WVIN News Archives for 2020-11

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 11th, 2020

55 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The latest media release reports Steuben County health officials report 55 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total to 1,768 confirmed cases, 259 of which are currently active. The new cases involve school employees, hospital workers and nursing home employees. 21 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Allegany County. State Officials place the county virus-related death toll at 46. The have been 1,082 confirmed cases of coronavirus since March. This morning, 941 county residents are in isolation or quarantine. 

 

Reed Says Eviction Assistance & Second Stimulus Being Talked in DC 
Congressman Tom Reed says members of Congress are considering an assistance plan to prevent a spike in evictions caused by the pandemic as both  the New York state and federal eviction moratoriums are scheduled to expire December 30th. Reed acknowledges even if the moratorium is given an extension,  people who lost jobs and businesses because of the pandemic may still owe months of back rent. Reed says the eviction crisis and proposing more housing assistance are part of negotiations underway in Washington, D.C. and is predicting the next COVID relief package will include additional unemployment benefits and be between $500 billion and $1 trillion.

 

Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Tomorrow
The village of Hammondsport’s board of trustees will meet at 5 p.m. tomorrow in the village office on 18 Water Street. The meeting will be a workshop for the 2021-22 budget.

 

Painted Post Announces Village Holiday Parade
The Village of Painted Post announced it will hold its first Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 12th which will start at 6pm in Hodgeman park. A parade of  decorated and lit up vehicles from around the area will wind through the village before ending in Craig Park. Parade organizers ask all parade watchers to socially distance from those they don't live with and do not gather in large groups. The parade can be enjoyed from the sidewalk, front porches or within a car. Those wishing to participate in the parade must fill out an application and turn it into the village clerk's office by tomorrow.

 

Horseheads Crash on Route 13 Hospitalizes Two
Two people were hospitalized following a 3-car crash in Horseheads. According to WETM 18 News, three cars collided on Route 13 Friday evening and one person had to be extricated from their car. More updates including the conditions of the two injured will be released and reported as the investigation continues.

 

Cuomo Calls on Closing Cop Credential Misconduct Loopholes
Governor Cuomo called for the closing of bureaucratic loopholes that allow police officers to maintain their credentials regardless of past misconduct. Specifically, Governor Cuomo said in a phone briefing he’s considering closing the loophole that allows a cop accused of misconduct in one police department to get a new job at a different department.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 28, 2020

55 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 55 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday. This brings the total to 1,768 confirmed cases, 259 of which are currently active. 6 are residents of the Town of Bath and 3 are residents of the Village of Bath. One of the individuals is a student of the VEW Primary School in Bath.

 

Hammondsport trustees to meet in December

The Village of Hammondpsort’s board of trustees are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. on December 1st at the village office, located on 18 Water Street. The meeting will be a workshop for the 2021-22 budget.

 

Man arrested on narcotics charges in Elmira

The Elmira Police Department arrested 38 year old Tim Gullo Friday afternoon, after responding to the area of Decker Place and Davis Street around 3:40 p.m., after receiving reports of a man with a gun. They received a description of the vehicle and the suspect involved. After locating both, a search turned up a handgun replica BB gun, in addition to large quantities of meth, heroin, fentanyl, and materials used to package up narcotics. Mr. Gullo was charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

 

Governor Cuomo nominated for TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’

Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of 80 nominees to be TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’. Per TIME magazine, the award honors “the person or group of people who had the greatest influence on the events of the year – for better or worse.”. Other nominees this year include President Trump, Dr. Fauci, and creators from the viral TikTok app.

 

Haverling Rams represented in Section V boys’ soccer all tournament teams

Section V has released their all-tournament teams for boys soccer this year. The hometown Haverling Rams were well represented this year, as junior Keefer Calkins, junior Cayden Mattison, junior DJ Smith, and senior Brendan Strong all received the honor.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 27th, 2020

Holiday Weekend DWI Crackdown Continues to Sunday
New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies continue their crackdown on unsafe driving behaviors through the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The special traffic enforcement period will continue to Sunday, November 29. State, county and local law enforcement will be out in full force in search of impaired, distracted and reckless drivers.

 

Steuben Veterans’ Service Office Closed to Friday 12/4
The Steuben County Veterans’ Services Office reports due to positive case of COVID-19 within the office, it will be closed until next week on Friday December 4th.Veterans in immediate need for service can contact the New York State Veterans’ Service Representatives at (607) 664-4495.

 

Wreaths Across America Cancelled at Bath VA Cemetery
Word broke this week that the Wreaths Across America event at the Bath National Cemetery has been canceled for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bath event committee issued a statement saying, in part, they deeply regret having to make this decision, but they determined that they could not implement sufficient controls to mitigate the risks. All wreaths sponsored for this year will be forwarded to next year’s event.

 

Ithaca Man Arrested in Bath
After an investigating an incident earlier this month in the Town of Bath, State Troopers arrested 39-year-old Joshua Sanford of Ithaca. He was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt. He was initially detained. Also arrested in connection with the incident was 39-year-old Deborah VanEtten. She had been charged with reckless endangerment and child endangerment.

 

Black Friday Rings in Holiday Retail Season
Major retailers making adjustments this year for the kickoff to the holiday spending season. And 40-percent of shoppers say they won't be hitting the stores at all today. Some Black Friday traditions continue despite the coronavirus pandemic, but for many -- when it comes to holiday shopping in the year of coronavirus, huge crowds are out, and online shopping is *in*. Meanwhile, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, followed by Cyber Monday.

 

Cuomo’s Limit on Church Capacity Ruled Unconsitutional
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's limit on religious gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus was a violation of the freedom of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment. Governor Cuomo reacts to the ruling during his press conference over the phone The Supreme Court allowed states like California and Nevada to keep restrictions limiting religious gatherings during the outbreak of the coronavirus.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 24th, 2020

Six More COVID Deaths in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of six individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 96. Three of the individuals were residents of Absolut Care Three Rivers; One individual was in the care of Corning Center for rehab and died while hospitalized at age 49.  Another individual was a male resident of the Village of Painted Post who died while hospitalized at the age of 66…and the sixth victim was a male resident of the Town of Troupsburg who died while hospitalized at the age of 81.

 

Steuben Reports 81 New COVID Cases Since Saturday
81 new COVID cases impacting Steuben County residents have been confirmed since Saturday.  This brings the total to 1,650 confirmed cases, 232 of which are currently active. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Steuben Adopts New $194 Million County Budget
The newly adopted 2021 Steuben County budget of $194 million includes a slight increase in the $51 million tax levy, with property owners looking at a drop in the average tax rate of 14 cents per $1,000 from $8.07 this year down to $7.93 in 2021. The budget was adopted Monday during a special session of the county Legislature. Steuben’s tax levy is the amount property owners pay for county operations, with each town’s levy determined by a complex equalization rate set by the state. Steuben’s 2021 budget also comes in under the state cap, avoiding penalties set by the state.

