3 Arrested in Bath on Possession Charges:
19-year-old Michael Williams of Rochester, 47-year-old Frank Lenino of Bath, and an unnamed 15-year-old from Rochester were arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree yesterday by the Village of Bath Police Department. Authorities reportedly responded to a residence on West Washington Street following complaints from neighbors and discovered two of the suspects attempting to flush bags of crack cocaine down a toilet. 10 bags of cocaine were recovered. Williams and Lenino were arraigned and remanded to the County Jail on $5,000 bail. The 15-year-old was turned over to the Monroe County Probation Department.
2 Arrested after Attempted Burglary of Dunn Field:
2 men were arrested earlier this week for allegedly stealing property from Dunn Field, the home of the Elmira Pioneers baseball team. The pair, 23-year-old Texas Poorman, of Horseheads, and 24-year-old Brandon Green, of Elmira, was spotted on Luce Street by an observant police officer. One was pushing a wagon full of partially concealed items; the second was following a short distance away. After additional officers responded, the men were found to be in possession of numerous stolen items. They were both charged with third-degree burglary.
Services Set for Former Elmirans Killed in Rochester Fire:
Funeral services have been scheduled this week for the four former Elmira siblings who were killed in a fire at their Rochester home earlier this month. Services for the children will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira. The fatal fire broke out early on the morning of February 18th; Bobbie Kugler and her 2-year-old son were rescued by firefighters, but her four other children – 14-year-old Gage Reavey, 13-year-old Greg Kugler, 12-year-old Kandee Kugler and 6-year-old Kaiden Kugler - died in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the circumstances have been called “unusual.”
Chemung County to Deliberate Repurchase Offer of the First Arena:
The owner of First Arena has submitted the $136,000 he owed in back taxes and penalty fees to Chemung County, but the County Legislature still has to decide whether or not to approve the repurchase offer. Legislators are expected to act on the matter at their next full meeting, which is set for 7pm, March 12th. If the repurchase attempt is denied, the county would take ownership of the arena. It isn’t clear at this time what would happen with the facility or its primary tenant, the Elmira Jackals, if that happened.
Prattsburgh Board Unanimous on Proposed Wind Farm Deal:
At a meeting of the Prattsburgh Town Board on Monday, the board members came out unanimously against wind farm developer, Ecogen. Reportedly, the disagreement comes down to proposed changes in the road use agreement and a lack of tax incentives being offered by Ecogen.
Zeller Not Seeking Congressional Seat:
Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan has announced that Matt Zeller will not be running for congress against Tom Reed this year. Hogan says that Zeller is currently working down in Washington, D.C., and has not expressed an interest in running. However, Hogan did recently hint that the candidate Democrats will likely put up against Reed is a businessman from Ontario County.
Erwin Home Invasion: Four Teens Arrested:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that four teens have now been arrested in connection to the ongoing investigation into the Home Invasion Robbery that occurred on Sunset Avenue in Erwin on Friday. 19-year-old Alexander Vanvleet, 19-year-old Adam Campbell, 17-year-old Sarah Smith, and an unidentified 15-year-old, all of Ovid, New York, were all taken into custody on Saturday after a 15-mile car chase in South Carolina. The teens were driving the stolen Pontiac Grand Prix, which they had spray-painted red. Smith has been charged with first-degree burglary. She waived extradition to New York, but remains in South Carolina. Campbell and Vanvleet are being held on arrest warrants out of Seneca County for alleged crimes there. The 15-year-old is being held by the South Carolina Department of Social Services. At least one of the teens was familiar with the victims of the robbery, but authorities declined to specify the relationship.
Arnot Health Cuts Jobs:
Arnot Health officials announced yesterday that they have cut 49 positions from three area hospitals. Arnot Health CEO, Anthony Cooper released the following statement: “Today, Arnot Health instituted a reduction in work force in an effort to align our human resources with the health care needs of the system and the communities we serve. We have spent the day meeting with affected individuals. A total of 49 positions from across our three hospitals have been eliminated.” Arnot Health operates Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, as well as Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath.
Greenwood Middle School to Close:
In an effort to save money the Canisteo-Greenwood School Board voted last night to close the Greenwood Middle School. Starting next year 5th through 7th graders will be housed in a separate wing of the district’s elementary school. 8th graders will be moved to the high school. District Superintendent Jeffrey Matteson said the action will save the district $325,000. The district will use the building for storage.
Traveler Advisory: Route 17 Construction to Resume:
Construction has been scheduled to resume on State Route 17 between Elmira and Chemung starting March 12th. As work proceeds, be advised that westbound traffic east of Lowman will be diverted into the eastbound, allowing for one-lane traffic in each direction. There will also be work on County Route 60 between Lowman and Jerusalem Hill in order to complete the concrete gutter and top course paving. The project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2012.
