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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 29, 2019

Steuben County Passes Traffic Diversion Law Yesterday
A new local law was passed yesterday by Steuben County legislators with the aim to make the roads safer, potentially cut down on court appearances and raise as much as $600,000 to be divided between the county and justice system. The Traffic Diversion Law takes effect after it is filed with the State and gives drivers charged with traffic violations and related misdemeanors the option of taking a driver education program approved by the New York State DMV. Eligibility for the voluntary program will be set up under guidelines established by the county District Attorney’s Office. Service charges of $275 for alleged traffic violations and/or $350 for alleged traffic related misdemeanors associated with the program will be handled by the county Finance Office.


Woman Charged for May Accident that Killed Bath Man 
The woman who struck and killed Bath man Donald Masti with her car back in May has been indicted on charges of felony manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges. Masti attempted to cross State Route 415 around noon in the Town of Bath when he was hit by a westbound car operated by 45-year-old Tonia Smith of Painted Post. Masti was pronounced dead after being taken to Ira Davenport Hospital. The County DA’s Office also reports Smith was indicted on a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly running another car off the road before killing Masti. Police say Smith had a BAC of over .18 percent at the time of the accident.


Village of Bath Residents Advised to Run Water Following Leak
Village of Bath residents are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes due to a possible dirty water following a leak on Elm Street. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems say the leak was repaired and service was in the process of being restored to Elm, Liberty and Buell Street customers. Customers on these an neighboring streets could also have dirty water and are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes until the water is clear.


County Passes Policy for Construction Debris and Asbestos
Yesterday, along with the newly-passed county traffic law, Steuben County Legislators adopted a policy for the disposal of construction demolition debris and friable asbestos for municipalities. The policy will allow municipalities in Steuben to apply for a waiver of the county landfill’s public sector tip fees set at $30 per ton for construction demolition debris and $125 per ton for friable asbestos. Applications would be reviewed by the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, with up to five waivers granted by the committee yearly.The waiver is expected to encourage towns and villages to safely dispose of derelict properties. County legislators also accepted $45,027 from New York State for costs connected to the state’s Early Voting reforms.


Addison Man Arrested for DWI and Multiple Traffic Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Addison man Thomas Robbins following an investigation of a disturbance on Washington Street in Woodhull.  It is alleged that Mr. Robbins operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  Robbins was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License Plate, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Accident.  Robbins was issued traffic summons to appear in the Town of Woodhull Court at a later date.


Two from PA Arrested at Bath Traffic Stop
A traffic stop on Route 415 in the village of Bath led to the arrest of two Pennsylvania residents. State Police said they arrested 20-year-old Parker Jones of Middlebury Center. He was charged with DWI. Troopers also arrested 20-year-old Kristian Spender of Wellsboro, charging him with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. In separate stops, troopers arrested 43-year-old Christina Atwood of Addison for felony DWI, and, 23-year-old Michael Poust of Lindley was also charged with DWI.


Exit 38 Eastbound Off Ramp on I-86 Closed Tomorrow
The New York State Department of Transportation says that the Interstate 86 eastbound off ramp at Exit 38, Bath, will be closed to traffic tomorrow. The closure is necessary for Bath Electric, Gas, & Water Systems to make repairs to the high mast light towers. Work is anticipated to last one day, weather permitting. Variable message boards will direct traffic to use exit 37 and follow State Route 415 South. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.


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.

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