WVIN News Archives for 2022-10

Top Stories, October 31, 2022

Bath Police Blotter News, October 31, 2022 

Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft says there were two DWI’s in Bath over the weekend, also there was an arrest because a man allegedly violated a restraining order. 

 

Corning Police Report A Chase In Bath

Corning Police Chief Kenzie Spaulding and Sheriff Jim Allard report  that a 40 year old Corning man, Thomas Whitehead, is accused of breaking a restraining order.  The Corning Police Chief says, when police tried to pull Whitehead over in Bath, Whitehead took off in his car and then when police caught him, they say Whitehead resisted arrest.  The 40 year old Corning suspect is facing numerous charges, including four counts of aggravated contempt and resisting arrest.  Thomas Whitehead is being held, Corning Police say, due to felony offenses.

 

Election Day, Tuesday November 8, Is A Short Time Away

A week from today is Tuesday November 8th, election day.  Steuben County Election Commissioner Vicky Olin says, remember not to wear campaign buttons, hats or tee shirts, or have political bumper stickers in vehicles that are parked near your voting location.  Another thing to remember: have your cell phone off, and have your cell phone out of sight, if you bring it inside a polling place.  Remember that there are three props to vote on, on the back of the ballot, a statewide prop to spend just over $4 Billion dollars to protect natural resources and prevent climate change.  There is a countywide prop, about possibly increasing the amount of towns that county lawmakers will represent in the Bath and Hornell areas.  Then, there are three local props on the back of the ballot as well.  One in Caton about creating an appointed highway superintendents position instead of an elected one.  In Pulteney there is a Library Prop, requesting a funding increase.  There is also a prop in Jasper, about letting Jasper sell alcohol, as Jasper is a “dry” town. 


Operation Green Light Will Be Seen In Bath Starting Tuesday

The Steuben County Courthouse will be lit up in green lights starting tomorrow as part of Operation Green Light  to show support for veterans of all military conflicts.

Top Stories, October 28, 2022

Sempolinski Condemns Assault Against Paul Pelosi

Today, Congressman Joe Sempolinski released the following statement on the attack of Paul Pelosi: “Lawless violence is wrong. I wish Mr. Pelosi a quick recovery and thank our first responders who are there when we need them most. Just like the recent attack on Congressman Zeldin, violence must be condemned.”

 

Underage Teens Are Accused Of Breaking Into A School

Over in Canisteo, police chief Kyle Amidon says, a 14 year old and a 15 year old, are accused of breaking into the high school there.  Items were stolen from the school and the two teens will be in family court to answer to the charges.

 

Don't Fall For The Hoodies Scam 

It’s happened in Bath and now it’s happening in other places in steuben County.  Hornell and Canisteo Police say to not to open or click on the text going around that says the Hornell and canisteo police are selling hoodies at 10 percent off.  Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray and Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon say, it’s a scam, no police departments around here are selling hoodies.

 

Drug Arrests Made By Elmira Police And Troopers

State police say that their violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team and other trooper units plus Elmira Police and the Elmira PD’s Drug Enforcement Unit did a methamphetamine investigation and say about 32 grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales, and cellular phones were seized.  Three Schuyler County men were charged and remanded to the Schuyler County jail to await arraignment.  

 

Reminder About The Prop On The Back Of The Ballot 

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says when you vote, flip over the ballot to vote on the steuben county prop. 

Top Stories, October 27, 2022

Two Deputies Have Completed Alfred State Police Academy

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that deputies Cameron Dye and Cody Henry have graduated from the Alfred State Police Academy.  Deputy Dye received recognition for demonstrating the most outstanding physical fitness of all cadets and Deputy Henry was recognized for his leadership as a Platoon Leader.

 

Palmesano: Saying No To The Center For DIsease Control

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano came out and joined Congressman Joe Sempolinski in being against the CDC’s mandate to include covid vaccines for all students in the regular vaccine schedule.  Supporters of the mandate say, the covid vaccine keeps covid from spreading. 

Top Stories, October 26, 2022

Successful Training Session For Bath Police Officer

Bath Village Police Officer Robberson and his K9 Bud, have completed their first Yates County Sheriff’s annual K9 seminar. Officer Roberson and Bud, were certified in narcotics and tracking.

 

Early Voting Starts This Coming Saturday

Steuben County’s Board of Elections Commissioners remind all registered voters in the county they may cast their General Election ballot beginning Saturday (Oct. 29) at three Early Voting locations. “Many voters find it more convenient to vote when they are out running errands, others want to vote in person before heading south,” said county Democratic Commissioner Colleen Hauryski.  The locations include the Steuben County Annex in Bath, the Community Art Center in Hornell and the USWA 1000 Union Hall in Corning.