Nissan Announces Recall:
Nissan has announced that it is recalling more than 79,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix possible gas leaks. The automaker is recalling certain Nissan Juke small crossover SUVs, Infiniti QX large SUVs, and Infiniti M sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that fuel pressure sensors on the vehicles may not be tight enough and fires have been reported. Dealers will tighten the sensors or replace to take care of the problem. The vehicles were made between October 5th 2009 and December 27th 2011. The recall is scheduled to start on March 19th. Owners with questions should contact Nissan. 615 – 725 – 1000.
Bath Sets Community Expo:
The Bath Village Board has set the Bath Community Expo for May 19th and 20th. This year, organizers Phil Dickson and Ron Smith are looking to move the Jack and Jill portion of the two day event to the Pulteney Park area and have the whole event downtown with the Bath Tub Races scheduled for earlier in the day on Liberty Street.
Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The Board of Education for the Bath Central School District will hold a Budget Workshop tonight at 6 p.m. in the District Office.
Car Catches Fire in Bath Parking Lot:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 8:45pm Saturday night to the Super 8 Motel for a car fire in the back parking lot. Reportedly, the first officer on scene discovered a 1984 Pontiac Transam with its front end fully engulfed in fire. The blaze was extinguished in about an hour with no additional damage to any other vehicles or the Motel. It was determined that a leak in the fuel line was the cause of the fire and the reason for its intensity.
Home Invasion in Erwin:
Steuben County Authorities are reporting that two male intruders entered a home on Sunset Avenue in Erwin. According to Sheriff Joel Ordway two elderly adults heard a noise outside their residence around 12:30 am Friday and opened a rear door and the suspects forced their way inside, holding one victim at gunpoint while the other was tied to a chair. No one was injured; the suspects stole $20 dollars in cash and a car. The car is reported as a white 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, license plate number EPC 7505. The suspects are described as: a 6 foot white male with slim build, between the ages of 30 and 40, wearing a grey stocking cap, gray wrangler jacket, dark pants, and work boots. And a 5’7” white male of slim build and medium complexion in his early to mid 20’s, wearing a dark stocking cap and black jacket.
High Speed Chase Begins in Corning Ends with Crash:
Two men are now behind bars after leading several police departments on a high speed chase in Steuben County. Police say 20-year-old Jankelli Volquez, of New York City, threw a glass bottle at a group of people on Bridge Street in Corning from inside a Toyota Camry being driven by 20-year-old Joel Diaz, also of New York City. When police responded, the pair sped off on I-86 West. A Lieutenant with the Corning Police reports that the pair got off at Exit 42 Coopers Plains, turned left, crashed into the concrete barrier and caught fire. Diaz was charged with unlawful fleeing of a police officer, reckless driving, and aggravated unlicensed operation.
Village of Bath to Hold Budget Meeting:
The Village of Bath trustees have started the process of coming with a budget for the new fiscal year and they will be holding a meeting on Thursday at 4pm in the Village Hall. The meeting will be open to the public.
Women in the Arts Festival Opens Thursday:
The fifth annual Festival of Women in the Arts will kick off this Thursday with an opening reception and the “Salute to Your Favorite Woman in History” event at the Chemung Valley History Museum in Elmira. The event will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature members of the Chemung County Council of Women in costume, telling stories about their favorite woman in history. The month long festival will also include events in Steuben, Schuyler and Tompkins counties. Information will be posted online at: http://www.cantatasingers.com
Girls Scouts to Mark 100th Anniversary with Pulteney Park Event:
In order to help celebrate their 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts of America will hold a candlelight ceremony – with cupcakes – in Pulteney Square in Bath on March 12th. The 6 to 8 p.m. event will take place on the day, one century ago, that Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low brought together 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia for the first ever Girl Scout meeting. Girl Scouts now has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults in the U.S., with more than 50 million women in the U.S. former Girl Scouts. In addition to cupcakes the ceremony will include classic Girl Scout songs and an opportunity for the girls, their families, adult volunteers, and alumni to put their names, years in Scouts and their favorite memories onto die cut shapes for display. The die cut shapes will eventually be put into a time capsule.
Corning Man Arrested in Beach House Tanning Voyeurism Incident
Corning Police report an arrest in the investigation of the voyeurism incident at the Beach House Tanning House on Market Street. Earlier in the week, a woman reported that she saw a hand holding a cell phone over the low wall that separates the tanning rooms. Police concluded their investigation on Thursday and arrested 23 year-old salon customer Jesse Cady for unlawful surveillance.
