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Today's Top Stories - New Year's Eve - Friday, December 31st, 2021

Bath Man Arrested for Robbery While One Suspect At-Large
Bath Police arrested 32-year-old Brian Turner of Bath after a robbery investigation on West Washington Street. Turner was charged with Felony counts of Robbery and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. A second male suspect is still at large and anyone with information is asked to contact police.   

 

Bills Host Falcons on WVIN Sunday Afternoon
The 9-6 Buffalo Bills will host the 7-8 Atlanta Falcons Sunday. The Bills must get a win and a Baltimore Ravens loss or tie to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth. Catch the action on WVIN 98.3 FM Sunday as coverage begins at noon. Kickoff at 1pm. 

 

Rain Expected for New Year’s Day Tomorrow
Weather forecasts expect us to see mostly cloudy skies for the rest of today with above-average temperatures this time of year. As we ring in the new year, expect spotty rain showers starting around midnight or a few hours before. Cloudiness will continue and scattered rainfall is possible overnight tonight with lows in the upper 40’s. Tomorrow on New Year’s Day, rainfall is likely as we see another warm front come through. Precipitation is expected to be around 0.50″-0.75″with the heaviest rain in the afternoon to evening hours. Tomorrow’s high will be in the low 50’s.

 

76 New Yorkers Died of COVID Wednesday
According to the state, 76 New Yorkers died of COVID-19 Wednesday. Of those deaths, 8 occurred in the Finger Lakes region with Monroe, Steuben, and Wayne Counties each seeing 2 deaths reported. Schuyler and Yates Counties saw 1 death each.

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to Tomorrow
State and local law enforcement agencies continue the STOP-DWI Crackdown with increased patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. The campaign runs to tomorrow Saturday, January 1st.  The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative was designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. Expect Sobriety Checkpoints

 

New NY Laws Take Effect for the New Year
Several new laws that could impact you will take effect as we begin the new year.  Municipalities can allow marijuana dispensaries and consumption sites if they vote to “Opt In” or do not vote to “Opt Out”.  The Minimum Wage will increase from $12.50 to $13.20. Restaurants will no longer be able to use polystyrene containers with the 1st violation costing businesses up to $250.  9 mobile sports books are on track to be launched in 2022 as Mobile Sports Betting becomes legal. Home Insurance companies cannot charge pet owners different home insurance rates based on their dog's breed. And, in 2022, employers will be required to provide written notice to employees if they are being electronically monitored in any way.  

 

State Increases Investment for Private Schools for Disabled Kids
Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to include a historic $240 million increase in investment for approved private schools serving children with disabilities in her upcoming 2022-23 Executive Budget.  Hochul also signed a package of legislation to increase resources and support for students with disabilities, their families and social services providers.  

 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 30th, 2021

Names of Victims Released in Yesterday’s Fatal Cohocton Crash
Troopers have released the names of the victims in the fatal, two-vehicle accident last evening in Cohocton.  Both vehicles were traveling northbound when the lead vehicle slowed to make a left turn into a driveway, when the 2nd vehicle struck the lead vehicle from behind.  The driver of the first car was 54-year-old Eric Anable from Wayland was transported to Noyes Hospital for non-life-threatening-injuries.  Two other passengers 46-year-old Michael Hagadone of Cohocton and 38-year-old Gregory Staley of Wayland were transported to Strong for serious injuries. 63-year old Christina Hagadone of Cohocton was pronounced dead at the scene.   Police say 19-year-old Owen Kirsch of Naples was arrested around 6pm and  charged with first-degree Vehicular Manslaughter (a class-C felony), Driving While Intoxicated, and Aggravated DWI. According to the arrest report, this was Kirsch’s first DWI offense. Troopers say the investigation into the crash remains active.

 

Woman Indicted for Destroying Evidence in Child Sex Abuse Case
An Avoca woman who was indicted by a grand jury on accusations of allegedly destroying and concealing evidence related to a child pornography and rape case could face up to four years in prison.  55-year-old April Simms is charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Endangering the Welfare of Child. Simms allegedly hid and destroyed evidence to prevent it from being used in a rape and child pornography investigation that involved another person at her home in the town of Avoca in 2020 and 2021. If convicted of the most serious offense, Simms can face 4 years in prison. She entered a not guilty plea and was released by the Court, based upon the requirements of the Bail Reform laws enacted by the New York State Legislature in 2020. Simms was ordered by the judge to not leave the county and is also not allowed to have contact with the victim as the Judge issued an Order of Protection. According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, this investigation into further, underlying rape and child pornography allegations still continues as additional arrests and charges are expected in the near future. 

 

Lindley Man Arrested in Connection to Fraud Investigation in June
State Troopers arrested a 26-year-old Lindley man in connection to a June fraud investigation. Ryan Brown was arrested yesterday by State Police out of Horseheads for Grand Larceny in the third degree. Brown’s arrest stems from a fraud investigation that began June 9th this year in the Town of Cayuta. After he was arrested, he was released on an appearance ticket for the class D felony.

 

4 More COVID-related Deaths in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department reported 4 more COVID-related deaths.  Two of the victims were males: a 60-year-old from Bath and a 70-year-old from Howard. The other two victims are females: a 68-year-old from Hornell and a 43-year-old from Woodhull.  This brings the total number of COVID deaths within Steuben County to 273. 

 

Bath and 3 Steuben Municipalities Opt Into Cannabis Dispensaries
Of the 48 Steuben County municipalities, only a handful have opted-in to both cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption laws. Pulteney, Rathbone, Hornby and the Village of Bath have opted into both, while the City of Corning and Town of Lindley opted in for dispensaries but out of on-site consumption.  Communities have until Dec. 31st to opt-out of the law and those who do not act will automatically be included in the marijuana business legislation. 

 

$78 Million in Funding Available in NY for Home & Community Renewal
Governor Kathy Hochul announced $78 million in funding is now available through the Community Development Block Grant CARES Act.  The federal program administered by NY State Homes and Community Renewal is now accepting applications to help eligible communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. 

 

$150 Million in Development Grants Available to NY Businesses
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced over $26 million has been awarded to support 27 priority projects across NY State through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. This year, $150 million in grant funds from Empire State Development was made available on a continuous and competitive basis to support the immediate needs of applicants. Additionally, projects within each region are eligible for a share of $75 million in Excelsior Jobs Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in their region.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 29th, 2021

Structure Fire Put Out at Bath Dollar General on State Rte 415
Fire departments were recalled around 1:40pm today after they were dispatched from across the county to put out a structure fire reported at the Bath Dollar General on State Route 415. WVIN will keep you updated with more details as this story develops.

 

Bath Village Will NOT Opt-Out of Cannabis Dispensaries
Village of Bath Mayor Michael Sweet told WETM TV News that the Village of Bath will not opt-out of the pending marijuana laws allowing dispensaries and on-site consumption. Sweet said it “doesn’t make sense to opt-out…There are no benefits, marijuana usage is not going to go down in the community. People have the legal right to do it at home.” Sweet said the advantage of Bath opting in  is that people from other communities that opted-out would come into the village, possibly generating more revenue sharing from the taxes. Mayor Sweet also says the village may receive about three percent of the tax revenue, which could mean several hundred thousand dollars in annual revenue. However, the Town of Bath voted to opt-out of both on-site consumption and dispensaries on November 8th. This means the village will receive the full tax revenue instead of splitting it with the Town. Though the village is not opting out of the dispensaries and on-site consumption laws, it does not mean they will automatically come into the county as Steuben may only receive two licenses and that it will be heavily regulated so Sweet says establishments won’t “pop up all over.” Other communities that have not opted out of cannabis dispensaries and onsite consumption include Watkins Glen, Ithaca, and Elmira.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary Less Than 24 Hrs After Larceny Arrest
The Bath man arrested and released earlier this week after allegedly stealing a vehicle, has been arrested again less than 24 hours later in Steuben County. 33-year-old Clifford Hurd was arrested by Troopers yesterday at 1:10 p.m. after a burglary investigation in the Town of Bath. He was arrested for second-degree burglary, criminal mischief with intent to damage property, and endangering the welfare of a child before being taken to the Steuben County Jail where he is being held. Hurd was arrested Monday for grand larceny, petit larceny, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection to a stolen vehicle. 

 

Bath Legion Post 173 Hosts Chicken Biscuit Dinner Tomorrow 5pm
American Legion Riders Post 173 in Bath reminds the public they will be having an end of month Chicken & Biscuit dinner tomorrow from 5pm until gone.  Open to members & guests, $10 per dinner with all monies raised going back into the community for charitable causes.

 

Troopers Still Looking for Owner of Envelope Lost at Erwin Walmart
NY State Police are attempting to locate the owners of items that were lost in the Erwin Walmart.  A couple located a white envelope containing personal items.  State Police did not disclose what was inside the envelope.  If you believe the envelope and contents are yours, contact police at 607-776-3356. 

 

State Ban on Polystyrene Starts Saturday
New York’s ban on foam food packaging containers takes effect this weekend on January 1st as part of the state’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of the materials. Restaurant owners are concerned the measure will cause prices to increase.

 

State Hemp Plan Receives Federal Approval
NY State’s Hemp Plan has received federal approval.  On Tue., State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball announced that the NY State Dept of Agriculture and Markets’ Hemp Program Plan was approved by the United States Dept of Agriculture.  This approval will allow NY to continue to administer a hemp grower licensing program that will start January 1st and the Department is now accepting applications. 

 

Cuomo Won’t Face Criminal Charges for 2 Allegations
Former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo won't face criminal charges stemming from allegations of unwanted kissing by 2 women, one of them a state trooper assigned to his detail.  The Westchester County District Attorney said that while there was evidence to conclude the conduct the women described did occur, the office could not pursue criminal charges. 

 

Hochul Announces Increase in Home Heating Aid
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a substantial year-over-year increase in available emergency home heating aid—with more than $90 million in federal funding available to help low and middle-income NYers avoid having their home heating disconnected or exhausting their heating source amid fuel price increases this winter.  Administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting emergency benefit applications starting Mon., Jan. 3rd, for those NYers who have already used up their regular benefit and who are now facing a heating emergency.

  

Move.org Says NY Among Most Moved-From States
NY and PA are among the most moved from states, according to a new report from Move.org.  The report highlights various moving trends among people in the United States.  Out of all 50 states, NY was ranked 3rd and PA 9th in states where people moved away. California was #1 and Texas #2.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Bath Man Arrested for Torturing Dog
A 28-year-old Bath man was arrested for allegedly torturing a dog. The Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports Andrew W. Hatter  allegedly repeatedly struck a domestic animal. Hatter was officially charged with torturing/injuring an animal on Sunday, December 26th. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and was released.

 

NWS Issues Steuben Winter Weather Advisory to 4AM Tomorrow
The National Weather Service announces a winter weather advisory in effect for Steuben County from 6pm this evening to 4am tomorrow morning. Mixed precipitation is expected with total snow accumulations of up to two inches as well as an ice accumulation of a light glaze. Expect slippery road conditions as valley locations may stay just above freezing overnight so snow may change to freezing drizzle late this evening. The areas most likely to see the most ice will be elevations above 1400 feet. Hazardous conditions may impact the evening commute.

 

Troopers Want to Locate Owner of Envelope found at Erwin Walmart
State Police reported earlier this month on December 10th, at approximately 2:15 p.m.,  a couple located a white envelope at the Erwin Walmart containing personal items then turned the envelope into State Police in Bath. Troopers are attempting to locate the owner of the envelope to return it. If you believe the envelope and contents are yours, please contact State Police Barracks in Bath at 607-776-3356.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Stealing Vehicle
A Bath man was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a local business. State Police say Clifford Hurd allegedly took the vehicle and the items inside it from a business in the Town of Bath. It was recovered a short time later and Hurd was taken into custody. Hurd was charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was processed and issued appearance tickets to the Town of Bath court and then released.

