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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 18th, 2020

Canisteo Woman Sentenced for Benton Crash
A 34-year-old Canisteo woman woman has been sentenced to 1-to-3 years in prison for her role in a two-car accident in Benton in April 2019 that injured her and the other driver. Danielle Sexton was sentenced by Judge Jason Cook after pleading guilty to felony charges of vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired. Sexton was driving north on Ferguson Corners Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Hall Road and struck a westbound car driven by William Spears, of Penn Yan. The impact sent both cars off the road where they struck two parked vehicles and a garbage dumpster. She admitted to being under the influence of several drugs at the time of the accident, including fentanyl.


NWS Issues Frost Advisory To Tomorrow Morning
The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Steuben County in effect tonight from midnight until 8 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday).


Elmira Woman Arrested for Smuggling Contraband Into County Jail
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 16th, deputies arrested 28-year-old Ashley M. Hamilton of Elmira. While being admitted to the Steuben County Jail on unrelated charges, Hamilton allegedly smuggled dangerous contraband into the Steuben County Jail, having secreted it on, and in, her person. Correction Officers, during her intake process, recovered an amount of suspected methamphetamine and cash secreted on her person. She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Introducing Dangerous Contraband into a Prison in the First Degree, all felony charges. Hamilton was arraigned and held in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and will appear in the Bath Town Court at a later date.


Dormann Library Hosting Outdoor Movie Tonight
The Dormann Library invites the public to a socially-distanced Card Board Box Car Drive-In Movie tonight. The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be shown outside on the Dormann Library lawn starting at 7:00pm. The library encourages pre-registration to make sure to stay under the 50 person limit. Kids can bring a large cardboard box or laundry basket to sit in as well as blankets in case it’s chilly out. Free books for the kids, too as well as pizza, popcorn and hot chocolate.Those who register will get a coupon from Angry Oven.


DEC Announced Enforcement of Bag Ban Starts 10/19
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the DEC will begin enforcement of the State’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags next month beginning October 19th. The plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1st yet was not enforced per an agreement between the parties in a lawsuit brought by Poly-Pak Industries, Inc., et al, in New York State Supreme Court. For more information about the plastic bag ban, reusable bags, or to file a complaint about entities using single-use plastic carryout bags, visit DEC’s website, email plasticbags@dec.ny.gov, or call (518) 402-8706.


Five New COVID Cases in Steuben
Officials say the county has logged five new COVID-19 cases. Public Health Director Darlene Smith calls the trend “alarming” and says …“In the last week Steuben County has had almost the number of COVID-19 cases that it did in all of August.” Of those mostly recently infected…three are from the City of Corning, one is from Hornellsville and the fifth if from the Town of Corning.

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