Cameron Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor’s Home
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported yesterday that a Cameron man was arrested following an investigation into a shooting in the Town of Cameron. Around 1 AM Friday morning Deputies responded to a call that a firearm had been fired into a residence on County Route 22. The round entered the living room and struck the ceiling before hitting a light in the kitchen. During the investigation it was revealed that 37 year-old Michael Dart had fired the round from a 6 mm rifle into the residence. According to Sheriff Joel Ordway, Dart and the complaining resident had been arguing about property lines earlier in the day. Dart was charged with Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Bath Man Convicted of Welfare Fraud
A Bath man was convicted of Welfare Fraud last week in Bath Village Court. Chad Wilson pled guilty and admitted to illegally receiving benefits that he was not entitled to from September 2009 to May 2011 totally more than $8000. He was sentenced to three years probation, full restitution to the County Department of Social Services and disqualification of future benefits.
Bath P.D. Investigating Thefts
Because of a series of larcenies from motor vehicles and garages in recent days, the Village of Bath Police Department is reminding residents to lock all vehicles, garages, and homes. Residents are also urged to make sure no valuable are visible inside parked cars as the thieves have been targeting GPS devices and other valuable electronics. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Bath Police Department at 776-2175.
Watkins Glen Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse
An 18 year old Watkins Glen man was arrested yesterday for multiple counts of sexual abuse against children. Stephen Harris allegedly had sexual contact with three female victims between the ages of 4 and 8.
Penn Yan Man Pleads Guilty in July Crash that Killed 6 Amish:
42-year-old Steven Eldridge, of Penn Yan, has pleaded guilty to causing the July crash in Yates County that killed six Amish residents of Steuben County. He now faces a prison term of 12 to 24 years after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, reckless driving and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Sentencing has been set for March 20th.
Bath P.D. Investigating Thefts:
The Village of Bath Police Department is investigating a series of larcenies from unlocked motor vehicles and garages. The thefts have occurred over several nights and have targeted GPS devices, cash, electronics, and other valuables. Residents are reminded to lock all vehicles, garages, and homes, and are urged to make sure no valuables are visible from the outside. Authorities are looking into reports of two male subjects in their early 20’s dressed in black that were seen running from the scene of a garage burglary on Vermont Street, in vicinity of Colonial Lawns yesterday.
Painted Post Gets Closer to Water Sales:
The Village of Painted Post is on step closer to selling its water to gas drilling companies in Pennsylvania. The Village Board has now approved resolutions that will allow Mayor Roz Crozier to sign contracts to sell the water and to lease village land to a railroad company that will transport the water to sites in Pennsylvania. The contracts are reported to still be in draft form, and Crozier told The Corning Leader that “he does not know when they will be ready for his signature.”
Congressman Reed to Hold Town Hall Tomorrow:
Congressman Tom Reed will be holding another Town Hall meeting tomorrow. He’ll be available from 9am to 10am at the Corning Town Hall on South Maple Street in South Corning. Don’t forget, if you cannot attend the Town Hall, Reed can be contacted through his website (http://www.reed.house.gov) or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/reptomreed.
Crystal Lanes Offering Free Bowling for Kids as part of Dental Fair:
Kids in the area will have a chance this weekend to not just hit the lanes, but to get a better smile as well as Crystal Lanes in Corning is hosting “Rock Your Smile” on Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Each child will get free bowling shoe rentals and two free games while a DJ spins up some tunes. Meanwhile, parents can browse a dental health fair and talk to about a dozen different dental professionals, both dentists and orthodontists. There will be free give-aways such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, and Dudley the Dinosaur will make an appearance. The event is limited to the first 96 children to register. For details, contact the alley at 962 – 5371.
Gas Prices Could Jump $.20 by Monday:
You may want to get out and fill your gas tank quickly. The average for a gallon of regular gas in New York State is $3.90, according to AAA; but officials from Gasbuddy.com are saying gas prices could spike anywhere between $.05 and .20 per gallon by Monday. According to industry experts higher oil prices are driving up the price that you’re paying at the pump. AAA offers the following tips to make sure your gas lasts longer: lighten your load, make sure your tires are properly inflated, and drive the speed limit.
Fire in Corning Causes Minor Damage:
A fire broke out around 4pm yesterday on Selenium Lane in Corning, near the Hands on Glass Studio. The fire reportedly started in a wood stove and spread to the walls. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly and the damage done was minor. No injuries were reported.
Icy Roads Leads to Accident in Wheeler:
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, icy roads are being cited as the cause of the accident involving Sara Wall of Bath on County Route 13 in Wheeler. Wall reportedly lost control due to the ice and struck an earth embankment, causing extensive damage to her vehicle. Wall was transported to Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for observation.