 

Cuomo and Sheriffs Comment on Not Enforcing 10 Person Limit
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo continued his sharp criticism of sheriffs across New York state who say they will not patrol to enforce executive orders limiting gatherings statewide, saying that picking and choosing what laws to enforce makes someone a dictator and not an effective member of law enforcement. Cuomo’s executive order calls for private home gatherings to be limited to 10 or less people and though he is aware that many New Yorkers find “intrusive”, he says officials not enforcing the law fully “...sets a dangerous precedent,” and the law is not not up to them to decide. The New York State Association of Sheriffs released a statement regarding the Executive Order:
“We do not know if the governor’s limit on home gatherings to ten individuals is the right number or not….We do know, however, that the governor has attempted to foist upon local law enforcement an impossible task. How are officers to know, without violating citizens’ right to privacy and other Constitutional rights, how many people are in the home? How are they to determine if the family gathering is to be deemed “essential” or “nonessential”?
Cuomo drew  more criticism for his policy when he appeared on a radio show –sharing his elderly mother and daughters would come to Albany for Thanksgiving. A spokesperson for Cuomo later said that the governor changed those plans.

 


 

Thanksgiving Weekend STOP-DWI Patrol Begins Tomorrow
Police across New York state will be participating in the STOP-DWI Thanksgiving weekend crackdown. The statewide effort and enforcement begins tomorrow on Wednesday November 25th and ends this Sunday, November 29th.With many people on the road  for Thanksgiving holiday travel, crashes are more likely to happen, so local officials will be on patrol in full force. New York State Police urge the public to “help to make a difference by having a sober plan!" and download the mobile app "Have a Plan" to find a safe ride home.

 

Troopers Warn Citizens of Porch Pirates
The New York State Police warn the public not to leave holiday packages on the porch due to porch pirates stealing packages from residents’ doorsteps-something that may happen more often this season thanks to the pandemic. Troopers suggest installing a recording device like a video doorbell which can  be a good deterrent to thieves not wanting to be caught on camera. Troopers also report an uptick in car break in and encourage making sure to always lock your vehicle and take important items out of your car-even if it’s parked in your driveway.

 

E-Learn Act Aims to Bridge Digital Divide in NY
New York lawmakers and education advocates announced the E-Learn Act, which would provide free, high quality broadband to every student in school in New York State during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill hopes to address the digital divide that was already a problem for low-income and minority students as well as district throughout the state. All students ages 5-21 in public, private or charter schools as well as those who are homeschooled are eligible for the E-Learn program.

 

NY 7th District Courts Institute Changes After Regional COVID Spike
Changes have been instituted within New York’s 7th Judicial District courts as a result of a recent regional spike in COVID cases. Now, no more than ten people or half of a room’s occupancy, can be in a courtroom. No new prospective trial or grand jurors will receive a summons for jury duty and the number of non-judicial staff working in person will be reduced. Exceptions will be made in cases of in-person appearances, in-treatment court and judicial diversion cases, along with any cases in which a self-represented plaintiff or defendant is involved. The 7th Judicial District includes courthouses in Steuben, Wayne, and Yates Counties.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 23rd, 2020

 Steuben Will Take COVID Orders Seriously Without Snooping

Though Steuben County officials remain concerned about a COVID-19 spike in the county during the holiday season, County Manager Jack Wheeler says that doesn’t mean they’ll be snooping on Thanksgiving dinners…. A state executive order was issued by the Governor that limits the number of guests you can host to ten. Wheeler did, however, ask county residents to be prudent on how many people gather in one place. After Steuben had its “yellow zone” designation lifted just weeks ago, Wheeler and other health officials say they don’t want to set back progress by sliding back into the designation.
 

 

Bath DMV Closed This Week Due to COVID Case
Due to a positive COVID-19 case within the Bath DMV Offices, the Bath DMV location will be closed this week. Residents with appointments at the Bath DMV today, tomorrow or Wednesday should not report to the office. Those with appointments this week need to reschedule and select a new appointment online at: https://steubencountydmvbath.setmore.com. Staff will also work to find alternative accommodations for those with cancelled appointments and will provide an update this week.

 

Route 54 Bridge Replacement Under Construction in Urbana
State Transportation officials report a bridge replacement construction project is happening to  enhance safety along Route 54 in the town of Urbana near the south end of Keuka Lake. The project replaces the existing bridge carrying Route 54 over Loughline Creek, just east of Back Valley Road, with a modern steel multi-girder bridge designed to include wider shoulders, creating bike space, and a new sidewalk for pedestrians.

 

Wreaths Across America Cancelled for 2020
Thursday the Wreaths Across America program made the decision to cancel the program for this year. Wreaths purchased this year may roll over to next year. More details will emerge as they plan to publish a press release soon…..

 

Bath Man Arrested for Violating Protection Order
State Police arrested 31-year-old Lee Cornell of Painted Post. The arrest followed an alleged violation of an order of protection in the Town of Corning. Troopers charged him with felony criminal mischief and felony first-degree criminal contempt. He was initially detained in lieu of cash bail.

 

WGI Announces Camping Truck World Series Races Next Summer
Watkins Glen International will be hosting one of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races next summer. The race will be held at the Glen on Saturday, August 7. It will be a doubleheader with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race. On Sunday, August 8, the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen will be held as well. This marks the first time since June 2000 that a Truck Series race will be held at the Glen.

 

Bath Man Arrested After Canisteo Pursuit
After taking Canisteo Police on a chase, a Bath man is facing a slew of charges. 42-year-old Randall Plank Junior of County Route 11 was later arrested back at his home. Plank was charged with fleeing a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration, reckless endangerment, failing to obey a police officer, and a number of traffic infractions. He was issued appearance tickets for court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 21, 2020

18 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 18 new Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the county total to 1,569 confirmed cases, 245 of which are currently active. Four of the individuals are residents of the Village of Bath, three from the City of Corning, two from the Town of Lindley, and from the Villages of Addison and Painted Post.   Five individuals are contacts to previously reported positives. One of the individuals is an employee of Corning Center, four are employees of Corning, Inc. at the Diesel Plant, one is an employee of the Bath VA, one is a student of the Dana Lyon Middle School, and one individual is an employee of the Bath DMV.

 

One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 90.  The individual was a male resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died at age 92 while hospitalized.

 

Bath DMV to close temporarily next week due to positive COVID-19 test

Due to a positive COVID-19 case within the Bath DMV Offices, the location will be closed all next week. Those with appointments scheduled on Monday the 23rd, Tuesday the 24th, and Wednesday the 25th should not report. To reschedule, please visit https://steubencountydmvbath.setmore.com/ and select a new appointment.  Staff will also work to find alternative accommodations for those with cancelled appointments and will provide an update next week.

 

Southern Tier Red Cross Chapter seeking “Real Heroes” nominations

The Finger Lakes Area of the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting nominations for its annual Real Heroes Event which will go virtual this year. The Real Heroes Event honors local heroes in Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung Counties. For a nomination form and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email FLXRealHeroes@redcross.org. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 4th.

 

Steuben County AmeriCorps/volunteers join together to provide food to those stuck at home

Nearly a dozen Steuben County AmeriCorps Seniors and RSVP volunteers packed 360 emergency shelf-stable food boxes Thursday at the Bath Central School bus garage for residents relying on home-delivered meals. Their efforts will reduce the impact of the pandemic in the event current spikes force senior meal centers to close. Steuben AmeriCorps Senior Coordinator Christine Towner said the Food Bank of the Southern Tier provided 7,978 pounds of food valued just shy of $14,000. The efforts were assisted by Shirley’s Lumber in Bath and the county Public Works Department.

