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Campbell Home Destroyed by Fire:


A home on Meads Creek Road in Campbell was completely destroyed by a fire on Friday.   Several fire departments were called to the scene, including Campbell, Painted Post, Gang Mills and both North and South Corning fire departments.  The road in front of the home was closed for several hours.  Firefighters report that no one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:


The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street.  Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant.  Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation.  All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.



Prattsburgh Man Facing Burglary, Drug Charges:


A Prattsburgh man is facing multiple charges following his arrest in relation to a burglary in the Town of Prattsburgh.  It’s alleged that 30-year-old Bradley Davis burglarized a residence, and that he was in possession several pieces of stolen property and a quantity of cocaine.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and grand larceny.  Davis was also wanted out of Rensselaer County for criminal possession of stolen property.  More charges are pending.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Accused of Raping 13-year-old:


An 18-year-old Corning man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old.  Ryan Cosgrove has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both class D felonies.  The Corning Police Department said Cosgrove is an alleged “sexual predator that preyed upon children 13 years old or younger” and that there may be another victim or victims of similar ages.  Cosgrove was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Bath Teen Arrested for Sexual Abuse:


A joint investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Steuben County Child Protective Unit has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old from Bath.  Zachariah Hill has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the 1st, a class D felony.  It’s alleged that Hill subjected a 9-year-old to sexual contact on multiple occasions at a private residence in the Town of Jasper.  Hill was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



Corning Man Arrested for Allegedly Violating Parole on Rape Conviction:


A Corning man was arrested on May 5th on a violation of probation warrant.  21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation on his previous conviction of rape, sexual abuse, and attempted sex offender failing to report address.  He will appear in Steuben County Court at a later date to answer the charge.



Fugitive from Justice Arrest:


A Mount Morris man wanted on a warrant out of the State of New Jersey has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.  55-year-old Robert Hennekens was wanted on a warrant for shoplifting in Bergen County.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



2 Local Recruits Graduate from Academy of Fire Science:


After 11 weeks and more than 500 hours of training, 57 recruits from across New York have graduated from the Academy of Fire Science in Watkins Glen.  Among them were 2 recruits from Corning.  All the graduates will become full-time firefighters across the Twin Tiers.  This year's was the largest graduating class at the Academy since it's inception in 1984.  Their next class begins this fall.



Funding Available to Help New Yorkers Purchase Air Conditioning:


New Yorkers suffering some serious health issues aggravated by extreme heat can get financial help to purchase an air conditioner.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3 million is available for individuals who apply through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at their local department of social services.  Recipients must meet eligibility requirements.  Applications will be accepted through August 31st, or until funding runs out.



Cuomo, NYS Financial Regulator Being Sued by NRA:


Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state financial regulator are being sued by the National Rifle Association for what the lobby calls a "blacklisting campaign."  The NRA says New York is trying to compel banks and insurers to stop doing business with it.  In response, Cuomo issued a statement on Friday saying the lawsuit is "...a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns." 

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