Heat Advisory in Effect Today:
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Heat Index Values may reach 104 degrees this afternoon. Forecasters say very warm and humid conditions will continue into tomorrow for much of the area. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
NYSP Investigating Church Break-ins:
The New York State Police are investigating break-ins at two local churches late Thursday night through early Friday morning. The Presho United Methodist Church suffered damages to security cameras and entrance door, and important church papers and keys were stolen, according to the church’s pastor. The Lindley Community Church was also broken into. The church pastor said the glass of a door was broken and a television was stolen.
Steuben Co. Approves $1.22M for Fire Dept. Communications, Transfer of Funds to D.A.’s Office:
On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved both a $1.22 million contract to improve fire department communications and the transfer of $88,000 into the District Attorney’s Office budget. The communication funds will include upgrades at the 911 center and at 11 tower transmitter sites around the county. It will put firefighters on the same high-frequency communications systems used by police and ambulance services, eliminating duplicate radio equipment, and it will also eliminate an almost 30-second delay that exists currently. The additional funds for the D.A.’s office, according to D.A. Brooks Baker, is necessary for increased costs from prosecutions related to the county’s opioid problem and the upcoming trial of Lloyd Neurauter. Neuratuer is accused of murdering his ex-wife in Corning and Baker said he has 70 witnesses under subpoena in the case. He also has plans for five or six expert witnesses.
Several Area Beaches Closed due to Algae Blooms:
Indian Pines and Red Jacket beaches in Penn Yan are closed again for the third time in less than a month, due to suspicion of blue-green algae. The two areas were previously closed on August 4th and 16th. Additionally, the state Department of Health has received reports of algae blooms at Deep Run Beach in Gorham, Onanda Park Beach in Canandaigua, and Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake and they are all closed as well until the DOH gives them the all clear.
NYS State Fair Adds Third Senior Day:
Due to the high heat, the Great New York State Fair has announced a third Senior Day. On Senior Days, adults age 60 or older can attend the fair for free. This Thursday, August 30th, will be the new third Senior Day. Additionally, the fair is purchasing additional misting stations to provide cool water sprays for everyone. Fair officials also remind everyone that water bottles from home are allowed, and fairgoers can even get them filled for free at water filling stations in most buildings on the Fairgrounds.