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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 23, 2021

29 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 29 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including a resident of the Pinecrest Home for Adults in Avoca and an individual associated with the Addison Middle School. This brings the county total to 4,804 confirmed cases, 391 of which are currently active.


Bath man arrested for Criminal Contempt, Possession of a Weapon

On January 20th, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason M. York, age 41, of Geneva Street, Bath, following an investigation of a suspicious vehicle reported to the Village of Bath Police Department.  It is alleged that Mr. York, while on State Route 415 in Bath, possessed a deadly weapon and was in the company of a person who he was ordered to stay away from in a duly served Order of Protection. Mr. York was charged with Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.  Mr. York was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Steuben County inmate arrested after smuggling drugs into jail

On January 17th, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Damian L. Koerner, age 28, of May Street, Bath, following an investigation of a report of an inmate in the Steuben County Jail smuggling in controlled substances. It is alleged that Mr. Koerner, a recently booked in inmate at the Steuben County Jail, smuggled several small baggies containing various pills into the facility inside his body, and then expelled them from his body while in quarantine and under watch.  Mr. Koerner, an alleged NYS Parole violator, was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, a Class D Felony, Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.  Mr. Koerner was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the Steuben County Jail.


Bath PD announces parking restrictions; road closures for funeral procession

The Bath Police Department has made preparations for the funeral procession of Daryl Tombs to be held today, Saturday, January 23rd. Mayor Sweet has advised no parking in the following areas, effective until 1 p.m. this afternoon:

  • On East Morris Street from East Steuben Street to Pulteney Square East
  • On East Steuben Street from Gansvoort Street to Campbell Street

East Steuben Street will be closed from East Morris Street to Pulteney Square East from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to accommodate for all of the Fire, Ambulance and Police vehicles. All State Route 415 through traffic will be detoured down East Morris Street. 


Police reform, bridge repair top priorities for Steuben County legislators, set to meet Monday

Police reform and funding for a bridge replacement in the Town of Erwin top the agenda for Steuben County legislators when they meet at 10 am Monday in their chambers in the county Annex at 20 W. Morris. In a joint effort started last August, and in concert with Corning, Inc, law enforcement agencies took a hard look at their policies and practices, inviting input from other key agencies and stakeholders, and the public. The formal police reform law is expected to enacted by Steuben lawmakers Monday. The county board also is expected to approve $4.2 million in BridgeNY funding to pay to replace the County Road 115 bridge crossing the Canisteo River in the Town of Erwin. Construction is expected to begin within two years.

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