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Clifton Springs Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery in Bath:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 27-year-old Kenneth Patane of Clifton Springs for an attempted robbery of the Days Inn hotel on Monday.  Patane has also been charged with burglary for an incident that occurred at the Microtel Hotel on December 12th in which a sum of money was stolen.  Patane was arraigned in Bath Village Court and was sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.



DWI and Criminal Possession Arrests:


Two Corning men have been arrested following a report of a suspicious vehicle in Corning.  Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle on West William Street and allege that the driver, 18-year-old Steven McQuaid was in an intoxicated condition.  He and his passenger, 25-year-old Brandon McCarn were also allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.  McQuaid was charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance while McCarn was charged with criminal possession.  Both were released on appearance tickets.



Criminal Mischief and Criminal Contempt Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning woman following investigation into a domestic incident in the Village of Canisteo.  It’s alleged that 42-year-old April Sly damaged property at a location on Maple Street and violated a stay away order of protection.  She was charged with criminal mischief and criminal contempt.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Misuse of Food Stamps Arrests:


Two Bath residents have been arrested for misuse of food stamps.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in April of this year 29-year-old Nicole Sullivan transferred a county Department of Social Service benefit card issued to her to 33-year-old Nicolas Marquez.  He allegedly then used that card while Sullivan was incarcerated at the Chemung County Jail.  As a result, Marquez allegedly received benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive.  Both were charged with misuse of food stamps and both were issued an appearance ticket.



Civil Rights Lawsuit Failed Against Steuben Co. D.A., Corning Police and City:


The owner of Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in Corning, Christine Speciale, has filed a $5 million Notice of Claim against Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, the City of Corning, and the City of Corning Police Department for violating her civil rights, including her First Amendment Freedom of Speech and discrimination.  In September, Speciale – who is also a Corning City dog warden - was charged with a hate crime, stalking, and disorderly conduct after an incident in Corning where she allegedly accused an Amish vendor of animal abuse.  The claim alleges that police officers publicly humiliated her and threatened to “tie her up.”



President Trump Makes Christmas Eve a Federal Holiday:


Government workers will get some extra time off this holiday as President Donald Trump has signed an executive order making Christmas Eve a federal holiday this year.  The declaration states that “all executive departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed” on Monday.  While Christmas has long been a federal holiday, the status of the 24th has varied depending on the President at the time.  In 2015, President Obama let employees leave early on Christmas Eve and gave workers the 26th off in 2014.  In 2017, when Christmas fell on a Monday, employees did not receive any additional time off.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service is expected to be open on Christmas Eve with full mail and bulk mail delivery as usual.



Wegmans Recall:


Wegmans has issued a recall for its one-pound and eight-ounce packages of cauliflower rice and other chopped produce because of possible E. Coli contamination.  Other products included in the recall are Wegmans Stir Fry Blend and Wegmans Veggie Rice Blend.  The items can be returned to any Wegmans store for a refund.



Guthrie Wineglass Marathon Donates Nearly $67K to Local Non-Profits:


The Guthrie Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running.  It’s also about giving back to the communities in which the race is run, and in 2018, the Wineglass donated nearly $67,000 to over 50 local non-profit and civic groups.  That makes for more than $500,000 donated since the donation policy was instituted in 2011.  Additionally, the Wineglass offers six $1,000 scholarships to student-athlete winners in the three high schools (Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post) along the route.  To learn more about the Wineglass, the organizations involved, or ways you can get involved, visit the race’s website at http://www.wineglassmarathon.com

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