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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Avoca Man Arrested for 4 Burglaries Across the County
A 33-year-old Avoca man has been arrested in connection to four burglaries that took place in less than a month throughout Steuben County. Troopers arrested Adam Hosmer yesterday for a string of burglaries that began late last month. Arrest reports say on December 29th, he allegedly entered an address in the Town of Pulteney and stole property worth at least $1,000. Two days later, on December 31st, he allegedly entered an address in the Town of Howard and stole more property. A January 8th burglary was reported in Prattsburgh where Hosmer allegedly stole a firearm. January 16th, he allegedly entered another address in the Town of Wheeler. Hosmer faces seven felony charges, including: 3 counts of 3rd-degree Burglary, one count of 2nd-degree Burglary, 2 counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th-degree and a charge of 3rd-degree Grand Larceny. Hosmer was previously arrested last summer for another string of burglaries across the County. He is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail.

 

Father and Son from Savona Both Indicted for Child Sexual Abuse
A father and son from Savona were both indicted for sexually assaulting children related to them over the last 11 years. Steuben County Grand Jury indicted 53-year-old Joseph Thompson Senior for allegedly sexually assaulting a child under 13 he was related to from November 2012 and at other various times through 2019. Thompson Sr. was indicted for Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Incest, and first- and third-degree Sexual Abuse. Also indicted was 19-year-old Joseph Thompson Jr, for allegedly sexually assaulting a child under 13 in March 2021. Documents said this child was related to Thompson Jr. Thompson Jr. was indicted for Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Sexual Abuse, Criminal Sex Act, and Incest. Indictments from the County District Attorney’s Office did not state whether it was the same child in both cases.

 

Latest COVID Death is 76-Year-Old Bath Man
Steuben County Public Health Department reported another COVID-related death yesterday, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in the county to 283. The latest COVID victim was a 76-year-old Town of Bath man. Monday the 24th is a COVID Vaccine Clinic at the Civil Defense Center on State Route 54 in Bath from 3-5pm. Register at: <http://www.steubencony.org/covid>

 

Man Who Caused November Shelter-In-Place Order in Bath Indicted 
Kenneth Mikko- the man who allegedly caused a shelter in place in Bath two months ago-has been indicted on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges. The 35-year-old Steuben county man was indicted by the Steuben County Grand Jury in connection to the shelter-in-place order placed on the Village of Bath in November after he allegedly stole a pickup truck, rifles and imprisoned residents. He was previously convicted of a felony crime at the time of the shelter in place. Mikko was indicted on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Burglary, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Grand Larceny and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. After he was arrested, County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him twice while he was incarcerated in the County Jail for allegedly throwing his own feces at a corrections officer and for damaging a cell door window by “repeatedly striking it with a food tray.”

 

Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Getting 3-D Checkpoint Scanner Installed
A new 3-D checkpoint scanner is coming to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport to improve checkpoint efficiency and airport security. The new, state-of-the-art scanner will update the imaging from the current 2D to 3D imaging. After upgrading to the new 3-D system on January 31st, officers can get a good idea of what they are looking at on the screen instead of having to search the luggage by hand. TSA will install new baggage screening equipment at the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport from Monday, January 24th to Thursday the 27th. During those three days, all passengers must arrive two hours early as carry-on bags will be hand-searched. Once the new equipment is installed on the 31st, travelers will enjoy a much quicker airport check-in experience. 

 

DEC Says Ice Must be At Least 4 Inches Thick to Safely Ice-Fish
As ice fishing season begins, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds people to only head out onto the ice if it is at least 4 inches thick for safety. Experts say that four inches of ice thickness  takes quite a bit to degrade, even on warmer days like yesterday. The DEC says when it comes to ice that’s less than two inches, it’s the safest to stay off.

 

O’Mara Testifying at NY’s Farm Laborers Wage Board Hearing Tonight at 5pm
State Senator Tom O’Mara says later today, he will testify in opposition to any move by the state’s “Farm Laborers Wage Board” to roll back the current 60-hour-per-week overtime threshold for farm workers.  The Farm Wage Board is in the process of holding three additional virtual public hearings this month to hear testimony from farmers and other agricultural employers, farm workers, legislators, academic experts, and others. Hearings were held on January 4 and on Tuesday earlier this week.   O’Mara testifies today at 5pm at today’s final virtual hearing for the Wage Board.  You can view the hearing through the Wage Board’s website at: https://dol.ny.gov/farm-laborers-wage-board-hearings.    

 

DEC Ranger Get Wilderness First Responder Training at Hammondsport Fire Department
19 DEC Forest Rangers from Regions 7, 8, and 9 recently participated in the annual wilderness first responder training at the Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department. Training is led by Forest Rangers who are members as well as certified instructors at Wilderness Medical Associates International. Rangers are the only law enforcement members in New York State required to be certified as Wilderness First Responders through a 2-day training at a “sticks lab”. There, Rangers instructed how to measure and administer epinephrine to a patient. Rangers who are instructors travel across the country to train so they can bring their new knowledge back to New York.

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

Arkport Man Arrested for Multiple Charges After Investigation in Portage
An Arkport man was arrested for multiple charges, including a felony weapons charge after Livingston County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of a disabled vehicle that left the road in the Livingston County Town of Portage. The driver was identified as 33-year-old James Sick, who initially provided deputies with false information regarding his identity. A records check showed his driving privileges in New York were revoked. Sick was found to be in illegal possession of a switchblade knife as well as methamphetamine. He was charged with third degree criminal possession of a weapon, felony tampering with physical evidence, second degree criminal impersonation, seventh degree possession of a controlled substance and third degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

 

COVID Vaccine Clinic Scheduled Monday, January 24th
Steuben County Public Health Department announces another COVID vaccine clinic on Monday, January 24th from 3 - 5 PM at the Civil Defense Training Center on State Route 54 in Bath. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>.  Participants are offered first and second doses as well as boosters of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for those ages 12 and older.  Walk-ins will also be accepted.

 

Bath PD Announces Meet-and-Greet Next Week for New K9 Bud
The Bath Police Department announces a meet-and-greet event for their new K9 Officer, Bud, next week on Wednesday, January 26th at 4pm. The Meet-and-Greet will be in the upstairs gymnasium of the Municipal Building located at 110 Liberty Street in Bath. The Meet and Greet is exclusively open to  media, donors for Bud, board members and police officers. The family of the resident Bud is named after will also be in attendance. 

 

Congressman Reed Talks “Build Back Better” Funding to Local Infrastructure
In a media conference call this morning, Congressman Tom Reed touted the funding we will see locally thanks to the Build Back Better Act that he proudly voted for. Specifically, Reed mentioned the funding going to roads and expanding broadband thanks to the legislation. The Congressman also said local airports will receive a boost too. 
 

