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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Liverpool Man Arrested for Traveling to Avoca to Meet Child for Sex
Troopers arresed a Liverpool man yesterday for allegedly traveling to Avoca to meet a child for sex. State Police say 23-year-old Nathaniel Guarente allegedly met the child online and traveled nearly two hours to the Village of Avoca on January 9th. He met the minor, who was under the age of 16, and allegedly engaged in a sex act. Troopers arrested him yesterday for sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. Guarente was released on an appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date.


County Will Not Call COVID Positives Unless 1 of 4 Priority Groups
New York state and Steuben County Public Health made a major change as they both announced contact tracing for COVID will no longer be required due to the high number of COVID cases continuing to overwhelm county health departments. Those who test positive will get a text to their phone to fill out a questionnaire. Once they get confirmation they tested positive, Smith says they should reach out to anyone they have had close contact with, and then the affected parties can download the isolation and quarantine forms from the state and county websites. Those testing positive will get contacted via a call if they fall underneath one of four priority groups: the elderly (defined as age 70 and older), the youngest population, congruent living situations, and schools, which will include daycares.


Addison Woman Arrested for Bail Jumping
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports today deputies arrested 36-year-old Rachel A. English of Addison following an investigation of a reported disturbance there. English allegedly was wanted on two warrants, one of which was fortwo felony charges, and both for failure to appear in the Village of Bath Court. English was arrested on both warrants and additionally charged with Bail Jumping in the Second Degree (a class E Felony). English was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

Blood Drive Friday in Bath

The Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis in the US, warning the public of the consequences of its worst blood shortage in over a decade. Friday is a blood drive at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath from 8:45am to 2pm. Next month on Tuesday, February 15th, the Bath VA has a drive in Building 92 from 11:30am to 4:30pm. To schedule a donation, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Palmesano & GOP Announce Restore Order “Anti-Crime Initiative” Bill
State GOP lawmakers are calling for greater public safety measures and introduced a new anti-crime bill as an answer to what they say are failed bail reform laws. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says his legislative colleagues and law enforcement officials are backing him as they introduced their Restore Order Anti-Crime Initiative in Albany yesterday: a plan they say will help curb violence. Palmesano says violent offenders are being put back in the streets to often reoffend. Palmesano says there’s a high rate of dangerous people reoffending thanks to recent bail reform laws, and as a result, many citizens no longer feel safe in their communities.  In New York City, it’s estimated 28% of those freed after an arrest, end up reoffending. Palmesano says the measures of this new bill are common-sense reforms like restoring judicial discretion back to judges as well as more involvement from DA's and law enforcement in these cases. 


SNAP Recipients to Receive Max Benefits for January
New York State announced yesterday that everyone in the state enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum level of food benefits for January with $230 million more funding going to the program. The maximum benefit level for a family of 4 in New York State is $835 and families who already receive that amount will see a $95 stipend added to their account. SNAP officials say additional benefits SNAP households have received since the onset of the pandemic have helped over 2 million New Yorkers avoid food insecurity and make ends meet. Benefits will go into effect for all counties outside of New York City between today and January 21st. Unused benefits will carry over into the next month.

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