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Today's Top Stories - Thursday January 9th, 2020

Three Arrested in STOP-DWI Crackdown
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people in their annual Holiday STOP-DWI Crackdown. Lindley woman Melissa Campbell was arrested in Erwin for DWI, Driving with greater than .08% Blood Alcohol content, Fail to Keep Right and Failure to Use Designated Lane. Tioga, Pennsylvania man Michael Belz was arrested in Erwin and charged with DWI, Driving with greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content, Moving from Lane Unsafely and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Howard Stewart of Arkport was arrested in Hornellsville for Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with .08% Blood Alcohol Content. All three people were released on traffic summons to appear in local town courts at later dates.


Bath Man Arrested for Forcible Touching
Steuben County Sheriff’s reports the arrest of a Bath man for allegedly touching an intimate part of a person under the age of 17. Hunter J. Lee of Steuben Street was charged with Forcible Touching and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Class A Misdemeanors. Lee was held in the Steuben County Jail to appear in the Centralized Arraignment Court, where he was arraigned and released to appear in the Town of Avoca Court.


Leslie Danks-Burke Announces State Senate Candidacy
Attorney Leslie Danks Burke announced her candidacy for State Senator Tuesday. Danks-Burke announced on her Facebook page that she will run against Senator Tom O’Mara. The Democrat ran against O’Mara in 2016 and lost the vote by only 10 percentage points. The 58th Assembly District includes Yates, Schuyler, Steuben, and Chemung counties, along with a portion of Tompkins County, which includes the city of Ithaca.


Bath VA Brings in Labrador George for Narcotics Detection
The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare Police System has recently implemented a canine program for narcotics to ensure safety for patients and visitors to the Canandaigua and Bath campuses. Both campuses each have a Labrador retriever dog who is narcotics detection certified and receives ongoing monthly training and annual certification. The Bath VA has employed 18-month old Labrador George, who has already had three finds since he has joined the VA.


Prattsburgh Woman Arrested for DWI
Police report the arrest of a 21-year-old Prattsburgh resident for driving while intoxicated. Vanessa Stephan, age 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop for a failure to keep right. Police say the traffic stop occurred on South Main Street of Prattsburgh. Vanessa Stephan was determined to be intoxicated then transported to the Ontario County Jail.


Woman Arrested on Traffic Charges After Horseheads Incident
After an incident in Horseheads, a 25-year-old Lockwood woman was charged this week with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and uninspected motor vehicle after a traffic stop. Dominique Schneider was also arrested for an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear in Chemung County’s Family Court on Child Abuse/Neglect charges.


Transgender Teen Suing NYS for Birth Certificate
A transgender teen from New York is suing the state for being unable to change the sex listed on his New York birth certificate is suing the state. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a federal court in Albany and argues that transgender minors should have the ability to change their birth certificates. Minors with documents in issued in New York City and other states currently do have the ability to get their birth certificates changed. The 14-year-old high school student was born in Ithaca and listed as “female” on the birth certificate. The lawsuit was brought by Lambda Legal and says the student was stigmatized by the birth certificate that inaccurately portrays his identity.


Cuomo Proposes Three-Prong Plan to Lower Prescription Med Costs
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a three-part plan in an effort to lower prescription drug costs for all New Yorkers as part of the 2020 State of the State. The plan would put a $100 per month cap on insulin for insured patients. The plan would also empower the State Department of Financial Services to investigate dramatic spikes in prices of prescription drugs while the State Department would require manufacturers to show a reasonable justification for these price increases and call rebates to impacted consumers if the price is deemed unjustified. The plan also proposes to see the US import more drugs from Canada through a Prescription Importation Commission.


Barclay Named New Assembly GOP Minority Leader
Longtime Assembly member from Central New York Will Barclay was unanimously elected the State Assembly Minority Leader by his Republican colleagues Tuesday. Barclay will replace former GOP Minority Leader Brian Kolb after Kolb was arrested on a charge of drunk driving. The new Assembly Minority Leader said he was “very happy” to fill the position.

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