 

Hearing to be held on Steuben County budget Monday

On Monday at 11:30 a.m., at the county Annex, 20 East Morris St., Bath, a public hearing will be held regarding the proposed 2021 budget for Steuben County, currently sitting at $194 million. If approved, the plan comes in well below the state’s mandated tax cap, with an increase of just under 1 percent increase, up roughly $500,000 in the county’s proposed levy of $51 million. The average tax rate is expected to drop 14 cents per $1,000 from $8.07 in 2020 down to $7.93 next year if the budget is adopted.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 20th, 2020

Haverling Boys’ Win Soccer Championship & Hold Parade
Last night, the Haverling Boys’ Soccer team came home with the Class B-2 Championship after winning the final sectional game of the season 3-0 over Bishop-Kearney! Following the victory, there was a parade for the Rams in Bath, where Mayor Mike Sweet made an appearance. The parade was made possible and organized by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Steuben Sees 19 New COVID Cases, One New Death
19 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Steuben County. This brings the total to 1,551 confirmed cases, 253 of which are currently active. Four cases are from the Village of bath and two others are from the Town of Urbana. The new cases involve an employee at Hammondsport Central, a worker at the Bath VA and a student of Glenn Curtiss Elementary School. The county also reports another COVID-related death. The latest victim is a 92-year-old man who lived at Absolut Care Three Rivers. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 89.

 

NYSEG's and RG&E's Customer Delivery Rates Will Increase
Electric and gas delivery rates for NYSEG and RG&E customers will see a rise but the cost has been drastically reduced from the double-digit percentage increases in the original utility proposal. The state Public Service Commission staff and utility representatives agreed to keep rate increases for both electric and natural gas delivery rates to below 2% annually over the three-year term which will extend to April 2023.

 

Southern Tier Red Cross Chapter Seeks “Real Heroes” Nominations
The Finger Lakes Area of the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting nominations for its annual Real Heroes Event which will go virtual this year. The Real Heroes Event honors local heroes in Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung Counties.For a nomination form and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email FLXRealHeroes@redcross.org. The deadline for nominations is Friday,  December 4th.

 

NY One of Seven States Paying More in Federal Taxes than it Receives
According to a report just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York taxpayers paid $23.7 billion more in federal taxes than the state received in federal spending in federal fiscal year 2019.New York is one of just seven states that pays more in federal taxes than it receives in spending. The others are New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin. DiNapoli says “at a time when the pandemic has shrunk local and state government revenues, shut down businesses and hurt families across New York, it’s never been more critical that we receive much-needed support from the federal government.”

 

Canisteo Man Arrested After Fleeing Traffic Stop
Canisteo Police arrested 42-year-old Randall T. Plank Jr of Bath for Fleeing from an officer, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, and multiple counts of reckless driving. Plank was arrested during an attempted traffic stop in the Village of Canisteo when he fled from the traffic stop and took officers on a pursuit. Plank was later located by officers at his residence and issued several tickets and appearance tickets to appear in Canisteo Village Court at a later date.

 

Dansville Man Arrested for Child Porn, Failure to Register
Livingston County deputies arrested a NYS Registered Sex Offender on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. 23-year-old Kyle J. Webster, from Dansville was charged with felony Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child and felony Failure to Register and Verify. It is alleged that Webster, who is registered as a level one sex offender, possessed images of sexual conduct by a child less than sixteen years of age on his cell phone. It is further alleged that Webster also failed to register internet e-mail accounts along with login information to social media accounts as required by law.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 11th, 2020

Bath Village Board Reminds Public of Winter Parking
The Bath Village Board reminds residents and visitors that Winter Parking rules are in effect now.  This means until Winter Parking ends on April 1st, vehicles can not be parked on village streets between the hours of 2am-6am.

 

Steuben Reports 32 New COVID Cases
Steuben County reports 32 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total to 1,532 confirmed cases, 255 of which are currently active. The new cases involve a student at Alfred State and Campbell-Savona High School. One additional death was also reported Wednesday afternoon. The latest victim is an 82-year-old man who lived at Absolut Care Three Rivers. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 88.

 

CR 128 in Canisteo Closed for Repairs 11/30-12/3
County Route 128, between the CR 119 turnoff and Depot Street in the Town of Canisteo will be closed to all through traffic from 9 am to 3 pm Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for road repair. There will be no on-site detour.

 

High-Risk Winter Sports Seasons Delayed by NYSHAA
Winter sports deemed to be 'high risk' by state officials have been pushed back to a January 4th, 2021 start date. This comes as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout New York state. Those high risk sports include basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheerleading. Low and moderate risk sports - which are listed as bowling, indoor track & field, gymnastics, swimming & diving, and skiing, are still on schedule to begin November 30th.

 

Danks-Burke Concedes State Senate Race ti Senator O’Mara
State Senate Democratic candidate Leslie Danks Burke conceded the 58th Senate District election to incumbent Republican Tom O ‘Mara days after a state Supreme Court Judge dismissed her lawsuit against the Schuyler County Board of Elections. O’Mara scored a convincing victory, 56% to 43%, beating Burke by over 16,000 votes.  He won by landslide percentage of 68% in Steuben County. Danks-Burke said: “...it is clear that we will not see the outcome we hoped for. And out of respect for the voters and the principles on which our democratic republic is founded, we accept this outcome for the next two years.”  O’Mara remarked: "Voters responded to our positive message of sticking together, rebuilding our communities and local economies, and restoring a true, long-term voice for Upstate, rural New York.

 

AAA’s Ithaca Office Closing the End of the Month
AAA Western and Central New York announce they will close the Ithaca Travel & Insurance Center on South Meadow Street on its final day of operations: Monday, November 30th. No jobs were lost from this closure. AAA is currently offering a 30% discount on most retail items at the Ithaca Travel Store. Local AAA associates will still be available to help Ithaca area members out of a different office, by phone, email, or virtually.

 

American Cancer Society Calls for Increasing Tobacco Tax
Today the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) marked its 45th annual Great American Smokeout today by calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to protect the health of state residents by increasing the tax on all tobacco products. In New York, cigarette taxes and most tobacco taxes have not been increased in ten years and lawmakers say the increase in taxes will raise more revenue to be used for the state’s public health program. ACS is working with public health organizations and medical professionals to increase the tax in order to reduce the state’s smoking rate of 12.7%

 

Poll Shows New Yorkers Optimistic About Holiday Season
More than two thirds of New Yorkers polled say the holiday season will look different this year -- but it won't be ruined by the ongoing pandemic. That's the word in a new Siena College Research Institute poll just released.  It says 68 percent of responders say the holiday spirit will prevail.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 18th, 2020

Bath Village Street Department Reminds of Leaf Pick-up
Village of Bath reminds residents to get their leaves out to the road. The Street Department will not be picking up brush or debris so please only put leaves in your pile by the curb. Leaf cleanup will continue for a week or two as weather permits.

 

Canisteo’s CR 128 Closed from 11/30-12/3
County Public Works announces County Route 128, between the CR 119 turnoff and Depot Street in the Town of Canisteo will be closed to all through traffic from 9 am to 3 pm from Monday Nov. 30th – Thursday Dec. 3rd for road repair. There will be no on-site detour.

 

Steuben Reports 2 New COVID Deaths
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 87.  The individuals were both residents of Absolut Care Three Rivers; one was a female who died at age 95 and the other was a male who died at age 92. 

 

Allard Responds to Governor’s Holiday Gatherings Order
In response to inquiries concerning enforcement of the Governor’s Order restricting private residential gatherings to ten persons or less, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will continue to support the Public Health Department in the COVID-19 response protocols.  Sheriff Jim Allard said in a statement: “It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy, and to not unnecessarily subject any of our family or neighbors to avoidable infection.” Allard also reassured that deputies will not be peaking in your window or attempting to enter your property to count the number of persons at your table on Thanksgiving. Sheriff Allard says he encourages all citizens of Steuben County to abide by the COVID-19 response protocols as established by the Governor relative to gatherings in private residences.  Allard also mentioned that keeping social circles as small as possible, especially during the holidays, will allow us to better weather the storm.  

