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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 17, 2019

Excessive Speed, Lack of Restraint Caused Pulteney Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has released more details from the investigation of last weekend’s fatal crash in Pulteney. The County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release confirming the  vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Though the investigation is ongoing, officials confirmed that the operator is believed to be Dustin Drake of Prattsburgh- the only survivor of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office say physical evidence determined causation factors of the crash were excessive speed and lack of occupant restraint. The investigation continues as other factors are being determined. A full press conference will be held on Monday, October 21st at 10am at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building.


Steuben Bowl Demolished; Parking Lot to Be Built in the Spring
The demolition of Steuben Bowling Academy on East Steuben Street in Bath is close to completion and County Manager Jack Wheeler says the work should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Wheeler says once the $107,000 demolition is finished and debris are removed by Utica-based Ritter & Paratore Contracting, Inc., the site will be used as a parking lot for the Steuben County Office Building. Spring of 2020 is when construction of the 90-space parking lot will likely begin.


Hornell Women Arrested for Falsifying Documents to DSS
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Nanette Peter of Hornell. It is alleged that in October 2018, Peter knowingly and with intent to defraud presented two false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. In September of this year, Peters allegedly failed to report income to DSS. As a result, she received benefits she was not eligible for. Ms. Peter was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, one count of petit larceny, and with one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. She was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court.


Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Damaging Vehicle
A Bath man was arrested following a report of property damage. It is alleged that Kenneth Mikko intentionally damaged the windows of a parked motor vehicle. Mikko was arrested by deputies then charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Mr. Mikko was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Bath Court at a later date.


DMV Changes Forms As a Result of Limo Crash
The DMV has made new changes this week with intent to improve passenger safety in limos and larger vehicles as a result of issues in last year’s fatal Schoharie county limo. One of the changes is altered vehicles will not be registered if the violate federal safety requirements. The vehicle registration form now also includes additional questions to identify larger vehicles, which can include some modified stretch limos. Now, inspection stations must notify the DMV if inspection is requested and refuse inspection if the vehicle lacks the required federal safety certification. Vehicles without certification will be blocked from inspection or registration by the DMV.


Board of Elections Announce Early Voting Dates and Details
All registered voters in Steuben County now have an opportunity to vote before the Nov. 5 General Election as part of New York State’s election reform. Early voting will be held at the Steuben County Annex in Bath every day from Saturday October 26th to Sunday November 3rd. Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site. Absentee ballots are now available for voters at the county Board of Elections Office or by calling (607) 664-2260. The ballot can be viewed at www.steubencony.org/boe .
The Board of Elections have posted the full schedule for early voting as follows:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Monday Oct. 28

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Tuesday Oct. 29

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Wednesday Oct. 30

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Thursday Oct. 31

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Friday Nov. 1

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

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