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Penn Yan Student Pleads Guilty to Making Threat:


A 17-year-old Penn Yan Academy student now faces up seven years in prison after pleading guilty to making a terroristic threat.  Garrett Wawrzyk was arrested in April after he posted a video of himself online with what appeared to be a gun and the caption “Eric Harris v2.”  Harris was one of the Columbine shooters.  The gun in the post was determined by authorities to be an airsoft gun, but Wawrzyk was banned from school and police did seize a shotgun found at his home.  Wawrzky will be sentenced on November 15th.



Dansville Cemetery Association Treasurer Accused of Stealing Funds:


The New York State Police have arrested a Dansville woman for allegedly stealing funds from a cemetery association in South Dansville while she was treasurer.  75-year-old Barbara Howe is accused of stealing over $10,000 and of attempting to conceal the theft by making false entries into the business records of the association.  Howe was charged with grand larceny, forgery, and falsifying business records, and she was issued an appearance ticket.



Steuben Sets 2019 Budget Workshop:


The Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee will begin honing the 2019 budget at a special budget workshop set to follow the committee’s regular 9:30 a.m. meeting October 9th in the legislative committee room.  The committee faces the annual challenge of providing services to county residents and developing a solid economic base while burdened by expenses imposed by the state and a restrictive cap on spending.  Once a tentative budget is formed, it will be presented by county Manager Jack Wheeler to the full Legislature in mid-November, followed by a workshop for more input.  Steuben’s current budget is $190.8 million with a property tax levy of $49.9 million.  Anticipated costs in 2019 include rising public defense costs and expenses connected with Raise The Age legislation.  A public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget is set for 11:30 a.m. November 26th



Water Main Break in Arkport Prompts Boil Water Advisory:


Some village of Arkport water customers were left without service Wednesday afternoon when workers preparing the ground for new water lines broke an old distribution pipe on Main Street.  A boil water advisory was issued for customers that lost water for any length of time and then regained it.  The advisory was still in place as of this morning.  This is the second water line break since work got underway last month on Arkport’s $3.1 million water system overhaul.  Despite this, officials say the project remains on track and that in the end it will be a much better distribution system for customers.



Rep. Reed Tours Flood Damage in Seneca Co.:


Congressman Tom Reed visited Seneca County Wednesday where he visited with residents impacted by flooding last month.  Reed says the state has asked for $36 million in federal disaster aid and that he delivered a letter to President Trump on the matter last week, but he added that there could be a delay due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence.    

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