Drug Bust in Bath:
Three Rochester residents were arrested following a traffic stop in Bath on drug charges. According to the official release, authorities stopped a vehicle on West Morris Street for a traffic violation. It was discovered that the passenger, 26-year-old Reggie Turner, was in possession of a large quantity of cocaine. After leading officers on a foot-chase, Turner was caught and charged with Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the 3rd and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail $40,000 cash bail. Further charges are expected. Also charged in the incident was 21-year-old Tyquan Mack for Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd, Unlicensed Operator, and Parking in off street Handicapped Zone; and 19-year-old Shaqur Cox for Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd. Both were remanded to the county jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Power Restored Following Storm:
Power was restored early this morning to the hundreds of homes in the Twin Tiers that lost it when last night’s storms rolled through the area. A reported 2,000 NYSEG customers were without power in Chemung County, with Southport being the hardest hit. In Steuben County close to 800 customers lost power, with the largest number in the Town of Wayne. Crews worked around the clock repairing lines damaged by falling trees and power was restored around 1 a.m.
C-PP School District Approves Bid for CFA:
Last night the Corning-Painted Post school board approved a bid for the Corning Free Academy. If voters approve the sale later this year, the old middle school will become apartments and condos. The sale is part of the district’s consolidation plan to combine the two high schools at East High, and combine both middle schools at the current West High campus. The sale price is a little over $1 million, more than its appraised value of $980,000.
Cuomo Proposes Tax-Free Zone Around Campuses:
Under a proposal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday, high-tech businesses from other states and abroad that move onto or next to college campuses in the state of New York would be able to operate free of all business, property, and personal income taxes for 10 years. Cuomo says the plan would create jobs in a long-stagnant upstate economy by connecting academic research campuses with businesses in those fields. Whether or not the proposal would help retain new businesses beyond the 10-year period when they would face some of the nation’s highest taxes remains unclear.
Memorial Day Travel Gets a Little Easier:
Heading over the river and through the woods just got a little easier this Memorial Day weekend as the New York State Thruway Authority has announced that it will be halting construction on its roads around the state. Starting today, projects from Rochester to the Pennsylvania state line will cease. They’ll resume on Tuesday, May 28th. Starting tomorrow, projects from Little Falls to Canandaigua will halt. Those projects will start up again on Monday night. On more thing before you head out onto the open road, don’t forget that a seatbelt enforcement action is ongoing and will be in full swing over the weekend.
Civil War Day at Mossy Bank Park Today:
The sound of musket and artillery fire will fill the air at Mossy Bank Park in Bath today, but don’t fear. It’s all part of the 7th Annual American Civil War Day. Many activities have been planned for this event and 7th graders from Bath and Avoca will be participating. The park will be open to the public during this time, but only the students may participate in the War Day activities.
Local School Voting Results:
In School Board voting results: At Arkport Central, the budget passed and Stephen Hoyt won another 5 year term on the board. In Avoca the budget and the vehicle purchase proposition both passed and Michael Slayton won the board seat. Voters in the Bath Central School District passed the budget, all three propositions (including the purchase of new vehicles and the capital improvement project), and Pamela Cleveland took the board seat. Over in Bradford, the budget passed and Thomas Meighan was reelected to the board. Caniesto-Greenwood passed the budget and passed the library proposition; Doug Brown, Jason Mullen, and Adrian Morling were elected to the school board. At Hammondsport Central the budget and the proposition passed, and James Zimar won the seat. The budget passed in Hornell, as well as the bus proposition, and Josh Delany won the seat on the board. In Jasper Troupsburgh the budget passed and Lisa Tracy was elected to the board. At Prattsburgh Central the budget was passed and Amy Dlugos was elected. Last, but no least, in Wayland-Cohocton, the budget and the library proposition both passed, and John Sick was elected to the board.
