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Today's Top Stories - Monday, March 26th

Bath Robbery Suspect Arrested:


The Ithaca man wanted in connection with a robbery in Bath has been arrested.  Devante Johnson was taken into custody by Ithaca police and charged with burglary, robbery, and gang assault, all felonies.  According to Bath Police, Johnson and two other men entered a village residence on February 22nd and assaulted and robbed two people.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail following arraignment.  26-year-old Clifton McBean, also of Ithaca, was also arrested in the same case on similar charges.



Drug Charges for Wayland Man Following Traffic Stop:


A Wayland man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Livingston County.  30-year-old Mackenzie Smith is facing 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument after heroin and a hypodermic needle were allegedly found in his vehicle. 



“March for Our Lives” Protest in Corning:


Local supporters of the “March for Our Lives” gun-control protest took to the streets of Corning Saturday, joining thousands of others who did the same across the nation.  Hundreds of people, many holding signs, marched down Market Street and listened to speakers that included local students and faculty.  Some took the stand to express their personal stories of gun violence, and some called on Congressman Tom Reed to take action.



Tyrtle Beach Kickoff April 2nd:


The kickoff party for the 27th annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser for area youth programs is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 2nd at the Charles E. Westcott American Legion in Bath.  A popular springtime tradition in Steuben County, the fundraiser has raised a total of more than $660,000 for youth programs in central Steuben, including $38,000 raised last year by county Sheriff Jim Allard.  Kickoff festivities Monday evening include the announcement of the individual taking the plunge May 3rd from the chilly banks of “Tyrtle Beach” into the even colder Lake Salubria.  Tickets for the kickoff are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  For more information and ticket sales locations, call the county Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119.



CDC Warns of Second Wave of Flu Season:


While the flu season is winding down, it’s not going quietly.  The Centers for Disease Control is warning of a second wave, Flu Virus B, which is happening now.  According to the CDC, B-viruses are being reported more frequently now than the A-strain, which had been more dominant.  Experts say it’s possible for those who have already had the flu this season to fall ill again with a different strain and a CDC spokesperson said the B-strain viruses tend to be more severe for younger children.  Here in New York, flu cases have declined for the fourth straight week, according to the Department of Health.  Reports of new cases are down 19 percent from last week and hospitalizations are down 29 percent.



New Restaurant Opening at Arnot Mall:


Hungry shoppers at the Arnot Mall will soon have a greater dining selection, as “Hometown Teams BBQ” has announced they’re opening inside the mall.  The restaurant is described as family-style with a local sports theme.  According to their Facebook announcement, “Hometown Teams BBQ” will open in May.

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