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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 30th

School Closings:


The Canisteo-Greenwood and Hornell school districts are both closed today.  Haverling is open, but has announced that after school activities have been cancelled for tonight; the JV/Varisty boys basketball games against Hornell has been rescheduled for Saturday.



Bradford Man Allegedly Shot at Hunters:


A Bradford man has been arrested for allegedly shooting at a  group of duck hunters.  36-year-old Walter Palmer Jr. allegedly drove into a field on his property and fired several rounds at the hunters who were on adjacent public land, say State Police.  He was arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment and was sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Painted Post Man Arrested for Allegedly Violating Order of Protection:


A Painted Post man was arrested on a charge of criminal contempt after he allegedly violated an order of protection.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Erik Miller contacted the protected party via phone and email several times while incarcerated in the county jail.  It’s also alleged that Miller was convicted of criminal contempt within the past five years. 



2 Arrested for Filing False Instruments, Misuse of Food Stamps:


Two Bath residents have been arrested on charges of filing false instruments and misuse of food stamps.  32-year-old Calenthia Beason and 50-year-old Roy Hudson both allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and as a result received benefits they were not eligible to receive.  It’s also alleged that they both used food stamp in an unauthorized manner.  Both were issued an appearance ticket.



St. James Hospital Restricts Visitors Due to Flu:


Saint James Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions to protect patients, staff, and visitors from flu transmission.  The restrictions include: no more than two visitors in a patient’s room at any time, no visitors under the age of 14, and no visitors with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat; visitors may not visit until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.  St. James will continue to monitor flu activity and regular visiting practices will resume as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.



Tractor Trailers, Bus Banned from Upstate Highways Due to Storm:


Tractor trailers and buses have been banned from several upstate highways by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo due to the snow and frigid temperatures expected across the state.  Tractor Trailers and commercial buses are banned from the New York State Thruway from Exit 46 (Rochester I-390) to the Pennsylvania border as well as Interstate 190, Interstate 290, State Route 400, U.S. Route 219 from Peters Road to Interstate 90; and State Route 5 from State Route 179 to I-190.  Beginning at noon today, they will also be banned on Interstate 81 from the Canadian Border to State Route 104.  The bans will be in place for the duration of the storm.



Public Hearing Tonight on Proposed Joint Fire District in Corning:


The Village of South Corning is encouraging all residents to attend a public hearing tonight to voice their thoughts and opinions regarding the establishment of a joint fire district with the Town of Corning.  The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. at Corning Town Hall.  Officials from the Village of South Corning and Town of Corning will be in attendance.



Pet Safety During Extreme Cold:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds all responsible pet owners that the snow and cold aren’t just harmful to people, they can also be hazardous for your pets.  As such, it has issued some safety tips to help keep your pets safe.  Don’t leave your pet outside in the cold for long periods of time; cats and dogs may have fur coats, but they aren’t equipped to be out in sub-zero freezing temperatures.  Don’t leave your pet alone in a vehicle without proper precautions.  If the engine is off, the temperature inside will plummet.  Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous.  It smells and tastes good to pets, but it can be lethal.  Rock salt, used to melt ice, may irritate footpads.  Be sure to rinse your pet’s feet after a walk with a warm, damp cloth or towel and be sure to dry them afterwards.



DUI Crackdown for Superbowl Weekend:


Steuben County police agencies will be participating this weekend in the statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Crackdown.  From February 1st through the 4th, police will look to prevent impaired driving with a higher presence and sobriety checks.  Residents are also reminded of the county’s Social Host Law, which will see those who host private parties for underage drinkers held responsible.  And for those working in retail where alcohol is served, police say to look out for those noticeably impaired as there could be some civil liability. 



Deadline for Senior Recognition Feb. 22nd:


Steuben County residents have until February 22nd to nominate unsung senior heroes for “Older New Yorkers’ Day.”  The Steuben County Office for the Aging staff and members of the Steuben County OFA Advisory Council will consider nominees for recognition and two approved nominees will be invited to attend the New York State Office for the Aging “Older New Yorkers’ Day” banquet in May in Albany.  Nominees must be a current resident of Steuben, although they may not have lived their whole lives here.  They must be 60-years-old or older, have served as a volunteer with one or more agencies serving their community, and whose service has enriched the lives of others.  Nominees may be either individuals or couples who serve together.  Applications are available at the county Office for the Aging or online at https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=12907

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