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Bath Man Charged with Making Meth:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.  Authorities responded to a residence on Rumsey Street Extension, just outside the Village of Bath on Tuesday and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized.  37-year-old William Trenchard was arrested and has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third, a class D felony.  Following arraignment, he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.



State Police Seeking Corning Man Wanted for Sexual Abuse:


Painted Post State Troopers are asking for the public's help in locating a Corning man wanted for sexual abuse.  47-year-old Bryan Griswold was arrested on April 29th for allegedly obtaining an intimate video of a 12-year-old girl that was taken on a cell phone under the table at a public restaurant.  Griswold posted bail on April 30th.  Troopers later discovered that Griswold allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 13.  He is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual abuse.  Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact local police or the Painted Post State Police.



Car Crashes Into Corning Gas Station:


Authorities were called to the scene of an accident in Corning Wednesday where a car crashed into a gas station.  A silver Audi went through the front of the Fastrac gas station on Pulteney Street.  The accident was reportedly caused by the driver accidentally pressing the gas pedal when they meant to press on the brake.  Police say there weren't any injuries and that the damage done to the building is all cosmetic.  Fastrac is expected to reopen once the debris is cleared away.   



Wanted Corning Man Arrested When He Attempts to Serve Claim at Police Station:


A Corning man wanted on an active bench warrant was arrested at the Corning Police station Tuesday when he tried to serve a motion of claim to the department.  30-year-old Kenneth Letson was arrested for failure to appear in relation to a police chase in March 2016.  According to police, Letson led police on a chase in the early morning of March 13th.  It began in a city parking lot on Bridge Street and ended roughly an hour later on Interstate Highway 99 in Pennsylvania.  He was charged in 2016 with unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, inadequate exhaust, unlicensed operation, failure to stop at four stop signs, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, and speed in zone.  He was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



Bath Police Looking for Owner of Lost Snake:


Bath Village Police have apprehended an unusual suspect and are seeking the public’s help in getting more information.  Officers are looking for the owner of a 4-foot python that was found at the end of Wood Street.  The department posted a picture of the animal on their Facebook page.  It appears to be a ball python.  If you are the owner, or if you have any information about the snake, you’re asked to call the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.



2 Local Schools Recognized as Top Schools in State, Nation:


Hammondsport Junior-Senior High and Haverling High were both recently recognized as top high schools in New York State and in the Nation in 2018 by U.S. World and News Report.  Hammondsport earned a “silver medal” based on its student performance on state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and it was ranked 199th in the state.  Haverling was ranked near the top of all school districts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, earning a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness. 



PBS Travel Show to Re-Air Finger Lakes Episodes:


Recently, Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport got some well-deserved attention from PBS during the fifth season of Travels with Darley.  The show can be seen in over 96 percent of the USA on PBS stations and the fifth season’s first episode was the very first to be shot in New York and it featured the Southern Finger Lakes.  The fourth episode featured the Finger Lakes National Forest.  If you missed their original airings, not to worry, as they will be returning soon.  Travels with Darley episode #501 (Southern Finer Lakes – Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport) will re-air on June 17th and episode #504 (Finger Lakes National Forest) will re-air on July 8th, both at 11:30 a.m. on WSKG-HD.  Travels with Darley follows host Darley Newman in beautiful, awe-inspiring places as she experiences what gives each destination its authentic “sense of place”… all with the help of local residents.  While in the Southern Finger Lakes, Darley and her crew experienced glider rides and Mark Twain, exceptional food and art, waterfalls and race cars, plus wine, paddle-boarding, a museum dedicated to the fastest man on earth, and more. 

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