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Top Stories, August 31, 2022

Bath PD: $28,000 In Damage Done In Bath Facility

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Jordan J. Burgado, age 20, who was arrested on an active arrest warrant for one count of Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class D Felony.   It is alleged that Burgado caused damage, in excess of $28,000, to a residential
facility in the Village of Bath.  Burgado was processed and transported to Steuben County Jail for arraignment
where he was released without bail. Burgado is due in Bath Village Court at a later date.

 

A Town Hall Is Happening In Bath Today

A Town Hall meeting on issues surrounding underage drinking is happening today, 11 am to 2 pm in Pulteney Square.  The event features a keynote speech “Consequences of Bad Decisions,” by Kimberly Clark and comments by Steuben County Sheriff James Allard and Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) Chairwoman, county Legislator Hilda Lando, (D-Corning City).  "Too many times have I had to tell a parent that their child is not coming home," Sheriff Allard said.  "Not neccesarily because the child was driving drunk, but because the child was riding with an intoxicating or impaired person," the sheriff stated.  "Impaired and intoxicated driving is still one of the number one cause of criminal deaths in our county." 

 

Will There Be A Friday Night Football Game This Week?

The Haverling Rams varsity football team was all set to play against the Waterloo Indians Friday night.  However, according to Haverling Rams Coach Matt Ford, it turns out Waterloo does not have enough players.  "We learned Monday night that our opponent, Waterloo, does not have enough players that are eligible, so they (Waterloo) had to cancel our game on Friday," Ford told WVIN's David Taylor Smith this morning on Community Focus.  "Right now we're trying to schedule a last minute game with a Pennsylvania school," Ford said.  "I don't know if that's going to happen or not, our back up plan is that we're going to have a scrimmage on Saturday morning at 9am with Penn Yan, Dundee and Hornell." 

 

Covid Test Kits Update From Steuben County Public Health

Steuben County Public Health says, people were ordering home covid test kits, but the funding for that is coming to an end on Friday.  "The federal home tests that people have been ordering, the government did not appropriate more funds, so that comes to an end this Friday," said Lorelei Wagner, from Steuben County Public Health. 

 

 

Top Stories, August 30, 2022

Pine City Man Is Charged/Is A Suspect For Other Break-In's

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 29, deputies arrested Rusty C. Lane, Jr., age 34, of Sagetown Road, Pine City, following an investigation of a reported burglary in progress on Swarthout Road, Lindley. Deputies located Lane in a garage which he allegedly did not have permission to enter or remain in. It is further alleged that Mr. Lane damaged a window of the garage and then refused to submit to his lawful arrest. K9 Daimon was deployed and Mr. Lane then submitted to arrest. It is further alleged that Mr. Lane possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Mr. Lane was charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class E Felony, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Mr. Lane was also arrested in connection to two active warrants, from Chemung County and the Town of Caton Court. Lane was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail due to the active warrants.  The sheriff also says, Lane is a person of interest in several reported burglaries in both Steuben County and Pennsylvania. Investigations are continuing and future charges may be pending.

 

Special Meeting Coming Up Thursday In Campbell

The Campbell Town Board will hold a Special Meeting at the Campbell Town Hall at 8529 Main Street on September 1, 2022 at 10:00am to consider and adopt the Resolution and Final Order Increasing the Maximum Amount to be Expended for Water District Extension No. 1 and Award the Construction Bid, Contract #1, for Water District Extension No. 1 and any other Town Business needed to be discussed. A copy of the proposed Resolution and Final Order can be viewed at the Town Hall.

 

Troopers: Savona Man Facing Drug Charges 

State Police report that 48 year old Dale Sutton of Savona, is facing the following charges: 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon.   State Troopers also report, that 28 year old Jeffrey McChesney of the Town of Lindley, has been charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of stolen property, worth $3,000.

Top Stories, August 29, 2022

County Covid Update - August 29, 2022

Steuben County Public Health reports that 152 new COVID cases have been reported since last Monday's update.  Officials say that Steuben County is now into the Medium community level. The county public health office also says, think about precautions with Labor Day gatherings: "if you're feeling sick, get tested and stay home, it’s also recommended when a county is in medium for those at high risk of getting very sick to wear a high-quality mask or N95 when indoors in public."

 

Water Main Work Started Today In The Village Of Bath

Bath Gas Electric and Water is doing water main replacement on Muck Circle and that started today, work on that is expected to last through the month of September.  Bath Gas Electric and Water also says, starting today, their offices is closed to walk in customers but there will be a drive up window.  Bath Gas Electric And Water says, the drive up window will be open weekdays, 830am to 4pm, but closed from 1pm to 2pm.

 

Bath Man Facing Drug Charges

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Keith C. Frailey, 43, of 31 W William St, Bath, NY on August 23.  Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, Frailey was arrested subsequent to a suspicious person investigation where he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of various narcotic drugs. Frailey is currently charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, both Class B felony and one count of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.  Frailey was turned over to the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Steuben County CAP Court, where he was held without bail.  The investigation is still ongoing and further charges are pending for Frailey.   Frailey is currently on parole for Burglary with the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

 

Bath Resident Allegedly Violates Protection Order

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Shaylee E. Ridley, age 25, of Bath, on August 26, 2022.  This arrest stems from a Criminal Contempt complaint in which Ridley violated an order of protection.  Ridley was subsequently charged with Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest, all class A misdemeanors. Ridley was turned over to the custody of the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in Steuben County CAP court at which time she was remanded to jail on $250.00 bail.  Ridley is scheduled to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 

 

Security Cameras And Solving Crime 

Security video is helping police departments in the region out these days.  Elmira Police report, that they found out the identity of several vandals, that damaged vehicles at the Elm Chevrolet recently.  Police in Elmira say it was over $10,000 in damage to the vehicles.

