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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 6th, 2022

County Landfill To Get Renewable Natural Gas Technology March 2023
Waga Energy will bring a first-of-its-kind Renewable Natural Gas project to the Steuben County landfill, adopting Waga Energy’s WAGABOX(R) technology, already in use at ten landfills with an additional eleven facilities forthcoming in Europe and North America.  Renewable Natural Gas produced will be injected in the local grid and used as a biofuel to decarbonize mobility. The WAGABOX(R) unit is set to be commissioned by March 2023 andl  can purify 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute (1,600 cubic meters per hour) of raw landfill gas to deliver 207,000 mmBtu (60 GWh) of RNG to be used for residential consumption or as a transportation fuel, equivalent to supplying around 4,000 homes with clean, local, and renewable energy, saving an estimated 13,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year.


Florida Man Arrested and Extradited to NY for Erwin Thefts
A Florida man was extradited to Steuben County in connection to several theft cases in May. New York State Police say 23-year-old Zachary Fretz of Sarasota, Florida was wanted in New York for a May 4th theft from the Erwin Walmart. Fretz was also wanted for another incident on May 16th where he allegedly stole a car and credit card and made $1,000 and $3,000 worth of fraudulent charges. Fretz was arrested in Florida on an unrelated charge and once authorities discovered he was wanted in New York, he was extradited to Steuben County Jail. Fretz faces charges including felony grand larceny of a credit card, felony criminal possession of stolen property, and four counts of misdemeanor petit larceny.


K-9 Twiggy Helps Sheriff Deputies Locate Missing Corning Teen
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday deputies rescued a child with the help of K-9 Twiggy after they responded to and investigated a reported missing juvenile in the Town of Corning. At about 1:30 in the morning a parent reported their child was missing from the residence. Deputies initiated a search and K-9 Twiggy responded and successfully tracked the missing child by locating the teen by cell phone to a trail in the woods at Spencer Crest Nature Center. Deputies say the missing teen was shoeless, coatless and suffering from apparent hypothermia and frostbite. Deputies and EMS personnel treated the found teen who was transported to a medical facility for further treatment. K-9 Twiggy recently celebrated his fourth birthday 5 days ago on January 1st!


COVID Testing Wednesdays & Saturdays at Civil Defense Center
Steuben County offers on-site COVID testing two days a week at the Civil Defense Training Center on State Route 54 in Bath every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing is intended for residents with symptoms, not for weekly testing that might be required for your work. Results take about 48 hours to return. Walk-ins are accepted, but registration is encouraged on the Steuben County website.


7 Alfred-Almond CSD Bus Drivers Strike for Better Wages
Yesterday, hundreds of Alfred Almond Central School District students waited at the bottom of their driveways for a ride that never came as seven out of nine of the school's bus drivers were holding a ‘sick out’ to protest what they considered unfair pay and poor working conditions. Drivers cited a handful of issues they wanted addressed before returning to work, mainly the issue of the ‘sick-out’ was pay. Drivers now make $15.47 an hour and asking for a $5 an hour raise by April to return to work.  Drivers involved stressed how much they love being a part of the Alfred Almond students’ lives and they felt bad for coming in the way of their educational experience. They hope parents understand why this needed to be done. WENY News reported they reached out to Superintendent Tracie Bliven and Union representative Tracey More but received no response.  On Facebook, the school posted at noon yesterday that it was looking for bus drivers. 


Three More Steuben County COVID Deaths Reported
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three more COVID-related deaths, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in the county to 277. Two were female residents from Corning who was 83 and a 78-year-old from Erwin. The other was an 89-year-old male resident from Campbell.All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. For the latest Steuben County updates, visit www.steubencony.org.


Sheriff’s Office Arrests 3 for Impaired Driving from Dec 31st-Jan 2nd
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces December 31st, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022, deputies arrested three for intoxicated or impaired driving as part of the High Visibility Engagement Campaign: 37-year-old Hornell man Andrew J. Miles, 69-year-old Bah man Robert E. Tolbert, and 28-year-old Nicholas A. Kowton of Almond. Suspects allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, along with other charges. All were released on traffic summons to appear in local, respective Town Courts at later dates.


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