 

Greenwood Man Arrested for Domestic Incident
A 44-year-old Greenwood man was arrested by Steuben County Sheriff Deputies after a reported domestic incident yesterday. Casey Bickham is alleged to have “choked and struck another person,” as well as damaged the victim’s property. He was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree. Bickham was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Wayland Getting $30,000 Engineering Grant to Improve Water Quality
The Town of Wayland will receive a $30,000 Engineering Planning Grant to help improve their water quality. These grants give aid so communities can afford and start critical planning and be better prepared to seek financing to finish their water infrastructure projects. The Town of Wayland will use the $30,000 in funding to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a new central wastewater collection system to serve the Loon Lake area and evaluate collection and treatment alternatives. The grant is a part of a $23 million grant announced by Governor Kathy Hochul to help improve water quality across the state and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 

6 More COVID-Related Fatalities Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Dept received notification of 6 COVID-related deaths.  3 males, a 67-year-old from Hornellsville, 89-year-old from Corning and a 65-year-old from Tuscarora and 3 females, a 94-year-old from Erwin, 53-year-old from Cameron and a 82-year-old from Corning.  This brings the total number of COVID deaths within Steuben County to 269. 

 

Million-Dollar NY Lottery Ticket Sold at Addison 7-Eleven
According to the NY Lottery, a winning $1 million ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven store on Main St. in Addison for the Christmas Eve drawing. 

 

NY State EMS Aircrafts Will Be Allowed to Carry and Distribute Blood
A bill has been signed into law in NY State allowing EMS aircrafts to carry and distribute blood in the air.  Advocates have been fighting for months to pass the legislation.  NY became the last state in the country to allow this. 

 

Excelsior Pass & Excelsior Pass Plus Available to Vaccinated Veterans
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus are now available to all military veterans who received their shots at a U.S. Dept of Veterans’ Affairs hospital or health care facility in NY.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 27th, 2021

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Steuben County
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Steuben county for the daytime and evening hours that runs until 1am tomorrow morning. We should see some light snow that develops into possible freezing rain into this afternoon and evening, which could mean slippery road conditions. Please use extra caution on overpasses and back roads and be sure to allow yourself a little extra time to reach your destination.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Hindering Investigation of Domestic Incident

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says December 25th, deputies arrested 28-year-old Anthony J. Leach of Hornell following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Hornellsville.. Leach allegedly intentionally hindered an investigation of a potential felony and obstructed deputies during the investigation of a reported domestic incident.  Leach was charged with Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Rape After Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s reports deputies arrested 28-year-old Hornell man Stephan E. Knowlton-Leach following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Hornellsville. Knowlton-Leach allegedly intentionally and forcibly raped another person, struck another person and endangered a child under the age of 17. It is also alleged that a valid and duly served order of protection prohibited Mr. Knowlton-Leach from committing any crimes against that person. Mr. Knowlton-Leach was charged with Rape in the First Degree, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Sheriff Allard thanks the Steuben County Department of Social Services for their assistance in this arrest.

 

Holiday Deer Hunt Continues to January 1st
The 'Holiday Deer Hunt Is happening now and will run up until New Year's Day on January 1st in our Southern Zone region as an opportunity for New Yorkers and visiting hunters to hunt when families and friends are gathered together for the holidays. Though an extra week has now been added to the hunting season, the NYSDEC does not expect a substantial deer harvest during this period. The late bow and muzzle loader season only accounts for 8 percent of the total deer harvest numbers each year.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Possessing Child Porn
NY State Police arrested April Simms, 55 of Bath after a months-long investigation found her in possession of child pornography.  Simms is also being charged with Felony Tampering with Physical Evidence.  She's being held without bail as the investigation continues. 

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
Holiday DWI Crackdowns Continue through New Year’s Day.  State and local law enforcement agencies will be stepping up patrols and targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. 
 

Dormann Will Host January 11th Red Cross Blood Drive 
The Dormann Library announces they will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 11:30-4:30 on Tuesday, January 11th. The need for blood, especially type O, at this time is critical as donor turnout is reaching the lowest levels of the year.  All donors who give blood from January 1st-31st will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for them and a guest, plus a chance to win a home theater package and $500 e-gift card! To register, go online to redcrossblood.org

 

Law Makes It Illegal to Forge COVID Vaccine Cards & Digital Records
Gov. Hochul signed a bill into law making it illegal to forge COVID vaccination cards and digital COVID records.  There's always been a law against forging documents, but this new law specifically applies to fake COVID docs.  Rule breakers can expect a hefty fine of $1,000 if caught with a fake COVID card, which is now considered a Class A Misdemeanor and messing with digital COVID records is a Class E Felony. 

 

95% of New Yorkers Have Received At Least 1 COVID Shot
95% of NYers have now received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Hochul is amending updates to critical workers based on CDC guidance. Now, the 10-day mandate of quarantine for a critical worker who tests positive for COVID-19 is being shortened to 5 days for vaccinated, asymptomatic employees or those who have not had a fever for at least 72 hours with symptoms resolving.  Employers must also allow this guidance. 

 

Hochul Signs Environmental Legislative Package 

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package that included 8 different bills to protect NY State’s environment.  New efforts range from eliminating plastic waste to ensuring the state’s commitment to clean water and an atmosphere free of chemical contaminants. 

 

Property Tax Exemptions to Be Auto-Renewed for Seniors
Governor Hochul signed an Executive Order to help support vulnerable homeowners amid the current surge of COVID-19 cases. The Executive Order allows local governments to lift an in-person renewal requirement for property tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25th, 2021

Rainy Christmas Morning Expected and Warmer Tomorrow
Today, we are expecting a rainy Christmas morning. Scattered showers are anticipated in the eastern half of the Southern Tier region where we could  see moderate rainfall up to over half an inch. Today’s highs will be in the upper 40’s. Tonight may be mainly cloudy as chances of rain decrease. Some rain showers could turn to snow as a cold front quickly moves out of the Twin Tiers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30’s. Sunday will be more dry with mostly sunny skies Highs to be in the low 40’s.

 

Hochul Says COVID Surging & State Test Site Will Be in Watkins Glen
During a virtual update to New Yorkers yesterday morning,   Governor Kathy Hochul updated the public that over 44,000 new COVID-19 cases reported statewide Friday in the last 24 hours-up from nearly 39,000 reported the day before. Hochul also gave new guidance on returning to work after having COVID and an endorsement of the “test to stay” strategy for schools. Hochul also announced 13 new state testing sites to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases including one here in the Southern Tier region that will take place at North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen at the state park gift shop and cafe. The testing site will be open from 10am to 6pm starting next Wednesday. Registration begins Monday and is required. For a link to register, click here.

 

Steuben Accepts Vaccine Funding, Signs WAGA Contract & More
On Monday during the regular session of the Steuben County Legislature, county lawmakers accepted $169,415 in additional funds from the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ COVID-19 Vaccine  Response Grant to comply with existing and future guidance regarding increased COVID-19 vaccination and other  vaccine uptake. County Lawmakers also awarded a contract to WAGA Energy Inc. to dispose of 850 tons per day of solid waste and the decomposition of the  waste generates methane gas, a known greenhouse gas. First launched in Steuben under retired county Public Works  Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the landfill is one of the few systems in the state to convert greenhouse gases into  electricity and reduce the carbon footprint. Steuben County Legislators also Authorized a capital account for the Civil Defense and Public Works renovations work in 2022.

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
State and local law enforcement agencies throughout NY State will be stepping up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. Governor Hochul announced the high visibility engagement campaign runs through Saturday, January 1st.  The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. Expect Sobriety Checkpoints

 

Temporary Lane Closures Suspended on NY Highways
Temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on NY State highways will continue to be suspendedthrough Monday, December 27th at 6am. Construction will also be suspended from Thursday, December 30th through Monday, January 3rd at 6am to ease travel for motorists.  Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with NY State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) 2021

Steuben County Legislature Update
Steuben County officially recognized this week for its 225 years in local, state and national  history when they met on Monday. They also honored three retiring county lawmakers who, combined, have served total of 34 years as well as remembering former legislator Donald Creath of Corning who served a 16 year term. An entrepreneur and U.S. Army veteran, Creath passed away November 26th. Retiring county legislators also were recognized for their long service to their constituents include Bath’s Robin Lattimer, Erwin’s Gary Roush, and Canisteo’s Tom Ryan. In other action during the regular session of the county Legislature, county lawmakers also accepted $169,415 in additional funds from the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ COVID-19 Vaccine  Response Grant to comply with existing and future guidance regarding increased COVID-19 vaccination and other  vaccine uptake. County Lawmakers also awarded a contract to WAGA Energy Inc. to dispose of 850 tons per day of solid waste and the decomposition of the  waste generates methane gas, a known greenhouse gas. First launched in Steuben under retired county Public Works  Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the landfill is one of the few systems in the state to convert greenhouse gases into  electricity and reduce the carbon footprint. Steuben County Legislators also Authorized a capital account for the Civil Defense and Public Works renovations work in 2022.

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
State and local law enforcement agencies have stepped up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. Governor Hochul announced the high visibility engagement campaign starts this Friday, December 17th and runs through Saturday, January 1st.  This campaign is part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. Expect sobriety checkpoints

 

All Post Offices Closed Tomorrow, Some Close Early Today
With Christmas tomorrow, some last-minute shoppers may still need to send gifts or cards through the Post Office. All Post Offices are closed in the US on Christmas Day tomorrow. For Christmas Eve today, hours may vary depending on location. Some Post Offices may accommodate their customers with longer hours, while others might be closing early for employees to enjoy the holidays.

 

Temporary Lane Closures Suspended on NY Highways
Temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on NY State highways will continue to be suspendedthrough Monday, December 27th at 6am. Construction will also be suspended from Thursday, December 30th through Monday, January 3rd at 6am to ease travel for motorists.  Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with NY State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

Wayland Boy Arrested for Sex Act
A 12-year-old Wayland boy has been arrested for allegedly engaging in criminal sexual conduct. The boy was arrested by New York State Police on Tuesday after the incident was first reported the week before on Monday, December 13th. Though details are limited due to the nature of the incident, the arrest report does say the boy allegedly violated penal code by “engaging in oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person who is incapable” of giving consent for a reason other than being less than 17. The 12-year-old was charged with one count of third-degree Criminal Sex Act and issued an appearance ticket. This incident is under investigation.

 

Horby Man Fined & Loses Hunting Privleges for Baiting Buck
A Hornby man has lost his hunting privileges and was fined after he was caught baiting deer. The State DEC responded to a complaint of possible baiting in late September of this year when they found a stand on the property baited with a salt block and corn. A DEC Officer also confirmed there was someone on the same property who baited deer in 2017, resulting in a ticket. Officers returned October 2nd and saw the suspect’s truck with a dead buck in its bed. The Hornby man admitted to shooting the buck from the stand and he paid a $500 civil penalty for illegally taking the deer, hunting with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, and placing a salt lick on lands inhabited by deer. This was the man’s second offense within five years and as a result, his hunting privileges are revoked for the next three years. According to the DEC, the deer was donated to a local charity.

 

Snow Expected Tonight in the Region
On the eve of Christmas eve, we are expecting some snow in the Southern Tier.  This evening a weather system will advance into the region with showers held overnight and beginning to taper off tomorrow Christmas Eve morning. An inch to two inches of snow is anticipated for our region with lows expected to be in the upper-20’s. Snow on the ground may make it slippery tomorrow morning. Low pressure could give us rain showers on Christmas day.

 

Dormann Library Announces Space-Themed Winter Reading Program
In an effort to help beat the winter doldrums, The Dormann Library has announced their 1st Annual Winter Reading Program as the library will be exploring a “Space” theme all month long. The free program is open to everyone three and up and starts on January 1st. The end of the program is January 31st. Register now at the library, so you can begin earning credit for every book you read or listen to during the month of January. 

 

Less Than 48 Hours Left for Christmas Shopping!
With less than 48 hours left until Christmas and the window for online deliveries dwindling, the countdown is on for many shoppers. If you have waited until now, you may risk coming home with nothing. Today is the last full business day for some retailers because some stores will close early or not even be open tomorrow on Christmas Eve.