 

Hochul And Zeldin And Their Thoughts On Crime 

Governor Kathy Hochul said today, that 6,000 illegal guns are off the street and the governor calls this real progress.  the governor’s opponent, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin says, violence in the streets of New York City keeps getting worse and worse with pro criminal laws, lax district attorneys and judges.

Top Stories, August 26, 2022

Hammondsport And Campbell: Places To Be On Saturday

Two big events are happening locally, tomorrow.  In Hammondsport, it’s the 11th annual smoke on the water, is coming up tomorrow from Noon till 800pm.  It’s on the southern end of Kueka Lake and it’s being put on by the Hammondsport fire department.  Also tomorrow, in Campbell, at the American legion, from 10am till 4pm tomorrow there’s the second annual craft fair and community event, there will be over 40 craft vendors, lots of kid activities, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken barbeques and bake sales.  Proceeds will go to local veterans and the Campbell community.

 

Two Bath Residents Are Charged With Burglary 2nd Degree

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, recently, 35 year old Michael A. Cavallaro and 21 year old Kiara Ackley, both of Bath, were each charged with 2nd degree burglary, a class C Felony.  The Bath Police Chief says, both suspects are alleged to have forced their way into a residence with intent to commit a crime on West Washington Street.  The two were processed and then taken to the Steuben County Jail where they were arraigned and released. They are both due back in court at a later date.

 

Possible Changes To The County Lawmaker Maps

Coming up on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, Steuben County voters will be able to vote on  proposed changes in the county Legislature’s districts.   There will be a public referendum about the changes to the maps of county lawmakers will be one of things you can vote on in the November Election.  Proposed changes include County District 3, which covers the Town of Bath, adding Bradford to the county district 3 map.  Also, county lawmaker district 5 is up for changes (that's Urbana, Prattsburgh and Pulteney).  The proposed changes would add the Town of Wayne, and County Lawmaker District Map 7, the Town of Erwin, adds Campbell and adds an additional county lawmaker seat. 

Top Stories, August 25, 2022

Bath Resident Charged After Alleged Break-In

State police report that 31 year old Carissa Liberti of Bath, is charged with 3rd degree burglary, illegal entry and petit larceny.   Liberti was held in custody. 

 

Second Annual Sheriff's Showdown At WGI

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, that for the second year in a row, this year on October 13th at Watkins Glen, there’s going to be a friendly race between law enforcement officials, it’s called the Sheriff’s Showdown.  The money raised from the October 13th Sheriff’s Showdown will go towards the New York State Sheriff’s Institute and Summer Camp.

 

Another Bail Reform Success Story

Chemung County Sheriff Bill Schrom says, a 27 year old Corning man and another suspect, tried to rob a man, using a knife and a machete, during a home invasion in Southport.  The homeowner had a gun and chased the two away, the 27 year old Corning man, was later found in Steuben County and charged with 3rd degree burglary.  The Chemung County Sheriff also reports, that the arrest, turned into another catch and release situation, because of the bail reform laws out of Albany.

 

Reaction To Cancelling Student Debt

Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer says, he’s glad that President Joe Biden listened to the Senate Democrats call, to cancel student debt for millions of borrowers, including those who got pell grants.   Democrat Senator Gillibrand says Biden’s easing the burden of student loan debt for years to come.  Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz says: The highest concentration of student loan debt is held by people in Washington, DC. This administration’s policy is to force blue collar workers and American families across the country to pay off the cost of a Washington bureaucrat’s college degree.” 

Top Stories, August 24, 2022

Fentynal And Meth Arrest In Bath 

From State Police: The New York State Police Troop E Violent Gangs and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET) conducted a narcotic investigation in Steuben County on Monday, August 22.  At approximately 5:30 a.m., a search warrant was executed at 7114 State Route 415 Apartment 103 in the town of Bath.  During a search of the residence investigators seized US currency, approximately 7.5 ounces of methamphetamine and approximately 15 grams of fentanyl.   Resident, Gerald L. Barclay, age 24, was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree.  Barclay was remanded to the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment.  The New York State Police utilized its Special Operations Response Team (SORT), a NYSP K9 Unit, and were assisted by the Elmira Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).    

 

Primary/Special Election Results 

Here’s what we know, as of this posting, about last night’s primary and special election.  For the local GOP primary, Nick Langworthy has been declared the winner by most media outlets, though there are still 30 districts that are not in yet.  And Nick Langworthy is ahead of Carl Paladino, district wide, by 1,992 votes.  In Steuben County, Langworthy got 2,587 more votes than Paladino.  However, Carl Paladino is refusing to concede, Paladino says he wants to see about statistical irregularities in more than one county. 

