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Three Facing Charges Following Drug Investigation:


Three Corning residents are facing charges after investigation by authorities into multiple reports of suspicious persons and drug activity.  According to the Corning Police Department, officers attempted to stop Damon Harris around Davis Street for alleged vehicle and traffic law violations when they witnessed him carrying a full garbage bag while rollerskating.  He reportedly fled and was relocated when a witness reported he may have run into a home on Maple Street.  When officers responded, they saw two vehicles leaving the scene.  According to police, Harris was found in possession of a quantity of meth and the bag he’d been seen carrying was found to contain five one-pot type meth labs and other items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth.  Police took the driver of the car Harris was found in, Julie Sweeny, into custody when she was allegedly found in possession of a switchblade.  The other vehicle witnessed leaving the scene was stopped in the Wegmans Parking Lot on South Bridge Street.  With the help of K9 officers, authorities located multiple drugs and contraband in the glove compartment of the vehicle.  Jonathan Ruggles, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested for allegedly possessing meth, oxycodone tablets, oxycodone hydrochloride tablets, suboxone film, amphetamine tablets, and other paraphernalia.  Harris was charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and other traffic infractions.  Sweeny was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.  Ruggles was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed.



Drug Tip Leads to Arrest of Two in Hornell:


Following a tip to police about a vehicle on its way from Rochester carrying crack cocaine, Hornell Police arrested two Steuben County men.  51-year-old Jim Tigner of Canisteo and 62-year-old Wilbert Grant of Hornell were both arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the Hornell High School and they were allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine, money, and other evidence of ongoing cocaine sales.  Both men were sent to Hornell City lockup pending arraignment.



Campbell Rest Area on I-86 Closing August 7th:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the Campbell Rest Area, located on the eastbound side of I-86 in Campbell, will be closed on August 7th to replace a backup generator.  It’s expected to reopen just before the weekend.



Governor Cuomo Announces Intention to Remove Death Penalty:


Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement Thursday announcing his intention to advance legislation that would remove the death penalty from state law.  Cuomo said the legislation is solidarity with Pope Francis – who recently declared the death penalty unacceptable in all cases – and in is in honor of his father, Mario.  Currently, the death penalty is stayed in New York.  The Governor’s legislation would remove it permanently. 



Travel Advisory – C.R. 76:


County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney will be closed to all traffic between the intersection of County Route 77 and Wright Road starting Monday, August 13th.  It will be closed from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday, August 15th to replace a culvert.  There will not be an onsite detour.



LimeBike Available During WGI NASCAR Weekend:


It isn’t just stock cars hitting Watkins Glen this weekend, LimeBike will be available for those seeking an eco-friendly alternative to car-sharing services.  LimeBike is an electronic bike rental service touted as a sustainable form of transportation.  It’s dock-free, meaning there’s no one pick-up or drop-off location.  All you have to do is download the Lime app on your smartphone and use the code to unlock the bike.  Then the bike is yours to ride wherever you want, as long as you need.  When you’re done, leave the bike in a safe location and pull down the lever to lock it.  There will be 75 such bikes available at the Glen this weekend.



Watkins Glen’s Clute Park Reopens:


Just in time for this very busy NASCAR weekend, Watkins Glen’s Clute Park has been given the okay to reopen.  The park was closed for several days after e. coli bacteria were found in the waters of the southern shore of Seneca Lake.  Testing now shows the issue is resolved and swimming, paddling, and all other water activities in the vicinity may resume. 



Steuben Public Health Notes Aug. as National Immunization Awareness Month:


With National Immunization Awareness Month beginning this week and schools opening soon, Steuben County Public Health officials are reminding parents and guardians of the importance of keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date.  Babies under the age of 2 should be vaccinated to protect them from 14 serious diseases, and school-age children are required, by law, to continue with a recommended vaccination schedule for the best protection against preventable diseases.  And the need for vaccinations doesn’t end with childhood.  Every year, tens of thousands of adults suffer diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.  Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or under-insured.  Call (607) 664-2438 to schedule an appointment.



Steuben to Celebrate History Week Oct. 1 – 7:


Steuben County’s first “Local History Awareness Week” is set for October 1st through the 7th and will highlight “Steuben County at War – Life during WWI and WWII.”  Many historical groups across the county will present exhibits related to both wars and the home front.  The exhibits will be hosted by costumed guides who will take both the public and school students through the exhibits displayed at the VFW.  On the final day of History Week Kirk House, Director of the Steuben County Historical Society, will host a presentation in Haverling High School.  It will be followed by a salute to the USO, with refreshments.  Schools wishing to schedule class visits should contact the county Historian (historian@co.steuben.ny.us). 

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