Today's Top Stories - Memorial Day - Monday May 31st, 2021

Safety Reminders for Grilling this Season
As the official start of the summer and grilling season, today’s Memorial Day holiday will involve barbecues and outdoor cookouts. Here’s a list reminding you of steps to stay safe if you’ll be grilling:
-grill away from any siding on a house or deck.
-use long-handed tools when cooking
-use a metal screen over fires to keep sparks from floating around.
-stay by the grill the entire cooking time
-make sure all fires are put out or turned off before leaving them unattended.


Hornell Partners for Growth Launch “Discover Hornell” App
Hornell Partners for Growth has launched the “Discover Hornell” App to be downloaded on phones, tablets, and computers. Hornell Partners for Growth coordinated with Visit Widget to develop the app which allows its users to see businesses set up in three categories: dining, shopping, and services. It also shows businesses that have been picked at random and the user can view a new business each time. Businesses can also be sorted alphabetically, by location, or just by simply searching the name or keywords to provide a list of businesses. Business information will be listed including contact information, a description, and even the direct phone number.
Download the app through the following links:
iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/discover-hornell/id1563954758,


Village of Bath PBA Asking for Donations to Fund K-9 Officer
The Village of Bath Police Benevolent Association says they need the public’s help to add a K-9 officer to the force. Interim Chief of Police Colin Taft says a K-9 officer joining the team would help with detecting drugs, improving officer safety, locating missing people as well as apprehending suspects, and helping community relations. The agency will need roughly $15,000 to start a K-9 program and the PBA seeks the community’s help through donations. You can donate via Venmo at Bath Village – Police Department PBA or by sending a check with “K9” in the note to:
Village of Bath Police Department
Attn: Police K-9
110 Liberty Street
Bath, NY 14810-1526


Bath Man Charged with Burglary, Grand Larceny
A Bath man faces multiple felony counts. State Police say they arrested 40-year-old Ronald J. Sauter. He was charged with the felony crimes of second-degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny. He was also charged with criminal mischief for allegedly intentionally damaging property. Troopers said the charges stem from an incident Last October in the Town of Corning.


State COVID Positivity Drops to 0.73%
New York State’s 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate dropped over the weekend to 0.73%. That’s the lowest since the pandemic began. 1,142 patients remained hospitalized. The Southern Tier 7-day positive results have dipped to 0.58%.


NY Emergency Rent Program Applications Being Accepted Tomorrow
After waiting more than a year for substantial rent relief, struggling New Yorkers can soon apply for funds from the state’s $2.7 billion Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program will begin accepting applications starting tomorrow. The state Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA) will open the application portal at 9 a.m.


Addison Man Arrested for DWI
After conducting a traffic stop, State Police arrested 29-year-old Dillion R. Philip of Addison. He was charged with first-offense DWI. Curt action is pending.


“Bags of Hope” Ceremony Wednesday at Public Safety Building
“Bags of Hope” will be donated during a special ceremony at 1 pm. Wednesday at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Some 50 bags, collected by Sara Johnson and the First Presbyterian Church of Bath will be presented during the event and distributed by deputies to individuals in need they encounter during their respective shifts. Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events. 


Park Police Rescue Black Lab from Letchworth Gorge
New York State Park Police were able to successfully rescue a dog at Letchworth State Park yesterday. In a Facebook post, they say a 3-year-old black lab fell nearly 200 feet into the gorge at around 5 p.m. The Genesee High Angle Rope Rescue team was able to find the dog and pull him from the gorge. The dog suffered a broken rear leg, but is otherwise healthy.

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