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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 1, 2018

Body of Cameron Man Found in Pond Near his Home
The body of a Steuben County man was recovered by Steuben County Sheriffs following the report of a found body. Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office report the body of Cameron man James Stage Jr., age 55, was discovered in a pond just outside his McMaster Road residence. The Steuben County Coroner pronounced Stage dead at the scene and his body was transported for autopsy at Broome County Medical Examiner. Members of the Steuben County Dive Team investigated the scene with assistance from Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department.

City of Hornell Issues Water Boil Advisory
Certain City of Hornell water supply customers are ordered by the City of Hornell water filtration plant to boil their water before drinking and using for food purposes until further notice. Customers in the Town of Hornellsville District 1, Airport Rd., Industrial Park Road and Seneca Rd North-North of SR 21 must boil their water before consuming as a result of a water main break on Airport Road that caused loss of pressure which could allow harmful microbes to enter the water. Officials say to kill the bacteria, you must bring water to a boil for at least one minute and allow it to cool before using or to use New York Department of Health-certified bottled water. The boil notice will be lifted once the water is clear and two days of negative bacteriological water samples have been confirmed. The City of Hornell will notify affected residents once the notice is over.


Police Pumping Up Patrols for Labor Day Holiday
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they are on the lookout this Labor Day weekend for drunk, drowsy and distracted drivers to keep the accident and traffic death toll at a lower likelihood. Drivers should expect increased patrols from state and local law enforcement including DWI checkpoints to ensure sober and safe driving. Sheriff Jim Allard stresses the importance of seatbelts and staying alert at all times while in the driver’s seat as heavier holiday traffic increases the risk of possibly fatal accidents.

Hornell Couple Arrested on Drug Charges
Hornell Police report the arrest of a Hornell couple yesterday for allegedly selling Methamphetamine following the Department “Acting on a tip”. Lewis R. Pierce was arrested in the afternoon in a local Canisteo Street business parking lot after he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine. After a search of Pierce’s residence shared with Josephine Schoonover, police discovered evidence of ongoing drug sales. Schoonover was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree while Pierce had charges of  2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree , Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree. Both were arraigned in Hornell City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.

AAA Predicts Lower Gas Prices Post-Labor Day Week
Waiting to make a road trip until after Labor Day weekend this year? According to AAA, this could be the more financially wise choice. Experts are predicting gas prices will drop this fall by over 25 cents per gallon. Nationally, AAA expects the price on gas to decrease to an average of $2.70 per gallon due to the lowered demand after Labor Day as well as more stable crude oil prices and seasonal switchover to winter-blend gasoline.

USA Today Names Finger Lakes Best Wine Region
Our very own Finger Lakes Wine Country has gained top recognition by USA Today. The publication’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards named the wine country of Finger Lakes as the Best Wine Region in the United States. Our region became number one on the list after being voted by readers as their favorite region in a 28-day online poll against nine other wine regions in the country. Laury Ward, Finger Lakes Wine Country President said, “This honorable award and reader recognition is a testament to our local community of farmers, winemakers, and hospitality ambassadors, as well as to the many visitors..”

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