Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 20th, 2021

2 More COVID Deaths in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 171.  One individual was a 64-year-old female resident of the City of Hornell and the other was an 88-year-old female resident of the Town of Bath.  Both individuals died while hospitalized.


Campbell Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
Bath Police arrested 30-year-old Nicholas J. Crouch of Campbell for felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, false personation, Menacing 2nd, and Petit Larceny. This arrest stems from an investigation on W. Steuben St. where Crouch allegedly stole property from a person and then threatened the victim with a knife. Crouch was located by Bath Police in front of the Dormann Library in the Village. He allegedly provided Officers a false name and was also found to be in possession of a large quantity of suboxone, fentanyl, and packaging material consistent with selling narcotics. 


DOL Warns Public of Texting Scam
The New York State Department of Labor warns the public of a scam where a text is sent in an effort to get people to submit their personal information on a fake website, downloading illegal content, or calling fake numbers.The Department of Labor announced via Twitter if they do send out texts, they will come through the numbers 468311 or 22751. The DOL says remember representatives will never reach out to someone via social media.


Governors of States with Legal Pot Call for Safe Banking Act
New York has joined other states in the U.S. legalizing recreational marijuana-but the hurdle of banking stands in the way of legitimizing cannabis. Currently, banks and credit unions are not allowed to provide all of their services to businesses involved in the sale of marijuana. A new federal bill called the Safe Banking Act would allow any state with legalized marijuana to use the national banking system. Governor Cuomo joined with other fellow governors in a letter saying:
“These barriers disincentive financial institutions from providing banking services to state-licensed and regulated cannabis businesses...” 


O’Mara Wants Multiple Subpoenas Sent to NYS Health Dept. Officials
State Senator Tom O’Mara has advanced a motion to send multiple subpoenas to current and former officials at the New York State Department of Health for testimony and records related to the Cuomo administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an O’Mara statement, “Senate Republicans have been demanding a top-to-bottom investigation of the Cuomo administration for months on end, with subpoena power, and every single one of the efforts have been ignored or blocked by the Senate Democrat supermajority.”


Bath Man Arrested for Menacing and Drugs
Bath Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathon Tymel of W. William St. He was charged with Menacing 2nd, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, also a class A misdemeanor. The arrest stems from an incident where Tymel allegedly put a knife to the victim’s face, making the victim fearful. Police said while taking him into custody he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. 


Corning Man Arrested for Drugs After Victory Highway Report
Steuben County deputies arrested 51-year-old Virgil J. Louk of Tannery Creek Road in Corning as a result of an investigation into a suspicious person in a vehicle on Victory Highway in Erwin, New York.   It is alleged he operated a motor vehicle while in an impaired condition due to drugs.  He is also accused of hiding methamphetamine and fentanyl and exposed the arresting deputy to these suspected narcotics during transport, causing a physical reaction to the deputy.  The deputy required medical treatment. Louk was charged with numerous felony counts. He was arraigned and released.  The Deputy recovered fully.

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