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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 13th

Narcotics Arrest:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Kasandra Oles, of the Steuben County Jail, and formerly of the Corning area, on a sealed indictment warrant for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Oles was arraigned and was sent back to the county jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.  The arrest was the work of the Steuben County Drug Initiative.



$25K Fine for Elmira Enforcers Owner:


The Federal Hockey League has announced that Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols has been fined $25,000 following an altercation with on-ice officials at Sunday’s game against the Carolina Thunderbirds.  The incident happened after a controversial call during the first period.  The game was halted, and then canceled, and Elmira Police were dispatched to the First Arena to disperse the crowd and speak with team management and the officials.



Burn Ban Starts This Weekend:


With spring just around the corner, bringing with it warmer and drier temperatures, the annual New York State Residential Brush Burn Ban goes into effect this weekend.  The ban will be in place from March 16th through May 14th.  Residents are reminded that burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.  Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood is allowed, but should never be left unattended and they must be extinguished.  Also, the DEC posts daily fire danger ratings and forecasts during the season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App, which is available through the DEC’s website.  Those who violate the open burning regulation are subject to criminal and civil enforcement, including a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. 



Bill Proposed to Make Bingo Legal for Minors:


In New York State, you must be 18 years old to legally gamble and make money off state legal Bingo games, but that could be changing.  A bill has been proposed that would allow minors to play Bingo with adult supervision.  The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now heading to the Assembly for their consideration.



Arc of Steuben Receives $16K:


The Arc of Steuben has been awarded a $16,000 grant by the New York State Industries for the Disabled, a non-profit group that helps create jobs for those with disabilities.  The funds will allow the Arc to purchase some new equipment and to create a few more job positions. 

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