The commissioners stressed anyone casting a ballot during the Early Voting period – which lasts through Nov. 6 — may cast their ballots once. “Early voting is the same as voting on Election Day, except you have nine days and three locations to
choose from,” said Republican Commissioner Veronica Olin. “Voters are only allowed to vote once, either during early voting or on election day.”

Early Voting from Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 is available to all registered voters at the three locations noted above:

Ø 9 am to 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Ø 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday
Voters that wish to vote only on Election Day may do so from 6 am until 9 pm. Nov. 8 at their regularly assigned poll site, the commissioners said.
The ballots this year include two propositions on the back side, including one calling for the county Legislature’s districts to be reduced from 13 to 11, with representation remaining at 17 legislators. For more information on early voting, ballots and Nov. 8 polling places go to the Steuben County Board of Elections website at www.steubencountyny.gov/boe or call (607) 664-2260.

 

Prescription Drug Bottle Take Back Day

There are prescription drug bottle take back days, coming up in the region this weekend.  One is in Bath the other is in Elmira.  The hours for both events are 10am to 200pm Saturday, October 29.  In Bath, it will be held at the Steuben County Public Safety Building.  In Elmira, it will be at two locations: The West Elmira Fire Dept, and the Southport Fire Dept (both fire dept's are in Elmira City Limits).  

 

Top Stories, October 25, 2022

Beware Of This Online Scam

There’s a scam going on where, if you click an online link that advertises selling hoodies for the bath Police department, that’s a scam,  don’t fall for it and don’t click on the link.

 

The Retirement Announcement And Plans For A New Super

With the  news that Joe Rumsey is retiring at the end of the school year in June, Bath Central School Board President, Mike Mishook says that the school system hopes to have a new school superintendent by spring of 2023.   The school board president appeared this morning on WVIN’s Community Focus.

 

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Is Coming Up In Bath

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is pleased to announce that the ribbon cutting for the new community park on Haverling Street in Bath will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the site of the new dog park, teaching pavilion, and food garden. CCE Steuben raised over $15,680 for their FLXGives campaign in November 2021 – Betty’s Dream. Betty Langendorfer was a Master Gardener at CCE Steuben for many years. The Village of Bath placed the park on Betty’s former property along Haverling Street to include the dog park and a parking lot. CCE Steuben’s funds built a teaching pavilion, and a permaculture garden is planned for the spring of 2023.

 

Domestic Dispute Allegations In Bath 

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, recently they got a call about an alleged domestic dispute on Warden Street.  According to Chief Taft, police showed up and found that the suspect had left the scene.  Then the phone rang again at the police station, telling officers that the suspect had returned to the home on Warden Street.  So police went back and report seeing the suspect leaving the area and driving away.  The suspect was pulled over.  The suspect is 37 year old Michael Trenchard who is charged with 2nd degree criminal trespass, 3rd degree assault, 3rd degree menacing and 4th degree criminal mischief.  The police chief says quote, “Due to bail reform, Trenchard was arraigned and released.”

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Fire In Big Flats Over The Weekend 

There was a fire at the Big Flats in Applebees on Sunday afternoon.  Fire officials say that there were no injuries.

 

Campbell Is Having A Budget Hearing Tonight 

The Campbell Town Board is having a public hearing tonight about the preliminary budget, there will be time for public comment, that public hearing will be at 7pm at the town hall on Main Street in Campbell.

 

Avoca Central's Online Auction

Avoca Central School is having an online auction and they have two pages filled with office and school items.  Everything from photo copiers and desks, chairs and tables, to motion detectors.  

https://www.auctionsinternational.com/auction/27428?fbclid=IwAR2cdfoVoQizHdKsfPzDxPNup1q6Iz6MnelU1vHggaLXWB_wg-V0QuHl03I

 

It's Getting Closer And Closer To Thanksgiving And...

Coming up on November 12, the Kanona Volunteer Fire Department is having a Turkey Dinner, the cost is $12 dollars per meal.

 

Hochul Vs Zeldin - Governor's Race Update

Tomorrow, it will be exactly, two weeks from election day.  The Albany Times Union endorsed Governor Kathy Hochul over the weekend, the Times Union says Hochul has proven herself an effective leader in the past year.  The times union endorsement also goes after Congressman Lee Zeldin, saying Zeldin has too many far right associations and that zeldin they say, is on the wrong side of many issues.  Also, a new poll out from Polling Company Co-Efficient, has Congressman Lee Zeldin slightly ahead of Governor Kathy Hochul: Zeldin 43.6 percent, Hochul 43.3 percent.  That same poll also has Zeldin over 10 points ahead of Hochul with both independents and unregistered voters.  The New York Post points out, that the pollsters, Co Efficient, was the same conservative polling group that accurately predicted that Republican Glenn Youngkin would beat Democrat Terry McAulliffe in Virginia last year.

