Tonya Smith Update.
The latest on the case is, that the closing written arguments in the Tonya Smith case have not been turned in yet. A Steuben County Court official tells Wvin News that the defense has until April 29 to turn in closing written arguments to Judge Phil Roche. The district attorney’s office has till May 6 to turn in written arguments, so we won’t know until May 7 or later, what Judge Roche’s decision is. Tonya Smith is the Painted Post woman who is accused of being the driver in a fatal DWI that claimed the life of Don Masti in Bath, in 2019.
Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meeting In Bath
The Village of Bath Police Department will be hosting a Neighborhood Watch meeting a week from tomorrow, on Wednesday April 27th from 5 pm-6 pm. Officer Johnson will be covering the topic of “Reporting Suspicious Activity”. This will include a slide show presentation and an open discussion to follow. The meeting will be held in the upstairs training room located at the Village of Bath Police Department.
Another MADD Award For Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy VanSkiver
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh VanSkiver was given another award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making over 3,000 career DWI/DWAI arrests during his 17-year career. They say VanSkiver has received the award 11 times. Sheriff Jim Allar says Deputy VanSkiver has made half of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office drunk and drugged driving arrests since 2018.
Steuben County Covid Update April 19, 2022
Between Monday of last week and yesterday, there were 290 new cases of the Covid in Steuben County.
Statement From Hammondsport Central School:
Hammondsport Central School was notified over the weekend that on Thursday April 14th, one of our cleaning employees, Jonathan Wells, was arrested in connection with an alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor. The alleged incidents did not occur on the school campus and, from what we know, are limited to one child. Mr. Wells faces serious charges and therefore a court order has been issued that he cannot be on school grounds or in contact with this child. Our School Resource Officer has been made aware of this restriction. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and our local police are conducting a full investigation and will keep us informed if there is anything further we need to know as it pertains to the District. The District is in full cooperation with their investigation and we are currently conducting our own internal investigation as well. We strongly urge anyone with relevant information to report it to the police and Superintendent Bower immediately. As this is a criminal matter and an ongoing investigation, we will look to the Sheriff’s Department to provide us and the community with any updates.
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECLINING APPEAL REGARDING CAP ON FEDERAL DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES
"Four years ago, former President Trump and a Republican controlled Congress launched an economic attack on New Yorkers. Their tax plan handed major giveaways to big corporations, while raising taxes on middle-class families here in New York. Though I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, I can't give up on fighting for New York families and the tax relief they deserve. That's why I accelerated our middle-class tax cut, put forward a significant property tax rebate and advanced a suspension of the gas tax in the recently enacted state budget. Leaders in the White House and Congress have the power to undo the damage caused by the Republican tax plan and restore the full SALT deduction to help middle-class New Yorkers. With costs rising and New Yorkers hurting, I urge our leaders in Washington to address this critical economic issue as quickly as possible."