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Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 3rd, 2021

Addison Student Injured in Hit and Run This Morning
This morning, a 14-year-old Addison Central School District student was injured in a hit and run accident when she was struck in the crosswalk at the Main Street light. The driver, who has not yet been identified by police, fled the scene. The student was taken to Guthrie Corning Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was found a short time later and charged with running a red light and failure to yield right of way to a person in a crosswalk.

 

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Til Thursday
The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory from 1:15pm today until Thursday January 6th posted for everyone in Steuben and several other counties. The primary threat tonight is snow and icy roads as temperatures drop into the upper-teens overnight. Rural and secondary roads could be slick from overnight precipitation. Two more rounds of snow will move through the region. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. Heavy lake-effect snow is possible Wednesday and Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 9 inches or more possible in the most persistent lake snows. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.

 

 COVID Cases Can be Reported to Steuben’s New Online Portal
Steuben County residents can now report their positive home COVID tests to the Steuben County Public Health Department online. The new portal asks for basic demographic information, vaccination status, and requires the positive individual to upload a picture of their positive test result.  Most home tests result in about 15 minutes and would need a picture to be taken within 30 minutes of taking the test to show valid results. In addition, information on household contacts can be entered in the portal.  Quarantine orders for household contacts will be issued. The home test reporting portal can be accessed on both the Steuben County website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> and on the Public Health website at www.steubencony.org/publichealth<http://www.steubencony.org/publichealth>. Individuals who do not have internet access or need help can call Steuben Public Health at 607-664-2438 for more information.


 

Wayland Troopers Arrest Man for DWI
On Saturday, January 1st at about 2:00 a.m., Troopers in Wayland were advised by Steuben County 911 of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane I-390 the town of Dansville. Troopers arrived on scene and located the vehicle driven by Andrew G. Russell, who appeared intoxicated.  Russell was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and was issued appropriate vehicle and traffic tickets returnable in the town of Dansville Court. 

 

Hochul Signs Legislation Banning Toxic Flame Retardants
Governor Kathy Hochul announced legislation that will prohibit the sale of furniture, mattresses, and electronic displays containing certain dangerous flame retardant chemicals, which have been linked to significantly elevated risks of neurological injury, hormone disruption, and cancer. Hochul signed off on this bill that will regulate chemicals in upholstered furniture, mattresses, and electronic enclosures. It helps to define terms like halogenated chemical, organophosphorus chemical, and organonitrogen chemical. It prohibits the sale of any furniture that contains identified flame retardant chemicals. It also established a fine of up to $2,500 per day for repeated offenses.

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