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Steuben Co. Deputy Named NYS Deputy of the Year:


Steuben County Deputy Joshua Day was recognized Monday by the county legislature as the New York State Sheriff’s Association’s Deputy of the Year for his “exceptional valor and heroism, above and beyond the normal call of duty.”  Day was named by the state association as “Deputy of the Year” on January 22nd in Albany for his actions during the incident that claimed the life of state Trooper Nicholas Clark.  According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Day was among the first on scene after the early morning report on July 22nd of an armed man barricaded on Welch Road in the Town of Erwin.  When Trooper Clark was shot by the suspect, Day returned fire, pulled Clark to safe cover and began emergency medical care while calling for assistance.  Day remained at his post until he was relieved by state police and the county tactical team.  In his report, Allard said, “Josh Day’s actions, while under fire, moving Trooper Clark to safety, and maintaining tactical awareness, exhibit bravery, coolness under fire and extreme valorous conduct.”  He added that he believes Day’s actions saved other lives.



Over 30 Animals Seized from Puppy Mill:


32 dogs, six puppies, and a kitten were seized January 21st during a raid on a puppy mill in the Town of Howard.  The Hornell Area Humane Society, the Yates County Humane Society, and a Brittney Spaniel Rescue have all taken varying numbers of the dogs in.  Authorities say there are still two more dogs that Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue hopes to get by today.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.



DWI Charge in Bath Accident:


A Bath man is facing a DWI charge following a two-car accident in Bath.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area of State Route 960U and Selleck Road in response to a report of a crash with injuries.  It’s alleged that 32-year-old Frederick Valkenburgh was stopped on the shoulder of the road and failed to yield the right of away while he was attempting to make a left turn.  This allegedly caused a collision with another vehicle.  Valkenburgh was allegedly operating the vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and he was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take breath test, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, and failing to yield the right away.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



NYS Legislature Passes Child Victims Act:


Both branches of the New York State Legislature have given their approval on the Child Victims Act.  The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support and passed in the Assembly 130 to 3.  The bill would extend the statute of limitations for criminal cases involving victims of childhood sexual abuse by five years, giving survivors until age 28 to press charges for felonies and until age 25 for misdemeanors.  It would also extend the statute of limitations in civil actions arising from child sexual abuse until they reach age 55, among other changes.



Hornell Humane Society to Receive $93K:


The New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund has awarded the Hornell Humane Society $93,000.  The humane society is one of 13 shelters getting part of a larger $4.5 million and is the recipient for the Southern Tier.  The humane society says they’re not sure when the money will arrive, but once it does they plan to renovate the dog-housing area.



Fruit Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination:


Peaches, nectarines, and plums have been recalled by a company in Yonkers due to possible listeria contamination.  The fruit was distributed by Jac. Vendenberg, Inc. to over a dozen states, including New York and Pennsylvania.  All three fruits were sold at Walmart.  The peaches and nectarines were sold as bulk produce with PLU numbers 4044, 3035, and 4378.  The country of origin on the sticker is Chile.  The company has halted distribution of the fruits and the FDA says an investigation into what caused the contamination is ongoing.  Customers are urged to return affected produce to the place of purchase for a refund.

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