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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 27th, 2021

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Steuben County
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Steuben county for the daytime and evening hours that runs until 1am tomorrow morning. We should see some light snow that develops into possible freezing rain into this afternoon and evening, which could mean slippery road conditions. Please use extra caution on overpasses and back roads and be sure to allow yourself a little extra time to reach your destination.


Hornell Man Arrested for Hindering Investigation of Domestic Incident

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says December 25th, deputies arrested 28-year-old Anthony J. Leach of Hornell following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Hornellsville.. Leach allegedly intentionally hindered an investigation of a potential felony and obstructed deputies during the investigation of a reported domestic incident.  Leach was charged with Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Hornell Man Arrested for Rape After Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s reports deputies arrested 28-year-old Hornell man Stephan E. Knowlton-Leach following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Hornellsville. Knowlton-Leach allegedly intentionally and forcibly raped another person, struck another person and endangered a child under the age of 17. It is also alleged that a valid and duly served order of protection prohibited Mr. Knowlton-Leach from committing any crimes against that person. Mr. Knowlton-Leach was charged with Rape in the First Degree, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Sheriff Allard thanks the Steuben County Department of Social Services for their assistance in this arrest.


Holiday Deer Hunt Continues to January 1st
The 'Holiday Deer Hunt Is happening now and will run up until New Year's Day on January 1st in our Southern Zone region as an opportunity for New Yorkers and visiting hunters to hunt when families and friends are gathered together for the holidays. Though an extra week has now been added to the hunting season, the NYSDEC does not expect a substantial deer harvest during this period. The late bow and muzzle loader season only accounts for 8 percent of the total deer harvest numbers each year.


Bath Woman Arrested for Possessing Child Porn
NY State Police arrested April Simms, 55 of Bath after a months-long investigation found her in possession of child pornography.  Simms is also being charged with Felony Tampering with Physical Evidence.  She's being held without bail as the investigation continues. 


Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
Holiday DWI Crackdowns Continue through New Year’s Day.  State and local law enforcement agencies will be stepping up patrols and targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. 

Dormann Will Host January 11th Red Cross Blood Drive 
The Dormann Library announces they will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11:30-4:30 on Tuesday, January 11th. The need for blood, especially type O, at this time is critical as donor turnout is reaching the lowest levels of the year.  All donors who give blood from January 1st-31st will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for them and a guest, plus a chance to win a home theater package and $500 e-gift card! To register, go online to redcrossblood.org


Law Makes It Illegal to Forge COVID Vaccine Cards & Digital Records
Gov. Hochul signed a bill into law making it illegal to forge COVID vaccination cards and digital COVID records.  There's always been a law against forging documents, but this new law specifically applies to fake COVID docs.  Rule breakers can expect a hefty fine of $1,000 if caught with a fake COVID card, which is now considered a Class A Misdemeanor and messing with digital COVID records is a Class E Felony. 


95% of New Yorkers Have Received At Least 1 COVID Shot
95% of NYers have now received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Hochul is amending updates to critical workers based on CDC guidance. Now, the 10-day mandate of quarantine for a critical worker who tests positive for COVID-19 is being shortened to 5 days for vaccinated, asymptomatic employees or those who have not had a fever for at least 72 hours with symptoms resolving.  Employers must also allow this guidance. 


Hochul Signs Environmental Legislative Package 

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package that included 8 different bills to protect NY State’s environment.  New efforts range from eliminating plastic waste to ensuring the state’s commitment to clean water and an atmosphere free of chemical contaminants. 


Property Tax Exemptions to Be Auto-Renewed for Seniors
Governor Hochul signed an Executive Order to help support vulnerable homeowners amid the current surge of COVID-19 cases. The Executive Order allows local governments to lift an in-person renewal requirement for property tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities. 


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