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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 13th, 2021

Car Seat Check Event Next Weekend in Painted Post
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Steuben County Public Health and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, will be holding a car seat check event in Painted Post on Saturday September 25 th from 10am to 2pm. It will be at 135 Victory Highway, Painted Post (Southern Tier Medical Care).


Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud
Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office arrested Terry L. Campbell, age 64 of  Bath. It is alleged that from 01/22/2021 to 06/30/2021 Mr. Campbell offered a false instrument for filing to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $694.00 that he was not eligible to receive. Mr. Campbell is charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E Felony and one count of Welfare Fraud in the Fifth Degree. Mr. Campbell was released with an appearance ticket.


Sheriff’s Office Arrests 2 Inmates For Contraband
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that in conjunction with the Chemung and Yates County Correctional Divisions, and the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, they conducted a jail wide search for suspected contraband that occurred due to information received that weapons and or narcotics were being secreted in the jail by inmates. Arrested subsequent to the search: 

39-year-old Robert K. Wilson of Cameron, New York who was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree. 51-year-old Joseph Hojnoski of Bath was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree. 

Both were  arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the jail.


Record Unemployment Rapidly Depleting State UI Fund
The historic surge in unemployment claims at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly depleted the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, resulting in the state borrowing from the federal government to pay claims. State UI tax rates have already risen to the highest level permissible under law in 2021. Unless the state or federal government takes significant action, federal UI tax rates on employers will also increase in 2022 and beyond, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The pandemic had a crippling effect on some state businesses and their workforce, causing a historic surge in layoffs and claims for benefits. From the fourth quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020, regular state UI benefits paid increased from $530 million to $6.5 billion – a staggering increase of 1,124%.


Addison Man Arrested for Disobeying Court Order
After investigating an alleged violation of an order of Protection, State Police arrested 29-year-old Michael Trussell of Addison. He was charged with criminal contempt for disobeying a court order. A court appearance is pending. 


Hochul Announces Legislation to Support 9/11 First Responders
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized the New York National Guard on Saturday afternoon, 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hochul announced that she signed three pieces of legislation to support 9/11 and communications first responders. The bills make it easier for WTC first responders to apply for WTC benefits, by both expanding the criteria for defining WTC first responders and allowing online submissions of notice that members of a retirement system participated in WTC rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations. This legislation also defines a first responder in communications as a person who is a public safety dispatcher.


New York COVID Positivity Rate Rises
New York state’s COVID positivity rate is currently at 2.84% The 7-day average rate is 3.22%. Twenty-four more residents were hospitalized over the weekend. 34 more people died from virus-related complications. State officials say the fight against COVID-19 is not over, adding that it is crucial that New Yorkers continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and get vaccinated if they haven't.


Wayland Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
State Police arrested 48-year-old Kevin Carvey of Wayland. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. He’ll answer that court in village of Wayland court at a later date.


Bills Upset 23-16 by Steelers Yesterday
Disappointment for Buffalo Bills fans. In the season opener, they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16 at Highmark Stadium. The Bills take on the Dolphins in Miami next Sunday.

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