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Today's Top Stories - Thursday January 7th, 2021

One New COVID Death & 92 New Cases in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 148.  The individual was a female resident of the Town of Campbell who died at the age of 92. Meanwhile, county health officials are reporting 88 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 3,881 confirmed cases, 669 of which are currently active.


Dansville Man Arrested After Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on January 1st, deputies arrested Stephen A Simonowicz, age 66, of Dansville following a report of a physical altercation in a domestic incident at his Rectenwald Road residence. Simonowicz allegedly violated a duly served order of protection and harassed and restrained a protected person who was a member of his family or household and allegedly attempted to prevent the deputies from investigating this incident. Simonowicz was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration andCriminal Contempt in the Second Degree and arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court then released.


CCC Holds Free COVID Test Tomorrow
Corning Community College holds free COVID-19 testing tomorrow from 9am to 1pm at its Health Education Center on Denison Parkway East. Results take only 15 minutes using the non-invasive nasal swab. Pre-registration is required. Testing is free and open to Steuben County residents. Participants must pre-register in order to be tested at https://tinyurl.com/cccrapid

Schumer Says Yesterday’s Capitol Storming “A Day of Infamy”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer says yesterday’s storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters protesting the outcome of the Presidential Election will be a long-standing black mark and “day of infamy” on American history. Schumer is blaming those of Trump’s followers directly at his feet. The New York senator also wants the president removed from office via the 35th Amendment ASAP.


Reed Speaks Out Following Yesterday in DC
Members of New York's congressional delegation spoke out Wednesday night after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, causing chaos and forcing lawmakers to shelter in place. Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election when the joint session was abruptly halted after pro-Trump rioters breached the building. After the capitol was secured, Congressman Tom Reed walked over to the Democrat side of the isle and gave these remarks (Reed2). The unrest led New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to send 1,000 members of the New York National Guard for up to two weeks to assist with the transition of power, which the governor said was at the request of the U.S. National Guard.


Cuomo Won’t Attend Saturday Bills Playoff Game
Governor Cuomo says he’s skipping the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game this weekend.  This announcement comes after uproar from an online Change.org petition that would ban Cuomo from the game that gained 40,000-signatures. The governor said he will be working on the State of State speech and giving his ticket for the night to a nurse in Erie County.

Caton Man Facing More Charges After Christmas Eve Raid
A Caton man faces additional charges stemming from a Christmas Eve raid on his home. Steuben Deputies say a large amount of marijuana was found in 45-year-old Dana McCarrick’s home, along with what they’re calling a pair of deadly weapons. McCarrick is being held in Steuben County Jail and now faces a felony weapons charge as well as a felony marijuana charge.


State AG Warns of “Grandparent Scam”
New York Attorney General Letitia James has issued an alert to New Yorkers, warning them about the “Grandparent Scam,” a common phone scam that targets senior citizens with calls from fraudsters posing as a grandchild of the victim and asking for money. The scam typically works like this: A senior receives an unexpected call from someone who claims to be their grandchild. The caller then falsely claims that there is an emergency and asks the grandparent to immediately send money. The caller will often explicitly tell the grandparent not to call the grandchild’s parents because the parents will be mad or will worry too much. The scammers often call in the middle of the night or early in the morning to take advantage of the fact that the victim may not be alert enough to ask more questions.


NYS Legislators Call for End to Solitary Confinement
State legislators are calling for an end to the use of solitary confinement in New York. Wednesday was the first day of the State legislative session. Some lawmakers took time to call for a vote on the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, or HALT. Under the proposal, solitary confinement would be eliminated for vulnerable prisoners, and limited to 15 days for remaining inmates. The proposal has support in the State Assembly and Senate.

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