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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

DOCCS Says Delay Continues for the Release of Eric Smith
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reports that the release of Eric Smith will continue to be delayed due to Smith not yet having an approved address upon his release. Once housing is approved and if Smith is released, DOCCS staff will conduct home visits to make sure he is in compliance with the conditions of his release-which was originally scheduled almost two months ago on November 17th. Eric Smith served 28 years after he was convicted at age 13 for the brutal 1993 murder of 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Savona. Smith indicated in previous parole hearings that he hopes to relocate to Savona to start a job in electrical installation or carpentry fabrication after his release.


Public Health Updates COVID Tracing & Quarantine Procedures
Steuben County has announced updates to its contact tracing procedures, including isolation and quarantining to follow the updated New York State of Health guidance. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said the basics of staying home as a positive or contact has remained the same and that due to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 at this time., “It is not feasible for our small staff to personally reach every positive and contact because of the volume of cases."  Under the state policy changes, lab tested positives will get a text message or phone call from the state call center once test results have been received. Those who test positive must remain at home for five days from symptom onset or from their test date if they do not have symptoms. They may end their quarantine as long as they have no symptoms or resolved symptoms at the end of the fifth day and  wear a well-fitted mask around others for five additional days. Those testing positive with a home test must still report their positive home test to Public Health at www.steubencony.org or www.steubencony.org/publichealth


Free COVID Testing Tomorrow at Civil Defense Training Center
Free diagnostic COVID testing for symptomatic residents is available at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am - 1 pm. Registration is strongly encouraged and an account must be set up prior to testing. Registration information can be found at www.steubencony.org/covidtests


Two from PA Arrested on Multiple Charges After Bath Traffic Stop
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday deputies arrested 37-year-old Brandon L. Tuttle and 19-year-old Karley R. Knickerbocker, both of Westfield, PA following a traffic stop in Bath. Mr. Tuttle allegedly possessed a pistol and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.  Knickerbocker allegedly tried to conceal or destroy physical evidence and possessed a controlled substance during the traffic stop. Tuttle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and Obstructed License Plate.. Knickerbocker was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Tuttle was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Knickerbocker was released on an appearance ticket to return to the Village of Bath Court at a later date.


Elmira Man Arrested After Painted Post Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested 40-year-old Elmira man Chad G. White following an investigation of an assault during a domestic incident in Painted Post. White allegedly struck another person, causing injury as well as choked that person, threatened that person and detained that person against their will. It is also alleged White violated a stay-away order of protection and terms of his parole while committing these acts. White was charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Menacing in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail due to his parole violation.


Corning Man Arrested for Assault at County Jail
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says  Corning man Charles Sly was arrested after an alleged assault in the Steuben County Jail. Sly allegedly struck another person and choked them inside the facility. He was charged with Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. The victim was treated at a local medical facility then released to return to the jail. Sly was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the Steuben County Jail.


NY State Passes Legislation Making Voting Easier
The New York State Senate passed a package of bills making voting easier. One of the measures would continue expanding absentee voting, allowing voters who feel uncomfortable going to the polls in person to vote absentee- similar to what we saw during the early days of the COVID pandemic. Voters could request absentee ballots, beginning with school board elections in the spring. Legislation would also reduce the voter registration deadline from the current 25 days before an election to ten days before. The number of ballot drop-off locations would be increased. Some measures overturn decisions made by voters in November. Governor Hochul did say in her State of the State Address that she endorsed the reduction of the registration deadline to ten days.

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