 

New Screening Equipment To Be Installed at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
TSA will install new baggage screening equipment at the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport from January 24th to 27th, according to WETM 18 News. The TSA is highly recommending all passengers arrive two hours early as carry-on bags must now be hand-searched. The Elmira/Corning Regional Airport said it appreciates the patience of travelers during this time.

 

Local Florist’s “Let Kindness Bloom” Campaign Delivers Arrangments to  Nursing Home Patients
Florist Jessica Powell, who is owner of DeLuxe Floral Design in Bath, started the “Let Kindness Bloom” campaign four years ago where donations are anonymously sponsored from the community, friends, and loved ones and delivered to residents in nursing care facilities. 10 area nursing homes had bouquets delivered that were sponsored by 400 residents last year! Though Powell is a bit behind her goal of matching what they accomplished last year, she hopes the community will help by donating so she can get at least 120 more sponsors. If you want to sponsor the “Let Kindness Bloom” campaign, donations will be accepted until January 28th. Arrangements can be ordered from the DeLuxe Floral Design social FaceBook page.

 

Local Lawmakers Call on FEMA Again for Individual Assistance for Steuben County
State Senator Tom O’Mara, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano Wednesday once again called on Governor Kathy Hochul to immediately respond with badly needed state financial assistance after yet another denial by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide federal aid to individual Steuben County flooding victims. In a joint statement, they said, “At a time when the federal government is working to distribute trillions of dollars of federal aid for nearly everything under the sun, it’s hard to understand FEMA’s continued denial of Individual Assistance to help hard-hit Steuben County flooding victims recover and rebuild. It makes no sense, it’s wrong, and while we have worked closely with the Hochul administration to try to do everything possible to get it reversed, now it’s time for New York State to act.” FEMA initially denied Individual Assistance last September. At that time, Hochul immediately appealed the FEMA decision and began working with the local representatives to try to overturn it but this week, FEMA rejected the state’s appeal. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

State Route 417 in Greenwood Closed Due to Steel Dumped by Tractor-Trailer
State Route 417 in Greenwood is closed to traffic after a tractor-trailer dumped a load of steel around 1:25 this afternoon. Troopers announced the closure on Twitter and reported that the tractor-trailer was hauling a load of steel that dumped onto the road. State Police also said there is no indication that anyone was injured, and the dump was the result of an unsecured load. Drivers should avoid the area for a few hours as crews clean up the scene. 

 

Free At-Home COVID Tests Available Online
Steuben County Public Health shared news that starting tomorrow you can order free COVID tests online. Every home in the U.S. can order 4 completely free at-?home COVID-?19 tests. There are no shipping costs so you don’t need to enter a credit card number. Check it out at:  https://www.covidtests.gov/?fbclid=IwAR02FhimTEQYLq78CxZhLqNUYDGV7oKflqSmSC2wKHAvS49JyAbDBLUrUks

 

County Manager Wheeler Talks More About WAGABox Landfill Project
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler joined me to talk about the upcoming WAGABox Technology Project coming to the County landfill in Bath that will convert solid waste into biomethane via incineration to be used for heating and transportation. The project is a big deal because it will be the first one in the US and North America. (WHEELER 1) For the interview, tune into the morning show tomorrow at th 8am hour or check it out on the wvinbath.com/community.

 

 

FLLT Acquires Tuffs Island on Susquehanna River

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) announced its acquisition of two popular paddling destinations in the Susquehanna River called Tuffs Island. These two undeveloped islands cover 41 acres and contain woodlands, open habitat, and floodplain forest as well as home to many species of wildlife, including bald eagles and migratory birds. The FLLT plans for the islands to serve as a conservation area with the purpose of safeguarding wildlife habitat and protecting water quality in the river. The Susquehanna River is the largest single source of fresh water to the Chesapeake Bay, which is in turn the largest estuary in North America.

 

Applications Open for NY AEM Leopold Conservation Award
Applications are open for New York State’s 2022 Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors a farm and its nominating Soil and Water Conservation District for extraordinary achievement in environmental stewardship. The $10,000 award is provided by the Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Department, American Farmland Trust (AFT), and Cornell Cooperative ExtensionGiven in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.  Applications for the New York AEM-Leopold Conservation Award are now being accepted, with county Soil and Water Conservation Districts applying on behalf of farms.  

Applications must be received by the Department by May 1, 2022. Interested candidates should contact their local county Soil and Water Conservation District to learn more. The application can be found at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/ApplyLCA.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 17th. 2022 (Martin Luther King Day)

Winter Weather Advisory Continues to 5pm
Today’s snowstorm bringing a total of 12-16 inches of snow has caused various closings and delays throughout the area. Today, ARC of Steuben Transportation is closed. City of Corning’s garbage collection has been delayed by one day. Hornell Area Transit is also closed today due to today’s area snowstorm. HAT will be open and its routes will be running normally tomorrow.  Various schools, daycares, doctor’s offices, and other businesses and organizations like Meals on Wheels are also closed today as we see the first major snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Twin Tiers region and will end about 5pm tonight.

 

Dead Body Found As Corning Fire Extinguished
The Leader reports that one body was found after firefighters responded to a structure fire on Norman Street in Corning Saturday afternoon. Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies said firefighters were told a body may be inside the building. They located the deceased individual inside the home when they extinguished the fire and it was very difficult to do so due to the clutter inside. Steuben County Coroner’s Office removed the body from the home. Corning Fire Department says the name of the victim and  cause of the fire will be released once the autopsy and investigation are completed.

 

Steuben Ranked 46th Out of Top 50 Highest NY COVID Vaccination Rates
Website stacker compiled a Top 50 list of the counties in New York with the highest vaccination rates. Our own Steuben County took 46th place with a vaccination rate of only 57.6%. The highest-vaccinated and best-ranked county in the Finger Lakes region was Ithaca’s Tompkins County placing 4th with a 77.1% vaccination rate. The complete list can be found here.

 

Bills Win 47-17 Against Patriots and Set To Play Kansas City Sunday
Buffalo Bills took home the win last night 47-17 against longtime rivals the New England Patriots in the NFL Wildcard Round at home in Highmark Stadium. Sunday the 23rd, they play against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. This is the fourth meeting between the Chiefs and Bills in two seasons. WVIN will broadcast all the action including pregame coverage. Kick-off is slated for 6:30pm.


 

Gillibrand Gets Backlash After Maskless Visit to Latham Restaurant
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand received a lot of backlash and criticism via social media after she was spotted entering a restaurant without a mask. The New York Senator was seen in a video walking maskless into restaurant Innovo Kitchen in Latham, New York. Syracuse.com reported the story of Gillibrand going in without a mask despite the state mandate requiring them in restaurants. Owner John LaPosta said Gillibrand walked past the “masks required to enter” sign so fast employees didn’t have a chance to tell her to put one on. Gillibrand did seem to issue an apology where she says: “We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of Omicron and that means following state and local guidance. That includes me and I will do better going forward.”