 

Hornell Woman Arrested After Collision in Ossian
Livingston county deputies arrested a Steuben County woman for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation after a motor vehicle crash. It happened on Linzy Road in Ossian. The investigation revealed that a vehicle being operated by 29-year-old Sarah J. King from Hornell was backing into the roadway. While doing so, it is alleged King backed into the path of a westbound vehicle and caused the collision. A records check revealed that King’s driver’s license was suspended a total of twelve (12) times and that she was in possession of a metal pipe commonly used to smoke drugs. King was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Drugs, felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, along with violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law including Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  Additional court action is pending.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 17th, 2020

55 New Cases of COVID in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 55 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. This brings the total to 1,478 confirmed cases, 223 of which are currently active. The latest infections include two people from Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. Among those infected…students at Canisteo-Greenwood and Tuscarora Elementary. Steuben County Public Health remains concerned about a COVID-19 outbreak recently at Painted Post nursing home Absolut Care Three Rivers, which had 53 confirmed cases-38 of which are residents. One resident died of the virus last week.

 

Village of Bath Seeking Volunteer Leadership Position
As the Village of Bath completes a comprehensive economic development strategy with Hunt Engineering, leadership expertise is needed on a volunteer basis for two roles. According to a Facebook post by Mayor Mike Sweet, the Board is looking for a leader who has a strong background in marketing that would volunteer to make a difference in this community. In addition, the board also seeks someone who is or was in the restaurant business and knows Bath well. The two leaders would work together to execute action steps regarding wants, needs and for food and other tourism destination-type businesses for Bath. Those interested in volunteering in this way for the community can contact Mayor Mike Sweet.

 

NYSPHSAA Delays High-Risk Winter Sports
New York State Public High School Athletic Association pushed back the start of the basketball, wrestling, hockey, and competitive cheerleading seasons earlier today. These sports deemed “high-risk” to COVID-19 transmission, won’t see their seasons begin now until January 4th at the earliest. Though New York state hoped for a November 30th start to these sports, an increase in infection rates statewide forced the state to make the change. Practice for low-and-moderate-risk sports like bowling, skiing, swimming, diving, gymnastics and indoor track and field are still scheduled to begin on November 30th.

 

DiFiore Announces Delay in New Trials Due to COVID Spikes
New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced that though sitting grand juries will continue for the time being in New York state, the courts are now being impacted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the Empire State. New trials will be temporarily delayed due to the uptick in Coronavirus cases statewide. Bench trials in progress will be allowed to proceed to completion while newly-commenced bench trials and hearings may proceed virtually unless otherwise authorized by Deputy Chief Administrative Judges.

 

Hunting Season in Our Region Continues to 12/13
The regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York’s Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday and continues through Sunday, Dec. 13th. The Southern Zone regular season is New York’s most popular hunting season, with participation from about 85 percent of New York’s 550,000 licensed hunters. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

 

Ontario Man Arrested After Route 54 Crash
Steuben County deputies arrested 52-year-old Ronald D. Gross, of Ontario, New York, following a one car rollover crash in the Town of Urbana. It is alleged that Gross operated a vehicle on State Route 54 while intoxicated and left the roadway crashing the vehicle in a ditch. It is also alleged that he was previously convicted of DWI in the previous ten years. Gross was charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a Felony, Fail to Use Designated Lane and Refusal to Take a Breath Screening Device.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for DWI After Traffic Stop
Deputies arrested 57-year-old James A. Booth of Airport Road in Hornell following a vehicle stop on Seneca Road in the Town of Hornellsville. Booth was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content. He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court at a later date.

 

Click It or Ticket Seatbelt Campaign Continues to 11/29
The 21st Annual “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign is underway and continuing through November 29th. The statewide campaign raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts as state and local law enforcement agencies use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted occupants. Law enforcement is also making sure children are properly restrained. During last year’s enforcement campaign, police issued 26,432 tickets for seat belt and child restraint violations. With the intent to better-protect everyone on New York’s roadways, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that took effect earlier this month stating everyone in passenger vehicles, regardless of where they sit, needs to wear a seat belt or be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 16th, 2020

Keuka Watersports Coming to Bath’s Route 54 Plaza
The former Save-A-Lot and Super-Duper plaza on Route 54 in Bath has been purchased by Keuka Watersports. According to a post made by Mayor Mike Sweet’s official Facebook page, Keuka Watersports will renovate the building to accommodate a showroom for their Centurion line of boats. The fast-growing boating company sells, rents, and stores boats. This is Keuka Watersports’ first facility in Bath - the gateway to Keuka Lake.  For more information about Keuka Watersports, visit their website at Keukawatersports.com.
below: the old building that was a Super-Duper, Save-A-Lot and Clarks, which will be renovated.
           

 

Wegmans, Tops and Others Will Carry COVID Vaccine Once Available
The Trump Administration announced it will partner with several pharmacies in the Finger Lakes area to distribute the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible once it becomes available state-wide. Pharmacies that will have the vaccine available include: Wegmans, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Tops Markets, and Rite Aid.

 

Steuben County Restoring Power Outages
Utility crews continue to make progress restoring power in Steuben County and throughout the region. A powerful wind storm swept across the area Sunday evening. The numbers in Steuben County have steadily declined, now totaling less than 250 customers. Chemung has less than 400 customers out while the number has dropped below 400 for Allegany. The National Weather Service clocked a peak wind gusts of 51 mph in Cohocton, 50 in Hartsville and 43 in Addison. NYSEG said the company today will conduct assessments and identify the extent of the damage caused by the weather event.

 

NYS Thruway Makes Switch to Cashless Tolling
As of 1am Saturday morning, cashless tolling is now live across the New York State Thruway. Though drivers will continue to go through the old tollbooths until they are removed next year, new cameras were installed capture license plate photos and E-Z Pass tags. Drivers are urged to use caution while driving through the tollbooths due to ongoing, active construction.

 

Bath VA Offers Veterans Counseling and Medication to Quit Cigarettes
With the Great American Smokeout underway this Thursday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging Veterans to take the first step to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support. Research shows behavioral counseling can significantly improve one’s chances of quitting smoking and combining counseling and medication works better than medication or counseling alone.

 

Hornell Man Arrested in Hornellsville
After an incident in the Town of Hornellsville, State Police arrested 24-year-old Sean Kellogg of Hornell. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a loaded firearm and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was released to a third party.

 

Bath Woman Arrested
State Police report the arrest of 39-year-old Deborah Vanetton of Bath. She was charged second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued an appearance ticket and released.

 

Avoca Man Arrested for Violation of Order of Protection
State Police arrested 48-year-old Donald Kennedy of Avoca. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating an order of protection. He was initially detained.

 

Arkport Man Arrested for Property Damage
Wayland-based Troopers arrested 22-year-old Alexander Houghtaling of Arkport. He was charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property valued in excess of $3,000. He was also charged with felony second-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle. He’ll answer the charges in Town of Wayland court at a later date.

