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.