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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 24, 2018

Weather Advisory to Bring Ice to Steuben County
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in affect for Steuben and surrounding counties today beginning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this afternoon. Late this morning patchy freezing rain or drizzle is expected to develop. Areas of freezing rain and drizzle is expected with total accumulations of a light glaze is expected, mainly at higher elevations. Ice will result in slippery conditions that could cause travel difficulties so expect slippery roads and slow down, using caution while driving today.


Five Hearings for Steuben Legislature Slated for Monday
Monday will be a busy day for the Steuben County Legislature. Five public hearings will be held in the legislative chambers. The sessions begins at 11:30 a.m. Lawmaker are expected to pass a local law providing pay increases for some department heads. Topping the list at $131,695 is the county attorney. Beginning January 1st, salaries will increase to nearly $109,000 a year for the Commissioners of Public Works and Social Services. The sheriff’s salary will advance to $90,000. After hearing public comments, legislators are also expected to adopt the 2019 county budget.


Fire Closed County Route 8 Yesterday

County Route 8 past Tracy Road in Wheeler was shut down temporarily yesterday afternoon to respond to a fire. The Howard Volunteer Fire Department and Area Fire Department responded to the call at 1:24 p.m. The fire was to a barn and was mostly contained by 2:15 p.m.


Penn Yann Student Sentenced for Terroristic Threat
The Penn Yann Academy student arrested for making a terroristic threat back in April has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and five years probation. On April 19th, the teen posted a Snapchat video of himself dressed in all black with what looked like a gun, captioned with “Eric Harris v2” referencing the Columbine school shootings. Following a Yates County Sheriff’s Office investigation it was found what he was holding was an Airsoft gun and the teen was banned from school. The student was granted youthful offender status and initially faced up to 7 years in prison in September after his guilty plea of a felony charge of making a terroristic threat.


Bath Village Aerial Ladder Up for Bids
The village of Bath is advertising for bids for a new 100-110 foot aerial ladder or platform truck. The specifics are available at the village clerk’s office. You can also call to have the information mailed. Bids must be received by 10 a.m. December 4th, at which time they will be publicly opened and read.


Tonawanda Teen Missing
The public’s assistance is being urged to help the Town of Tonawanda Police Department to locate a 14-year-old girl who went missing earlier this week on Wednesday. No name was provided by the Police Department but police say the teen was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans. The girl also has a nose ring and fuchsia red hair. Anyone with information about the girl or her whereabouts is asked to call 716-879-6613 and refer to complaint number 18-850793 or 911.


NY Ag Experts Urge Tree Buyers to Keep it Local This Season
New York State agricultural officials ask New Yorkers to keep it local when they choose Christmas tree this year. According to officials, 875 farms in upstate New York sell over 300,000 natural trees each year and reminds the public these tree farmers participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program following sustainable standards. A list of local, participating farms are listed on the  Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website.


Cuomo Orders Flags Half-Staff for Late State Senator
Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff yesterday to honor state Senator Jose Peralta who died suddenly Wednesday night after falling ill and being taken to a hospital. Perlata represented parts of Queens for eight years and was the first Dominican-American elected to New York State Senate after serving eight years in the State Assembly prior to becoming a Senator. Medical examiners have not yet determined Peralta’s cause of death.

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