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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 3rd, 2020

Bath Volunteer Fire Department to Distribute Fire Safety Week Kits
The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Agent Brian McDonald announced they will join the Bath Volunteer Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign from October 4th to the 10th promoting home fire safety. State Farm Agents will deliver Fire Prevention Week toolkits to over 2500 fire departments across the country, including Bath Fire Dept. Toolkits include resources for Fire Prevention Week like brochures, magnets, posters and more. The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign focuses on fire safety for cooking.


County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday
Tuesday September 8th the Steuben County Administration Committee meets to discuss the 2020 Surplus , Vehicle Lease C. Clerk of the Legislature, Adopting the LGS-1 Retention Schedule, Updating the FOIL Subject Matter List, and a USDA Broadband Grant.


Reed says USPS Needs Long-Term Relief
Congressman Tom Reed said the public’s response to his vote in favor of a $25 billion emergency funding bill for the U.S. Postal Service has been positive but Reed says more work is ahead when it comes to resolving the issue of funding for the USPS, an issue he says has yet to be addressed. Reed also said relief for the Postal Service in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill should be more than just monetary, adding that more long term relief for the USPS can be made possible by “super-funding” of retirement obligations. Reed was one of 26 Republicans who voted to pass the funding bill 2 weeks ago.


Male Minor Charged in Attempted Horseheads Rape
A 17-year-old after a reported attempted rape in the Town of Horseheads. Deputies from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office say August 31st, a 33-year-old woman reported while jogging on Veteran Hill Road, she was attacked by a male riding a bicycle. The woman says the suspect tackled her into a ditch, off the shoulder of the road but was able to fight the attacker off and run awa to seek treatment for her injuries at a local hospital then released. After an “extensive neighborhood canvass of the area”, police said several homeowners reported they either saw the attacker just before the incident, or were able to provide investigators with home security footage of the suspect following the victim just before the attack. Investigators identified the suspect, whose name is not being released at this time, and also recovered “several items of evidence connecting him to the crime”. The suspect was arraigned then sent to a juvenile detention facility, and is scheduled to return to Family Court at a later date.


Painted Post Man Arrested in Federal Child Sex Abuse Sting
A 38-year-old Painted Post man who was a social worker at BOCES was arrested after an undercover federal investigation involving an attempt to engage in sexual acts with a child, according to a story by The Leader. WETM also confirmed with BOCES, that Gorman was placed on administrative leave this week after working at the school since 2017. Gorman allegedly responded to a social media post by an undercover officer posed as the parent of a 9-year-old girl and involved a series of text messages in which he allegedly discussed payments ranging up to $400. Today, Gorman was charged with a felony count of using a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual under 18 to engage in sexual activity.


Hammondsport Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Hammondsport woman Trehana L. Hoad was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies following an investigation of narcotics sales in the Town of Urbana. The 21-year-old woman was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Hoad was held in the Steuben County Jail pending her arraignment in Steuben County Court.


Danks-Burke Calls to End Regulations Causing High Property Taxes
Democratic State Senate Nominee Leslie Danks-Burke joined 51st District Senate Nominee hopeful Jim Barber at Underhill Farms in Tompkins County to call for an end on regulations forcing high property taxes, as well as lifting the burden of healthcare costs. Danks Burke noted regulations have forced New Yorkers to pay the highest property tax compared to other states with Upstate residents paying the highest property tax compared to what their house is assessed at in the state, including New York City. She also mentioned Steuben County has one of the state’s highest poverty rates while having one of the highest property tax rates comparatively. Danks-Burke said maintaining or lowering property taxes could have a major impact on those that are the backbone of Upstate New York. She also mentioned State Senator O’Mara voted “eight times, eight years in a row against lowering property taxes”


Dansville Man Arrested for Child Porn
A 29-year-old Dansville man was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors. Cody Burgess faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Over 32 images of child pornography were allegedly found on his iPad Mini as well as 41 images of child erotica when authorities seized the device on July 31st. The complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police and Homeland Security Investigations.

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