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 15th, 2022

Kickoff 8:15 As Bills Play Tonight on WVIN
AFC Champs the Buffalo Bills play tonight in the NFL Wild Card Round against longtime rivals the New England Patriots at Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium. As always, WVIN will have all the Bills action! Pregame starts at 6pm on 98.3 FM WVIN. Kick-off is at 8:15.

 

Tops Plaza in Riverside Sold To Carnegie Companies
The Tops Plaza in Riverside has been sold to Carnegie Companies, according to minutes from the Steuben County IDA. Carnegie Companies have requested the current PILOT benefits remain in effect and be transferred to the new ownership group. Public tax records indicate the sale has not yet been registered and the property is still listed as being owned by Pulteney Plaza Inc. The plaza in Riverside has been a site for businesses like Tops, Rent-A-Center, OIP and other office and restaurant spaces.  Pulteney Plaza would be the company’s second property in New York with their first being in Ripley, New York but a majority of their holdings are based in Ohio, according to the company website.

 

Another COVID Death Reported in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 282 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The latest death was a 79-year-old Town of Hornellsville man. 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.

 

State Eviction Moratorium Expires Today
Today, the New York State eviction moratorium ends after being extended  in 2021. The  Cuomo administration put in the pandemic-era law so tenants could be allowed to delay rental payments if they experienced hardship during the pandemic. Area landlords say after almost two years of not being paid by some residents, they are now struggling.  As the moratorium expires, local organizations like Arbor Housing are trying to help tenants and landlords by offering counseling and other services for residents who qualify. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, (or ERAP) is accepting applications again to help tenants who fell behind on rent payments during the pandemic. Though those who apply this time around aren't guaranteed to get funding, a pending application will provide a tenant temporary protection from eviction.

 

Hochul Says NY’s Weekly COVID Numbers Offer “Glimmer of Hope”
At yesterday’s COVID-19 press update, Governor Hochul says there has been a recent “glimmer of hope” regarding the pandemic as in the past week, the 7-day average COVID Positivity Rate in New York State has been on the decline from over 90,000 cases statewide to just over 49,000 Friday. Hospitalizations and deaths have also decreased.


Steuben DPW Urges Caution on the Road for Tomorrow's Snowstorm
Steuben County Public Works is preparing for the Nor'easter snowstorm expected to hit the area tomorrow. Deputy Commissioner Todd Housel said the DPW’s preparation begins days before the snow storm is anticipated in our area. Housel says part of the early-prep process is having salt and sand “mixed, fully stocked and ready to go,”  while also checking trucks and their tires. When there's an accumulation of six to 12 inches of snow, the county’s plowers work in sequence together and are dispatched by two district supervisors: one in the North and South.  Plows stay out and go around until about 9 or 10 at night. Housel reminds the public to be cautious of their surroundings and patient on the road as plows will be traveling at 20 mph to evenly spread salt on the roads. Drivers are also urged to look out for turn signals on the roads as it gets very snowy out, especially with those snow plows moving so slowly. 

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Needs Feedback for Survey
Steuben County residents are being asked to take five minutes to complete a survey to help the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The survey is available online at the link below.  Feedback is strongly encouraged as it will be part of local drug prevention efforts this year. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBJF3JF

Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 14th, 2022

County DPW Urges Caution on the Road for Sunday Snowstorm
Steuben County Public Works is preparing for the Nor'easter snowstorm expected to hit the area this Sunday. Deputy Commissioner Todd Housel said the DPW’s preparation begins days before the snow storm is anticipated in our area. Housel says part of the early-prep process is having salt and sand “mixed, fully stocked and ready to go,”  while also checking trucks and their tires. When there's an accumulation of six to 12 inches of snow, the county’s plowers work in sequence together and are dispatched by two district supervisors: one in the North and South.  Plows stay out and go around until about 9 or 10 at night. Housel reminds the public to be cautious of their surroundings and patient on the road as plows will be traveling at 20 mph to evenly spread salt on the roads. Drivers are also urged to look out for turn signals on the roads as it gets very snowy out, especially with those snow plows moving so slowly. 

 

Another COVID Death Reported in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 282 since the beginning of the pandemic.  The latest death was a 79-year-old Town of Hornellsville man. 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.

 

Prattsburgh Man Arrested for DWI & Other Charges for Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that today deputies arrested a 44-year-old Prattsburgh man following an investigation of a January 4th report of a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Cook School Road in Prattsburgh. Carlos Mendez allegedly operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, resulting in a rollover crash and causing injury to himself and two passengers in the vehicle. Mendez and both passengers were transported to medical facilities for treatment. Mendez was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding, Fail to Keep Right and No Seat Belt. He was held for arraignment in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Man Arrested for DWI After Hitting Porch in Wheeler
Troopers in Bath were dispatched Tuesday afternoon to a motor vehicle accident in Wheeler where a house on Bull Hill Road was struck by a car.  As they arrived on scene, Troopers observed a red Honda Fit on the porch of the Bull Hill Road residence.  The owner of the house reported no injuries.  Troopers also spoke with the the operator of the vehicle, Grayson Czarnecki, and detected an odor of  alcohol on his breath.  Czarnecki failed all administered field sobriety tests and was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed at SP Bath and provided a breath sample of .17% BAC and was issued all applicable traffic tickets returnable to the Wheeler Town Court for a later date in January.

 

Corning Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny and Falsifying Records
State Troopers in Painted Post say they arrested Corning woman Sarah Schroeder after a grand larceny investigation. Schroeder allegedly used a family member’s Paypal account and cashed forged checks worth over $3,000 from the same family member’s checking account. Schroeder was charged with grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument, and falsifying business records. She was an issued appearance ticket and released.

