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Today's Top Stories - Friday, March 1st

Narcotics Arrest:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a homeless woman on a sealed indictment warrant.  35-year-old Felisha Robbins is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



“Minor Incident” at C-PP School:


The Leader reports two 15-year-old Corning-Painted Post students were involved in what is being referred to as a “minor incident” involving a stun gun earlier this week.  The school resource officer responded to the incident on February 26th and referred it to the Corning Police Department, who found “no criminality.”  The incident has been referred to family court.



NYS Congress Passes “Revenge Porn” Law:


The New York State Assembly and Senate has both passed legislation that would see New York join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn.  The new legislation would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate explicit photos of a person without their permission.  Victims will also be able to file lawsuits against the person responsible for distributing their photos.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said he intends to sign the bill.   



Steuben Public Health Offers Free Home Visits for Newborns:


Expecting parents and parents of newborns can get a helping hand as they look forward to the birth of their baby, and in the weeks following the child’s birth with Steuben County Public Health’s free home visits.  The relaxed visits are planned at the convenience of prenatal and new parents.  Pre-and post-natal referrals come to Public Health from local hospitals, health care providers, and individuals.  Once the referral is made, one of the nurses with the program contacts the family to set up visits.  The nurses answer questions on a variety of topics, including, breastfeeding, maternal health, immunization, car seats, safe sleep, “baby proofing,” and more.  For more information, or to make a referral, call (607) 643-5078.



Fund for Women Reaches $1M Milestone:


The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier (FFW) has announced that it has reached its target of funding a $1 million endowment.  This milestone means the FFW annual grants process – which supports eligible girls and women who pursue educational opportunities and awards local nonprofits that align with their efforts to support and empower girls and women – will be funded for generations to come.  The FFW plans to expand its reach and establish the FFW Empower Grant, a new, $150,000 award designed to help girls and women who have reached a vulnerable time in their lives and need immediate support.  Arbor Housing and Development has been awarded the inaugural Empower Grant.

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