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Top Stories, May 15, 2023

Drowning On Friday, In Keuka Lake 

From the Sheriff:   Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 12, 2023, at about 1:42pm, deputies and investigators responded to a report of 19 year old male drowning in Keuka Lake.  The investigation revealed that a family visiting from Maryland, on a Keuka Lake vacation, were on a pontoon boat in Keuka Lake in the Town of Urbana, when the 19 year old son jumped into the lake to swim.  The person was unable to swim back to the boat, and went underwater.  The person was not wearing a personal flotation device.

The Steuben County Mobile Crisis Team responded to the scene to provide treatment and counseling to the family and witnesses.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit, working in partnership with the Navigation Units of the New York State Police; Livingston, Monroe and Yates County Sheriff’s Offices;  Hammondsport, Pulteney, and Wayne Volunteer Fire Departments and Steuben County Emergency Management worked to locate the person for recovery.  After searching the lake for approximately ten hours, searchers located the victim with sonar and successfully recovered him utilizing the Hammondsport Fire Department underwater drone.  The deceased person is Ahmed Ayaz, age 19 of Old Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland.  Sheriff Allard thanks all the responding agencies for their cooperation and outstanding service.  Our hearts go out to the Ayaz family and our thoughts and prayers are for their recovery from this tragedy.


Bath Man Is Accused Of Attacking Assistant D.A. In Court

From The Sheriff:   Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 12, 2023, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office arrested James B. Elward, age 57 of William Street, Bath, New York following a report of an attack in the Centralized Arraignment Court.  It is alleged that Mr. Elward pushed and struck the Assistant District Attorney present in the Centralized Court, causing injury to that person.  It is also alleged that Mr. Elward acted disorderly in court and obstructed the ability of court to continue.  Mr. Elward is charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.  Mr. Elward was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the custody of the Sheriff.


Steuben County D.A. Brooks Baker says, this is the first time this has ever happened in the Centralized Arraignment Court.  Baker also notes, that Elward will be prosecuted by Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella.   


School Board/School Budget Voting Day Is Tomorrow 

School Budget/School board candidate election day, is tomorrow, Tuesday May 16th.  Voting in most school districts is 12-Noon until 8:00pm.


Data About NYS Covid Deaths Between 2020-2023  

The New York Post reports that the latest data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 80,485 people in New York state died during the COVID-19 emergency — about half of them in New York City.


Coming UP Friday Night, Fallen Law Enforcement Event

Steuben County officials are reminding county residents about the upcoming Friday evening ceremony, to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, that’ll be Friday at 6pm at the sheriff’s memorial park, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension.


DOT To Close Down Parts Of 86 And 390 In Bath Again

They are doing it again this week, Wednesday night going into Thursday morning, there will be sign replacement work on I-86 and 390 in Bath.  This will be from 8pm Wednesday night until 6am Thursday morning.  86 West  will be closed between Exits 35 and 37 and 390 North will be closed between exit 1 and the 86/390 interchange.   
D.O.T. crews did this last week, on 86 East and 390 South.

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