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Today's Top Stories - Friday December 14th, 2018

Steuben Works on Deal to Consolidate All Arraignments in Bath
Steuben County is negotiating an agreement with the cities of Hornell and Corning to hold all county arraignments centrally at a single location in Bath. This consolidation of arraignments has been mandated by the state following a lawsuit against several counties, revamping the arraignment process to provide attorneys to indigent defendants at every step of the legal process including  arraignment. Along with transportation, new attorneys needed to be hired to meet requirements, increasing taxes for the county by at least $1 million per year. County Manager Jack Wheeler remains hopeful that the two cities will opt into this plan if the County Sheriff’s Office can provide transportation for defendants. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee will meet Monday before the regular Legislature meeting to further discuss this issue.


County Officers Donate “No Shave...” Funds to Cancer Program
County Sheriffs said no to shaving last month for a good cause: combatting cancer. Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus Counties Cancer Services Program received a check worth $2,200 from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at the Public Safety Building this week. Funds for the check were raised by 44 deputies and correction officers across the county who each made $50 donation to stop shaving in November. The Cancer Services Program is a state program that covers cancer screening for those who are uninsured or have high deductibles. It is the second year officers participated in No Shave November and all of the funds will stay locally.


“No Active Incident” Reported Following Bomb Threat at Ira Davenport
A bomb threat emailed yesterday to several staff members of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital and the New York State Department of Health was reported and treated “seriously” according to Arnot Health officials. The threat was identified by officials as not appearing to be of credible threat but handled the situation seriously “out of an abundance of caution”. Hospital operations continued without interruption but additional security precautions were taken for the safety of patients and staff. “No active incident” was reported to be on scene by Sheriff Jim Allard but several similar emails have reported to be circulated across the country. Arnot Health officials say the threat continues to be investigated further by the FBI, New York State Troopers, and local police.


Deadline for NYS Health Insurance Sign-up is Tomorrow
The deadline for New York residents to sign up to be covered by health insurance in 2019 is tomorrow on Saturday, December 15th. State residents who do not register by tomorrow will not be covered on January 1st and the very last chance to register to have any coverage in 2019 is January 31st. For residents who do not have internet to access the online New York state of health marketplace for sign-ups, certified insurance representatives and state insurance navigators can be provided to assist in the registration process. Those who are uninsured but need assistance from a representative to sign up can be connected to one here.


Wayland Man Arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland man yesterday for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third degree following a report on the Sheriff’s Office tipline. Michael Glenn Bennett was reported to be driving a certain type of vehicle without license to do so and Deputies allegedly observed Bennett operating the vehicle on State Route 21 in Wayland while his license to operate a motor vehicle was suspended. Bennett was released on a traffic summons to appear in Wayland Town Court next month.


Six Arrested in County Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrests of six wanted persons during a warrant sweep by the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad. Five of the six subjects were wanted on Violation of Probation warrants while one suspect was wanted on two bench warrant violations from Pennsylvania. Arrested for Felony Violation of Probation warrants were 25-year-old Christopher D. Barrett and 62-year-old Larry Darby, both of Corning, and 30-year-old Cherokee R. Guerin of Thurston. Two of the suspects were wanted and arrested on Misdemeanor Violation of Probation warrants: 21-year-old Zachary Fetz and 22-year-old Timothy Stanfield, both of Corning. Larinda Silva of Corning was wanted by two separate Bench Warrant Parole Violations issued in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. All suspects were arraigned in Steuben County Court with the exception of Silva who was arraigned in Village of Bath Court.

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