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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 6th

Bath Man Facing Menacing, Drug Charges:


A Bath man has been arrested following a 911 call made on May 31st.  Painted Post State Troopers responded to the call involving the possible menacing of a woman by a man with a handgun in the Town of Erwin.  The man was identified as 39-year-old Mario Hentz and he was later located in the Village of Bath by local police.  During a search of his person, police allegedly found a bag containing approximately two grams of crack cocaine.  Hentz has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and menacing.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Arkport Man Admits to Theft:


An Arkport man has been arrested for taking money from an ATM machine without permission from the account holder.  According to State Police, 22-year-old Jesse Cartwright provided a written statement admitting to the theft.  He is being charged with one count of petit larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor, and he has been released with an appearance ticket.



Steuben Co. Extends Contracts with SROs, Talks Expansion of Program:


On Monday, Steuben County officials agreed to extend contracts for school resource officers through the county Sheriff’s Office, and discussed the potential expansion of the program.  According to Sheriff Jim Allard, there are only two school districts in the county that don’t have SROs, Arkport and Jasper-Troupsburg.  But following a recent hoax regarding a student with a gun, Arkport is said to be in discussion about possibly adding an SRO.  The Corning-Painted School District is also looking to put an SRO in each of its buildings – an addition of seven officers.  For $30,000 a year, the SRO program puts an experienced law enforcement retiree to work in a school district.  Because the officers are retirees with existing pension and healthcare plans, the expenses are low compared to the normal full salary and benefits of a law enforcement officer. 



SSA Information Sent to Local Residents:


The annual letters from the Social Security Administration are in the mail with information on who may be eligible for – but not enrolled in – the Part D Medicare Rx plan Low Income Subsidy known as “Extra Help” and the Part B Medicare Savings Program (MSP).  According to the Steuben County Office for the Aging, letters were sent out in mid-May and will continue through June 25th.  The letters do not guarantee qualification in the programs and will ask for more information about an individual’s overall finances.  For more information, call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.



Empire Access Expands Fiber Optic Internet to Elmira Heights:


Local communications provider, Empire Access continues to expand.  The company has now launched state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet, TV, and Phone services in the Village of Elmira Heights.  The new fiber service utilizes Corning Inc. fiber optic products, and is being offered to both residential and business customers.  Empire called the expansion “very exciting” and said that they are “focused on continuing fiber optic expansion to more communities in Chemung County in the upcoming months.” 

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