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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 22, 2020

Alstom facility in Hornell connected to new COVID-19 case

According to the Steuben County Public Health Department, a new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County has been connected to the Alstom facility in Hornell. This marks the 322nd case of COVID-19 in Steuben County, coming one day after Corning, Inc. reported a positive case at it’s Erwin Plant. The newest case connected to the Alstom Plant is a resident of Hornellsville who has been isolated and is being monitored by the health department. The was at the facility on August 18th and 19th. Steuben County currently has 7 active COVID-19 cases, 273 recoveries and 42 deaths.


2020 Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

The 2020 Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, per an announcement on the festival’s website. Cohocton’s annual Fall Foliage Festival was first held in 1966, and “is a community event in which the residents of Cohocton and neighboring communities gather to celebrate the magnificent surrounding hills in all of its colorful splendor.” Two of Steuben County’s 322 COVID-19 cases were in Cohocton.


Missing Elmira teen found safe

14-year-old Elmira teen Christina Baker has been returned home safe after being reported missing on August 19th, according to her stepfather. He told WETM 18 News that a viewer recognized Baker and contacted her family.


I-86 Exit 43 in Painted Post to close temporarily for construction

The New York State Department of Transportation has advised motorists of planned upcoming closures of Exit 43, the westbound off ramp of I-86 in Painted Post for bridge repairs. Barring inclement weather, the exit will be closed on Saturday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 29th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A detour will be in place during construction guiding motorists to the next ramp on I-86.


Elmira man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Brian Butler-Beeley, 22, of Elmira, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, according to Elmira Police. Just after midnight on August 19th, officers observed Butler-Beeley sitting on a running motorcycle. Police say that the officers knew his driving privileges in New York State were suspended and allegedly observed him driving the vehicle before coming to a stop. The motorcycle was found to be unregistered and uninsured, and Butler-Beeley was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and over $5,000 cash. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in addition to numerous Vehicle and Traffic offenses.

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