 

Now in regards to the Special Election, where there are still 29 districts that are not in yet, Republican Joe Sempolinski is ahead of Democrat Max Della Pia, district wide, by 4,748 votes.  In Steuben County, Sempolinski’s ahead of Della Pia by 3,444 votes.  And Joe Sempolinski has declared victory.   Also, Max Della Pia will be on the ballot in the November for the Democrats for the race for the new 23rd congressional district, and will – unless Paladino can turn this around – Della Pia will run against Republican Nick Langworthy in November.

 

Corning Man To Appear In Corning City Court On Friday 

Corning resident and murder suspect, 29 year old Brett Heffner, will be in Corning City Court on Friday morning.  Brett Heffner is accused of killing 26 year old Keli Collins in Corning recently.

 

Bingo Is Coming Back

The bath fire department says that Bingo is back at the bath volunteer fire department…It starts up monday September 19th…Doors open at 530 and games start at 7pm.  This will be every 1st and 3rd Mondays.

 

Polio Vaccination Rate In Steuben County

Steuben county public health says, last month, a case of paralytic polio was confirmed in Rockland County. They also say polio is in more than that one person in Rockland and Orange Counties and NYC.   Here are the numbers locally on polio vaccines: they say one in four Steuben County two year olds are not up to date on their polio vaccines. The county is encouraging parents to get the polio vaccine for their kids.

 

Beaver Dams Man Facing Meth Accusations

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 19, 2022, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Andy R. Mattison, age 46, of Hornby Road, Beaver Dams, New York, following an investigation of a 911 open line in the Town of Bradford, New York.  It is alleged that Mr. Mattison possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine with the intent to sell it.  Mr. Mattison was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D Felony.  Mr. Mattison was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. 

Top Stories, August 23, 2022

The August 23rd Primary/Special Election Is Here 

Today is August 23, 2022,  there is a special election and a primary today.  The special election is open to all voters, and the candidates are Democrat Max Della Pia and Republican Joe Sempolinski. The primary is a Republican primary between Nick Langworthy and Carl Paladino.  The polls are open until 9:00 tonight. 

 

Two Local Events This Coming Weekend

Two big events are happening locally, this coming weekend, one in Hammondsport and one in Campbell.  In Hammondsport, it’s the 11th annual smoke on the water, is coming up on Saturday August 27th from 12PM till 800pm, and it’s on the southern end of Kueka Lake.  It’s being put on by the Hammondsport Fire Department.  Also on Saturday August 27th, at the Campbell American legion, from 10am till 4pm. there’s the second annual Craft Fair and Community Event.  There will be over 40 craft vendors, lots of kid activities, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken barbeques and bake sales.  Proceeds will go to local veterans and the Campbell community. 

 

Governor Kathy Hochul: Zeldin And Trump Are Not NY'ers

Albany reporter Jon Campbell was at a rally where Gov. Kathy Hochul was speaking last night.  The Albany reporter is quoting the governor,  as saying, Republicans Donald Trump and Lee Zeldin are "not New Yorkers" and suggested they should "go to Florida where they belong."  Hochul continued, “It’s simple: If you don't support abortion rights, environmental protections, or commonsense gun safety measures, you have no place leading New York.”   Congressman Lee Zeldin responded in disbelief:  "The governor of the State of New York says that if you disagree with her that you need to leave the state?  Get on a bus and go - you're not a New Yorker?  And (if) you plan on voting Republican, (do) you have to leave too, you're not a New Yorker?  What if you're one of those disenfranchised Democrats?  There are many Democrats who are upset with Kathy Hochul.  And all those people are planning on voting Republican this November?  What - they're not New Yorkers and they have to leave?" 

 

Accident/Blotter News 

Troopers say, a 68 year old Dansville woman and a 30 year old Missouri man, survived a car accident uninjured, that was yesterday in the 3:00 hour, on the I 86 ramp at exit 38.  State Police report, that two Elmira men, 31 year old Trevor Robinson, and 36 year old Charles Stewart, were charged yesterday, for allegedly trying to smuggle contraband into an Elmira jail.  Both suspects, were held. 

Top Stories, August 22, 2022

Stop DWI Labor Day Campaign - From Bath Police
The Village of Bath Police Department will be participating in the statewide STOP-DWI Labor Day High Visibility Engagement Campaign. The campaign started on August 19th, 2022 and will end on September 5, 2022.  

 

Covid Update From Steuben County Public Health

85 new COVID cases have been reported since Wednesday's update. We are happy to see that Steuben has dropped back down into the low community level.  If anyone is seeking COVID vaccines or other back to school vaccines, our next immunization clinic is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23 from 2-5 pm. Call our office at 607-664-2438 to schedule an appointment today.

 

So When Do The Kids Go Back To School Around Here?

Wvin News checked around, and the first day back to school for students in Bath, Campbell Savona, Prattsburgh and Hammondsport, is Tuesday September 6th.  

 

Today's Accident & Blotter News 

State police report that an 18 year old Hornell teenager, was in an accident on the Turnpike Road in Howard last night in the 8:00 hour.  Troopers also say, a 44 year old Corning resident, Rasheen Townsend, was charged with 2nd degree assault and held in custody because of that.

 

Ambulance Service And Who Pays For It Around Hornell

The Steuben County Public Safety Committee meets today, at that meeting, Mayor John Buckley is talking about how towns south of Canisteo, are getting ambulance service from Hornell.  

