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Today's Top Stories - Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Bath Man is Steuben’s Latest COVID Death
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death: a Town of Bath man who was 78.  This brings the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 278 since the beginning of the pandemic. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith said  "Getting vaccinated is the best path forward." Residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.


County Residents Urged to Take State Broadband Assessment Survey
Steuben County officials remind all county residents their participation in the two-part New York State Broadband assessment survey is an essential way to improve broadband services. The survey gives people a way to test the speed of their internet connections at home or in the office, then take a short survey. Those wishing to report on their cell phone are invited to participate in the survey, only. Paper copies of the survey also are available. Counties say in this post-pandemic world, the importance and need of reliable broadband services has never been greater! The survey is located at https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/


Former HPG Official Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny
Yesterday, the former executive director of Hornell Partners for Growth pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny for stealing $1,711 from their Annual Fourth of July festival that was earmarked for the city of Hornell’s Business Improvement District. Almond woman Michelle “Shelly” Stevens was convicted as a result of a joint investigation by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and the New York State Police. 38-year-old Stevens worked at Hornell Partners for Growth from 2014 to 2018 and resigned as the Almond town clerk in Allegany County in Spring of 2021. It was ordered that Stevens pay full restitution in the amount of $1,711. She is due back in court for sentencing January 3rd, 2023.


Missing & Vulnerable Geneva Man May Be in Corning
Authorities need help locating a vulnerable 32-year old Geneva man that police say is missing. Brent Crandall has been missing since Sunday. He’s described as a 5 foot 9 inch tall white man with blue eyes and brown hair. He is balding, weighs about 165 pounds and was last seen wearing sweatpants and a red sweatshirt. Police say he could be in the Corning area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Geneva Police Department at (315) 828-6771, 911, or Detective Vine at (315) 828-6784 or smv@geneva.ny.us


COVID Testing Monday at Bath Civil Defense Training Center
Steuben County Public Health Department continues COVID vaccine clinics at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. The next vaccine clinic is Monday, January 10 from 12 - 6 PM. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>. 


Mobile Sports Betting Operators Launch in NY Today
New York state recently made mobile sports betting legal and you be able to bet using your smartphone as soon as  9am today as four licensed operators can start accepting mobile bets in New York: Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive. The State Gaming Commission says five other “conditionally” licensed operators are still working to gain approval to launch betting. 

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