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Needs Feedback for Survey
Steuben County residents are being asked to take five minutes to complete a survey to help the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The survey is available online at the link below.  Feedback is strongly encouraged as it will be part of local drug prevention efforts this year. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HBJF3JF

 

COVID Vaccine Clinics Fridays at Bath Civil Defense Center
Steuben County Public Health reminds people that with COVID cases surging in the area, it is important to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you can. The county’s COVID vaccine clinic is open every Friday from 10 am - 2 pm at the Civil Defense Training Center on Route 54 in Bath for anyone age 12 and older. Registrations are recommended by visiting www.steubencony.org/covid Walk ins are accepted. You can find other vaccine clinics by visiting  www.vaccines.gov

 

Fmr Gov. Cuomo’s Attorney Calls Misconduct Investigation “Shoddy”
Yesterday afternoon, new information about former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was released as Cuomo's attorney, Rita Glavin, brought forth new information regarding some of the eleven sexual misconduct allegations against him. Glavin claims New York Attorney General Letitia James withheld evidence that Cuomo’s team received per request last week. Glavin says the evidence showcases a poor investigation of the complaints against Cuomo, calling it “shoddy” and “one-sided”  with a “predetermined outcome”. She also said that the pieces missing from the investigation “created an alternate result”. Glavin has a full webinar analyzing the new evidence which can be viewed here.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Two Arrested for Cannabis Sales at Bath Commercial Establishment
Bath Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Departments report December 30th, officers of the Bath PD and Sheriff’s deputies arrested two persons in connection with cannabis possession and sales at a commercial establishment on West Morris Street in the Village of Bath, resulting from an investigation and search. Arrested was 34-year old Michael Brown of Hammondsport for allegedly selling cannabis to someone under the age of 21. He was charged with Criminal Sale of Cannabis in the Third Degree then released on an appearance ticket to return to the Village of Bath Court. Also arrested was 34-year-old Brent D. Gallegos of Bath. He allegedly possessed a quantity of suspected cannabis in excess of three ounces. Gallegos was charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis then released on an appearance ticket to return to the Village of Bath Court. Chief Taft and Sheriff Allard thank State Troopers for their assistance in this arrest. 

 

Bath Dollar General on Route 415 Closed for Heat Repairs
The Bath Dollar General on Route 415 is closed until further notice until heating repairs in the store are completed. The other two Bath Dollar General stores on State Route 54 and West Morris Street are still open if you need to shop at the chain retail store. 

 

Steuben Joins 11-County Call to Rescind Health Care Worker Booster Mandate
Steuben and ten other county governments in the greater Finger Lakes region wrote a letter to Governor Hochul yesterday where they urged her to rescind the New York state’s vaccine booster mandate for health care workers. Staffing shortages across the area are cited as a reason they ask to roll back the mandate. Steuben and the ten other counties said they would be in favor of offering a “test-out option for fully vaccinated healthcare workers who do not receive the recommended booster shot within the prescribed time frame on a temporary basis until the Omicron wave subsides and the hospital capacity crisis abates.”

 

O’Mara Speaking at Jan. 20th Virtual Public Hearing on Farm Overtime
January 4th was the first of three scheduled public hearings on reducing the overtime threshold for farm laborers. State Senator Tom O’Mara is scheduled to speak at the next virtual meeting on January 20th and says he hopes to delay any further action by the Farm Wage Board to lower the requisite number of hours a farm worker needs to work before receiving overtime. Overtime is currently set at 60 hours and O’Mara says lowering the threshold to 40 hours a week will weaken the state’s agricultural industry and put some farms out of business. He cosponsored legislation that would extend the submission date for the report on the matter to December 31st, 2024.

 

Sheriff’s Office Arrests 3 for Impaired Driving
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from January 8th - 11th, deputies arrested three people for  impaired or intoxicated driving. Suspects include 43-year-old Addison man Michael J. Eckstein on State Route 417 in Erwin for alleged DWI, 30-year-old Hornell woman Andraya J. Bartlebaughfor allegedly operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs on Bethesda Drive in Hornell,  and 48-year-old Painted Post man Nilesh T. Patel on South Hamilton Street in Erwin for alleged DWI. All 3 suspects were released on traffic summons to appear in respective town Courts.

 

Alfred-Almond CSD Starts Remote Learning as Bus Driver Sick Out Continues
As a result of the bus driver strike at the Alfred-Almond School District, the school has gone to remote learning for the day after most of the drivers called out sick.  The district says it's trying to keep bus routes running smoothly despite the shortage as they are now down to three bus drivers after one was fired and four quit. Parents pushed board members for answers and a plan to get kids to school. At a heated board meeting this morning, former bus driver Aaron Kautz asked Superintendent Bliven how kids would get to their in-person learning to which Bliven responded  "We'll let you know," Kautz then called for a vote of no confidence for Bliven to resign. Kautz says he was fired by the school district after posting about the labor disputes to social media. Bliven said though AACSD bus drivers are understaffed, students will continue to have in-person learning. 

 

NY DOH Releases New Vaccination Guidance for School Extracurricular Activities
New York State Department of Health issued new guidance that would restrict some students, teachers, and school staff from being able to participate in sports, extracurriculars, and other after-school activities, depending on their booster vaccination status. Guidance was issued to school districts and local health departments earlier this week and says those ages 12 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot, and not yet boosted, won’t be allowed to participate in extracurricular or after school activities if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. This new guidance only affects extracurricular activities. Those who have been exposed but are fully-vaccinated may continue to attend school activities regardless of booster shots. The same rule applies for teachers and school staff members.

 

Palmesano Reveals New Bills for New State Legislative Session
As a response to Governor Hochul’s annual State of the State Address, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano introduced some new measures he wants passed in the State Assembly. Palmesano introduced the Inflation Relief and Consumer Assistance Plan that he says will put hard-earned dollars back into your pockets by slashing sales taxes for two years and bring immediate relief at the pump, on grocery bills and home heating costs. He says the Restore Order Anti-Crime initiative would keep violent criminals off the streets, fix faulty bail reform laws and restore judicial discretion back to judges. 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Liverpool Man Arrested for Traveling to Avoca to Meet Child for Sex
Troopers arresed a Liverpool man yesterday for allegedly traveling to Avoca to meet a child for sex. State Police say 23-year-old Nathaniel Guarente allegedly met the child online and traveled nearly two hours to the Village of Avoca on January 9th. He met the minor, who was under the age of 16, and allegedly engaged in a sex act. Troopers arrested him yesterday for sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. Guarente was released on an appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date.

 

County Will Not Call COVID Positives Unless 1 of 4 Priority Groups
New York state and Steuben County Public Health made a major change as they both announced contact tracing for COVID will no longer be required due to the high number of COVID cases continuing to overwhelm county health departments. Those who test positive will get a text to their phone to fill out a questionnaire. Once they get confirmation they tested positive, Smith says they should reach out to anyone they have had close contact with, and then the affected parties can download the isolation and quarantine forms from the state and county websites. Those testing positive will get contacted via a call if they fall underneath one of four priority groups: the elderly (defined as age 70 and older), the youngest population, congruent living situations, and schools, which will include daycares.

