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Today's Top Stories - Monday November 2nd, 2020

Thurston Man is Latest COVID Death; 14 New Cases Reported
Steuben County Public Health Department reports the latest COVID-19 death has been reported as a 67-year-old Thurston man, bringing the county’s total death toll since the pandemic began to 81. 14 additional cases of COVID-19 were also reported and Steuben County reached the 1,100-case mark at 1,104. Of these cases, 146 are currently active.


Investigation Continues into Murder of Pulteney Man John Ballam
State Police are continuing their investigation after a woman allegedly shot and killed her husband in their Town of Pulteney home. 57-year-old Sherri Ballam of Brown Road was charged with second-degree murder Friday. She is accused of shooting her husband, 63-year-old John Ballam. The motive has yet been released by investigators. Sherri Ballam, who is listed as a dog officer on the Town of Pulteney website, is currently in jail.


Election Day Tomorrow
Election day is tomorrow and is the final opportunity to get out to vote and local candidates are reminding constituents tomorrow is the final day to make their voices hear. State Senate Candidate Leslie Danks-Burke said she voted early last week and remarked the sight of people waiting in line together to all vote gives her faith in America. State Senator O’Mara encouraged all of his constituents to vote in a recent WVIN Community Focus interview. Congressman Tom Reed shared a video that he and his family voted last week while rejoicing that in a democracy we can “settle our differences at the ballot box.” Candidate for Congress Democrat Tracy Mitrano also voted early last week and encouraged everyone to vote if they have not yet.

Wayland Man Arrested on Multiple Counts
A 19-year-old Wayland man is accused of committing multiple felony counts. State Police arrested Jonathan Sick and he was charged with second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence – both felony level crimes. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. Court action is pending.


Hornell Schools Move to Remote Instruction After COVID Cases
The Hornell Intermediate School and Hornell High School have temporarily moved to remote instruction. District officials said that decision was made after it was learned another employee tested positive for COVID. In addition, the district learned that a student in the Intermediate School tested positive. It’s unclear when in-person instruction will resume.


Wreaths Across America Modified for Pandemic Guidelines
The popular annual “Wreaths Across America” at the Bath National Cemetery is set for mid-December, with a sponsor deadline of November 30th. “Wreaths Across America” will have a different look this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the official celebration which provides volunteers an opportunity to place wreaths on the gravesites of veterans at the national cemeteries will be spread out over three days with all COVID-19 protocols observed. To date, more than 1,021 wreaths have been donated for the ceremonies in Bath.

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