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Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four men following the STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown. Dale Yoder of Amherst was arrested and charged with fail to keep right, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18%.  Dylan Yates of Almond was also arrested following a one car motor vehicle crash on County Route 64 in Hartsville and charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Driving with .08% or more in blood.. Nathan Clark of Troupsburg was arrested following a report of a one car rollover crash on State Route 36 in Jasper on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a .08%bac, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd, unregistered motor vehicle and failure to use designated lane. Also arrested was William Frawley of Addison following a one motorcycle crash in May 2019. Frawley was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  All four men were released on traffic summons to appear in Town Courts at later dates.

 

Today is General Election Day. Voters will be able to vote 6am to 9pm today if they have not utilized New York’s newly-implemented early voting system. Those who are registered voters but do not know where to go to vote can check online at the state board of elections website to find your polling place. Steuben County Board of Election officials are working all day to ensure voters have access and help to cast their ballot. Any questions about voting this election day can be answered by calling the County Board of Elections at 607 664-2260.

 

New York’s move to raise the minimum sales age from 18 to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarette products will go into effect next week. Wednesday November 13th is the first day that the law takes effect and all across the state, State Police will team up with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations to crack down on retailers selling tobacco and vaping products to underage youth. The age was raised to 21 with the intent to prevent cigarettes and vaping products from being used by youth under the The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act.

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect of grand larceny. Police say the incident occurred at the Erwin Walmart location this past Sunday when a man allegedly stole from the store. Officials have released a photo of the man taken from the surveillance video and the Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying this man. If you or anyone you know has information about the identity of this person in the photo, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 607-622-3911 or message the Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

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A section of I-86 is is scheduled to be closed down to one lane today. The project will take place with weather permitting. Paving is planned to take place on the highway’s bridge that crosses over State Route 415. The Exit 44B off ramp will be closed while the area is being paved. Crews anticipate the project to last throughout today but have not specified an anticipated completion date. The State Department of Transportation warns drivers to expect possible delays and heavier traffic in this area.

 

The village of Hammondsport announced they are looking for a police officer. The position is part-time and demands flexible hours and weekend hours. Candidates who are certified police officers should send a cover letter and resume to the village clerk no later than November 19th.

 

The Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committees meet

tomorrow morning in Bath. The meeting agenda includes a request Authorizing the Steuben County Planning Department to Submit an Application to New York State Homes and Community Renewal for a Community Development Block Grant. Legislators will also Award a Bid for Public Transit Bus WIFI Equipment.

 

November is national adoption month and on average in Steuben County, 15 children have been adopted each year. The county reports adoptions have remained fairly steady during the past 18 years and the greatest need for adoption is of adolescents and children with special needs. Currently, 125 children are in foster care in Steuben county with an average of 72 new children placed in Foster Care each year. Officials say substance abuse is becoming a major contributing factor in foster care placement for kids in Steuben County and across the state. The county currently has 54 foster care homes and is actively recruiting more foster and adoptive parents. For more information about adoption, please call (607) 664-2044

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