Mt. Morris Man Arrested for Child Porn:
A 57-year-old Mount Morris man has been arrested and charged with possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received a lead from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office concerning a potential child exploitation case. The tip stated that two individuals appeared to be chatting on a website about trading child pornography. One of the individuals provided an email address. The internet protocol address for that individual was registered to the address of Patrick Welch. After a search warrant was executed at Welch’s residence, authorities reportedly found several images of child pornography. If convicted, possession of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000. Receipt and/or distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years, a max of 40 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Savona Man Arrested on Drug Charges:
35-year-old Jonathan Fernandes, of Savona, has been arrested on a Superior Court Warrant for 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th and 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th. It’s alleged that Fernandes sold a quantity of methamphetamine to another person in the Town of Bradford late last year. He has been remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Jobless Rate Falls in April:
According to the latest release from the State Labor Department, unemployment rates for the Southern Tier fell a full point last month. In Steuben County unemployment dropped from 10.5 to 9.5. Over in Chemung County it dropped from 9.3 to 8.4, and in Schuyler it fell from 9.4 to 8.4. State wide unemployment fell from 8 percent to 7.3. This is not completely unexpected, as the jobless rate typically falls in April as seasonal hiring picks up.
Emeritus Providing Care Packets to Senior Vets, Spouses:
Emeritus at Painted Post will be delivering care packages to senior veterans or their spouses this week to help them remain safely in their homes. The care packages include nightlights, first-aid kits, medication-management containers, water bottles, healthy snacks, and other items. In addition to providing these packages, Emeritus will also be performing home safety checks. Members of the public who would like to recommend a local senior veteran or veteran spouse for the program should call 962 – 5096. The program, entitled Heroes Emeritus, will run through Memorial Day.
Civil War Day at Mossy Bank Tomorrow:
Earlier this week it was announced that 7th graders from Bath and Avoca will be participating in the 7th Annual American Civil War Day tomorrow at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned for the day, with artillery and musket “blank” rounds being fired between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents are reminded that while the park will remain open to the public during this event, only seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the activities.
Frysinger Case Returns to Court:
The lawyer for former Corning Hawks athlete Jordan Frysinger was in court yesterday, describing to a judge the issues with the prosecution’s case against his client. Frysinger is accused of having sex with an intoxicated teen girl. Frysinger’s attorney said yesterday that the victim was not “physically helpless” as defined by law. Also, he said they were problems with the grand jury process that led to the indictment against his client, and, additionally, that the prosecution has withheld evidence from him. In response to the claims, the prosecution responded by saying that the jury concluded there was reasonable cause to believe Frysinger raped the teen, so the “physically helpless” issue should be addressed by a trial jury. They also said the integrity of the jury was not compromised and that it is not obligated to turn over the disputed evidence until a later date. The judge said he will review the matters. Frysinger is charged with three counts of 1st degree rape and a single count of 1st degree criminal sexual act. They are punishable by up to as many as 25 years in prison.
Village of Bath Utility Rates to Increase:
After years at the same rate, Village of Bath residents should expect their utility rates to increase soon. At last night’s meeting of the village board, the Utility Commission recommended the water and sewer rates be approved by the August billing cycle. Electric and gas rates are also expected to go up. The need to upgrade infrastructure and the fact that some of the rates haven’t increased in years are part of the reason prices are going up. That said however, rates are still as low as or lower than those of neighboring towns and villages.
Labor Negotiations at Corning Hospital Stall:
Negotiations between Corning Hospital and its nurses and other employees began in late February, but as of Friday night no agreement is in sight. Talks broke off Friday evening with both sides still differing on basic issues of health insurance and wage. The new labor contract will cover around 450 Guthrie Corning Hospital employees. Talks are expected to resume on June 9th.
Bath Signage to Get an Overhaul?
Members of the Bath Revitalization Group were at the Village of Bath Board Meeting last night to offer help with upgrading and repairing the “Welcome to Bath” signs. The signs have deteriorated over the years and the group is offering to fix them and make them look as good as new. If approved by the board, funding for this project would come from the recent Gateway to the Finger Lakes 5k Run and Walk.
