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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 14th, 2022

County DPW Urges Caution on the Road for Sunday Snowstorm
Steuben County Public Works is preparing for the Nor'easter snowstorm expected to hit the area this Sunday. Deputy Commissioner Todd Housel said the DPW’s preparation begins days before the snow storm is anticipated in our area. Housel says part of the early-prep process is having salt and sand “mixed, fully stocked and ready to go,”  while also checking trucks and their tires. When there's an accumulation of six to 12 inches of snow, the county’s plowers work in sequence together and are dispatched by two district supervisors: one in the North and South.  Plows stay out and go around until about 9 or 10 at night. Housel reminds the public to be cautious of their surroundings and patient on the road as plows will be traveling at 20 mph to evenly spread salt on the roads. Drivers are also urged to look out for turn signals on the roads as it gets very snowy out, especially with those snow plows moving so slowly. 

 

Another COVID Death Reported in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 282 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The latest death was a 79-year-old Town of Hornellsville man. All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

 

Prattsburgh Man Arrested for DWI & Other Charges for Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that today deputies arrested a 44-year-old Prattsburgh man following an investigation of a January 4th report of a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Cook School Road in Prattsburgh. Carlos Mendez allegedly operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, resulting in a rollover crash and causing injury to himself and two passengers in the vehicle. Mendez and both passengers were transported to medical facilities for treatment. Mendez was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, Fail to Keep Right and No Seat Belt. He was held for arraignment in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Man Arrested for DWI After Hitting Porch in Wheeler
Troopers in Bath were dispatched Tuesday afternoon to a motor vehicle accident in Wheeler where a house on Bull Hill Road was struck by a car.  As they arrived on scene, Troopers observed a red Honda Fit on the porch of the Bull Hill Road residence.  The owner of the house reported no injuries.  Troopers also spoke with the the operator of the vehicle, Grayson Czarnecki, and detected an odor of  alcohol on his breath.  Czarnecki failed all administered field sobriety tests and was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed at SP Bath and provided a breath sample of .17% BAC and was issued all applicable traffic tickets returnable to the Wheeler Town Court for a later date in January.

 

Corning Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny and Falsifying Records
State Troopers in Painted Post say they arrested Corning woman Sarah Schroeder after a grand larceny investigation. Schroeder allegedly used a family member’s Paypal account and cashed forged checks worth over $3,000 from the same family member’s checking account. Schroeder was charged with grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument, and falsifying business records. She was an issued appearance ticket and released.

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Needs Feedback for Survey
Steuben County residents are being asked to take five minutes to complete a survey to help the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The survey is available online at the link below.  Feedback is strongly encouraged as it will be part of local drug prevention efforts this year. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBJF3JF

 

COVID Vaccine Clinics Fridays at Bath Civil Defense Center
Steuben County Public Health reminds people that with COVID cases surging in the area, it is important to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can. The county’s COVID vaccine clinic is open every Friday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Civil Defense Training Center on Route 54 in Bath for anyone age 12 and older. Registrations are recommended by visiting www.steubencony.org/covid Walk ins are accepted. You can find other vaccine clinics by visiting  www.vaccines.gov

 

Fmr Gov. Cuomo’s Attorney Calls Misconduct Investigation “Shoddy”
Yesterday afternoon, new information about former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was released as Cuomo's attorney, Rita Glavin, brought forth new information regarding some of the eleven sexual misconduct allegations against him. Glavin claims New York Attorney General Letitia James withheld evidence that Cuomo’s team received per request last week. Glavin says the evidence showcases a poor investigation of the complaints against Cuomo, calling it “shoddy” and “one-sided”  with a “predetermined outcome”. She also said that the pieces missing from the investigation “created an alternate result”. Glavin has a full webinar analyzing the new evidence which can be viewed here.

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