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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 4, 2020

Cuomo reports over 900 new COVID-19 cases in NY for the first time in 3 weeks

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday New York State has reported 918 new cases and 9 COVID-19 deaths. That figure of new cases is the first time more than 900 new infections have been reported since June 12th, where 916 people statewide tested positive. The percentage of people who have tested positive each day in the state has hovered around 1% to 2% over the past week, despite the fact that the recent protests over the death of George Floyd may have caused a spike. Overall, over 24,800 have lost their lives to COVID in New York’s hospitals and nursing homes since March, when the first deaths were reported.


Girl suffers minor injuries after being stuck by a car in West Elmira

A girl has suffered minor injuries after being struck by a car in West Elmira Friday afternoon. The incident near the intersection of Wall Street and West Church Street. According to police on the scene, the child was taken to the hospital with her parents.


Ithaca FD issues warning to thrill-seekers at city’s gorges

This time of year can be risky for trail lovers and thrill-seekers, especially when it comes to jumping into Ithaca’s gorges. According to the Ithaca Fire Department, last month alone, firefighters responded to six different rope rescues, four of which happened at one of the 30-foot dams along Six Mile Creek. Injuries to those rescued included leg, ankle, back and serious head injuries. If you do decide to take the risk and jump, not only are you endangering yourself, it also puts a strain on the Ithaca Fire Department’s resources, especially under the circumstances of COVID-19. The Ithaca Fire Department encourages everyone to have fun, just while making smart decisions. Tips include, swim only at parks where there is a lifeguard on duty and only in places where it’s permitted, travel with someone, make sure you know what path you’re on, have a cellphone, and tell family and/or friends where you’re headed in case something happens.


3 New Yorkers arrested after being discovered with an arsenal of weapons during traffic stop

Three New Yorkers were arrested after state police say they found an arsenal of weapons during a traffic stop on the Berkshire Spur of Interstate 90 in Schodack. On Wednesday at about 11:15 a.m., police say they pulled over the vehicle of Dana L. Higginbotham, aged 33, of West Coxsackie, for multiple vehicle and traffic violations. During a search of the vehicle, police say they found a Henry Repeating 45-70 rifle, a Dan Wesson .357 mag revolver, and a billy club. Police reportedly determined the rifle was stolen, and discovered Higginbotham was wanted in Coeymans. Higginbotham, along with passengers Sierra N. Wase, 27, of Leeds and Marshall R. Tucker, 38, of Saugerties were all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen firearms. Higginbotham was turned over to Coeymans police regarding the active warrants, and Tucker was jailed due to prior convictions.


Governor says State Park swimming pools will be open for July 4th

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday outdoor swimming pools run by New York’s Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation department will open this 4th of July weekend. Visitors must follow social distancing protocols, and park police will patrol the grounds to manage crowds and ensure social distancing measures are being followed. Because capacity at pools will be limited, they’ll fill quickly, so be sure to make alternate plans.


Background checks to buy guns hit record high in June

Background checks to buy guns are at a record high for the month of June hitting 3.9 million checks across the nation according to data released by the F.B.I. on Wednesday. Local gun shops have experienced this phenomenon as well, According to Bullseye Shooter’s Supply’s owner, Brian Jones, he said “With all these riots going on and even before the riots started COVID-19, I think people were scared. There’s going to be home invasions and stuff. So, it drove them to feel that they had to be able to protect themselves.”. According to Jones, his shop has done 500 background checks since the beginning of 2020.

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