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Top Stories, April 30, 2024

Mssg From The Savona Fire Department, About Saturday

In Savona, Fire Chief Whitmore says that McCoy Street in the village on Saturday May 4th from 6am - 2pm during the village yard sale event.  McCoy Street will be closed from Main Street to Church Street and from Church Street to Orchard Street. The Savona fire chief also says, this will allow straight access for fire apparatus to leave the fire department during the yard sales.

 

Dormann Library Is Closing From May 1-6 For Construction

The Dormann Library in Bath will be closed May 1-6 while contractors work on desks and offices.  The library will be open on Tuesday, May 7, closed on May 8th for a previously scheduled staff training day, and then reopen on May 9.

 

Tipping Fee Increases At Landfill And The Transfer Stations

Tipping fees at the Steuben County landfill and its transfer stations will increase beginning July 1.   County officials said the fees have not been modified since 2022 and are required to cover rising costs at the landfill and transfer stations.  This will apply to private individuals, businesses, industry, commercial haulers and local political subdivisions within Steuben.

Top Stories, April 29, 2024

Fire This Morning In The Town Of Bath

There was a shed and car fire this morning in Bath, that was near Selleck Road.  Fire Departments which responded included the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Bath VA, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Bradford, Wayne, Savona, Kanona and Painted Post.  From Bath Volunteer Fire Spokesman John Conrad:  "It was called in as a large structure fire, it turned out to be a shed and a car on fire. The first team made a good knock down saving the garage." 

 

Two Hammondsport School Town Halls This Week

There’s going to be two Hammondsport School meetings this week.  Hammondsport School Superintendent Kyle Bower will be holding a town hall meeting tomorrow to discuss the district's proposedschool budget.  It will be a Zoom town hall tomorrow at 7pm. The link will be posted tomorrow morning on Facebook.  The Hammondsport School Superintendent will also be holding a town hall meeting in the high school library this Thursday at 6pm. That will also be about the proposed school budget.

 

Troopers: The Results Of Operation Hard Hat

State Police for this region, Troop E, report that they recently spend over 2500 hours, in and around work zones with the state department of Transportation.  Troopers say they issued 354 traffic tickets, including 206 tickets for speeding, four for holding cell phones while driving and there were two DWI’s.

 

Gillibrand's Fend Off Fentynal Act, Is Signed Into Law

Democrat US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says President Joe Biden has signed the Fend Off Fentynal Act into law.  Gillibrand says quote, “Ive met far too many New York State families who lost loved ones to the Fentynal crisis, and this new law will help crack down on fentynal trafficking into our communities and save more innocent lives.

 

Langworthy's Telephone Town Hall Is Tonight

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy is going to have a telephone town hall tonight at 7:30.  The number to call in is 833-360-0618.

Top Stories, April 26, 2024

An Airplane Catches FIre In Hornell Today 

Hornell Fire Chief Frank Brzowski tells WVIN News that a plane caught on fire today, while taxiing on the runway, at the Hornell Airport.  According to the fire chief, it was about to take off, when it caught on fire.  There were two people inside the plane, both of whom were gotten out safely by firefighters. There were no injuries.   Firefighters got the fire under control, the plane was heavily damaged, the airport was not.  The situation was handled by the Hornell and Arkport Fire Departments. 

 

Congressman Nick Langworthy Is Visiting Elmira College

Congressman Nick Langworthy is in Chemung County today, talking about his pro-law enforcement legislative efforts as well as Chemung County Sheriff's Investigator Mike Theetge’s assault and recovery.  "This press conference serves as a platform to foster dialogue between government officials and law enforcement agencies on ways to strengthen support for those who serve and protect," Langworthy stated.  The congressman is also visiting Elmira College and speak to students in a political science class.

 

Troopers:  Arresting Drivers Who Don't Pay Thruway Tolls

State Police say that since March they’ve continued to crack down on drivers who hide and or deface their license plates, in order to get past toll booths, without paying.    Since March and the inception of a multi-agency task force, the New York State Police and partner agencies have continued to crack down on motorists who break the law by hiding or defacing their license plates to abscond tolls.

 

 

One More Breakfast Buffet Before Summer Hits

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is having their final breakfast buffet of the season, that’s Sunday morning, 7am – 11am, at the Bath Fire Station on East Morris Street. 

 

 

Top Stories, April 25, 2024

One Of The September 2023 "Operation Clean Soak"  Suspects Has Pled Guilty In Steuben County Court

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker tells WVIN News that one of the suspects from the September 2023 arrests, in what law enforcement called "Operation Clean Soak", has pled guilty in county court.  According to the D.A., Maurice Lake of Rochester, pled guilty to an enterprise corruption charge and a bail jumping charge as well.  Baker tells WVIN that Lake's role, was being 'the drug connection from Rochester," and that the burglaries resulted, "in buying Bath Salts and Cocaine, and then selling those drugs for a profit,"   The suspects involved were believed to have committed numerous break-in's in Steuben County, Ontario County and down in Pennsylvania too.  

 

Corning Man Charged, After Alleged Contraband Incident

From The Steuben County Sheriff's Office: Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on April 21, 2024, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason S. Howells, age 38, of High Street Extension, Corning, New York, following an investigation of reported contraband in the Steuben County Jail. It is alleged that Mr. Howells, upon arrest and subsequent detainment in the Steuben County Jail for a Centralized Arraignment Court appearance, possessed greater than one half ounce of narcotics on his person in the Steuben County Jail. Mr. Howells was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony and Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, a class D Felony. Mr. Howells was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Steuben County Say - We're Hiring Part Time Paramedics

Update on the new emergency medical services program the county is working to launch, in order to help the areas in the county that don’t have their own ambulance service.  Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall says the county is now working to hire over a dozen part time paramedics for the new county EMS program. 

 

Landfill Tipping Fee Increase Starts In July 

Ever use the landfill in Bath, you’ll want to know that tipping fee changes have undergone an increase.  It will be going from $44.00 to $48.00 to dump off garbage at the landfill.   And tips for construction debris will be going from $47.00 to $55.00.  These increases begin in July. 

 

Dormann Library's Meet The Authors Event

They’re going to be having a meet the authors event, at the Dormann Library in Bath on May 18th.  Local author Ann Stromsness will be talking about her writing, and her experiences as a foster and adoptive parent.  Also writer, retired educator and naturalist Walt Franklin will be talking about his recent publications and his prose and poetry. This will be at 10am at the Dormann Library on May 18th

Top Stories, April 24, 2024

Longtime Howard Official, Bill Hatch, Dies In Florida 

The Steuben County Legislature honored the late Howard Town Board member, Steuben County Legislator and county GOP Chair Bill Hatch, who died April 2, in Florida.   County officials noted during their Monday full legislative meeting, that Hatch was a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Marines from 1965-1968.  "One of his most memorable moments was greeting President George W. Bush, as he disembarked from Air Force One on a visit to New York State," (quotation taken from Legacy.com).  Steuben County officials also noted that Bill Hatch served as the county's GOP Chairman, a Howard Town Board member and a Steuben County Legislator.  