Top Stories, October 21, 2022

Bath Police: Anthony Kroeger Was Arrested In Baltimore

From Bath Police Chief Colin Taft:

Bath PD wants to thank the assistance of Baltimore County Maryland Sheriff’s office, Baltimore Police Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland State Crime Analysis Center, Washington DC crime suppression team, Philadelphia City Police, Prince George County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Aviation unit, Steuben County District Attorney’s office, local FBI Corning Office, Baltimore FBI task force office.  Baltimore County has promised not to release him.

 

November 8th Election Day Reminder 

If you have not voted yet, Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says to remember that when you do, to flip over the ballot because there is a prop on the back to vote on.  It’s a yes or no vote, to change the county legislative map lines.  Locally, that’s county districts 3, 5 and 7.  So should district 3, Bath, add Bradford?  Yes or no?  Should district 5, Urbana, Prattsburgh and Pulteney add the town of Wayne to their district on the county map?  And yes or no, should district 7, Erwin, add Campbell to it’s county legislative map?  So that’s what’s on the back of the ballot this election year.

 

Palmesano: Investigate The Governor

Corning Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is calling once again for an investigation into allegations that Governor Kathy Hochul.  That’s because Palmesano says, Hochul paid a top donor over $600 million dollars to make covid tests.   Palmesano says this is pay to play.  The governor says, she was unaware that the donor was being given the job of making the covid tests. 

 

Hogan: Kick Zeldin Off The Ballot

Steuben County Democrat Chair Shawn Hogan says, because Congressman Lee Zeldin voted against certifying the 2020 Biden victory, Zeldin should not even be a candidate.  Hogan maintains, Democracy is at stake, because Zeldin was so wrong about January 6.  

 

Costume Event And Wine Tasting In Corning For 11 Days

Corning’s Gaffer District is having an eleven day costume event, called the Days of Incandescence.  It’s an 1880s theme, where people are dressing up like they did in the 1880s.  And no, this is not an event for children – this one is for the adults, because there’s a lot of wine tasting.  And today is the first day of it. 

Top Stories, October 20, 2022

Remember To Flip Over The Ballots When You Vote 

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler is giving those of us who have not voted yet, a reminder about what’s on the back, of the ballots in Steuben County.  There is a prop about whether to, yes or no, change the county legislative districts.  The official voting day (election day) is Tuesday November 8th.

 

Zeldin's Alleged Attacker Is Coming To The Bath VA

Numerous media outlets across the state, are reporting that Congressman Lee Zeldin’s alleged attacker from this summer in Fairport, the man accused of going after Zeldin with a weapon similar to brass knuckles, is going to be sent to the Bath VA for treatment.


Accusations Of Drugged Driving, Without A License

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says a 45 year old homeless man was pulled over for alleged eratic driving in Bath, the suspect, Michael Parrish was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license and several traffic infractions.  Parrish was issued appearance tickets and is due back in Bath Village Court at a later date.

 

What He'll Do To Stop Crime If He's Elected On November 8

New York State Republican Lt Governor candidate Alison Esposito says, if Congressman Lee Zeldin is elected governor, he will pressure the state legislature, into changing the laws so that crime goes down, in New York State.  Zeldin says, he will make it so the state lawmakers don't get their pay checks and cannot leave Albany until laws like bail reform are changed.   Democrats says, Republicans are exaggerating the amount of crime in the state.

 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is Coming Up

They’re having prescription drug take back day in Bath, Saturday October 29th, from 10am to 2pm.  That’ll be at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street.

Top Stories, October 19, 2022

New State Police Academy Graduates  

The New York State Police graduation ceremony was held this morning in Albany.   Local Trooper graduates include: Connor Laurey and Casey Watson of Horseheads, Brent Sleve of Savona, John Everett of Elmira Heights, Zachary Hugg of Elmira. 


Dormann Library Creating A New Space At The Library

In Bath this morning, the Dormann Library announced that they’re creating a new space at the library, for people of all ages.  In a statement, a library spokesperson said: "This professionally designed space will include multiple play, gathering, and relaxation spaces for people of all ages and mobilities. There will be something for everyone.”  

New Laws, As A Result Of May 14 Mass Shooting In Buffalo

Governor Hochul and State Attorney General Leticia James announced today that they want to pass laws to force online companies to crack down on video streaming shooting incidents.  That’s because of the May 14th mass shooting of African Americans at a grocery store in Buffalo.