 

Troopers Seek Help Finding Auburn Teen Brooke Irish
New York State Police need the public's help to find a teenager who went missing over a week ago on Sunday, November 8th. Troopers say 17-year-old Brooke Irish was last seen in the Town of Chenango. Brooke Irish lives in the Auburn area but was visiting family, who said that she's not familiar with the Chenango area and that her family doesn't believe she has friends there Brooke also doesn't have a cellphone in her possession. Irish is a 5'1” white female, who weighs approximately 120 lbs., with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a black tank top with cropped leggings with plaid and cherries on them. It's also believed Brooke may not be wearing shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Binghamton barracks of the NYSP at (607)775-1241.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 14, 2020

35 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 35 new Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county total to 1,423 confirmed cases, 216 of which are currently active. 10 of the individuals are residents of the City of Corning, 6 from the City of Hornell, 2 from the towns of Addison, Canisteo, Corning, and Erwin, with the rest coming from the towns of Campbell, Cameron, Caton, Greenwood, Lindley, Pulteney, Rathbone, Troupsburg, Wayne, Woodhull, and the village of North Hornell. An investigation found eight individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, one is a resident of Corning Center, two are residents of Absolute Care Three Rivers, two are employees of Absolute Care Three Rivers, three are employees of Wellsville Manor Care Center, one is an employee of Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, one is an employee of Corning Hospital, one is an employee of Jones Memorial Hospital, two are employees of the NYSDOT in Hornell, one is a teacher at Campbell-Savona High School, one is an employee of GST BOCES Wildwood Campus, two are students at Corning Christian Academy, one is a student at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning, one is a student of Binghamton University, and one individual is an employee of Corning, Inc. at the Diesel Plant.

 

One new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 84.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Greenwood who died at age 80.

 

 

Mitrano concedes 23rd Congressional District to Reed

Tracy Mitrano called incumbent Representative Tom Reed yesterday to congratulate him and concede the race for the 23rd Congressional District. Mitrano had initially wanted to wait until all absentee ballots were counted to concede, but Tompkins County doesn’t believe it’s count will be done until next week, and results so far are pointing to a Reed victory. Mitrano issued a statement thanking her supporters for their help and encouragement as she traveled throughout the district for the past three years. 

 

Corning man arrested for drug, vehicle violation charges after traffic stop

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on November 8, 2020, deputies arrested Steven D. Preset, age 68, of Jennings Street, Corning, New York, following a traffic stop in the Town of Lindley.  It is alleged that Mr. Preset operated a vehicle while the vehicle registration was suspended, while his license or operating privilege was suspended or revoked and while he was in possession of suspected methamphetamine.  It is also alleged that Mr. Preset was wanted by Corning City Court for failing to answer a charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. Mr. Preset was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle in the Third Degree and Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration.  Mr. Preset was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court for the Warrant and the additional charges and released to appear in the Town of Lindley and City of Court at a later date.

 

Trump says COVID vaccine may not come to NY without Governor’s authorization

President Donald Trump said in a Rose Garden Press Conference Friday the coronavirus vaccine recently announced by Pfizer will be coming to the United States in April once it receives federal approval, but it may not be immediately distributed to the state of New York unless authorized by Governor Cuomo. The Governor said a potential vaccine won’t be delayed, but the state will ensure it isn’t rushed and will be effective.

 

Steuben County Legislator pleads not guilty to patronizing a prostitute

Steuben County Legislator Steven Maio pled not guilty in Hornellsville Town Court on Thursday to patronizing a prostitute. Maio, a Democrat representing the City of Corning, was arrested on Aug. 12 for patronizing a prostitute and was issued an appearance ticket by New York State Police. He will return to court in January.
 

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 13th, 2020

Steuben Proposes County Spending Plan
Early retirement of 44 Steuben County employees and solid reductions in departmental spending next year are changes made by the county for its proposed 2021 spending plan of $194 million in an effort to budget well under the state’s cap. The committee also reduced spending for agencies receiving tax dollars through municipal taxes. If the spending plan is passed by county legislators on Monday November 23rd, the proposed spending plan weighs in with an anticipated 0.99 percent increase of roughly $500,000 in the county levy of $51 million. The average tax rate is expected to drop 14 cents per $1,000 from $8.07 in 2020 down to $7.93 next year if the budget is adopted. A public hearing on the 2021 budget is set for 11:30 am, Nov. 23, followed by a vote by the Legislature on adopting the budget.

 

86 New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 86 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. There were 11 new cases on Wednesday and 75 Thursday.  This brings the total to 1,388 confirmed cases, 232 of which are currently active. One of the new cases involves an employee of the Bath VA.

Four People Displaced in Yesterday’s Bath Pine Street Fire
The cause of a two-alarm fire in Bath remains under investigation. Four people were displaced when flames broke out at an apartment house at 115 Pine street. The fire was declared under control in about an hour. The Red Cross was called in to assist.

 

Bath Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Bath Police say they arrested of 28-year-old Delana Elliott of Campbell Street in Bath and 36-year-old Steven Farrell of W. Morris Street in Bath. They were each charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felonies. The charges are the result of a New York State Parole search that allegedly found a large quantity of crystal methamphetamine and fentanyl with intent to sell. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for 81 Felony Sex Counts
A Steuben County man faces 82 felony and misdemeanor crimes, 81 of them are felony sex counts. Wednesday afternoon, Bath-based Troopers arrested 40-year-old Scott O. Costly of Bath. He was charged with 70 counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony; 11 counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, a class D felony and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child. Costley was detained for court action. According to the State Police blotter, the first crime was reported on November 12, 2019 and occurred in the Town of Bath. State Police have not (yet) released any further information.

 

Rexville Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud Charges in Steuben County
Steuben County deputies arrested 56-year-old Gregory O. Anthony of Rexville.  It is alleged that Anthony received and obtained benefits which he was not authorized to receive in the amount of $1,368.00 between May and August, 2020.  Deputies also say that Anthony presented false documents in to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. He was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, both of which are felonies. Anthony was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 

 

NYS Thruway Converts to Cashless Beginning This Weekend
New York State Thruway’s ticketed system will convert to cashless tolling this weekend at 58 tolling locations across the state. The $355 million project takes place in two phases: Phase 1 takes place this weekend where steel gantries with new technology will be installed to replace cash collection at toll booths. Phase 2 will remove the existing toll plazas following the current Phase 1 conversion.The posted speed limit when traveling through the toll lanes will be 20 MPH.

 

Cornell Cooperative Seeks Help for 4H Bathroom
Today is FLX Gives day and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben is asking the community for help by giving to their annual one-day campaign. The 4H Group is looking to raise $4,000 to build a new bathroom that is closer to their 4H site at the fairgrounds to make getting ready before a show much easier for the members. Those interested in donating to the cause for FLX Gives can give online today by 11:59pm at: http://bit.ly/buildthe4Hbathroom

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 12th, 2020

 Tomorrow’s Prattsburgh-Avoca Sectional Soccer Game Cancelled

At this time, the third-seeded Prattsburgh-Avoca sectional soccer game at home with Scio scheduled for tomorrow will not take place after Prattsburgh-Avoca has withdrawn from the post-season tournament. Prattsburgh Superintendent Kory Bay cites the entire Scio team not wearing facial coverings while they play as a reason for this decision. Bray says he and Avoca Superintendent Steve Saxon as well as the school district medical attorney made the best decision for their students and families’ safety. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s COVID Task Force calls for athletes to wear face coverings at all times “unless unable to tolerate face covering for physical activity.”