 

 

Wellsville Man Arrested for Greenwood Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports on Tuesday deputies arrested 30-year-old Brandon J. Campbell of Wellsville following an investigation of a reported domestic incident in Greenwood. Campbell allegedly choked and caused physical injury to another person and damaged property of another person.  He was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. Campbell was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


 

AG James’ Office Says Beware of Price Gouging for OTC COVID Tests
NY Attorney General Letitia James's issued an alert over concerns of potential price gouging when it comes to buying over-the-counter Home COVID tests.  Complaints have been received of tests being sold at double to triple the average price.  The going price for a home test should cost about $14 - $25 a package.  If you think you've been ripped off while buying a test, you can call 800-771-7755. 

 

SNAP Recipients Get Maximum Benefits This Month
NYers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum level of food benefits for Dec.  Gov. Kathy Hochul said all SNAP households, including those already at the maximum level of benefits, will receive a supplemental amount this month.  About $230 million in federal funding will be going to SNAP households for the additional food assistance. 

 

“Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship Opens
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the application period for the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship. The scholarship will cover tuition for 1,000 new or current healthcare workers to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelors of Science in Nursing at a 2-year or 4-year NY State public college or university.  Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, hospitals have been facing a labor shortage and a massive influx of patients. The Nurses For Our Future scholarship program are an important step designed to recruit and retrain nursing and health care professionals. 

 

 

Study Finds Pandemic Stress Caused Increase in Drinking
A study from Johns Hopkins University found COVID-19 related stress caused 60.1% of alcohol drinkers to drink more after Mar. of 2020.  Approximately 4,500 deaths in NY can be attributed to excessive alcohol use and men account for 71.6% of those deaths, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics.   

 

Temporary Lane Closures Suspended on NY Highways
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on NY State highways will be suspended beginning today through Mon., Dec. 27th at 6am. Construction will also be suspended from Thu., Dec. 30th through Mon., Jan. 3rd at 6am to ease travel for motorists.  Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The construction suspension aligns with NY State’s Drivers First Initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 22nd, 2021

Steuben Legislature Recognizes County’s 225th Anniversary
Steuben County’s 225th anniversary was officially recognized Monday through a resolution of the state Legislature presented by state Senator Tom O’Mara and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. At first a part of Ontario County, Steuben became the 24th county in New York on March 18, 1796, and divided into six towns: Bath, Canisteo, Frederickstown, Middletown, and Painted Post. Portions of the pioneer county then formed parts of Allegany, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates counties. Steuben has distinguished itself during the course of the state’s long history, including being the home of the First US Army aircraft (Blimp), First US Navy aircraft (Seaplane),  First US Marine aircraft (Land plane),  First flight by an American woman (Blanche Stuart Scott) and Establishing the New York State Soldiers and Sailors Home (now the VA) and is the site of a national cemetery. Steuben also boasts an array of tourist attractions and scenery, and wildlife hunting grounds as it has access to The Finger Lakes Trail, longest trail system in the state. Famous people in history include birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipients Morris Brown and David L. Smith and slavery escapee, activist and entrepreneur Austin Steward.

 

Elmira-Corning Regional TSA Finds Loaded Handgun in Carry-On Bag
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport TSA found a loaded 9mm handgun in a man's carry-on bag as he was preparing to board a flight yesterday. Officers noticed the gun in his carry on bag, alerting airport police and before they confiscated the gun. The Geneva man was not identified publicly and now faces federal fines for bringing a weapon to the airport checkpoint. The TSA says passengers are allowed to travel with firearms but they must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided locked case separate from ammunition, in checked baggage while the item needs to be declared at the airline ticket counter, even if a passenger has a concealed carry permit. TSA Officers say last year over 3,200 firearms are confiscated from carry-on bags at checkpoints last year and 83 percent of them were loaded.

 

Steuben May Not Access State Vaccination Funding in Time
As Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier this week that $65 million in funding and other resources are available for counties struggling to enforce the mask mandate she declared last week but Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says that is not enough and that it’s tough to enforce. He said he is what he gets " frustrated with is a mandate that is not enforceable, that [New York State] could have easily enforced if they wanted to." The Steuben county legislature won’t meet in order to accept funds from the state until after the mask mandate expires on January 15th and  Wheeler is concerned that the county will not be able to access the funds before the mandate expires. What Wheeler and Steuben county says they can provide is signage and free masks for local businesses despite being able to enforce the week-old mandate. As only 56 percent of county residents are fully-inoculated, Wheeler said "I would be lying if it said I wasn't concerned about what the case rates look like with omicron after the holidays," Wheeler said. He also reminds us as we gather together with family and friends for this holiday season to "Be cautious."

 

County Health Department Offering COVID Vaccine Clinics
The Steuben County Health Dept is offering all doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines at upcoming clinics.  They offer 1st and 2nd doses as well as boosters of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  The next clinic will be Dec. 28th from 12 - 4pm at the Civil Defense Training Center at 7220 SR 54.  Friday clinics will resume on Jan. 7th and run from 10am to 2pm.  Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also accepted. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Domestic Dispute Monday
A Bath man was arrested after a domestic dispute early Monday morning at 7:30. Village of Bath Police Department says 29-year-old Bernard Campbell was arrested after they were dispatched to the area of Warden Street and Hudson Street for a physical disturbance between a male and a female. The investigation found that Bernard Campbell was the suspect, had a domestic dispute with the victim and damaged property in excess of $250.00 He was charged with Harassment and Criminal Mischief. Campbell was processed and then transported to the Steuben County Jail where he was arraigned later in the evening. He was subsequently released at the arraignment.

 

Man Arrested for Sex Assault in Canisteo
A 62-year-old Steuben County man was arrested by State Police after an alleged sexual assault in Canisteo earlier this week on Monday, December 20th. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Michael Teribury is alleged to have “intentionally and without consent, touched the intimate parts of another person”. Teribury was charged with Forcible Touching, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, and released.

 

 Lindley Man Arrested for Selling Narcotics
A 29-year-old Lindley man was arrested following an indictment for allegedly selling narcotics in Steuben County and violating parole. Eric Graham was arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office yesterday after an investigation into alleged narcotics sales. Graham was indicted by the Steuben County Grand Jury for allegedly possessing and selling narcotics to another person, as well as violating a term or condition of his NYS Parole. He was charged with third-degree Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (both class-B felonies) then taken to the Steuben County Jail pending arraignment in the Steuben County Court.

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for Assault and Endangering Welfare of Child
Canisteo Police Department say they arrested 52-year-old Canisteo man Christopher Young for Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an alleged physical domestic altercation on Union St. in the village.


 

$8.5 Million in NY Funding  Going To Improve Steuben’s Water Quality
Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $272 million is being awarded to 179 projects to protect and improve water quality across NY State.  It will help significantly improve water quality, combat contributors to harmful algal blooms, and update aging water infrastructure in communities across the State.  These awards are in addition to the $196 million awarded to 488 projects from multiple State Agency programs through Round XI of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative announced last week to stimulate NY's post-pandemic economic recovery.  Locally Steuben County is to be awarded just under $8.5 million for 13 projects.

 

Hochul Signs Legislation Package To Help Those With Disabilities
Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation that helps people with disabilities.  One of the bills requires that people with disabilities be able to have a support person with them when they're in the hospital for the duration of their stay, even during a pandemic or disaster emergency.  Another changes who appoints members to the developmental disabilities advisory council and another bill requires that council to evaluate how NY State's response to the COVID-19 state disaster emergency impacted people with disabilities.  The last one requires the president of the Civil Service Commission to conduct a study on the employment of persons and veterans with disabilities by the state. 

 

NYS High School Regents Exam Program Cancelled for January
According to State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa, The High School Regents Examination Program has been canceled for Jan. of 2022 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.  The NY State Department of Education says decisions have not yet been made regarding the Jun. and Aug. of 2022 Regents Examinations or any other State assessment programs.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Troopers Arrest Man for Drunk Driving in Bath
Troopers say a man was charged with felony drunk driving after he allegedly ran a red light and almost collided with a State Police vehicle in the village of Bath at around midnight Monday morning. Troopers say Anthony Dodge showed signs of impairment and his blood alcohol content was found to be .19%. He was issued appearance tickets and was released to a sober-third party

 

Minor, Age 17, Taken Into Custody for Forcible Touching of 16 Year-Old
A 17 year-old Steuben County male has been released to his parents after an investigation. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard’s Office reports that Thursday, December 16th one of their investigators took custody of a 17 year old male after investigating a report of choking and forcible touching of a 16 year-old female in the Town of Dansville. He allegedly committed acts which if committed by a person over the age of 18, could have resulted in his arrest for Forcible Touching and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  The suspect was released to his parents to respond to Steuben County Probation Intake at a later date.

 

Legislature Approves Rescue Plan Funds for New Comprehensive Plan
The Steuben County Legislature approved the allocation of $100,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds to create a new Comprehensive Plan for the county. The funding was formally allocated to the County Planning Department during yesterday’s legislative meeting. County Planning Director Matt Sousa requested the funding December 1st  and plans to use the money as part of a proposed $115,000 Climate-smart Communities Grant in collaboration with STC to “help with the development of a bicycle and pedestrian master plan which will supplement the Comprehensive Plan and check off some Climate Smart Communities action items.”

 

Legislature Accepts Over $169,000 COVID Vaccine Response Grant
The Steuben County Legislature accepted a $169,425 COVID-19 vaccine response grant from the New York State Department of Health. The funding will be used to “increase the vaccination rates along with community outreach and communication” and “comply with existing and future guidance from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding increased COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccine uptake.” The CDC says over 53,000 or 56.4 percent of Steuben County residents have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 7,000 more residents have received at least one shot and nearly 94 percent of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose. Nationwide, 72.9 percent of people have received a COVID-19 vaccine as COVID numbers and the omicron variant surge across the country.

 

LP Siding Plant Coming to Industrial Park
Jamie Johnson from the Steuben County IDA was on WVIN’s Community Focus this morning as news this week broke that an LP Solutions plant will be built at the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency’s Business Park in Bath and expected to create approximately 60 jobs with average salaries in the high $40,000 range.   Construction is to start in the spring of 2022 with expected operations to begin by the third quarter of 2023. Hear the full interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_12_21_215_115809_4795.mp3

 

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWAI After Avoca Traffic Stop
A Bath man faces new charges after a police chase in Steuben County yesterday. At 7:19 p.m. last night, a State Trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca. The vehicle being driven by Daniel Hoad, did not stop and initiated a short vehicle pursuit. Hoad attempted to flee Troopers on foot prior to his arrest. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of DWAI (second charge within 10 years), use of a vehicle without an interlock device, and reckless driving. Hoad was taken to the Steuben County Jail. He remained there overnight.

 

Steuben County Inmate Arrested for Damaging Cell Door
Kenneth Mikko, the man authorities say was responsible for causing a shelter in place order in Bath last month, has been arrested again as an inmate of the Steuben County Jail.  He allegedly, intentionally damaged a cell door window by repeatedly striking it with a food tray.  Mikko was charged with Felony Criminal Mischief 3rd, arraigned and returned to the custody of the Sheriff. 

 

“Fleeing Hellmira” Will Look At Elmira Correctional Facility
Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman on the History Channel will be featuring the Elmira Correctional Facility in an upcoming episode “Fleeing Hellmira.”  The episode will air tonight at 10pm.

 

State Says $65 Million Available to Help Counties Administer Vaccines
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she is making $65 million available to counties across NY State to help with the costs associated with administering vaccines and boosters and enforcing the mask-or-vaccine mandate for indoor public places that went into effect statewide last week.  Up to $1 million will be available for most counties, with larger counties eligible to receive up to $2 million. 