Woodhull Man in Critical Condition Following Crash:
46-year-old William Williams of Woodhull is in critical condition today following an early morning accident yesterday on County Route 5 in Tuscarora. According to authorities, Williams was driving his pickup west near the intersection with Liberty Pole Road when he drifted into the eastbound land and struck a bridge guardrail. A nearby resident heard the crash and called 911. Deputies found Williams unresponsive and partially ejected from the truck. He was treated at the scene for serious head injuries and then airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Driver fatigue is being listed at the probably cause of the crash.
Cop Collides with Van in Corning:
A Corning police officer responding to a holdup alarm at a West Market Street bank collided with a mini-van yesterday morning on Denison Parkway. According to official reports, Lt. P.J. Dyring was driving a marked police SUV west on Denison Parkway when he collided with 34-year-old Jean Balster, of Corning, who was traveling north on Cedar Street. Dyring was taken to Corning Hospital for head and neck pain. Balster and her two daughters, 4-year-old Ann and 7-year-old Bethany, were all also taken to Corning Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. All were treated and released. Balster was charged with failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle. The bank alarm had been turned on for a test, and police are citing that as another possible cause of the accident. The bank had not informed 911 or the city police that they would be performing a test. Corning Chief Salvatore Trentanelli says all photos, in-car camera video and other video evidence have all been turned over to the state police to aid their investigation into the accident.
Possible Voyeur Reported at Beach House Tanning:
Corning police are investigating a possible case of voyeurism at Beach House Tanning on Market Street. On Monday, a woman, whose identity is being withheld, reported that someone was recording her while she was tanning at the salon. The woman told police she saw a hand holding a video camera at the top of the wall separating her room from an adjacent room. Two other customers, a male and a female, were in the business at the time of the incident; police are attempting to identify and locate the male. They do not believe any employees of the salon were involved.
Wayland Man Sentenced in Business Scam:
51-year-old Jeffrey Sykes, formerly of Wayland, was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $3.7 million dollars in restitution for defrauding hundreds of clients while he was president of a Rochester-based payroll company. Sykes, as former president of Paybrooks Inc., was responsible for paying withholding employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of his clients, but instead he used the withheld funds to operate his business and make personal purchases. He sentence comes four months after he pleaded guilty to engaging in monetary transactions, using the proceeds of a tax fraud.
Rep. Reed Meets with Philips Workers:
U.S. Representative Tom Reed toured Philips Lighting in Bath yesterday and met with employees in a town hall meeting. Job security was one of the top concerns discussed and while Reed said that job security was a top priority, there weren’t any guarantees that Philips employees can count on long, steady employment at the plant. Also discussed were the national debt, tax policies, and the need to develop a comprehensive energy policy – which included comment on Marcellus Shale development in the area.
Sheriff Ordway Accused of Inappropriate Advances/Harassment:
Last week, Steuben County Sheriff Deputy Jen Reed received a $100,000 settlement against the sheriff’s department for alleged sexual harassment, and The Evening Tribune has now broken a story that Deputy Jen Reed’s attorney says that Sheriff Joel Ordway is accused of making advances towards Deputy Reed at a hotel near Utica in 2010. In the article, the Ithaca-based attorney for Deputy Reed, also alleges that while Ordway apologized both that night back in 2010, and the next morning as well, that he was allegedly unfair to her in the workplace after that alleged incident. In response, Ordway told The Corning Leader that he “had no comment on a two-year-old allegation which was not part of her filed claim.”
Fire in Bradford Damages Home:
No injuries are being reported in a fire that kicked off around 2pm yesterday at a residence on Sleve Road in Bradford. Officials believe that the fire started in the chimney of the two-story home, and while small, spread quickly. The most significant damage was toward the rear of the house’s east side. Firefighters from several companies battled yesterday’s blustery conditions to extinguish the blaze. The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.
Alcohol a Factor in Hit and Run:
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a hit and run accident that occurred on State Highway 20A in Geneseo. They report that a vehicle being driven by a resident of Hunt was traveling east and attempting to make a right turn into the Livingston Country Club when a vehicle attempting to pass her on the right struck her. After the collision witnesses saw the vehicle flee the scene and one witness followed until it crashed into some trees in the area of North Road. 22-year-old Andrew Jackson of Canandaigua was subsequently arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. He was issued Uniform Traffic Tickets for Failure to Keep Right, Speed Not Reasonable, Failure to Maintain Laneway, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Unsafe Passing, and Passing on the Right.
