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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, February 26th

Syracuse Woman Charged with Grand Larceny:


A Syracuse woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise from a retail store in Erwin.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 50-year-old Tammy Hines stole merchandise valued at over $4,000 on February 23rd and then on February 24th stole additional merchandise valued at over $1,000.  It’s further alleged that when she was confronted by store security, she fled.  Hines was also allegedly wanted in the City of Syracuse on outstanding warrants for burglary, criminal mischief, and harassment.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Urbana Man Accused of Lying About Accident:


An Urbana man is facing multiple charges following a one vehicle crash on State Route 54 in the Town of Wayne.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies arrived on the scene on February 17th and found no operator in the vehicle.  It’s alleged that 57-year-old Douglas Robinson was driving, left the scene of the collision, and then reported the vehicle as stolen.  He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and was issued traffic summons for multiple charges.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.



Warrant Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports two unrelated arrests on warrants.  24-year-old Lindsey Stephens was allegedly wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by the Town of Corning for failure to appear to answer charges from a previous incident where she was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.  42-year-old Richard Clark was allegedly wanted on an outstanding family court warrant issued by Steuben County.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail in lieu of $1,250 cash bail.



Savona Justice Announces Run for Bath Justice:


Michael Horton, current Village of Savona Justice, has announced that he will be making a run for the Bath Town Justice position.  Horton has served as village justice for 11 years, and has additionally been appointed by the Chief presiding judge of the New York Seventh Judicial District to preside as acting justice in the towns of Pulteney and Campbell when openings have occurred.  He is also the owner of Upstate Auction Company and the Wave Gas station in Savona.



CCC President Gives Final Update; Steuben Legislature Approves ASAP:


Corning Community College President Katherine Douglas gave her final annual update on CCC activities to the Steuben County Legislature Monday.  The sixth CCC president, Douglas is set to retire in June of this year, after eight years at the college’s helm.  Additionally Monday, legislators approved adding the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) for the county 911 center.  ASAP will send information from automated alarms, such as ADT and Doyle, directly to the appropriate emergency responder.  This will significantly reduce the number of calls the center handles annually, according to county 911 Deputy Director Tina Goodwin.



Proposed Ban on Modified Stretch Limos Dropped:


The Times Union of Albany reports that the ban proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on all modified stretched limousines has been dropped.  Cuomo is still reportedly seeking several other changes to enhance regulations, however, and still wants to prohibit any stretch limos that violate federal safety standards.  The legislation came in the wake of the October 6th limo crash in Schohaire County that killed 20 people.  Prosecutors say the limo in that case should not have been on the road.



Painted Post Winter Farmer’s Market Relocating:


The Painted Post Winter Farmer’s Market is relocating.  Starting March 2nd, it will be found at the Ramada Inn on South Hamilton Street.  Times and dates will remain the same: the first and third Saturdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Hauryski Proclaims this Week as Steuben Saves Week:


Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed this week as “Steuben Saves Week,” in recognition of the importance of personal and household savings to Steuben’s stability and vitality.  The proclamation recognizes Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County’s partnership in the America Saves campaign and its commitment to help county residents take immediate financial action to “Build Wealth, Not Debt.”  Hauryski called upon all county residents to increase their automatic savings or to take other positive wealth-building action during Steuben Saves Week and pledge to sustain their action during the remainder of the year.

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