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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 9, 2019

Local Law Enforcement Opposes Recreational Marijuana
Albany may be gearing up for the push to legalize pot but local law enforcement met yesterday for a press conference in Elmira, urging the public to take precautions when it comes to public safety. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard expressed concerns about going forward with recreational cannabis legalization for the possible public safety risks: "Take time to talk to the experts, get the real data about what's happening in other places and not just push this forward as part of the budget," he said, referencing Colorado as an example of a state to study the effects of marijuana prohibition. Police anticipate impaired drivers will be challenging to catch, since marijuana cannot be easily detected as alcohol. Another cost of cannabis legalization will be training Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) Officers for Chemung and Steuben Counties to  assess possible drug use on the scene.


NYS Department of Health Awards CCC Students & OFA for “GripM8”
The collaboration between Corning Community College students and staff, and the Steuben County Office for the Aging has been awarded a first-place tie by the state Department of Health for an innovation giving seniors greater independence. The“GripM8” was developed by CCC students through the use of a 3-D printer, after meeting with county OFA Director Patty Baroody. A universal grip, the GripM8 will help seniors use utensils, toothbrushes, lipstick and other items more easily.


Two Arrested Following No-Knock Warrant in Bath

Two men are in custody after Bath police used a no-knock search warrant to raid an apartment at 6 Chestnut Street in the village. Police said they found about $3,000 worth of crack cocaine and cash. Now, two men are facing several drug charges. Police said they arrested 63-year-old Walter Wilhelm of Chestnut Street and 29-year-old William Seymour of Rochester. Both men face a variety of drug-related counts. They were both jailed. Wilhelm’s bail was set at $10,000 cash while bond for Seymour was set at $25,000.


Savona Man Arrested for Alleged Burglary
A Savona man was taken into custody by state police regarding a felony crime. Troopers said they arrested 36-year-old Christopher Zemeic. He was charged with 2nd degree burglary, a class C felony. He allegedly illegally entered a Bradford home.


County Board of Elections Announces Open Offices for 2019
Steuben County Board of Elections announced the list of county and town offices open for this year’s 2019 elections. Under New York state election reforms, those interested in seeking elected office on a designated party line can collect the required number of signatures from February 26th to April 4th to appear on the ballot. If more than one candidate from the same party files petitions for the same office in the same district, a primary will be held for that office on June 25th. For the first time, New York state will be offering Early Voting where eligible voters can cast their ballot at a location in Bath up to 10 days before the general election. Bath Municipal Offices Open for Election this year include Town Supervisor, Town Justice and two Councilmen positions. The full list of open county and local offices for this year can be found online at www.steubencony.org.boe

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