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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Troopers Arrest Man for Drunk Driving in Bath
Troopers say a man was charged with felony drunk driving after he allegedly ran a red light and almost collided with a State Police vehicle in the village of Bath at around midnight Monday morning. Troopers say Anthony Dodge showed signs of impairment and his blood alcohol content was found to be .19%. He was issued appearance tickets and was released to a sober-third party


Minor, Age 17, Taken Into Custody for Forcible Touching of 16 Year-Old
A 17 year-old Steuben County male has been released to his parents after an investigation. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard’s Office reports that Thursday, December 16th one of their investigators took custody of a 17 year old male after investigating a report of choking and forcible touching of a 16 year-old female in the Town of Dansville. He allegedly committed acts which if committed by a person over the age of 18, could have resulted in his arrest for Forcible Touching and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  The suspect was released to his parents to respond to Steuben County Probation Intake at a later date.


Legislature Approves Rescue Plan Funds for New Comprehensive Plan
The Steuben County Legislature approved the allocation of $100,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds to create a new Comprehensive Plan for the county. The funding was formally allocated to the County Planning Department during yesterday’s legislative meeting. County Planning Director Matt Sousa requested the funding December 1st  and plans to use the money as part of a proposed $115,000 Climate-smart Communities Grant in collaboration with STC to “help with the development of a bicycle and pedestrian master plan which will supplement the Comprehensive Plan and check off some Climate Smart Communities action items.”


Legislature Accepts Over $169,000 COVID Vaccine Response Grant
The Steuben County Legislature accepted a $169,425 COVID-19 vaccine response grant from the New York State Department of Health. The funding will be used to “increase the vaccination rates along with community outreach and communication” and “comply with existing and future guidance from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding increased COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccine uptake.” The CDC says over 53,000 or 56.4 percent of Steuben County residents have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 7,000 more residents have received at least one shot and nearly 94 percent of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose. Nationwide, 72.9 percent of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine as COVID numbers and the omicron variant surge across the country.


LP Siding Plant Coming to Industrial Park
Jamie Johnson from the Steuben County IDA was on WVIN’s Community Focus this morning as news this week broke that an LP Solutions plant will be built at the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s Business Park in Bath and expected to create approximately 60 jobs with average salaries in the high $40,000 range.   Construction is to start in the spring of 2022 with expected operations to begin by the third quarter of 2023. Hear the full interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_12_21_215_115809_4795.mp3



Bath Man Arrested for DWAI After Avoca Traffic Stop
A Bath man faces new charges after a police chase in Steuben County yesterday. At 7:19 p.m. last night, a State Trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca. The vehicle being driven by Daniel Hoad, did not stop and initiated a short vehicle pursuit. Hoad attempted to flee Troopers on foot prior to his arrest. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of DWAI (second charge within 10 years), use of a vehicle without an interlock device, and reckless driving. Hoad was taken to the Steuben County Jail. He remained there overnight.


Steuben County Inmate Arrested for Damaging Cell Door
Kenneth Mikko, the man authorities say was responsible for causing a shelter in place order in Bath last month, has been arrested again as an inmate of the Steuben County Jail.  He allegedly, intentionally damaged a cell door window by repeatedly striking it with a food tray.  Mikko was charged with Felony Criminal Mischief 3rd, arraigned and returned to the custody of the Sheriff. 


“Fleeing Hellmira” Will Look At Elmira Correctional Facility
Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman on the History Channel will be featuring the Elmira Correctional Facility in an upcoming episode “Fleeing Hellmira.”  The episode will air tonight at 10pm.


State Says $65 Million Available to Help Counties Administer Vaccines
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she is making $65 million available to counties across NY State to help with the costs associated with administering vaccines and boosters and enforcing the mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor public places that went into effect statewide last week.  Up to $1 million will be available for most counties, with larger counties eligible to receive up to $2 million. 


Local Sales Tax Collections Climbed by 17.5% Last Month
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in Nov. compared to the same month in 2020. Overall, collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from Nov. of last year.  Locally, Steuben County's sales tax collections were up 19.9% from last year. 


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