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Today's Top Stories - Monday March 19, 2018

State Burn Ban Begins
A reminder that the New York state burn ban is in effect for the brush fire season. The ban lasts until mid May as a safety measure to prevent grass and wood fires. Campfires are still allowed so long as they are contained by a ring or pit. The Department of Environmental Conservation warns that those who violate the state’s Open Burning Regulation are subject to both criminal and civil action, which can result in fines.

Beware of Scams Targeting Taxpayers
This tax season, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning New York taxpayers to be careful of a few reported scams. The office says they have received complaints about scammers impersonating IRS agents. Schneiderman stresses to never give personal information such as bank account information and social security and credit card numbers to anyone who calls you unsolicited and reminds citizens: "No legitimate government agency will call you unsolicited on something like this." Anyone suspecting a tax scam is urged to report it by calling the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755 or completing a consumer complaint form.

Police Still Looking for Robbery Suspect Johnson
Bath Police are still seeking help from the public to locate a suspect of a robbery in the village of Bath that happened last month. DeVante Johnson, a 25 year old man from Ithaca is wanted among two other people for robbery, burglary and gang assault charges after the assault and robbery of two other individuals. Police say Johnson may still be in the Bath area and anyone with information is urged to come forward and report it to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office or Bath Village Police Department.

County Public Health Seeking Emergency Drill Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an upcoming emergency preparedness drill held by Steuben County Public Health. The drill will be held April 10th from 1-3pm at the Haverling High School Gym. The drill simulates a scenario of mass exposure to a virus requiring the administration of a vaccine to prevent illness. Volunteers are also needed at the same location to staff the event from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Steuben County Public Health officials say volunteers of all ages and abilities are highly encouraged to help with the project. Interested volunteers are asked to please provide their name, email address and cell phone number to the Public Health Department through calling (607) 664-2438 or emailing publichealth@co.steuben.ny.us.

Haverling Graduate to Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award
A former Steuben County Youth in Government intern has received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Dylan Marshall, a 2016 Haverling High School graduate, will receive the Chancellor’s award at an April 10 ceremony honoring recipients at the Albany Capital Center. Active in on-campus government at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, Marshall also was featured in the New York State Association of Counties magazine for his involvement in Steuben County Youth in Government.

 

Bath Street Department Collecting Storm Debris
Bath Village residents are reminded that the Village Street Department is still picking up brush and limbs brought down by the recent storm. All limbs and brush must be placed to the edge of the street but residents must not pile any material on the roadway. This collection is intended for storm damage only and continues until next week. The Village compost area will also be open for residents to drop off brush and limb debris free of charge. Anyone with more questions about this is asked to contact the Village Street Department at 776-6321 from 7am through 3:30pm.

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