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Corning Woman Charged with Rape:


A month long investigation into a possible underage sex offense in the City of Corning has resulted in a Corning woman being charged with rape.  21-year-old Amanda Wilson-Martin was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.  Wilson-Martin is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a male victim less than 18 years old.



Steuben Summit Alerts Local Agencies of Exploited Youth:


Panelists representing services and county agencies on the front line of human trafficking of children spoke Tuesday morning at the first of its kind Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit.  In attendance were more than 100 people from more than 20 schools, churches, youth advocacy and substance abuse prevention programs.  Commercial sexual and labor exploitation of children does happen in Steuben, as it does in other counties across the state and nation, panelists said.  Sexual exploitation can occur when a child is forced to perform sex acts in return for something of value such as drugs, food, or a place to stay.  Labor trafficking occurs when a child is forced to work in exchange for little or no pay.  The summit marked a year-long effort by related Steuben agencies to set the groundwork for a successful campaign to end abusive exploitation and help runaway and homeless youth.  Recognizing the problem is the first step toward stopping the problem, county Vulnerable Youth project coordinator Lisa Baker said.



Public Hearing on Campbell Budget/Tax Cap Override:


The Campbell town board has scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 7th at 6 p.m. The Council will listen to comments about a local law which gives the town the authority to override the state required property tax cap. The hearing will be held in the town hall. The Board has also scheduled a public hearing for the same date and time to consider adoption of the preliminary budget for 2019.



Steuben OES Warns of CO/Smoke Detector Recall:


The Consumer Protection and Safety Commission has recalled the Kidde combination CO/smoke alarm (Model Number KN-COSM-IB) due to a serious and potentially fatal malfunction, according to the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services.  According to the recall, which was originally issued in 2016, the alarms fail to alert the homeowner for carbon monoxide or smoke by chirping.  There have been recent incidents in which the detector failed to alert residents, prompting the OES to remind residents to check their detectors in case they missed the original recall, and discard and replace them if they have the faulty model.



Public Hearing on Bath Budget:


The town of Bath is getting close to adopting a new spending plan for next year. First however, town residents get to share their thoughts. The town board will hold a public hearing on the preliminary budget on Monday at 4 o’clock. The session will be held in the Municipal Building.



Judge Watches Earns Endorsements in Steuben Co.:


Judge Chauncey Watches has earned several endorsements from across Steuben County supporting his bid for county court judge.  Senator Tom O’Mara, Corning City Republican Chairman Nicholas Weinstein, the Bath Republican Committee, Cohocton Republican Committee, and Hornell Republican Committee have all announced their support.  Election Day is November 6th.

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