 

Endorsements & Other Last Minute Aug 23rd Related News

Hornell Mayor John Buckley endorsed Joe Sempolinski today.  Sempolinski is the Republican candidate for the unfinished Tom Reed seat, that's the old 23 Congressional District.  Also, over the weekend, Sempolinski’s opponent, Democrat Max Della Pia, was endorsed by both Governor Kathy Hochul and State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.  As for Republican Nick Langworthy, who is running in the Tuesday primary, Langworthy is in Cuba today doing last minute campaigning in Allegany County.  Langworthy’s opponent, Carl Paladino, was endorsed on Sunday, by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

 

 

 

Top Stories, August 19, 2022

Elmira Man Charged With 3rd Degree Burglary

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 17, 2022, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Robert K. Allison, III, age 21, of Allen Street, Elmira, following an investigation of a reported theft in the Town of Erwin. It is alleged that Mr. Allison intentionally and unlawfully entered or remained in a building with the intent to damage and steal property. Mr. Allison was charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class E Felony and Petit Larceny. Mr. Allison was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Four People Hospitalized After Accident In Campbell

State Troopers say four people were taken to Corning Hospital yesterday after a two car accident in Campbell.  The accident was on Route 415.  The drivers were 81 year old Edward House of Avoca and 63 year old Stephen McHenry of Campbell.  Troopers say, the accident happened at about 2:00 Thursday afternoon.


Early Voting Ends Soon 

Early voting in Steuben County lasts until this Sunday at 5pm, and that’s for the August 23rd primary and August 23rd special election.  

 

Health Insurance Costs Going Up?

The Albany Times Union reports that health insurance for many New York State residents is going to be going up about nine percent, in January.

 

Top Stories, August 18, 2022

August 18th 2021 - The First Anniversary

It’s the one year anniversary of the August 18th flooding in Woodhull, Jasper, Addison and Canisteo.  Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose says, many roads are being repaired a year later.  Rose also says, FEMA will pay for 90 percent of the road work, and the state, will pay for the remaining 10 percent.  

 

August 23rd Special/Primary - The Early Voting Numbers

How many people have come out so far for early voting, for the special election and the GOP primary in Steuben County?  477 have voted for the special election in Steuben County, and 186 have voted in the GOP Primary.  There are over 60,000 active voters in Steuben County.

 

More people in Allegany county taken part in early voting than in the June Primary, in Allegany County, 127 voters have voted so far in the GOP Primary in Allegany County, 235 Allegany County residents have voted in the special election there.  There are 26,088 active voters in Allegany County.   

 

In Chemung County, 234 voters came out so far, 159 for the special election and 73 for the GOP primary.

 

School Supplies For Bath Central Students 

On Monday, August 22nd from 9-11 a.m. Bath CSD will host a drive up school supply give-a-way at the VEW Bus Loop. Supplies to include backpacks, pencils, markers, utensil case, erasers, glue sticks, scissors, and earbuds. Participants should line up facing Maple Heights. The giveaway is open to all students.   PreK-12.  

 

Pistol Permit Reminder 

Bath Village Police say, that the new pistol permit application requirements take affect September 1st. Turn your application in by August 31st or be prepared for a long wait.  

Top Stories, August 17, 2022

Bath Man Charged With 4th Degree Grand Larceny

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 16, deputies arrested John E. Sabins, age 32, of SR 53, Bath, following an investigation of a reported larceny by fraud in Wayland, New York. It is alleged that Mr. Sabins received funds in excess of $1,000 for purchases never delivered. Mr. Sabins was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, both class E Felonies. Mr. Sabins, a current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, is being held as an alleged fugitive from justice and was returned to the Steuben County Jail.

 

Campbell Man Is Accused Of Choking A Deputy

Sheriff Allard also reports that on August 10, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Kris E. Calkins, age 50, of Parker Road, Campbell, following an alleged attack on a deputy who was serving as a peacekeeper. It is alleged that  Calkins intentionally attacked, choked and injured the deputy as the deputy was serving as a peacekeeper on Parker Road in Campbell.  Calkins was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.  Calkins was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. The deputy was treated by EMS at the scene.

 

Mudslide in Cohocton

Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall tells WVIN News that there was a mudslide on County Route 415 yesterday in Cohocton.  According to Marshall, this has happened before on Route 415, in that same area, and the DOT is aware and has already been working on this situation. 

 

State police say, a 59 year old Elmira woman was charged with DWI in Big Flats.  Troopers say, it was a first time offense. 

 

Getting Down To The Wire On The Special 

Tioga County Democrat Max Della Pia is on the campaign trail these days.  Della Pia will face off Republican Joe Sempolinski on August 23rd for the special election for the old 23rd.  Then Della Pia will run again in November, for the new 23rd  congressional district.  Yesterday, Sempolinski was at the Steuben County Fair in Bath.  

 

Top Stories, August 16, 2022

Students Returning To School And Vax Requirements

Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says, with school students getting back to school soon, to make sure your children have all the required vaccines.   The public health director is recommending that parents call the county public health office if needed, to get a vaccine at a vaccine clinic. 


UTV Accident In Bath On Monday

There was a UTV accident in Bath yesterday on County Route 15, involving an 11 year old rider.  Officials say, that there was one injury.  No other details are currently available from state police.  Troopers also report, that a 16 year old Rochester youth was charged yesterday with 3rd degree criminal mischief ($250.00 worth).

