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Springwater Man Arrested in Wayland Vehicle Theft 5 Years Later:


A Springwater man has been charged in the theft of a vehicle in the Town of Wayland.  According to state police, they received a complaint of a stolen vehicle on November 16th 2013.  The next day, the complainant’s vehicle was recovered, unattended, at an address in Livingston County.  The vehicle was secured and processed.  A crime scene technician recovered DNA evidence that led police to 45-year-old Matthew Bartlett, who was incarcerated in state prison.  Upon his release, Troopers arrested him and charged him with one count of criminal possession of stolen property.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



Unemployment Numbers Down:


The New York State Labor Department released unemployment numbers for all 62 counties this week, and in Steuben the report is good.  The county’s jobless rate dropped to 4.5 percent in July, compared to 4.8 in June and 5.4 a year ago.  That puts Steuben’s rate in a tie for 39th place with six other counties.



$2M Grant for NYS Hazardous Materials Response Teams:


Hazardous Materials Response Teams in NYS will share a $2 million grant. Schuyler, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga counties will share $106,000. The funding is meant to help to sustain and enhance HazMat capabilities to help New Yorkers respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other emergencies. The money comes from the State Homeland Security Program.



No Dollar General for Arkport:


Plans to locate a Dollar General in the village of Arkport have been scuttled – for now. The site proposed for the store is zoned agricultural and village officials said Tuesday night…that won’t change. Meanwhile, the discount chain is also eyeing locations in Jasper and Andover.

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