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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Wayland Boy Arrested for Sex Act
A 12-year-old Wayland boy has been arrested for allegedly engaging in criminal sexual conduct. The boy was arrested by New York State Police on Tuesday after the incident was first reported the week before on Monday, December 13th. Though details are limited due to the nature of the incident, the arrest report does say the boy allegedly violated penal code by “engaging in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person who is incapable” of giving consent for a reason other than being less than 17. The 12-year-old was charged with one count of third-degree Criminal Sex Act and issued an appearance ticket. This incident is under investigation.


Horby Man Fined & Loses Hunting Privleges for Baiting Buck
A Hornby man has lost his hunting privileges and was fined after he was caught baiting deer. The State DEC responded to a complaint of possible baiting in late September of this year when they found a stand on the property baited with a salt block and corn. A DEC Officer also confirmed there was someone on the same property who baited deer in 2017, resulting in a ticket. Officers returned October 2nd and saw the suspect’s truck with a dead buck in its bed. The Hornby man admitted to shooting the buck from the stand and he paid a $500 civil penalty for illegally taking the deer, hunting with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, and placing a salt lick on lands inhabited by deer. This was the man’s second offense within five years and as a result, his hunting privileges are revoked for the next three years. According to the DEC, the deer was donated to a local charity.


Snow Expected Tonight in the Region
On the eve of Christmas eve, we are expecting some snow in the Southern Tier.  This evening a weather system will advance into the region with showers held overnight and beginning to taper off tomorrow Christmas Eve morning. An inch to two inches of snow is anticipated for our region with lows expected to be in the upper-20’s. Snow on the ground may make it slippery tomorrow morning. Low pressure could give us rain showers on Christmas day.


Dormann Library Announces Space-Themed Winter Reading Program
In an effort to help beat the winter doldrums, The Dormann Library has announced their 1st Annual Winter Reading Program as the library will be exploring a “Space” theme all month long. The free program is open to everyone three and up and starts on January 1st. The end of the program is January 31st. Register now at the library, so you can begin earning credit for every book you read or listen to during the month of January. 


Less Than 48 Hours Left for Christmas Shopping!
With less than 48 hours left until Christmas and the window for online deliveries dwindling, the countdown is on for many shoppers. If you have waited until now, you may risk coming home with nothing. Today is the last full business day for some retailers because some stores will close early or not even be open tomorrow on Christmas Eve.



Wellsville Man Arrested for Greenwood Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday deputies arrested 30-year-old Brandon J. Campbell of Wellsville following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Greenwood. Campbell allegedly choked and caused physical injury to another person and damaged property of another person.  He was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. Campbell was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


AG James’ Office Says Beware of Price Gouging for OTC COVID Tests
NY Attorney General Letitia James's issued an alert over concerns of potential price gouging when it comes to buying over-the-counter Home COVID tests.  Complaints have been received of tests being sold at double to triple the average price.  The going price for a home test should cost about $14 - $25 a package.  If you think you've been ripped off while buying a test, you can call 800-771-7755. 


SNAP Recipients Get Maximum Benefits This Month
NYers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum level of food benefits for Dec.  Gov. Kathy Hochul said all SNAP households, including those already at the maximum level of benefits, will receive a supplemental amount this month.  About $230 million in federal funding will be going to SNAP households for the additional food assistance. 


“Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship Opens
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the application period for the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship. The scholarship will cover tuition for 1,000 new or current healthcare workers to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelors of Science in Nursing at a 2-year or 4-year NY State public college or university.  Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, hospitals have been facing a labor shortage and a massive influx of patients. The Nurses For Our Future scholarship program are an important step designed to recruit and retrain nursing and health care professionals. 



Study Finds Pandemic Stress Caused Increase in Drinking
A study from Johns Hopkins University found COVID-19 related stress caused 60.1% of alcohol drinkers to drink more after Mar. of 2020.  Approximately 4,500 deaths in NY can be attributed to excessive alcohol use and men account for 71.6% of those deaths, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics.   


Temporary Lane Closures Suspended on NY Highways
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on NY State highways will be suspended beginning today through Mon., Dec. 27th at 6am. Construction will also be suspended from Thu., Dec. 30th through Mon., Jan. 3rd at 6am to ease travel for motorists.  Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with NY State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. 

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