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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 17th, 2020

By a 3-1 margin, voters yesterday approved the $37 million Bath school budget. A proposition to purchase two school buses was also passed. Dr. Susan Narby was elected to serve a five-year term on the school board.


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports June 3rd, at about 5:20am, a person arrived at the County Public Safety Building requesting help, medical assistance and aid.  The man, later identified as Mark Norton, reported he had been beaten, stabbed in the abdomen and robbed by two males on Fish Hatchery Road, in Bath.  Mr. Norton was airlifted to a medical facility for treatment and later released.  Deputies and Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office began a systematic and thorough investigation which led to the recovery of video, the vehicle used, the persons allegedly involved and an allegedly stolen vehicle.  Three were charged: Michelle M. Gause, of Dundee was charged with Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree.  Dylon Little of Bath was charged with Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree. Corey Sloan of Addison will be charged with Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. The investigation is on-going and further arrests are anticipated. 


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Thursday June 4th, deputies arrested James Manhart, age 29, of Hornell following a response to a wellness check. It is alleged that Mr. Manhart had choked another person. Mr. Manhart was charged with Obstruction of Breathing/Blood Circulation. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear on a later date.


Congressman Tom Reed says there’s no excuse for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and says he sees potential in this situation to unite the country. Reed opposes the “defund police” movement and says reform should incentivize good policing as well as update police training regularly. The Congressman says it’s important to stand by both law enforcement actors and those seeking reform to police practices.


Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, the region’s premier girl’s empowerment organization announces the launch of Power Up. Power Up is a fun and interactive activity kit to fuel the mind, body and spirt of participants following the cancellation of the spring 2020 season of Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier due to COVID-19 precautions. The program was created to develop essential life skills and establish a lifetime of appreciation for health and fitness. Power up is available for $49 and includes an exclusive GRL PWR t-shirt, 8-week activity guide, certificate of completion and access to free Power Up videos to aid in the lessons. It is recommended for those who did not participate in the Girls on the Run “At Home” spring program. To learn mor or purchase a Power Up Activity Book, visit www.gotrst.org/power-up.


Now in its 20th year, Steuben Senior Services Fund (SSSF) is celebrating its anniversary with plans to allow seniors to stay home in comfort and safety through its five-year-old Full Circle America program. Those plans received a boost in March with a $160,000 award from the Care Compass Network Innovation fund, making Full Circle America (FCA) available to an additional 24 seniors in Steuben at no cost. Now helping 13 individuals stay at home, with an average age of 90, FCA readily adapts to changes in levels of care by combining basic computer “smart” technology with non-medical monitoring and volunteer services. Since it began, FCA has saved more than $1 million in long term care costs to date while allowing people to stay more independently in familiar surroundings.


Legislation has been signed requiring all New York State Troopers to wear body cameras while on patrol. The Governor said the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve isn't working. This new law requires all Troopers to use body-worn cameras while on patrol to record immediately before an officer exits a patrol vehicle to interact with a person or situation. The law also requires law enforcement to keep video records of all these interactions.

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