 

Addison Woman Arrested for Bail Jumping
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports today deputies arrested 36-year-old Rachel A. English of Addison following an investigation of a reported disturbance there. English allegedly was wanted on two warrants, one of which was fortwo felony charges, and both for failure to appear in the Village of Bath Court. English was arrested on both warrants and additionally charged with Bail Jumping in the Second Degree (a class E Felony). English was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

Blood Drive Friday in Bath

The Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis in the US, warning the public of the consequences of its worst blood shortage in over a decade. Friday is a blood drive at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath from 8:45am to 2pm. Next month on Tuesday, February 15th, the Bath VA has a drive in Building 92 from 11:30am to 4:30pm. To schedule a donation, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS

Palmesano & GOP Announce Restore Order “Anti-Crime Initiative” Bill
State GOP lawmakers are calling for greater public safety measures and introduced a new anti-crime bill as an answer to what they say are failed bail reform laws. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says his legislative colleagues and law enforcement officials are backing him as they introduced their Restore Order Anti-Crime Initiative in Albany yesterday: a plan they say will help curb violence. Palmesano says violent offenders are being put back in the streets to often reoffend. Palmesano says there’s a high rate of dangerous people reoffending thanks to recent bail reform laws, and as a result, many citizens no longer feel safe in their communities.  In New York City, it’s estimated 28% of those freed after an arrest, end up reoffending. Palmesano says the measures of this new bill are common-sense reforms like restoring judicial discretion back to judges as well as more involvement from DA's and law enforcement in these cases. 

 

SNAP Recipients to Receive Max Benefits for January
New York State announced yesterday that everyone in the state enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum level of food benefits for January with $230 million more funding going to the program. The maximum benefit level for a family of 4 in New York State is $835 and families who already receive that amount will see a $95 stipend added to their account. SNAP officials say additional benefits SNAP households have received since the onset of the pandemic have helped over 2 million New Yorkers avoid food insecurity and make ends meet. Benefits will go into effect for all counties outside of New York City between today and January 21st. Unused benefits will carry over into the next month.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

DOCCS Says Delay Continues for the Release of Eric Smith
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reports that the release of Eric Smith will continue to be delayed due to Smith not yet having an approved address upon his release. Once housing is approved and if Smith is released, DOCCS staff will conduct home visits to make sure he is in compliance with the conditions of his release-which was originally scheduled almost two months ago on November 17th. Eric Smith served 28 years after he was convicted at age 13 for the brutal 1993 murder of 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Savona. Smith indicated in previous parole hearings that he hopes to relocate to Savona to start a job in electrical installation or carpentry fabrication after his release.

 

Public Health Updates COVID Tracing & Quarantine Procedures
Steuben County has announced updates to its contact tracing procedures, including isolation and quarantining to follow the updated New York State of Health guidance. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said the basics of staying home as a positive or contact has remained the same and that due to the overwhelming spread of COVID-19 at this time., “It is not feasible for our small staff to personally reach every positive and contact because of the volume of cases."  Under the state policy changes, lab tested positives will get a text message or phone call from the state call center once test results have been received. Those who test positive must remain at home for five days from symptom onset or from their test date if they do not have symptoms. They may end their quarantine as long as they have no symptoms or resolved symptoms at the end of the fifth day and  wear a well-fitted mask around others for five additional days. Those testing positive with a home test must still report their positive home test to Public Health at www.steubencony.org or www.steubencony.org/publichealth

 

Free COVID Testing Tomorrow at Civil Defense Training Center
Free diagnostic COVID testing for symptomatic residents is available at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am - 1 pm. Registration is strongly encouraged and an account must be set up prior to testing. Registration information can be found at www.steubencony.org/covidtests

 

Two from PA Arrested on Multiple Charges After Bath Traffic Stop
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday deputies arrested 37-year-old Brandon L. Tuttle and 19-year-old Karley R. Knickerbocker, both of Westfield, PA following a traffic stop in Bath. Mr. Tuttle allegedly possessed a pistol and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle.  Knickerbocker allegedly tried to conceal or destroy physical evidence and possessed a controlled substance during the traffic stop. Tuttle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, and Obstructed License Plate.. Knickerbocker was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Tuttle was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Knickerbocker was released on an appearance ticket to return to the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Elmira Man Arrested After Painted Post Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested 40-year-old Elmira man Chad G. White following an investigation of an assault during a domestic incident in Painted Post. White allegedly struck another person, causing injury as well as choked that person, threatened that person and detained that person against their will. It is also alleged White violated a stay-away order of protection and terms of his parole while committing these acts. White was charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Menacing in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail due to his parole violation.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Assault at County Jail
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says  Corning man Charles Sly was arrested after an alleged assault in the Steuben County Jail. Sly allegedly struck another person and choked them inside the facility. He was charged with Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. The victim was treated at a local medical facility then released to return to the jail. Sly was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the Steuben County Jail.

 

NY State Passes Legislation Making Voting Easier
The New York State Senate passed a package of bills making voting easier. One of the measures would continue expanding absentee voting, allowing voters who feel uncomfortable going to the polls in person to vote absentee- similar to what we saw during the early days of the COVID pandemic. Voters could request absentee ballots, beginning with school board elections in the spring. Legislation would also reduce the voter registration deadline from the current 25 days before an election to ten days before. The number of ballot drop-off locations would be increased. Some measures overturn decisions made by voters in November. Governor Hochul did say in her State of the State Address that she endorsed the reduction of the registration deadline to ten days.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 10th, 2022

Bath Man Arrested After Narcotics Investigation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that today deputies arrested 40-year-old Jose A. Velez of Bath. The arrests follow an investigation of reported narcotics sales in the Bath area. Velez was indicted by the Steuben County Grand Jury for possession and sales of a controlled substance and a subsequent warrant was issued. Velez was arrested due to the Superior Court Warrant of Arrest. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree. Velez was held in the Steuben County Jail pending arraignment in Steuben County Court.

 

Millport Man Arrested for Burglary in Corning
A Millport man was arrested by Troopers for burglary after a nearly year-long investigation into an incident first reported last winter. Yesterday, 29-year-old Danial Sargent in connection to a reported burglary from January 2021. State Police discovered Sargent was allegedly living in an apartment in the Town of Erwin while the actual tenant was staying in Rochester for a period of time. The landlord contacted Troopers after noticing Sargent in the apartment. Sargent was arrested in Corning and charged with second-degree Burglary.

 

Cameron Mills Woman Arrested in Bath for Grand Larceny
Troopers arrested a Cameron Mills woman Saturday morning after an almost seven-week-long larceny investigation. Sally Gilbert, 58, was arrested in the town of Bath and has been charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree for allegedly stealing property valued at over $1,000. No details were given on what was stolen, or where it was stolen from as the incident is pending investigation. Gilbert was released on an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date.

 

3 Hospitalized After Savona Crash
A Saturday night crash in Savona sent three young people to nearby hospitals. Troopers say the accident happened when a vehicle struck a culvert pipe. Two minors and an 18-year-old were in the vehicle. Troopers are reporting the crash was a non-criminal accident and that no arrests were made. Statuses of the crash victims are unknown at this time. WVIN will keep you updated on this developing story. 