 

Hochul Vs Zeldin: Most Pollsters Say - It's A TIght Race

Most polls out about the governor’s race show that it’s a tight race between Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul and Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin. Most polls have Hochul several points ahead, Hochul is four points ahead of Zeldin in a new poll that came out today. 

Top Stories, October 18, 2022

Bath Police Chief: Anthony Kroeger Was Released In D.C. 

Update:  The Washington DC Department of Corrections without calling us released Anthony Kroeger on October 14th. We were waiting to hear if he waived extradition and got the ok to transport him back to NY to face prosecution. We believe he will come back to 3 E. William St to retrieve his belongings. Please call us if seen (607-776-2175)    Anthony Kroeger is described as being six feet tall, 180 lbs, grey hair, brown eyes.

 

From The US Attorneys Office: Child Porn Case In Savona

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that John Fadden, 49, of Savona, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession of child pornography by an individual who has a prior conviction involving the sexual abuse of a child. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that in March 2021, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received two cybertip reports from Yahoo! Inc. that in February and March, 2021, Fadden's email  uploaded approximately 185 image files of suspected child pornography. In October 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Fadden’s residence and seized nine electronic devices and storage media. A forensic analysis recovered approximately 278 images on those devices.  Fadden is a Level 3 registered sex offender. He was convicted in 1991, 1992, and 2001 of Sexual Abuse 1st: Sexual Contact with Individual Less Than 11 Years Old. In 2013, Fadden was convicted of Sex Offender Fail to Report Change of Address/Status In 10 Days.

 

The plea is a result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 19, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.  

 

Bath Police:  Court Suspects Need A Ride Home

Bath Police also say, that the suspects that are being released from centralized arraignment court at the jail, be provided with transportation back to the town they were arrested in.  Bath Police say many crimes are now committed in Bath because court suspects are walking around Bath without transportation back to the towns they’re from, and the police say, many suspects are still high and intoxicated at time of release.

 

From Steuben County IDA Director Johnson:

Amazon is also finalizing renovations to its new last mile distribution center in Bath, which is scheduled to be operational in November. To help support this project and other developments along the Route 54 corridor in Bath, the IDA managed the construction of a new turning lane in September. The $800,000 investment will improve traffic flow and increase safety in and out of the Bath Industrial Park.

Top Stories, October 17, 2022

Sheriff Allard: Drug Raid In Erwin, SWAT Involved

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 14, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T team executed a search warrant at a residence on Creekside Drive in the Town of Erwin.  The sheriff says, officials involved in the raid  report that they found approximately one ounce of suspected methamphetamine and several grams of a suspected opioid, valued at approximately $3,000.   The warrant was executed by the sheriff’s office, Corning Police and Bath Village Police.  Matthew E. Taft, age 42, of Creekside Drive, Erwin, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony.  Taft was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Ithaca Man Is Accused Of Threatening County Employees

Sheriff Allard also reports that on October 14,  Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew J. Renslow, age 45, of Snyder Hill Road, Ithaca.  The sheirff says, this arrest follows an investigation of threats made against persons working in the Steuben County Office Building, Bath.  "It is alleged that Mr. Renslow made specific threats against persons working in the County Office Building, to coerce or intimidate them, and that those persons were in fear of substantial harm," said Allard.  Renslow was charged with making a Terroristic Threat, a class D Felony.  Mr. Renslow was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Covid Update For Steuben County 

"198 COVID cases have been reported since last Tuesday's update. Continue to take precautions, especially if you're at high risk for severe illness. Get tested and stay home if you're sick.  If you're interested in a COVID vaccine, including bivalent boosters, call us at 607-664-2438 to schedule an appointment. Our next clinic is next Tuesday, October 25."

 

Rep. Sempolinski's Next Town Hall

Coming up on Saturday October 22, Congressman Joe Sempolinski  will be in both Dundee and Horseheads for town hall meetings.  Sempolinski will be in Dundee Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Dundee Village Hall and at the Horseheads Town Hall Saturday, 2:30-3:30.

 

Poll: Zeldin Catching Up To Governor Kathy Hochul 

A new poll out on Saturday about the governor’s race, it’s from Democrat pollsters Doug Shoen and Carly Cooperman, has Kathy Hochul at 50 percent and Lee Zeldin at 44 percent.

 

Trump Endorses Zeldin - Does That Help Or Hurt Zeldin?

Also over the weekend, former President Donald Trump came out and endorsed Lee Zeldin.  "Zeldin has my complete and total endorsement," Trump was quoted as saying.  Governor Kathy Hochul wasted no time in jumping in.  "Zeldin completely embraced Trump when he was in the White House," said Hochul.  The big question is, does an endorsement from Trump in this state, which is mostly Democrat, help or hurt, the Zeldin campaign?  "It depends," says Dr. Robert A Heineman, Political Science Professor, Alfred Univ.  "On the one hand, it energizes the Republican voters, on the other hand, a lot of Democrats in New York State don't like Donald Trump." 

