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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 26, 2019

Wayland Woman Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland woman for allegedly using benefits that were not hers. Deputies arrested Tina MacKenzie for allegedly using another person’s benefit card in July 2018 that was issued by DSS though she was not eligible for or authorized to receive those benefits. MacKenzie was charged with a count of Misuse of Food Stamps in Violation of the State Social Services Law. At the time of arrest, she was already in custody at the County Jail on an unrelated charge and issued an appearace ticket to appear in Village of Bath Court at a later date.


Congressman Reed “Appreciates” GOP Storm of Impeachment Inquiry
Congressman Tom Reed spoke about Wednseday’s incident on Capitol Hill organized to resist the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. About 2 dozen House Republicans stormed a secure room to delay a closed-door deposition by a witness in the impeachment inquiry and Reed is sympathetic to this approach and says he will use his role to “put public pressure” and promote “open government”. Prior to the hearing, Republican legislators held a news conference claiming Adam Schiff, California Democrat running the Intelligence Committee, was carrying out the panel’s portion of the inquiry and claimed the impeachment inquiry was a long-running attempt by Democrats to overturn the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.


DEA Drug Takeback Day is Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces they will be hosting a DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day today beginning at 10am. Those who have expired, unused prescription drugs to get rid of can bring them to the County Sheriff’s Office that day where deputies will assist you to turn in prescription medicines at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Lobby from 10am to 2pm.


Local Energy Companies Warn Customers of Phone Scam
NYSEG and RG&E urge their customers to be aware of phone scammers posing as consultants of the energy companies, some even using a corresponding forged caller ID that matches the number for the companies. Customers have reported calls threatening to cut their service unless they make a payment over the phone using prepaid debit cards like Green Dot. In some cases, the caller seems to know specific information about customers they call and will provide a callback number spoofing a recorded greeting similar to the companies’ customer service line. The two companies remind customers that they give advance notice before terminating a service for non-payment and never to give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.


Two Men from Avoca Arrested on Drug Charges
Two Steuben County men were arrested on I-390 following a traffic stop. It is alleged that Stephan Peirson and Dakota Costello, both of of Avoca, were suspected of involved in drug activity by the officer, prompting the officer to conduct a roadside investigation. The investigation allegedly revealed both men were in possession of about three grams of cocaine each. Both were arrested and charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Pierson was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. Oth were turned over to Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention then later arraigned at Livingston County Jail.


STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.


Good Government Groups Urge Action on Outside Income Ban
This week, a coalition of good-government groups across the state are urging lawmakers and the Governor to take direct action in taking up an outside income ban. State lawmakers currently earn $110,000 and will earn $130,000 next year. A pay commission recommended this pay increase for the 213 members that was paired with a cap on outside income of 15 percent of their public-sector pay. State lawmakers can still earn income in private-sector jobs in 2020 but court challenges have tossed the outside income gap and the state has not appealed this decision.


Early Voting Begins Today
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

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

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, describing the process as: "It's one and done."

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