Campbell Man Charged in Bath Car Chase:
Three people were injured and one was arrested in a car chase that occurred in Bath Friday night. According to the Bath Police Department, officers observed a white pick-up truck driving erratically along village streets around 9 p.m. and when they attempted a traffic stop, a pursuit began. The vehicle left the village at a high rate of speed and struck another vehicle near Lake Salubria. Both vehicles were heavily damaged. The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Harley Lyon of Campbell and he was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. The occupants of the other vehicle – 19-year-old Daniel Wurzer of Bath and 19-year-old Blake Thomas of Alexandria, V.A. – were treated and released from Corning Hospital. Lyon was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Further charges are pending. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
NYS Budget Passed:
Just in time to meet the new fiscal year on Sunday, members of the New York State Senate and Assembly passed on Saturday a new $168.3 billion state budget. It includes $1 billion in new education spending, investments in water quality, and money to fight Lyme disease. There’s a new surcharges on taxi, Uber, and Lyft rides in Manhattan and a new state sexual harassment policy. It also contains one notable new tax: a fee on opioid manufactures and distributors that will raise money to combat addiction.
NYS Passes Law to Remove Guns from Domestic Abusers:
On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the passage of legislation to remove guns from domestic abusers. The legislation closes a loophole in state law in order to ensure domestic abusers are required to surrender all firearms, not just handguns. It also ensures that individuals wanted for a felony or other serious offenses are not able to obtain or renew a firearm license. Previously, despite being subject to an arrest warrant, an individual could still legally obtain a firearm license while being sought by police. In a press release, the Governor said that domestic violence is an issue closely tied to gun violence and gun violence deaths, with nine of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the United States - including Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs – being committed by individuals with existing records of committing violence against women, threatening violence against women, or harassing or disparaging women.
Keuka Lake Polar Bear Plunge Raises Funds for Good Cause:
More than a dozen people took frigid dips this weekend in support of a good cause. The annual polar plunge in Hammondsport took place on Saturday to raise money for three-year-old Kira Christensen of Penn Yan. Christensen was diagnosed with cancer. The proceeds were originally to be split with the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, but they decided to donate it all to Christensen.
Walmart Reportedly Considering Acquisition of Humana:
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that retail-giant Walmart is considering acquiring insurer Humana. Talks are early, according to the paper, and the companies are said to be discussing a number of options, including acquisition. Humana is a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and over. Humana and Walmart already have a deal to provide prescription drug coverage. Analysts believe if a combination takes place, patients would likely be steered toward Walmart stores for help managing chronic conditions and other services. Humana has not responded to the Associated Press’ requests for comment, and Walmart said it would not comment on “rumors and speculation.”