One new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that a Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 337 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Caton. The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified. An investigation indicated the individual was exposed at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, where a cluster of cases has impacted residents of six counties, including Chemung, Schuyler, and now Steuben. Anyone who visited the church between August 18 and September 6 is considered to have been exposed and should get tested and quarantine.
VanEtten issues statement regarding 9/11
Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Scott VanEtten issued a statement on behalf of the county Legislature regarding the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. “Even as we battle the pandemic coronavirus and its disruption in our daily lives, we must remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. It’s important to also recognize the unwavering bravery and commitment of the fire fighters, police, and EMS personnel that ran into those buildings to save lives. In these times of civil unrest we must stand behind and support our law enforcement agencies and EMS responders who place their lives on the line every day,” said VanEtten.
Tire dollar days back by popular demand
This coming week, Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 19th, tire dollar days are back by popular demand. Tire disposal prices will be reduced to $1 per tire only at the Bath Landfill and the Hornell Transfer Station for this one week only. Passenger vehicle and small truck tires will be accepted.
Athens man arrested after attempted kidnapping in Chemung
According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Dion Derrig, age 58 of Athens, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Second Degree Attempted Kidnapping after trying to kidnap a 14 year old girl in the town of Chemung yesterday morning. The victim alleged Derrig inquired about purchasing a car at her residence. Derrig then grabbed the victim, placed her over his shoulder, and attempted to leave with the victim. The victim struggled to free herself, at which point Derrig pinned her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her by forcibly touching her. The victim freed herself, fled into her home and notified police. Derrig was apprehended in the City of Elmira and taken into custody. Authorities say Derrig may have attempted to assault other females in the area of County Route 60 in the Town of Chemung in the past.
Cuomo welcomes home team of firefighters from Rocky Mountains, including Steuben County man
Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday welcomed home 10 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who began their assignment August 25th, helping battle high priority fires in Nebraska and South Dakota over the past two weeks. One of those volunteers who returned was Steuben County’s own Jon Cleveland, a Forester with the DEC Division of Lands and Forests. Governor Cuomo also welcomed home two members of the New York Air National Guard who provided mission support with remotely piloted aircraft to detect fire lines and aid in fire control measures while assisting California Air National Guard's 163rd Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. A second DEC crew will travel to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Denver, CO, on Sept. 12, to continue providing assistance to western states battling wildland fires.