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Today's Top Stories - Thursday May 16, 2019

County Leaders Support FCC Warning to NY About Cell Phone Fees
Steuben County leaders are voicing their strong approval of the Federal Communications Commission's stern warning regarding New York's misuse of cell phone fees intended by law to pay for 911 center operations. New York puts more than 90 percent of the landline and cell phone fees - roughly $171 million – into the state's general fund, and passes out the remaining money as grants to counties to upgrade essential equipment…that’s according to a recent report by the FCC. The loss of phone fees has been an issue in Steuben and other counties for years.


Steuben County to Participate in 20th “Roadside Cleanup Weeks”
For the 20th straight year all cities, villages and towns in Steuben County have been invited to participate in the county Landfill’s "Roadside Cleanup Weeks." The annual roadside cleanup allows municipalities to bring as much as 20 tons of garbage and 10 tons of tires to the landfill on Turnpike Road free of charge. Cleanup weeks are scheduled for two weeks during the year and are held for roadside cleanup -- not for house-to-house pickup. Liquid wastes and hazardous wastes will not be accepted. Garbage and tires must be delivered to the landfill in municipal trucks and weighed in at the landfill entrance. The event has been approved by the county Legislature.


Bath Village PD Reports Theft and Attempted Thefts from Vehicles
The Bath Village Police Department reports that last night, there were a number of vehicles throughout the village of Bath that someone went through to look for items to steal. The Police Department reports there has been only one vehicle owner reporting anything missing so far. A few others reported their cars had been entered and someone went through them. Anyone with personal items missing from their vehicle is urged to report it to the Bath Police Department and reminded to keep your vehicles locked at all times.


Caton Man Arrested for Endangerment and Weapon Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that yesterday the Office’s deputies arrested Caton man Jimmy C. Rouse, age 77 after responding to a 911 report of a male subject with a loaded firearm on Hendy Hollow Road in the Town of Caton. It is alleged that Rouse endangered two men with a loaded firearm and was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. Rouse was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail and will appear in Caton Town Court at a later date.


County Jail Announces New App and Grants
This week, the Steuben County Jail says they will develop an app to allow people to schedule visits with jail inmates and allow transfers to accounts that allow inmates to make purchases from the jail commissary. Sheriff Allard presented the plan Tuesday to the Finance Committee of the County Legislature and the app is expected to initially cost $20,000 with an additional $6,000 yearly to be paid for with the jail’s commissary fund, which is separate from regular county funding.This week, the Finance Committee also  accepted a $21,765 from Firehouse Subs on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office to help pay for automated defibrillators and similar equipment. A $15,000 grant from the Bethesda Foundation in Hornell was also accepted to be used to purchase emergency medical equipment for EMT’s.


Congressman Reed Announces Art Competition Winners
Congressman Tom Reed announced the Winner of the 2019 Congressional High School Art Competition as Ashlyn Schuman, a senior at Allegany-Limestone High School for her oil painting titled “Sunflower.” Ashlyn will have her artwork on display in the US Capitol for one year in the Cannon Tunnel and her parents will travel to Washington, DC for a June 24th reception with all of the winners of the Congressional Art Competition from across the country. The contest’s five other finalists’ artwork will be on display in Reed’s Washington office for one year.

Runner-up Senior Jessica Ritchie from Cattaraugus-Little Valley High School was recognized for her work called “Lake Sonoma”. Finalists include sophomore Naomi Cator-Szymanski from Dryden High School entitled “Ashleigh”, Tristan Shell, a Mynderse Academy sophomore for her piece entitled “Self-portrait of an Artist”, Pine Valley High School Senior David Shull for his work “Supplies” and Horseheads Hish School senior Joanne Kim for her piece entitled “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk”.

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