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Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 4th, 2020

Congressman Tom Reed says the video of George Floyd and the Minneapolis police officer confirms what is “clearly murder.” Reed said he shares the frustrations voiced by protesters yet said it is important to remember that law enforcement is not the enemy. The Minneapolis officer accused of killing Floyd, Derek Chauvin now faces second degree-murder in addition to the initial third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The three other Minneapolis police officers that were on scene during the incidentface charges of aiding and abetting murder.


Coning’s annual popular Fourth of July fireworks event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joyce Nelson of Corning Kiwanis Club, which is among the service groups organizing the event said the COVID-19 pandemic was cause for the July 4th concert and fireworks display to be canceled.


Local Owner of the State Farm Insurance office on Pulteney Square in Bath, Brian McDonald, has donated $500 to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department halted fundraising efforts and McDonald stepped up to help fill the financial gap by presenting a $500 check to Fire Chief Matt Glashauser and President Jason Causer of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Bath VFD went on to thank Brian for his donation and remarked “...he is truly a good neighbor.”


First responders report that they assisted a stab victim yesterday morning in the Village of Bath. According to officials in the city, the stabbing happened on Fish Hatchery Road, but details surrounding the incident still remain limited as the story and investigation continue.

Lawmakers in Congress are considering a bill that would ban the use of chokeholds by police across the nation. Yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the measure which would also significantly limit any maneuvers that restrict oxygen or blood flow. Gillibrand said the bill would also address police brutality and murders like what happened with the late George Floyd.


The New York State Thruway Authority says toll collection throughout the state resumes today with motorists once again will be able to pay cash for tolls if they do not have an E-Z Pass. For drivers wanting to continue with cashless tolling, an E-Z Pass will be required until the state switches over to cashless methods. Those who traveled on the Thruway between late-March and the end of May will receive a one-time bill for all tolls.


Two federal grants will provide additional emergency funding totaling $813,000 for transportation needs in Steuben County. Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture Industry and Planning Committee on Wednesday accepted CARES funding amounting to slightly more than $247,000 for mobility management transportation needs and roughly $564,000 for public busing operations. The mobility management funds will go to the Institute for Human Services providing services for the county while the public busing operations money will be directed to First Transit and Steuben Area Rides. The funding is meant to offset the agencies’ financial needs created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Steuben County deputies arrested 25-year-old Joshua W. Weldy of Freeman Hollow Road in Bath following a traffic stop on State Route 415. It is alleged that Weldy operated a motor vehicle while his ability was impaired due to drug use.  Deputies claim he also had three children under the age of five in the vehicle. Weldy was charged with Driving While Ability is Impaired: Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated as a Felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  He was released on an appearance ticket and traffic summons to appear in the Bath Town Court at a later date.


From News 18 in Elmira…Pennsylvania State Police are asking the public for information related to a fatal shooting outside Fred’s Woodshed in Tioga on May 31. 20-year-old Jahrell Jenkins of Elmira was killed after a fight began inside the club that continued into the parking lot. Police say an unknown person fired three shots and that one hit Jenkins in the lower shoulder area. Jenkins was transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro where he was pronounced dead. No information regarding the suspect was released by State Police.


Outdoor dining at restaurants are permitted in phase two of reopening the state. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two – including those in here - can reopen for outdoor dining beginning today. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.


Unrest across the country is getting worse, with more fires looting and attacks on police officers, despite peaceful protesters condemning the violence. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo urging everyone to remember that COVID-19 is still a problem...amid growing concern that protests nationwide will lead to a spike in new coronavirus cases.

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