 

50 Year Old Indiana Male, Facing Charges In Bath

Bath Village Police report that 50 year old Joshua Beem of New Castle Indiana is accused of attempting to lure a 14 year old girl into a hotel room in Bath.  Beem is charged with 2nd degree attempted kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child. 

 

Sheriff Allard: Addison Man Is Facing Weapons Charges
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that 29 year old Tyler Mack of Addison is charged with Criminal 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon  Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a class E Felony and 4th degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon.  Mack was said to allegedly have illegal weapons like shotguns, a rifle, a handgun and a weapon similar to nunchucks in his possession.

 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day In Bath 

There is a prescription drug take back day coming up this Saturday, 10am-2pm, at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, on Rumsey Street Extension. 

 

NYS SHERIFFS: END THE OPEN SEASON ON POLICE OFFICERS

FROM THE NYS SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION: 

Sheriff Craig DuMond, President of the New York State Sheriffs' Association, has issued a call for state lawmakers to focus on ending New York's open season on police officers.  "End the open season on law enforcement," stated Sheriff DuMond, who is also the elected Sheriff of Delaware County. "Our families beg this of you. Our communities across this state deserve nothing less."  Joined by the Sheriffs of Albany, Oneida, Warren, Columbia, Greene, Fulton, and Cortland Counties, Sheriff DuMond pointed to a wave of vicious attacks that have cut short the lives of four police officers since last month.

Those killed in the line of duty include: Onondaga County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Hoosock; Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen; New York City Police Officer Jonathan Diller and Genesee County Sheriff's Sergeant Thomas Sanfratello.

Sheriff DuMond also cited last week's ambush attack on Albany Police Officer Jonathan Damphier, now undergoing treatment after being gunned down only about one mile from the state Capitol.  In addition, Chemung County Sheriff's Investigator Mike Theetge remains hospitalized after suffering a fractured skull and brain bleeds after being attacked while working a retail theft detail.  "All of these attacks grew out of the officers' efforts to safeguard New Yorkers," stated Sheriff DuMond. "They are heroes in every sense of the word."  Specifically, Sheriff DuMond called for mandatory life without parole sentences for individuals convicted of intentionally killing a police officer.  Speaking on behalf of the NYS Sheriffs' Association, Sheriff DuMond also voiced his support for an Assembly measure that would make all gun crimes qualifying offenses for denying release.  He also urged lawmakers to revisit the changes they made to bail statutes and the age of criminal responsibility ("Raise the Age").

"To restore balance to our approach to criminal justice, start by creating a dangerousness standard that allows Judges to determine whether a defendant is qualified for bail or not," Sheriff DuMond said. "Allow our Judges to be Judges."

As for new legislation creating a low-level felony offense for assaulting a retail shop worker, Sheriff DuMond pointed out the measure fails to make that crime a bail-eligible offense. "The revolving door will continue," he said. "Sadly, we missed an opportunity to send the appropriate message to the dangerous criminals of these organized shoplifting gangs."

State lawmakers are now in recess, slated to return to Albany May 6 for the post-budget session.

Sheriff DuMond and other police executives are urging them to take into consideration the voices of the law enforcement community as they debate public safety measures.

"We need the Legislature to have our backs," Sheriff DuMond said. "We ask of you to do what you can do to get these targets off our backs."

 

Top Stories, April 23, 2024

Steuben Co Fire Depts Respond To Yates County Fire

There was a bad fire last night in the Yates County Town of Dundee.  Two barns were on fire and two fire departments from Wayne and Hammondsport responded (with tankers).  Finger Lakes 1 reports that there were no injuries reported. 

Also, the National Weather Service says today’s weather includes gusty winds and low humidity and make for a risk of fire today.  

 

New Steuben County EMS Program Update 

Steuben County officials continue to work to get the new countywide Emergency Medical Services program going.  County Manager Jack Wheeler is now saying he hopes the supplemental paramedics part of the program will be starting up at the end May, in June the county is hoping to have the supplemental basic life support part of the program started.    

 

Jack Lisi Youth Awards Scheduled For June 10 In Bath

The Jack Lisi Youth Awards will be held June 10 at the auditorium at Haverling High School.  As many of our listeners remember, Jack Lisi was sheriff  of Steuben County from 1970 until 1987 (and a highly decorated World War II veteran.)

 

Hornell Native Goes On To Play Under Coach Sanders

Yahoo Sports reports that Hornell football player Rayyan Buell, from the Hornell class of 2019, is transferring from Ohio University to the University of Colorado to play under coach Deion Sanders.  Yahoo Sports reports that Rayyan Buell has also played for Rutgers, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Ohio University and was a very successful football player on those school’s teams. 

Top Stories, April 22, 2024

Alllard: Ebiking Is All Over - Here In Steuben County 

"We're seeing an increase in Ebikes," Sheriff Allard said this morning.  "Especially at night, when they need to have their bike lights on and don't.  It poses a major safety concern,  The other problem is, the Ebikers are often going very fast, and they need to follow the vehicle and traffic laws, they shouldn't ever be on a sidewalk," Allard said.  

 

There Was A Bad Accident In Horseheads - Two Kids Injured And Were Taken By Helicopter To Strong Memorial

State Police report that there was a three vehicle accident Saturday in Horseheads.  Troopers say that an 11 year old and a 13 year old are in stable condition at Strong Memorial Hospital, after being airlifted there. 

 

Langworthy Votes Yes On Israel Aid, No On Ukraine Aid

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy was a yes vote on aid to Israel and a no vote on aid to Ukraine.  Langworthy says he supports aid to Israel because Israel is one of our greatest allies.  He says he opposed aid to Ukraine because it included $7.85 billion dollars for government pensions and, “other Ukraine government employee needs.”

 

Gillibrand: Statement On Columbia University 

“I am appalled at the virulent antisemitism being displayed on Columbia University’s campus. Threats of violence against Jewish students and the Jewish community are horrible, despicable and wholly unacceptable. Using the rhetoric of terrorists has no place in New York, where we pride ourselves on tolerance and the right of every group to practice their religion in peace.”

 

Gov Hochul: What Else Is In The Budget This Year

Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul says, in her budget, is: increased criminal penalties for Assaulting Retail Workers, a longer Hate Crimes list, invests $40 Million To Support Survivors of Domestic Violence, and $7.1 Million to Reduce Repeat offender crimes and Improve Supervision of Parolees.  GOP State senate leader Senator Robert Orrt says, it’s an out of touch budget and a clear sign that socialists have taken over the state legislature.

Top Stories, April 19, 2024

Steuben Co Is Now In The Hiring Phase For EMS Program

Here is an update on that countywide emergency medical program they’re working on setting up, at the Steuben County Emergency Services and County Managers offices. The county is looking to hire Part-Time EMTs, Paramedics and social workers for the new countywide Emergency Medical Services program.  "Steuben County is now in the position of advertising for the positions of emergency medical technicians and paramedics," County Manager Jack Wheeler tells Wlea News.  "These are part time positions and we are in hopes of getting applicants.  As we've discussed, the county is in the beginning stages of providing supplemental emergency services throughout the county.  Now we're not talking about hiring dozens of staff members at this time, as we're just going to start a supplemental EMS program.  However, we think that this is a good way to build a a system: by identifying the gaps, and fill them and build from there," Wheeler said this morning.

