Today's Top Stories - Monday January 4th, 2020

205 COVID Patients Hospitalized in Southern Tier
In the Southern Tier Region, there are currently 205 COVID patients hospitalized. The Region has 43% of hospital beds available. 125 patients are in an Intensive Care Unit. On Sunday, another 138 deaths were reported statewide.


Engine Causes Plane Diversion to Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
According to WENY News,  engine problems caused a plane operated by United Airlines and en route to Syracuse from Washington, D.C. to be diverted to Elmira Corning Regional Airport. The plane landed without incident with 3 crew members and 46 passengers aboard, who are being bussed to their Syracuse destination.


Cuomo Says Finger Lakes Must Be Serious About COVID
During this morning’s media briefing, Governor Cuomo said residents of the Finger Lakes need to be serious about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the region. When asked why he hasn’t placed more restrictions to decrease the rate of infection Cuomo said about 75 percent of the spread is related to social activities and expressed the concern to avoid hospital overcrowding in the region, which could lead to full shut down. The Finger Lakes region still has the highest percentage of hospitalizations of all regions in the state .08%,  and with a positive test rate of 10.22% and a majority of the new cases are in Monroe County.


Bath Man Charged with Petit Larceny
After investigating a larceny from a building in Erwin, state police arrested 41-year-old Patrick Davis of Bath. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny. Court action is pending.


Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act Signed
Governor Cuomo has signed the Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act in an effort to make it easier for New Yorkers to pay their traffic fines in the new year. The law takes effect March 31st and allows fines to be paid on a payment plan without being subject to a license suspension while allowing judges to either reduce or waive fees and surcharges.


Bills Beat Miami 56-26; Play Saturday 1pm on WABH
The Buffalo Bills concluded the regular season Sunday with a dominating 56-26 win over the Miami Dolphins. For the first time in franchise history, the Bills had a complete clean sweep in the AFC East. Next up for the Bills, a home field playoff game against the Colts. It happens Saturday at 1 p.m. The coach of the Colts is former buffalo quarterback Frank Reich.


Troopers Warn of Car Test Drive Scam
New York State Police are warning people of a scam involving test driving of vehicles. There have been multiple instances of people answering online ads to buy privately owned used vehicles in Western New York, according to police. Two or more people will go on a test drive with the vehicle for sale. At some point during the test drive, the suspect(s) ask the vehicle owner to step out, stating they hear a weird noise or think something is wrong with the vehicle. Once the owner steps out of the car, the suspect will drive off with the vehicle. This scam has occurred in Livingston, Wayne, Monroe and other counties in the area. State Police urge citizens to be vigilant and careful with transactions like this and suggest selling used vehicles in front of security cameras or have additional persons with you when attempting a private sale of a motor vehicle.

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