Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 8, 2021

30 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 30 additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,667 confirmed cases, 165 of which are currently active. Five individuals are associated with the following schools: Hornell High School, Hornell Intermediate School, North Hornell Elementary, Prattsburgh Central and Wayland-Cohocton Elementary.


Steuben County Historical Society recognizes county’s 225th anniversary

The Steuben County Historical Society is recognizing this year marks the 225th anniversary of the establishment of Steuben County. The county was created in 1796, with six original towns: Bath, Addison, Dansville, Canisteo, Corning, and Painted Post.


Accident on I-86 near Horseheads Walmart

The I-86 eastbound on ramp near the Walmart in Horseheads was closed yesterday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident. The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. One car could be seen flipped over and the other had significant damage to the driver side. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries.


New York State unemployment system to be audited by Comptroller

The New York State comptroller’s office is auditing the state’s unemployment system. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office said the audit began based on their assessment of “risk which includes complaints, large increases in payments, new programs and criteria, and changes to the IT.” NYS Republican Senator Ed Rath released a statement yesterday saying in part “From the very start of the pandemic the unemployment system in our State has been an absolute mess and the lack of transparency has been very concerning. Between residents being unable to receive the benefits they are due, to long wait times to overpayments and blatant fraud, there has been non-stop issues.”


Bath PD announces largest crack cocaine arrest in department’s history

The Bath Police Department has announced the largest crack cocaine arrest in the history of the department after $16,000 worth of crack cocaine was found on the 200 block of Campbell Street. 61-year-old Lawrence Rodgers was arrested during a traffic stop on two sealed Superior Court warrants for two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all in the fifth degree. The arrest stemmed from the sale of crystal meth in the village in 2019. A search warrant was executed at Mr. Rodgers’ apartment where the crack cocaine was discovered. Mr. Rodgers was transported to the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.


Bath woman ticketed for horse and buggy crash in Yates County

A Bath woman has been ticketed after getting into an accident with a horse and buggy in Yates County Thursday morning that resulted in the death of one horse. Melissa Carney was driving eastbound on SR 54 in the Town of Benton when she struck a horse and buggy traveling in the same direction. According to the Yates County Sheriff, glare from the sun and following too closely were contributing factors to the accident. The 20-year-old Penn Yan man in the buggy was thrown from the buggy on impact and was treated for leg and neck stiffness. The horse was declared dead on the scene. Carney was ticketed for Failing to Use Due Care while Approaching a Horse. She will answer to that charge in the Town of Benton Court at a later date.

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