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Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 14th

Narcotics Arrest in Bath:


Two men were arrested following a search by the Village of Bath Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and State Police of a residence on East William Street.  22-year-old Brian Roman-Wagner of Rochester and 66-year-old John Oneill of Bath were both charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and were sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Authorities report that they seized over 50 packaged bags of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and money used in the sales of narcotics during their search.



Wayland Man Charged with Rape of Minor:


A Steuben County man has been arrested on sex abuse charges.  According to State Police, 30-year-old Austin Pratt of Wayland had sex with a minor under the age of 17 while in the Village of Geneseo in Livingston County.  He was arraigned on Sunday on charges of 3rd degree rape and 3rd degree criminal sex act, and is currently in the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 bail.  Pratt was a fitness trainer with the Geneseo School District and also worked at FF Thompson Hospital.  Anyone with information regarding Pratt is encouraged to contact the state police at (585) 398-4100.



Gov. Cuomo Announces Proposals to Raise Age for Tobacco/E-Cigs, Expanding

Bottle Deposit Refunds:


Ahead of his annual State of the State Address, which is set for tomorrow, Governor

Andrew Cuomo has announced a few more proposals that will be included in his 2019 executive budget.  Two would expand bottle-deposit refunds and ban plastic bags.  The “Bottle Bill,” which charges consumers five cents per disposable plastic bottle, would expand to include new types of bottles: sport and energy drinks, and bottled tea and coffee.  If the Plastic Bag Ban proposal is approved, stores may no longer be able to provide customers bags.  Bag bans already exist in some parts of New York, such as Suffolk County, where stores charge customers five cents per plastic or paper bag.  Another proposal would raise the sales age for tobacco and e-cigarettes from eighteen to twenty-one.  Sales of tobacco and electronic cigarette products would also be banned in pharmacies.  If approved, New York would join six other states where you must be 21 to smoke or buy tobacco products (California, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey). 



Section V Football Switching to Federated Schedule:


Sunday WVIN and WABH’s own Joel Oriend sat down the new Haverling Head Football Coach Matt Ford and during their interview, Coach Ford announced that Section V Football – of which Haverling is a part – has voted to switch to a federated schedule for the upcoming season.  This means leagues like Livingston County, Finger Lakes Genesee Region, and Monroe County leagues won’t exist anymore and schools will only play other schools in the same classification.  That could mean a big a shake up in some long time rivalries.  Haverling is currently a C school, while competitors Livonia and Hornell are both B schools.  Under the new schedule, if they remain classified as they are, they would not play against each other in 2019.  If you’d like to hear what Coach Ford thinks about this change, you can listen to the entire interview with him on our websites: https://1380wabh.com/podcasts/sports and https://wvinbath.com/podcasts/sports- by clicking the podcast tab and then sports.



Women’s March in Elmira Jan. 20th:


A March for Women has been set for this Sunday, January 20th in Elmira.  According to the event’s Facebook page, organizers hope to bring people from the Twin Tiers together while bringing action for change in women’s lives.  There will also be guest speakers.  The march starts at 1 p.m. at Wisner Park and will go to Elmira College.

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