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On Tuesday afternoon owner of Bath Credit Services Dan Chapman and fellow Bath Volunteer Fire Department member presented a $500 check to help fill the department’s fund-raising gap caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Chapman was aware of the need to purchase new radios for the apparatus, portable radios for all the officers and interior firefighters due to the upcoming upgrade in Steuben County’s transition to high band to improve the radio system and made the donation to support the Department he serves. Anyone interested in following Dan Chapman’s lead in supporting the Department is encouraged to email Bath Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Conrad at: jconrad@bathfire.org


Deputies with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad report arrests they made related to four active bench warrants from May 15th to 30th. Brandee Sue Johnson, 27, of Greenwood, Brendan Scott Moore, 28 of Wayland, John Frank Minardo, 49 of Cohocton and Damian Cole VanVleck, 30 of Bath were all separately arrested on bench warrants for violating terms and/or conditions of their probation. The warrant was issued out of Steuben County Court and each were sent to Steuben County Jail.


A missing Bath man has been found. Troopers earlier sent out an alert for 76-year-old Hollis Eugene Fenton. Troopers said he was found this morning and is reported to be in good condition.


Voters in Steuben County can participate in Early Voting starting Saturday at the county Annex for the June Primary. Voters also may cast absentee ballots or vote in person from 6 am-9 pm June 23 at available locations. Steuben Board of Elections commissioners say some Primary poll sites on June 23 may be moved and consolidated with other poll sites depending on the availability of sites and election inspectors.


Congressman Tom Reed slammed Gov. Cuomo for a plan to scale back twice-a-week testing for COVID-19 at nursing homes. Reed called the plan “disappointing”.


New York began a ban on plastic bags that took effect March 1st, and many stores said they are complying despite the state having yet to enforce the ban. Three months since the law took effect, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is going through a lawsuit over the ban and the complexity of the coronavirus pandemic that has stopped the agency from taking any action against stores that still handing out plastic bags. Store owners could be fined $250 for a first violation and $500 for a second but the DEC has agreed to not enforce the law through June 15th because of the legal fight they have  with the plastic-bag industry. Though the DEC will enforce the ban starting June 15th, it would need to give the plastic bag industry 30 days to comply, making the earliest it could crack down on the use of plastic bags July 15th.


New York State lawmakers passed several bills this week on police reforms. Legislators say the bills are “not a cure for racism,” but is a “step and a path to equality.” Yesterday, both chambers passed a bill that establishes an Attorney General Office of Special Investigations for when a person dies during or after a police encounter. Another bill that passed the legislature requires New York State Police to wear body cameras.

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