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Top Stories, October 20, 2023

Stop DWI Halloween Police Campaign Starts Next Week

The Bath Village Police Department will be taking part in the statewide STOP DWI Halloween campaign. That’ll run from October 27 through October 31.


50th Anniversary Of The Death Of An Area Police Officer

Hornell City Officials say there will be a dedication ceremony at the new Union Park there, just off of Seneca Street in Hornell.  They’ll be unveiling the Sgt. Dan Swift Memorial at the park.  Sgt. Swift was killed in the line of duty on October 24th 1973 in Hornell.  The ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, October 28.  


Walking Tour Next Week In Hammondsport Museum

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is having a guided walking tour next Thursday and Friday, starting at 6:30pm.  These are 15 minute walking tours, at the Boating Museum in Hammondsport. 


Yates County Looking To Hire Corrections Officers

The Yates County Sheriff’s Department is having an open house, for those interested in becoming Corrections Officers.  That’ll be Thursday, October 26 in Penn Yan at the Yates County Public Safety Building, starting at 6pm on Thursday of next week. 

Sex Trafficking Allegations In Chemung County 

From NYSP Chemung County:  On October 18, 2023, the New York State Police from SP Horseheads announce the arrest of two persons subsequent to a month-long investigation into the report of child sexual abuse.    Joseph D. Storch, age 33, of Veteran, NY, was arrested for Sex Trafficking of a Child (B Felony). Storch was arraigned in the Town of Veteran Court and committed to the Chemung County Jail on a $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond pending future court proceedings. 

Edward F. Wheaton, age 68, of Elmira, NY, was arrested on an arrest warrant charging him with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (A-II Felony). Wheaton was arrested on the warrant by members of the Gaston County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department.  Wheaton was charged as a Fugitive From Justice and is being held in the Gaston County Jail while awaiting extradition back to New York State.  The New York State Police were assisted in this investigation by Chemung County Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC).   The investigation is ongoing, and future charges are anticipated. Anyone with information regarding these two individuals is asked to contact the New York State Police at (585)–398-4100. 

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