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Top Stories, November 15, 2023

Former Bath Mayor/Steuben County District Attorney Larry Bates Has Died

Larry Bates has passed away at the age of 86.  Larry Bates was elected Bath Village Mayor in 1968, and about ten years later was elected Steuben County District Attorney.  One of his many accomplishments was his work on developing Mossy Bank Park.  Larry Bates also worked for the New York State department of corrections.  Calling hours for Larry Bates will be this Friday, 1pm-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath, with a memorial service at 3pm there. 


Schoonover Update: He’s In Court Again In One Week

Bath Shootout suspect Larry Schoonover is due in court on November 22nd.  That’ll be for argument of motions. District Attorney Brooks Baker says Schoonover, who is accused of firing numerous shots recklessly on the night of August 20th and into the next day, is trying to get the indictment against him tossed out.  Schoonover’s attorney is public defender Terry Baxter out of Bath.

McCallister Remands Painted Post Suspect To The County Jail

Painted Post resident Joe Valley was in Steuben County Court in front of Judge Pat McAllister yesterday, to answer to a charge of bail jumping and 2nd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  D.A. Brooks Baker tells WVIN that Joe Valley was supposed to appear for a trial in October, but did not.  Yesterday Valley was remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.  He will be back in court again on December 11th for a trial.  Valley is a former Painted Post attorney.

Hochul Wants All Judges Statewide To Get A Raise

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a statement this morning saying she wants judges across the state, from family court  judges to the state’s top judges, to get a raise.  The governor says quote, we cannot have public safety without a functioning justice system. 

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