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Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 7, 2019

O’Mara and Palmesano Attending Bath Fire Department Event Today
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will local officials this morning to celebrate the fire department’s newly acquired Ladder Truck and the village’s new police vehicle. Senator O’Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano secured funding in the 2018-2019 New York State budget to help the village purchase the new vehicles. Both of the new vehicles will be at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department for photo opportunities today during the event beginning at 11:00 a.m.


Bath Man Arrested For Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Michael D. Brizzee of Bath. It is alleged that Mr. Brizzee choked another person while at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Brizzee was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor. Mr. Brizzee was held in the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.


Bath Man Sentenced for 2018 Online Enticement of a Minor
A Bath man was sentenced to 11 years behind bars after he plead guilty to a federal charge of online enticement of a minor. William Read plead guilty in June to this charge that stems from an undercover investigation that found he used a social media app to attempt to solicit a nine year old child for sexual contact. Read was arrested and taken into custody back in October 2018 when he planned to meet a decoy investigator posing as a child at his residence. The sentencing is a result of investigations by State Troopers and Homeland Security.


Campbell Woman Arrested for Menacing
A Campbell woman was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing after a reported domestic dispute on County Route 3. Upon investigating, it is alleged that Heaven Robertson menaced a member of her family or household with a weapon. She was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Town of Thurston Court at a later date.


Hammondsport Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hammondsport man was charged with three counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Petit Larceny for allegations of using another person’s benefit card issued by the County DSS. It is alleged that Jeffrey Vanskiver used the card in May and June of this year following the card owner’s death. Police say Vanskiver obtained benefits worth $155.71 he was not entitled or authorized to receive. He was released on an appearance ticket for the Village of Bath Court.


NY Department of Health Sued for Medicaid Reimbursement Changes
Changes to nursing home Medicaid reimbursement rates are receiving pushback from caregivers, union members and lawmakers. A lawsuit was filed in Albany County State Supreme Court by LeadingAge New York against the state Department of Health making the allegation that the Department of Health is cutting “an average of…$246 million per year” in Medicaid rates statewide. Nursing home workers and members of unions say it can affect the quality of care thousands of nursing home residents receive and could cause more homes to close.


Opioid OD Death Certificates To Include What Opioid Was Used
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose must specify which opioid was involved in the death, if it is known. This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis. The legislation takes effect immediately.


Corning Emergency Dispatcher Watson Honored by Congressman
Longtime Corning Emergency Service Dispatcher Mike Watson was honored by Congressman Tom Reed and other fellow patrolman as Reed stopped by the Corning Police Department to present Watson a proclamation to celebrate his 25 years of long-standing service to community. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding called Watson a “big asset” to the Department and Congressman Reed said of the award “It’s a special way to say thank you”. Watson was one of the first of the five civilian dispatchers hired at the city police department in 1994.

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