 

Top Stories, October 14, 2022

Did You Remember To Register To Vote?

Just a reinder, today, Friday October 14, is the last day, to register to vote in the November elections.

 

Serious DWI Charges Against A Bath Man

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 9,  Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested John Wright, age 42, of State Route 415, Bath, New York.  The sheriff says the arrest came, following an investigation of a one vehicle crash, reported vehicle into a utility pole, on Mitchellsville Hill Road, Urbana, New York.   "It is alleged that Wright operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, left the roadway, crashed into a utility pole causing injury to a passenger, then fled the scene to be later apprehended by the Hammondsport Village Police," said Sheriff Allard.  Wright was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Leaving the Scene of a Crash.

 

Funeral Arrangements For Sam "Santa" Presley 

The Kanona Volunteer Fire Department has announced that there will be a celebration of life for firefighter Sam Presley, on Sunday, October 23rd at the Kanona Volunteer Fire Station from 1pm to 5pm. 

 

The Problem Of Loneliness In The Year 2022

Coming up Tuesday, November 1, at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, the office of the aging and other organizations, are putting on a talk about the problem, of loneliness.

 

Upcoming Debate For The New 23rd Congressional District 

The debate between congressional candidates, Democrat Max Della Pia and Republican Nick Langworthy, will be Tuesday October 18th on WETM TV, the debate will be on in the afternoon.

 

Leaf Collection Plans For Bath, It's Happening In 10 Days

The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday, October 24th  they say that all leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection.

Top Stories, October 13, 2022

The Veggie Van Was A Big Summer Hit In Steuben County

Over the summer months, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County partnered with the Office for the Aging, the Corning Foundation, and Lowery Family Farms to provide a Veggie Van that could bring the produce stand right near people’s homes.  The Veggie Van stopped by Caton, Addison, Greenwood, Campbell, Bradford, Wayne, Pulteney, Avoca and Cohocton.  It stopped for two hours in each town, every time it came to a Steuben County Town.  Officials say, it was a major success.

 

The Sheriff's Showdown Is Going On Today At WGI! 

The New York State Sheriff’s Showdown is going on today at Watkins Glen, and it goes until 7:00 tonight – the sheriff’s showdown is all day charity races with sheriff’s from across new York state – including our own Sheriff, Jim Allard!

 

The Latest Update On Conceal Carry Courtroom Cases

An appeals court judge has ruled that Governor Kathy Hochul’s Concealed Carry Law, is now restored the law, in its entirety.  Governor Kathy Hochul issued a statement, saying that her Concealed Carry Law, will stay intact, during the appeals process.  Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says, this will be in and out of numerous courtrooms, until a case makes it’s way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

 

Top Stories, October 12, 2022

The Bath Mayor Speaks Out 

Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet is speaking out about an issue, that he says, is coming from Albany and is causing problems for Bath.  According to Sweet, it's happening because of the changes that have come out of Albany in the past several years.  "The (county) mental health office sits in our business district, that's an issue that we see, patients coming downtown for that," Sweet said.  "It's a struggle, it's a balance, but our business owners demand that we make downtown safe, and we're going to do that."

 

Sempolinski To Hold His First Town Halls, This Saturday 

Congressman Joe Sempolinski (R, Canisteo) is having a number of Town Hall meetings this weekend.  The closest one to us, will be on Saturday morning, at the Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department at 930am.  The congressman says, that whether you agree with him or not, he welcomes people to come and ask questions.  "The people of this congressional district knows that I am listening to them," Sempolinski said this morning during a weekly press call.  "I'm going to listen to everybody."

 

Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 29 

The Steuben County Sheriff and the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee will co-host a “Drug Prescription Take Back” collection from 10 am – 2 pm Oct. 29 at the county Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey St. Ext. 

 

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says, the process of buying four new sheriff’s department vehicles continues.  According to Wheeler, the county discovered a company (and this is rare, because of supply chain issues) that can sell the sheriff's office, five new vehicles.  Originally, the county was only looking for four new vehicles for the Steuben Co Sheriff.

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Update

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County recently has taken charge of the Finger Lakes Shared Business Network as the lead organization. The Finger Lakes Shared Business Network is made up of Cooperative Extension associations in the counties of Steuben, Livingston, Yates, Wayne, Ontario, Schuyler and Seneca.   Also, Cornell Cooperative Extension invites the public to come out to the Main Place in Hornell on Friday, November 4th for an Annual Meeting with a trivia competition, there will also be food and prizes and contests. That will be Friday November 4th, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at The Main Place, on Main Street, in Hornell.  

