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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 17, 2019

Trooper Clark Bridge Dedication Set for Monday 
A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark, is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2PM. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge”, located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin. The state legislation naming the bridge in honor of Clark had local support in the Senate and Assembly by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.


Bath Man Arrested on Multiple Fraud Charges
New York State Police in Bath report the arrest of a man Tuesday on a long series of charges that stem from ongoing fraud and theft reports in the county for the past year. Bath State Police Investigators say Terence R. Vang, age 56, of Bath, was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth degree grand larceny. Back in January, an elderly property owner reported to Troopers there was possible theft of several of his personal checks and believed it was Vang who took them, who he hired as a handyman. The same elderly property owner came back in July and August to report additional thefts he discovered, related to unauthorized use of a credit card and a stolen vehicle title. The subsequent investigation allegedly linked Vang to a misuse of a company credit card and a series of other crimes, causing losses of thousands of dollars. He appeared in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and was sent to Steuben County Sheriff without bail. Law Enforcement Officials say additional charges are pending.


Charnetski Sentenced as Youthful Offender
The young man convicted of driving while high on marijuana in the crash the killed a Horseheads couple last summer was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Caden Charnetski was eighteen last July when he struck Harolyn and Matthew Matteson on their motorcycle last July. July 2nd of this year he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Charnetski was going to be charged 5 to 15 years in prison initially, but since he was eighteen at the time of the time, he was charged as a youthful offender.


County Observes Impaired Driving Crackdown Through September
Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special law enforcement crackdown on impaired driving. This campaign runs until September 2nd. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

Comptroller Audit Finds Millions in Duplicate Medicaid Payments
New York state paid more than $100 million in duplicate payments to managed care organizations for premiums over a more than four year period, according to an audit just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He says “System flaws and incorrect or incomplete information have caused duplicate Medicaid premium payments for a long time.” DiNapoli added “The Department of Health needs to do a better job coordinating with all stakeholders in the Medicaid system to eliminate this waste, improve efficiency and streamline communication.“


Rotarian President Hannan Visits Bath Rotary Club
David Hannan, the governor of Rotary District 7120, recently made an official visit to the Bath Rotary Club. Hannan issued Bath Rotary Club president Jane Russell a check for the club to use for educational or literacy initiatives in Bath. Russell also presented Hannan with a check for $500, made up of individual donations from Bath Rotarians. That check will be donated under his name to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Campaign.

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