 

Local Sales Tax Collections Climbed by 17.5% Last Month
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Statewide local sales tax collections grew by 17.5% in Nov. compared to the same month in 2020. Overall, collections totaled almost $1.6 billion, up $235 million from Nov. of last year.  Locally, Steuben County's sales tax collections were up 19.9% from last year. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 20th, 2021

LP Solutions Siding Plant Coming to Bath's Industrial Park
Steuben County IDA announced today multi-million dollar company LP Building Solutions has selected Steuben County to build a new engineered wood siding pre finishing facility in the county IDA industrial park in Bath. The company LP Building Solutions expects to start construction in 2022 with a targeted opening date in the third quarter of 2023. The facility is projected to add more than 60 new jobs to the Steuben County community. LP Building Solutions (LPX) is a leader in high-performance building solutions headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The worldwide company makes engineered wood building products in 25 manufacturing facilities across the U.S.

 

New Walgreens and ServU May Come to Corning
The Corning Planning Commission says they recently reviewed applications to  build a new Walgreens pharmacy on West Pulteney Street and a ServU Credit Union branch on East Denison Parkway. If approved, the Walgreens pharmacy project would be built on a vacant site on Pulteney Street, near the city’s western entrance that formerly housed a Sugar Creek gas station.The ServU Credit Union location would be on East Denison Parkway, across Columbia Street from the Alternative School for Math and Science. The City Planning Commission has not received a timeline for either proposed project at this time.

 

Grant Will Help Turn Hornell’s Old Bryant School to Housing
A $4.6 million New York State Homes and Community Renewal grant going to The City of Hornell will help to turn the former Bryant Elementary School into affordable housing.The building will be converted into 39 affordable apartment units. This summer, the property was rezoned as residential. Rochester developer Park Grove Realty purchased the building for $500,000 in a deal that was approved by voters in the Hornell School District. Park Grove says rents will range from $600-900 a month. 

 

60 Percent of CCC Staff Receiving Raise
60 percent of the non-union employees at SUNY Corning Community College will be receiving pay increases which will go into effect next month. CCC’s Regional Board of Trustees announced the unanimous decision in a press release and said the raises are the result of a study begun in June by the institution’s HR and Finance departments.

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to New Year’s Day
State and local law enforcement agencies throughout NY State will be stepping up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. Governor Hochul announced the high visibility engagement campaign starts this Friday, December 17th and runs through Saturday, January 1st.  This campaign is part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.

 

Bath VA Lays 6,800 Wreaths for Wreaths Across America
National Wreaths Across America Day was Saturday, at 3,136 participating locations across the country.  At Bath National Cemetery fallen soldiers were honored for their leadership, legacy, and history. All attending guests placed wreathes throughout the cemetery to celebrate and remember our soldiers. Wreaths Across America staff were able to add more wreaths than in previous years, placing over 6,800 wreaths on headstones compared to 5,100 wreaths two years ago.

 

Hochul Announces Solar Program Energy Transition
Governor Kathy Hochul announced a framework for NY State to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030, enough to annually power nearly 700,000 homes.  The roadmap, submitted by the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority and the NY State Dept of Public Service to the Public Service Commission for public comment and approval, proposes a comprehensive strategy to expand the state’s successful NY-Sun initiative into one of the largest and most inclusive solar programs of its kind in the nation, helping to increase access to solar for more NYers.  In addition to spurring approximately $4.4 billion in private investment and creating 6,000 additional solar jobs across the state – including with the State’s 1st application of prevailing wage for solar projects between 1 and 5 megawatts – the program expansion will also deliver at least 35% of the benefits with a goal of 40% from the investments to statutorily-defined disadvantaged communities and low-to moderate- income NYers.  The announcement supports the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandate to generate 70% of the state’s electricity from renewables by 2030 as part of a resilient and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. 


One Death Reported in Elmira Stabbing
One person died after a large disturbance on Washington Ave. in Elmira ended in a stabbing and shots fired.  Elmira Police were dispatched to 406 W Washington. Ave early Sunday morning and said they observed at least 75 people in the street in front of “The Branch Office.” Officers located one man that had a substantial injury to his neck.  The victim was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center and was later pronounced deceased.  Further investigation into the incident determined that there was a large fight that began inside the business and several others carried out into the street.  Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call (607)737-5626 or (607) 271-HALT.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 18th, 2021

Latest Steuben COVID Death a 31-Year-Old Campbell Woman
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death: a 31-year-old woman from the Town of Campbell. This brings the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 263 since the start of the pandemic. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith stressed:  "Masking, getting vaccinated and boosted, getting tested and staying home when feeling ill are all necessary to protect our loved ones during this time of high spread and with a very contagious variant in the region.  We all want to gather and celebrate the holidays together, but please do so smartly and safely."

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. For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County's website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth<http://www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth> and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth<http://www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth>.

 

Wreaths Across America Today at Bath VA

Wreaths Across America day is today at the Bath VA. The public is welcome to attend and participate in the wreath laying ceremony beginning at noon. This year’s theme is "Live Up to Their Legacy" with the mission to remember the Fallen and honor those who serve. COVID-related guidelines  like masking and social distancing will be strictly followed as required by the National Cemetery Administration, regardless of vaccination status. For guidelines, wreath delivery videos, and updates on the event, you can go to www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery.

 

STLS Expanding Library WiFi Access
In recent weeks, the Southern Tier Library System’s External WiFi Access Project was launched with all 48 public libraries within Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties soon broadcasting 100x100Mbps WiFi broadband internet to outdoor public spaces near a library’s physical location. STLS is the region’s public library system and has spearheaded the $224,247 EWA Project which is an extension of existing public broadband. The WiFi is made freely available to community members through public computers or indoor WiFi networks. Each library will receive roughly $4,600. Federal stimulus programs and support from the Corning Incorporated Foundation made the funding possible. 

 

Monday is Last 2021 Legislative Session & County’s 225th Anniversary
The final regular session of the Steuben County Legislature in 2021 is on the county’s 225th anniversary. Recognition of Steuben’s proud history and a much-loved tradition and gratitude for service will happen 10am on Monday as well as a proclamation by state Senator Tom O’Mara and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano at the County Annex Building in Bath. Formerly a part of Ontario County, Steuben became the 24th county in New York on March 18, 1796, and divided into six town. Steuben County has since grown to 32 towns, two cities, and 14 villages with nearly 10 times the original population; with an essential place in the state in agriculture, industry and tourism.The Legislature also plans to accept over $169,000 in additional funds from the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services’ COVID- 19 Vaccine Response Grant. Legislators are also expected to award a contract to dispose of 850 tons per day of solid waste and the decomposition of the waste to convert greenhouse gases into electricity and reduce the carbon footprint. Lawmakers also anticipate to authorize a capital account for the Civil Defense and Public Works renovations work next year in 2022.

 

State Ban on Styrofoam Begins in January

As we are set to ring in the new year, our state is set to implement a sweeping ban on foamed polystyrene products or more commonly known as styrofoam. The sale and use of packing-peanuts, takeout containers, coffee cups, and the sale of all products using foamed polystyrene will end along with polystyrene manufacturing. The only exception to the styrofoam ban is that it will not not pertain to foamed polystyrene (used for raw meat or fish) or regular polystyrene which is a material that CD and DVD cases are made commonly made from. Though styrofoam comes at a low upfront cost to retailers and shoppers, it comes at a high price for the environment because it is not biodegradable, it’s made of petroleum and is difficult to recycle. Foamed polystyrene products have been estimated to take up about 30 percent of U.S. landfill space.

 

Corning Inc. Faces Discrimination Lawsuit
The Corning Leader reports the Corning Inc faces a discrimination law suit that accuses the company of violating federal law by failing to promote female machine operators at two of its locations: Sullivan Park research facility and its Big Flats production facility. It’s alleged that male employees were instead groomed for promotion. The suit was filed by the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission after the agency and Corning were unable to reach a settlement through the agency’s conciliation process. The suit also seeks damages and back pay for the women who say they were discriminated against. Corning, Inc. has not yet commented on this story.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 17th, 2021

Wreaths Across America Tomorrow at Bath VA
Wreaths Across America day is tomorrow at national cemeteries across the country including our own local Bath VA. This year’s theme is "Live Up to Their Legacy" with the mission to remember the Fallen and honor those who serve. The public is welcome to attend and participate in the wreath placing tomorrow at noon.  COVID-related guidelines  like masking and social distancing will be strictly followed as required by the National Cemetery Administration, regardless of vaccination status. For guidelines, wreath delivery videos, and updates on the event, you can go to www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery.

 

Hammondsport CSD Votes “Yes” on Capital Reserve Solutions
Voting ended last night on Hammondsport Central School District’s capital reserve resolutions. Proposition #1, that would authorize creating and funding the 2021 building capital reserve fund passed with 106 “yes” votes and 17 voting “no”. Proposition #2 which involved information as well audiovisual technology equipment and supplies purchases and expenditures, passed with 112 votes of “yes” and 11 “no” votes. Proposition #3 was passed with 107 “yes” votes and 14 no. Prop 3 will give authorization to create and fund capital reserve.

 

State Ban on Styrofoam Begins in January
As we are set to ring in the new year, our state is set to implement a sweeping ban on foamed polystyrene products or more commonly known as styrofoam. The sale and use of packing-peanuts, takeout containers, coffee cups, and the sale of all products using foamed polystyrene will end along with polystyrene manufacturing. The only exception to the styrofoam ban is that it will not not pertain to foamed polystyrene (used for raw meat or fish) or regular polystyrene which is a material that CD and DVD cases are made commonly made from. Though styrofoam comes at a low upfront cost to retailers and shoppers, it comes at a high price for the environment because it is not biodegradable, it’s made of petroleum and is difficult to recycle. Foamed polystyrene products have been estimated to take up about 30 percent of U.S. landfill space.

 

NYSAC’s Lavigne Talks NY Mask Mandate Enforcement by Counties
As many counties in the Southern Tier region like our own Steuben County say they will be unable to enforce Governor Hochul’s new mask mandate, Mark Lavigne with the New York State Association of Counties says it will be businesses and individuals that will enforce the mandate, much like the “Clean Air Act” that banned smoking in public places in New York. Lavigne explains county leaders are  battling the increase in COVID cases statewide by encouraging COVID vaccination and improving testing infrastructure. Lavigne noted that contact tracing will become even more difficult for already-understaffed county health departments.

 

 

NY Awarding $145 Million for Affordable Housing
Governor Kathy Hochul announced more than $145 million has been awarded to create or preserve 1,178 affordable homes in 21 separate developments across NY State.  The funding will further pandemic recovery efforts, fight homelessness, help close the digital divide for lower income households, and expand access to safe and sustainable affordable housing opportunities that advance the state’s clean energy goals.  $4.6 million has been awarded to the Bryant School in the city of Hornell.  The project is the adaptive reuse and expansion of the former Bryant Elementary School into 39 affordable apartments. The redevelopment complements the state’s ongoing efforts to revitalize Hornell’s downtown district. 

 

Comptroller Says Medicaid Enrollment has Risen
According to a new report by NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a record # of NYers relied on Medicaid for health care in 2021, with monthly enrollment exceeding 7 million for the 1st time.  While enrollment has grown by about 5% per year over the last 15 years, increasing from about 1 in 7 NYers in 1998 to 1 in 3 in 2021, state budget projections rely on expectations for significant enrollment declines that may not ever materialize. 

 

Corning Inc. Facing Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
Corning Incorporated is facing a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged sex discrimination at the company’s Sullivan Park and Big Flats locations.  The lawsuit alleges the company failed to promote female machine operators at the 2 facilities. 

