Two Bath Men Arrested for Narcotics Charges
Two Bath men- 42-year-old Roy Hyer and 26-year-old Semachiah McDuffie were arrested in Bath following a narcotics bust. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says the two were pulled over on Liberty Street in Bath on December 23rd and that the two men had illegal narcotics believed to be packaged for sale along with a hypodermic needle. Hyer was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree then arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and held without bail due to a warrant that was issued and previous felony convictions while McDuffie was arraigned and released after being charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
4 New COVID Deaths; 164 New & 589 Cases
Four more Steuben County residents have died from COVID-19 as another 164 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total to 3,262 confirmed cases, 589 of which are currently active. The deaths involved three residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, ages 81, 88, and 90. One individual was a community member from the Village of Wayland who died while hospitalized at the age of 42.
Steuben Landfill Sorting Changes Start Friday 1/1
Changes for customers at the Steuben County landfill and transfer stations begin Friday, January 1st and include plastics, now be sorted by type, and glass can now be mixed together regardless of color. The thick and sturdy No. 2 plastics should be separated from thin and transparent No. 1 plastics at the recycling stalls at the landfill and transfer stations. Steuben residents who rely on commercial trash haulers should check with their haulers about sorting requirements.
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NY Wineries Can Now Sell 8.4 & 12 oz. Cans
New York wineries will now be able sell wine in 8.4 and 12-ounce cans after restrictions were lifted by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau today. Senator Chuck Schumer says this will lead to further economic growth and allow local wine producers to prosper from the growing craft brew trend. The canned wine industry has seen staggering growth in less than a decade expanding from $2 million in 2012 to nearly $200 Million this year.
Caton Man Arrested for Threatening Sheriff Deputies
Steuben County deputies arrested 45-year-old Dana McCarrick of Caton. The arrest followed a warrant service by the Steuben County Critical Incident Response Team at the man’s home. It is alleged that McCarrick repeatedly threatened to kill or maim members of the Sheriff’s Office by use of firearms, explosions and – quote - “gutting with a knife”. McCarrick was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, also a Class D Felony. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Further charges are expected as the investigation is on-going.
Cuomo Signs Order Following ParCare Vaccine Fraud
During the most recent COVID-19 response update Governor Andrew Cuomo announces he will sign an executive order -- targeting possible fraud amid the inoculation efforts. ParCare Community Health Network is under investigation for allegedly fraudulently obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine.
NYS Health Dept Works With Bills for Playoff Plan
Governor Cuomo says the State Department of Health continues to work with the Buffalo Bills on a pilot plan to allow fans into Bills Stadium this January for the playoffs. If approved, the pilot plan would allow for a limited number of fans after testing each person for COVID-19. Cuomo says it could serve as a model for reopening other types of businesses.
NY's Population Sees Heaviest Decline in Population of All 50 States
New York's population continues to decline more than any state in the nation in new figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Empire State's population fell by 126,355 people between July 2019 and July 2020, to 19.3 million, a drop of 0.65%, according to the preliminary figures. That's the most of any state by total and by percentage. Population decline continues to be a problem for New York, and it could play out in 2022 during federal reapportionment. At this rate, New York could lose as many as two U.S. House seats; it will certainly lose one, dropping it from 27 to 26 seats and impacting its clout in Washington.