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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 29th

Jasper Couple Charged in Meth Bust:


A Jasper couple is facing methamphetamine related and stolen property charges following an investigation by State Troopers.  According to state police they responded to a residence on St. Rt. #417 in the Town of Jasper to execute an arrest warrant and they found both occupants – 40-year-old Daniel Gillespie and 35-year-old Michelle Croft – in possession of methamphetamine.  A search warrant was issued and additionally, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment all used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized.  Also, a large quantity of stolen property was recovered, including but not limited to an all-terrain vehicle, a vehicle tow-dolly, a dirt bike, construction equipment, and building materials.  Gillespie was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.  Croft was released on her own recognizance.



Village of Bath Budget Hearing:


Residents in the village of Bath will have the chance to sound off on the proposed 2018-2019 village budget. A public hearing on the spending plan will be held Monday at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building. Earlier this month, trustee’s adopted a tentative budget which calls for an increase in taxes of 1.9%.



Gallant Withdraws from Congressional Race:


The Democratic field of challengers hoping to face off against Tom Reed for the 23rd Congressional District seat has gotten a bit smaller.  Candidate Rick Gallant withdrew his name from the primary at a petition-signing event Wednesday evening, citing a lack of campaign funds and an inability to project an impression on voters.  The longtime Corning-Painted Post teacher and basketball coach thanked his supporters and wished the other candidates well in the race.  Five candidates remain; Gallant said he would support whoever wins the primary election.



Deadline Nears for Steuben Broadband Survey:


Steuben County officials are urging residents to take a few minutes to answer questions online or on paper for the Broadband Aggregation & Adoption Survey.  The deadline to respond is April 16th.  Officials say participation in this joint effort between Steuben and Yates counties will help Steuben access state funds needed to provide services across the county and improve provider competition.  Also, the results of the survey will help the rural areas of the county gain access to funding that’s been made available in the Federal budget to improve broadband in unserved and underserved areas.  The survey is available online at http://www.steubencony.org/broadband, and on paper at local libraries and town halls.



Southern Tier Pediatrics Acquired by Guthrie:


Effective April 1st, Southern Tier Pediatrics will become part of Guthrie, the company announced Wednesday.  Currently, Southern Tier Pediatrics employs 60 people.  They will all become Guthrie employees, and both offices in Corning and Horseheads will remain open.  Officials don’t expect much to change in the transition, though in the future the number of staff might increase as the organization grows, and Guthrie is reportedly interested in expanding with a large multi-specialty site in the old Chase Pitkins building. 



Pinwheels and Promises Set for April 4th:


For the sixth-straight year, Steuben County will celebrate children and take a stand to prevent their abuse and neglect.  “Pinwheels and Promises Campaign …to prevent child abuse,” is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, and is slated for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 4th in Pulteney Park in Bath.  The event features pinwheels – a symbol of carefree children – and encourages everyone to help prevent child abuse in the county.  County Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski is expected to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the county, and the event will also include information from participating agencies. 

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