 

AG Dismisses Elmira Photographer's Lawsuit
According to NY Attorney General Letitia James a NY judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Elmira wedding photographer who refused to photograph same-sex marriages.  The wedding photographer was claiming that NY's anti-discrimination laws violated her right to refuse to photograph same-sex marriages and that the NY's public accommodation laws violate her First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 16th, 2021

As COVID Cases Surge, Steuben Cannot Enforce NY Mask Mandate
Several Southern Tier counties like Steuben say they do not have the resources to enforce New York State's new mask mandate that went into effect Monday. According to The Star Gazette, Steuben County Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner said "COVID is still surging in our communities and our hospitals are still under immense pressure, and the use of masks in indoor settings is a valuable tool to help reduce spread."  The state mask measure will be reevaluated on January 15th. Steuben County reported 2 more COVID-related deaths including a 24-year-old male from Hornell and a 62-year-old male from Erwin.  The last 2 deaths bring the total number of COVID deaths within Steuben County to 262 since the start of the pandemic. 

 

Over $4.5 Million Awarded to Replace Smith Road Bridge
Bridges and culverts across New York State are set to receive millions of dollars for replacement and repairs. Three locations in the Southern Tier will get a total of $8 million. Over $4.5 million is to be awarded to Steuben County for the replacement of the Smith Road bridge over the Cohocton River. 

 

Congressman Reed Hosting Press Conference in Belfast Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning at 10:30, Congressman Tom Reed will host a press conference at Armstrong Telecommunications in Belfast to highlight funding for New York State broadband expansion under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill he proudly voted for. Belfast is one of the most underserved communities in the state due to lack of broadband access. Reed’s office says the press conference will highlight investments made in New York State broadband expansion under the “Build Back Better Act”. 

 

Website and App Helping People Track Stolen Trailers
With recent reports this year of tractor trailers being stolen in the Twin Tiers, the president of stolentrailers.org, Ron Melancon, told WETM News he created a website to report stolen trailers to prove to the government that this is a pressing issue that must be seriously pursued. The website now has over 1500 trailers nationwide reported as being stolen weekly. Melancon says in 14 states you don’t have to register a trailer. He also attributes the rise in trailer thefts to being “faster than robbing a bank and more profitable because thieves know this stuff inside of it. “ He says those who own trailers and want extra security to put your old iPhone in the trailer and download the free Life 360 app so you can track your trailer if it’s stolen.”

 

Hochul Announces Enhanced Assistance to Rehabilitate Bridges
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the award of $216.2 million in enhanced assistance for 88 local governments to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts in every region of the State. This funding, provided through the State's BRIDGE NY initiative, supports projects that reduce the risk of flooding, improve resiliency of structures, facilitate regional economic competitiveness and prioritize projects that benefit environmental justice communities. 

 

1 in 5 Family Christmas Gatherings Have Drunk Arguments
A new survey by American Addiction Centers shows that over 1 in 5 NY family gatherings involve drunk arguments during Christmas.  That’s 21% of family gatherings around the holidays.  Overall, 57% said they have at least one family member who becomes confrontational after drinking alcohol, 68% would consider a sober Christmas, and almost one-third said political differences were the main reason for arguments. 

 

DEC Announces Holiday Deer Hunt Beginning December 26th
The NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation reminds hunters that while the deer hunting regular season has concluded, bowhunters and muzzleloaders still have opportunities to secure venison for their families.  The Holiday Deer Hunt, which runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, 2022, is an extension of the late bow and muzzleloader season providing new deer hunting opportunities to families and friends gathering for the holidays.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 15th, 2021

Corning Ware Store in Downtown Corning Closing January 31st
Today it was announced the Corning Ware retail store in downtown Corning will officially close its doors on January 31st, 2022 according to a representative from Instant Brands. The company will make a shift from a focus in in-store shopping to e-commerce. Corningware’s products will be available at the Corning Museum of Glass as well as other retail stores across the country.

 

Steuben County Man Arrested for Menacing, Obstruction of Breathing
A Steuben County man was arrested by Troopers after an assault investigation on Monday morning. State Police say Michael Givens was arrested in the Town of Lindley after an alleged assault during which he choked another person and also alleged to have used a weapon during the assault. Givens was charged with felony assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon and misdemeanor charges of menacing with a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. Givens was taken to and remains currently at the Steuben County Jail.

 

Two from Bath Charged with Trespassing 
Troopers say two Bath residents were arrested and charged with trespassing Saturday evening after they found them in a mobile home that wasn’t theirs. At around 8:40pm on Saturday, State Police were dispatched by Steuben County 911 for a trespass in progress on Victory Drive in the town of Bath. Troopers were told by the trailer park landlord that the trailer in question had lights on and the tenants were evicted earlier this month. Troopers made entry into the residence without incident and found Joshua W. Weldy JR and Cody S. House inside the trailer.  The landlord confirmed that the 2 were not the last tenants evicted and that he didn’t not give them permission to be in the residence. Both men were arrested for Criminal Trespassing and transported to SP Bath for processing and released with appearance tickets.

 

Old Salvation Army in Bath Will Be Valu Home Store Spring 2022
The community is eager for the former Salvation Army in Bath to reopen as a new Valu Home Center location.  The old Salvation Army building has been closed since April 2020. Almost two weeks ago on Facebook, Valu Home announced the Bath location will open sometime this spring. It will be the only Valu Home store in Steuben County.

 

Wayland Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection
NY State Police arrested 29-year-old  Duane Cansdale of Wayland after he violated an order of protection.  He was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Felony Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree with Physical Contact. 


Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins Friday
State and local law enforcement agencies throughout NY State will be stepping up patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. Governor Hochul announced the high visibility engagement campaign starts this Friday, December 17th and runs through Saturday, January 1st.  This campaign is part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Reed Announces Local Airport Funding Via Infrastructure Bill
Today, Congressman Tom Reed announced that due to the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, New York State will receive $937,030,865 in funding to improve airports. Reed said he voted for theBipartisan Infrastructure Bill to secure much-needed funding to local airports and that the bill will result in vital investments being made for infrastructure development at our airports." Locally, Hornell Municipal Airport is set to receive $550,000 while Corning-Painted Post Airport will get $790,000, and Elmira/Corning Regional Airport $8,555,765. 

 

Steuben Sees Spike in Overdose and Mental Health/Crisis Services
Mental health issues have spiked this year in Steuben County, with significant increases in crisis outreach services and substance abuse. The County Community Services Department’s crisis outreach services have increased by almost 50 percent this year with drug overdoses spiking by 60 percent and overdose deaths rising by 63 percent. The department has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of services provided to adults and children over the past twelve months, with an 8 percent increase in the number of clients treated with medication. There is hope when it comes to increased access to crisis help in our rural area: virtual access via telehealth services has provided help to nearly 50 percent of county residents.

 

3 More COVID Deaths in the County
The Steuben County Public Health Department reported the deaths of 3 residents who had previously tested positive for COVID.  Two males, a 68-year-old of Addison and 73-year-old from Erwin, plus an 86-year-old female from the City of Hornell.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths within Steuben County to 260. 

 

Officials Say Enforcement of NY Mask Mandate “Will Not Be Possible”
Steuben County officials have joined the list of those who say enforcing the state’s new ‘mask mandate’ will not be possible. In a statement where they have said their staff has already been pushed to the brink due to the COVID pandemic and recent spike in cases, officials say Steuben County has had multiple conversations with state representatives and regional partners. Though they highly advised residents to take precautions like getting vaccinated, isolating while feeling sick and wearing masks, officials said due to understaffing, ” this mandate would be impossible to enforce in a meaningful way without state agencies taking the lead.” Officials did stress the importance of still following safety protocols and that businesses please comply to the Governor’s mask mandate.

 

Human Remains Found in Dansville
Human remains were found in a drainage culvert on SR 36 near SR 70 in Dansville on yesterday.  Investigators are working to determine the identity of the remains as the investigation is continuing. 

 

Hochul Encourages NYers to Spend Outdoor Time at State Parks
Governor Kathy Hochul encourages NYers to spend time in the outdoors this holiday season and to celebrate the New Year at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, trails, and public lands across the Empire State on Jan. 1st.  The variety of hikes offered as part of the First Day Hikes program, on its 11th Anniversary, include seal walks, fire tower treks, lakefront trails, boardwalks, towpaths, walks along waterfalls, historic estates, military forts and more. 

 

$45 Million in Grant Awards by NYS Art Council
Hochul announced $45 million in grant awards through the NY State Council on the Arts.  These grants administered this year will provide critical aid to bolster nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists as they embark on a dynamic multi-year recovery process. 

 

Corning Radisson Closing January-March 2022
The Corning Radisson Hotel announced that it will be closing its doors starting in Jan. due to the rise of COVID-19 variants and a usual decrease in business during the 1st few months of the year. It plans to reopen in March of next year. 


Supreme Court Denies Religious Exemption for Healthcare Workers
The Supreme Court refused to halt a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in NY State that does not offer an exemption for religious reasons.  The court acted yesterday on emergency appeals filed by doctors, nurses, and other medical workers who say they are being forced to choose between their jobs and religious beliefs.  NY is one of just 3 states, along with Maine and Rhode Island, that do not accommodate health care workers who object to the vaccine on religious grounds.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 13th, 2021

Sheriff’s Office Collects Over 1,000 Donated Toys
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they received over 1,000 toys as part of this weekend’s “Toys for Tots Fill the Patrol Car” drive for local students. Saturday, several local law enforcement agencies paired up with students for “Shop with a Cop” where students went shopping for themselves and their families at the Hornell and Erwin Walmart locations. Following the “Shop with a Cop”, Sheriff’s Deputies held the “Toys for Tots Fill the Patrol Car and Coats for Kids” event in the Walmart plazas. There, they accepted over 1,000 toys and 100 new or gently-used coats for children in need this winter.

 

Health Director Smith Says Steuben “Overwhelmed” by COVID Surge
A few days ago, Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith told WETM-TV the county is “overwhelmed” by COVID cases, with eight new deaths. All but two of them were people ages 67-89. A mask or vaccine mandate takes effect today in all public spaces in New York. As 32 hospitals are under state orders to halt elective surgeries due to hospital bed shortages, Governor Hochul says she ordered 16 trained health care workers from Northwell Health Hospital in New York City to be sent to Rochester “to boost hospital capacity and help us bring the numbers down in Western New York.”

 

Masks Required In All Indoor Places Across NY Today
Starting today in New York State, masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.  Hochul said the decision was based on the state’s weekly 7-day case rate, as well as increasing hospitalizations.  The mask mandate applies to both patrons and staff and will be in effect starting today through Jan. 15th, after which the state will reevaluate. 

 

Bath Fire Dept. Dispatched for Bluegill Farms Grain Bin Fire
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept was dispatched over the weekend to CR 13 in Bath at Bluegill Farms for a reported grain bin on fire.  Firefighters had to empty about 10 dump truck loads of grain inside of the bin in an effort to stop the fire from growing larger. 

 

Painted Post Woman Arrested for Setting Fire to Own Home
A 58-year-old Painted Post woman has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to and destroying her own home in Corning a year ago. Ann Shelley was arrested Thursday in connection to a fire that happened December 20th last year following a year-long investigation by the Corning Fire Department. Corning Police allege that Shelley intentionally set fire to her home with “flammable liquid”. The home was a complete loss, and the fire damaged a neighboring home as well as endangering the nearly two-dozen first responders called to the scene. Shelley was arraigned and released without bail from Steuben County Court and is set to return at a later date.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
NY State Police arrested Timothy Schultz, 61 of Hornell for Sexual Abuse 1st after an investigation revealed that he engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 11 years old from 2009 to 2015.  He was processed and turned over to the Steuben County Jail to await arraignment. 

 

NYSCP Proposes Changing State Criminal Justice Laws
The NY State Association of Chiefs of Police proposed changes to state criminal justice laws.  Their plans include changes to bail, criminal discovery, juvenile justice, and appearance tickets.  They claim law enforcement should be involved in any reform and changes are overdue. 

