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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 3, 2018

County Sheriff’s Office Reports Warrant Sweep Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests following a Warrant sweep in Steuben County by the County Warrant Squad. Joshua Barnes of Addison was taken into custody at his residence by County Deputies as an alleged Fugitive from Justice out of Bradford County, Pennsylvania for violation of parole and an active Bench Warrant out of the Town of Erwin Court for alleged Petit Larceny. Bryan Strauss of Bradford was taken into Custody in the Town of Erwin by Deputies on a Misdemeanor Violation of Probation Warrant for allegedly violating his probation with Steuben County Probation Department for a DWI conviction. Michael Fassett of Rome, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections by Steuben Deputies on a Steuben County Court Indictment Warrant for allegedly committing the crime of a Criminal Possession of a Stolen Property in the 3rd degree. All three men were remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.


Office of Emergency Services Reminds of Smoke Alarm Recall
The Steuben County Office of Emergency Services reminds the public that a recall was issued by the Consumer Protection and Safety Commission for the Kidde combination carbon monoxide-smoke alarm (Model Number KN-COSM-IB) due to a serious, possibly fatal, malfunction. The recall, issued back in November of 2016, says alarms fail to alert those in the home of smoke or carbon monoxide by chirping. Several potentially fatal incidents have been reported with the popular model and those at the County Emergency Services Office believe some homeowner may still be using the alarm, not knowing it is defective. Everyone is urged to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them if they are using a recalled model.
For more information: Call Kidde tollfree at 855-2390490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www. kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.


Lobbyist Gaddy Charged Following Arrest of Assemblyman

Following an investigation that resulted in the arrest of Assemblyman Joe Errigo last month, federal prosecutors have charged a well-known New York lobbyist, Robert Gaddy, for similar charges of bribery and wire fraud. Investigators looked into the relationship between Gaddy and Assemblyman Errigo and say Gaddy’s lobbying firm Excelsior Advocates, LLC, where he is owner and operator, was linked with potential corruption and fraud related to a redevelopment project in the City of Rochester.  Gaddy could serve 20 years in prison and be fined $250,000 if he is convicted of the crimes.


State DMV Declares November as Month of STOP-DWI
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Thursday announced that the month of November will begin to be known as STOP-DWI statewide following Governor Andrew Cuomo issuing a proclamation designating this month as such to recognize the STOP-DWI program. STOP-DWI was established in November of 1981 to reduce impaired driving and crashes related to driving under the influence. Since its inception, the program has reduced alcohol-related crash fatalities by 74 percent.


Board of Elections Open Today for Absentee Voters
A reminder for voters who will be out of the area for Election Day on Tuesday but want to vote in the midterms, you can submit your ballot in person at the Steuben County Board of Elections until Monday.  They are open today from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday for those casting their absentee ballot. The Board of Elections says over 1,300 absentee ballots have already been filled out. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.


Steuben County Clerk Inaugurated as NYSACC President
Steuben County Clerk Judith Hunter was elected and sworn in as President of the State Association of County Clerks in Jefferson County this week. Hunter was sworn in as the Association’s President at the New York State Association of County Clerks conference in Clayton, New York.

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