 

Paladino vs Langworthy - It's Heating Up

Republican Carl and Republican Nick Langworthy, are running against each other in a primary for the new 23rd seat, that’s on August 23rd.  Paladino says: “My opponent is the Buffalo News endorsed and approved candidate.  The Buffalo News has smeared President Trump for years, and it makes sense why the Buffalo News have endorsed my opponent, who is funded by Never Trump donors. “   So this morning, Nick Langworthy issued a video, saying that Carl Paladino claims to be pro-life but that Paladino rents to Planned Parenthood.   So things are heating up in the upcoming Primary race for the new 23rd.

 

Top Stories, August 15, 2022

Early Voting In Steuben County

Early voting started on Saturday.  In Bath, you can do early voting at the county Annex Building, 20 Morris Street.  And Steuben County election commissioner Vicky Olin says, early voting is for both the August 23rd special election and the August 23rd primary.

 

CDC Changes Haven't Gone Into Effect In NYS Yet

The CDC has made some changes to the Covid rules, but the question is, will the CDC’s changes go into effect in New York State?  Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says not yet.  

 

Haverling Is Named A School Of Excellence

Bath Central School officials say, that Haverling has been named as a School of Excellence for the state’s Scholar Athlete program. To get named as a school of excellence, a school has to have 75% of their varsity athletic teams earn scholar athlete status. This past year, Haverling had 21 out of 22 students qualify.

 

Times Union: Zeldin's Photocopying Happened at GOP HQ

The Albany Times Union reports that Jessica Proud, secretary of the New York State Republican Party, says, the 10,000 signatures that were photocopied to get Congressman Lee Zeldin on the ballot for the governor’s race, were photocopied at the New York State Republican Party Headquarters in Albany.  The Times Union, which has been hitting Lee Zeldin hard on this story lately, the Times Union says Jessica Proud did not say who, made the photocopies.  State Senator Myrie of New York City, a Democrat on the state senate elections committee, wants the Albany County district attorney to prosecute Zeldin on this.  If Zeldin is convicted, he would not be eligible to run for governor any longer.  Statement from Steuben County GOP Chair Joe Sempolinski: “I think that what the Democrats should really be worried about is the skyrocketing crime rate in New York State which was caused by their failing policies.  I think the voters will make clear, in November, which issues are most important in their daily lives.”

 

Palmesano: Keep Farming Overtime At 60 Hours Or More

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is joining his Republican colleagues, members of the Farm Bureau, farm workers and farmers in calling on Gov. Hochul to keep the farm overtime threshold at 60 hours. Members of the Farm Laborers Wage Board are expected to change the rules so that anything over 40 hours a week for farmers is considered overtime.    Palmesano is urging residents to call the governor’s office or the Labor Commissioner Reardon’s office to ask them to preserve the family farm in New York State and not reduce the overtime threshold.

Top Stories, August 12, 2022

A Hit And Run In Prattsburgh

Bath State Police report, that there was a hit and run accident in Prattsburgh.  Troopers say that accident was on Kilbury Road, there were no injuries.  

 

Senator Chuck Schumer Visits Corning Inc and Alfred Univ

On Friday afternoon, Senator Schumer stopped by Corning Incorporated.  "I love Corning," Schumer said.  The senator was filled with praise for all the work that is performed inside the Corning facilities, in Corning, Canton and Fairport.   "They employ 6,000 people here in the southern tier," Schumer said.  The senator also visited Alfred University, where Schumer announced that Alfred University will be receiving $4,000,000 for a new research project involving the US Army and Hypersonic missiles.  Schumer and Alfred University’s Gabrielle Gaustad (Dean of the university’s Inamori School of Engineering) noted that the materials that will be used in some projects, must be able to withstand speeds greater than Mach 5.

 

Haverling Named As A School Of Excellence

For the 2021-2022 school year Haverling was named as a School of Excellence in the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete program. In order to earn this distinction, a school has to have 75% of their varsity athletic teams earn scholar athlete status. This past year, we had 21 of 22 teams qualify!

 

Attempted Homicide In Allegany County

Allegany County State Police say, there’s a case of an attempted murder in the normally quiet little Allegany county town of Bolivar.  35 year old Shawn Deahn is accused of 2nd degree attempted murder and other charges, after allegedly stabbing an 82 year old man repeatedly on the 82 year old man’s property in Bolivar, while the 82 year old was on a riding mower.  The 82 year old is at Strong Memorial Hospital for life threatening injuries.  Shawn Deahn is in Allegany County Jail.

 

The August 23rd Primary Is Approaching 

Polls show the primary is very tight between Carl Paladino and Nick Langworth, a dead heat in one poll.  Also, a new poll out from McLaughlin and Associates  has Governor Kathy Hochul at 48 percent, Lee Zeldin at 40 percent, undecided 12 percent.

Top Stories, August 11, 2022

This Morning's Power Outage In Bath 

There was a power outage this morning in Bath.  Word is, that half of Bath was having outages at one point.  They say that the power was back on in Bath, by 7:15am. 

 

The Governor Says...And The Bath Mayor Responds...

New York One reports that Governor Kathy Hochul says the increasing crime rate in the state is part of a national trend, and is not particular to New York State.  Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet responded to that with this statement: "There is plenty of evidence that pro-criminal laws, soft on crime DAs and lax, far-left judges are making life in New York much less safe."

