Top Stories, August 24, 2023

51 Year Old Bath Male Suspect, Accused Of Shooting At Law Enforcement At Domestic Dispute Arrest, Is Being Arraigned

This morning, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told Brian O'Neil that Larry Schoonover, 51, of Bath, is being arraigned today.  "There was a domestic dispute that led to police interaction with him," Baker said.  "He took shots at police officers and neighbors during that incident.  He was wounded and has been in State Police custody ever since.  We are arraigning him this morning, and he will be charged with multiple counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, for attempting to kill State Police Officers and members of other police agencies, as well as multiple counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, for the rounds that went through his neighbor's homes while they were in them, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, for the gun he used to commit those crimes with," Baker said this morning.  


Is Someone Impersonating An Election Board Official? 

From Sheriff Allard: Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 23, 2023, it was reported that a person who identified herself as a member of the “Board of Elections” visited a person in the Urbana area, in her home, asking personal identification questions.  It is also reported that when asked to provide identification from the Board of Elections, this person displayed none and then left the premises.  According to the Steuben County Board of Elections Commissioners, no home visits are done to ascertain personal information by any actual member of the Steuben County Board of Elections.  Should you encounter any person falsely representing themselves as members of the Steuben County Board of Elections at your home or otherwise, you are encouraged to contact 911 and report this criminal impersonation. 


Bath Police Congratulate Sgt. Johnson  

From Bath Police: "Training for Bath Police Officers is an ongoing process.  Sergeant Johnson  recently completed an eight hour course up in Rochester, that was about Problem Oriented Policing.  As the Crime Prevention Officer  for the Bath Police Department, Johnson will be assisting Chief Colin Taft on ideas to address problems as they arise."  


Longtime Steuben County IDA Official, Has Passed Away

WVIN News has learned from former Mayor Shawn Hogan, that longtime Hornell Industrial Development Agency Director Jim Griffin, who also spent years working for the Steuben County I.D.A. as well, died yesterday morning at his home in Arkport.  Hogan says, Griffin had been under hospice care.  He had been suffering from cancer for well over a year now.

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