Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 10, 2021

Bath fire department, school building vandalized; police searching for suspect

The Bath Police Department in searching for the person or persons responsible for vandalizing two local buildings. Police say the Bath Fire Department was vandalized with spray paint a few weeks ago, and on July 6th at approximately 3:30 a.m., a Bath school building was also defaced with spray paint. The suspected perpetrator was caught on surveillance, that image has been shared by the Bath Police Department.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Bath Police Department at 607-776-2175.


NYS releases report on use of force incidents

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has released their inaugural report on “use of force incidents” by police from July 11th, 2019 to October 31st, 2020. State law mandates each department, sheriff’s office, and the New York State Police to report incidents where a police officer or peace officer used force against an individual while on duty. In Steuben County, Hornell Police reported seven total use of force incidents, 17 total types of force reported, 11 incidents involving a firearm, one involving a chemical agent, and five with an “Impact or Electronic Control Weapon.” Corning Police reported only one use of force incident, which involved an Impact or Electronic Control Weapon. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported only three use of force incidents, all of which were using a chemical agent. The Elmira Police Department had 101 use of force incidents, tied for 6th most in the state, and 3 deaths that resulted from the use of force, tied for most in the state.


Future of Elmira’s First Arena in Jeopardy

The contract between Robbie Nichols and the owner of Elmira’s First Arena, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency, is set to expire on July 16th unless the two sides can come to an agreement on new terms before then. The IDA says they are keeping all options open for the First Arena with other organizations that may take the building over. Should an agreement not be reached, the Elmira Enforcers hockey team would be in jeopardy as well as events such as WWE and the Harlem Globetrotters.


3 Valu Home Center locations closing in NY, including Hornell

Home improvement retailer Valu Home Center has announced the Hornell location is one of three underperforming stores that will be shut down, along with the Springville and Geneva locations. The company began a liquidation sale this week. The company says the closings are occurring in part due to customers moving from brick-and-mortar shopping to online. There are currently 38 Valu Home Center locations in New York and Pennsylvania.

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