Today's Top Stories - Thursday July 8th, 2021

Former Corning Inc Scientist Indicted for Espionage
A former lead scientist at Corning Inc. was arraigned in an economic espionage case this week after a federal grand jury returned an indictment. 59-year-old Ji Wang was charged with theft of trade secrets, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Court documents allege Wang was employed at Corning Inc. from 1998 to 2019 as the lead scientist on a fiber laser research and $16 million development project initiated by DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency resulting in a 1000-fold increase in power for the fiber lasers and a large accumulation of non-public, technical and scientific information about methods and processes used to produce the fiber lasers. Prosecutors say this information was trade secret and controlled for export by the U.S. government. Corning Inc. said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the case and cooperate with law enforcement as appropriate.”


Steuben County Woman Indicted for Selling Opiates
A 24-year-old Steuben County woman was indicted by a County Grand Jury for allegedly selling fentanyl and suboxone in the Village of Bath. According to the Bath Police Department, Paige Palmer was indicted for criminal sale of the controlled substance in the third and fourth degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and fifth degrees, all felonies. She was arraigned by a county court judge and released without bail.


County Route 21/Canisteo-Rathbone Road Bridge Closing July 21st
The County Route 21/Canisteo-Rathbone Road bridge in the Town of Canisteo is scheduled to close for construction on July 21st for approximately seven weeks with an onsite detour. The project will remove and replace the bridge with a new concrete box structure.


DEC Says to Clean Boats to Prevent Invasive Species
Finger Lakes DEC battles invasive species like the Hydrilla plant,  that spread easily and overtake bodies of water. These species will change the ecosystem and disrupt the life of fish and plants in the lake as well as recreational activities. There aren’t many tools to get rid of harmful organisms but you should take extra steps to clean your boat to prevent the spread.


CCC Names Dr. Canfield New Provost
SUNY Corning Community College announces Dr. Barbara Canfield has joined the College as its new Provost as of July 1st. She assumes the position previously held by Interim Provost, Fred Herbst, who will remain at the College and return to the faculty, where he teaches ceramics and the arts. Dr. Canfield previously held the position of Dean of Math, Science, Technology and Business at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). 


Arnot Health Expands Visiting Hours
Based on an analysis of the current COVID-19 situation, Arnot Health is expanding hospital visiting hours. These guidelines apply to Arnot’s hospitals only and not to their nursing homes. Visiting hours at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and Ira Davenport Medical Center have been expanded to Noon to 8 pm daily. Patients will be allowed two visitors for each day, who must be 18 years of age or older. Please note masks are still required in all Arnot Health facilities.


Lyme Disease Rates Surged in NY
Lyme disease season is here again. While you can get bit by a tick year-round, there is typically a surge in the spring and summer months. In 2019, New York State had 2,847 confirmed cases of Lyme. It is likely that these numbers were even higher, as many cases remain undiagnosed. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks. There is a wide range of early signs and symptoms, which include: fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and/or a bull’s-eye rash. Serious health complications can occur if Lyme is left untreated. If you find a tick on you, remove it as soon as possible. 


Governor Cuomo Signs Law for Sidewalk Outdoor Dining
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will allow restaurants to utilize municipal spaces like sidewalks and streets for outdoor dining. First granted under an executive order by the Governor, this law allows restaurants to continue using these public spaces for another year as they recover from the economic devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants were especially impacted by the pandemic, with many continuing to struggle as New York recovers. 


Bath Man Arrested for Possesion of Controlled Substance
Chemung County deputies arrested 42-year-old Christopher M. Aldrich of Bath on an outstanding Bench Warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A Misdemeanor, issued by the Southport Town Court. ALDRICH was arraigned in the Southport Town Court and released.


Vaccine Clinic At United Steelworkers Local 1000 Union on 7/15
The Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with the United Steelworkers Local 1000 Union to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Union Hall, 100 Nasser Civic Center Plaza in Corning on Thursday, July 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at this clinic for anyone age 18 and older.  Registration is preferred at www.steubencony.org/covid, but walk-ins will also be accepted.  The clinic is open to anyone who lives or works in New York State, not just union members.  Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.


AG James Files Lawsuit Against Google for Anticompetitive Conduct
New York Attorney General Letitia James is co-leading a bipartisan coalition of 37 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Google LLC for what she calls its illegal and anticompetitive conduct that has sought to maintain the company’s monopoly power in the mobile app distribution and in-app payment processing markets. Through a series of exclusionary contracts and other anticompetitive conduct in the Google Play Store, Google has deprived Android device users of competition that could lead to greater choice and innovation, as well as significantly lower prices for mobile apps. 


Batavia Assemblyman Pushing for Paula’s Law
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is demanding the immediate passage of a bill known as Paula’s Law, which aims to ensure that persons who sexually assault and then murder a child under the age of 18 will never be released from prison. This push to pass the bill comes in response to the granting of parole to Robert McCain, one of two men who brutally raped and murdered a 16-year-old New York girl. Hawley is also calling for the resignation of every member of the New York State Parole Board under Gov. Cuomo’s administration, following their decision to grant McCain his release. Hawley adds that his release is just one of many instances of releasing offenders known to be highly violent into the public by the parole board.

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