Top Stories, October 11, 2022

WVIN's John K. Scott Has Passed Away

We are saddened to announce the passing of John Kerr, known to our listeners John K Scott.  He passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon.  He was a friend, an experienced broadcaster and a great employee and willing to do anything we needed for the radio station.  Tower Broadcasting is devastated with the news of John’s passing.  Our love goes out to his wife Joy Anne and his family.  John Kerr also known as John K Scott was 71 years old.

 

Update: The Fight Over Concealed Carry In New York State

Yesterday, New York Attorney General Leticia James filed a motion to keep Governor Kathy Hochul’s Concealed Carry law in effect in New York State.  That’s after a federal judge ruled that parts of the new law, were unconstitutional.  The governor passed the Conceal Carry law because the US Supreme Court in Washington ruled that New York State could have concealed carry.

 

October 11, 2022, County Covid Update

216 COVID cases have been reported since last Monday's update. Steuben remains in the medium COVID community level. Now's a great time to get boosted (or start a primary series) before the holiday season. Our next COVID vaccine clinics are tomorrow, October 12 and Tuesday, October 25. Give us a call at 607-664-2438 to schedule an appointment or visit vaccines.gov to find other locations.

 

The New York State Clean Slate Act, Might Pass Soon

New York State Democrats are closer to getting legislation called the "Clean Slate Act", passed in Albany.  Republican lawmakers like Assemblyman Joe Giglio are opposed.  This proposed law, erases criminal records after seven years.  "The fact is, you need to know someone's record if you're going to hire them," Giglio tells Wvin.  Albany Democrats maintain, when you’re criminal records are sealed, you have a better chance at getting good housing and more job opportunities.

 

Senator Gillibrand Visits Elmira Today

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in Elmira today, to talk about how her office secured a billion dollars to help out in getting state residents in need, the money to pay for heating bills this winter, which are predicted to go up.

Top Stories, October 10, 2022

Request From Sheriff Jim Allard: We Need New Vehicles

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has asked the county, to buy five new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department.  The county public safety board has approved this request.  The next step in the process, is for the finance committee, which meets tomorrow, to give their approval.  After that, the full county legislature will vote on buying the five new vehicles for the sheriff’s office.  The next meeting of the full county legislature is Monday, October 24.

 

That Job At The Bath Police Department - Is Still Open 

Bath Police are still hiring.  They’re looking to hire a lateral transfer Police Officer or Sergeant.  They say that the pay ranges from $54,500 - $82,000 a year plus overtime and excellent benefits. If you’re interested, drop off a resume at Bath Police Department.

 

Shooting Outside Of The Home Of Congressman Lee Zeldin

Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a statement about the shooting outside of Congressman Lee Zeldin’s home on Sunday.  From the governor’s Twitter page:  “I’m relieved to hear the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for law enforcement’s quick response.”  Congressman Joe Sempolinski (R, Canisteo) issued a statement shortly after the news broke. Sempolinski maintains, that crime is out of control in New York State, and that this was just another example of that. “The level of crime that Gov. Hochul has presided over is unacceptable. She is a total failure.”   The NY Post reports, the 17 year olds who were shot outside Congressman Zeldin’s house have varying injuries: one has a lacertated liver and one has a bullet wound in the arm.  The suspect/suspects have not been arrested as of yet. 


The Finger Lakes SPCA's Corral For Cash 

The Finger Lakes SPCA is doing fundraiser, it’s called “Corral for Cash”, and it’s going on until November 5th.  To donate, call 607 622 5363.

Top Stories, October 10, 2022

Request From Sheriff Jim Allard: We Need New Vehicles

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has asked the county, to buy five new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department.  The county public safety board has approved this request.  The next step in the process, is for the finance committee, which meets tomorrow, to give their approval.  After that, the full county legislature will vote on buying the five new vehicles for the sheriff’s office.  The next meeting of the full county legislature is Monday, October 24.

 

That Job At The Bath Police Department - Is Still Open 

Bath Police are still hiring.  They’re looking to hire a lateral transfer Police Officer or Sergeant.  They say that the pay ranges from $54,500 - $82,000 a year plus overtime and excellent benefits. If you’re interested, drop off a resume at Bath Police Department.

 

Shooting Outside Of The Home Of Congressman Lee Zeldin

Governor Kathy Hochul has issued a statement about the shooting outside of Congressman Lee Zeldin’s home on Sunday.  From the governor’s Twitter page:  “I’m relieved to hear the Zeldin family is safe and grateful for law enforcement’s quick response.”  Congressman Joe Sempolinski (R, Canisteo) issued a statement shortly after the news broke. Sempolinski maintains, that crime is out of control in New York State, and that this was just another example of that. “The level of crime that Gov. Hochul has presided over is unacceptable. She is a total failure.”   The NY Post reports, the 17 year olds who were shot outside Congressman Zeldin’s house have varying injuries: one has a lacertated liver and one has a bullet wound in the arm.  The suspect/suspects have not been arrested as of yet. 


