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Today's Top Stories - Independence Day - Thursday July 4, 2019

RIT Student from Corning Injured in Ohio Crash
A crash in Ohio yesterday left one RIT student dead and two others injured, one of which was a young man from Corning. Benjamin Cooper, age 22 of Corning sustained injuries from the crash and was transported to an Ohio hospital with his friend and fellow RIT student 21-year-old Zachary Cooper of Brockport. Matthew Eskeli of Falconer, NY died from injuries in the crash. Ohio Highway Patrol says a driver of a BMW was speeding down Springfield Ohio’s I-70 and hit a Ford Focus that carried the students. The South Charleston man that hit the three students was booked into Clark County Jail on suspicion of Vehicular Homicide but no charges have yet been formally filed. Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in this crash.


NYS DOT Announces Construction on State Route 417
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that pavement milling will begin along the full width of State Route 417 between the Town of Woodhull and the Village of Addison on Monday, July 8th. Milling will also occur between the between the 417/I-99 Exit 8 and the 417/I-99 Exit 11 in the Town of Erwin and is expected to last approximately two weeks. Asphalt will be overlaid immediately following milling and that phase is expected to last three weeks. Pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed. A one-lane, two-way traffic pattern will maintain traffic and be controlled by flaggers on State Route 417. 


Fourth of July STOP-DWI Crackdown Continues Today

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies across the county are conducting a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide campaign continues today for the Independence Day Holiday. Sheriff Allard says the Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Drivers should expect sobriety checkpoints and are reminded police will be looking for distracted, aggressive and impaired drivers. STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities.


DMV Child Seat Inspection Announced for Canisteo
New York State DMV has announced free child seat inspections and assistance during the month of July. As a part of year-long safety initiative, state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, are offering free inspections by certified child safety technicians. Steuben County’s annual inspection will be held Thursday July 25th 10am-2pm at 33 Greenwood Street in Canisteo by Ardent Solutions. Those who are interested in attending this car seat check up can call Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext. 1017 to find out more. 


Schumer Talks TRACE Act at Senior Center
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the Corning Senior Center yesterday and discussed a recently-passed robocall legislation package in the Senate called the TRACE Act. The legislation would give the FCC the power to fine robocallers $10,000 per call, extend the timeframe the FCC could fine and prosecute robocallers to three years after the call is placed and requires telecommunications companies to implement call authentication technology so robocallers can’t conceal the number the call from. The bill would also require other agencies like the FCC, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and more to issue Congress recommendations on how to enhance their methods to prevent robocalls. Schumer encouraged the House to follow the Senate’s lead in passing the bipartisan bill, which passed 97-1 back in May. Senior citizens are often targeted by these phone calls and Schumer says his legislation will cut down on these unwanted calls up to 99 percent. 

NYS Sheriff Institute Camp on Keuka Hosting 14 Local Kids
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced 14 deserving children will be sent for one week to the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp, which is located on Keuka Lake. The camp is a week of wholesome summer fun and accommodates over 900 children between the ages of 9 and 12 all across the state this summer. The camp is in its 43rd year and the campers attend for free made possible by financial support of the Honorary Members of the Sheriffs’ Institute. Boys and girls participate in typical camp activities as well as technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs such as scuba diving, K-9 handling, and bike and boating safety.

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