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Today's Top Stories - Friday May 31, 2019

No Parking on Liberty St. Tomorrow for Dairy Festival
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen announces there will be no parking on the parade route during tomorrow’s annual Dairy Festival Parade. Parking meters will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. Traffic will be closed from Liberty Street to Washington Street to Steuben Street  at 8am in preparation for Dairy Festival Activities. All vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street by 8am and any vehicles parked in violation of this temporary police order will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic Detour hours will be in place by 10:15am and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the Dairy Festival Parade which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 tomorrow morning.


Bath ‘90s Alumni Selected for Haverling Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2019 for the Haverling “Hall of Distinction”. The nomination committee selected two candidates to be recommended for this class: Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad from the Class of 1998 and Ms. Christine E.B. Howard from the Class of 1995. They both were honored with the title of “Business and Professional/Lifetime of Notable Achievement”. All inductees and families will be invited to the annual Alumni Banquet on June 21st for a formal recognition ceremony. Following the presentation at the Alumni Banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Auditorium.


Governor Signs Bill Ending Gravity Knife Ban
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation ending the legal ban of gravity knives, a type of folding knife with locking blades that open with a flick of the wrist. Cuomo cited that “the legal landscape had changed” while approving the bill yesterday. The knives were originally banned in the 1950’s to curb the use of switchblades by street gangs but were used by many laborers at the time. Back in March, a federal district judge ruled the gravity knife ban as too vague and unconstitutional, adding that people were unable to know with certainty if carrying a gravity knife is legal.


Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
A Bath man has been charged with a felony crime. State troopers say they arrested 41-year-old Kevin Hixson. He was charged with 2nd degree residential burglary. The incident happened last week in the town of Bath. Hixson was released on his own recognizance.


Avoca Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
An Avoca man is facing multiple charges following a domestic dispute. State police arrested 54-year-old John Hernandez. He was charged with criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana. Court action is pending.


Hornell Woman Arrested for Food Stamp Misuse
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested a Hornell woman for Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that 36-year-old Ashleigh M. Grover used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services while that person was incarcerated on seven different occasions between late August and early September 2018. Grover used the card for a total amount of $106.20 while not authorized or eligible to use or receive benefits from that person’s card. Grover was charged with seven counts of Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class A Misdemeanor, in violation of New York State Social Services Law. Grover was released on an appearance ticket to show in Village of Bath Court at a later date.

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