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Gang Assault Arrest:


Four people have been arrested in connection with an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported gang assault that allegedly occurred in Cohocton.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 12th deputies were dispatched to State Route 371 in the Town of Cohocton in response to a report of an assault.  It’s alleged that 23-year-old Nicholas Chatterton of Leicester, 17-year-old Dakota Fairbrother of Cohocton, 17-year-old Michelle Dunham of Wayland, and 18-year-old Haley Kretchmer of Wayland assaulted one victim, causing serious physical injury, and a second victim causing physical injury.  Chatterton, Dunham, and Kretchmer were all charged with gang assault, assault, and conspiracy.  Fairbrother was charged with gang assault.  Chatterton and Dunham were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.  Fairbrother was released on $1,000 bail.  Kretchmer was released on her own recognizance. 



Meth Lab Fire in Corning:


Emergency responders were called out early Wednesday morning to the Steward Park apartment complex in Corning for an alleged meth lab fire.  After firefighters discovered the lab a state Hazmat crew was called in to clean up the scene.  There are no further details at this time. 



Rape/Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Prattsburgh woman on charges of rape and endangering the welfare of a child.  28-year-old Kara Rumsey is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 and acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical or mental welfare of that person.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Hartsville Woman Arrested for Failing to Report Income to DSS:


A Hartsville woman has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income as required while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  56-year-old Debra Schofield allegedly received over $12,000 in benefits that she was not eligible for.  She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and grand larceny.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. 



Welfare Fraud and Filing False Instrument Arrest:


Two Corning residents have been arrested for alleged welfare fraud.  32-year-old Calenthia Beason and 50-year-old Roy Hudson both allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and as a result received benefits in the amount of $222.71 that they were not eligible for.  Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing, and welfare fraud.  Both were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. 



Cuomo/Nixon Meet for Debate:


The democratic contenders for New York State Governor met Wednesday night at Hofstra University for a face-to-face debate.  Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon spent a large portion of the debate discussing downstate issues, such as the MTA and the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Both candidates also got testy with each other, each accusing the other of lying.  The democratic primary is set for September 13th



Congressman Scalise Endorses Congressman Tom Reed:


Unites States House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was in Corning Wednesday where he gave his endorsement to Congressman Tom Reed.  Scalise called Reed a great member of the whip team due to his willingness to help get agendas passed. 



Second Annual Recovery Walk Set for Sept. 8th:


The second annual addiction Recovery Celebration, sponsored by Addiction Awareness of Steuben County is set for noon to 3 p.m. September 8th at Valerio Park in Addison.  The celebration recognizes National Recovery Month and includes speakers, activities, refreshments, and a 2:30 p.m. walk.  Area agencies will also be on hand to provide information on the support and services available in the county for substance abusers, their families and loved ones. 

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