Steuben Sheriff’s Office Forwards Grant to Evidence Task Force
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is shifting funds to purchasing equipment and training to give the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office an edge in improving gathering evidence. Allard days he wants to create a countywide task force to collect evidence of crime scenes to yield more arrests in property crimes like burglaries. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee approved using a $20,000 grant from Corning Inc. to help certify more deputies to be evidence technicians and add more equipment, including drones. Additional deputies are still being trained and an agreement among the participating agencies is still pending before the plan can move forward and officially begin.
County Legislature Approves $191 Million 2019 Tax Budget
Yesterday morning, the Steuben County Legislature approved its 2019 budget with a total spending of $191 million which also includes a slight decrease in the county’s expected tax rate. The tax levy totaled $49,989,115 which had decreased by $8,797 compared to the 2018 budget. Due to two major criminal justice mandates by the state, Steuben County will face additional costs for raising the age of criminal responsibility and requiring defendants to be legally represented for every appearance in court including arraignments. The state promised funding for the Raise the Age Requirement but many know that the state has a history of not keeping its funding promises.
Bath Man Arrested for Crack Possession and Sale
A Bath man was arrested and jailed for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Bath. According to Bath Village Police, 36-year-old Albert Beam was arrested on a sealed indictment warrant and charged with Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance both in the Third Degree. Following his arrest, Beam was directly taken to the Steuben County Jail until his arraignment in county court at a later date.
Police Need Leads for Missing Corning Man
Police in Corning need the public’s help to locate a man who has been missing for several weeks. Last seen earlier this month on November 10th, 59-year-old James Burdick was last spotted walking from a residence near Ontario Street in Corning and was believed to be headed to a home on Sunset Drive. Burdick is a 5’9” tall white man with green eyes who weighs about 160 pounds and last seen with a mustache, gray hair and a scruffy beard. Anyone with information about Burdick or his whereabouts is urged to contact the City of Corning Police Department at 607-962-0340 x1500.
Trooper Clark Honored with Scholarship on Giving Tuesday
In celebration of today’s Giving Tuesday, an international day of charity, Alfred University is recognizing one of its late alumni lost this year. Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark, who graduated from Alfred University in 2011, is being honored for his “academic and athletic accomplishments, leadership, community service and character” with the establishment of the University’s Nicholas F. Clark '11 Memorial Scholarship Fund. In honor of the Giving Tuesday holiday, Alfred University is accepting donations today to fund the scholarship. Those interested in contributing can do so here.
Board of Education Meeting Tonight at Hammondsport Central School
Hammondsport Central School is holding a special Board of Education meeting tonight. The meeting is scheduled for 7:15 this evening at the High School Library. The meeting is open to the public.