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Today's Top Stories - Friday January 22nd, 2021

Law Enforcement Crackdown Announced for Super Bowl Weekend
Police across New York State announce a crackdown on impaired driving Super Bowl Sunday weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign runs February 5th through the 8th statewide. The weekend of the most-watched sporting event is usually a deadly period for impaired driving. Patrols and DWI checkpoints will be increased for the crackdown so local law enforcement reminds the public to have a plan and to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Drivers are advised to designate a responsible driver or download the "Have A Plan" to find a safe ride home.


Steuben COVID REport: One New Death & 442 Active Cases

Steuben County confirms the death of another resident who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 157.  The individual was a female resident of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center who died while hospitalized at the age of 72. Public Health Director Darlene Smith say… “Although we have seen some lowered case counts recently, COVID remains a threat to the community and we must do all we can to slow the spread and impact of this virus in Steuben County.” 35 more county residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 4,775 confirmed cases, 442 of which are currently active.  


Bath Man Arrested for Child Porn
The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports the arrest of 34-year-old Jeffrey Clark of Bath.  He was charged by criminal complaint with receiving and distributing child pornography. A search warrant was executed at the man’s home on January 13, during which investigators seized multiple digital devices, including Clark’s cell phone. Clark made an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate and was detained. Clark was also arrested by State Police last week for allegedly sexually abusing a child under the age of 13.


Investigation Continues Into Mendon Helicopter Crash

U.S. Army Aviation investigators are beginning their investigation today after a helicopter crash in Mendon Wednesday evening that killed three NY National Guard servicemembers. We learned this morning that one of the victims was from Orange County. Officials may release additional information later today. According to the New York Army National Guard, the medical evacuation helicopter was on a routine training mission Wednesday evening when it crashed.


Alfred University Announces Glass Recycling Collaboration
A collaboration was announced today with the State College of Ceramics at Alfred University to build the nation, bolster markets for recycled glass and improve the quality of glass available for recovery across the state of New York. The Center for Glass Innovation will play an active role in helping recycling markets and municipal recycling programs find new ways to produce and recycle glass. As recycling markets continue to experience volatility, recycling operations are struggling to find suitable markets for material, impacting local solid waste recycling efforts. The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working with municipalities and other stakeholders to plan on how to bolster new markets in the northeast region to address these hurdles. Alfred Universitys’ SUNY statutory unit, the NYSCC, will receive nearly $1.7 million for this initiative through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) as part of a three-year agreement.


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