 

County Residents Urged to Take State Broadband Assessment Survey
Steuben County officials remind all county residents their participation in the two-part New York State Broadband assessment survey is an essential way to improve broadband services. The survey gives people a way to test the speed of their internet connections at home or in the office, then take a short survey. Paper copies of the survey also are available. Counties say in this post-pandemic world, the importance and need of reliable broadband services has never been greater! The survey is located at https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/

 

Bath Man is Steuben’s Latest COVID Death; Smith Says Get Vaccinated

Steuben County Public Health Department reported another COVID-related death: a Town of Bath man who was 78.  This brings the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 278 since the beginning of the pandemic. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith said  "Getting vaccinated is the best path forward." Today is a COVID vaccine clinic is at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath from noon - 6 PM. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>

 

Buffalo Bills Clinch AFC East After Winning Over NY Jets 27-10
The Buffalo Bills clinched the AFC East championship for the second straight year yesterday, winning the title 27-10 over the New York Jets. It’s the third time in franchise history that the Bills have won back-to-back division titles. The first time, it was when they won four straight from 1963 to 1966 and again from 1988 to 1991. Last season marked their first division crown since 1995.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Bath Man is Steuben’s Latest COVID Death
Steuben County Public Health Department reports another COVID-related death: a Town of Bath man who was 78.  This brings the total number of COVID deaths in Steuben County to 278 since the beginning of the pandemic. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith said  "Getting vaccinated is the best path forward." Residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

 

County Residents Urged to Take State Broadband Assessment Survey
Steuben County officials remind all county residents their participation in the two-part New York State Broadband assessment survey is an essential way to improve broadband services. The survey gives people a way to test the speed of their internet connections at home or in the office, then take a short survey. Those wishing to report on their cell phone are invited to participate in the survey, only. Paper copies of the survey also are available. Counties say in this post-pandemic world, the importance and need of reliable broadband services has never been greater! The survey is located at https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/

 

Former HPG Official Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny
Yesterday, the former executive director of Hornell Partners for Growth pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny for stealing $1,711 from their Annual Fourth of July festival that was earmarked for the city of Hornell’s Business Improvement District. Almond woman Michelle “Shelly” Stevens was convicted as a result of a joint investigation by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and the New York State Police. 38-year-old Stevens worked at Hornell Partners for Growth from 2014 to 2018 and resigned as the Almond town clerk in Allegany County in Spring of 2021. It was ordered that Stevens pay full restitution in the amount of $1,711. She is due back in court for sentencing January 3rd, 2023.

 

Missing & Vulnerable Geneva Man May Be in Corning
Authorities need help locating a vulnerable 32-year old Geneva man that police say is missing. Brent Crandall has been missing since Sunday. He’s described as a 5 foot 9 inch tall white man with blue eyes and brown hair. He is balding, weighs about 165 pounds and was last seen wearing sweatpants and a red sweatshirt. Police say he could be in the Corning area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Geneva Police Department at (315) 828-6771, 911, or Detective Vine at (315) 828-6784 or smv@geneva.ny.us

 

COVID Testing Monday at Bath Civil Defense Training Center
Steuben County Public Health Department continues COVID vaccine clinics at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. The next vaccine clinic is Monday, January 10 from 12 - 6 PM. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>. 

 

Mobile Sports Betting Operators Launch in NY Today
New York state recently made mobile sports betting legal and you be able to bet using your smartphone as soon as  9am today as four licensed operators can start accepting mobile bets in New York: Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive. The State Gaming Commission says five other “conditionally” licensed operators are still working to gain approval to launch betting. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 7th, 2022

Bath Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday they arrested 33-year-old Bath man Michael C. Woodruff  following an investigation of a violation of an order of protection in Bath. Woodruff allegedly violated a duly served order of protection by contacting the protected person via telephone while incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Woodruff was charged with Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the jail.

 

COVID Masks & Test Kits Available at Local Municipal Halls
Steuben County is distributing at-home COVID-19 testing kits today through each city, town or village hall. The county is also giving out at-home tests and N95 masks to residents at the Corning Fire Department Friday, while supplies last.  Steuben County Public Health Department continues COVID vaccine clinics at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. The next vaccine clinic is Monday, January 10 from 12 - 6 PM. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.steubencony.org/covid<http://www.steubencony.org/covid>.  

I-86 Accident This Morning Slows Traffic
An accident on I-86 involving a snowplow caused delays on the interstate early this morning near Exit 46 around 7:30am as our region saw the first major snowfall of the year. WETM says traffic was slowed to a crawl after a car caught fire on the highway and it’s believed the car collided with a snowplow. No injuries have been reported thus far but WVIN will keep you updated on this developing story.

 

Missing & Vulnerable Geneva Man May Be in Corning
Authorities need help locating a vulnerable 32-year old Geneva man that police say is missing. Brent Crandall has been missing since Sunday. He’s described as a 5 foot 9 inch tall white man with blue eyes and brown hair. He is balding, weighs about 165 pounds and was last seen wearing sweatpants and a red sweatshirt. Police say he could be in the Corning area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Geneva Police Department at (315) 828-6771, 911, or Detective Vine at (315) 828-6784 or smv@geneva.ny.us

 

BVFD Honors Service With Awards at This Month’s Meeting
At Bath Volunteer Fire Department’s January monthly meeting, awards were handed out to members for years of service, number of calls ran for the year as well as total lifetime and amount of training. Recognized for 55 Years of service was Spencer Longwell while James Orme, Mark Murray, John Page, Greg Glashauser and Alfred Brewer II were all recognized for their 50 years of Service! Those awarded for serving 45 years were John Conrad Sr., Steve Dungan and John Walczak. Ronald Delio was honored for 40 years of service. Michale Monroy was recognized for 35 years of serving the department while  Mark Conrad was honored for 30 years.