 

Lots To Do Tomorrow And Next Saturday, Here In Bath 

There’s a talk being given about the future of Mossy Bank Park at the Markham Nature Center in Bath at 10am tomorrow.  Plus, there is an event going on tomorrow from Noon-2:00, in Bath, there’s the Spring Bash.  It’s for all Bath residents and kids must be accompanied by an adult.  That’s at Pulteney Park and it’s being put on by the youth recreation commission.  This is in addition to, tomorrow being a Clean Up Day in Bath.  They say that the 607 Kids, are helping out with that, that’s tomorrow and next Saturday, 8am to 12pm.  Also, tomorrow and next Saturday it’s dumpster day at the village compost site on East Morris Street, hours for Dumpster Day, 9am to 3pm.  

 

Congressman Langworthy Gets Funding For Woodhull

Yesterday Congressman Nick Langworthy announced he had come up with about $5 million dollars for Woodhull to replace over six miles of natural gas pipelines.  “I’m proud to announce this significant $4.9 million investment to replace miles of Woodhull’s natural gas pipelines,” said Congressman Langworthy. “Recent federal reports have uncovered our state’s failing natural gas infrastructure, yet Governor Hochul and other leaders in our state choose to ignore that New Yorkers are at risk of losing access to reliable, affordable energy. This investment will ensure that Woodhull residents have the energy security they deserve, safeguarding their access to natural gas for generations to come.”

 

Top Stories, April 18, 2024

Langworthy: $9.3 Million For Nat'l Gas Work In Bath 
Congressman Nick Langworthy (NY-23) has announced new federal funding for the Village of Bath for natural gas infrastructure and safety improvements, totaling $9,377,000.

“I’m proud to announce this significant $9.3 million investment to make critical improvements to Bath's natural gas infrastructure,” said Congressman Langworthy.“While Governor Hochul chooses to ignore federal reports that our state’s natural gas pipelines are on the brink of failure, the people of Western New York and the Southern Tier need reliable access to affordable energy now more than ever. This investment will fortify our infrastructure and guarantee families and businesses in Bath a stable and secure energy supply for generations to come.”  

From Bath Mayor Michael Sweet:  “I want to thank Congressman Langworthy for bringing this substantial $9 million dollar grant home for our Village’s natural gas utility here in Bath. “These funds are critical to advancing and re-investing in our infrastructure, so we can continue delivering safe, reliable, and affordable natural gas to homes and businesses across our community. Congressman Langworthy and I have both been vocal advocates for protecting our ratepayers while promoting American energy and natural gas in the Southern Tier.”

 

Langworthy says that these grants are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure and Safety Modernization Grant Program. The first grant of $9,288,000 will go toward a pipeline construction project to replace 11.9 miles of natural gas infrastructure. The second grant of $89,000 will go toward the acquisition of methane leak detection equipment.

 

Congressman Langworthy also says, he led a letter to Governor Hochul regarding a recent report issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) outlining New York’s failing natural gas pipelines and power grid, as well as solutions for improvement.
 

Fatal Accident In Yates County 

FROM NYSP:

On April 17, 2024, at approximately 4:06 p.m., troopers from SP Dundee responded to a two-car fatal collision on State Route 14 in the town of Starkey.

A preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Chevy Equinox was traveling southbound on State Route 14 when it struck a 2010 GMC Sierra that was traveling northbound head-on. The operator of the Chevy, a 34-year-old male, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Mercy Flight airlifted the operator of the GMC, a 22-year-old female, to Strong Hospital for her injuries.

The New York State Police were assisted by the Collison Reconstruction Unit (CRU), the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU), the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Dundee Fire Department, and Mercy Flight.

This is an active investigation. 

 

Hammondsport School Budget Update 

The Hammondsport School Board has approved a budget proposal of $16,181.960.  Hammondsport School superintendent Kyle Bower also says he will know tax impact when he gets the approved state budget from Albany.


What Is Going On With The NYS Budget Anyways? 

On the topic of the state budget, GOP State Senator Tom O’Mara says he wishes he had more to report on the status of the budget.  "We're still in the dark here in Planet Albany.”  O’Mara also says, "it's no way to be dealing with a $237-billion budget."

 

A Former Steuben County Lawmaker Has Passed Away

Former longtime Steuben County Legislator Rich Argentieri, of Hornell, has died.  Rich Argentieri was also the long time CEO and CFO of the Hornell Erie Credit Union and a U.S. Army soldier in the early 1950’s.  Rich Argentieri was 93 years old.  He was a member of the Steuben County Legislature for several decades.

 

Let's Hear It, For K9 Bud In Bath!

Bath Police say that their police dog, K9 Bud, has done so much good work in catching drug dealers,  Bath Police have promoted K9 Bud, to the rank of Sergeant.  

"In a brief ceremony Monday evening the Bath PD K9 Bud was promoted to Sergeant for all his good work catching drug dealers in the past 2 years. Bud has a handful of large felony drug arrests attributed to himself not to include some vehicle seizures for proceeds of a crime. Bud has helped track runaway and suicidal juveniles and suspects after vehicle pursuits, etc. The deterrent effect on making drug dealers think twice is immeasurable. If he keeps up the hard work he could make Investigator in a few more years!! A long standing tradition of the K9 outranking his handler ensures respect and fair treatment. Officer Roberson our K9 Officer can attest to the world revolving around Bud. We have a picture of him eating a big piece of that peanut butter frosting cake that we will post later. Bud loves Park Cafe and so should you!!"

 

 

 

(Photos From The Bath Police FB Page) 

 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: New York State Is Facing A Healthcare Worker Shortage, Comes Up Solution

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced the Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act, legislation that would address a nationwide shortage of long-term care workers.   Gillibrand says, specifically, the Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act would: Help Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) agencies retain staff and reduce vacancies and turnover by providing them with additional federal reimbursement for serving Medicaid recipients. These additional funds would allow HCBS agencies to provide higher compensation and better benefits to workers. Specifically, the bill would increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) by 10 percentage points for state Medicaid long-term care services.

Provide $100 billion in federal grants over 5 years to states to expand the long-term care workforce. These grants will help provide eligible individuals - including those in rural and underserved communities that are facing severe home health care worker shortages - with opportunities for education, training, and career advancement.  Improve labor protections and benefits for long-term care workers. The legislation would expand protections against wage theft, implement fair scheduling practices, ensure the right to meals and rest, and require all employers to provide paid sick time. It would also give the Secretary of Labor the authority to investigate and take action against any violations. 

 

Steuben County Lawmakers  To Meet On Monday

The Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday, April 22.  On the agenda, increasing the county landfill’s tipping fees, starting in July.  Also the county legislators will be doing a declaration of need, for the new county ambulance program. 

 

Top Stories, April 17, 2024

Avon Man Rescued From The River In Avoca 

FROM NYSP: 

On April 16, 2024, at approximately 8:55 a.m., troopers from SP Wayland received a call about a paddle and overturned kayak floating down the Cohocton River near the Dollar General, located on State Route 415 in the town of Avoca.

