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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 27th

Winter Weather Advisory:


A winter weather advisory will be in effect until 3 a.m. Thursday for Cortland, Chenango, Onondaga, Otsego, Madison, Northern Oneida, Schuyler, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Southern Oneida, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates counties.  Snow is expected with accumulations of 4 to 7 inches.  It will overspread the area from southwest to northeast this morning and then taper off from west to east tonight.  Plan on slippery road conditions and limited visibilities that could impact the morning and evening commutes.



Former Bath Man Arrested on Drug Charges:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 55-year-old Danny Soles, of Willard Correctional Facility, and formerly of Bath, on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  The arrest follows a 2018 investigation into the sale of narcotic preparations. 



Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:


Three Steuben County residents have been arrested in relation to the alleged misuse of food stamps.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Johnathan Hopkins, of the Steuben County Jail, transferred a Steuben County Department of Social Service Benefit card issued to him to 45-year-old Marion Conley of Hornell while he was incarcerated.  Then Conley allegedly used the card in July and August of 2018 on four occasions, totaling over $120.  Conley and 51-year-old John Cook Jr., also of Hornell, were both charged with misuse of food stamps.  Additionally, Hopkins is accused of providing a written instrument, completed and signed by Conley, knowing it contained false information, to the county Department of Social Services.  Conley and Hopkins are both charged with offering a false instrument for filing.  All three suspects were issued appearance tickets. 



Hornell Dealing with Water Leak(s):


Both the City of Hornell and Village of North Hornell are battling a water leak, or perhaps a series of leaks, that’s causing a loss of hundreds and thousands of gallons a day.  According to the Village Mayor, officials became aware of the problem a few weeks ago, but an exact location has yet to be pinpointed.  They’re also not certain if it’s one large leak, or several small ones.  So far, the leak, or leaks, have caused some residents to experience low water pressure.  A meeting will be held during the first week in March to discuss plans for a solution. 



Palmesano Backs Ban on Supervised Injection Sites:


In response to proposed legislation that would authorize New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to open four supervised heroin injection sites in the city, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban such sites across New York State.  In a statement, Palmesano said that “the answer to the heroin epidemic is not more heroin,” and he expressed concerns about the impact they would have on homeowners and small businesses nearby.  He said he remains committed to proven solutions, such as increasing access to detox, comprehensive treatment, and consistent follow-up care. 

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