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Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 18th, 2020

School Budgets were reported to have passed for the annual School District elections held two days ago. It was reported annual school budgets were approved by a majority of voters for the School Districts of Addison, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, and Hammondsport Central Schools. New York State voters approved approximately 99 percent of all school district budgets Tuesday and voter turnout for the mail-in election was considerably higher than previous years.

 

Officials say a Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the Elmira Police Department Saturday, June 6th. Since the patient is from Steuben County the Public Health Department will lead the investigation while Chemung County Health Department will provide follow-up if necessary. The June 6th demonstration the patient was at was a gathering outside the Elmira Police Department and the patient was not at the march that took place in Elmira the previous day on Friday, June 5th. As of yesterday morning, there is only one active COVID-19 case in Chemung County and 10 active cases in Steuben. A few weeks ago, Governor Cuomo recommended those who participated in protests to get tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.

 

A Hornell woman has been identified as the victim of a decades old cold murder case in Florida known as the “Valentine Jane Doe Homicide”. The now-resolved cold case dates back to February 15th, 1991 when a body of an unidentified woman was discovered off of US Route 1. Recently, the woman was identified as a Hornell resident Wanda Deann Kirkum who was 18 years old at the time. New DNA technology allowed for a suspect to be identified as Robert Lynn Bradley, who was murdered in Texas a year later. Police say new DNA technology was used to identify both the victim and the suspect after Bradley’s DNA was obtained from the scene of Kirkum’s murder in the Florida Keys area.

 

The Canisteo Village Police Department arrested Sean A. Kellogg (Age 24) of Hornell, 22-year-old Jack D. Hughes of Bath and 21-year-old Jolynn M. Sleve of Bath for felony drug charges. This incident stemmed from a routine traffic stop on East Main Street in the Village of Canisteo. During the investigation the Village Police utilized Canine Dex with locating a large amount of cocaine, marijuana, concentrated marijuana, cash in the amount of almost $2000.00 and drug paraphernalia and packaging materials consistent with the distribution of sales.

 

This morning at his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Cuomo said New York State was issuing guidance to colleges and universities that wanted to open in the fall. Campuses must develop plans for reopening, monitoring, containment, and shut down in order to allow some residential and face to face programming for the fall semester. Cuomo also announced an Executive Order reinforcing the state’s enforcement to protect New Yorkers and says that any business in violation of reopening rules and guidelines can lose their liquor license and their business could be shut down. Cuomo also announced an Executive Order stating bars are responsible for the area immediately outside their establishment.Yesterday, New York reported an infection rate of 0.90% which Cuomo said this was the lowest positive percentage the state has had since the coronavirus pandemic started.

 

Tops Friendly Markets launches its annual campaign for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals this Sunday, June 21st and continues to July 4th. Customers buy a $1 balloon or round up their change on a purchase to support the Children’s Miracle Network. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated back to the local women and children's hospitals in the store's community. This year the campaign has already raised over $1.55 million.

 

Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees, in recognition of the official emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States. The Governor will also advance legislation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday next year. Cuomo says that although slavery ended over 150 years ago, there has still been rampant, systemic discrimination and injustice in this state and this nation, and he have been working to enact real reforms to address these inequalities. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of liberation came to Texas more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.

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