Bath Fire Department investigating Liberty Street fire
Yesterday, at about 1:40 PM, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to 56 Liberty Street for a reported structure fire. They reported on scene with smoke showing from a 3-story building, with the upper 2 floors being apartments and businesses being on the first. Bath Village Police officers were first on the scene to evacuate all tenants in the building. A male occupant was rescued from the 3rd floor of the building and taken to street level with burns and smoke inhalation. The fire crews inside were able to locate the fire and halt its progression. It was called under control at 2:29 PM and all units were clear by 5:36 PM. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Chemung County Sheriff’s Office looking for larceny suspect
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office say they are looking for a man who was caught on camera stealing a generator from a residential job site. The incident took place on Friday afternoon on Main Street in Big Flats. The surveillance video showed the suspect wearing a ring. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations division at 607-737-2933.
5th annual Robotics Competition held at CPPHS
The 5th annual New York Excelsior Corning FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament was held yesterday at Corning Painted-Post High School. The competition requires robots built by teams comprised of 7-12th graders, to gather and place LEGO-like blocks against a timer, partly from its own programming and being controlled by team members. Teams as close as Elmira, and as far as Buffalo, got to display their talents at the event. In total, 25 teams were in attendance this year to battle for the chance to advance to the regional championships in Utica.
Two upstate NY businessmen killed in PA helicopter crash
Authorities say two upstate New York businessmen were killed as a result of a helicopter crash in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania last Thursday night. Nobody on the ground was injured by the crash. Piloting the helicopter was high-profile developer Mark Croce of Buffalo, and his passenger was a former trustee in the Western New York suburb the two men resided in. The men were en route to Washington, D.C., from Buffalo when the crash occurred. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the matter.
NY ban on flavored vaping products blocked by Judge
A judge has barred New York State from enforcing an executive order that would have banned flavored vaping products. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Catherine Cholakis handed down the decision, saying the state Public Health and Health Planning Council overstepped their authority by issuing a ban on e-cigarettes and e-liquids flavored with anything besides tobacco or menthol. A spokesperson for Cuomo called the decision “unfortunate, but pointed out that the judge said in her ruling she understands the seriousness of the vaping issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported as of December 17th, more than 2,500 across the US have reported vaping related respiratory issues and 54 are known to have died.