School Budgets Go Before Voters Today:
School Budgets across the state will go before the voters today with most local polls open from noon to 8 p.m. In Bath, the $33.2 million budget plan will hike the tax levy 2 percent, well under the cap. Spending is up 1.4 percent and the district will eliminate the equivalent of 2.5 full-time positions by not replacing retirements. There are also several propositions on the budget, including a plan to spend $1.8 million on safety and security improvements. Matthew Burns and Pamela Cleveland are vying for the open seat on the board, a five-year term. Over in Hammondsport, the $12.4 million budget plan includes a 2.14 percent tax increase, under the district’s cap of 3.75. It maintains all current programs, and adds an elementary teacher. It also includes an effort to upgrade security and asks voters to approve establishing a capital reserve fund for technology upgrades. Jim Zimar is running unopposed for a five-year term on the board. In Addison the tax levy will rise 2.9 percent under the Addison Central School District’s $26.2 million budget proposal, under its cap. There will be no program cuts or staff reductions. Brian Herrington, an incumbent, is running unopposed. And in Campbell-Savona, the $21.27 million budget has a tax increase of 2 percent, well below the district’s cap. There will be no layoffs or program cuts. Total spending is up 6 percent, though most of that is for one-time expenses. Thomas Hauryski is running opposed for the board.
May 20-24 Declared Firefighter and EMS Week:
The New York State Assembly came together yesterday to pass a resolution memorializing Governor Cuomo to proclaim May 20th through the 24th as Volunteer Firefighter and EMS Week in the State of New York. In a statement, local lawmaker Phil Palmesano said, “These dedicated men and women provide an invaluable service to our families and are absolutely deserving of our thanks for their efforts. I’m very happy to join with my Assembly colleagues in thanking these volunteers and I encourage everyone to do the same.” In upstate New York, an estimated 95 percent of all firefighters are volunteers. Additionally, more than half of the 57,000 EMS workers throughout the state are also volunteers.
Fire Destroys Home in Lindley:
A family of 11 is homeless after a fire destroyed their home in Lindley. Details about the fire are scarce at this time, but Red Cross officials say 3 adults and 8 children lived in the home and all escaped uninjured. Food and lodging are being provided by the Red Cross.
1 Killed in Fatal Southport Accident:
One man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning in the Town of Southport. Chemung County Sheriff’s deputies report that 21-year-old Shawn Smith of Cameron was riding on State Route 328 around 11 a.m. when a vehicle, trying to turn onto the road, pulled out in front of him. He was thrown from the bike and died after being taken to Arnett Ogden Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Benjamin Robbins was also treated for minor injuries. He has not yet been ticketed in the crash, but investigators have said he failed to yield the right of way.
Bath Man Accused of Striking Dog with Ax:
A 30-year-old Bath man is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon, robbery, criminal mischief and overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals. According to a grand jury indictment, Robert Wright allegedly struck a dog with a wood-splitting ax in early February. The dog reportedly survived the incident. The robbery count accuses Wright of forcibly stealing property and the criminal mischief charge is for allegedly damaging property.
Drug Arrests in Bath:
The Village of Bath Police Department is reporting the arrest of Najee Sanford of Rochester for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd with intent to sell. According to the official release, Sanford was arrested after officers responded to a report of a resident on West Morris Street behaving strangely. A large quantity of cocaine was seized and Sanford was remanded to the county jail on $25,000 cash bail. Also, in unrelated cases Samual Hall of Bath was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th degree following a traffic stop; and Derick Withey and Jacob Stewart, both of Bath, were both charged with 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd following an investigation into the sale and forgery of medical prescriptions.
Buckle-Up Campaign Kicks in Today:
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the Buckle Up New York Campaign and it officially takes effect today, with New York State Troop “E” announcing that they will be among the many State Police and Sheriff’s departments participating. The 14-day crackdown serves to remind drivers and their passengers of the dangers of not wearing a seat belt, with authorities paying extra attention to seat belt safety and prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing theirs. As the saying goes, “Click it, or ticket.”
Travel Advisory – State Route 415/54:
The New York Department of Transportation has announced that work will begin today on State Routes 415 and 54 in Bath. Crews will be milling the existing pavement on State Route 415 (West Morris Street) at the east side of the entrance of McDonalds and continuing east to the intersection of State Route 54 (Washington Street). Once the east and west bound lanes are milled, the crews will continue on to State Routes 415 and 54 (Washington Street) and mill both directions to the Route 415/54 split at Liberty Street. After milling operations are complete, drainage structures will be altered and new traffic signal loops installed. Finally, new asphalt will be placed at these locations. Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers. One-lane alternating traffic will occur during daytime hours and will revert back to two-lane by evening. Construction should be completed by early July.
