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Former Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges:


The former owner of Lloyd's Limited in Penn Yan appeared in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty to charges related to the alleged sexual assault of two women at the bar on Christmas eve and early Christmas morning.  61-year-old Robert Champlin is charged with criminal sex act, rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawfully dealing with a child.  Last month he was offered a plea deal of two felony counts of sexual abuse with a guaranteed 3 year prison sentence that he declined.  He now faces up to 25 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry if convicted.  



Hornellsville Man Charged with Growing Marijuana:


A Hornellsville man has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in the Town of Hornellsville.  According to State Police, 54-year-old James Jackson admitted to growing nearly 200 marijuana plants at a location on South Hornell Road.  He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.



NYS Senate Passes School Bus Camera Bill:


Senator Cathy Young of Olean has announced that the State Senate has passed the School Bus Camera Safety Act, a measure she sponsors. The bill authorizes the use of automated cameras on school buses to record and ticket motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. 


$4M DEC Grant to Cut Back on Food Waste:


The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to help New York cut back on food waste with a $4 million grant to help divert food away from landfills and instead get it to people who need it.  The money will help businesses invest in equipment and technology - such as on-site composters, anaerobic digesters, or dehydrators - to make it easier to recycle waste.  Some 250,000 tons of food is wasted annually in New York, and according to the DEC if just 5 percent of that was donated, food banks would see a 20 percent increase in food available for consumption.



Arc of Steuben’s Golf Classic Raises $28,000:


The Arc of Steuben recently held its annual Arc Star Golf Classic and this year’s event raised more than $28,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the organization’s Wish Upon an Arc Star program.  The program gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as past wishes of a family camping trip and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand.  It also helps cover medical needs not paid for by government benefits. 

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