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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Two Suspects Reported At Large Following Burglary and Assault
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of homeless man Vincent T. Martilotti for Robbery and Assault both in the 1st degree after a July 24th home invasion robbery and assault on W. Morris St. in the Village of Bath. The arrest comes after an investigation into 3 armed subjects entering a home and assaulting the resident and taking his property. Martilotti was taken to Centralized arraignment where he was remanded without bail as he was also on felony probation for the sales of controlled substances. More charges are expected after grand jury presentation. Two suspects are currently at large and identified as 39-year-old homeless woman Danielle M. Wright and Robin Robinson of the Elmira-Corning area. Any information as to their whereabouts should be forwarded to Investigator Taft at the Bath Police Department at 776-2175.


Two More Steuben County Residents Test Positive for COVID-10
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 309 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Village of Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department; one individual is hospitalized.


First Free County Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday
The first of four county free Household Hazardous Waste Days is set for 8 am – noon Saturday, Aug. 8th at the Erwin transfer station. Hazardous waste days will help residents safely dispose of pool and other toxic chemicals, such as paint, antifreeze and gasoline at no charge, with trained professionals’ assistance.

Other hazardous waste days are:

• 8 am – noon Aug. 29 at the county Landfill in Bath;

• 8 am – noon Oct. 10 at the Hornell transfer station and

• 8 am – noon Oct. 24 at the Wayland transfer station.

The August dates also are available for shredding.

Registration is required at https://www.hazmanusa.com/. The website also provides a list of materials accepted, although the

costs listed by the firm are waived through the county.

More information is available on the county webpage at



Local Law Enforcement Reviewing Police Reform Directive Today
The first phase of a comprehensive review of policing in Steuben takes place outside Corning City Hall today. County Sheriff James Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee his department, the county District Attorney, the cities of Corning and Hornell, Village of Bath and all local police departments in Steuben County will conduct a joint review of current police deployments, procedures, policies and practices in Steuben in line with Governor Cuomo’s June 12th police reform directive. Steuben’s review also includes input from the county Public Defender, churches, business leaders, nonprofit and civic leaders and the general public through public forums. The final plan will need ratification by the county Legislature by April 1st, 2021.


RI Added to NYS Travel Advisory List
Rhode Island is the newest state qualifying for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed from the list. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate over 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.


NYS Legislature Begins COVID-19 Nursing Home Hearings
New York’s top health official Dr. Howard Zucker spoke yesterday the first of two hearings by the state legislature looking into the over 6,500 deaths in the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo and the NYS Health Department are being criticized for his March 25th Executive Order returning infected patients to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  New York state’s deaths linked to long-term care facilities are at 20 percent while the nationwide average case fatality rate in long-term care facilities is 16%. New Hampshire has the highest rate at 82% while Montana is the state with the lowest percentage of nursing home-linked COVID-19 deaths at 13% Over 62,000 nursing home-linked COVID-19 deaths have occurred nationwide.

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