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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 4th

Suspected Explosive at Bath County Mental Health Center Found Fake
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reported a suspected explosive device was discovered then later confirmed as not real outside of the Steuben County Mental Health Center on Liberty Street in Bath today and says it appears to be a way of “sending a message about mental health.” Mullen said an employee of the mental health center came to work this morning and saw a wire that ran from a nearby building and leading to a canister outside of the County Mental Health Center. A bomb squad responded to the scene while Village officers went door to door to evacuate the area.


Cuomo Announces COVID Vaccine by New York Company Pfizer
Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the new coronavirus vaccine coming from New York-based company Pfizer and said the packages of vaccines will include a GPS tracker, a thermo monitor, and will need to be administered soon after it is diluted and thawed from the dry ice the vaccines were wrapped in. Vials hold 5 dosages of the vaccine and were made of glass by Steuben County company Corning Glass. Time constraints mean there will be extensive training required for those in the distribution and vaccination process. But Cuomo said - the hurdles are worth it.


Active County COVID Cases at 333 While Deaths Hit 104
Steuben County health officials report two more COVID deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 104.  One individual was a female residing in Corning Center who died at the age of 71.  The other was a female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died while hospitalized at the age of 92. The County Public Health Department also reports 47 county residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 1,983 confirmed cases, 333 of which are currently active. 


Steuben County Men Arrested on Drug Charges
Livingston County deputies arrested two Steuben County men on drug-related charges. It happened during a traffic stop on I-390. 22-year-old Travis J. Carlton of Hornell was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. A passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody. 20-year-old Brendan J. Seger from Hornell was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately thirty-four (34) grams of marijuana. Carlton was released pending court action. Seger was remanded to jail on cash bail. 


St. James Hospital Announces New Board Members
St. James Hospital announces its new board officers, effective January 1st. The St. James Board of Directors elected Shawn Hogan as board chair, Pete Wall as vice-chair, Brian Schu as secretary, and John Weyand as treasurer. Each were elected to one-year officer terms. Hogan, former mayor of Hornell, is taking the chair position currently held by Susan Gray, PhD.


Hammondsport Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop
A Southport traffic stop led to the arrest of a Hammondsport man. Chemung deputies said they charged 44-year-old Shane Hetzel with criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Southport Town Court at a later date and was turned over to the Elmira Police Department on outstanding warrants.

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