Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 10th

2 More Steuben Residents Test COVID-Positive
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports two Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 6,932 confirmed cases, 28 of which are currently active. Both individuals are residents of the Village of Wayland.All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.Public Health Director Darlene Smith reminds the public starting tomorrow there will be a COVID vaccine clinic at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Manhunt for Broome County Man Who Shot Trooper Continues
A manhunt continues for a suspect after he allegedly shot a New York State Trooper in the Broome County Town of Colesville last night. Last night at around 8:36pm, Broome County Sheriff’s and State Troopers responded to East Windsor Road to do a welfare check. State Police say seven-year veteran Trooper Becky Seager was shot by Jason D. Johnson, suffering a non-life-threatening hip injury she was treated for at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Officers say Johnson exchanged gunfire with other responding law enforcement before he fled. Johnson is 34 years old, 5’7 and approximately 160 pounds. His hair is in a long, mohawk style.  He was last seen in the East Windsor Road area near Thorn Hill and is considered armed and dangerous. 
It’s possible that Johnson may be operating a 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up truck, blue in color with the NY license plate HZV7759.  If you see Jason D. Johnson or the pick-up truck, do not approach it and call 911.


DPW Tire Dollar Days This Week & Book Recycling Event July 12-17th
Steuben DPW’s Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills sat down for a WVIN Community Focus Interview where he promoted Tire Dollar days which is happening this week as well as a book recycling event next month. Tire Dollar Days is where residents can drop their tires off to be recycled for only $1 each at the Bath and Wayland landfills. Tire Dollar Days continues this week and ends Saturday June 12th. Next month from July 12th-17th will be a Book Recycling event at the Bath Landfill. To hear the whole Community Focus Interview, click here.



Steuben Teen Wins Full SUNY Scholarship for Getting COVID Vaccine
A Steuben County teen is part of the second group of ten who were made scholarship winners through a new vaccine incentive program geared toward young New Yorkers aged 12-17. Isabella Wolcott is the local winner of a full scholarship to any SUNY college or university which includes tuition and room and board. Wolcott was eligible after she received her COVID-19 vaccination. Last week, a student from Victor was among the winners. The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” incentive program is one of several launched by the state to increase vaccinations in New York.


NY’s Positivity Rate Drops Below 0.50%
New York inches closer to lifting most COVID restrictions. Officials in Albany say the state’s 7-day average positivity rate has dropped below 0.50% for the first time since the onset of the COVID crisis. The new rate is 0.48%, the lowest in the nation according Johns Hopkins University. The state's single-day positivity rate, 0.37%, is also the lowest single-day rate the state has seen since the onset of the crisis.


USA Today Nominates WGl as “Best NASCAR Track”
Watkins Glen International has been nominated for USA Today’s Best NASCAR Track for the fifth time in seven years. Watkins Glen International is among 10 tracks in the United States to be nominated. 


Steuben County Sees Slight Uptick in COVID Cases
Health officials say there has been a slight uptight in COVID cases in Steuben County. In the latest report, there are now 27 active cases in the count, bringing the total confirmed cases to 6,930. The investigations indicate that two of the individuals are associated with Canisteo-Greenwood High School and Corning-Painted Post Middle School, and individuals reported visiting Watkins Glen International on June 1 and Corning Natural Gas on June 4 during their investigation timeframes. However, Public Health Director Darlene Smith says cases remain at a very low level.


Footin’ It for Family 5K Raises $25,000 for Noyes’ Cancer Center
When Randy Hamilton of the Footin’ it for Family 5K contacted Noyes Memorial Hospital and said they had the best year yet for the annual event, he certainly wasn’t exaggerating. Footin’ it for Family commit members dropped off a check for $25,000 for the cancer center -- $10,000 more than what was raised the previous year. All of the funds will stay locally at the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

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