Mossy Bank to Host American Civil War Day this Week:
Bath Police Chief David Rouse has announced that this Thursday, May 23rd, 7th graders from Bath and Avoca will be participating in the “7th Annual American Civil War Day” at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities have been planned for the day, with artillery and musket “blank” rounds being fired between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Re-enactors have been granted permission to set up the day prior and camp overnight. Although the park will remain open to the public during this event, only seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the activities.
Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The Campbell-Savona Central School District Board of Education will hold their regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in conference room 1058 at the High School.
Cameron Fire Destroys Barn, Garage, Vehicles:
Firefighters from the Cameron, Jasper, Troupsburgh, Woodhull, and Canisteo volunteer departments were called to a residence in the Town of Cameron yesterday after a nearby garage accidentally caught fire and spread to the home. Located at the intersection of County Route 21 and Jackson Hill Road, the fire is reported to have started when the property owner was burning papers in a garbage can outside and the wind blew the flames onto the garage. Firefighters spent several hours battling blaze. No injuries were reported, but the garage, a barn, and several vehicles were all destroyed.
Steuben Co. Man Held in Connection to Springwater Robbery:
Earlier this week, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that was stolen during a home invasion in the Town of Springwater. Today, a Steuben County man and two others are under arrest in connection with the robbery. 21-year-old Kyle Witthoft of Gang Mills and two other men are accused of robbing a 70-year-old man last Saturday. During the robbery they allegedly restrained the victim and stole several items, including a shotgun and a pick-up truck. Authorities have not said what led them to suspect Witthoft, but he was arrested in Steuben County following a noise complaint. After Witthoft was arrested, the two other suspects were located at a home in Rochester. Witthoft and 36-year-old Alan Fick were sent to the Livingston County Jail on $125,000 bail. 23-year-old Joseph Macuado is being held in the Monroe County Jail on an unrelated robbery charge.
21 Facing Charges in Livingston Co. following Drug Crackdown:
In what’s being referred to as a “spring cleanup,” 21 people have been arrested by the Livingston County Drug Task Force on drug violations. In a press release, County Sheriff John York said the arrests in the countywide crackdown included the sale of cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, and hallucinogens. Arrested were 33-year-old Ryan Nerby of Lakeville, 27-year-old Brian Nolan of Geneseo, 18-year-old Jesse Hernandez of Piffard, 18-year-old Anthony Andrew of Conesus, 20-year-old Zachery Stephany of Caledonia, 19-year-old Parrish MacWilliams of Caledonia, 26-year-old Amanda Steward of Lakeville, 22-year-old Jacob Shamp of Lakeville, 26-year-old Paul Primeaux of Livonia, 27-year-old Brian Vanwuyckhuyse of Geneseo, 24-year-old Justin Jackson of Mount Morris, 46-year-old Jody Root of Caledonia, 19-year-old Alexander Montalbano of Caledonia, 31-year-old Jennifer Trojanski of Caledonia, 19-year-old Julian Beard of Caledonia, Brandon Cassada of Avon, 29-year-old Christopher Patridge of Groveland, and Marquis Morris of Rochester.
State Police Investigating PP Burglary:
The New York State Police of Painted Post are investigating a burglary that occurred at Birnie Transportation Services on the Victory Highway in Painted Post. It’s alleged that earlier this week, unknown subjects forced their way into Birnie Transportation Services and stole a digital camera. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police.
Oneidas Reach Deal with NY on Casinos:
The Oneida Indians have reached a deal with the Cuomo administration that guarantees exclusive territory for their central New York casino in exchange for an estimated $50 million in annual payments to the state. The proposed deal was announced yesterday and would be part of Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to bring three Las Vegas casinos to upstate New York at yet-to-be-indentified locations. Under the deal, the Oneida Indian Nation would begin paying a share of its revenue from their Turning Stone Resort Casino to the state. A public referendum to change New York’s constitution to allow non-Indian casinos could be on the ballot as early as November.
