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2 Arrested in Arkport Car Theft:


Two people have been arrested following a report of a stolen car from the Village of Arkport.  According to State Police, 25-year-old Patrick Mccullough and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both of Kansas, stole the vehicle from Arkport and drove it to Mohegan Lake in Westchester County.  The pair was arrested there, and they were transported to the Bath barracks where they were processed on charges of grand larceny.  They were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.



2 Bath Men Arrested for Failing to Register Online Accounts:


The New York State Police have arrested 38-year-old Victor Pfund and 31-year-old Sean Battle, both of Bath, after they were allegedly found in possession of electronic devices with unregistered screen names and user accounts.  Both men are convicted sex offenders and they are required to register their online personas under the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP).  Both were charged with failing to register and were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash.  At the time of their arrest, they were both currently incarcerated on warrants for violating the terms and conditions of their parole.



Sen. Schumer Joins Voices Opposed to Romulus Incinerator:


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the opposition to the planned waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for Romulus.  Schumer says the facility would be bad for the regional economy and it would put the public’s health at risk.  Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo also voiced opposition to the proposed facility, saying it was “not consistent” with his administration’s goals.



NYSEG/RG&E Warn Against Scams:


NYSEG and RG&E are urging customers to be wary of scammers posing as representatives of trusted energy companies. In recent days, the companies have received reports of scammers threatening to cut service unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card. While most customers recognize these calls as scams, a small number have been persuaded to make payments.  It’s an old swindle with some new twists. Caller ID may show the call is coming from the utility. In some cases, the perpetrators seem to have specific knowledge about the customers they’re calling. They may even provide a callback number that answers with a recorded greeting that’s similar to the energy company’s customer service line. The utilities say if you receive a call and you are uncomfortable, call police.



Deadline Approaching to File in Western Union Settlement:


Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for filing a refund claim in connection with a nationwide settlement with Western Union is May 31st, 2018. Consumers who were induced by scammers into wiring money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file claims. Consumers who think they may be eligible for a refund should visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/WU to file a claim online, download a claim form, and/or obtain information on how to file a claim.

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