Bath Village Board Meeting Recap:
There’s a new law in place in the Village of Bath. Local Law # 2 is the Property Tax Cap Override. The law allows the Board to override the tax limit established in Governor Cuomo’s 2% cap law. The lawmakers hope they won’t have to use it… but they do want to keep that option open as budget planning is now under way for the new fiscal year. Also, a moratorium has been passed on fracking for natural gas in the Village. Now, it does not prevent fracking, but it gives officials time determine the impact of what the fracking industry will do to the infrastructure and how they can protect the Village. Other town’s have either approved or are considering a moratorium as natural gas fracking gets closer to New York State. A public hearing will be held March 19th at 5:30pm, required before the law can be adopted.
First Arena Could Avoid Foreclosure:
The embattled First Arena may finally be able to avoid foreclosure. After not paying taxes for three years and being hit with a foreclosure order by Chemung County Last week, Elmira Downtown Arena LLC Owner, Mostafa Afr, has finally written a check to pay off all the back taxes and fees he was responsible for. He owed over $136,000. The check is expected to be delivered to Chemung County either today or tomorrow. If the check hadn’t been written, the county would have gained ownership of the arena.
Special Meeting Announced for Prattsburgh Town Board:
The Town Board of Prattsburgh will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 27th at 7pm at the Prattsburgh Town Hall in order to develop an agenda of topics that need to be discussed with Ecogen.
Historical Society Sets Flood of ’72 Discussion:
The Steuben County Historical Society will host a panel discussion on the Flood of ’72 on March 2nd at the Bath Fire Hall. The event will be free and open to the public. Gary Waldo will discuss efforts to restore the area’s roads; Virginia Wright will talk about the effort to save the Corning Museum of Glass’ Research Library and Lorraine Loomis-Konig will reflect on her experiences as a teenage recovery worker. Also, local historian Kirk House will show photos of the region during and after the flood, and copies of his new book – which is about the flood – will be on sale.
Bath Fire Destroys Shed:
Just before 2pm yesterday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was called to a shed fire on McMaster Street. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the damage done was extensive. The shed contained hand tools, a riding lawn mower, and several aerosol spray cans which did rupture during the fire. The cause of the blaze was determined to be sparks that were thrown from a hand grinder the owner of the shed was using nearby. No injuries were reported.
3 Arrests Made in Horseheads Prostitution Sting:
Following undercover operations conducted by the Horseheads Police Department and the Chemung county Sheriff’s Office, three women have been arrested and are now facing prostitution charges. 20-year-old Paje Kirshblum and 24-year-old Angela Turner, both of Rochester, were arrested on Saturday at Motel 6. Kirshblum was charged with prostitution, and Turner was charged with promoting prostitution and unlawful possession of marijuana. 24-year-old Nicole Kuzmin, of East Islip, was arrested yesterday at the Red Carpet Inn. She was charged with prostitution. All three were arraigned and sent to the Chemung County Jail on $500 bail.
Chemung County Sheriff Elected VP of Sheriff’s Association:
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss was recently elected as a vice president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He was elected to office at the NYSSA’s recent 78th annual Mid-Winter Training Conference in Albany. Moss will now work with sheriffs across the state to strengthen law enforcement, specifically advocating the following goals adopted at the recent NYSSA meeting: support the all-crimes DNA legislation; oppose a House transportation bill that would, among other things, allow triple-size tractor-trailers on interstate highways; join with the state Association of Counties to stop requiring county jails to hold parole violators, who are a state responsibility; and join with the state Association of Counties to seek a greater portion of the revenues generated from the state’s public safety surcharge. The money would support county-level 911 communications projects.
New Bill Proposes Stiffer Penalties for Drinking and Driving:
Drivers in New York State who get caught drinking and driving three times could permanently lose their right to get behind the wheel – as proposed by a new bill that would take away the license of a driver who is convicted three times for DWI or DUI. A license could also be revoked if the driver is at fault in three accidents with injuries. Currently, under New York law, most drunk driving offenses do not carry a penalty of losing your license forever.
Former Yates Corrections Officer Sentenced:
Former Yates County Corrections officer Richard Regan the Third will spend the next six months in county jail after being sentenced for three felonies in court late last week. In July of 2010, the 41-year-old was arrested by State Police on 35 separate charges, including 13 felonies, after a search warrant was executed at his home and troopers found illegal firearms and marijuana.
2 Dundee Residents Arrested on Drug Charges:
A pair of Dundee residents have been charged with allegedly selling drugs to undercover police officers, some of which took place in the presence of young children. 29-year-old Heather Charette and 31-year-old Larry Cheeks were each arrested on Superior Court warrants after being indicted by a grand jury. Cheeks was charged with criminal sale and endangering the welfare of a child; Charette was charged with felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance along with misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and welfare fraud.