 

Mobile Sports Betting Launches in NY Tomorrow
If you’re itching to participate in New York state’s recently-legal mobile sports betting, you may be able to bet using your smartphone as soon as tomorrow. Beginning 9am Saturday, four licensed operators can start accepting mobile bets in New York: Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive. In a news release from the State Gaming Commission, five other “conditionally” licensed operators are still working to gain approval to launch betting. The launch of online gambling in New York comes just as the current NFL season winds down in its final weekend and looking ahead to the Superbowl. The move to mobile sports betting is seen by experts as potentially more lucrative than physical sports lounges.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 6th, 2022

County Landfill To Get Renewable Natural Gas Technology March 2023
Waga Energy will bring a first-of-its-kind Renewable Natural Gas project to the Steuben County landfill, adopting Waga Energy’s WAGABOX(R) technology, already in use at ten landfills with an additional eleven facilities forthcoming in Europe and North America.  Renewable Natural Gas produced will be injected in the local grid and used as a biofuel to decarbonize mobility. The WAGABOX(R) unit is set to be commissioned by March 2023 andl  can purify 1,000 standard cubic feet per minute (1,600 cubic meters per hour) of raw landfill gas to deliver 207,000 mmBtu (60 GWh) of RNG to be used for residential consumption or as a transportation fuel, equivalent to supplying around 4,000 homes with clean, local, and renewable energy, saving an estimated 13,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

 

Florida Man Arrested and Extradited to NY for Erwin Thefts
A Florida man was extradited to Steuben County in connection to several theft cases in May. New York State Police say 23-year-old Zachary Fretz of Sarasota, Florida was wanted in New York for a May 4th theft from the Erwin Walmart. Fretz was also wanted for another incident on May 16th where he allegedly stole a car and credit card and made $1,000 and $3,000 worth of fraudulent charges. Fretz was arrested in Florida on an unrelated charge and once authorities discovered he was wanted in New York, he was extradited to Steuben County Jail. Fretz faces charges including felony grand larceny of a credit card, felony criminal possession of stolen property, and four counts of misdemeanor petit larceny.

 

K-9 Twiggy Helps Sheriff Deputies Locate Missing Corning Teen
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports yesterday deputies rescued a child with the help of K-9 Twiggy after they responded to and investigated a reported missing juvenile in the Town of Corning. At about 1:30 in the morning a parent reported their child was missing from the residence. Deputies initiated a search and K-9 Twiggy responded and successfully tracked the missing child by locating the teen by cell phone to a trail in the woods at Spencer Crest Nature Center. Deputies say the missing teen was shoeless, coatless and suffering from apparent hypothermia and frostbite. Deputies and EMS personnel treated the found teen who was transported to a medical facility for further treatment. K-9 Twiggy recently celebrated his fourth birthday 5 days ago on January 1st!

 

COVID Testing Wednesdays & Saturdays at Civil Defense Center
Steuben County offers on-site COVID testing two days a week at the Civil Defense Training Center on State Route 54 in Bath every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing is intended for residents with symptoms, not for weekly testing that might be required for your work. Results take about 48 hours to return. Walk-ins are accepted, but registration is encouraged on the Steuben County website.

 

7 Alfred-Almond CSD Bus Drivers Strike for Better Wages
Yesterday, hundreds of Alfred Almond Central School District students waited at the bottom of their driveways for a ride that never came as seven out of nine of the school's bus drivers were holding a ‘sick out’ to protest what they considered unfair pay and poor working conditions. Drivers cited a handful of issues they wanted addressed before returning to work, mainly the issue of the ‘sick-out’ was pay. Drivers now make $15.47 an hour and asking for a $5 an hour raise by April to return to work.  Drivers involved stressed how much they love being a part of the Alfred Almond students’ lives and they felt bad for coming in the way of their educational experience. They hope parents understand why this needed to be done. WENY News reported they reached out to Superintendent Tracie Bliven and Union representative Tracey More but received no response.  On Facebook, the school posted at noon yesterday that it was looking for bus drivers. 

 

Three More Steuben County COVID Deaths Reported
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three more COVID-related deaths, bringing the total number of COVID deaths in the county to 277. Two were female residents from Corning who was 83 and a 78-year-old from Erwin. The other was an 89-year-old male resident from Campbell.All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. For the latest Steuben County updates, visit www.steubencony.org.

 

Sheriff’s Office Arrests 3 for Impaired Driving from Dec 31st-Jan 2nd
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces December 31st, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022, deputies arrested three for intoxicated or impaired driving as part of the High Visibility Engagement Campaign: 37-year-old Hornell man Andrew J. Miles, 69-year-old Bah man Robert E. Tolbert, and 28-year-old Nicholas A. Kowton of Almond. Suspects allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, along with other charges. All were released on traffic summons to appear in local, respective Town Courts at later dates.

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

6 Steuben Municipalities Say Yes to Both on Cannabis
As the deadline passed for municipalities across the state to opt-in or opt-out of marijuana dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges. Many Steuben County Municipalities that still have No Official Resolution on whether to opt in or out. There are six municipalities that voted yes to both dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges include the: Village of Bath, Town of Cohocton, Village of Cohocton, Town of Hornby, Town of Pulteney and the Town of Rathbone. The City of Corning and Town of Lindley voted ‘Yes” to dispensaries but “No” to consumption sites.

 

Free COVID Testing Wednesdays & Saturdays at Civil Defense Center

Free COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM by registration or walk-in. Participants can register at https://tinyurl.com/covidtest0105. The tests are conducted via self-administered saliva swabs and are diagnostic tests with results in about 48 hours, not rapid antigen tests.  Anyone who has already tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days should not get retested. Testing is free to participants; insurance will be billed if available.  Please bring your insurance card to the test site.  Participants must wear a mask.

 

Health Dept. & STLS Distributing KN95 Masks & COVID Rapid Test Kits
Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with the Southern Tier Library system to distribute free KN95 masks and rapid test kits to residents across Steuben County.  Starting today until supplies run out, each family can pick up masks and up to three boxes of rapid tests at their local library during business hours which can be found at https://www.stls.org/for-the-public/member-libraries/.  Test kits and masks are also available at the Steuben County Public Health Office.

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for Assault & Obstruction of Breathing
A Canisteo man was arrested yesterday after an alleged assault that took place last month. Canisteo Village Police Department arrested 38-year-old Nickalus Carbone for Assault in the 3rd Degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing. Carbone was processed and transported to the Steuben County Jail awaiting Centralized Arraignment Procedures.

 

NY’s IRC STill Deliberating Redistricting Maps
New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission has not yet reached an agreement on district maps…except when it comes to the Southern Tier region. The bi-partisan Independent Redistricting Commission met virtually yesterday to approve one set of newly drawn maps to present to the state legislature. They could not come to a single consensus and are supposed to present two sets of maps, each drawn by the respective political party. Southern Tier lawmakers say they were most concerned about preserving the rural congressional district. Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said “There was such a push to put an independent redistricting commission in place to take the politics out of it, but it didn’t seem like this was really able to be successful,” The state legislature decides next week between the two sets of maps or to throw both of them out entirely. If the latter happens, the Independent Redistricting Commission must come up with a consensus on these maps by the end of February. Palmesano also remarked: “The question will be, if the maps get sent to the legislature, will the legislative majorities agree and continue to adhere to that thinking of preserving a Southern-Tier-based congressional district.”

