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“Perceived Threat” Prompts Jasper-Troupsburg School Lockdown:


Both the Jasper-Troupsburg elementary and Jr./Sr. high schools briefly went into lockdown Wednesday following a perceived school threat.  Superintendent Michael Mead said the district was made aware of “concerning social media postings.”  The responsible party was located by police and following an investigation, authorities determined no actual threats had been made.  The lockdown was lifted around 9 a.m.



Silgan Plastics Receives Bomb Threat:


A bomb threat was made against Silgan Plastics in Penn Yan Wednesday afternoon.  Following an evacuation and search by multiple police departments and state canine units nothing was found, and employees were allowed to return.  Police say they are investigating the threat to determine who made it.  That person or person(s) would face a felony charge.



Horseheads Eaton Cor. Plant Announces Layoffs:


The Eaton Corporation location in Horseheads has announced layoffs.  By the end of this month, twenty-nine manufacturing production positions will be eliminated, according to a company spokesperson.  The facility, which currently employs more than 200 people, makes electrical components for industrial customers.  In a statement, the company said it was a difficult decision, and the New York State Department of Labor is working with them to help the affected employees.



100-Home Development Proposed for Painted-Post:


A 175-acre, $1.2 million residential development has been proposed for Beartown Road in Painted Post.  Development group Cross Creek intends to move forward this fall on construction of 100 single-family homes.  It would be done in three phases: 11 to 12 homes in phase one, 30 homes in phase two, and then the remaining number in phase three.  Mains and other water infrastructure have already been installed.  Road paving would be done simultaneously with house construction.  Plans are said to be currently under development and will be presented to the Erwin Planning Board when completed.



Corning Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection:


A Corning man has been arrested on a charge of criminal contempt.  21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated an order of protection by appearing at the protected party’s place of employment.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail.



Apple Pay Scam:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a new phone scam that has been reported to their office.  Targets have reported receiving telephone calls from “Apple Pay” which says that suspicious activity has been noticed on the account.  The call instructs you to click on three options on the internet or to call back on a provided number.  A call to the originating number results in a recording which confirms that fraudulent apple pay calls are being received from that number and to report it to the FBI.  Calls from (225) 765-3500, (859) 971-5400, or (515) 440-9000 are fraudulent and not to be responded to. 



Pinwheels and Promises Campaign Underway:


The 2018 Pinwheels and Promises campaign got underway Wednesday with a kickoff in Bath.  Now in its sixth year locally, the program is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, and it is the start-up to a month-long effort to keep children in Steuben safe.  Residents in the county are encouraged to post Pinwheels and Promises signs in their yards, and to display pinwheels in a prominent place.  County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski also proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.



Medicare Seminars Set for April:


The first in a series of free seminars on Medicare is slated for April 18th, 19th, and 24th at various locations in Steuben County.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies.  The programs will be held: 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 18th at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath; 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 19th at the Hornell Senior Center; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 24th at the Corning Senior Center.  Future seminars are planned for May through June, with times and dates to be released closer to the events.



Bath-Haverling 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:


The Bath (Haverling) Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2018 for the “Haverling Athletic Hall of Fame.”  Two candidates were selected out of the applicants: Michael Rossi, Class of 2009 - Soccer, Baseball; and Nick Rossi, Class of 2011 – Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse.  The inductees and families will be invited to the annual Haverling Alumni Banquet on June 15th for a formal recognition ceremony.  Following the presentation at the banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Athletic Complex.  For reservations to the banquet, visit the Haverling Alumni Association Facebook page for more information. 

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