The Finger Lakes SPCA's Corral For Cash 

The Finger Lakes SPCA is doing fundraiser, it’s called “Corral for Cash”, and it’s going on until November 5th.  To donate, call 607 622 5363.

Top Stories, October 7, 2022

Kidnapping Case - Out Of Bath - Ends In Washington 

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft reports a kidnapping arrest.  The chief says, 62 year old Anthony Kroeger of William Street in Bath, is accused of taking a 14 year old, and two 17 year olds, all from Bath, out of state, for two days.  The 14 year old was said to have allegedly been taken without parental consent.  According to Police Chief Taft, the three teenagers were found, with Kroeger in Washington DC.  Kroeger was arrested in Washington DC.  Kroeger will be charged with 2nd degree kidnapping.   Now Kroeger, according to Bath Police, just finished up a long sentence after being convicted of raping a 14 year old.  The three teens, were taken to child protective services and officials are going down to get the teens in Washington.  Bath Police worked about 18 hours on this case, on Thursday, to find the three teens.

 

State Police Head Resigns After Gov Hochul Investigation

Governor Kathy Hochul was reportedly having the head of the state police, investigated.  That’s according to numerous Albany and New York City media outlets.  The latest is, the state police superintendent has given the governor his resignation.  The governor says, first deputy superintendent steven nigrelli will be the interim superintendent.

 

Georgia Man, Who Has Pending Case In Wayland, Makes The National News 

There’s a homicide case out of Poughkeepsie New York, near Marist College, and a Georgia man, Roy Johnson Jr, is accused of killing a man in Poughkeepsie.  Now the national media says, Johnson was in Wayland.  Here’s what Steuben County DA Baker says the Roy Johnson Jr case is still open and pending in Wayland Town Court, the charges against Johnson are 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, criminal mischief, menacing, resisting arrest, and the DA says Johnson was charged back in March of 2021, the district attorney says one problem has been the criminal justice reform laws from 2019, on discovery. 

 

Top Stories, October 6, 2022

Bath Police Are On The Lookout For Two Men 

Bath Police are looking for two suspects:  Brentin Austin, 34, West Washington Street, Bath, and Christopher Aldrich, 43, who is said to be in both the Bath and Corning areas.  Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says Brentin Austin is wanted on charges of 5th Degree Criminal Sale and 5th Degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Austin has brown hair, brown eyes, a moustache and a goutee.   Police Chief Taft says, Aldrich is accused of selling fentynal.  Aldrich is bald, with a blondish-grey moustache and goutee.  If you see either Christopher Alrich or Brentin Austin, please call Bath Village Police at 607 776 2175.

 

Elmira Police: Woman Shot, Search For Suspects Continues

There was a shooting incident in Elmira last night at around 8:15pm.  Elmira Police say that witnesses say that some men were seen firing two gunshots into a car that had a woman inside.  Two bullets were found inside the car, the woman suffered a non-life threatening injury.  Anyone who knows anything about this can call 607 737 5626.

 

National Fire Prevention Week - Is All Of Next Week

Fire Prevention week is coming up, it goes from Sunday, October 9th through Saturday, October 15th.  So how is fire safety these days in Steuben County?  "Luckily, things have been fairly good," county public safety director Tim Marshall tells Wvin News.  "People are being fire-safety conscious, yet, we want to encourage folks to remember to make sure that their fires are safe, especially this time of the year, when the weather starts to change.   You want to make sure that you're checking those furnaces and the woodstoves, making sure that the chimneys are clean, before starting up those appliances for the winter months." 

 

Lawsuit Against New State Guns Laws, Is In Federal Court

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and 25 churches, from 20 different counties, filed a federal lawsuit claiming that a New York gun control law passed in July 2022 violates the Second Amendment.  One of the major points of the lawsuit, is to try to get the right to have guns in church again, for self-defense reasons.  Governor Kathy Hochul maintains, the new gun laws were passed to protect New York State residents from gun violence that could arise, because of the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Are Report Cards Worse, Since Covid-19? 

Some New York State Republican members of the House, have sent letters to the state education commissioner.  These GOP congressional members want to see test scores and grades, to find out if the covid policies of lockdowns and masks, negatively affected students.  The letter was signed by Congressman Joe Sempolinski, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Congressman Chris Jacobs and some downstate GOP house members. 

