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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

COVID Deaths Hit 74; Latest Death is 74 y/o Canisteo Woman
The latest Steuben County COVID-19 victim who lost their life to the virus is a 72-year-old woman from the Village of Canisteo. The county COVID death toll has now climbed to 74. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said in a statement that “COVID-19 has proven to be deadly too many times in Steuben County.” She added please honor those who have lost their lives by wearing your masks, social distancing, and abiding by the guidelines, including the gathering limits.


Driver Hospitalized After I-86 Tractor Trailer Crash Yesterday in Bath
One person was injured in a tractor trailer crash yesterday afternoon on I-86 in Bath. The driver was initially pinned in the cab and was eventually able to free himself, only to be trapped again by tree branches. Responders cut the branches and a ladder was also put up to the door of the truck to assist getting the driver out. The tractor trailer was towed away and the truck driver was hospitalized for minor injuries.


Bath Woman Arrested for Forgery in Wyoming County
Wyoming County deputies arrested 46-year-old Grace Brown of Bath. She was charged with possession of a forged instrument and issuing a bad check. It is alleged Brown issued a Forged bad check to a Business in Gainesville to pay for items she purchased. It is also alleged she returned on a different day to pay cash to that same business to pay off her bad check and that the money was counterfeit. Brown was arraigned and released and is scheduled to appear in Wyoming County Court on October, 29th.


Bath PD Holding Media Briefing About 1973 Missing Person Case
Bath Police announced a media briefing this afternoon in the Municipal Building. According to a press release, officials will discuss a 1973 missing person case.


Steuben’s First Weekend of Early Voting Sees Excellent Turnout
Early Voting turnout in Steuben County exceeded all expectations during the first weekend it was offered  according to county Board of Elections commissioners. Democratic Commissioner Kelly Penziul says the turnout was so good, the waiting line has gone around the block and parking lot. About 12,000 voters showed up Saturday and Sunday from across the county to cast their ballots. Commissioners say they are prepared for a continued surge of early voters during the week as well as an influx of absentee ballots, which must be postmarked by November 3rd.  The deadline to apply for absentee ballot is today! Monday, November 2nd is the last day to apply in person at the County Elections Board for an absentee ballot. You can apply for an absentee ballot online via:  https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html or at https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=63/


Cuomo Signs Seatbelt Law; Effective Sunday
New York residents 16 years and older must wear a seat belt even if they are in the back seat, according to a law signed yesterday by Governor Cuomo. The law changes the current measure requiring people over the age of 16 wear a seat belt only if they were in the front seat. The Governor said in a news release "we've known for decades that seat belts save lives and with this measure we are further strengthening our laws and helping to prevent needless tragedies." The new law takes effect on this Sunday, November 1st.


This Weekend’s Prescription Take Back Day a Success
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Saturday, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee conducted a drug take back event at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Deputies and volunteers collected over 120 pounds of prescription medication for destruction. Deputies then transported 1,700 pounds of previously collected medications from agencies in Steuben County to the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Rochester for destruction.


Deer Management Permits Available to November 1st
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that remaining Deer Management Permits in several of the New York state’s Wildlife Management Units will be available to hunters beginning November 1st. Seggos says though hunters are setting records this year, there are still opportunities for Deer Management Permits across the state. Deer populations are generally at or above desired levels.”

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