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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 11th

Bradford Woman Arrested for Stealing from Elderly Victim:


An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath and the Steuben County Adult Protective Home Care Unit has resulted in charges against 32-year-old Rachel Cantineri of Bradford.  Authorities received a complaint regarding suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject and the subsequent investigation found that Cantineri, without authority or consent, allegedly made unauthorized purchases from December 2017 to March 2018 using the victim’s credit card.  Cantineri was charged with forgery and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.



Shoplifting Arrest:


A Bath woman has been arrested for shoplifting.  39-year-old Jeanne Sumey allegedly stole items from a retail establishment on State Route 415 in the Town of Bath.  Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the stolen items and Sumey was charged with petit larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



Cameron Woman Accused of Neglecting Dog:


A Cameron woman is facing a charge of overdriving following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a complaint of possible animal abuse.  37-year-old Megan Welch allegedly failed to supply sustenance, water, and food to a dog.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



Former P-P Police Chief Not Backing Down from Fight with Village:


Former Painted Post Village Police Chief Dennis Mullen is vowing to continue his fight against alleged “abuse of power” in village government that led to his firing in 2017.  Mullen filed a federal lawsuit against the village for an alleged violation of civil rights following his termination for, according to the village, not settling a matter regarding his salary and pension.  Steuben County Court ruled that Mullen wasn’t formally charged by his employer nor granted a hearing prior to his termination and it was ordered in March that he be reinstated with benefits and back pay.  As of yet, the village has not reinstated him, and it is unknown if he will decide to come back or not given the opportunity.   Mullen said he is “seeking to clear [his] name.”  Village Mayor Ralph Foster said the village cannot comment due to the ongoing nature of the situation.  The federal lawsuit alleging violation of the fourteenth amendment is pending. 



Police Investigating Threat at Spencer-Van Etten High:


The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a school shooting threat at Spencer-Van Etten High School.  On Tuesday, writing was discovered on a classroom desk that implied there would be a shooting at the school later this month.  The District said it will release more information when it becomes available.  There is no evidence that any students or staff are in immediate danger.



New Medicare Cards in Route to Participants:


Medicare participants will be seeing new cards in the mail soon that the Federal Government says will help thwart scams aimed at seniors enrolled in the program.  The new cards have an 11 digit identification number instead of Social Security numbers.   Congress mandated the change by April 2019. 

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