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Rathbone Fire Labeled "Suspicious":


Authorities are investigating what's been labeled a "suspicious" fire in the Town of Rathbone.  The blaze broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a cabin on Derby Hill Road, according to the Addison Fire Chief.  The fire was extinguished without incident.  It was vacant at the time.  The cabin was a total loss.  


Wanted Corning Man Back Behind Bars:


The Corning man wanted for allegedly making an explicit cellphone video of a child under a table at a restaurant has been arrested.  48-year-old Bryan Griswold is charged with felony sex abuse of a child.


Bath Man Arrested on DWI, Weapon Charges:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Bath man on DWI and weapons charges.  It’s alleged that 37-year-old Joseph Chely II operated a vehicle on East William Street Extension, and State Route 415 while in an intoxicated condition.  It’s also alleged that Chely’s license or operating privileges has been suspended or revoked nine times.  It’s further alleged that Chely possessed a loaded 30 round high capacity magazine and metal knuckles.  Chely was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood, aggravated unlicensed operation, an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle, failure to keep right, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third and fourth degrees.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.


Hornell Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:


A Hornell man has been charged with violating the social hosting law.  35-year-old Michael Woodard was arrested after Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on a report of a loud party on County Route 109 in the Town of Hornellsville.  Their investigation alleges that Woodard was in charge of the premises while several persons ranging from ages 16 to 19 years old were consuming alcoholic beverages.  Woodard was charged with acting as a social host for the underage drinking gathering.  He was released on an appearance ticket.


NYS School Budget/B.O.E Elections Today:


School districts across the state today will be holding their 2018-2019 budget votes and Board of Education elections.  699 districts are putting their spending plans up before voters.  Of those, roughly 48 percent have proposed raising taxes without breaking the tax cap.  Schools with proposed budgets that exceed the tax cap must meet 60 percent approval by voters.  Districts have varying voting times and locations, so voters are encouraged to contact their own district to learn more.


Steuben Adds Roads to 2018 Schedule:


Two Steuben County roads are now scheduled this year for road repair, thanks to the state’s recent “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation.  Over $642,000 will be used for work on 3.6 miles of County Road 10 in the Town of Cameron, and 2.6 miles on County Road 25 between the Towns of Cameron and Rathbone.


Local Veteran to be Inducted into NYS Senate Hall Vets Hall of Fame:


Today a local veteran will be recognized for his service and duty to the country as he's inducted into the New York Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame.  Warren Thompson was born and raised in Steuben County.  He graduated from Savona Central School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army.  During his service, his plane was shot down over France and he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Nazis.  


Local Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Dormann Dies:


Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Dormann died over the weekend at the age of 86.  Dormann was born in March 1932 in New York City and he continued to keep an office there despite being heavily involved in the local community.  In the late 1990’s, he and his wife donated $500,000 from the Young Leadership Foundation to the then Davenport Library in Bath to help fund a major expansion.  The building was renamed in his honor when work was completed in 1999.  Many residents may recognize him as the face of “Around Town with Henry Dormann,” the television show he hosted where he highlighted local businesses throughout the area.  He also appeared in the last commercial break of Good Morning Twin Tiers with his “Thought of the Day.”  Dormann was also the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of Leaders Magazine, and served as Chairman of the Board for the National Enquirer.  Over his life he met with and discussed a variety of issues with world leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, and he published a book of letters and notes from them in 2013 titled “Letters from Leaders.”  Dormann is survived by his wife, Alice, and two daughters Kaari and Kristi. 


Court Allows Tops to Begin Liquidating Stores:


After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, a court order has now been issued allowing Tops Markets to start closing and liquidating its stores.  At the time of filing, the company said it was deal with a large portion of debt.  While the order does allow stores to be closed, the company says it has not actually made any decisions yet about potential closures.  It is unknown if the company will close any stores or how many could ultimately be impacted.

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