Corning, Inc. Unveils New Glass:
Corning Incorporated has announced that at a trade show in Vancouver next week they will officially launch their newest specialty glass. Corning says the new Lotus glass allows them phone makers to use thinner backplates, and that it will allow for high resolution pictures, faster response times, and brighter picture quality. Corning Inc. will also be displaying Gorilla Glass 3 at the show.
Parking & Traffic Restrictions for Bath Comm. Expo:
The Bath Community Expo will be coming to the Village of Bath this weekend and with the arrival of the yearly Bath Tub Races and Lumberjack Competition, there also comes some parking and traffic restrictions. Bath Police Chief David Rouse has announced that on today at 3 p.m., Bath Village Police will begin posting “NO PARKING” signs around the perimeter of Pulteney Square. At 5 p.m., all vehicles must be removed or they will be subject to being ticketed and towed. Pulteney Square East and West will both be closed to traffic as barricades will be placed at each crosswalk. These restrictions will be in place throughout the weekend’s events. Tomorrow, at 6 a.m. both sides of Liberty Street between Steuben and William Streets will be posted with “NO PARKING” signs. All vehicles will have to be removed by 7 a.m. At that time, Liberty Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic. At 9:30 a.m., the Haverling Big Blue Marching Band will perform. They’ll be followed by the Bath Tub Races. Liberty Street will reopen following the conclusion of the Bath Tub Races around noon.
More Details Emerge in Arrest of Nunda Man:
More details have been released in the story of the Nunda man who was arrested for terrorizing residents with a rifle. According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 26-year-old Aaron Dudley confronted an associate at a construction site in his hometown on Tuesday afternoon. He reportedly left the site and returned later with a rifle and ran his car into a piece of construction equipment. Deputies say he chased people on the construction site before running through the Nunda Fire Department and into a lumber business, where he pointed the rifle at people. Police were eventually able to get him to surrender. He has been charged with menacing a police officer.
Dansville Woman Arrested for Damaging Ex’s Property:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of 23-year-old Hannah Dobnack of Dansville for allegedly entering her ex-boyfriend’s residence and damaging his property. According to the official release, Dobnack entered the residence in Fremont last week and unlawfully caused damage to several items inside. The resident was not home at the time, but did report the damage and after investigating, deputies arrested Dobnack. She was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th and is expected to appear in Fremont Court at a later date.
Residents Cry Foul Over DOT Plan’s to Close Lattabrook Bridge:
The Department of Transportation’s plans to close the Lattabrook Bridge in Horseheads is drawing the ire of not only residents, but first responders as well. A Town Hall meeting regarding the expected closure was held last night and attendees made it clear that they’re concerned about emergency response time, the safety of the detour routes, and the length of time added to the both of those. According to local reports, with the bridge open, a run from the Town and County Fire Department to the area takes roughly six minutes, but if the bridge closes, the trip could take 13 minutes going over Moss Hill Road, and 17 minutes traveling through Breesport and emergency crews say that’s unacceptable, and could be a matter of life and death. The bridge crosses Interstate 86 and is scheduled to be shut down on July 8th for 55 days so that the concrete deck can be replaced. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, who was in attendance, said that he plans on meeting with the DOT to talk about repositioning emergency responders for the duration of the project and have a safer plan by the next public meeting.
Bath VA Demonstrates Telehealth Equipment:
The Bath VA Medical Center opened its doors yesterday for a demonstration of its Telehealth equipment. The equipment allows veterans to see a specialist sooner at their nearest VA location, without travel times and lengthy waits. Veterans at the Bath VA have been connected to specialists in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Bronx and even as far away as Cleveland. The VA has been using Telehealth services for the past seven years.
Gas Prices Up and Expected to Continue to Rise:
After seven weeks of falling gas prices, a dramatic jump at the pump has seen prices go up more than a dime since last Monday and even though gas prices are still lower than they were at this time last year, experts are predicting that prices will continue to rise as Memorial Day nears. So what do the prices look like locally? According to AAA, as of Wednesday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular in New York State was $3.72. Across the border in Pennsylvania, it’s $3.47.
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