 

Glenn Curtiss Museum Receives $14,000 in Funding
The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum received $14,000 from two funds managed by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. The grants include $4,000 from the Keuka Area Fund to be used for operations and $10,000 from the Edith Saxton Fund for Steuben County Youth Services to develop a robust digital museum learning experience. Executive Director Ben Johnson said

the museum is a magnet normally drawing nearly 30,000 people to this area every year. Johnson said these gifts will help them reach even more families virtually.

 

Cuomo Signs North Dansville Veterans Memorial Highway Designation
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation designating a portion of the state highway system in the town of North Dansville as the “North Dansville Veterans Memorial Highway” The legislation, requested by the town of North Dansville through a unanimous resolution, will rename a portion of Route 63 in the town to recognize the valiant actions of veterans, as well as their brave and honorable service and sacrifice.

 

Troopers Arrest Bath Woman
State Police arrested 32-year-old Pamela Nagel of Bath. She was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt involving physical contact. Court action is pending.

 

Urbana Man Arrested on Impaired Driving & Charges
State Police arrested 20-year-old Jason Adams of Urbana. He was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, fleeing police in a vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

 

NY Lifts Yellow COVID Cluster Zone for Southeastern Steuben
Yesterday, New York state lifted its Yellow COVID-19 cluster zone designation from the southeastern portion of Steuben County after a decrease in the infection rate. The cluster designation was assigned to our region back on October 21st following an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases that part of the county was seeing.

 

On FLX Gives Day, Local 4H Kids Need Your Help!
With FLX Gives day tomorrow, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben is asking the community for help by giving to their annual one-day campaign. The 4H Group is looking to raise $4,000 tomorrow to build a new bathroom that is closer to their 4H site at the fairgrounds to make getting ready before a show much easier for the members. Those interested in donating to the cause for FLX Gives can give online at: http://bit.ly/buildthe4Hbathroom

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 11th, 2020

One New COVID-19 Death & 20 New Cases
There has been another COVID death in Steuben County. The individual hadpreviously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID- 19 related deaths in Steuben County to 83. The victim was a male resident of the Town of Canisteo who died at age 64 while hospitalized. Meanwhile, 20 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the county. Some of the latest infections include a student at Avoca Elementary School, a state DOT worker, an employee at Arc of Steuben and an employee at Corning Inc. at Sullivan Park.

 

Avoca Crash Hospitalizes 4 & 2 Arrested
Four people were reported injured and two under arrest after a crash yesterday in Avoca. A car and a tractor trailer crashed into each other on State Route 390 South just after 4:00 yesterday morning. Four people were inside of the car including a four-year-old child while only the driver was inside the tractor trailer. Everyone involved in the crash was injured and taken to the hospital. According to the investigation, the car was stopped in the middle of the driving lane and the tractor-trailer crashed into the vehicle, which was reported stolen from the Bronx earlier in the week. Driver of the car, Johario Lamarche was arrested on several charges including Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Aggravated Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st. Degree, and Vehicular Assault. Lamarche was brought to the Steuben County Jail. Geraldo Torres was a passenger in the car who was charged with Criminal Possession Stolen Property. The four-year-old child was treated and released from the hospital while one other passenger in the car is still in the hospital in critical condition. The investigation is active and ongoing.

 

Alfred State Kicks off Annual Day of Giving
For the fifth consecutive year, Alfred State is calling upon Pioneers and supporters everywhere to make a big difference in the lives of students by participating in the college’s annual Day of Giving. This year’s event, which will take place Wednesday, Nov. 18, is looking to raise $200,000 and help fill the college’s on-campus food pantry. Each and every donation makes an impact on current and future students, with gifts benefiting scholarships, programming, athletics, new technology, food insecurity, and so much more.

 

Sponsorship for Wreaths Across America Begins
As we celebrate Veteran’s day this year, Wreaths Across America begins its wreath sponsorship online for the annual event with this year’s theme as “Be an American Worth Fighting For”. Sponsorsips can be made at: www.WreathsAcrossAmericaBathNY.org. Individual wreaths are $15 and tax deductible. Other donation levels also available. Event organizers say this year’s mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom. Details are being worked out and final plans will be made available in the near future and on the ALL-NEW Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 10th, 2020

 

Steuben County Reports 36 New COVID Cases & Death of Patient
Steuben County health officials report 36 new COVID-19 cases and the death of an 89-year-old man from Absolute Care Three Rivers in Painted Post. The Steuben death toll has now climbed to 82. The latest infections bring the number of confirmed, currently active cases to 146 and county total to 1,282 confirmed cases since the pandemic’s beginning. The cases are countywide and in no particular cluster. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.

 

Troopers Need Help Locating Missing Willard Parolee
The State Police report a missing incarcerated parolee from the Willard Drug Treatment Campus in Willard, NY. Kevin Witt is a 29-year-old described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, medium build, who was last seen around 7:00 p.m. during a work detail outside the secure area on the Willard campus last night. Anyone with information on Witt’s whereabouts is asked to contact the State Police or call 911.

 

COVID Spike Makes Future of High School Winter Sports Look Bleak
With growing COVID cases in New York, state officials said yesterday they are less likely to allow high risk indoor winter high school sports, such as basketball, hockey and wrestling. New York has yet to announce any official decision on winter sports, but Governor Cuomo and his top aides doubted whether the teams will be able to convene later this month as the schools had hoped.

 

State Police Report Rise in Gift Card Phone Scams to Elderly
The NYSP is warning the public of a recent increase of phone scams to elderly citizens. This scam includes some familiar scenarios, like…a family member has an illness or was arrested and needs bail money…police agencies do not contact family for bail money. The caller in both scenarios will advise the victim to get a specific amount of money and buy gift cards from popular stores – there’s your red flag. The victim is told to call a number and read off the gift card identification number. When you are asked to purchase a gift card…it…is…a…scam. If you have parents or elderly people in your family, take the time to explain this scam to them.

 

NYSP Seeking Missing Man from Broome County
Broome County Police report they are  looking for missing man Gregory Gale Jr., who was last seen at the Speedway on East Main Street in Binghamton around 11:00 Sunday morning. Gale is a 44-year-old man with autism and has the mentality of a 5-year-old. He recently moved to the area and does not know the area well. Gale is described as a light-skinned black male with brown eyes, a mustache, a goatee, black hair, 6 feet tall and roughly 260 - 270 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green camo jacket, light blue jeans and black sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at (607) 754-2701 or (607) 775-1241.

 

Wreath Sponsorship Begins for Wreaths Across America
This year’s Wreaths Across America theme is “Be an American Worth Fighting For” and Wreath sponsorship for this year’s annual ceremony at the Bath National Cemetery is underway and can be made online at www.WreathsAcrossAmericaBathNY.org. Individual wreaths are $15 and tax deductible. Other donation levels also available. Event organizers say this year’s mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom. Details are being worked out and final plans will be made available in the near future and on the ALL-NEW Facebook page - www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 9th, 2020

Steuben CAP Committee Meet Tomorrow
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets tomorrow morning. Lawmakers will be asked to add the towns of Wayland and Caton to the county Workers’ Compensation Plan. The Committee will also consider reclassifying one vacant funded Staff Psychologist position to one Social Services Clinical Coordinator. There could be some minor cost savings.

