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Today's Top Stories - Monday April 12th, 2021

Troopers Say Death Occurred at Bath’s County Landfill
State Police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident at the Steuben County Landfill. Troopers said they responded to Turnpike Road in the town of Bath for the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Preliminary investigation revealed that an operator was backing a truck when the victim, James C. Miller of Hammondsport, was fatally struck as he secured the tailgate of a rollback dumpster. So far, no charges have been filed.  The investigation is ongoing.


18 More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department says that, in its most recent report, 18 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,158 confirmed cases, 202 of which are currently active. Two individuals are associated with Hornell High School, BOCES Wildwood campus and Alfred State College. Another is associated with Corning, Inc.’s Erwin plant.


Addison Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Van Etten
A 33-year-old Addison man was arrested in Van Etten following an increasing number of “complaints of drug activity in the Van Etten area” received by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. Quinn Stocum was stopped by deputies for vehicle and traffic law violations when deputies learned that Stocum had a suspended driver’s license and the vehicle he was operating was not registered or inspected. Stocum was also found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine and was wanted by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3 rd Degree, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Uninspected Motor Vehicle. He was released from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office on appearance tickets to the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office on the outstanding warrant.


Bath Couple Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath Village Police arrested 33-year-old Thomas C. Duane and 32-year-old Heather Duane of 12 W. Washington Street on drug charges. The arrests stem from a narcotics investigation into the alleged sale of crystal methamphetamine from the residence. Police say a large sum of methamphetamine, suspected fentanyl, and cash was seized. Both were charged with drug possession. Mr. Duane will likely face more charges. Mrs. Duane was also charged with felony weapons possession.


USDA Warns of Turkey Products With Possible Salmonella
The USDA issued a public health alert for over 200,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products from Plainville Brands LLC in Pennsylvania due to concerns about possible Salmonella Hadar illness. Products have an establishment number of: EST. P-244 inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you have any affected products, you should return them to the original purchase location for a refund or dispose of the product immediately. Some of the affected products are Wegman’s meat products and include:

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

  • 1-lb. packages of Wegmans 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

  • 3-lb. packages of Wegmans 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.


Gillibrand Calls on FDA to Investigate Preservative TBHQ
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on the FDA to investigate potential harm of consuming the preservative TBHQ, short for “tert-butylhydroquinone”- a preservative used to extend shelf lives of popular foods like Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats and Cheez-Its, along with nearly 1,250 other products. According to a new study from the Environmental Working Group, TBHQ may harm the body’s immune system. Gillibrand wrote a letter to  director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Susan Mayne, where she urges the FDA to consider “new science” when determining the safety and potential health effects of food additives while requesting a complete and thorough review of the safety of TBHQ and other food chemicals that may harm the immune system. Click for the full text of the letter.


NY Has 2nd Highest Unemployment Rate in US
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the national unemployment rate for March was around 6% compared to New York State, which was still at around 8.8% as of February. New York comes second to Hawaii, which is the state struggling the most with unemployment with a rate of 9.2%. Both states may be struggling from their tourism sectors being slowed due to the pandemic and its restrictions.


Steuben County Could See NHA Designation
A study is under way to designate Steuben County and more than a dozen counties in the Finger Lakes as a national heritage area. The designation would require federal legislation under local guidance and regulations. Unlike National Historic Parks, where preservation of artifacts is key, National Heritage Areas (NHA) reflect historic, cultural, and natural resources which form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. The designation would boost Steuben’s economic development and tourism industry, according to legislator Robin Lattimer of Bath.


Painted Post Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested 34-year-old Grant Merchant of Painted Post. He was charged with felony first degree criminal contempt, child endangerment, resisting arrest, unlawful imprisonment, obstructing governmental administration and second-degree reckless endangerment. He was initially detained.

Troopers say they arrested 43-Michael Parrish of Lindley. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.  Court action is pending.


COVID Hospitalizations in State Drop to Lowest Since December
COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped in New York State to 4,083, the lowest since December 2. 76 people in the Southern Tier region are currently hospitalized. New positive cases have been rising in the region. Positive cases have increased .69% to .73% as of Saturday. Western New York and the Finger lakes region cases have also been slowly climbing. Steuben County has reported a total of 6,153 positive cases, 17 are new as of the weekend.

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