 

Lab-Confirmed Cases of the Flu Have Tripled in NY State
NY State Dept of Health statistics confirm that the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu has already surpassed the total from all of the 2020-21 and this week's cases are higher than the number of cases during the same time in the 2019-20 and 2018-19 flu seasons.  The state’s data shows that during the week ending on Dec. 4th, there were about 3,000 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in NY.  At the same time during the 2019-20 season, there were about 1,000 lab-confirmed cases of the flu and during the
2018-19 season, it was only around 100.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, December 11th, 2021

Wind Advisory for Steuben County This Afternoon-Sunday Morning
A Wind Advisory will be in effect from 3pm today to 1am tomorrow for Steuben county. NWS declared a “moderate” wind advisory, anticipating Southwest winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour  with gusts up to 55 miles per hour expected. Tree limbs could be blown down, potentially causing power outages. Secure heavy objects outside and use extra precaution while driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle.

8 More COVID-Related Deaths in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reported eight more deaths of people who previously tested positive for COVID. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 257. Latest deaths include: an 89-year-old woman from Dansville, 74-year-old Canisteo man, 87-year-old Bath man, 67-year-old Bath woman, a 45-year-old Hartsville man, 56-year-old Wayland woman, 83-year old man from Wayland and a 71-year-old Cameron woman.County Public Health Director Darlene Smith said Steuben County is “shocked” and “saddened by the news while being “overwhelmed with the task of triaging over 100 positive new COVID cases every single day”. Smith is concerned the county doesn’t have the staff or resources to keep up with this spike in cases. All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, and loss of taste or smell.

Campbell Woman Arrested for Forgery
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reported deputies arrested 35-year-old Amanda C. Parker from Campbell yesterday following an investigation of a report of an altered official document submitted to a service provider. Parker allegedly submitted a forged document for filing in the official business records of an enterprise in Campbell. She was charged with Possession of a Forged Instrument and Filing a False Written Statement. Parker was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

Horseheads Man Sentenced for 2019 Rape and Assault
A 54-year-old Horseheads man has been sentenced for assaulting and raping a woman over a 4-day period back in 2019. Michael Burtner was convicted on six total charges in August of this year for raping a woman in the Village of Horseheads in the spring of 2019. His charges included: first-degree Rape, three counts of First Degree Criminal Sex Act, Third Degree Aggravated Sexual Abuse, Second and Third Degree Assault, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for each of the felony sexual assault charges, five years for the second-degree assault and aggravated sexual abuse charges, and 364 days for the third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. All sentences run concurrently with each other and he additionally faces 10 years of post-release supervision. Burtner must also register as a sex offender and pay $16,380 in restitution.

Statewide Mask Requirement Begins Monday
Governor Hochul announced that a statewide mask or vaccine requirement will go into effect on Monday, December 13th for all public and private sector businesses unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. Hochul said she made the decision in response to the winter surge of COVID-19 cases that began around Thanksgiving. Hochul also called the measures she made “temporary” and says the state will reconsider the measure next month on January 15th. The Governor remarked: “We shouldn’t have reached the point where we are confronted with a winter surge, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share many New Yorkers’ frustration that we are not past this pandemic yet.”

VALU Home Coming to Bath in the Spring
A new Valu Home Center will be coming to Bath in the spring 2022.  The company announced it will be opening a new location in the former Salvation Army building on W. Washington St.  The Salvation Army store in Bath closed after, 18 years, in April of 2020 due to financial reasons that were escalated by the COVID pandemic. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 10th, 2021

Wind Advisory for Steuben County Starting Tomorrow
There will be a Wind Advisory in effect from 3pm tomorrow to 1am Sunday for Steuben county. NWS declared a “moderate” wind advisory, anticipating Southwest winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour  with gusts up to 55 miles per hour expected. Tree limbs could be blown down, potentially causing power outages. Secure heavy objects outside and use extra precaution while driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle.

 

Hochul Announces NY Mask Mandate Starting Monday
Governor Hochul announced that a statewide mask or vaccine requirement will go into effect on Monday, December 13th for all public and private sector businesses unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. Hochul said she made the decision in response to the winter surge of COVID-19 cases that began around Thanksgiving. Hochul also called the measures she made today “temporary” and says the state will reconsider the measure next month on January 15th. The Governor remarked: “We shouldn’t have reached the point where we are confronted with a winter surge, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share many New Yorkers’ frustration that we are not past this pandemic yet.”

 

Woman Charged With DWI for Bath Crash
Earlier this week, a woman was charged with DWI after a crash in Bath. Troopers say Laura A. Cooke told them she swerved to miss a deer, causing her car to go off of Oak Hill Road. According to State Police, she refused a field sobriety test. Cooke faces DWI and other charges and was released to a third party.

 

Addison Votes “NO” on Purchasing Colwell Street Lot
The proposal to buy a vacant paved lot on Colwell Street across from the Addison Middle School was rejected by voters last night with 87 votes for “YES” and 153 “NO” votes. If the proposal was approved, the $40,000 property total would have been paid from the district's capital reserve account. The district said in the proposal that the lot was strategically located across the street from the school.

 

Seniors Eligible for SSI Being Targeted in Phone Scam
Steuben County Office for the Aging says those eligible for Social Security benefits are being targeted as part of a scam. Phone scammers are telling people that there is a problem with their Social Security number, account, or that they are losing benefits. OFA Director Patty Baroody says this is a fraudulent communication tactic that has scammed many people out of money and personal information. Other ongoing scams targeting seniors include calls threatening legal action unless fines or debts are paid through gift cards, credit cards, checks or cash, according to the SSA. A reminder to never give away your personal information over the phone and that the Social Security office will not call you if you have problems with your benefits. 

 

Opioid Committee Delivers Sharps Containers to Local Agencies
The Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid committee began delivering sharps collection containers to local law agencies yesterday, beginning with the county Sheriff, and villages of Canisteo and Bath. Each agency will receive an FDA-approved, puncture proof, sharps container to help limit the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens, like hepatitis, HIV and other diseases. Deliveries to other law enforcement sites in the county will occur within this month, which has been designated “ International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month.” “Sharps” should not be disposed of in the trash or flushed down the toilet or inserted into recyclables such as soda cans, milk cartons or glass bottles that can be broken or punctured.
For more information, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/aids/consumers/prevention/needles_syringes/sharps/

 

VALU Home Coming to Bath in the Spring
A new Valu Home Center will be coming to Bath in the spring 2022.  The company announced it will be opening a new location in the former Salvation Army building on W. Washington St.  The Salvation Army store in Bath closed after, 18 years, in April of 2020 due to financial reasons that were escalated by the COVID pandemic. 

 

Hammondsport's Christmas in the Park Tomorrow With WVIN
The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce announced Christmas in the Park tomorrow from 4 - 8pm with food and craft vendors along with musical performances in the bandstand. Santa will arrive at 6pm on a fire truck. Join WVIN tomorrow from 5 to 7 for our on-location broadcast there where Ken Corey will be live on location!

 

SPCA in Bath Hosts “Santa Paws” Event Tomorrow
The Finger Lakes SPCA is having their Santa Paws Holiday Event tomorrow from 10am - 4pm with pictures with Santa, Holiday Cookie sales, gift shop specials and more.  All at 72 Cameron St. in Bath.

 

Law Enforcement & DAs Must Advise Trafficking Victims of Services
Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that requires law enforcement and district attorney's offices to advise human trafficking victims of the availability of social and legal services. Upon encountering a person who reasonably appears to be or says they are a victim of human trafficking, law enforcement personnel must advise the victim of the availability of social and legal services specific to human trafficking cases.  The agency will offer to connect the victim with the appropriate provider, unless the individual declines the services. 

 

NY OCFS To MAke Adoption Information Available in More Languages
Gov. Hochul signed legislation into law to require the Office of Children and Family Services to provide adoption service information in certain languages other than English. The legislation ensures these services will be provided in French, Polish, and the 10 most common non-English languages spoken by individuals with limited English proficiency in NY State, based on census data.  This information will be published with a language-accessible list of any benefits or services for post-adoption assistance. 

 

Report Says Rent in NY Has Increased 22% This Year
According to a report by QuoteWizard, Rent in NY has increased by 22% since January.  In NY State, average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is now at $1,608 per month.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 9th, 2021

AG James Suspends Gubernatorial Campaign
New York Attorney General Letitia James broke news on Twitter that she has suspended her campaign for governor and is running for re-election. She said in a statement through her gubernatorial campaign she will run for re-election as AG “to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do,”  This news comes after a Siena poll released earlier this week showed Governor Hochul getting 36% of support from voters versus James getting half of that with 18%

 

Steuben Sees Another COVID Death
Steuben County Public Health Department reported another COVID death: a 55-year-old male from the City of Hornell who had previously tested positive for COVID.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths within Steuben County to 249. 

 

Hornell Salvation Army Seeks Red Kettle Donations

Hornell Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign donations are a bit behind this year. These donations are used to keep the doors to their food pantry open all year long in Hornell. You can support the Hornell Salvation Army this holiday season by visiting their website or stopping by their location on Center St. in Hornell.

 

SUNY Chancellor Malatras Announces Resignation
Today SUNY Chancellor James Malatras announced he will resign amid backlash for his remarks and actions while a top aide to former Governor Cuomo. Several SUNY groups, officials and state legislators called for his resignation. Malatras resigns effective January 14th, 2022. 

 

CCC Partners With AU for Art Education “2+2” Articulation Agreement SUNY Corning Community College signed an historic 2 Year + 2 Year articulation agreement with Alfred University.  The agreement enables students to earn an Associates of Science Degree in Fine Arts & Design at SUNY CCC and seamlessly transfer to Alfred University’s School of Art & Design to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. 

 

Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Improve Medical Communications
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced the COVID-19 and Pandemic Response Centers of Excellence Act which she says will improve collaboration between academic medical centers.

 

DEC Seeking Sport Fishing Regulation Input
The NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation announced the release of a proposal to clarify and simplify sport fishing regulations based on the input from the public.  This will consist of manager reviews of rules associated with the management of the state's fisheries.  The proposed rulemaking also includes a limited number of waterbody-specific regulation changes to support improved management of these waters.

 

National Warplane Museum’s Geneseo Airshow Set for June
The National Warplane Museum will host its annual Geneseo Airshow earlier than usual in 2022.  Organizers announced the 41st Annual Air Show will take place on Jun. 4th & 5th, a departure from its usual July schedule.  The change is necessary to accommodate the schedule of one of the main attractions, the 9 jet Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds team.  In addition, next year's show will also feature the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Tactical Demonstration Team.

 

O’Mara To Honor Former Youth Bureau Director Harris Tomorrow
State Senator Tom O’Mara joins the Chemung County Youth Bureau tomorrow to pay tribute to former Youth Bureau Executive Director Bob Harris, who retired in September.  The retirement celebration for Harris is at the Youth Bureau tomorrow and  O’Mara is scheduled to attend the event at around 10:00 a.m. to present Harris with a Legislative Proclamation paying tribute to his career and contributions.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 8th, 2021

Bath VA’s Wreaths Across America Event is Saturday Dec. 18th
The Bath VA will have its annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony on National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 18th. The public ceremony will begin at noon and the wreath-laying will immediately follow. This year’s theme is “Live Up to Their Legacy”, and Bath hopes to lay 7,500 wreaths on graves for this year. 

 

Walk-ins Being Accepted for Today’s Booster-Only Clinic
Walk-ins are now being accepted at today's booster-only COVID Vaccination clinic at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath today until 4pm. Anyone 18 and older who received their second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago is eligible for their booster, and anyone who received their first dose of J&J at least 2 months ago is eligible for their booster. If you missed the clinic today you can get your booster shot at the next booster-only clinic on next Wednesday, December 15 from 12 - 6 pm at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath.  Vaccine clinics are free. Registration is available at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>

 

Residency Requirements Loosened for County Sheriff & DA Offices
In an effort to boost recruitment and retention of county employees, Steuben County passed new legislative measures to loosen residency requirements for employees of the Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office. The newly-passed policy allows full-time Sheriff's Deputies to live within five miles of the Steuben County line while part-time deputies and corrections officers can live in any bordering county. Per the new rule changes, residents of Allegany, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Schuyler and Chemung counties can now apply for these positions at the Steuben County Sheriff's Office. The deputy sheriff's test is now open to residents of neighboring counties. Residency requirements for full-time Steuben County Assistant District Attorneys were also waived altogether in separate legislation.

