Today's Top Stories - Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Homeless Man Arrested Twice in 2 Days by Bath PD
According to Bath Police, homeless man Joshua Galloway was arrested twice in two days for various offenses. Two days ago around 11:45pm, Galloway was arrested for allegedly stealing from the West Washington Street Family Dollar. Galloway was found to be in possession of a used hypodermic needle during the arrest. He was charged with petit larceny and possession of a hypodermic instrument. He was processed and released to appear in the Bath Village Court at a later date. Yesterday at 2pm he was arrested for being uncooperative with officers and throwing his property on the sidewalk and road after police were flagged down by a civilian alerting them that Galloway was passed out on W. Washington Street. Officers charged him with littering and disorderly conduct. He was released on an appearance ticket and is due back in court at a later date.


Bath Man Arrested for Drugs After Domestic Incident
A Bath resident was arrested after police were called to a domestic dispute on W. Morris St. A week ago, police officers were called to W. Morris Street in Bath after an officer was flagged down by a civilian who heard a domestic dispute. Police say Jordan Parkhurst was the suspect of the domestic dispute and would not cooperate with officers. He was arrested for obstructing the investigation and found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl and a used hypodermic needle. He was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd, possession of a controlled substance 7th, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.Parkhurst was processed by the courts and released on appearance tickets and is due back in Bath Village Court at a later date.


AG James Pushes Congress to Pass Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
As part of an effort to protect senior citizens in New York against fraud, State Attorney General Letitia James has co-led a coalition of 47 Attorney Generals urging congress to pass the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act. The bill promises to assist stakeholders in training employees to recognize the warning signs of elder fraud and to prevent irreversible damage to elderly victims. James says the pandemic “sadly opened up senior citizens to a new array of fraudulent schemes to steal their money, their identities, and, very often, the freedoms they enjoy,”  To read the full letter sent to congress, click here.


Cuomo Announced Scholarship Incentives to Vaccinate Kids
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a new incentive to get more teens vaccinated where the state will raffle off 50 full tuition, room and board scholarships to any public college or university in New York State for 12- to 17-year-olds who get vaccinated in the next six weeks. From tomorrow through July 2nd, those who are age 12-17 and get a first Pfizer dose can enter 10 4-year scholarships that will be awarded via a random drawing every Wednesday and be eligible for every weekly drawing. The Governor says this is why the sooner you get the vaccine, the greater your chances. The Pfizer vaccine has been cleared to be given to those 12-17 years old but Moderna says it will require emergency use authorization for teens.


New York State Boaters Hitting Waters in Greater Numbers
Boaters in New York are going to be hitting the water in larger numbers than ever this Memorial Day weekend. In fact, 52% of boaters surveyed anticipate their boating activity to increase compared to last year, according to a new national survey. Meanwhile, 24% plan to vacation on/by boat (versus other forms of travel) because of the pandemic…and 35% plan to use their boat primarily for cruising waters near their home. 


Woman Arrested After Nearly Crashing Bath PD Vehicle
A woman faces felony and other counts after nearly crashing into a Village of Bath police vehicle. Police said a patrol vehicle was on Liberty Street when it was almost struck by another vehicle attempting to back out of a parking spot at a high rate of speed. After an investigation, police arrested Stacie L. Heikkila. She was found to have two prior DWI’s in the past two years and was operating the vehicle on a revoked license with no interlock device. Heikkila is currently on probation for Driving while Intoxicated in Onondaga County. She was subsequently charged with backing unsafely, felony first-degree Aggravated Unlicensed operation, Operating without an ignition interlock restriction, felony Driving while Intoxicated and felony Operating a motor vehicle with BAC of more than .08. 


Woodhull Woman Charged for Falsifying Records
State Police report the arrest of a Woodhull woman. Troopers say 22-year-old Rebecca Duell was charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records. The charge stems from a fraud complaint filed in the city of Corning last August. Court action is pending. 


$3.5 Billion Available for NY Renters and Business Hurt by Pandemic
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rental assistance program makes emergency rental assistance available for struggling New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted starting June 1 for eligible New Yorkers who are behind on their rent and have suffered financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program is expected to serve between up to 200,000 households.

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