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3 Arrested in Child Abuse Investigation:


An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath into suspected sexual abuse of a child has resulted in the arrest of three Steuben County residents.  36-year-old Natalie Burgess and 49-year-old Roger Taft, both of Thurston, were arrested and were both charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the third.  Investigators allege that Burgess and Taft knowingly and intentionally allowed a child less than 17-years-old to remain alone in the residence of a Level-III sex offender.  Investigators further allege that they knew of the offender’s likelihood of re-offending and repeatedly agreed to Child Protective Services plans forbidding unsupervised contact with him, but allowed the child to stay with him regardless.  Burgess was additionally charged with a false entry to be made into the official records of the state police in an attempt to conceal the crime.  66-year-old Allen Lafler, also of Thurston, was later arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly subjecting a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact.  Burgess and Lafler were sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail and without bail, respectively.  Taft was released on an appearance ticket.



13-year-old Arrested for Making Threats Against Bath High School:


A 13-year-old was placed in a juvenile detention facility pending a family court appearance after he allegedly made online threats against an upcoming function at the Bath Haverling High School.  According to the Bath Village Police Department, a concerned student notified a facility member of the threats, who then in turn notified police.  The juvenile was charged for offenses that would constitute criminal possession of a firearm and making terrorist threats if committed by an adult.   The investigation is ongoing.



Corning Man Arrested for Menacing Students on Field Trip:


A Corning man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly menaced students on a field trip.  18-year-old Dante Sellers allegedly threatened the students with a knife while they were at a local McDonalds on June 2nd.  He also allegedly followed the students back to their bus while making obscene gestures.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd



State Police Investigating Bath Burglary:


The New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary to a seasonal residence on O’Brien Road in the Town of Bath.  It’s believed to have occurred sometime since last Sunday, June 3rd.  Unknown subject(s) forced entry and stole long guns and hunting knives.  Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911.  All calls will be kept confidential.



Kia Announces Recall of Over 500,000 Vehicles:


Kia has announced the recall of over a half-million vehicles because the air bags may not inflate in a crash.  The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March.  The agency said it had reports of six front-end crashes where four people were killed and six injured.  Vehicles in the recall include: the 2010 through 2013 Forte compact, the 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize, and the Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012.  Kia has said it will notify owners by July 27th.  The company will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.   

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