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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 1st, 2020

The new total cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County has now risen to 36. The latest 6 cases are two people from Hornell, two from Urbana and one each from Hornellsville and the Village of Bath. Two of those people were hospitalized. The total number of county case hospitalizations is currently 11. Cases were reported from both Hornell Cardens and the Fred & Harriet Taylor Health Center. 

According to a report by the New York State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Steuben County dropped to 5.5% in February with a slight increase in jobs. The March report will be likely to show very different numbers as unemployment claims have risen as a result of work closings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Yesterday, the newest member of the New York State Police, named after Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, was introduced. K9 Nicki was named after the late officer who was killed in the line of duty in July 2018 when he was fatally shot while responding to a report of a suicidal man. Nicki will serve the public in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. 

The plastic bag ban in New York state set to begin last month has been delayed. A pursuant to an order signed in New York State Supreme Court, the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to push back enforcement of the bag ban to May 15th.

Trout and salmon fishing season in New York state opens today. The DEC has stocked 1.68 million brown trout, over 424,000 rainbow trout and almost 157,000 brook trout for the spring. Those enjoying the beginning of this fishing season are advised by the DEC to continue to follow the CDC and State Department of Health guidelines to prevent spreading COVID-19.

The US Treasury Department will be distributing stimulus checks to Americans using the infrastructure set up by the IRS. Congressman Tom Reed explained receiving the check requires extra paperwork for those who haven't filed a tax return yet this year. The Congressman also said the checks were intended to flow "as soon as possible" and says there should be confirmation by next week of checks being sent out and delivered to Americans. The stimulus checks will provide $1,200 to individuals with an additional $500 given per each dependent. 

Steuben County Sheriff's Office Deputies announced the arrest of a 51-year-old Savona man for burglary yesterday. Charles Wead was arrested after deputies responded to a report of a person unlawfully entering and stealing property at a vehicle repair shop on State Route 54 in Bath. Wead allegedly entered the building unlawfully with intent to steal cans and bottles collected to help fund the Finger Lakes SPCA. He was charged with Third Degree Burglary and Petit larceny. Wead is awaiting arraignment in Centralized Arraignment Court.

The New York State Police announced a new Trooper entrance examination will be held this fall. Exams will be offered October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at several locations around the state. Online applications are now being accepted. To apply, candidates can visit joinstatepoliceny.gov, text JoinNYSP to (518) 240-3959 or call 1-866-NYSP-EXAM.

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