The caller reported observing an oar, a kayak, and a coffee mug float past him while fishing. Troopers on the scene took immediate action, calling for additional resources. The New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System Unit (UAS) responded. Steuben County 911 received a call from the kayaker, Trevor L. Conklin, age 31, of Avon, NY, who advised that he was on a peninsula in the river after his kayak overturned. UAS was able to locate the Conklin. The Bath Swift Water Rescue then retrieved Conklin from the water. Conklin was treated and released at the scene by Bath Ambulance.

The New York State Police, in a collaborative effort with Bath Ambulance and Swift Water Rescue, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, and the Steuben County Emergency Services, successfully responded to the incident, ensuring a comprehensive and effective rescue operation. 

 

New Deputy For The Steuben County Sheriff's Office

Therer was a swearing in ceremony last week, when Sheriff Allard welcomed the newest member of the Patrol Division, Deputy Rachael Hedges. Deputy Hedges will be attending Alfred State Police Academy in May. "We look forward to her graduation and field training," Sheriff Allard said.  

 

Tenney: Fundraising Update For Early 2024

GOP Congresswoman Claudia Tenney says her fundraising brought in $695,955  for the first Quarter across all counties, including over 14,500 donors who gave an average of $28.00.  Tenney's district will be including several towns and villages in Steuben County, after the November elections.  
 

Bath Police Officer Honored, At Bath Village Hall

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet says Bath Village Police Sgt. Dustin Johnson was given a commendation for an arrest made last month, of an Elmira male suspect who had a loaded handgun inside his vehicle.  "Great job Sergeant , at keeping our streets safe," said Mayor Sweet.

Top Stories, April 16, 2024

Update On The Sheriff's Lawsuit Situation

From Sheriff Jim Allard:  "In September of 2023, members of the Steuben County government passed two resolutions to strip the Sheriff’s liability protections under the Public Officer Law and to cause him to purchase, at his own expense, millions of dollars of liability insurance.  Upon submitting a petition to enjoin the resolutions to the New York State Supreme Court, the Sheriff was granted a stay of the resolutions until it could be heard in Supreme Court.  Prior to the initial court hearing, the county repealed the resolution requiring liability insurance.  In January, after the initial hearing, the New York State Supreme Court ordered that a legislator, who was present in the closed executive sessions leading to the resolution vote, needed to be deposed to provide firsthand information for the Court’s use in deciding whether or not the county “acted in bad faith”.  The county then filed a motion in Appellate Court to appeal this decision and prevent the testimony of the legislator.  On April 11, 2024, the New York State Appellate Court denied the Steuben County’s attorneys’ motion to appeal, allowing for the court ordered deposition of a County Legislator to proceed, with a final hearing in NYS Supreme Court subsequent to the legislator’s deposition. 

          "Although the County’s request to appeal only prolonged the legal fight and the use of taxpayer monies to continue it, Steuben County residents are assured that the Sheriff and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office remain committed to their public safety mission, as well as serving the citizens of Steuben County.  For more information about the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and its various activities, programs, and duties, follow us on Facebook at Steuben County Sheriff’s Office or visit our Steuben County Sheriff’s Office App and website (SteubenNYsheriff)."

 

We contacted Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler.  Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says he has no comment at this time.

 

The 209 Committee: What It Is  

The Steuben County Legislature created what they’re calling the 209 Committee in July of 2023.   It was formed to allow the county to look into any issues going on in county departments.  There is going to be a meeting of the 209 Committee this Thursday morning. 

 

Gov Hochul: The State Budget Has Been Agreed Upon 

Governor Kathy Hochul says there has been a budget agreement.  The big thing school superintendents look for in state budgets: how much will be going to education?  The answer this year: $35.9 billion dollars.   The governor says $29 billion of that money, will be going to school foundational aid. 

 

Langworthy: I Want A Commission On AI And Child Abuse
Congressman Nick Langworthy has introduced legislation, which if passed, would set up a commission — a group of experts with backgrounds in AI, child protection, and law enforcement — who can develop solutions to this growing problem as AI technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The commission is expected to assess the current state of the problem and recommend solutions to improve the current legal framework.

 

Troopers Deliver A Baby In An Emergency SItuation 

State Police report that troopers in Seneca County helped deliver a baby in Waterloo.  That happened because a pregnant woman had a baby in a parking lot at a store there and State Police helped her out.

Top Stories, April 15, 2024

Interesting Facts About Steuben County 9-1-1 Dispatchers

Well it goes without saying that it’s April 15th tax day.  Also, this week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, when dispatchers are honored.  Did you know that there are in Steuben County, 44 Fire Departments?  Over a dozen law enforcement agencies?  And that the county 9-1-1 center gets between 90,000 and 100,000 calls a year from county residents?  That’s not counting residents from outside of Steuben County, who call while driving in Steuben County on 390, I-86 and many other roads.  Here’s just three of the major incidents from the last few years, handled by dispatchers at the 9-1-1 Center in Steuben County: The August 22nd 2023 Roosevelt Avenue shooting incident in Bath, the February 22nd downtown fire in Wayland, which spread from building to building, and the November 18th 2019 massive fire in Hornell.      

Hammondsport Now Working To Win Restore NY $$$

They are having a special meeting in Hammondsport, the special meeting is about working to win the Restore New York money.  That’ll be on Tuesday April 30 at 6pm at Hammondsport Village Hall.  (It should be noted that Restore New York is a separate contest from the Downtown Revitalization Initative.)

 

Bridge Work Started Today Across Steuben County

Three bridge were closed down for work today, one in Riverside, on in Tuscarora and one in Cameron.  The bridge closing in Riverside is on Route 352, the Bridge closing in Tuscarora is on Stead School Road, the one in Cameron is on Cameron-North Jasper Road. 

 

Corning Inc: How We Helped At The Food Bank

Corning Incorporated says 100 of their employees recently worked in teams of ten, packing food at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The Corning Inc workers packed 7,000 bags and the event they attended raised more than $50,000 to fight child food insecurity in our community.

 

GOP Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is promoting the organ donor cause.  Something he did, about 20 years ago, when he donated a kidney to his sister.   Below is an excerpt from a recent Palmesano column on this: 

"According to Donate Life New York, our state ranks 50th out of 52 states and territories in total organ donor enrollment. We have a 47% enrollment rate while the national average is 64%. As a state, we have the third-greatest need for organs but the third-worst enrollment rate.

"Nearly 8,000 New Yorkers are on the waiting list for a transplant, and 1,100 of those people have been waiting for more than five years. Tragically, in 2022, nearly 400 New Yorkers died while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. We can, and must, do better!" 

Top Stories, April 12, 2024

Sen Schumer: I Will Not Stop Fighting Until Ryan Is Home

US Senator Chuck Schumer is working to get a Dansville man out of Afghanistan.  "The US Senate just passed Leader McConnell and my resolution calling for Ryan Corbett's immediate and unconditional release," Senator Schumer said.  "This weeekend is Ryan's birthday.  It has been 609 days since Ryan has been held by the Taliban," Schumer stated.  

Click here to see video of Sen Schumer talking about Ryan Corbett of Dansville. 

