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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 9, 2019

Paraglider Rescued from Tree in Urbana
After being trapped almost 100 feet in the air, a Canadian man is home thanks to a rescue from the top of a tree by the Hammondsport Fire Department. The man was paragliding and crashed in Urbana, just off the road in the woods near County Route 113. He called 911 himself upon getting stuck about 75 feet in a tree around 3:30pm yesterday. The Fire Department’s responders used rope to rescue the paraglider, taking around two hours to safely get him from the tree. The pilot sustained no injuries while being stuck in the branches.


County Legislators Accept First Phase of Child Advocacy Center
County legislators have accepted the first phase of a grant from the state Office of Victims Services, calling for a Child Advocacy Center to be located at Ira Davenport campus in Bath and a mobile unit to better serve children in rural areas. The center will offer a central location for joint investigations by related agencies. The new building will also have offices for a victim’s advocate from the DA Office and a team of staff from county Social Services, law enforcement, as well as medical and mental health personnel, to provide a safe, child-friendly place to talk about reported problems, officials said. The center and mobile unit will be fully funded through two separate state grants totaling approximately $750,000 to be spread out over the course of three years.


Two from Horseheads Arrested on Drug Charges
Two people were arrested in Horseheads after the police allegedly found the pair with meth and other drugs. According to the Horseheads Police Department, officers responded to complaints of a suspicious person near an abandoned Steuben Street home and saw the suspects driving away. After locating the two, they investigated them, finding a “quantity of methamphetamine and other narcotic drugs”. Dominic Smallwood of Elmira and Megan Sena of Roullette, PA were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance then sent to the Chemung County Jail on $15,000 bail.


Corning Man Arrested for Stalking
The City of Corning Police Department  reports the arrest of a Corning man for Stalking in the Fourth Degree. Kevin Wood, Sr., age 45 years old, allegedly stalked a female victim known to him by repeatedly texting and calling her by phone. Smith sent nearly 200 unwanted text messages and called her nearly 100 times in a relatively short amount of time causing her distress and fear for her physical safety. Wood was arraigned in Corning City Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in City Court at a later date.


County Public Works Committee To Meet Today
When the Steuben County Public Works Committee meets this morning at 10  they will be discussing several issues on the agenda. On the agenda, a tip fee for landfill disposal of Village of Wayland Building Demolition is set for landfill business. Two possible reauthorizations for gravel pits and a 2020 Mowing agreement with the town of Wayne is listed for Highway business. Bids to be settled for today’s meeting include Laboratory Analysis and freon removal and recycling agreement extensions as well as bidding for screened or crushed gravel. Opportunity for public comment at meetings is offered the 4th Monday of each month at 10am.


New York Buy American Act Could Be Renewed by Cuomo
There’s talk New York could make the law that require the purchase of American-made iron and steel for infrastructure projects permanent. According to Governor Cuomo, the two major reasons to keep the “New York Buy American” Act in place: is because it protects and expand New York and United States jobs and also because the law ensures the best quality steel and iron to safely support infrastructure projects. Cuomo says over $250 billion worth of infrastructure is needed in steel and iron and the only way to know the metals are quality grade is if they come from the United States. The “New York Buy American” Act is due to expire in April 2020 unless an updated law mandating the purchase of US-only metals passes.

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