 

Addison Man Is Charged For Alleged Break-In, In Woodhull 

tate Troopers say, 27 year old Tyler Mack of Addison, was charged with 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree grand larceny, and 1st degree falsifying business records.  Troopers say Mack is accused of breaking into a cabin in Woodhull.

 

Democrats Slam Zeldin, He Responds With Crime Statistics

Congressman Lee Zeldin is the subject of recent Democrat campaign emails.  Democrats says, Zeldin photocopied over 10,000 signatures and used them on political petitions to run for governor.  Democrats are crying foul, saying Zeldin would not vote in congress, to certify the Joe Biden 2020 victory, and that Zeldin cheated by copying and pasting thousands of political petition signatures.  As for Zeldin, he and his running mate, Republican Allison Espisito, are on the campaign trail.  The two talk a lot about the increasing crime rate in the state and in New York City, and place blame on the Bail Reform laws. 

 

Sempolinski And Della Pia...Getting Down To The Wire  

Republican Congressional candidate Joe Sempolinski says, his Democrat opponent was campaigning in Erie County recently.  Sempolinski says, if Della Pia wins, Della Pia would be spending his time off running in a district he doesn’t even live in.  Della Pia is from Tioga County.  And Max Della Pia says, even though Erie County voters cannot vote in the August 23rd special election, he has not forgotten about the voters who live there.  Della Pia says, Sempolinski is running as a place holder.

Top Stories, August 10, 2022

A New State Dept Of Ed Mandate

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that the state education department is going to check on school districts throughout the state to make sure that students are getting a proper education about the Holocaust. 

 

Zeldin: Statement On The Raid On Trumps Florida Home

Congressman Lee Zeldin says, the raid on President Trump’s home was unprecedented and without any explanation.  With each hour more questions mount and so far, this raid reeks of abuse, partisanship and illegitimacy," Zeldin stated.  Lee Zeldin was campaigning in New York City this morning


Labor Day Drinking And Driving Message From The Sheriff

Sheriff Jim Allard says with Labor Day coming up, remember to plan ahead and be sure to avoid drinking and driving.  The sheriff says, there are many alternatives to driving under the influence to get people home safely after partying on Labor Day.

 

Early Morning Accident In Bath

Troopers say that there was a two vehicle accident in Bath this morning in the 5am hour, that was on Route 53, one of the driver’s was a 41 year old Shortsville man, no word yet on who the other driver was, there were no injuries and no one was charged. 

 

It Was A Close Call For Three Drivers On Tuesday In Erwin

There was a three car accident yesterday afternoon in the 2:00 hour in the Town of Erwin.  That was at Chatfield Drive Extension in Erwin, no one was injured, no charges against any of the three drivers.  The drivers were from Beaver Dams, Elmira and Corning.

 

Elmira Man Facing A Serious Charge
State Police also report that a 21 year old Elmira man, Michael Williams, is accused of 3rd degree rape for allegedly sexually taking advantage of an underage female teenager who was physically helpless.  Williams was remanded to jail, $1,000 bail. 

Top Stories, August 9, 2022

Sticker Store Lawsuits Coming Up In Court

Appearing recently on WVIN's Community Focus, Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet said that Bath is going to court soon, on hopes of shutting down sticker stores.  "We are the only community in New York State, that's not only complained, but that's actually filed litigation to attempt to have the legal system shut these sticker stores down," Sweet told David Taylor Smith.  "That process is playing out right now."  Sweet did not elaborate as to whether the lawsuits were in village, county or state courts.  

 

A New Surcharge?

There is a new surcharge on small businesses in New York State, an employment insurance surcharge, based on the number of employees a business has.  Assemblyman Phil Palmesano explains that the state has just sent out the bills to businesses with this new surcharge on it.  According to Palmesano, he along with Senator O'Mara and others, tried to convince the governor and Albany Democrat state legislators to use the federal covid surplus money instead of passing the costs along to small businesses.  Palmesano maintains that fell on deaf ears.

 

Car Seat Check Event To Be Held Next Week

The Steuben County Fair starts next week, it starts on August 15th, and on Thursday the 18th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department will be having a car seat check event, from 10am to 2pm that day.  You can call Steuben County’s Sgt. Sorge, for more info about this, at 607-622-3911.  

 

Bills Fullback Reggie Gilliam Signs Another Deal W Bills

Buffalo Bills Fullback Reggie Gilliam signed a two-year extension on Sunday and is now under contract with The Buffalo Bills, through the 2024 season.  

Top Stories, August 8, 2022

Homicide Suspect's Court Date Has Been Changed 

A court official tells Wvin News that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning will be in Corning City Court on Thursday, August 11,  at 10:30am.  Heffner’s attorney, David Kang out of Rochester, is asking for a preliminary hearing for Heffner, and that’s the reason for Heffner’s court appearance being changed to Thursday at 10:30.  Heffner is accused of 2nd degree murder, and stealing the victim’s car afterwards.   The murder victim, Keli Collins, 26, of Corning, was found dead in her apartment early Friday morning in the 1am hour.  Heffner was arrested an hour later.  

 

DWAI In Campbell On Sunday Night

State Police report that a 42 year old Beaver Dams man was pulled over on Sunday night in Campbell.  The Beaver Dams man is accused of driving while ability impaired by drugs and 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Domestic Dispute In Horseheads 

State Troopers also report that there was a domestic dispute last night in Horseheads.  A 41 year old Elmira man is charged with trespassing, criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 17.