 

Arnot Announces Local COVID Vaccine Clinics

Arnot Health announces several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our area. Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital holds a clinic Tuesday, January 11th from noon to 3:00 pm. Bradford Central School District hosts a clinic Friday, January 14th 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Arnot Mall Events Center will hold clinics from 10am to 5pm every Wednesday through February. Clinics will offer all doses of all three vaccines. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted until 30 minutes before the clinic closes but kids 5-11 years old getting a vaccine must have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted for the pediatric vaccine clinics. Appointments for these clinics can be made by calling 1-800-952-2662 or by visiting Arnot’s website.

 

Reed Hosting Press Conference Tomorrow in Chautauqua County
Tomorrow morning at 10:30, Tom Reed hosts a press conference at the Chautauqua County Highway Department in Falconer to highlight funding for New York State roads and bridges under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill. Reed will highlight the approximately $13.5 billion in investments made in New York State roads and bridges under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.
 

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

More Information Released Regarding Prison Death of Ashline
New information has been released regarding the death of Brian Ashline. Ashline was convicted in the 2010 Father’s Day killing of his ex-girlfriend Trieste Clayton and their 3-year-old son Xavier at their home in Bath died in prison while Ashline was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Though in the ten-day trial, Ashline claimed “extreme emotional disturbance” for fatally stabbing his son and ex-partner, he was convicted of first-degree & second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, and criminal possession of a weapon. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said Ashline was pronounced dead at approximately 11:37 p.m. Christmas Eve at Clinton Correctional Facility after receiving emergency medical attention. The Clinton County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine and release Ashline’s official cause of death.  However, county laws could limit what information is released regarding the cause of death.

 

Arnot Announces Local COVID Vaccine Clinics
Arnot Health announces several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our area. Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital holds a clinic Tuesday, January 11th from noon to 3:00 pm. Bradford Central School District hosts a clinic Friday, January 14th 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Arnot Mall Events Center will hold clinics from 10am to 5pm every Wednesday through February. Clinics will offer all doses of all three vaccines. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted until 30 minutes before the clinic closes but kids 5-11 years old getting a vaccine must have an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted for the pediatric vaccine clinics. Appointments for these clinics can be made by calling 1-800-952-2662 or by visiting Arnot’s website.

 

Elmira Man Who Fled Trial Sentenced to Prison for 2020 Burglary
According to WENY, an Elmira man who fled his trial during deliberations in October and was captured weeks later following a high-speed chase in Pennsylvania was sentenced to 15-years in prison with up to five years of post-release supervision. Courtney Cade was sentenced this week for his involvement in a June 2020 burglary. Cade and another suspect were both charged after police say they broke into a home, pulled a gun, and threatened people inside.

 

County Sheriff Deputy Assaulted by Steuben County Man
Steuben County Sheriff’s reports one of their deputies was injured after being assaulted on duty on Thursday, December 30th. This happened as the deputy was serving civil papers and an active Violation of Probation warrant to 29-year-old Thomas A. Robbins. Robbins allegedly injured the deputy as he attempted to resist arrest. The deputy was treated for an undisclosed injury at a medical facility and was released. Robbins was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and held due to the Probation Violation Warrant.

 

Three New County Legislators Sworn in Yesterday
Three Steuben County legislators were sworn in yesterday for their first four-year term on the county board during the Legislature’s reorganizational meeting. In District 3, Bath Republican Dr. Guy Hammond, has replaced county Legislator Robin Lattimer. In District 9,  Canisteo Republican Wendy Lozo replaced county Legislator Tom Ryan. District 12 in Erwin will see a new legislator: Republican James Kuhl, who replaced Legislator Gary Roush. County Legislature Chairman Scott Van Etten was also unanimously re-elected to his position as legislative chief while county Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick was selected by county lawmakers to replace just-retired Legislator Robin Lattimer as vice-chair.

 

AAA: Southern Tier Seeing Some of the Lowest Gas Prices Across NY
Though gas prices have been recently on the rise, our Southern Tier region is seeing some of the lowest prices across the state according to AAA. Steuben County’s average price per gallon is now $3.44, compared to New York State’s current average price of $3.49-that’s one cent cheaper than it was a week ago.  Meanwhile, the national average is at about $3.29. A year ago it was $2.33 in the Empire State and $2.26 nationally.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, January 3rd, 2021

Addison Student Injured in Hit and Run This Morning
This morning, a 14-year-old Addison Central School District student was injured in a hit and run accident when she was struck in the crosswalk at the Main Street light. The driver, who has not yet been identified by police, fled the scene. The student was taken to Guthrie Corning Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was found a short time later and charged with running a red light and failure to yield right of way to a person in a crosswalk.

 

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Til Thursday
The National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory from 1:15pm today until Thursday January 6th posted for everyone in Steuben and several other counties. The primary threat tonight is snow and icy roads as temperatures drop into the upper-teens overnight. Rural and secondary roads could be slick from overnight precipitation. Two more rounds of snow will move through the region. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. Heavy lake-effect snow is possible Wednesday and Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 9 inches or more possible in the most persistent lake snows. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.

 

 COVID Cases Can be Reported to Steuben’s New Online Portal
Steuben County residents can now report their positive home COVID tests to the Steuben County Public Health Department online. The new portal asks for basic demographic information, vaccination status, and requires the positive individual to upload a picture of their positive test result.  Most home tests result in about 15 minutes and would need a picture to be taken within 30 minutes of taking the test to show valid results. In addition, information on household contacts can be entered in the portal.  Quarantine orders for household contacts will be issued. The home test reporting portal can be accessed on both the Steuben County website at www.steubencony.org<http://www.steubencony.org> and on the Public Health website at www.steubencony.org/publichealth<http://www.steubencony.org/publichealth>. Individuals who do not have internet access or need help can call Steuben Public Health at 607-664-2438 for more information.


 

Wayland Troopers Arrest Man for DWI
On Saturday, January 1st at about 2:00 a.m., Troopers in Wayland were advised by Steuben County 911 of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lane I-390 the town of Dansville. Troopers arrived on scene and located the vehicle driven by Andrew G. Russell, who appeared intoxicated.  Russell was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and was issued appropriate vehicle and traffic tickets returnable in the town of Dansville Court. 

 

Hochul Signs Legislation Banning Toxic Flame Retardants
Governor Kathy Hochul announced legislation that will prohibit the sale of furniture, mattresses, and electronic displays containing certain dangerous flame retardant chemicals, which have been linked to significantly elevated risks of neurological injury, hormone disruption, and cancer. Hochul signed off on this bill that will regulate chemicals in upholstered furniture, mattresses, and electronic enclosures. It helps to define terms like halogenated chemical, organophosphorus chemical, and organonitrogen chemical. It prohibits the sale of any furniture that contains identified flame retardant chemicals. It also established a fine of up to $2,500 per day for repeated offenses.

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