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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 18th, 2021

Dansville Man Arrested for Kidnapping in Bath
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says a Dansville man was arrested after a reported kidnapping and assault in the Town of Bath on August 12th. 47-year-old James Hilligus allegedly threatened and kidnapped a person, and also assaulted another person with a knife and crowbar. He was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and kidnapping. Hilligus was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 bail. The injured individual was taken to a local hospital and later released.


Single Lane Traffic on I-86 in Bath & I-390 in Avoca
Lanes are closed on I-86 in Bath and I-390 in Avoca as of yesterday for repaving the bridge over Mud Creek (I-86) and the Cohocton River (I-390) and is expected to last two weeks and is weather-dependent. The highway traffic is a single lane in these sections.


Flash Flood Watch for Steuben County Through Tomorrow Morning
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Steuben County until Thursday morning. Widespread heavy rain of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 4 inches is expected as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred impact   the Southern Tier to the Finger Lakes and into the North Country today and tonight. Runoff from heavy rain may cause rapid rises in creeks and streams, leading to flash flooding. The heavy rain may also result in flooding of poor drainage areas and low-lying areas.


CCC Requiring Masking Indoors for Upcoming Semester
Yesterday, Corning Community College announced the college will require masks inside any buildings for the upcoming semester, regardless of vaccination status effective today for everyone. The mandate includes the Spencer Hill Main Campus and all other SUNY CCC locations (Health Education Center, Airport Corporate Park, and the Elmira Academic and Workforce Development Center). SUNY CCC reminds fully-vaccinated students and staff to complete the proof of vaccination form from the Health Office. Those who come to campus and do not submit proof of vaccination are required to participate in weekly pool testing. The weekly pool testing schedule is HERE.


Steuben County Fair Continues Today
The Steuben County Fair continues today. Officials say the carnival opens at 1 p.m. It’s country music night featuring Craig Morgan at 7:30 p.m.


Bath Man Arrested After Erwin Incident
State Police arrested 45-year-old Warren Copp of Bath following an incident in the Town of Erwin. He was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as petit larceny. He was released on appearance tickets for court returnable at a later date.


NYS Assembly Continuing Investigation of Cuomo
Reversing course, the New York State Assembly will continue its broad investigation of Gov. Cuomo and issue a report with its findings. This is coming from lawmakers following speaker of the assembly, Carl Heastie announcing on Friday that lawmakers would close their investigation of Cuomo and would no longer move to impeach him, despite finding “credible evidence” regarding allegations made against him. Last week’s announcement prompted major bipartisan backlash over the decision to suspend the inquiry. Both Republican and Democratic legislators say that the assembly has a duty to, at the very least, make the findings of the investigation public. On Monday, Heastie and Charles Lavine the chairman of the judiciary committee leading the investigation, issued a statement saying it will continue.


Third Booster Shot with COVID Vaccines Being Recommended
A booster shot with COVID vaccines is now being recommended to all Americans, eight months after their last dose to help prevent spreading the Delta variant. Studies resulted in data that those vaccinated against the virus back in January have protection that’s been significantly lowered. The dominant Delta variant strain, breakthrough cases among the vaccinated, and waning protection in vaccinated individuals are reasons experts say the booster shot is important. Trials for the booster shot run consistent with data from trials for second-dose  vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer. Studies are planned to see if booster shots can be mixed for those with the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.


Cohocton Man Arrested for Menacing with Weapon
After investigating a domestic dispute, state troopers arrested 36-year-old Craig Allen of Cohocton. Police charged him with menacing with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance. Further court action is pending.


Southern Tier Region & State COVID Positivity Rates Rise
The NYS COVID positivity rate is now 3.94%. 91 more people have been admitted to hospitals and seven others have been admitted to intensive care. 18 new deaths from COVID have also been reported in the Empire State. The Southern Tier positivity rate has now climbed to 3.75%. 


Car Seat Check Tomorrow 10am-2pm at Steuben County Fair Gate
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee reminds people in Steuben County that free car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available Thursday in Bath. It happens from 10-2 at the county fair near the main gate. This event is part of a yearlong safety initiative in which state and local law enforcement agencies and various community safety partners offer free child seat inspections. Trained technicians use the “Learn, Practice, and Explain” model to educate parents and caregivers on how to choose and properly install the appropriate seat for their child’s age and size and their vehicle, so it can be used correctly every time.


Former PA DA Disbarred for Sexually Assault of Clients
Former Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman has been disbarred after a Pennsylvania Attorney General investigation found he sexually assaulted multiple female clients. Salsman was sentenced on July 9 to 1.5-5 years in prison and will have six years of state supervision, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Salsman was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2001. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel had been investigating Salsman following his guilty plea for exchanging “legal services/fees for sexual acts.”

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