 

Ebikes In Bath - And On The Sidewalks 

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet tells the WVIN News Department that’s the Ebikes on sidewalks are getting to be a problem.  Mayor Sweet says this is has been an issue on the following streets: Liberty, Washington and Geneva.

 

Road Work Starts Tonight And It's An Overnight Job

The Steuben County Sheriffs Department and the State DOT say work starts tonight at 10:00 on I-86 West between Exit 45 (Downtown Corning) and Exit 43 (Painted Post.  Also Interstate 99 North to I86 West, in the town of Erwin, will be closing tonight at 10:00.  And the ramp connecting I86 west to Interstate 99 South will also be closed.  The roads will be open again Saturday morning.  

 

Free Car Seat Check - Saturday In Addison

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department is having a free Car Seat Check Event tomorrow 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Armstrong Telephone Company, Rear Parking Lot on Front Street in Addison.

 

Update On The Injured Chemung Co Sheriff's Investigator

The sheriff of Chemung county says that Investigator Mike Theetge is no longer in the ICU and has been moved from Robert Packer hospital to a medical facility in Rochester for physical rehab. Thetgee was injured in a hit and run two weeks ago in Big Flats.    

 

See full statement from Sheriff Schromm: 

 

Today marks 14 days since the incident that critically injured Investigator Mike Theetge. Over that period of time, Mike has been in a Trauma 1 ICU, a step-down ICU, a regular hospital room, and finally today on the road to a Rehab Center in Rochester, NY. He has made significant improvements in this short period of time, but still has a very long road to recovery ahead of him.

None of this improvement would have been possible without Mike’s own intestinal fortitude to fight hard for himself each day and having the loving support of his family and closest friends by his side every step of the way. Equally as important, has been the tremendous care Mike has received since this tragic incident occurred. This care has ranged from the Erway Ambulance attendants, the doctors and nurses of Guthrie Hospital in Corning, the medical flight team of Guthrie One, as well as the doctors and nurses at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA who treated him. Their compassion, care, and expertise toward Mike’s care has been second to none and they deserve every bit of recognition we can give them! A special thank you to the RPH security team for all their support each day that Mike had been there, but especially today in their assistance with helping coordinate his transfer and the impact that had on the hospital. A job well done!

The outpouring of support from Mike’s colleagues and the public for him and his family has been and continues to be absolutely incredible and overwhelming. The Undersheriff and I would like to acknowledge the men and women of our agency for everything they’ve done during this time to remain vigilant and supportive to their colleague and friend and his family, as well as to continue to serve our community at the same time.

A special thank you to our Criminal Investigation Division team led by Lt. Pete Ruhmel, Sgt. Jeremiah Ayers, and Investigator James Ritter who have worked hand-in-hand with Sr. Investigator Karl Appelbacher and Sr. Investigator Matt Lambert of the NYSP, and their whole team, to bring those responsible for Mike’s injuries to justice, as well as the Ithaca Police Department and all the other law enforcement agencies who assisted with that mission.

It is our hope that the next update you get from us is when Mike returns to work.

With much gratitude

Sheriff Bill Schrom

 

Clean Up Work Of Bath Streets Is Coming Up Soon 

The 607 Kids and others, are going to be working cleanup of Bath Streets.  That will be on two Saturdays, April 20th and April 27th.  Want to join in with them on the cleanup?  Call the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, 607 776 7122. 

Top Stories, April 11, 2024

Meth Is Apparently On The Increase In The County

This morning in Hornell, the Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray said there has been an increase in mental health incidents, "90 percent of which are caused by meth amphetamines," Murray stated today.   The Hornell Police Chief also noted that there are times when it takes up to six doses of Narcan to reverse the effects of an overdose from Meth, and that often the overdose victim becomes outraged at the person who saved them.  Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft tells WVIN he is seeing a similar situation over here in Bath.  "I would agree with Chief Murray that there are a lot of problems with mental health," Taft said this morning.  "The people that come to, when we provide Narcan to them, and after many doses, they become very angry that their high was ruined, that is a constant problem.  People that are abusing drugs, more than ever, we have a lot of calls - especially with meth amphetamine use and mental illness," 

 

A Very, Very, Very High Speed Chase In Allegany County

Over in Allegany County, Alfred Police report that a 20 year old male from West Henrietta is facing numerous charges after allegedly driving over 100 miles an hour on Route 244 and speeding past cars in no passing zones.  

 

Langworthy, Gillibrand, The Hostages And October 7

On the topic of the hostages, Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy says quote “More than 250 hostages were taken, including American citizens. There are still 5 Americans who are believed to be alive, fighting to hang on with only the hope that their government is doing everything it can to bring them home.”   Also, Democrat US Sennator Gillibrand  met with a New York City family whose son was killed on October 7.  "Yesterday I met with Ruby Chen," Gillibrand told WVIN.  "Ruby's son was killed on October 7.  At first the family didn't know what happened to their son and they thought he was a hostage, so they have been involved in all of the hostage negotiations, and they want their son Itay's body returned.  I talked with Ruby yesterday and he is hopeful that these recent negotiations could work out," Gillibrand said.  

 

Troopers: There Is A Lot Of Distracted Driving 

State Police for our region, (Bath and the surrounding area are considered to be part of Troop E Canandaigua), and Troopers in Troop E are reporting they recently made a lot of arrests for distracted driving.  Troopers say that 104 tickets were issued to texting drivers, and there were almost 40 other tickets issued for other distracted driving issues. 

Top Stories, April 10, 2024

Upcoming Highway Work In Steuben County

The New York State Department of Transportation and the Steuben County Sheriff's Office have advised that westbound traffic along Interstate 86 between Exit 45 (Downtown Corning) and Exit 43 (Painted Post), and Interstate 99 northbound to Interstate 86 westbound (Exit 12), in the town of Erwin, will be closing beginning 10 p.m. on Friday, April 12th to accommodate sign replacement work. The ramp connecting Interstate 86 westbound traffic to Interstate 99 southbound will also be closed. The roadway is anticipated to reopen by the morning of Saturday, April 13.  There will be a posted detour for motorists to follow.

 

Local Primaries On June 25, Here In Steuben County

The Steuben County Elections Office tells WVIN News that there is a primary on June 25, that day there’ll be a Bath Town Clerk GOP Primary between Tara Muller and Tara Thorpe. There’s a Wheeler Town highway Superintendent primary between Richard Decker and Douglas Towner.  There is also a Wheeler Town Board primary between Jonathan Coe and Heather Trenchard.  

 

Burn Barrels Are Banned By The NYS DEC

The Department Of Environmental Conservation says "no" to outdoor burn barrels.  Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall says there’s a new rule on burn barrels statewide. Marshall explained, on WVIN's Community Focus on Tuesday, that it is part of the current Burn Ban going on now, "Burn barrels are illegal now according to this new regulation that D.E.C. put in, when this burn ban went in place," Marshall said yesterday, on Community Focus.    

 

Bath Police Are Coming Up With A New Police Patch

The Bath Police Department is in the process of changing their uniform patch, and they’re accepting patch design suggestions for the next 30 days.  They say if you have an idea about a new patch design for Bath Police, please drop off a color copy of it along with your contact info, at the Bath P.D.  