 

42 New COVID Cases Reported Friday in Steuben
Steuben County’s Public Health Department reported Friday that 41 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 between over Thursday and Friday and brings the total number of active cases to 173 and a total of  1,246 confirmed Steuben County cases since the start of the pandemic.  Individuals include: 9 residents of Corning, 4 from the Town of Erwin, 3 each from the Village of Bath as well as the Towns of Corning and Campbell, 2 each from the City of Hornell, Village of South Corning and Towns of Cameron, Addison, and Tuscarora. One case each has been reported for the Towns of Dansville, Fremont, Jasper, Prattsburgh, Thurston, Troupsburg, and Woodhull as well as Villages of Canisteo and Savona. One individuals is an employee of Alfred University, Four individuals are linked with Pathways while one individual is a student of Bath Middle School and one individual is a student of Haverling High School. Also reported on Friday: New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate hit over 3,000 new cases -the highest number since May- according to the State Health Department.  Our Southern Tier region checked in at just 1.2%.

 

Local Representatives React to US Presidential Election Results
Regarding last week’s election, Congressman Tom Reed says “To ensure the integrity of our electoral process, we must continue to transparently count and certify all of the American people’s votes to its complete conclusion.” However, Reed added that out of respect and in deference to the moment, he extends his congratulations to President-elect Biden. Reed said we are ready to come together, work as one and help all Americans through the difficult times ahead. Other local leaders reacted with Senator Schumer saying the Trump Administration should accept the election results by conceding. Senator Gillibrand made a congratulatory Twitter tweet to President-Elect Biden and Kamala Harris, for being the first women to hold the VP-Elect office.

 

Guthrie Scholarships Available to Local Senior Students
Guthrie Scholarship applications are now available for area high school seniors. Two categories of scholarships are offered. One is for students who are planning a career in health care and the other is for children of Guthrie employees who are enrolling in an accredited junior college, college or university. This scholarship will support any field of study. You can find more information at Guthrie.org/news. The deadline for applying for these scholarships is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Children of Guthrie physicians are not eligible.

 

Buffalo Bills Beat Seahawks 44-34 & Improve Record
The Buffalo Bills did it again yesterday afternoon at Bills Stadium where they welcomed to town the NFC’s best team, the Seattle Seahawks to own a 44-34 victory and improving their record to 7-2 and dropping the Seahawks 6-2. Quarterback Josh Allen completed 24 of 28 passes for 282 yards and finished 31 of 38 for 415 yards, becoming the first Buffalo quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 2002 to have two 400-yard games in the same season.

 

SUNY Chancellor Outlines Plan for Spring 2021 Semester
State University of New York ‘s Chancellor has outlined a sweeping, system-wide plan that will allow campuses to safely return to in-person instruction for the spring semester, subject to any changes in federal or New York State guidance. According to the plan all students must be tested for COVID-19 upon return. The plan also pushes the start date of the spring semester for in-person instruction until February 1 and spring break 2021 will be cancelled. In addition, all returning students must complete a seven-day precautionary quarantine prior to their arrival on campus.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 7, 2020

29 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 29 new Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the county total to 1,246 confirmed cases, 173 of which are currently active. 6 of the individuals are residents of the City of Corning, the towns of Campbell, Corning, and Erwin had 3 new positives, the villages of Bath and South Corning had 2 new positives, while the City of Hornell, the towns of Cameron, Jasper, Prattsburgh, Thurston, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Woodhull, and the Villages of Addison and Savona each had one positive. An investigation concluded seven individuals are contacts to previously reported positives, four are linked with Pathways, two are employees of Wegmans in Corning, two are residents of Absolut Care Three Rivers, one is an employee of Alfred University, one is a student of the Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School, one is a student of Haverling High School, one is an employee of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, one is an employee of Elderwood at Waverly, one is an employee of Corning, Inc. at Headquarters, and one individual is an employee of Sportsman’s Warehouse in Big Flats

 

Structure fire reported in Corning Friday morning

A structure fire broke out Friday morning at around 5:00 a.m. in Corning, more specifically on 330 Dennison Parkway East. The fire was confined to only that home. There were no reported injuries, however the family pets did perish in the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Mitrano accuses Reed of violating federal law

Tracy Mitrano is accusing Rep. Tom Reed of violating the Hatch Act, which limits certain political activities of federal employees while running for re-election. Mitrano said “Mr. Reed did that repeatedly. He uses his office as a Congressman to campaign, just read many of his newsletters, he uses his staff to campaign, just go ahead and find out who made calls to various people, who made a call to my local hardware store asking if they would engage in the commercial on behalf of Mr. Reed’s campaign. It wasn’t his campaign manager and it wasn’t his intern, it was one of his congressional staff”. Rep. Tom Reed was not available for comment but his senior advisor said “Tom handily won re-election and the campaign is over. Tracy’s baseless and ridiculous claims don’t warrant a response.”

 

Free fishing day in New York State on November 11th

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a license on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11th. New York's Free Fishing Days encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy the state's world-class fishing opportunities. Legislation signed by the Governor in 2015 allowed an increase in the number of authorized statewide Free Fishing Days. Every year since, Veterans Day has been designated as a Free Fishing Day.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 6th, 2020

Steuben Sees 12 New COVID Cases
Twelve new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Steuben County. This brings the total to 1,217 confirmed cases, 170 of which are currently active. Among those newly infected… an employee at Corning Hospital, a student at Bath Middle School and an employee of the Visiting Nurses Association. Darlene Smith is the Public Health Director…she says “COVID-19 can spread more easily in bars, restaurants, and at social gatherings.” She says “In these environments, people are most often unmasked for extended periods of time. Be extra vigilant of your social activities and use all precautions, especially in these settings.”

 

Cuomo Calls Regional COVID-19 Increase “Serious Caution Flag”
Governor Cuomo is warning that COVID-19 cases are increasing in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region…and he calls the situation a “serious caution flag.” Along with the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, the governor raised similar concern over Western New York, as well as other communities across the state.

 

Sheriff’s Office Warns of Highly Dangerous Drug Carfentanyl
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said the sale and use of a synthetic opioid stronger than fentanyl and capable of causing immediate death is gaining a foothold across the state and in Steuben County. Allard reported that the New York State Department of Health Drug User Health Office recently issued a warning to drug abuse prevention agencies in Steuben about the growth of the illegal drug carfentanyl (or carfentanil) in the state. Commonly used to tranquilize elephants or other large animals, carfentanyl is reportedly 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. The odorless white power is mixed with other drugs to make them stronger and cheaper, and is highly toxic when inhaled or touched.

 

NYS High School Regents Exams for January 2021 Cancelled
The January 2021 administration of the New York High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic…that announcement from the Interim State Education Commissioner. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

 

Mitrano Won't Concede Race Until All Absentees Counted
As New York state awaits the final absentee ballot count, Democratic congressional candidate, Tracy Mitrano is not yet conceding. Mitrano runs against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed for New York's 23rd Congressional District, who declared victory on Election night. In a statement on Facebook Mitrano said:
“Because we respect the electoral process, we will honor the almost 47,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted before making any final statements. That is in full recognition of the math. But for the sake of national election and all those going forward, wherein absentee ballots could determine an outcome, we will remain respectful of the November 10th deadline.”
According to the New York State Board of Elections, right now Reed holds a lead over Mitrano by almost 70,000 votes before the absentee ballots are counted.

