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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 5, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that two Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This bring the total to 330 confirmed cases, of which seven are currently active. The individuals are residents of the towns of Hornby and Hornellsville. One of the newly diagnosed cases is hospitalized. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


9 Steuben County residents with active warrants arrested

Steuben County Sherriff Jim Allard reports that from August 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2020, deputies of the Steuben Sherriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested 9 people with active warrants.

  • Mr. Brendan Scott Moore, age 28, of Wayland
  • Mr. Jacob Douglas Davis, age 25, of Canisteo
  • Mr. Ryan Michael Park, age 42, of New Columbia, PA
  • Ms. Jeanita Rose Stevens, age 30, of Wayland
  • Ms. Ellyn Laura Williams, age 38, homeless
  • Ms. Taylor Nicole King, age 24, of Avoca
  • Mr. Brandon Tyler Lapierre, age 28, of Corning
  • Mr. Jon Cameron Calcote, age 25, of Bath
  • Mr. Justin Gene Gross, age 28, of Campbell

All have been remanded to Steuben County Jail.


Governor Cuomo reports NYS COVID-19 infection rate below 1% for fourth straight week

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has remained below 1% for the fourth straight week. Of the 93,395 test results reported to the state yesterday, only 864, or .092% were positive.


Dansville woman arrested on felony charges

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that a Dansville woman was arrested on felony contempt charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s office. Samantha M. Cossairt, age 27, had a court issued order of protection against her requiring her to stay 500 feet away from the place of employment of the protected party. On August 26th, Cossairt violated the order of protection when she went to the protected party’s place of employment. She was arrested on September 1st and charged with 1st Degree Criminal Contempt, as she had a previous criminal contempt related conviction dating back to September 2019. She was arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance.


Leicester man arrested for alleged Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that a Leicester man was arrested on felony sexual assault charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Christopher L. Wilmet, age 32, was arrested and charged with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a class A-II felony, and two class B felonies, Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 1st Degree, and Rape in the 1st Degree. It is alleged between May of 2016 and May of 2020, Wilmet had sexual contact on several occasions with a juvenile victim who was less than the age of 13 during the time frame of the incidents. Wilmet was arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail. He was remanded to jail without bail.


Nick Pelham named WETM’s Most Valuable Citizen this month

Nick Pelham was named this month’s Most Valuable Citizen by WETM 18 News. Nick’s tireless work ethic when it comes to the Steuben County Fair can sometimes go underappreciated, especially this year with the Pandemic. In addition to his work with the Steuben County Fair, Pelham also provides a way for local 4H youth to exhibit and sell their animals to earn money to put towards college tuition and to show their dedication to their community and animals.


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