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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 12, 2019

Two Men Charged for Fire Killing Their Grandmother
This week, a second man was charged with murder for allegedly playing a part in starting a May 14 fire on Townsend Avenue in Corning that killed their 82-year-old grandmother Gladys Ann Willow. Jarrrett W. Gause, age 33 of Bath, was charged by a Steuben County grand jury. The jury also increased charges against Gause’s 21-year-old brother Justin Gause of Corning. Both men were charged with second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, first degree falsifying business records and second-degree assault. Though a specific date and time was not released, both suspects will appear in Steuben County Court later this month to complete arraignments in the case.


NYS Mandates Feminie Hygiene Products Must List Ingredients
New York has become the first state in the country requiring manufacturers of feminine hygiene products sold in the state to disclose their ingredients. The bill was signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo and takes effect in 180 days. The governor says the delay in mandating listed ingredients for tampons and pads is a sign of the “pervasive culture of inequality in our society” and explained the legislation “builds on the reproductive health protections that New York has safeguarded for women and girls” across our New York. Last year, Cuomo signed a law mandating all public schools as well as state and local correctional facilities provide free feminine hygiene products. Cuomo also signed the law that eliminated a tax on menstrual products in July 2016.


County Sheriff Offers First of Four Boater Safety Courses
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit instructs the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building today from 8am to 4pm. The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion the attendee receives a NYS Boater Safety Certificate. The next class is held Saturday November 23rd. You must bring a proof of age to attend and the minimum age to attend is ten years old. Classes are limited to 30 students and you must confirm your attendance by calling the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.


Basketball Group Seeks New Members to Attend Monday Meeting
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials’ International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 156 is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys’ basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting to be held this Monday October 14th, 7pm at the Bath American Legion at 14 West William Street in Bath. For more information, please call Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.


LaTournament Raises over $3,000 for ProAction Program
Over $3,434 was raised at the recent “Latournament,” at the Bath Country Club. The event was hosted by the Latour family in honor of their parents, Gordy and Mary Latour.  The tournament was held to raise funds for the ProAction of Steuben and Yates’ Home Delivered Meals through Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc.


County Public Health Urges Local Residents to Get Flu Shot
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting as many as 42.9 million people had the flu between October 2018 and May 2019, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots now.  “It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to build full protection, so it is important to get the flu shot early in the season to be fully protected by the time flu cases peak,” Steuben Public Health Director Darlene Smith said. The annual flu shot is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.

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