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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 15, 2020

Gas Main to be replaced in Bath

Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Fairview Drive between Rumsey Street and Hudson Street. The street will be closed for the safety of the public and workers. The intersections of Rumsey/Fairview and Hudson/Fairview will be closed periodically as crews cut pavement, replace the gas main across these intersections, and perform tie-ins to the existing main. Work is slated to begin Monday, August 17th, and will last through the month of September.


Elmira Lake Street shooting suspect apprehended

The suspect of a non-fatal shooting that took place on the 800 block of Lake Street was apprehended earlier this week. The man was identified as Torell A. Cernohorsky, who was located in a vehicle in Queens, NY. Cernohorsky was in possession of a loaded and stolen firearm at the time of his arrest. He currently sits in a New York City holding facility while additional charges are pending in NYC. Cernohorsky was recently involved in a domestic incident in Horseheads on July 28th where he led police on a chase that involved multiple police agencies and ended in the Town of Elmira. He was released without bail.


Cuomo to allow bowling alleys to reopen Monday; protocol for gyms to come Monday also

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a teleconference to reporters on Friday that bowling alleys would be allowed to reopen on Monday, and protocols for the reopening of gyms would also come Monday. Per the Governor, effective Monday, August 17th, bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity, with every other lane closed. Mask wearing for everyone is mandatory, the alley must have cleaning protocols in place, and all patrons must stay in their lanes with their parties. Cuomo also said food and drink could be consumed near the lanes, but bars would not be open


Elmira man indicted in connection to June home invasion

An Elmira man has been indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury in connection to a June 11th home invasion that took place on the 300 block of Brand Avenue in Elmira. The suspect, Eugene Cade of Elmira, has been indicted on three counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree, and three counts of robbery in the second degree. The two victims of the break-in reported two men forcing entry into their home, assaulting them, and taking both money and personal items before fleeing. The two men were located in the area and were positively identified by the victims. Among the items recovered from the suspects were a loaded handgun, a quantity of marijuana and cash. The second suspect is still at large


Elmira man indicted for assault, robbery of an elderly man

Troy Graves of Elmira has been indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury after a March assault and robbery of a 90-year-old man. Graves was indicted on one count of robbery in the second degree and assault in the second degree in connection to the March 23 incident in Elmira. According to police, the suspect asked the victim for a ride, then began punching him the face numerous times while the vehicle was in motion demanding money from the victim, to which he obliged. Graves then left the scene on foot. At the time of his arraignment, police said Graves was also a suspect in a similar incident in January 2020 and that the investigation into that case was on-going.


NYS facing massive budget shortfall

New York State is facing a massive budget shortfall, per the state Division of the Budget. Their first quarterly financial plan update outlined a deficit of $14.5 billion dollars. The estimate is $1 billion more than what was predicted in April. Due to Medicaid, the state was already facing a $6 billion shortfall prior to the pandemic. State officials are calling for more federal funding to help ease the burden of the budget.

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