 

PA Man Arrested by Sheriff Deputies for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies report they arrested a 26-year-old Millerton, PA man for DWI and other charges. Trevor McWhorter was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Loud Exhaust, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Consuming an Alcoholic Beverage while Operating.  Mr. McWhorter was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Corning Court at a later date.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested for Violating “Stay Away” Order
Troopers in Painted Post arrested a man for violating a stay-away order of protection after they conducted a traffic stop on County Route 115 in the town of Lindley for a violation of the vehicle and traffic law. During the investigation it was determined that the driver, Kerstyn M. Buck, had a valid Stay Away Order of Protection against passenger Matthew S. Benish. Benish was taken into custody and transported to State Police in Painted Post and was processed and transported to Steuben County Jail for Cap Arraignment for Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree.

 

SUNY UFS Calls for Investigation Into Chancellor Malatras
The SUNY University Faculty Senate has called on the Board of Trustees to authorize an independent investigation into Chancellor Jim Malatras following reports of disturbing text messages and emails sent by Malatras made public last week as part of the New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Andrew Cuomo. SUNY UFS condemned the workplace harassment and described the Chancellor’s behavior as unacceptable in their statement.

 

Vehicle Submerged Yards Away from Niagara Falls’ Edge
WIVB in Buffalo reports a vehicle is submerged in the water just yards away from the edge of Niagara Falls as police have blocked  the area off.  The car is on the American side of the falls and at press time does not appear to be moving toward the edge of the falls. 

 

Arnot Mall Zales’ Burglarized Saturday
Troopers say they are investigating a burglary that happened at the Arnot Mall at Zale's Jewelry Store on Saturday night. Troopers responded to the jewelry store around 9:15 p.m. for an alarm and upon arriving,  discovered that a "substantial" amount of jewelry was stolen in only a matter of minutes. If you have any tips or information, please call the Horseheads State Police Barracks at 607-739-8797

 

Bath Man Arrested for Failure to Register as Sex Offender
A Bath man was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender after police were unable to find him for several months. Bath Police say they arrested 37-year-old Anthony Truax late morning yesterday for failing to register as a Sex Offender. Truax was previously convicted and had an active warrant for his arrest out since June 2021 with police unable to locate Truax until the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office tipped off Bath Police that Truax was possibly living at a residence on West Steuben Street in the Village of Bath. Officers located him at the address, arrested without incident and was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender with a prior conviction (a class-D felony) and was transported to the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment.

 

Redistricting Commission in Final Phases of Drawing District Lines
After weeks of listening to public comment from NYers across the state, the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission is in its final phases of redrawing its Congressional lines, a process that happens once a decade following the United States Census count.  The commission released the potential new districts earlier this year, with one proposal breaking the Southern Tier up into numerous districts instead of one.  The commission will vote on the maps on Jan. 3rd. 

 

Toys for Tots Event at Hornell Walmart This Saturday
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced this Sat., Dec. 11th, they will have a “Toys for Tots” drive at both Walmart Plazas in Hornell and Erwin from 9am - 3pm to “Fill the Patrol Car” with toys and coats for children in need within Steuben County.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 7th, 2021

Sheriff’s Office Toy and Coat Drive Saturday at Hornell Walmart Plaza
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that this Saturday, December 11th, they will have a “Toys for Tots” drive at both the Hornell and Erwin Walmart Plazas from 9am to 3pm to “Fill the Patrol Car” with toys and coats for children in need in Steuben County. The Sheriff’s Office collects new or gently used coats, scarves, gloves and mittens to distribute to local school districts for those who are in need of them for the winter.  Due to shipping and shortage issues, the Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign  could only send a quarter of toys than usual to Steuben County for distribution so this year, the Sheriff’s Office asks you to please help support their mission this holiday season to create a special memory for all Steuben County children.

 

Three Arrested on Drug Charges After Domestic Dispute
Three people were arrested Friday on drug charges after Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded to a domestic dispute on Savona-Campbell Road. Deputies say after the incident, they watched a vehicle leave the residence then stopped it shortly after on Manning Road in Savona. Deputies report they found suspected controlled substances, glass smoking devices and suspected packaging materials. Kasandra R. Ole, Brian J. Hojnoski, and Leonard E. Storms were each charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and released on appearance tickets.

 

Bills Beat By Patriots 14-10
The Buffalo Bills came up short against the New England Patriots 14-10 last night as the windy weather was not in their favor. As a result, the Bills fall to 7-5 on the season, with an AFC East record of 3-1. Bills play next at Tampa Bay this Sunday, December 12th. Kick-off is at 4:25. WVIN will begin pregame coverage on 98.3FM beginning at 3pm. 

 

Corning City Council Meets on Whether to Allow Marijuana Businesses
Corning City Council held a public hearing and meeting yesterday to vote on whether to opt-in or out of allowing marijuana retail shops and consumption sites in the City of Corning. Though retail dispensaries and on-site consumption sites are now legal under New York's marijuana legalization laws, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act gives municipalities the authority to opt-out of these types of businesses. Mayor Boland and councilmembers, Hyde, Patterson, and Telehany voted in favor of opting in for cannabis businesses in the Crystal City. All municipalities have until December 31st to opt out and even if they vote to opt-out right now, they still have the opportunity to opt-in at a later date.  Municipalities that don't opt-out will automatically be opted in to allow cannabis retail shops starting January 2022.

 

Booster-Only COVID Vaccine Clinics Tomorrow and 12/15
Steuben County Public Health hosts 2 booster-only COVID vaccine clinics tomorrow from 10am to 4pm and next Wednesday December 15th from noon to 6pm at the Civil Defense Training Center on State Route 54 in Bath.  Participants must pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid.  No walk-ins will be accepted. 

 

Enjoy Local Holiday Lights With Explore Steuben App
Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau has organized a special Nights of Lights Holiday Lights Tour that you can find and follow on the Explore Steuben app.  A listing of over three dozen spots throughout the county to take all the guesswork out of searching for holiday lights to enjoy this year. Go to your favorite app store, download the free Explore Steuben app, and search for the Nights of Lights Tour. In addition to providing specific addresses for over three-dozen homes on the trail, you can see which are closest to your location and use the Map It feature to find other nearby light and festive holiday displays.  The special Nights of Lights Holiday Lights Tour and contest will be active from this Friday December 10th through Friday December 31st, or New Year’s Eve. During this time window you can vote for your favorite decorations and displays. Houses entered in the contest will be voted on by the community and the Top 3 Fan Favorite houses will receive Visa gift cards ($250 for overall first place, $100 for second, $50 for third).

To for more information about the Nights of Lights Trail and Contest, click here: https://www.corningfingerlakes.com/things-to-do/itineraries-and-trails/steubens-nights-of-lights/. To learn more about the Explore Steuben app or to download it, go to : https://www.corningfingerlakes.com/explore-steuben-trip-planner/.   

 

Troopers Called To Accidental Shooting in Erin
NY State Police Investigated an accidental shooting at a residence on Park Station Rd in the town of Erin.  A male resident allegedly accidentally discharged a round from a .44 caliber handgun which travelled through the ceiling striking a female resident who was upstairs.  The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

Addison Man Arrested for DWI
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Giardina, 48, of Addison.  It's alleged that Giardina operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition on CR 6 in Addison with a passenger under the age of 15 years.  He was charged with Felony Aggravated DWI, DWI, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Moving From Lane Unsafely and Consuming an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving.  Mr. Giardina was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Tuscarora Town Court at a later date.

 

20-year-old Friendship Man Arrested for DWI in Hornell
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jordan Cornelius, 20 of Friendship after a traffic stop on CR 66 in Hornell.  He was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Failure to Keep Right, and Insufficient Tail Lamps.  Mr. Cornelius was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 6th, 2021

Construction of Bath Amazon Facility Expected to Begin in Spring
According to minutes from the Town of Bath Planning Board’s November meeting, construction is anticipated to begin March or April 2022 on the new Town of Bath Amazon facility. Andrew Hart of Bergmann is the firm that was hired to handle the engineering and planning of the project where there would be two additional driveways,  the number of parking spaces in a van lot as well as  a box truck parking lot would also be reduced at the facility.  Months ago, the State DOT requested a left turn northbound lane of State Route 54 to be added for the increased traffic into the facility. The planning board says there won’t be a traffic light near the entrance of the Simmons-Rockwell dealership. Town Supervisor Smith said earlier this year that the facility has the potential to hire 200-250 people.

 

Wind Advisory for Steuben County Continues to 7PM Tonight
The National Weather Service issued Wind Advisories for nine counties in the Finger Lakes Region including our own Steuben County with gusts reading as high as 55mph possible. The advisory remains in effect until 7pm this evening. South winds will reach 20 to 30mph with gusts up to 55mph expected.  As of this afternoon, 7 Steuben County NYSEG customers were reported to still be without power. Around 8:30 this morning, 14 Steuben County NYSEG customers were reported to be without power as first responders were kept busy overnight with winds gusting as high as 50mph.  

 

Limited Details Released About Friday Night Incident in Corning
Though Corning Police confirmed an investigation is underway after an incident over the weekend, they did not release many details nor identify whom was involved. Friday night around 8:50, Steuben County 911 received a report of a person yelling, screaming, and threatening to harm themselves with a gun. The reported incident occurred in the area of East 3rd Street and Steuben Street in the city of Corning, prompting an immediate response from law enforcement who then found a 45-year-old man in an apartment in that area. Hours later, the Corning Police Department received assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and its Critical Incident Response Team. Contact was made with the unidentified male. He taken into custody, armed with a pair of legally-possessed handguns and a quantity of ammunition. No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation at this time.

 

Kids’ COVID Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow at Hornell Intermediate School
Steuben County holds a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 tomorrow at the Hornell Intermediate School Cafeteria from 4:00-6:30pm. Registration is required. Register by clicking here.

 

Buffalo Bills Play Tonight on WVIN
It’s Week 13 in the NFL and the 7-4 Buffalo Bills play this evening after Thursday’s Thanksgiving win. All eyes are on the Bills tonight as they host the 8-4 Patriots at Highmark Stadium. The Patriots currently lead the AFC East Division so tonight’s game comes with major implications for the division and the playoffs. Pre-game coverage on WVIN 98.3 FM begins at 7pm tonight. Kick-off is set for 8:15pm

 

As of Friday, Steuben Reported 246 More COVID Cases
As of Friday, Steuben County reported 246 new positive COVID cases since the last update on Wednesday. Currently there are 484 active COVID-19 cases, and 40 county residents are hospitalized. 68% of those who are hospitalized are not vaccinated. To get vaccinated at the next County COVID Vaccine clinic, go to: www.steubencony.org/covid

 

3 More Omicron COVID Cases Reported in NY
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the detection of 3 more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in NY State, for a total of 8 confirmed cases. So far, the cases appear unrelated.  All three of the new cases are from NY City, for a total of 7 NY City residents and one from Suffolk County confirmed to have the Omicron variant. 

 

Bradford PA Woman Arrested in Bath for Narcotics Possession
Village of Bath Police arrested Jessica Blood, 31 of Bradford, PA after allegedly locating multiple illegal narcotics during a traffic stop.  Officers found Blood to be in possession of a “very large” quantity of methamphetamine and a small quantity of crack/cocaine.  She was charged with Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd.

 

Gas Prices Drop in Both NY and US
AAA reports both the U.S. and New York State average gas prices are down this week as crude oil prices “tumble” due to news of the COVID-19 omicron variant. AAA says right now, it’s “too soon” to say if fears of a global economic slowdown caused by the Omicron variant will push oil prices lower for the long term. AAA remarked the upward pricing pressure due to tightened supply and high demand seems to have abated as pump prices appear to be stabilizing, at least for now. The U.S. average price for gas is down three cents, while New York’s average dropped by two cents. You can check out gas prices in the Twin Tiers with WETM’s Twin Tiers Gas Tracker.