Fatal Rochester Fire Deemed “Unusual:”
Authorities are investigating a fire that swept through a multifamily home early Saturday morning in Rochester and killed four people, all children or teenagers. Rochester Fire Chief John Caufield told The Democrat and Chronicle that firefighters were on the scene quickly but that they were withdrawn from the home when it became apparent that there wasn’t any way to search for people trapped on the upper floor of the home without sacrificing the lives of rescue personnel. Caufield added that firefighters were able to rescue four individuals were taken to a local hospital. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the circumstances have been labeled as “unusual.”
Authorities Warn Against Tax Scams:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to be vigilant this tax season of possible scams. The Sheriff’s Office says that is not uncommon for malicious actors to try to scam citizens during this time of year with phony e-mails and phone calls. If contacted by phone, authorities say, ask for the caller’s name and a callback number. And if you file a paper return, be aware that the IRS and third-party tax providers don’t typically make contact via e-mail. If you do receive an email you should contact the IRS or your tax provider directly. Overall, the Sheriff’s Office recommends that you: do not click links in e-mails, open attachments or give out personnel information without first verifying the other party’s identity.
Arbor Housing Offering Section 502 Loans:
Arbor Housing and Development is now offering loan packaging for interested participates applying for mortgage financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Section 502 Home Loan Program. Section 502 provides financing to low and very low-income persons who cannot obtain credit from other sources. Section 502 funds may be used to buy, build, rehabilitate, improve, or relocate an eligible family dwelling. For more information or an application, contact Arbor Housing and Development. (607) 562 – 2477, EXT. 213 or (800) 421 – 1220.
Watkins Glen Hotel to Recreate Titanic’s Last Meal:
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to dine aboard the Titantic, you’ll get your chance on April 15th at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. The hotel is reportedly planning an 8-course banquet that will recreate the last meal served aboard the Titanic. The banquet will feature wines from Glenora Wine Cellars along with tunes from the era by a local pianist. Seating is limited to 250; tickets are $99 and are available by sending checks to the Schuyler County Historical Society. To learn more about the weekend-long Titanic Festival visit: http://www.rose-maryslegacy.com/TitanicFestival2012.
Public Workshop for Town/Village of Bath and Village of Savona Economic Development:
The Town and Village of Bath and the Village of Savona are working to identify strategic developments that will take advantage of the communitys’ four interchanges on I-86 and there will be a public workshop to solicit ideas and opinions of residents and stakeholders on Wednesday, March 7th at 6pm at the Saint Thomas Church Parish in Bath. For more information, contact John Stranges, Chairman of the Town and Village of Bath and Village of Savona Economic Development Committee. (607) 776 – 5994.
Gas Drilling Forum to be Held March 7th:
A public forum on issues raised by recent plans to sell municipal water for gas drilling in Pennsylvania will be held on March 7th at 7pm at the Bath Fire Hall. Among the speakers will be a geologist from Corning, an attorney from Hammondsport, and a member of the Alfred Village Board and the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. The program will conclude with an open question and answer period.
Hammondsport Announces Logo Contest:
The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce, along with the Palettes of Keuka Committee, has announced a design competition to create the “Coolest Small Town” official logo – which Hammondsport will use in its advertising, signage, and commemorative merchandise. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250. The Hammondsport Chamber will be accepting submissions for the logo design through 2pm March 30th. Those interested should try to capture the essence of what makes Hammondsport “cool,” and should keep in mind that in a town with “wine, wings, and water,” the possibilities are endless. Submissions may be made through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or be dropped off at the Chamber on Sheather Street in Hammondsport. The winner will be announced on April 3rd.
Cuomo Reaches Deal on Tougher Teacher Evaluations:
A statewide agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo, teachers unions, and the state Education Commissioner will bring tougher teacher evaluations in public schools. Announced yesterday, the plan will allow for 40 percent of a teacher’s grade to reflect student performance. The agreement also creates a rating system for teachers following an evaluation. A score of 64 percent or lower would rate a teacher as “ineffective,” and that could eventually lead to dismissal if the teacher doesn’t show improvement.
Corning-Painted Post School District Approves Busing Study:
The Corning-Painted Post School Board has announced that it will look for savings by taking a closer look at how it handles transportation. On Wednesday night the board agreed to spend up to $10,500 to have a transportation efficiency study done. The School’s Superintendent believes there’s an opportunity to find significant savings, saying, “…the district covers a large area. Between the district’s own busing operation and the busing that is contracted out. Everything from routes to personnel will be studied to see where there are potential savings.” The study will be done by Transportation Advisory Services and the results should be available next Fall.