Top Stories, April 9, 2024

Steuben County And The Reaction To The Eclipse 

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says there were no major traffic issues yesterday here in Steuben County. Wheeler also says from talking with state officials he's hearing that those who travelled to see the eclipse from outside of the area went to the Adirondacks and Vermont.  Also, with the cloudy skies, was there much to see anyways?  Apparently not in Bath, Hornell and other places in Steuben County.  From what we've heard from people who went out to watch the eclipse on Monday, there were only brief moments when you could see the eclipse. 

 

Recent Courses Taken By Sheriff's Dept Officials

Sheriff Jim Allard says Sergeant Day and Investigator Brown recently attended an FBI SWAT Leadership training with members of the Elmira Police SWAT Team in Virginia.  The sheriff also says Officers  Palmer, McDaniels, Teeter, and Montgomery-Willis recently graduated from the Basic Course for Corrections Officers.

 

Congressional Primaries Are Coming Up On June 25

The Steuben County Elections Office says, there is a primary on June 25, and on that day, there might be a primary for the US Senate seat against Senator Gillibrand from New York City based Democrat Khaled (ku-leed) Salem.  Also on June 25, there might be a primary for the 24th Congressional District between Republican Claudia Tenney and Ontario County Republican Mario Fratto.   Wayland, Dansvile, Cohocton, Avoca, Pulteney and Prattsbrugh will be in that 24th Congressional District after November.  

Top Stories, April 8, 2024

It's Solar Eclipse Day - Troopers Say Drive Safely

State Police are reminding everyone who is driving today, to be as patient, as the roads are expected to be filled with cars, of those coming in to see the eclipse.  

 

Longtime Local Firefighter Has Died 

Officials from the Bath Volunteer Fire Department say that  Hammondsport Firefighter Bill Fries Sr, has passed away. 

"The Bath Volunteer Fire Department sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the Hammondsport Fire Department , Chief Bill Fries and his family for the passing of Bill Fries Sr. who dedicated his life to their department. Bill was always full of life and made everyone laugh. He was a brother firefighter but also a dear friend and he will be truly missed. Rest in peace brother, until we meet again."

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Graduation For Corning's Police Academy Is This Weekend

There is a graduation ceremony coming up this Friday at Corning Community College.  That’s for the Law Enforcement Academy there.   Academy Session Director Zach Stewart tells WVIN that there are 13 graduates this year.  This is the 45th class for the Corning Community College Police Academy.  

 

Schumer: I Have Two Concerns About This Merger

Capital One is buying Discover Card.  The New York Daily News reports that Democrat US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says two things about that.  Schumer says many cardholders might not know about the merger and they should, and the senator says less competition  could mean higher interest rates, bigger penalties and other issues.

 

Top Stories, April 6, 2024

And The 2024 Tyrtle Beach Jumper Is...

Braedyn Northrup, the New York State Soccer Championship Coach and a teacher at Haverling High School, has agreed to take the plunge May 3 during the 2024 Tyrtle Beach fundraiser.

For more information go www.Tyrtlebeach.com

The annual fundraiser for area youth groups began in 1992 when radio personality Dave Taylor-Smith suggested listeners go to Tyrtle Beach on Lake Salubria instead of townspeople's annual trek to Myrtle Beach, NC.

Since then, the event has featured a jumper, enlisted from local civic and government agencies, taking the plunge into the freezing waters of the lake to raise money for youth activities.

In 32 years, the event has raised nearly $800,000.

 

Friday's Wild Chase On Rt 21 And 390 In Steuben County

A chase started on Route 21 on Friday afternoon, when a truck with Pennsylvania plates, was spotted going at a high rate of speed on Route 21.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Investitgator Brandon Martin iniated the chase on Route 21.  Scanner audio indicated that the driver was both throwing things out the window and going up to 90 miles per hour when the truck was  on I-390.   It ended somewhere North of Cohocton when State Police caught the suspect.  

 

Chemung County Investigator Theetge, Is Still In Critical 

Here is an update on the medical condition of Chemung County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Mike Thetgee.  Sheriff Shromm says Thettgee has shown some signs of improvement but is still in critical condition.  Donations are being made to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department. 

 

From Sheriff Schromm: 

We want to pass on the latest update on Investigator Mike Theetge. He remains in Intensive Care in Critical but stable condition. Over the past several days he has shown signs of improvement and we will remain cautiously optimistic that his recovery will continue to go in that direction.

The Theetge family and members of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office cannot thank the public enough for their continued thoughts and prayers for Mike’s full recovery, as well as the outpouring of donations to assist the family on his long road to recovery. Having said this, we would ask that any individual, business, or corporation wishing to donate to the family do so by contacting the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office directly to arrange the drop off of their donation(s) or to have a member of the Sheriff’s Office come to pick the donation(s) up.

While we greatly appreciate individuals in the community facilitating many of these fundraising events, it has become increasingly difficult to adequately monitor and control the manner in which they are being collected and turned over to the family. By dropping the donations directly off to the Sheriff’s Office or having a member of our agency pick them up, this will streamline that process for the family.

If anyone wishes to donate, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2950 (Road Patrol) or 607-737-2987 (Administration) and we can assist you with this process. All donations will be immediately turned over to the Chemung County Deputy Sheriff’s Association who will in turn get them directly to the family.

Again, on behalf of all the men and women of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office as well the family of Mike Theetge, we sincerely appreciate all the support!

 

Top Stories, April 5, 2024

Local Eclipse Plans For Monday, April 8

There will be a number of eclipse events at Keuka Lake on Monday.  Corning Community College Is having an Eclipse Open House, Monday :30-4:00pm at the college’s Digital Dome. It’s free and they say to take note that they only have 1500 glasses. You are welcome to bring your own glasses.  On the topic of those special glasses, St James Hospital CEO Wendy Disbrow gave a reminder this morning, to be sure to wear the proper eyewear.  "They're called 12312-2 Cerftified," and Disbrow said, you can get more info about them on the NYS Department of Health website.   
 

As far as local schools go, Bath and Prattsburgh schools are off all day Monday.  Hammondsport is dismissing students at 1130am Monday.   Avoca is dismissing students at 1145am Monday.   Campbell Savona is dismissing secondary school students at 1130am and Campbell Savona is dismissing elementary students at 1155am.  

 

Sweet: It'll Be Gone Soon - Very Soon - Today Even

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet says the old abandoned tourist information booth on the corner of Liberty and East Washington Streets, should be torn down by the end of the day.  

 

Bath Compost Site To Open Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Bath Compost Site opens tomorrow, hours are 9am-3pm.  The compost site will be open Saturdays 9:00-3:00 from tomorrow through November 9th

 

Allard: The Assocation Of Sheriffs Mailer 

Sheriff Jim Allard says, if you have received a mailer from the NYS Association of Sheriff’s, that’s a legitimate mailer!  The Sheriff is asking people to join in and support the sheriff’s institute as they have a summer camp for disadvantaged children and offer scholarships to them as well.  

 

Canisteo Police Ask - Do You Know Who This Woman Is?

Over in Canisteo, police there are trying to identify a woman in a photo taken from a store’s camera video.  If you know who this is, please call Canisteo PD, at 607-698-4211. 