Top Stories, Octobr 5, 2022

New Home For A Deputy Who Is A Veteran

Bath resident Brent Nadjadi, is a Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy, who has a newly built home to live in, in Bath.  That’s thanks to Homes For Wounded Warriors.  In 2010, Brent Nadjadi, was injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.  He sustained a broken jaw, as well as broken bones in his legs, his feet, and has damaged spine.  About the new home he can now live in, in Bath, Nadjadi says, on his FB Page, “home sweet home, and there are no words except to say, what a privilege, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”


The Complaints Keep Coming From Prison Guards In Elmira

More fights at Elmira Correctional Facility.  Two fights this month, and it’s only October 5th.  In one case, they say a 41 year old inmate who is doing a 25 years to life sentence for 2nd degree murder, punched one guard in the eye, hit another guard in the face, and another guard suffered a knee injury.  In the other incident, 17 inmates got into a fight in the prison cafeteria.  According to officials, pepper spray had to be used in both incidents, to get things under control.   Both of those incidents that were reported, happened on the same day, October 1st.  The prison guard union spokesman says, Elmira Correctional Facility employees want to know, what it will take, to get the state to bring back the punishment that inmates are afraid of, so that there are less of these incidents. 
 

The Real Property Online Auction Is Back Again

Another online real property auction started up today, and this online auction will last until Wednesday of next week, October 12th.   You can see the online real property auction by going to Steuben County NY dot gov.


Sempolinski And The Words Matter Act

Congressman Joe Sempolinski  is working to pass, the ‘Words Matter Act.’ This bill would eliminate ‘the r-word’ from the U.S. Code.  He says that in 2022, that dehumanizing word has no place in our Federal Law.  Sempolinski says, the “Words Matter Act” is intended to update the U.S. Code by removing and replacing more than two dozen uses of outdated and offensive language aimed at the disability community from Federal law.

 

Both Candidates On The Campaign Trail

Republican congressional candidate Nick Langworthy, who is running for the new 23rd congressional seat against Democrat Max Della Pia, Nick Langworthy was in Rochester, Elmira and Hornell yesterday.  Max Della Pia put out a video yesterday, about as subject he’s raised numerous times: supporting abortion.

Top Stories, October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

 

Public Health Says - You've Got To Admit Its Getting Better

Laurelei Wagner, from the Steuben County Public Health Department, says the number of cases from yesterday's announcement - that's 201 new cases in the past week, shows that covid is going down slightly, in the county.  

 

Election Update For November 8th - And Before

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  Early voting starts on Saturday October 29th.  That’s according to Steuben County Election Commissioner Vicky Olin, who also says, in to see the Steuben County Board of Elections website, go to:  Steuben County dot gov, and click Board of Elections.

 

Another Real Property Online Auction - Starts Tomorrow

Steuben County spokesperson Mary Perham says, another online real property auction is coming up this Wednesday October 5th, and that online auction will last until Wednesday of next week, October 12th.  

 

Sheriff's Monthly Report Of Accidents, Arrests, Etc

Sheriff Jim Allard has put out the September report, there were 1,656 calls that came in.  There were seven DWI’s, 30 vehicle crashes, 19 property damage accidents, 16 Emergency Medical calls, and 11 person injury accidents.  The sheriff also says, Deputy Brent Nadjadi was honored with a “Quilt of Valor” which used to belong to the late Victor Campbell, a World War II veteran.  Nadjadi, a veteran, says he was both grateful and humbled.

Top Stories, October 3, 2022

Minmum Wage Changes To Come In December 

There’s going to be a state minimum wage increase in December.  Minimum wage is going to go from $13.20 an hour, to $14.20 an hour.  State Senator George Borrello is opposed and says, this will cause problems for employers who promised their workers a raise anyway.  Supporters of minimum wage increases say it helps the poor support a family

 

And The Winners Are...,

The Star gazette reports that 28 year old Spencer Friske was the men’s winner of the Wineglass Marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 57 seconds, and, 26 year-old Lindsay Piraino of Rochester was the winner in the women's division, finishing in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 22 seconds.

 

Emergency Go-Home Drill At Campbell-Savona Friday

Here is a reminder from the Campbell Savona School District: The Emergency Go-Home Drill will be conducted this Friday, October 7th. The junior/senior high school will dismiss at 2:16 and the elementary school will dismiss at 2:40.

 

A Fatal Accident In Hornell

Hornell police have released a statement about a fatal car/pedestrian accident that happened on Friday afternoon.  Hornell Police say that accident claimed the life of 93 year old John Prete of Hornell.  The driver was ticketed for failure to exercise due care to a pedestrian in the roadway.  Hornell Police are currently reviewing the case with the Steuben County District Attorneys Office.

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