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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 28th

75 Needles, Drugs Found in Vehicle; Bath Woman Charged:


A traffic stop on I-390 has lead to multiple charges against a Bath woman.  According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Nitashia Robb was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped on December 22nd.  Over the course of the investigation, 75 hypodermic needles were recovered, packaging commonly used for narcotics were seized, and two stolen purses and candy from a Dollar General store were recovered.  Robb was charged with criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of stolen property.  The driver of the vehicle, Sean Kohlmeier, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after it was discovered he had his licensed previously suspended three times.  A post-arrest search of the vehicle also allegedly turned up a bag of suspected heroin/fentanyl under the seat Robb had been sitting in, and later during intake at the Livingston County Jail a second bag of suspected heroin/fentanyl was allegedly discovered on her person.  Robb was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and promoting prison contraband.  Kohlmeier had bail set at $200 cash, while Rob was sent to the jail on $5,500.



Painted Post Man Accused of Assault Child:


A Painted Post man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a child.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Zackary Beckett struck a three-year-old child with an instrument, causing physical injury.  He has been charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail.



Canisteo Man Charged with Resisting Arrest, Harassment:


A Canisteo man is facing multiple charges following an alleged domestic incident in the town of Canisteo.  24-year-old Charles Mielke allegedly became combative and non-compliant with Deputies, impending their investigation.  He was charged with harassment, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $300 bail.



Corning Firefighter Injured in Auto Accident Returns Home:


Just in time for the holidays, the Corning firefighter injured in an auto accident was able to return home.  Christopher Willis, along with his mother and girlfriend, was injured in November when their vehicle was struck by an intoxicated driver.  According to the “Blue Lives Matter – Twin Tiers” Facebook page, Willis returned home on December 21st.  The driver of the vehicle that struck Willis’, Andrew Simpson, has been charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was also issued several traffic tickets.



Steuben Reports Top Events in 2018:


As 2018 draws to a close, Steuben County is looking back at the notable accomplishments over the year: including implementation of the state’s complex Raise the Age legislation, the opening of the long-awaited County Office Building Annex, the September rain storm and the repairs of the damage it brought, and the significant strides made in public health. 



New Year Brings New Laws for NYS:


2019 starts next week and coming with it will be several new laws in New York State.  One previously reported on WVIN is the increase in minimum wage, but also starting next week is the expansion of paid family leave.  Beginning January 1st, eligible employees will be able to take up to 10 weeks to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or to assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.  Also in 2019, mandatory sexual harassment training begins for New York employees and public restrooms at businesses, including restaurants, stores, and movie theaters, and at state facilities like parks and DMV offices, will be required to provide changing tables to both men and women.



Last 24hrs. for Fateful Sears Bid:


It’s down to the last 24 hours for Sears.  December 28th is the deadline for bids for the company, which filed for bankruptcy in October.  Previously, its chairman, Eddie Lampert, proposed to buy it out of bankruptcy as a whole through his hedge fund, ESL Investments, but as time winds down, Lampert has neither submitted his offer nor rounded up financing according to sources.  If Lampert gets his bid in under the wire, company advisors have until January 4th to decide whether he is a “qualified bidder,” and if so, ESL could then take part in an auction against liquidation bids.  If Lampert declines, and no one else bids, liquidators will break the company up into pieces.

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