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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 23, 2018

Bath Man Arrested for Dealing Fentanyl
A 29-year-old Bath man was arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl to two people who later overdosed. Bath Village Police say they charged Donald Henry or “Drama” with two counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The arrest was made following the investigation of two overdoses in the Village of Bath four days ago on June 19th. Henry was sent to Steuben County Jail without bail following his arraignment in Bath Town Court.

Bath Woman Charged as “Operation Safe Summer” Continues
A Bath woman was arrested on narcotic drug charges. Amber Stiles was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree then sent to Steuben County Jail without bail. Village of Bath Police say the Stiles arrest is the 13th they’ve made as the extensive drug investigation “Operation Safe Summer” continues in Steuben County. The first dozen people were arrested this month and the D.A. Office is working on arresting six more of a total of 19 people suspected as involved in narcotics, meth and other drugs in Steuben County.

Tops Deal Rolls Back Teamster Benefits for Bankruptcy Deal
Tops Markets is one step closer to ending bankruptcy for the company.  Teamsters who work in warehouses to supply the company’s stores will take the blow of decreased benefits, pensions and wages. Members of the Local 264 approved the deal which includes a negotiated pension fund which has been set to $15 million. Tops has agreed to use $4 million that would have covered executive bonuses to put towards the $15 million pension fund which will carry lower pensions in the future. Tops says this new deal will save the stores $180 million over the next 20 years but has yet to be approved in federal bankruptcy court.


NY Farm Bureau Helps Successfully Pass Several Bills for Farmers
The New York Farm Bureau capped off the end of the 2018 New York State Legislative Session with a number of victories on bills it advocated for this year. Many of the bills will have a direct benefit on the diverse range of farms in the state. The organization’s priorities are geared towards reducing regulatory burdens and finding solutions to the economic challenges farms increasingly face.  One victory includes the legislature passing a renewal of the 10-year real property tax exemption on new farm construction. This helps to incentivize investment while limiting rising property taxes based on updated agricultural assessments of the farm property.


Steuben Legislature to Name “Hall of Fame” Nominees
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning at 10 in the County Office Building, the local legislators will most likely approve nominees for the Steuben County Hall of Fame. The county Hall of Fame honors individuals who have enhanced the name of or developed Steuben County in memorable ways. Weeks ago, the inductees to be announced were selected by local historians and civic officials from a pool of candidates nominated by local residents. The formal induction ceremony is slated to take place after July’s monthly legislative meeting with a reception to follow in the third-floor foyer.

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