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Dundee Police Seek Suspect Who Stole SPCA Money
State Police in Dundee are seeking a man that allegedly stole an SPCA donation jar from Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee yesterday morning. The man is described as a black male with a grey beard, approximately 6 feet tall, slightly balding and heavyset and was wearing a green shirt with tan khaki shorts when he came into the Route 14 winery at around 11:30. Troopers were told the man walked around the store and ordered wine at the front desk before grabbing a shirt and concealing the donation jar with $50 in it. He left the winery after his credit card was declined multiple times to use an ATM located just outside the shop. Then the man got into his car and left. The Miles Wine Cellar said they had a similar incident, and the man left in a grey Honda Sedan. Anyone that might have information about the individual or vehicle is asked to call Dundee State Police at 607-243-5133.


Work Continues in Howard/Hornell on I-86
Work began this week along I-86 in the towns of Hornell and Howard. New York State Department of Transportation advises drivers to expect daytime lane closures in that area as crews resurface over 10 1/2 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35. Paving activities are expected to take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through the end of August. Motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible.


Congressman Reed Anticipates Stimulus Deal by Deadline
Congressman Tom Reed anticipates negotiations between Democrats and Republicans “may bleed through the weekend” and there will be more activity for the country’s second pandemic stimulus bill as its deadline approaches. When it comes to updates on direct funding to state and local governments, Congressman Reed says he and colleagues are fine-tuning the details and addressing the issues for these deals. Recent developments in the stimulus include the White House reportedly increasing its unemployment insurance payments offer and Democrats reducing their request for Postal Service funding.


Olympia Sports Larceny Reported at Arnot Mall
New York State Police report a larceny that took place yesterday after being dispatched to Olympia Sports in the Arnot Mall. The manager of the store told police that they saw a man, later identified as 35-year-old Brandon McArthur of Elmira, conceal clothing in his pants and backpack then leave the store. McArthur was located riding his bicycle behind the Econo-Lodge and was arrested for petit larceny. McArthur was allegedly found to have concealed $ 497 worth of merchandise and was also ticketed for possession of burglary tools. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Big Flats court at a later date.


Details and Future of Gyms Reopening Still Uncertain
Though gyms reopening was promised to New Yorkers in regions entering phase 4 of economic reopening, the gyms remain closed and likely will be for some time.  Governor Cuomo said that the results of other states reopening gyms to be “highly problematic”. Governor Andrew Cuomo cites and compares outbreaks in other states rather than by numbers and metrics per each region in our state as to why gyms need to remain closed. Gym owners across New York are suing the state for not allowing their facilities to reopen safely to their members.


Cuomo Signs Law for Frozen Alcoholic Confections
new law signed by Governor Cuomo early this week allows farmers and liquor producers to infuse frozen treats with up to 5% alcohol by volume-equivalent to one serving of alcoholic beverage.  Frozen alcoholic treats like wine, beer, and cider ice cream, sorbet, gelato, soft serve, and frozen yogurt, have been allowed  in New York state for awhile, according to the New York Daily News, but the new legislation creates opportunity for local beer and wine industries. Cuomo says it will boost the burgeoning industry and small businesses “while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers...”

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