Hornell’s Saint Ann’s to Close:
Saint Ann’s School, a facility that has served the Hornell area for over 150 years, will be closing down at the end of this school year…. According to Father Peter Aangalare, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, who made the announcement last night at a meeting at the Hornell Knights of the Columbus. He cited financial troubles as the reason. Presently, there are 65 students at the school in grades one through six.
Curtiss School Could Become an Arts Center:
After three years of waiting, Simon Sananas’ dream of turning the former Glenn Curtiss Middle School into a new arts center may finally come true. The local artist’s bid of $301,000 for the 75-year-old building was approved by the Hammondsport School board on Wednesday night. There will now be a 45-day waiting period during which residents could force a public vote on the sale. If all goes well, Sananas has said he plans to offer art therapy for people with special needs. He said he was inspired by his son, Ariel, who was stricken with a brain tumor when he was 2 years old.
Corning East High Band to Play Universal Studios Today:
Highs for us in the Finger Lakes Region are expected to be around 40 degrees today, but down in Orlando, Florida, it should be a balmy 80 when the East High Marching Band takes to the field to perform at Universal Studios Florida. The band will be taking part in the park’s Stars Parade, which begins at 10am. About 80 members of the East band and 20 chaperones have made the trip, leaving on Wednesday on a pair of coach buses and arriving yesterday afternoon. After performing today, the band members will spend the President’s Day weekend enjoying the Universal Parks complex before leaving on Sunday. Updates from the trip will be posted on the band’s website, http://www.ehsbandparents.com.
CMoG up for Budget Travel’s Latest Contest:
On the heels of Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town in America Contest” comes “15 Places Kids Should See Before 15,” and with it comes another local destination up for the top prize. The Corning Museum of Glass has been nominated to be named one of Budget Travel’s 15 domestic destinations that children should see before they turn 15. In order to be considered, a destination must be fun, educational and “especially magical through the eyes of a child,” says Budget Travel. Online voting and the Budget Travel staff will determine the final 15.
Penn Yan Teen Arrested on Rape Charge:
A 19 year old Penn Yan man has been arrested on rape charges. Village Police arrested Shane Mervis after he allegedly forcibly raped a 15 year old girl last week. Mervis was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Following his arraignment, Mervis was sent to Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.
Bath Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges:
Kurt Harahus of Bath has been arrested for allegedly sharing child pornography over the Internet for the last 10 years. Federal agents allegedly found him in possession of hundreds of digital files of child pornography and he later admitted that he had been sharing child pornography over the Internet. Some of the images, both still and video files, show children as young as 2 engaging in sexual activity with adult men. A criminal complaint against Harahus was filed on Monday in U.S. District Court. Specific charges haven’t yet been released.
Officials Back DNA Databank Expansion:
Local law enforcement leaders and the head of the New York State Police were in attendance in Elmira yesterday in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to expand the state’s DNA databank, saying it will help solve more crimes and exonerate the wrongly imprisoned. The proposal would require adults convicted of any felony or penal law misdemeanor to provide a DNA sample for the databank. Currently, only those convicted of penal law felonies and 36 misdemeanors are required to contribute. The expansion would not include youthful offenders or those involved in Family Court and DNA would be required at the time of conviction, not arrest. The New York State Police Superintendent said, “Most criminals start out committing lesser, precursor crimes not previously included in the databank… Today’s shoplifter may be tomorrow’s murderer.” According to John Zick of The Corning Leader since the databank was expected in 2006 DNA has linked petit larceny convicts to 51 murders, 222 sexual assaults, 117 robberies and 407 burglaries. The databank has also linked those convicted of second-degree trespass to 30 homicides, 110 sexual assaults and 121 burglaries.
Wayne Bans Fracking:
The Town of Wayne officially enacted a moratorium on natural gas drilling Tuesday night, becoming the first municipality in Steuben County to pass a temporary ban on hydrofracking. The Wayne Town Supervisor said, “This is not so much pro-fracking or anti-fracking, our primary purpose is to review our land use agreement and make sure we’re protected.” Currently the villages of Bath and Hammondsport and the towns of Fremont, Pulteney and Urbana are also studying drafts of moratorium resolution.
Hammondsport to Hold Coolest Small Town Parade:
The village of Hammondsport is currently cooking up a parade to celebrate its standing as the co-Coolest Small Town in America. The parade – reportedly being slated for May or June – may actually be just one part of a bigger festival that will reflect the support and beauty of the area surrounding Hammondsport, according to Village Mayor Emery Cummings.
