5 Years for Bath Man in Overdose Death:
The Bath man convicted in the overdose death of a Purple Heart recipient in the Village of Bath has been sentenced. 30-year-old Justin Snyder pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and criminal sale of a controlled substance in June, and he has now been sentenced to five years in state prison. In a separate investigation, Snyder additionally pled guilty to burglary and has received five years of post-release supervision on three felonies. The overdose victim was a 30-year-old combat wounded, Purple Heart Army veteran who lived in the Village.
1 Airlifted Following I-86 Accident:
One person was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital following an accident on I-86 Monday. The accident occurred near the Cohocton River in Painted Post and reportedly involved the cab of a tractor trailer. Details are limited at this time. There is no word on the condition of the airlifted person.
Steuben County, Sheriff’s Office Named in Lawsuit:
Steuben County, the Sheriff’s Office, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail have been named in a lawsuit filed Friday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a law firm on behalf of a transgender woman. The suit alleges that Jena Faith, a military veteran, spent four weeks in Steuben County jail awaiting trial and after initially being housed in the jail’s women’s facility, she was abruptly transferred to the men’s facility. Faith reportedly suffered sexual harassment, mistreatment, and denial of medication while housed in the men’s facility. The suit seeks court affirmation that transgender New Yorkers are entitled to be housed in jail or prison facilities consistent with their gender identity, and seeks damages to compensate Faith for the harm she suffered. County Manager Jack Wheeler confirmed that the county received the lawsuit, but had no other comments about the active lawsuit.
Waverly Man Allegedly Threatened President, to Blow Up White House:
A Waverly man has been arrested for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump, to blow up the White House, Trump Tower, and other government buildings. 24-year-old Jesse Allen Blake was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22nd for making threats against the President and mailing a threatening communication. At the time Blake allegedly mailed the letter to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., he was in custody on state charges in Troy, Pennsylvania. According to the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office, Blake pled guilty to several charges, including statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and assault of another inmate. If found guilty on these latest charges, Blake faces a decade behind bars.
Local Schools to Receive State Bonds:
The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has issued $482 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds on behalf of 54 school districts across the state as school districts prepare to welcome students back to school. Bath is set to receive $17.4 million. Bath School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey says that "As a result of this borrowing, coupled with careful financial planning, the students and community will benefit from new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Suites at both the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School. Additionally, students and the community will benefit from much needed classroom and cafeteria upgrades. Rumsey said the school is the hub of the community and a major player in economic development. Meanwhile Arkport will receive $5.7 million and the Hornell City District will receive $5.3 million.
County Legislators Approve Solar Contract:
Steuben County legislators approved Monday a 25-year lease and subscriber contract with Abundant Solar Inc. for a 19 MW project at the county landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath, with smaller sites expected to be set up in the future. Solar energy is expected to become another source of renewable energy in the county and provide a modest income for owners of suitable properties. The county landfill project is expected to be completed within two years and could bring in annual revenues of $10,000.
Steuben County Transportation System to be Expanded, Upgraded:
Steuben County is planning on upgrading its transportation system. According to the Steuben County Mobility Management program, private, public, and non-profit systems in the county will work together to offer new routes, longer hours, and wi-fi on all buses. Additionally, an expansion of the system is being considered to include volunteer driver programs and taxis. Belinda Hoad, the former mobility manager and current Associate Director of the Institute for Human Services, says the county is looking to take action next year with the system fully expanded and finished within the next 2 to 4 years. Wi-fi should be implanted within the next 12 to 18 months.
Canisteo P.D. K9 Officer to Receive Bulletproof Vest:
The Canisteo Village Police Department has announced that its K9 officer, Dex, will soon receive a bullet and stab protective vest, courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit organization. Dex, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland, has served with the Canisteo P.D. since 2018, working with Sergeant Mark Ahearn.