 

Albany Co D.A. Sides With NYC Mayor On "Change The Age"

Spectrum News reports that Albany County District Attorney David Soares wants state lawmakers to return to Albany this week to get rid of raise the age.  Raise the age made it so suspects had to be 18 to be fully prosecuted for violent crimes.  The Albany County D.A. says, huge crimes are being committed by 16 and 17 year olds who cannot be held accountable because of Raise the Age.  Also, a New York City based State Senator, wants the Albany County D.A. to prosecute Congressman Lee Zeldin.  Zeldin is being accused of photocopying pages of thousands of signatures on political petitions.  Zeldin, is campaigning in Franklin County today, on the issues of bail reform and public safety, as well as making changes to farm workers overtime rules.

Top Stories, August 8, 2022

Homicide Suspect's Court Date Has Been Changed 

A court official tells Wvin News that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning will be in Corning City Court on Thursday, August 11,  at 10:30am.  Heffner’s attorney, David Kang out of Rochester, is asking for a preliminary hearing for Heffner, and that’s the reason for Heffner’s court appearance being changed to Thursday at 10:30.  Heffner is accused of 2nd degree murder, and stealing the victim’s car afterwards.   The murder victim, Keli Collins, 26, of Corning, was found dead in her apartment early Friday morning in the 1am hour.  Heffner was arrested an hour later.  

 

DWAI In Campbell On Sunday Night

State Police report that a 42 year old Beaver Dams man was pulled over on Sunday night in Campbell.  The Beaver Dams man is accused of driving while ability impaired by drugs and 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Domestic Dispute In Horseheads 

State Troopers also report that there was a domestic dispute last night in Horseheads.  A 41 year old Elmira man is charged with trespassing, criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 17.

 

Albany Co D.A. Sides With NYC Mayor On "Change The Age"

Spectrum News reports that Albany County District Attorney David Soares wants state lawmakers to return to Albany this week to get rid of raise the age.  Raise the age made it so suspects had to be 18 to be fully prosecuted for violent crimes.  The Albany County D.A. says, huge crimes are being committed by 16 and 17 year olds who cannot be held accountable because of Raise the Age.  Also, a New York City based State Senator, wants the Albany County D.A. to prosecute Congressman Lee Zeldin.  Zeldin is being accused of photocopying pages of thousands of signatures on political petitions.  Zeldin, is campaigning in Franklin County today, on the issues of bail reform and public safety, as well as making changes to farm workers overtime rules.

Top Stories, August 5, 2022

A Homicide In The City Of Corning

Corning Police report that Brett Heffner, 29, of Corning, is accused of 2nd degree murder.  Heffner is accused of killing 26 year old Keli Collins, 26,  of Corning, in the overnight hours.  Keli Collins was found dead in the 1am hour this morning.  Corning Police say, Brett Heffner knew Keli Collins because the two lived in the same building in Corning together, but did not live in the same exact apartment.  Police in Corning also say, Brett Heffner stole Keli Collin’s car and that car was discovered by Hornell Police, in Hornell in the 2am hour this morning.  Heffner is being held in Steuben County Jail without bail and the investigation continues.  Heffner will be back in Corning City Court Monday morning at  9am.   

 

Allegany County Man Becomes A General

The Wellsville sun reports that today, Wellsville native, Col. Jason Curl, is being made a Brigadier General at Fort Drum today.    

 

Local Accident News

There were no injuries in a two car accident in Friendship, the drivers were a 77 year old from friendship and a 19 year old from Belfast.

 

Music In The Park Next Week: Honoring The Police

On Wednesday August 10th, at the music in the park event in Bath, will be starting in the 5:00 hour.  And the mayor, Mayor Michael Sweet, will be there for this one, as it’s going to be an evening of music in the park honoring law enforcement.  The mayor is encouraging everyone to attend. 


Big Bonuses Next Year For Nurses, Etc

The governor says, there’s going to be $3,000 in bonuses, for healthcare workers who make less than $125,000.  Governor Kathy Hochul hopes to make that happen in 2023.

 

Early Voting Update

Early voting for the August 23rd primary and the August 23rd special eelction, that starts a week from tomorrow, on Saturday August 13th  and goes till Sunday August 21st.  The Steuben County Board of Elections says, there are three places to do early voting: in Hornell, Corning and in Bath, early voting is at the Steuben County Annex Building at 20 East Morris Street. 

Top Stories, August 4, 2022

Judge McAllister Steps In

The Gothamist.com reports that Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister has issued an order, making a cutoff date of August 11th for voters who want to switch party affiliation so they can vote in the Republican Primary.  Aug 11th is the last day to change your party to vote in the GOP congressional primary.  This is being done to prevent a kind of voter cheating called “party raiding”.     

 

Brooks Baker: Why The Severity Of The Four Charges 

In October 2019, there was a fatal DWI in the Town of Pulteney.   Dustin Drake of Prattsburgh was the driver.  Four passengers died as a result of a car crashing into a tree.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says, there are four 2nd degree murder charges against  Drake, because of the graphic nature of this fatal DWI.  Baker says the driver was going 86 miles an hour on small town roads and passengers died almost instantly in that accident. 