 

Charnetski Begins Vehicular Manslaughter Sentence at Chemung 
Caden Charnetski was detained to Chemung County Jail to begin his 1-3 year state prison sentence for the deaths of Matthew and Harolyn Matteson in 2018. Charnetski will quarantine at the jail for 14 days due to COVID-19 concerns before he is transferred to a state prison to continue his sentence for vehicular manslaughter after the Mattesons were ejected from a motorcycle in a colliding head-on accident with Charnetski’s car on Westinghouse Road in Horseheads in July 2018. Prosecutors said Charnetski was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. Following his sentencing in 2019, Charnetski was released on $25,000 cash/$50,000 property bond and had remained free since.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 5th, 2020

10 More Cases of COVID Reported in Steuben
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 10 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,205 confirmed cases, 174 of which are currently active. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. Investigations indicate Three individuals are contacts to previously- reported positives; One individual is an employee of Corning Hospital, another is an employee of Pathways and One individual traveled to a state that was on the advisory list and had contact with a positive there. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says “Parts of Steuben County remain in the yellow zone.”

 

Campbell Domestic Dispute Ends with Montour Falls Man
A domestic dispute in the Town of Campbell resulted in numerous felony and misdemeanor counts against a man from Montour Falls. State Troopers said they arrested 25-year-old Steven Bonham. His felony charges include first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of an ammo clip. Lesser counts include menacing, criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated harassment related to race or religion. Court action is pending.

 

Bath and Hornell Fire Depts Give Free Cloth Masks Tomorrow
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services has received an additional shipment of Cloth Face Masks. These masks are provided free of charge to the general public courtesy of FEMA through the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and distributed by the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services. Cloth Face Masks will be distributed until supplies last in a drive-thru format tomorrow. Locations include the Bath Fire Hall from noon until 3 pm and Hornell Fire Department from noon to 4pm.

 

New NY Notice and Cure Law Requires Notification of Absentee Errors
Starting this year, you must be notified if you made a mistake on your NY absentee vote and your ballot was rejected. New York Attorney General Letitia James reminds residents of their rights under the state’s new “notice and cure” law. Local boards of elections, by law, must notify voters if their absentee ballots include errors. If voters received a notice of deficiency between October 27th and November 3rd, they have seven days to address the issue to ensure their vote is counted.

 

K-9 Bobby Returns to Work After Injury This Week
After a suspect stabbed him earlier this week, K-9 Bobby and his handler, Trooper Gardner, are stationed again in Troop E. Bobby was wounded in the face while the suspect was attempting to get away from the police. Troopers report that after Bobby caught the fleeing suspect, he went to the vet, was treated, and cleared to return to duty with his partner. The following day, Bobby took another suspect into custody.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 4th, 2020

I-86 Campbell Crash Involving Trooper Injures 2
A State Trooper was treated for minor injuries after a crash yesterday afternoon on I-86W in Campbell. The crash happened around 3:50 p.m. when a car attempted to merge into another lane around a truck and struck the Trooper’s vehicle. The trooper’s vehicle had its lights on and was responding to a call at the time of the crash. The trooper was transported to Robert Packer Hospital and the driver of the second vehicle was taken to Guthrie Corning with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Steuben Sees 17 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 17 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 1,195 confirmed cases, 167 of which are currently active. Public Health Director Darlene Smith say COVID-19 continues to spread in Steuben County quickly. She added that “By the time someone gets tested, they could have come in contact with more than a dozen people.”

 

Congressman Reed Unofficially Re-Elected
Congressman Tom Reed has unofficially won re-election to Congress. However, Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano says she will not yet concede. If the results are certified, Reed will begin his fifth term in office. In Steuben County, Reed bested Mitrano by more than 17,000 votes. Tompkins County was the only county  in the 23rd District that voted Mitrano.

 

O’Mara Expected to Win 58th State Senate District
Unofficial results show Republican incumbent Tom O’Mara has a lead over Leslie Danks-Burke by about 23,000 votes. He received over 27,000 votes in Steuben County, beating his opponent by a nearly 3-1 margin here. There are 33,339 absentee ballots to be counted in the 58th State Senate district, and Burke trails incumbent Republican Sen. Tom O’Mara by an approximate 20,000 vote margin.

 

Coopers Plains Woman Arrested Following Indictment Warrants
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Tina M. Conklin of Main Street in Coopers Plains on 2 sealed indictment Superior Court Warrants. The charges were 2 counts each of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. It is alleged that in late 2019 Conklin sold suboxone in the Village of Bath. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Bath Police Department, Corning City Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the Steuben County District Attorney Investigators.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Forgery
A Bath woman faces multiple felony charges. State Police say they arrested 46- year-old Grace Brown. She was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery; those are class D felony crimes. The crimes allegedly occurred October 22 in the Allegany County Town of Hume and Monday in the Town of Granger. Brown will answer the charges in court at a later date.

 

Lindley Man Arrested for Injuring K-9, Drug and Weapon Charges
The New York State Police report the arrest of a 33-year-old Lindley man for an AUO 3rd warrant and pending State Police charges stemming from a search warrant. Donald Baxter attempted to flee during the arrest and troopers deployed K-9 Bobby who caught Baxter, and detained him for troopers. Baxter injured K-9 Bobby during the incident. State Police Investigators located a quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine, marihuana, metal knuckles, knives, a high capacity magazine, and two loaded handguns during the investigation. Baxter was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree, several drug charges, and Killing or Injuring a Police Animal. He was arraigned at Steuben County CAP Court and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 2nd, 2020

Thurston Man is Latest COVID Death; 14 New Cases Reported
Steuben County Public Health Department reports the latest COVID-19 death has been reported as a 67-year-old Thurston man, bringing the county’s total death toll since the pandemic began to 81. 14 additional cases of COVID-19 were also reported and Steuben County reached the 1,100-case mark at 1,104. Of these cases, 146 are currently active.

 

Investigation Continues into Murder of Pulteney Man John Ballam
State Police are continuing their investigation after a woman allegedly shot and killed her husband in their Town of Pulteney home. 57-year-old Sherri Ballam of Brown Road was charged with second-degree murder Friday. She is accused of shooting her husband, 63-year-old John Ballam. The motive has yet been released by investigators. Sherri Ballam, who is listed as a dog officer on the Town of Pulteney website, is currently in jail.

 

Election Day Tomorrow
Election day is tomorrow and is the final opportunity to get out to vote and local candidates are reminding constituents tomorrow is the final day to make their voices hear. State Senate Candidate Leslie Danks-Burke said she voted early last week and remarked the sight of people waiting in line together to all vote gives her faith in America. State Senator O’Mara encouraged all of his constituents to vote in a recent WVIN Community Focus interview. Congressman Tom Reed shared a video that he and his family voted last week while rejoicing that in a democracy we can “settle our differences at the ballot box.” Candidate for Congress Democrat Tracy Mitrano also voted early last week and encouraged everyone to vote if they have not yet.


Wayland Man Arrested on Multiple Counts
A 19-year-old Wayland man is accused of committing multiple felony counts. State Police arrested Jonathan Sick and he was charged with second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence – both felony level crimes. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. Court action is pending.

 

Hornell Schools Move to Remote Instruction After COVID Cases
The Hornell Intermediate School and Hornell High School have temporarily moved to remote instruction. District officials said that decision was made after it was learned another employee tested positive for COVID. In addition, the district learned that a student in the Intermediate School tested positive. It’s unclear when in-person instruction will resume.

 

Wreaths Across America Modified for Pandemic Guidelines
The popular annual “Wreaths Across America” at the Bath National Cemetery is set for mid-December, with a sponsor deadline of November 30th. “Wreaths Across America” will have a different look this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the official celebration which provides volunteers an opportunity to place wreaths on the gravesites of veterans at the national cemeteries will be spread out over three days with all COVID-19 protocols observed. To date, more than 1,021 wreaths have been donated for the ceremonies in Bath.

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