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Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 13, 2018

County Officers Honored with Performance Commendations
In this week’s County Legislative Committee Meeting, Sheriff Jim Allard gave commendations to Sergeants Brandon Scott and Shawn Shutt as well as K-9 Daimon for assistance in preventing further criminal action in an early morning manhunt in West Union last month. Allard said Scott had just completed his overnight shift upon learning of an alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and theft of a vehicle in Alfred. Scott searched on secondary roads for the suspect by following fresh tracks, locating what appeared to be the stolen vehicle and alerted other law enforcement. Discovering the operator had left on foot, Shutt and K-9 Daimon tracked the suspect, locating him several hundred yards away before taking him safely into custody without injury.  


Deputy County Manager Job to be Posted Before End of Holidays
The search for a new Deputy County Manager begins for Steuben County as Mitchell Alger prepares to leave the position next month to take a job with  Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS). County Manager Jack Wheeler says he will make a new pick for deputy with the assistance from the county Legislature. The next step is beginning the recruiting process for candidates who are qualified. Wheeler says the job posting should be up before the end of the holidays but anticipates to keep it open for a couple of months.


Arnot Mall Plaza Updates Rescheduled for Spring 2020
The approved plan to put a new Holiday Inn hotel in the Arnot Mall plaza that was originally slated to begin this April has been pushed back to next spring. According to Horseheads Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother, hotel developers plan to break ground next April or May as the Town Board looks to secure grants and other monies for them to help redevelop the mall. Plans for mall renovations include tearing down the closed Bonton store and putting in other new additions throughout the mall.


Bath VA Hosts "Stand Down" Session Today
The Bath V.A. will host a “Stand Down” session this morning to provide information and services to Veterans. It begins 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post on 71 Old Ithaca Road in Horseheads. Information on housing, medical and mental health resources will be made available for veterans as well as other free benefits include haircuts, flu shots and screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Veterans should plan a whole day to be at the event to receive a free lunch and military surplus items like blankets, coats, and boots in the afternoon. Veterans can enroll in VA health care at the event and should bring their DD-214 discharge papers or military ID.


Three Men Charged After Woodhull Hunting Incident
Three men face charges after the State DEC said they illegally poached deer last weekend in the Town of Woodhull. Alex Nadjadi, age 23 of Savona and two Cloudersport, Pennsylvania men 29-year-old Jeffery Duell and 24-year-old Nathan Karns were arrested and charged with a total of 40 misdemeanor offenses that stem from an investigation into the killing of eight deer. According to the DEC, Karns and Duell were both each arrested for 17 misdemeanor offenses each while Nadjadi was ticketed for 6 misdemeanor counts. All three men were charged with the illegal taking of a deer and taking a deer with the aid of a motor vehicle while Karns faces an additional charge for Criminal Possession of a Weapon. All three men can answer to the charges in Woodhull Town Court on January 8th.


Cuomo’s Office Says Plans for Recreational Pot to Come in 2019
According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the governor plans to come up with a proposal to set up a recreational pot program in the state for early next year. Earlier this year, a state Department of Health study was commissioned by Cuomo’s office finding that legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use would benefit the state, especially through its potential tax revenue. Public listening sessions across the state have been completed and a working group commissioned by the governor’s office will review their findings and feedback. It is not yet known if the plan for marijuana will be presented as part of the state budget for 2019 or a seperate bill.

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