Hurricane Ida Relief Fund Applications Extended to January 4th, 2022
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the deadline for applications for the Ida Relief Fund will be extended until Jan. 4th to provide relief to excluded survivors of the storms and flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  NYers who are not eligible to receive storm recovery assistance through the FEMA Individual Assistance Program or other means can apply for funding that is being distributed through an established network of community organizations.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Steuben Reports 246 More COVID Cases
As of yesterday, Steuben County reported 246 new positive COVID cases since the last update on Wednesday. Currently there are 484 active COVID-19 cases, and 40 county residents are hospitalized. 68% of those who are hospitalized are not vaccinated.

 

County Route 115 in Urbana Will Be Closed 6 More Months
If you want to use the County Road 115 bridge on Indian Hills Road in the town of Urbana, it will be another six months due to a delay in steel delivery. Contractors expect the bridge’s steel girders to be delivered sometime this month and set as weather conditions permits. The concrete deck is supposed to be poured in April. The posted offsite detour route continues to consist of State Route 417, US15/I–99 and CR5.

 

St. James Adopts Surge Flex-Plan, Dropping Hospital Capacity
Hornell’s St. James Hospital has seen a major spike in COVID-19 cases and the hospital made plans to address the surge this past week. St. James surpassed 140% capacity earlier this week after a surge in inpatient admissions backed up the hospital's emergency and inpatient departments.  Early this week, St. James adopted a new surge flex-plan to address this issue, allow more flexibility with severe COVID case and redistribute patients more easily. This flex plan has dropped St James capacity  to 75% and helped them manage cases throughout this week.

 

Steuben Ranks 8th Highest COVID-Positive County in NY
Steuben County ranked number 8 on a Top 10 list of counties in NY with the highest COVID cases compiled by stacker.com. Rankings were based on the highest infection rate per 100-thousand residents within the week of November 29th.

 

Students & Faculty Call on SUNY Chancellor’s Resignation
SUNY faculty and students are calling on the Chancellor for the State University of New York, Jim Malatras, to immediately resign. SUNY’s Student Assembly and Faculty Council of Community Colleges said in a press release that recent materials released by the Attorney General's independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former Governor Cuomo, revealed disturbing text messages written by Chancellor Malatras about a female co worker. Faculty and students said Malatras and Governor Cuomo’s top aides fostered a toxic work environment by participating in a scheme to discredit a colleague's reputation to undermine her credibility. Also according to the press release, the SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Malatras as Chancellor in August 2020 without a national search and against the objections of the faculty council.

 

Over $1.2 Million USDA Grant Going To NY’s Specialty Crop Farms 
Yesterday, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced over $1.2 million in funding will support seven advanced research, education, and marketing projects to help specialty crop farms across New York State grow and remain competitive. The State Department of Agriculture and Markets secured the grant through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  The Specialty Crop Block Grant supports research, fosters innovation, and helps our agricultural community remain competitive in an ever-changing marketplace.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Hornell Man Arrested for Child Porn
A 29-year-old Hornell man has been arrested on multiple felony charges of promoting and possessing child porn. Christian Zschoche was arrested by Troopers out of Bath around 10:38 a.m. yesterday for an incident that was first reported on October 7th of this year. Arrest reports say he was charged with Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance of a Child under 17 and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child. Zschoche is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail.

 

Bath’s “Spirit of Christmas” Tonight
The Spirit of Christmas in downtown Bath is this evening. WVIN will be out broadcasting live on location covering the festivities from 5 to 7pm!  Santa Claus is set to arrive around 6:10pm as he is escorted by the Bath Fire Dept’s Christmas Truck to Pulteney Park.  Santa will join Bath Mayor Mike Sweet for the Christmas tree lighting before heading to the Gazebo to visit with the kids.  Activities include horse drawn wagon rides, Christmas caroling, a chili cook-off, ice sculptures and more as many businesses will be open. The event wraps up with fireworks at 8:15pm.

 

One Man Killed in Urbana ATV Crash
Steuben County Sheriff's Deputies responded to Reservoir Hill Rd in the Town of Urbana yesterday to investigate a fatal ATV rollover crash into a gulley 100 feet below the trail surface of a steep embankment.  A passenger on the ATV, 59-year-old Michael Drake, was found to be deceased.  The alleged operator of the ATV and brother of the victim 62-year-old Henry Drake, received life-saving treatment and was airlifted to a trauma center.  Hammondsport and Pulteney Fire Departments also responded. This crash is still under investigation. 

 

Steuben Ranked 8 Out of Top 10 Counties With Highest COVID Cases 
Steuben County ranked number 8 on a Top 10 list of counties in NY with the highest COVID cases compiled by stacker.com. Rankings were based on the highest infection rate per 100-thousand residents within the week of November 29.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Hit and Run
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23-year old Bath man Thomas Stark after responding to a reported vehicle, bicycle accident on SR 415 in the Town of Bath.  The bicyclist was seriously injured and airlifted to a trauma center.  Stark was located after leaving the scene. For the hit and run he was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd and Felony counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st and Leaving the Scene of a Serious Injury Crash.

 

5 Omicron Variant COVID Cases Confirmed in NY
Governor Hochul announced the 1st confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in New York State.  Thus far, the 5 cases reported appear unrelated.  

 

Southern Tier Had Highest Child Restraint/Seat Belt Violations in Crackdown
Troopers ticketed drivers in the Southern Tier region 218 times for child restraint/seat belt violations during the Thanksgiving holiday-the most in the state. State Police report they issued 12,975 tickets statewide during this year’s five-day Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement period that ran from November 24 through the 28th.

 

New Hampton Inn Coming to Hornell Plaza
A new Hampton Inn business class hotel is coming to Hornell with a $15 million investment into the local economy.  The 78-unit hotel will offer full amenities and is being built near the Wegmans/Walmart Plaza on State Route 36 in Hornell.  The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2022. 

 

 “Ski for Free” COVID Vaccine Incentive Now Open
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the new ‘Ski for Free’ COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes for children ages 5 to 11 and booster shot recipients.  Eligible NYers will be able to enter a random drawing for free lift tickets to participating mountains.  A total of 240 two-packs of tickets (one adult and one child pass) will be selected over the 6-week sweepstakes period. 

 

Letchworth Ranked “Most Beautiful Place in NY State”
Letchworth State Park was named the most beautiful place in New York State.  Condé Nast, the umbrella brand that includes publications such as GQ, The NYer, and Vogue, published a list of the most beautiful places in each state and ranked Letchworth top dog in New York state.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 2nd, 2021

At Least One Killed in Hammondsport ATV Crash
At least one person was killed in an ATV crash in Hammondsport. WETM News reports Steuben County Coroner Stephen Copp confirmed he was called to the scene of the crash that  happened off the road near Reservoir Hill Road but could not confirm the identities of those involved. WVIN will keep you updated on this developing local story. 

 

County Route 115 Bridge Closed for Another 6 Months
Steuben County Public Works reports the County Route 115 bridge on Indian Hills Road in the Town of Erwin will continue to be closed to all through traffic for approximately six more months. The extended closure is due to delays in steel delivery. Contractors are expecting the bridge's steel girders to be delivered in December and set as weather permits. The concrete deck is set to be poured in April . The posted offsite detour route continues through State Route 417, US15/I-99 and CR5.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Menacing
Corning man Andrew Robbins was arrested by Troopers last night for allegedly threatening a man with a crossbow after he allegedly pointed it at his ex-girlfriend’s father in the Town of Lindley. Robbins was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon and taken to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment. Last month, he was arrested for Criminal Sex Act 1st Degree, Criminal Sex Act 3rd Degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child after a month-long investigation for criminal activities that allegedly occurred over several years.

 

National Guard Assisting NY's Understaffed Nursing Homes
Governor Hochul announced she has deployed 120 members of the National Guard to assist nursing homes that face staffing shortages amid the recent surge in COVID cases across the state. 'The Star Gazette” reports medical teams will offer assistance to nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state that have a need for additional resources. New York’s Department of Health will coordinate with each facility to meet deployment needs. All National Guard members will be medical technicians or combat medics, making them equivalent to EMTs. 

 

Steuben Sees 5 More COVID Deaths
Steuben County Public Health Department reports 5 more deaths of individuals who previously tested positive for COVID.  Three of the deaths were men that include a 73-year-old from Bath, 74-year-old from Hornby and a 79-year-old from Wayland.  Two women were among the latest 5 COVID casualties: a 64-year-old from Hornellsville and 97-year-old from Howard.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 248. 

 

Corning Named One of the Best “Christmas Towns” in US
According to CountryLiving.com, Corning has been named one of the best Christmas towns within the nation.  They ranked Corning #52 on the list.  #1 was Stockbridge, MA. 

 

DEC's “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure”  Open
The NY State DEC announced that the “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure” sweepstakes is now open, which will provide incentives to those who get their COVID-19 vaccine.  This new sweepstake will enter those who get their vaccine in drawings to win fishing and hunting licenses, as well as luxury equipment. 

 

Bath’s “Spirit of Christmas” Tomorrow
The Spirit of Christmas in downtown Bath is tomorrow, December 3rd with the arrival of Santa Claus escorted by the Bath Fire Dept’s Christmas Truck to Pulteney Park at 6:10pm.  Santa joins the Mayor of Bath for the Christmas tree lighting and then heads to the Gazebo to visit with kids.  Enjoy everything from horse drawn wagon rides, Christmas caroling, a chili cook-off, ice sculptures and more.  Many businesses will be open for you to check out and enjoy! WVIN will be out live on location covering the festivities from 5 to 7pm! and it all wraps ups with fireworks at 8:15pm.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 1st, 2021

St. James in Hornell Pausing Elective Surgeries
Today, St. James Hospital in Hornell announced it is temporarily pausing elective surgical procedures, in response to Governor Hochul's executive order going into effect Friday. The order allows hospitals to pause non-essential procedures so they can expand their inpatient capacity. St. James Hospital says it will review its situation on a weekly basis, and has recently added surge beds to meet the high demand of admissions.The hospital says their goal is to return to normal operations as soon as circumstances and resources allow. 

 

Hornell Man Arrested After His Car Runs Off Road in Howard
A 35-year-old Hornell man was taken into custody on an arrest warrant after his car ran off the road. Sheriff deputies were called to a report of a one-vehicle accident on Moss Road in the town of Howard. Investigators say the car was driven by Andrew S. Fisher, who did not have a valid license and was wanted on multiple charges. He was arraigned on several charges and is being held at the Steuben County jail until a bail hearing can be held in Steuben County Court.

 

Despite Omicron COVID Variant, Officials Aren't Yet Making Changes
Despite a surge in COVID cases in the Southern Tier region, WETM News reports officials say they’re not yet implementing any new safety protocols in wake of the new variant. Steuben County’s Public Health Director Darlene Smith says the county  “... is not adjusting anything at this point in time in terms of anticipating what the effects of the variant might be,” yet to do anything before we know how contagious or harmful the new omicron variant is, she said “It really is too soon.” No cases of the omicron variant have yet been reported in our region. Officials also told WETM that we will likely know when the variant has reached our region based on the number of confirmed cases.

 

Bath Man Arrested After Trespassing
Bath Police arrested Mark Folwell after a trespassing complaint led to his pending extradition to Florida.  He was found to have an active warrant out of Osceola, Florida for Violation of Probation on the charge of felony Possession of Methamphetamine.


WVIN & WABH Hold Santa’s Day Off Tomorrow!
Santa’s Day off is tomorrow at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department on 50 East Morris Street all day from 6 am to 5pm.  WVIN/WABH is asking listeners to take some time and bring down some new unwrapped toys and put them in the Fire Department lobby.  We are looking for new, unwrapped toys that will go to children in need.  The toys will be kept in the local area and be sorted and distributed by the Bath Knights of Columbus.

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