 

A Bath Teenager Is In The News Again

The Village of Bath Police Department reports that 18 year old Morgan Abeel of Bath, who was recently charged by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly robbing a motel in Erwin, is now being charged by Bath Police.  Now, Abeel is accused of criminal contempt and 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Bath Police say, the sheriff’s department is holding Abeel in custody right now.   Also, Bath Police are charging 22 year old Liberty Ferris of Bath with 2nd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Ferris was ticketed and released.  However, there may be more charges against both Liberty Ferris and Morgan Abeel.  The Bath Police Chief says that over $4,000 worth of drugs, have been uncovered because of these arrests.

Top Stories, Aug 3, 2022

Work Continues On LP Building Solutions

Steuben County IDA Head Jamie Johnson says, LP Building Solutions, expects to have their grading permit next week.  The grading permit will allow LP Building solutions to start work on the ground at the site…the County IDA’s Jamie Johnson says, they expect to begin the turning lane work for the Amazon project by August 15th.  

 

FEMA Update

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says funding for FEMA is starting to come in to the county, to help out with repairs needed across the county,  due to August 18th flooding.  Johnson says, the county has received about $8,000 dollars in reimbursement so far, which Johnson says, is good.  The IDA leader also says, FEMA has yet to approve funding for repairs to a bridge in Tuscarora.

 

Gov Hochul: What We Learned From The Covid 

Governor Kathy Hochul said this morning during a press conference in New York City, that the most significant lesson in the pandemic, is that when children are not in a school setting on a regular basis, with that regular support system around them, that the students falter.  The governor also says, there is a possible generation impact on the children who were home for one to two years, and the governor says, going forward, the goal will be to keep students in school and safe there.

 

Zeldin: We Need To See Info On Assaults In Prisons

The governor’s opponent, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, is calling for the governor to release all the data about assaults against prison guards.  Zeldin says he’s hearing that there has been a large increase in the attacks against correctional officers since the HALT Act was passed, which made it harder for prisons to discipline prisoners for getting into fights.

 

Top Stories, Aug 2, 2022

Meyers RV Is Expanding 
Mayor Michael Sweet says, Meyers RV in Bath is buying the old Kmart Plaza in Bath.  "I understand they've also bought the old Chemung Canal Bank location there as well," Sweet tells Wvin News.  "They're going to expand their operations.  They'll build a road between the KMart location and the top of the hill.  We're estatic about it."  

 

Harassment Charges, Local Accident Reports 

State Police in Bath, report that there were two people ticketed for harassment in the Town of Urbana.  State Police also say, there was an accident yesterday in the Town of Erwin.  Two drivers in their 40’s, from Painted Post and Beaver Dams, were involved in that accident, there were no injuries reported and there have been no charges reported as of yet.  

Sheriff's July 2022 Statistics 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, there was one DWI last month, and  27 car crashes.  Deputies also handled five death investigations, four assault investigations, five burglary investigations, two robbery investigations, one animal abuse investigation, seven grand larceny investigations, six larceny investigations, two drug investigations, two child endangerment investigations, six harassment investigations, seven fire investigations, six criminal mischief investigations, six criminal contempt investigations and one fraud investigation.  There were domestic dispute incident investigations along with crash investigations, and mental health detainments.  The sheriff also says there was an increase in burglary and larceny cases of four wheelers and trailers over the previous months. 

 

Save The Beef Cattle?

State police in Niagara County report that an animal rights activist is accused of grand larceny of cows.  The 35 year old woman is said to have taken cows that were on the loose, to her farm, to protect them from being slaughtered.  Troopers were able to hold the suspect on bail, they say the suspect would not return the cows to the farmer who owns them.  

Top Stories, Aug 1, 2022

Bath Area Accident Victim ID'd 

On July 29, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m.,the State Police responded to a serious injury motorcycle accident on I-86 in the town of Bath.  The operator, identified as, Casey Getman, age 29, was eastbound on I-86 and attempted to pass between 2 vehicles, also traveling eastbound, and lost control of the motorcycle and struck the guide rail.  Getman was airlifted to Strong Hospital and was pronounced deceased at 3:33 p.m.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the investigation is continuing.

 

August 1, 2022, Steuben Co Covid Update

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of a COVID-related death.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Steuben County to 303.  The individual was a male resident from the City of Corning who died at the age of 95.  Also, there are 153 new cases since last Monday.  

 

Gas Prices Aren't Exactly Going Down By A Lot

The Steuben County Department of Public Works, is, like everyone else, spending a lot more money on gasoline.  "Over the past six months we've seen major increase in gasoline and deisel pricing," said Steuben County DPW Chief Eric Rose.  "To date, we've expanded our annual budget amount, for our line items for gas and deisel.  The usage, is about the same at this point as it was last year at this time, but it's just that the cost is so much."  

 

Close Call For Three Teen Drivers In Horseheads   

State troopers report that three teenagers, ages 17, 17 and 18, were in a three car accident in Horseheads.  Two of them were from Horseheads the other was from Elmira.  The three escaped without injury.

 

Rochester Police Officer's Funeral Is Today

Governor Kathy Hochul and Congressman Zeldin and Alison Esposito will pay their final respects to fallen Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz today, Mazurkiewicz was killed in the line of duty on July 21st.  

 

Max Della Pia Joins In 
Democrat Congressional candidate Max Della Pia is speaking out against Senate Republican Pat Toomey (R, PA) for stalling the vote on the Pact Act, which is intended to help veterans who need treatment for sicknesses they got from being around burn pits.  

 

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