed as threats.

Rochester Woman Arrested for Drugs, Tampering with Evidence
A Rochester woman is facing charges of 3rd degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Tampering with Evidence, two counts of Falsifying Business Records, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop in Avoca. State Troopers pulled over Nancy Lopez, age 34, on I-390 for speeding and after interviewing Lopez, discovered marijuana and cocaine in her possession. Police say about possessing the substances. Lopez was taken to Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital under precaution because Troopers believed there was possibility Lopez swallowed narcotics to avoid charges. Upon her hospital release, Lopez was arraigned and sent to Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.

O’Mara Sponsors Laree’s Law
State Senator Tom O’Mara has co-sponsored an approved New York State Senate bill to allow drug dealers to be charged with homicide. “Laree’s law” would have drug dealers charged with homicide if a person dies of overdose of a substance sold by that dealer, carrying a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison for the charge. The bill heads to state assembly as supporters intend to target major and mid-level drug suppliers.

Canisteo Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Deputies announced the arrest of a Canisteo woman for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and failure to keep right. Katherine E. Kinne, age 27, was investigated after deputies were dispatched to a one car property damage motor vehicle collision on Woodworth Road in the Town of Hartsville.  Police found Kinne to have collided with a fixed object and been intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or greater. Kinne was released on traffic summons and is scheduled to return to the Town of Hartsville Court at a later date.

Hauryski Endorses “Internet Fairness Conformity Act”
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski of Campbell has endorsed a state proposal which may increase local revenues and support initiatives to “buy local”. The “Internet Fairness Conformity Act” is a call for the state to collect sales tax from third-party sellers on large Internet marketplaces, regardless of the seller’s geographical location. Hauryski says the proposal will not effect the 8 percent Steuben tax rate and says the measure “will level the playing field” for local and small retailers and “adjust inequality in the tax system” as well as “bring sizable revenues into our county.” A total of $160 million in sales taxes could be collected by New York counties in the first year according New York State Association of Counties and could stabilize property taxes.

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