Today's Top Stories - Monday April 26th, 2021

Campbell Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
Campbell man Mikel Beer was charged after a domestic incident yesterday. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says Beer allegedly “choked, struck and injured a member of his family or household” in addition to allegedly violating a duly served order of protection for that person. He was charged with Strangulation in the Second Degree, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, and Assault in the Third Degree. Beer was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Great New York State Fair to Return This Summer
Today in Syracuse, Governor Cuomo announced the Great New York State Fair will return this summer. Cuomo noted the fair will be organized differently than in previous years. Cuomo says restrictions and modifications will be revised now until August, based on the COVID data.



Bath Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge
A 37-year-old Bath man is facing a felony drug charge. Bath Police say Christian Sutton had about $2,000 worth of crack cocaine in his West Washington Street home, along with scales, packaging materials, and cash. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. This case will be presented later to a grand jury.


Tractor-Trailer Driver Injured After Crash on I-86 Yesterday
State Police say the driver of a tractor-trailer was injured Sunday when it crashed on I-86 in Steuben County. It happened in the eastbound lanes between exits 34 and 35. The rig overturned, spilling some of its load. Troopers said the driver was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital. The driver has not yet been identified. 


Steuben DA Refiling Trafficking Case Involving Corning Legislator
34 felony charges of sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and conspiracy to commit murder have been dropped for now against five men indicted last year after being arrested in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring. Steuben County Legislator from Corning Democrat Steven Maio, along with Larry Comfort Senior and Larry Comfort Junior of Elmira Heights, Jonathan Hamilton of Elmira, and Michael Stratton of Corning faced these 34 charges that were dismissed days ago over a technicality during grand jury proceedings. The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office says it will refile the charges within the next 45 days. WETM reports Maio was not charged with sex trafficking as part of this indictment but charged instead “as part of the enterprise corruption program. The legislator was arrested on a separate charge of patronizing a prostitute last August in Hornellsville and pleaded not guilty.


New York’s Declining Population Could Mean Lost Congressional Seat
The numbers for the latest state population count is expected to come out in a matter of days or weeks from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 count. Many predict New York will lose additional population as part of a trend that has been happening for years which also means New York state may soon likely lose a Congressional seat. Districts could be re-drawn as a result and this redistricting is ultimately controlled by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo. Congressman Tom Reed announced that he would not seek re-election in 2022 and many say our 23rd Congressional district would be the easiest to re-draw and divide up among surrounding representatives. 


1,700 Corning Streetlights to be Updated to LED
Lighting changes are coming to the City of Corning. According to The Leader, the city and New York State Electric and Gas have partnered to transition the near 1,700 city streetlights to LED technology, not only to save money, but also because of the increased safety that residents feel with more visible lights in their neighborhood.


Bradford County Helicopter Crash Under Investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate a helicopter crash late last week that claimed the life of Guthrie doctor Sanjay Kansara of Allentown. The crash happened as the anesthesiologist was headed to the Bradford County Airport. The NTSB has not yet posted any preliminary information on its Aviation Accident Database.


Corning Man Arrested After Traffic Stop
A Corning man faces felony and misdemeanor counts following a traffic stop in the town of Lindley. Troopers arrested 63-year-old Randy Brown. He was charged with felony cocaine possession, felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and lesser counts of driving while impaired by drugs, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. He was initially detained on cash bail.


State COVID Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Since November
New York's statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.79 percent, the lowest since November 3. Every region's 7-day average positivity rate is below 4 percent for the first time since November 8.


New York Will Resume Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine
New York will resume using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration lifted the recommended pause. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker shared the update through statements over the weekend. The governor says that the state's independent task force reviewed the data and reaffirmed the federal government's decision to resume using the vaccine. The J&J shot was paused for 11 days as scientific advisors to the CDC looked into cases of rare blood clots.


Arkport Man Arrested for DWI
State Police arrested 38-year-old Steven Dennis of Arkport. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated during a traffic stop in Dansville early Sunday. He was issued an appearance ticket for Dansville town court.

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