 

 

 

Top Stories, April 4, 2024

Johnson Helping Wayland Out, With FIre Recovery Plans

In February 2022, there was a devastating fire in downtown Wayland.  Several buildings suffered enormous damage.  The latest in that situation is, Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson has been working with Wayland village officials to get state money out of the New York State, Restore New York Program.  "Restore NY is a grant that the state resurrected a few years ago," Johnson said.  "It's a great program.  It provides communities with an opportunity to go out and apply for up to $2,000,000 in funding for specific projects in their community."  Johnson hopes that this year's proposal from Wayland Village Hall to the Restore NY Program officials, will be successful.  

 

County Landfill Is Bringing In Some $$$ From Nat'l Gas

The Steuben County Landfill in Bath is making some nice extra money from a French owned energy company called WAGA.  WAGA delivers renewable natural gas from the landfill to the Corning Natural Gas System.  "Per the agreement, WAGA will make a fixed annual payment of $75,000 for the well field improvements," Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose stated.  'This will offset the annual maintenance expense," Rose explained.  "So the goal is to maximize the output of the county landfill's natural gas.   We have all be sending landfill natural gas to WAGA for the past two weeks.  We're fully at 100% injections so we should see some turnaround on this," Rose said.  

 

Bath Man Charged After A Break-In 

The Bath Village Police Department reports the arrest of 41 year old Jason Arnold of Liberty Street in Bath.  He’s charged with 2nd degree burglary, 1st degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense.   He’s alleged to have violated a protection order. 

 

Bath Board Of Ed Announces Upcoming Meeting Dates 

The Bath School Board says, the April 9 Bath Board of Education Budget workshop has been cancelled.  The Bath Board of Education will be having their regular meeting on April 17th at 6pm in the high school library.

 

Assemblyman Chris Friend: On The Big Flats Hit And Run

Big Flats Republican Assemblyman Chris Friend says he’s trying to get criminal justice reforms passed in Albany.  Assemblyman Friend says that’s because of the incident last Friday when a Chemung County Investigator was struck by the suspects car, leaving the investigator with severe injuries, and is in critical condition.

Top Stories, April 3, 2024

The Flood Watch Has Begun 

The National Weather Service reports Steuben County and Chemung County are in a flood watch until late Thursday night,  Allegany and Livingston counties are in the flood watch until Thursday at 2pm.

 

Power Outages In Steuben County This Morning

There were power outages this morning in Steuben County, Canisteo and Hornellsville were affected, we’re told by NYSEG there were 1200 customers without power at one point this morning.

 

Dem/GOP Steuben County Presidential Primary Results - 

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (Vote for 1)
Democratic: 
657 Joseph R. Biden Jr. (DEM)
20 Marianne Williamson (DEM1)

Dean Phillips (DEM2)  
19

Democrat Delegate Winners: 
Hilda Lando (F) (DEM)
273
16.88%
Terrence Melvin (M) (DEM)
268
16.57%
Marjorie Lawlor (F) (DEM)
269
16.64%
Shawn D. Hogan (M) (DEM)
279
17.25%
Jessica A. Schuster (F) (DEM)
269
16.64%
Terrence MacKinnon (M) (DEM)
259
16.02%
 

GOP PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (Vote for 1)
Republican: reported:
29 of 29
100.00%
Ballots:
1,172
Vivek Ramaswamy (REP)
15
1.40%
Chris Christie (REP)
29
2.71%
Nikki R. Haley (REP)
142
13.26%
Donald J. Trump (REP)
885
82.63%
Total
1,071
100.00%

 

Visiting County Historian to Speak Here In Bath, Friday

At 4 PM on Friday, April 5, Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson will give an illustrated program on the history of canals in our area.  The free presentation will take place at Bath Fire Hall, on 50 East Morris Street.

Before 1825, the Southern Tier boomed economically on river traffic down into Pennsylvania and Maryland.  But the Erie Canal's completion in 1825 changed all the traffic patterns, making the Twin Tiers an economic disaster zone.

Railroads eventually restored the economy.  But until then, small canals beginning in Penn Yan, Corning, and Dansville brought new connctions to Steuben County and its neighbors.

The program is sponsored by Steuben County Historical Society

Top Stories, April 2, 2024

FROM THE NAT'L WX SERVICE: FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY

EVENING...

* WHAT...Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.

* WHERE...Portions of central New York, including the following

areas, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego,

Schuyler, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga and Tompkins and northeast

Pennsylvania, including the following areas, Bradford, Lackawanna,

Luzerne, Northern Wayne, Pike, Southern Wayne, Susquehanna and

Wyoming.

* WHEN...From Wednesday morning through Thursday evening.

* IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,

creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...

- Precipitation amounts of 2 to 3 inches are expected through

Thursday night with much of this precipitation expected to

fall as rain. Some percentage will change over to mixed

precipitation and snow, but the resulting runoff into area

watersheds is expected to cause significant rises on area

rivers with a potential for flooding beginning by Thursday

morning.

 

Today Is Tuesday April 2, 2024 - Presidential Primary Day
Today is Tuesday April 2, it’s primary day for both the Republicans and Democrats.  Voting is going on until 9pm tonight.   

BATH 

District  #1 Kanona Fire Dept

District  #2 Savona Municipal Building

District  #3 Bath Baptist Church

ADDISON  - Addison Community Center                                                  13 Community Dr., Addison

 

AVOCA  - Avoca United Methodist Church 8593 Jacobs Ladder Rd, Avoca

 

BRADFORD – Bradford Town Hall,

7625 County Route 20, Bradford

 

CAMERON - Cameron Fire Dept., Community Rm

                      4082 Depot St, Cameron

CAMPBELL 1 & 2 – (New) Campbell Fire Hall

                                   8766 State Route 415, Campbell

 

*CANISTEO 1 – 3   Somers Hall, 10 S. Main St., Canisteo

CATON -  Caton Fire Dept. 1118 Caton Rd, Caton

COHOCTON - Assembly of God Church,

                        31 N. Dansville St., Cohocton

CORNING TOWN  1 -  E. Corning Fire Dept.

                                     11873 E. Corning Rd, Corning

CORNING TOWN  2 -  Corning American Legion                                                                              8 River Rd, Corning

CORNING TOWN  3 -  Riverside Village Hall,

                                     35 Stanton St. Painted Post

ERWIN

ERWIN  1 -  Local 313 Union Hall,

                    225 Steuben St., Painted Post

 

*ERWIN 2 & 4 - Forest View Fire Dept.  Rear of Bldg

                         125 Forest Dr., Painted Post

                                                 

ERWIN 3 -  Coopers Plains Community Church,

                   10 Race St, Painted Post 

HORNBY –  Hornby Fire Dept,

                    4838 Hornby Rd, Beaver Dams

 

HOWARD – Howard Fire Dept,

        3622 County Route 70A, Avoca

JASPER – Jasper Town Hall, 3807 Preacher Rd, Jasper

LINDLEY – Lindley Town Hall,

                   637 County Route 115, Lindley

PRATTSBURGH - Prattsburgh Fire Dept,

                                15 Allis St. Prattsburgh

 

PULTENEY - Ross Memorial Library

                      9224 County Route 74, Pulteney

 

RATHBONE - Rathbone Town Hall, Downstairs

8088 County Route 21, Addison

 

THURSTON – Thurston Town Hall,

                        7578 County Route 333, Campbell

TROUPSBURG – Troupsburg Town Hall,

                              873 Main St, Troupsburg

 

TUSCARORA – Tuscarora Town Hall,

                           1094 Gill Rd., Addison

URBANA - Hammondsport Fire Dept,

                   8521 State Route 54, Hammondsport

WAYLAND

WAYLAND 1 - Wayland Fire Dept.

