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Bath Man Wanted on Manslaughter Charge Arrested:


The Bath man wanted by police in relation to an overdose death in the village has been arrested.  37-year-old Matthew Taft was taken into custody Tuesday on a sealed indictment charging him with manslaughter in the 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd, falsifying business records in the 1st, and felony tampering with evidence.  It’s alleged that Taft sold a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to Joshua Rowe on August 26th 2017 in the Village of Bath.  Rowe then used the drug, resulting in his overdose.  It’s alleged that Taft knowingly failed to take any actions or precautions to aid Rowe, recklessly causing his death.  Taft is accused of then providing police with a false statement in addition to concealing certain physical evidence.  Taft has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  He could face up to 15 years on the manslaughter charge if convicted.



Corning Inc. Releases Q1 Earnings:


Tuesday Corning Incorporated released its first quarter earnings.  There was an increase in sales of 5 percent, despite a 7 percent decrease in sales of Gorilla Glass compared to the same time last year.  Vice President of Corporate Communications, Dan Collins said the dip wasn’t unexpected, saying they had a strong year with Gorilla Glass last year, and in the first quarter “there is not as many new product introductions.”  He said he expects to see Gorilla Glass and all of Corning Inc.’s other products increasing significantly over the rest of the year.



Steuben Co. Plans Landfill Expansion:


Steuben County is looking to move forward with construction of an additional cell in the county landfill.  Officials are still determining which direction to construct the cell, known as Cell 4, in relation to the current facility.  Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said they’re working with property owners now, and that they hope to have a decision by the end of May.  The new cell will cost roughly $6 million to build and is expected to last through until about 2023.  The current cell, Cell 3, is predicted to fill up sometime next year.



Road Work in Urbana This Week, I-86 Work Begins Monday:


Weather permitting, a shoulder reconstruction project is set to begin on Thursday, April 26th on State Route 54, the New York State Department of Transportation has announced.  The work will be along State Route 54 near County Route 87 in the Town of Urbana.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals.  Elsewhere, on Monday, road crews are set to begin work on a portion of I-86.  Crews will be working on drainage improvements from Exit 46 to the Chemung County line during the overnight hours, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  In early May, paving on the same stretch will resume, also during overnight hours.  Motorists are reminded to drive carefully in construction zones, and that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.



Steuben Co. Tourism Organization Getting New Look:


The Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau will be launching a new website which is being designed and built from scratch in the organization’s continued efforts to promote Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes as an exceptional destination for travelers from around the world.  The new website is being designed by award-winning web-development company, Simpleview, and it’s set to be launched in August. 

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