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Today's Top Stories - Friday Octobef 9th, 2020

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 28-year-old James M. Sick of West Morris Street, Bath, New York following an investigation of a burglary in progress at a residence on Stever Road, Avoca, New York. It is alleged that Mr. Sick entered and remained unlawfully in the dwelling with the intent to steal property. Sick was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, and Petit Larceny. Mr. Sick was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.


Steuben Reports One COVID-19 Death and 21 New Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports the death of a 71-year-old male resident of Corning Center previously testing positive to COVID-19 and brings the COVID-19 total deaths in Steuben county to 57. 21 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 654 confirmed cases, 245 of which are currently active.  The individuals are four residents of the Town of Erwin, three from Town of Campbell, two from City of Corning, two from the Village of Bath and one each from the City of Hornell, Town of Bath, Town of Cohocton, Town of Lindley, Town of Urbana, Town of Woodhull, Village of Canisteo, Village of Painted Post,  Village of Riverside and  Village of Savona. Individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 


Steuben May Be Seeing Second Wave of COVID Cases
While Steuben County deals with cluster outbreaks of positive COVID-19 cases, public health officials worry that what they are seeing is a second wave. The current number of 245 active cases has been steadily on the rise since early-September when the first cases were identified at a local nursing home. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says this could be our second wave and hopes it is, “because if it’s not and a different second wave is still coming, that could be a big problem.” Smith’s contention is that a major reason for the surge in cases is due to residents disregarding essential practices to keep the virus down. For example, large parties have been reported where people are gathering and by not observing safe distances as well as a lack of mask-wearing.


Buffalo Bills Games Rescheduled 
Scheduling changes for the Buffalo Bills have been prompted by a rise in COVID-19 cases in the NFL. The League says Sunday’s Bills and Tennessee Titans game has been bumped to Tuesday night at 7 p.m. There is no guarantee that the game will take place since more than a dozen Titans have tested positive for virus. If the game is played, then Thursday’s Kansas City at Buffalo matchup will be moved to sometime during next weekend. WABH will still have all your Bills action!


County Jail Inmate Arrested for Assaulting Officer
A Steuben County jail inmate faces new felony charges for allegedly attacking and strangling a Jail Corrections Officer. 24-year-old Richard Freeland of Addison has been charged in the Monday attack. The Officer was transported and treated at a medical facility. Freeland was charged with Strangulation in the Second Degree and Assault While Confined in a Correctional Facility, both Class D Felonies. He was arraigned and returned to jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


Bath VA Hosts Annual Stand Down Event in Horseheads
Yesterday, the Bath Veterans Affairs held their annual stand down event in Horseheads to donate supplies to homeless veterans. Organizers adapted the event to a drive-through this year under new state COVID guidelines. Volunteers, some of whom were veterans themselves, were provided surplus military items from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to give out food staple boxes as well as bags that had everything from blankets, to face masks, to books, and cookies. Donations come from a long list of other supplies from community providers. Volunteers were happy to practice and act on the value of helping veterans.

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