                        14 E. Naples St., Wayland

WAYLAND 2 - Perkinsville Fire Dept.

                        1904 County Route 90 Perkinsville

 

WAYNE – Wayne Town Hall, 9772 Silsbee Rd, Wayne

WEST UNION - West Union Town Hall,

                           1328 State Route 248, Rexville

 

WHEELER – Wheeler Town Hall,

                      6429 Gardner Rd, Bath

 

WOODHULL – Woodhull Town Hall, Gymnasium                                                     1585 Academy St, Woodhull

*CORNING 1- 4 – SE Steuben County Library

        300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza Suite 101, Corning

*CORNING 5 – 8 - Emanuel Lutheran Church

                    Fellowship Hall, 149 W. William St. Corning               

       

 

Allard: Big Thanks To The Deputies For Their Life Saving Work In Avoca, Four Weeks Ago 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has given commendations to two deputies for their life saving work in Avoca on March 4, in preventing a tractor trailer from going off a bridge there.  Allard says deputies Brian Harrison and Ryan Andrews got the equipment there to pull the semi back up from hanging over the bridge, got the driver out of the cab, and protected the cars driving below the bridge. 

 

Fundraisers Underway For Investigator Mike Theetge

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Department officials say there is a fundraiser at First Arena in Elmira tomorrow for county investigator Mike Theetge.  Also cash donations are being accepted at Jams Fitness Center in Elmira.  In addition there is a fundraiser through Finger Lakes Sign and Design in Horseheads.

 

Getting Closer To The Steuben Co Ambulance/EMS Service

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler and Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall are both saying that the county is getting close to having a countywide ambulance and EMS service going.  Marshall says that recruitment is going on and there are ongoing negotiations with a medical billing company.  One thing that has to be taken care of first is getting a municipal approval form sent out.  The timetable for the launch of this new county service is tentatively between later this month and early May.  

 

Baker: We Are Getting Strongarmed By This Company

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says the company that sells the police body cameras to local law enforcement now wants to charge the Steuben County DA’s office between $30 and $60,000 a year to be able to access bodycam videos from law enforcement agencies like the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.   Baker also says, the company is threatening to pull the plug, so the DA’s office in Bath, won’t be able to see the videos unless they pay up.    

 

Top Stories, April 1, 2024

Addison School Superintendent Joe Dioguardi Has Died

The following statement is posted on the Addison Central School website:  With sadness, the District shares with the community that Mr. DioGuardi passed away this morning, Friday, March 29th. Please join the ACS faculty & staff extending our deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences to Mr. DioGuardi's family. The District is working with the GST BOCES and its Regional Crisis Team to have support available for students, faculty and staff who may need it when they return to campus next week.

 

Also, the funeral arrangement for Joe Dioguardi will be with the John W. Martin Funeral Home in Mount Morris.  Calling hours will be Saturday April 13, 11am-2pm at the funeral home in Mount Morris.

 

On March 30, 2024, the driver of the vehicle, Fatiuna Massaline, age 24, of Ithaca, NY, was located in the city of Ithaca and arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer (C Felony) and Reckless Endangerment 1st (D Felony).  She was processed at SP Horseheads and arraigned in the Town of Big Flats Court, where she was remanded to the Chemung County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond pending future court proceedings.

The New York State Police were assisted by members of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office and the Ithaca Police Department.

 

Chemung County Investigator Severely Injured In Big Flats
FROM NYSP:   On Friday, March 29, 2024, at approximately 6:49 p.m., the New York State Police, with assistance from Chemung County Sheriff's Office, were participating in a retail theft detail working with loss prevention at the Target store located on County Road 64 in the town of Big Flats.

Target loss prevention personnel observed a black male place a TV and other various items in a shopping cart and exit pass all points of sale. The suspect was challenged by loss prevention in the store's vestibule and left the items behind as he exited. A 2016 black Chevy Impala pulled up to the front of the store. Law enforcement attempted to block the vehicle to prevent it and other occupants from leaving the scene. This was ineffective, as the suspect vehicle was able to evade law enforcement and began moving towards the suspect to pick him up in the rear of the parking lot. An Investigator from the New York State Police and Investigator Theetge from the Chemung County Sheriff's Office chased the suspect on foot as he began to run toward the black Impala. The suspect slid across the hood of the Impala. Investigator Theetge reached to grab him and also slid onto the hood. The Impala accelerated and turned sharply, causing the suspect and Investigator Theetge to be ejected from the hood. The suspect got up and ran. Investigator Theetge sustained a severe head injury at this time. The suspect was then taken into custody. The State Police investigator suffered a minor leg injury during the incident. He was treated at Guthrie Corning Hospital and released. The Chevy Impala then fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

The Chemung County Investigator suffered a severe head injury and was initially transported by ambulance to Guthrie Corning Hospital and then flown to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He is in critical condition at this time.

The suspect that was apprehended is identified as Dominick J. Haley, age 24, of Ithaca, NY. Haley was arrested and transported to SP Horseheads for processing. Haley was charged with Assault on a Police Officer (C Violent Felony), Assault 2nd (D Felony), Petit Larceny, and Resisting Arrest, both class A Misdemeanors. Haley was taken to the Town of Big Flats Court and arraigned in front of Town Justice Paul Hart, where he was remanded in lieu of $100,000 cash and $200,000 bond to Chemung County Jail.

The black Chevy Impala was abandoned in the immediate area of the Target Store. The driver has been identified as Fatiuna A. Massaline, age 24. She was last known to reside in the Ithaca, NY, area. We are seeking the public's assistance in locating Ms. Massaline.

 

Troopers: Wild Incident In Riverside Early Friday Morning

FROM NYSP: On March 29, 2024, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the New York State Police, with the assistance of the Painted Post Police Department, Corning Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and Painted Post Fire Department, responded to the report of a female suspect with a knife setting fire to the Fasttrac Gas Station located at 364 West Pulteney Street in the village of Riverside.

Prior to law enforcement's arrival, the suspect had made threats to harm passersby, and upon arrival of police, the suspect threatened to kill law enforcement officers.  A plan was put in place and jointly executed by all agencies, and the suspect was apprehended without any injuries, and the fire was extinguished.

The suspect was identified as Abbi E. Fuller, age 37, of Painted Post, NY, and was subsequently charged with the following criminal charges: Arson in the 3rd (C Felony), Menacing a Police Officer(D Felony), Criminal Mischief in the 3rd (E Felony), Arson in the 5th (A Misdemeanor), Menacing in the 2nd (A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th (A Misdemeanor).  Fuller was transported to Steuben County CAP court, where she was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

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