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Last night the Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call of smoke coming out of the roof of a home in the Town of Wheeler. When BVFD arrived, the roof was flaming and Fire Departments of Avoca, Bath VA, Hammondsport, Kanona, Savona, Pulteney and Prattsburgh while Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps were called and NYSEG came to cut the power. The fire was controlled in 33 minutes and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


Bath police say they have a suspect in custody after a truck was stolen from the Microtel parking lot. Hotel cameras gave police leads and the vehicle was later discovered crashed and abandoned in Wheeler.

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 255 confirmed cases. The individuals are residents of the towns of Dansville and Erwin and the village of Riverside. All three individuals are hospitalized, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to 9.


Governor Cuomo announced today that in-class summer school will not be open statewide and instead will be taught via online distance learning this year to abide by social distancing guidelines set by the state to prevent spread of COVID-19. * Cuomo said it is to early at this point to consider if schools will be back open in the fall. * Cuomo also said schools would resubmit plans in July in order to receive approval on reopening in September.


The Bath VA is introducing a new online memorial feature to honor veterans this Memorial Day in an effort to allow the public to pay tribute to veterans in VA National Cemeteries across the country. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie released a statement saying: “…The VA will still honor veterans and service members with the solemn dignity and respect they have earned through their service and sacrifice.” Each VA National Cemetery will hold a short wreath laying ceremony accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps” but will not be open to the public to keep with the CDC guidelines to limit large gatherings.


New York State Police are increasing patrols to combat drunk, impaired and reckless driving throughout this Memorial Day weekend beginning tomorrow and ending Tuesday, May 26th. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols during this holiday weekend while State Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the annual crackdown.


Steuben County Board of Elections report next week on Friday, May 29th is the final day to register to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary now set for June 23rd. The Presidential Primary is back in place, after the New York Court of Appeals ruled May 19th the state Democratic Board of Elections could not cancel the primary for safety reasons due to COVID-19.Anyone who wishes to register in person may call the Steuben Board of Elections at (607) 664-2400 and make an appointment.

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