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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Bath Democratic Caucus is Tomorrow
A Democratic Caucus will be held 7pm tomorrow in the Village Board Room of the Municipal Building in Bath. The positions are open for Village Mayor, Village Justice and two openings for Village Trustee. All registered Democrats living in the Village of Bath are eligible to vote at tomorrow’s caucus. These positions are on the ballot for the Village Election set for Wednesday March 18th, 2020. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate can contact Bath Town Democratic Chairman Gary Ostrander at gmobuzz@verizon.net or call him at (607) 776-7556.


Corning to Be Part of US Bike Route 11
Steuben County’s Crystal City is soon set to be connected with other communities as part of U.S Bicycle Route 11. Early this month, Corning’s City Council unanimously supported Corning to be designated part of U.S. Bicycle Route 11. Officials agree that being part of the bike route will be beneficial by connecting Corning to other communities in Western New York and beyond and promoting tourism and more in the Corning area. When completed, the route eventually continues to North Carolina. The United States Bicycle Route System (USBR) is a cycling route network that is nationally-based and was established in 1978 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Public Invited to Friday Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held this Friday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.


Report Finds Community College Enrollment Declined in Finger Lakes
According to a new a report by the Times Union in Albany, enrollment at community colleges has declined across the US and New York State. The study found enrollment has decreased by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges. Corning Community College saw a decline of 21% between 2010 and 2019 while Finger Lakes Community College declined by 19%. Tompkins Cortland Community College saw a drop of 39% during the same nine years.


Homeless Man Behind Bars After 4 Arrests in a Week
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of homeless man Javan C. Harris for Grand Larceny. It is alleged Harris stole a cell phone from a person at the County Office Building in Bath and due to the requirements of the new bail reform he was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Bath Village Court at a later date. On January 18th it is alleged that Harris removed his clothing and grabbed a local hotel clerk then was charged with Unlawful imprisonment and Public Lewdness. Harris was also arrested for entering Top’s Market after previously being issued a trespass warning for allegedly stealing merchandise. Harris was arraigned in CAP court for the issuance of an order of protection and subsequently released back into the public as these were not qualifying charges for bail to be set. Harris was arrested, arraigned in CAP Court and held on $2,000 bail after he allegedly inappropriately touched women at Wegman’s and Walmart in Hornell. Harris was charged with 2 counts of Forcible Touching and Resisting Arrest.


Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers Estate Workshop
Cornell Cooperative Extension has set up a workshop for those named Executor of the decedent’s estate. The free informational workshop. The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process is Thursday, February 13th, from  1-3 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex in Bath. Elder Law Attorney Patrick will help you learn about various types of estate administration and when each is use, Discover the steps that occur in every estate administration, Learn the three “T’s” of estate administration (Taxes, Time and Tolls) and Discover what you can do now to make the process easier for your loved ones after you pass away.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300 to reserve a space. For more information on this and related topics, visit www.putknowledgetowork.org.


Troopers Arrest Avoca Man for DWI
State Troopers arrested 28-year-old Dakota Costello of Avoca. He was stopped on State Route 415 and charged with DWI, having a BAC above .08% and aggravated unlicensed operation.


Rochester Man Arrested in Hornell for DWI
Multiple felony counts have been leveled against a man during a traffic stop on State Route 36 in Hornellsville. State Police arrested 42-year-old Charles Walker of Rochester. He was charged with driving while intoxicated with two previous convictions within ten years and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was initially detained in lieu of cash bail.

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