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Hornell Woman Arrested after Car Chase, Crash:


A Hornell woman was arrested early Sunday following a chase and crash involving pedestrians and trees.  According to a press release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the Olean police department alerted deputies to a hit and run involving pedestrians and the suspect was fleeing the city.  Deputies quickly located the vehicle matching the description turning from State Route 16 onto Godfrey Hollow Road traveling at a high rate of speed.  The driver was identified as 25-year-old Brittany Clark.  Deputies say she lost control of her vehicle, became airborne and struck two trees before landing in a creek near the Olean Town Highway Building.  Police say Clark sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from Olean General.  She was charged was driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable, failure to keep right, and unlicensed operator.  She was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.  Other charges are pending.



Hornell Woman Arrested on Drug Charges:


A Hornell woman, and current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, has been arrested following a narcotic investigation.  45-year-old Carrieann Gilliam has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Police say she sold suboxone to another person in the City of Hornell.  Gilliam is currently being held at the county jail on unrelated charges.



Prevention Coalition Funds Approved:


Gap funding amounting to $5,681 for the Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) has been approved by the Steuben County Legislature.  The coalition was recently notified it would not receive the federal Drug Free Communities Grant, leaving a deficit of over $15,000 for the remainder of 2018.  Catholic Charities has pledged $10,000 to supplement the county’s contribution.  SPC is instrumental in drug preventative outreach in Steuben and conducting studies showing the effectiveness of their efforts.  The studies are used by other agencies to plan programs and access services used to prevent substance abuse.



Arkport Truck Repair Fire:


Firefighters from Arkport, Hornell, and North Hornell were called to a structure fire Friday at Arkport Truck Repair on State Route 961F.  The incident happened around 5 p.m., and it reportedly took several hours to get the large blaze under control.  Further details are unavailable at this time.



Flags at Half-Staff for Shooting Victims:


Flags outside state government buildings will fly at half-staff this week following an order from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The flags are being lowered in remembrance of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting and the two African-American victims shot outside a grocery store in Kentucky.  Flags will be lowered today and remain so until sunset Sunday.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues:


Hydrant Flushing continues by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Tonight through Tuesday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on West Steuben Street, Pulteney Square, East Steuben Street, Bus Garage Route 415, E. Morris Street, and Wilkes Avenue along with the corner valves of W. Steuben at Pine/Pulteney/Liberty, Howell/Buell, Liberty/Steuben, and E. Steuben at Gansevoort/Campbell/S. Campbell/McMaster/Halsey. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Hammondsport Hotel Recognized with Prestigious Honor:


The Best Western Plus in Hammondsport has been recognized with the brand’s highest honor, the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2018 North American Convention held recently in Grapevine, Texas.  Winners of the award are hotels that best represent the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction, and dedication to the brand.  The hotels must also meet other brand standards and membership requirements to qualify.  The Hammondsport Best Western is one of only 51 hotels in North America to receive the award. 

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