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Today's Top Stories - Friday July 10th, 2020

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 9th, deputies arrested Dante L. Sellers of Corning, due to an active arrest warrant resulting from an investigation from March 9th in the Town of Campbell regarding reported Arson, Criminal Mischief and Cemetery Desecration. Sellers was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree as a hate crime, Arson in the Fifth Degree, Filing a False Written Statement and Cemetery Desecration. Sellers was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Today, Steuben County Public Works Environmental Project Coordinator Richard Bills reminds the public that the proper disposal of cell phone batteries at landfills is essential for personal and property safety. When lithium batteries are improperly disposed of, they end up at the landfill where they can get damaged and punctured and under high heat and dry waste creates a fire. Typically, cell phone vendors and other electronics retailers provide drop-off stations for discarded batteries. The landfill also operates an electronics recycling program for the safe disposal of batteries. The county has posted signs reminding people of the hazards of cell phone batteries at the landfill and its transfer stations in Erwin, Hornell and Wayland.


Yesterday, the Arnot Mall confirmed its reopening for today, which happened at 11am. Wednesday, Governor Cuomo gave malls across New York State the go-ahead to reopen so long as they installed proper HVAC filtration systems. Yesterday, Arnot Mall Marketing Director Shelly Rich confirmed the mall was able to acquire mandated MERV-rated air filters with the state-approved rating level. The Arnot Mall will be open Mondays through Saturdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 6p.m.


Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter reports effective Monday, July 13th, the Bath, Corning and Hornell DMVs will schedule 15-minute appointments as a way to serve more of the public. For those already scheduled appointments, your appointment time and date will not be impacted. As with all county facilities, individuals entering DMV offices will be required to have a temperature screening, wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing while in the facility. Individuals are also encouraged to bring their own pen to their appointment. Appointments for additional, available slots may be made online on the county website: http://steubencony.org.


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports on July 5th, deputies arrested 58-year-old Craig Burlew of Avoca, following an investigation of a reported trespass occurring at a residence. Burlew allegedly possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, an assault-type rifle, and high capacity weapon loading devices.He was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.Burlew was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Steuben Historical Society announces after consulting with the Steuben County Public Health Director, the county Historical Society will cancel its historic walking tour of Savona that was scheduled for Friday, August 7th.  The event will be rescheduled for next year.

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