Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 9th, 2021

PA Fugitive Arrested in Bath Drug Arrest of 2
Bath Police report two were arrested in the Village of Bath. One suspect was a man with an arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania, after allegedly having hypodermic needles and meth. Police say at 7:30 the morning of Sunday, June 6th, an officer patrolled the railroad tracks off of Lackawanna Avenue and saw two people trespassing and looking through an abandoned bus off the tracks. Police investigated and said both suspects allegedly had multiple hypodermic needles and one of the suspects was identified as Robert Camp, who had an active warrant out of Pennsylvania. Camp also had a “small sandwich bag” of meth, according to the Bath PD. Camp was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and being a fugitive from justice. He was sent to Steuben County Jail to await extradition by Pennsylvania authorities. The other suspect named Amanda Salsman was charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument then released with an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date.


Tire Dollar Days Continue at Bath and Wayland Landfills
Tire Dollar Days continues this week until Saturday, June 12th. In a WVIN Community Focus Interview, Landfill Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills explains this week is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted tires to be recycled at a reduced price. There is no limit on how many tires you can take. Though the special $1 per tire price ends Saturday, Bills reminds the public that you can still recycle your unwanted tires through the landfill year-round. You can hear the interview tomorrow around 8:45am on the Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith.  For more information on what the DPW is doing for the environment, click here



Horseheads Man Arrested for Obscenity with a Minor
A Horseheads man faces obscenity charges behind bars at the Seneca County Jail. Jason Kimbell, who is a 48-year man, is alleged to have sent inappropriate pictures and videos of a sexual nature to a minor in the town of Lodi.  On top of the obscenity charge, he is also charged with two counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor. Kimball was sent to Seneca County Jail in lieu of bail following his arraignment.


5 Steuben County Residents Reported COVID-Positive Today
Steuben County Public Health Department reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,930 confirmed cases, 27 of which are currently active. One resident is from the Town of Bath, one is from the Village of Avoca, one is from the Village of Canisteo and 2 are from the Village of Painted Post. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


Four Deputies Commended by Sheriff Jim Allard for Actions
Four members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office were commended Monday by county Sheriff Jim  Allard for their quick response in saving lives and preventing potential injury or death. Allard said that County Deputy Robert Shepherd, county Corporal  Andrew Hawk, county Corrections Sergeant Lorrie Gardner and county Corrections Officer Robert H. Labar all  upheld the department’s highest standard of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service in their recent actions that Allard remarked: “... literally made the difference between life and death.”


New York’s COVID-Positivity Continues to Decline
For 64 days, New York’s COVID case count has declined. The Statewide 7-Day average positivity rate has now dropped to 0.51% - the lowest in the country. The Southern Tier rate has declined to 0.64%. The number of people hospitalized with virus-related complications has dropped to 796. There were 14 COVID-related deaths on Monday.


7 Correctional Officers Injured in 2 Separate Elmira Prison Assaults
Seven correctional officers were injured and five required medical treatment at a hospital after two inmates violently attacked them in separate assaults at the Elmira Correctional Facility. The union representing the officers says State Legislators need to open their eyes to the type of violent inmate that is left in the prison population.

Cuomo Proposes to Waive Taxes on Small Business Recovery Grants
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation to waive taxes on grants from the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Applications for the program will be accepted starting tomorrow for small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Flexible grants up to $50,000 will be made available to eligible small businesses and can be used for operating expenses, including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, personal protective equipment, or other business expenses incurred during the pandemic. Over 330,000 small and micro businesses are potentially eligible for this program.

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