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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 10, 2018

Marine Native to Horseheads Killed in California
A Marine killed a few days ago near San Diego, California is reported to be a Horseheads native. Christopher Truax Junior, age 21, was an active duty Marine Corps Sergeant stationed in Miramar, California. Truax was found bleeding from a gunshot wound inside a parked vehicle in Lemon Grove, California. Sheriff Deputies called for First Aid but could not save Truax. His death is being ruled as a homicide and Lemon Grove police are hoping witnesses at the scene come forward with information about Truax’s murder as investigation continues.

Route 54a Closed North of Hammondsport
A reminder that a portion of State Route 54a is closed today as emergency wall and culvert repairs begin. The site is 4 1/2 miles North of Hammondsport and the closing is estimated to last about 4 weeks of the eight to ten weeks for total duration of work on the project. Traffic will be detoured on County Route 76 and Boyd Hill Road in the meantime. Drivers should plan accordingly by giving themselves extra time for commutes.


NYS Citizens Disaster Preparedness Training Tonight at Corning
A State Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program is set for tonight at Corning-Painted Post High School. This program will give residents knowledge, tools and resources to prepare for all disasters, respond accordingly and recover as promptly as possible. Free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits will be distributed to those who participate with a limit of one per family. The kits contain key items to aid individuals in the immediate aftermath of disaster. Online registration is required at: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/registration/index.cfm#formbegins


County DA Office Hosting Drug Press Conference This Morning
Steuben County District Attorney Office’s Drug Initiative will hold a press conference this morning at 10:30am at the Bath Village Police Department on Liberty Street. The conference will announce major developments in the continuing efforts to combat narcotics trafficking in Steuben County. County Sheriffs as well as the Bath, Hornell and Corning Police Departments will work in cooperation with the D.A. Office for this presentation.


Steuben County Starts Plan to Prevent Commercial Sex Exploitation
Steuben County officials announced the beginning of a five-year plan to prevent commercial sexual exploitation of minors with Department of Social Services veteran Lisa Baker spearheading the efforts. Baker will organize programs to help runaway, homeless and exploited youth under the joint leadership of DSS and the County Youth Bureau. The county has set up an advisory committee made up of representatives from several county departments such as social services, the youth bureau, law department, sheriff, probation, mental health and public health. The plan aims to reduce commercial sexual exploitation, which happens when children under 18 are required to perform sex acts in exchange for usually a basic need such as food, clothing and shelter. Exploitation is believed to be on the rise due to the growing drug culture in Steuben County.


First Steuben History Week Slated for Next Month
The first-ever History week for Steuben County has been announced for October 1st through the 7th. The week will feature exhibits at the Bath VFW organized by local historical groups and hosted by guides in costume who will lead students and the public through the exhibits. The week will focus on heroes of World Wars I and II who served their nation at home while loved ones were overseas in combat. The History week theme was chosen to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice on November 11th.

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