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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday July 15th, 2020

Ground is breaking in Kanona as construction begins for a Love’s Travel Stop and Wendy’s restaurant just outside of Bath. The construction contractor WH Bass and Jessica Arnold, the Marketing Manager of Golden Eagle Foods Inc., which owns the Wendy’s franchise, both confirmed the project to WVIN. WH Bass has begun construction and the projected opening date is five months from now on December 8th of this year. The Wendy’s restaurant will be within the Love’s Travel Stop and Arnold says both will operate 24 hours to serve the needs of truckers, travelers, and locals anytime.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 295 confirmed cases, nine of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Cohocton and has been isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.


After investigating a domestic dispute in Avoca, state police arrested 32-year Tyson Stiles. He was charged with assault and using a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Court action is pending.


The staff of the Dormann Library announces that beginning Monday, July 20th, the library will offer modified hours and services. Dormann Library will be open by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On Tuesday and Thursday, Dormann will be open from noon to 7:00pm. All library returns must be placed in the book drop prior to entering the library in observance of  quarantine procedures. Unfortunately, donations will not be accepted until further notice. Dormann Library encourages patrons to look into renewing items over the phone, but do not bring them to the library.  Due to social distancing guidelines, admittance will be limited, and for this reason, parents are encouraged to leave small children at home. Staff members will wear masks and anyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask. Appointments can be made by calling the Dormann Library at 607-776-4613. These new procedures are explained in more detail on our website (dormannlibrary@stls.org) or on our Facebook page.


State Police Campaign Operation Hardhat begins where Troopers trade in their typical uniforms for jeans and an orange vest to work in construction zones and blend in with workers on state highways looking for drivers who break the rules, like those who fail to obey the “move over” law. State Police aren’t disclosing where or when their patrols will be active.


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports today, deputies arrested 22-year-old Tucker A. Parmelee of Erwin following an investigation resulting from a report of domestic violence involving injury to a child at a residence in the Town of Erwin.  Mr. Parmelee allegedly intentionally injured an 18 month-old-child, restrained another person, subjected another family member to harassment and endangered the welfare of the child. Parmelee was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The victim was transported by ambulance to a medical facility for treatment and later released.  Parmelee was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.       


State lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have scheduled hearings on August 3rd and the 10th to review executive orders issued by Governor Cuomo during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuomo has been under fire for the handling of the state nursing home crisis. The New York State Health department’s investigation claimed New York’s policies on readmitting COVID-19 patients into nursing homes did not lead to a spike in deaths. Last week, the State Health Department said that nursing home staff contributed to spreading the virus among residents. Over 6,000 COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes have been reported statewide.


After being delayed for months, the vote by the state Department of Health is set for the end of July to finalize drinking water standards. Maureen Cunningham, with Environmental Advocates New York, says the New York soon faces a drinking water crisis and says the solution begins by setting new drinking water standards for toxic chemicals often found in water. Environmental Advocates New York is also urging action by the state and Governor to identify sources of contamination, develop cleanup plan and reset the state drinking water standards. A recent Seneca Lake Guardian article cited groundwater drawn from three sites at the former Seneca Army Depot as being contaminated with the potent carcinogens PFOA and PFOS at levels of up to 1300 times the federal health advisory limit.


Today after weeks of discussion among Sheriffs about recent confrontations between police and the public, the New York State Sheriff’s presented a number of legislative proposals aimed at protecting law-enforcement personnel and the public they serve. Two of the ten legislative proposals include increasing the felony level for those who resist arrest and those who fail to retreat or halt when ordered by a police officer. Six proposals address related crimes against officers including assault, aggravated harassment, criminal doxxing and stalking of officers. Sheriff’s also encouraged the legislature to pass a $500,000 disability and death benefit and designate May 15th of each year as Police Memorial Day as a state holiday to honor the more than 1,500 officers who have died in the line of duty to New York State.

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