Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 20th

Elmira Man Suspect in Girlfriend's Disappearance Indicted on Burglary Charges:


Following a three-month investigation by the Painted Post Police Department, NYS Division of Parole, and the Steuben County District Attorney's Office, the Elmira man suspected in the disappearance of his girlfriend in 2011 has now been indicted on 37 counts of burglary, all class C violent felonies.  David Perry, also known as David Walker and David Jones, allegedly entered and remained unlawfully in a Painted Post home on multiple occasions between February and April of this year with the intent to commit a crime.  The investigation found that Perry had assumed the identity of David Jones through false online postings, along with the identity of a former Homeland security employee.  Without the false identity, authorities believe he would not have gained access to the home or to the victim.  Perry, who was on parole for two prior felony convictions, is being held at the Steuben County jail without bail.



Bath Man Injured in Yates Co. Accident:


A Bath man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital Sunday following an accident on State Route 54 near Welker Road in the Town of Barrington.  According to reports, 63-year-old Leland Dehart, of New Hampshire, was traveling south, crossed the center line and attempted to make a right turn into a rest area when he collided with the motorcycle being driven by 42-year-old Larry Allison.  Allison suffered back and neck injuries.  Dehart has been charged with DWI.



Wayland Woman Accused of Lying to Social Services:


A Wayland woman has been arrested for allegedly reporting false applications and false re-certifications to the Steuben County Department of Social Services for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  As a result, 27-year-old Ashley Briggs allegedly received public assistance she would not have been eligible for.  She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny, both class E felonies.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



Algae Blooms on Keuka Lake, What You Need to Know:


The Keuka Lake Association has released a report on recent algae blooms on Keuka Lake.  According to the report several blooms have been spotted since September 13th along the shorelines from Hammondsport to the north end of the east branch and along the west bluff.  The blooms look like green paint or stain spilled on the water, or in some cases like pea soup against the shore.  The blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon through the Finger Lakes resulting from calm and warm conditions.  The blooms are currently classed by the DEC as “suspicious” and could, in high concentrations, produce irritating toxins.  People and pets should avoid the water when blooms are present.  Samples of the blooms have been sent to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and results are expected by the end of this week.



Steuben Co. Surplus Auction Sept. 28th:


The annual Steuben County Surplus Auction has been set for September 28th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Barn.  The auction will include vehicles, office equipment and supplies, mechanical paraphernalia, and includes from Steuben ARC, and the towns of Bath and West Union.  For a current list go to http://www.steubencony.org and scroll down the center column.



Hornell Mayor Honored in Toronto:


Long-time Hornell Mayor, Shawn Hogan, visited Canada this week as he was honored with an economic development award from the International Business Council.  Hogan, who is not running for re-election, earned the award because of his dedication to economic work for Hornell.  The IBC noted that Hogan has overseen 36 major projects that brought in over $300 million in private investments.



Finger Lakes Boating Museum Expands:


The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is getting a little bigger.  The museum, which is located on the campus of buildings in Hammondsport that used to be part of Taylor Wine Company, will celebrate its anniversary this Saturday with not just its annual boat auction, but also with the dedication of a new building, the Al Wahlig Education Center.  The boat auction will begin at 10 a.m. with over 40 boats set to be auctioned.  The dedication and ribbon cutting for the education center will immediately follow the auction – at approximately 11:45 a.m.  The education center will be home to the museum’s outboard motor restoration shop and boat restoration/teaching shop.  After the dedication, the public will be able to tour the building and see demonstrations. 



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:


The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library.

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