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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 24, 2019

County Legislature Meets to Discuss Funding Court Reform
New court system reform measures in New York state will cost Steuben County more money. At yesterday’s legislature meeting, county officials approved additional spending to support hiring more staff and necessary equipment, such as computers. Officials said the new complex reform system was designed with larger municipalities in mind and it will require more help for Steuben County in order to be implemented in time by January 1st of next year. According to District Attorney Brooks Baker: “the state has dropped a couple of huge mandates on law enforcement and particularly on the DA's office. Through their discovery and bail reforms, they're increasing the work load of this office by 30 to 40 percent, maybe even more, over the course of the next year to comply with these new state mandates.” Baker also mentions that with no state funds being offered to support these mandates, the county will foot the bill for these expenses. The plan to hire 2 additional staff members will be publicly voted on before being approved and implemented.

Tractor-Trailer Accident Blocks I-86
Traffic on I-86 westbound near Corning was blocked after a tractor-trailer accident last evening. The crash happened last night at about 6:30 between exits 44-B and 44-A in Riverside after a tractor-trailer jack-knifed, completely disconnecting from the truck. Any traffic behind the crash was directed to get off of I-86 by using Exit 44-B. The cause and further details of the crash have yet to be released and are most likely still under investigation.


NY AG Orders “Cease and Desist” on “Ghost Gun” Websites
Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered 16 websites making or selling guns or gun components to "cease and desist" selling nearly-complete assault weapons to those in the state. These products are often referred to as "ghost guns" since the weapons can be virtually untraceable. These guns also do not require a Federal Firearms License or background check by the buyer.


Hornell Man Arrested for Possessing 10 Bags of Fentanyl
A Hornell man was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance following a traffic stop. Franklin G.R. Brockway, age 27 was allegedly found to be in possession of 10 bags of fentanyl once his vehicle was investigated after being stopped on Lakeville Road for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. Following being charged, Brockway was admitted to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Brockway was released after his arraignment at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail then released on his own recognizance.


Jasper Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Violence
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Jasper man following their response to a report of domestic violence. Darryl R. Vaughn, age 60, of County Route 7, allegedly had choked and harassed another person while at a residence on Prutsman Road in the Town of Troupsburg.  Vaughn was charged with Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor and Aggravated Harassment, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Corning Man Arrested For Petit Larceny at Horseheads Walmart
A Corning man was arrested and charged with petit larceny after he allegedly stole from the Horseheads Walmart on County Route 64. Calvin J. Kitchings, age 38, was also arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of petit larceny, issued by Horseheads Town Court on Sept. 17th. Kitchings was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for petit larceny, issued by the Southport Town Court on July 10th. He was arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and remanded to Chemung County Jail on bail.


County Public Health Offers Immunization Clinic Today
The next Steuben County Public Health immunization clinic is today from 4:30-6:30pm by appointment. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccinations.  To schedule an appointment or for more information call County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Begins Today
The popular six-week educational program “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” begins today and focuses on the needs of family and friends caring for older adults suffering with long-term conditions. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be held each Tuesday starting today and continuing weekly through October 29th at the Southeastern Steuben Library in Corning from 1:30 to 3pm each session. The program is supported through a New York State Department of Health grant and is free for family caregivers. Registration required by calling (607) 281-3939 or emailing ofainfo@co.steuben.ny.us

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