Today's Top Stories - Monday March 15th, 2021

10 More County COVID Cases Confirmed
Another 10 positive COVID cases have been confirmed in Steuben County. This brings the total to 5,681 confirmed cases, 106 of which are currently active. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 


Steuben County Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted to 3/31
Nominations for the 2021 Steuben County Hall of Fame still are being accepted until March 31st. Fourth-grade students also will be invited to nominate local heroes by the March 31st deadline. All nominees will be reviewed in early May by a special committee which will propose nominees for 2020. Approval by the county Legislature is expected in late June. Past inductees include people from all walks of life, including former U.S. Congressman Amo Houghton, aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss and active paramedic Winnie Romeril, a national American Red Cross honoree. Country/rock music icon Duane Eddy, Steuben ARC founder Arthur Hansen and Donald Merring, the first Steuben County Emergency Services/ Fire Coordination director were recognized in 2020 and will be honored at a reception later this year. Last year's reception was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

** Steuben County Hall of Fame guidelines

· Nominees may be any man, woman or child living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of

Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere.

· Past nominees not inducted into the county Hall of Fame may be re-nominated.

· For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, go

to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357 ; or call (607) 664-2199.


Statewide Burn Ban Begins Tomorrow
The DEC reminds the public of the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning begins tomorrow and continues through May 14. Conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur and open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. For more information about fire safety and prevention, go to DEC’s FIREWISE New York website.  The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating for the 2021 fire season on ’DECs website <https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html> once there is a moderate risk anywhere in the state. Violators of the State’s open burning regulation are subject to criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC’s website


Cuomo Faces Pressure to Resign After 7th Accuser Comes Forward
Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing new calls to resign after a 7th woman accused him of misconduct. The Washington Post reports Larry Schwartz, a longtime Cuomo aide in charge of the state's COVID vaccine rollout allegedly pressured county officials across the state, asking them about their loyalty to Cuomo. Schwartz tells the Post he discussed the allegations against Cuomo with county officials, asking if they could wait for the findings of that investigation before drawing any conclusions. But the Post reports at least one official has filed notice of an ethics complaint, fearing their county's vaccine supply might suffer if Schwartz didn't like their answer.


Kangaroo Escapee from Stokoe Farms Found Sunday
This weekend, a baby kangaroo from Scottsville’s Stokoe Farms in Scottsville was able to escaped. Saturday around 4pm, Yates County Sheriff’s Office sent out a Nixle alert to subscribers that the two foot tall kangaroo escaped in the area of Williams Hill and Coates Road. 40 to 50 volunteers from around the county coordinated to help law enforcement search for Kaia the Kangaroo. Sunday morning volunteers located the female “joey” in an abandoned vineyard several hundred feet east of County House Woods Road in the town of Jerusalem. Yates County Sheriff’s Office says Kaia was scared, cold and hungry, but appeared uninjured.


ThruWay Authority Has Dispute Line for Incorrect Charges
New York State Thruway has been cashless since the fall. E-ZPass owners’ credit or debit card have likely been getting charged since the cashless transition. Those without EZPasses have been receiving a bill in the mail periodically. If you get a toll in the mail that isn’t yours, officials say to simply call and dispute it. Incorrect bills can also be disputed through mail and the number to report an error is a 518-471-5300. E-ZPass billing issues can also be disputed the same way. Dispute forms are also available on the Thruway Authority website. 


STOP-DWI Crackdown Ends Sunday
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts in NY start tomorrow and will end on Sunday. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is a notoriously deadly period for impaired driving due to the number of celebrations and drivers on the road. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across-the-board in efforts to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.


Campbell Man Arrested After Domestic Dispute
After investigating a domestic dispute, State Police arrested 21-year-old Clay A. Wheat-French of Campbell. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. He was initially detained. 


Tioga, PA Woman Arrested After Erwin Break-in
Troopers say they investigated a break-in Saturday night in the Town of Erwin. Arrested as a result, 47-year-old Cathleen Surine of Tioga, PA. She was charged with felony burglary and petit larceny. She was initially held in lieu of cash bail.

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