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3 Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop:


Three people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop on State Route 54 in Bath.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was stopped on July 19th due to an equipment violation and two occupants were found to be in possession of crack cocaine, and one was in possession of crack cocaine, US currency, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia.  56-year-old Rebekah Bishop and 61-year-old Louann Labarr, both of Bath, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.  Both were issued appearance tickets.  17-year-old Hector Rodriguez of Rochester was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third with intent to sell and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Accused of Driving Drunk, Hitting Woman on a Scooter:


A Corning man is facing multiple charges following an accident in Corning involving a pickup truck and a motorized scooter.  According to Corning Police, 65-year-old Hugo Murphy struck a woman on a motorized scooter intentionally and attempted to leave the scene via a taxi-cab.  Officers were able to intercept the cab before it left.  Murphy was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was additionally charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and assault.  The incident is still under investigation and police say more charges may be filed at a later date.  The woman operating the scooter was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


A Prattsburgh man has been arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Naples.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Philip Maciuska was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation and he had allegedly previously violated the terms of his probation, and an active violation of probation warrant had been issued by the Prattsburgh Town Court.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Corning Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:


The man accused of stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed was arraigned in Town of Corning Court Monday.  Gary McCaslin pled not guilty to a charge of petit larceny, and his attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges.  His attorney said that there’s no evidence he committed any crime, and that he was only doing what a good citizen would do by clearing the area of political clutter when he saw several signs from different candidates still on state land.  The defense also motioned for a special prosecutor, saying that Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker has had a long relationship with Congressman Reed.  Reed’s campaign manager, Nick Weinstein, said that after dozens of signs were stolen from a spot in Corning they put GPS trackers on the signs.  He said one of the GPS tracked signs lead them to McCaslin’s home.  According to Weinstein, McCaslin returned the sign but not the tracker.  The judge will review the motions and McCaslin is due back in Court in August.   



Turning Point Bath Accepting Donations for Annual Back to School Drive:


Turning Point Bath is once again accepting donations for its annual Back to School Supply Drive.  Donated items can be dropped off at Turning Point Bath by August 15th, or at any of the following locations: Centenary United Methodist Church, Dollar General, First Presbyterian Church, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc., St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, and John Taggart Insurance.  Besides school supplies, monetary donations will also be accepted.  They can be mailed to or dropped off at Turning Point Bath also by August 15th.  If mailing, indicate the donation is for the Back to School Drive in the “notes” section on your check.  To receive school supplies, signs-ups are required and will be held August 13th through August 17th from 9 to 11:15 a.m.  Students must be in grades Pre-K through 12, and be residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Savona, Hammondsport, or Prattsburgh.  Parents are asked to bring the names and grades for all students receiving supplies as well as proof of address.  Distribution days will be held Friday, August 24th from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Bath.  



Goldfish Crackers Joins Salmonella Recall:


Pepperidge Farm is the latest to join in the recall surrounding products with potentially contaminated whey powder.  Pepperidge is recalling several varieties of their popular Goldfish snack crackers.  No illnesses have been reported at this time and no other Pepperidge Farm products are affected by this recall.  The four types of Goldfish crackers being recalled are: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Extra Cheddar + Pretzel.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them.  Recalled products should be discarded or they can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For full details see the following chart: https://media.nbc4i.com/nxs-wcmhtv-media-us-east-1/document_dev/2018/07/23/ProductsList_72318_1532395181828_49377918_ver1.0.pdf

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