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Today's Top Stories - Friday, March 30th

West Union Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a West Union man on multiple charges, including sexual abuse.  41-year-old Scott Vanhoven is a registered level 2 sex offender and he is accused of subjecting a 14-year-old boy to sexual contact by forcible compulsion.  Vanhoven also allegedly created and used a Facebook account which he did not report to the sex offender registry.  He is also facing failure to register or verify and failure to notify DCJS of change of internet access or internet identifiers, among other charges.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Accused of Strangling Girlfriend:


A Corning man is facing a charge of strangulation after he allegedly strangled his

girlfriend during an argument.  27-year-old Joseph Robinson has also been charged with aggravated criminal contempt.  The woman did not seek medical help at the scene.  Robinson was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. 



NYS Senate Passes Lyme Disease Legislation:


Legislation co-sponsored by Tom O’Mara that would strengthen New York’s response to the rise of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases (TBDs) has been unanimously approved by the state Senate.  The bill would require the state to conduct an impact study considering how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, including Lyme and TBDs, may have correlations with mental illness in infected individuals, and it would enable better treatment of the mental health consequences associated with these infections.  The legislation now moves to the Assembly.



A.G. Pushes “SHIELD ACT”:


Following a report that four times as many New Yorkers had their personal information stolen in 2017 as 2016, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is again pushing for passage of the SHIELD Act.  He says it would help make New York a “model for data security” by creating a legal responsibility to put in place “reasonable” safeguards for protecting sensitive data.  Currently, Schneiderman says there is no law requiring companies to protect data.  Many of the 9.2 million New Yorkers who had their data comprised were connected to the Equifax hack, but the A.G. says other breaches are on the rise as well.



Work Underway on Corning’s Brisco Bridge:


Work has begun on Corning’s Brisco Bridge to replace and strengthen all of the bearings, placing new tops to all of the piers, replacing pedestals at the abutments, and concrete surface repairs.  Drivers should expect daily lane closures on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next two weeks.  Currently, the northbound lane closest to the sidewalk is closed.  Next week the southbound lane closest to the sidewalk will be closed.  It’s expected on April 9th, a long-term stationary lane shift will be erected on the southbound side in the lane closest to the sidewalk.  The project is set to be completed in July.



Trout Season Starts April 1st:


The State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday that this year’s trout fishing season in New York opens Sunday.  The DEC will stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state, including Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek, the Canisteo and Cohocton rivers, Cold Brook, Meads Creek and Post Creek in Steuben County.  Anglers can visit the DEC’s website for a list of stocked waters and the 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast for recommended trout and salmon fishing locations at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30465.html

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