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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 15, 2020

Avoca man charged with Grand Larceny

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on February 11, 2020, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested James M. Sick, age 28, of Taggart Road, Avoca, New York.   Deputies responded to the area of Reservoir Road in the Town of Avoca due to a report of a male subject actively stealing a vehicle. It is alleged that Mr. Sick entered a vehicle without the permission of the owner, stole and operated the vehicle.  Mr. Sick was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree a Class E Felony. Mr. Sick was transported to the Steuben County Jail, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Steuben County resident under voluntary quarantine for Coronavirus

Public health officials in Steuben County say one resident is under voluntary quarantine for the Coronavirus. The voluntary quarantine is not expected to have any impact on other residents in Steuben, according to county Public Health Director Darlene Smith. In a statement, she said "We want people to know this is standard procedure right now for anyone returning to the U.S. from China." Smith said "The individual does not show symptoms and there is no reason to believe he or she even has the illness." The local voluntary 14-day isolation and quarantine is in line with U.S. protocols governing the arrival of people from China.


Lawmaker charged with DWI will not pursue re-election

A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year’s Eve crash said Thursday he will not run for reelection this year. Brian M. Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the leadership post after being charged with driving while intoxicated.


Local firefighters battle multiple late night blazes in frigid temperatures

Firefighters in the Twin Tiers battled multiple fires late last night in the brutal cold. Local fire departments of both New York and Pennsylvania were on the scene of a reported Chimney Fire at a home in Pine City around 10 P.M., when the temperature was a bitter 1-degree. Not long after, Elmira fire crews were on the scene to battle a house fire on Decker Place. Both fires are being investigated and it has not been made public if anyone was hurt or home in either of the blazes.


Cuomo and Trump meet to discuss controversial NYS law

Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to negotiate a truce over a controversial New York state law. The “Green Light Law” allows all New York residents, including undocumented immigrants, to apply for and receive a state driver’s license. The law also prevents the New York DMV from sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security. The Trump administration retaliated against the law by announcing New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs, like Global Entry ? which speeds travelers through immigration and customs at airports and ports of entry. Neither Cuomo nor Trump elaborated on the meeting, but a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said it was “productive.”


Hornellsville woman faces multiple charges after child abuse complaint

A child abuse complaint led to the arrest of a Hornellsville woman. State Police said they took 32-year-old Monique Herbert into custody. She was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and two counts of child endangerment. The charges stem from an incident report January 23rd. She issued appearance tickets for court and released.

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