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8 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 8 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including an individual associated with the Steuben Center in Bath. This brings the county total to 5,754 confirmed cases, 108 of which are currently active.

Steuben County to become Purple Heart Community
Steuben County is set to become a Purple Heart Community when the county Legislature meets at 10 am, Monday, March 22nd in the county Annex. The measure notes the high esteem county residents have for all the men and women in the armed forces who selflessly serve their country and the community, which includes giving their lives while serving in the armed forces and earning the Purple Heart Medal as a result of being wounded. Legislators also are expected to accept slightly more than $370,000 from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services under the state Criminal Justice Discovery Reform Grant for April 2020 through March 2021.



Bath man arrested for possessing and promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child

Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mark R. Riley, age 52, of Turnpike Road in Bath on March 17th, following a joint investigation with the FBI regarding possession of reported child pornography. It is alleged that Mr. Riley possessed an obscene recording of sexual conduct by a child less than sixteen and promoted such recording.  Mr. Riley was charged with Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance of a Child, a Class E Felony, and Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance of a Child, a Class D Felony.   Mr. Riley was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.  



Rep. Tom Reed accused of sexual assault

Congressman Tom Reed has been accused of sexual assault, according to a story in The Washington Post. Nicolette Davis told The Post that in 2017 when she was 25, she was in an Irish pub in Minneapolis with the Congressman, where he attempted to unhook her bra. She also claimed his hand then moved to her thigh and continued to move up her leg. Davis had to ask for assistance to remove the Congressman from the table and out of the restaurant. Davis admitted she is a lifelong Democrat and donated $750 to the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign in 2016, but said the allegations are not politically motivated. Reed, via a statement through his office, said “This account of my actions is not accurate.”



Steuben County inmate arrested for misuse of food stamps

Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ashley N. Short, age 32, currently incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail on March 17th. It is alleged that in May of 2020, Ms. Short purchased food related items with her benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services in exchange for non-food related items. As a result, Ms. Short obtained benefits which she was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $122.67. Ms. Short is charged with two counts of Misuse of Food Stamps, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Social Service Law. Ms. Short was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.



NYS restaurants receive the green light to operate at 75% capacity


After Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month that indoor dining capacity could increase to 75% for restaurants in New York State and 50% for restaurants in New York City, yesterday, Friday March 19th was the first day for restaurants to operate under this new guidance.



Atlanta woman arrested by Steuben County Sheriff’s Office for bail jumping

Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jennifer M. Schwan, age 36, of Naples Road, Atlanta, New York, on March 17th, following a report of a wanted person due to a Superior Court Warrant. It is alleged that Ms. Schwan did not appear in court for a felony charge which she had been previously released for.  Ms. Schwan was charged with Bail Jumping in the Second Degree, a Class E Felony. Ms. Schwan was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.  

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