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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday Decebmer 16th, 2020

NWS Winter Storm Warning Through Tonight
The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for Steuben County for this afternoon throughout the night. Forecasters say an accumulation 6-11 inches of snow could occur. Snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour are possible late this afternoon through this evening. Travel could be very difficult.


County Coroner Talks Rise in Other Health Issues Due to Pandemic
Coverage of the COVID-19 virus has dominated our medical news and Steuben County Coroner Dr. Robert Cole, is worried about the impact COVID is having on other health issues such as substance abuse and suicide-which have both been on the increase during the pandemic. Dr. Cole predicts more cancer-related deaths due to patients not following up with their physicians because of fears of contracting COVID in a medical setting.


Cuomo Says COVID Vaccine Will Be Free
Governor Cuomo said yesterday New Yorkers do not need to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine. New York state created a new website with all the information on the COVID-19 vaccine.


4 New COVID Deaths & 44 New Cases
44 more COVID cases have been confirmed in Steuben County, bringing the number of active cases to 438. In addition, the health department report four more residents have died from virus-related complications.


Hornell Woman Arrested Following Break-In
Steuben County deputies arrested 25-year-old Alexus S. Davis of Seneca Road North in Hornell following an investigation into a reported break-in at a home on Airport Road in the Town of Hornellsville.  It is alleged that Davis entered and remained in a residence unlawfully and damaged and stole property as well.  She was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.  


Cuomo Signs Increased Penalties for Dumping Construction Debris
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to strengthen penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances. The legislation also designates fraudulent schemes involving the disposal of solid waste as a new crime. With this signing, a number of technical changes to legislative language have been agreed to following negotiations with the legislature. The law goes into effect on January 1.


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