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Steuben County Man Arrested for Threatening MN Congresswoman
A man from the Addison-Rathbone area was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder a United States official after he allegedly threatened the life of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in through telephone and email. 55-year-old Patrick Carlineo of County Road 21 was tracked down by federal investigators after providing his name and contact information in a threatening phone call. During the FBI’s visit, Carlineo reportedly said he  "was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government". Yesterday afternoon, Carlineo made an initial appearance before a federal judge in Rochester. He is being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 10th and could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

 

Bath Home Destroyed by Fire 
A Bath mobile home was destroyed following a structure fire on Faucet Road yesterday. Bath Volunteer Fire Department were the first on scene, reporting a fully involved mobile home fire and requested the support of mutual aid tankers from Hammondsport and Kanona. The fire was reported to be out at 2:41 am with the home at a total loss. The home was found to be vacant at the time and the fire remains under investigation.

 

NY Lawmaker Includes Restaurants in Bag Ban Bill
New York’s plastic bag ban could be expanded to include those bags used for restaurant take-out and leftovers, if a state lawmaker’s push gets the votes. Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy announced legislation that could eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use plastic shopping bags in March of 2020. State legislators passed the bag under the new state budget earlier this week and Fahy says restaurants provide too many plastic bags not to be included as part of the new law. Fahy has also proposed a bill that would allow businesses to keep a portion of the new 5-cent fee on paper bags in counties that approve the fee.

 

Avoca Bridge Work Begins Monday
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this coming week, rehabilitation work will begin on the I-390 northbound bridge over County Route 7, north of Exit 1 in the town of Avoca. Work to replace the existing concrete deck will progress in stages, with traffic being reduced to a single lane.  Work is anticipated to be completed in September 2019. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.

 

Reed Praises President Trump for Restored GLRI
President Donald Trump was given praise for his support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by Congressman Tom Reed. Trump’s budget had originally planned to make a $300 million funding cut for the program but restored the money following the efforts of legislators that include Reed, who vowed to protect these important programs in the region.

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