Hilfiger Clothing to Go on Sale in Big Flats:
Fashion devotees from the Elmira-Corning area have long been wondering where they could get their hands on the rock-and-roll inspired clothing from Andy Hilfiger’s recently launched Andrew Charles clothing line. Andy, the younger brother of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, launched the line this past fall and it has been available at 200 Macy’s department stores around the country – but not the Macy’s at the Arnot Mall. Thankfully, Andy is aware of this and is willing to help. “The line isn’t available in the Macy’s at the Arnot Mall,” he told The Star Gazette. “So I’m bringing the clothes up to give my hometown a chance to get the product at rock-bottom prices.” The clothing will be sold at cost at Tag’s in Big Flats from 10am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a performance by Andy’s band the X Brothers on Saturday after the sale.
Living Healthy Steuben Offered at Dormann Library:
The Steuben Rural Health Network will feature, “Living Healthy Steuben,” at the Dormann Library in Bath beginning Wednesday, February 29th. The six week workshop will assist adults and their caregivers in better managing their chronic health conditions. The sessions will be held weekly from 1 to 3:30pm, refreshments and door prizes will be offered. For more information party on February 22nd at the Dormann Library. Contact the Steuben Rural Health Network for more details.
Family Homeless After Urbana Fire:
A mid-morning fire yesterday on Urbana Road in Urbana has left the Rosekrans family homeless. Firefighters reportedly arrived on the scene at 10:30 and found that the fire had already broken through the roof and engulfed the home. Hammondsport Fire Chief Bill Friess Jr. said Steuben County fire investigators will determine the cause of the fire, but added that there was “absolutely no” reason to believe the cause was suspicious. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Car Crashes into Market Street Building:
A Toyota Avalon found itself in an unlikely place yesterday after 86-year-old Rosario Miller, of Corning, lost control while turning from Walnut Street onto Market Street and slammed into the front windows of Orchestra of The Southern Finger Lakes offices. Miller was taken from the scene to Corning Hospital and later transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. His injuries are not considered life-threatening; no other injuries were reported. The offices received heavy damage. Police initially suspected Miller may have suffered a medical issue prior to the crash, but now believe it was just an accident. Lieutenant Jeff Spaulding of the Corning Police Department said no charges have been filed, but that the accident is still under investigation.
Hornell Man Arrested for Aiding Hornellsville Shooting Suspect:
50-year-old Thomas McCormick, of Hornell, was arrested and charged with felony first-degree hindering prosecution on Monday for allegedly giving assistance to Richard VanGorden last fall in Hornellsville. Authorities believe that McCormick provided VanGorden with criminal assistance after VanGorden fired upon state troopers on September 27th. They have no specified exactly how McCormick allegedly helped VanGorden, but he was jailed on $5,000 cash.
Keuka Maid Captain Not Guilty:
70-year-old Captain Robert Hicks of Bath – the man operating the embattled Keuka Maid when it ran aground 15 months ago near Penn Yan – has been found not guilty of reckless operation of a vessel and interfering with navigation. The panel reportedly deliberated for less than 20 minutes before delivering their verdict late last week. The Keuka Maid ran aground near the vicinity of the Keuka Lake outlet on November 1st, 2010 during a move from its port in Hammondsport to Sarrasin’s Restaurant in Penn Yan. A civil lawsuit has been filed against the sheriff’s office on allegations of false imprisonment by deputies on the captain and crew of the vessel. The long-term fate of the Keuka Maid, as of last month, remains in legal limbo. For the time being she remains at port in Hammondsport.
Parking Restrictions Today at Pulteney Square:
Bath Police Chief David Rouse has announced that the Village of Bath will temporarily be prohibiting parking today on the park side of Pulteney Square East, from Steuben Street to Morris Street, in order to remove a tree from the park.
Corning Hospital Site Plan Gets OK:
As expected the Corning Town Board has granted preliminary site plan approval on the $150 million project to build a new Corning Hospital at the end of East Corning Road. More than 50 town residents reportedly turned out for the public hearing held on the plan last night, but no one spoke against it and the board voted unanimously to approve. Ground is scheduled to be broken near Interstate 86 in early April and the project is expected to be completed in July of 2014. The 215,000-square-foot medical campus will feature a 65-bed hospital and will replace the Dension Parkway facility. Town Supervisor Kim Feehan told The Corning Leader that the board will hold another public hearing in March, prior to granting final site plan approval.
Campbell Woman Arrested for Fraud:
A joint investigation by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Unit and the New York State Police has resulted in the arrest of 48-year-old Theresa Geyer of Campbell. It’s alleged that she stole a Public Benefit Card and then used it to make several purchases throughout Steuben County. She has been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and has been remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Investigation Continues in Troupsburg Hit and Run:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the property damage hit and run that occurred on State Route 36 in Troupsburg. Deputies have received more information about the suspect vehicle and are now asking the public for help in locating it. The vehicle in question is a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, model year 2009 – 2012. The truck will have damage to its front passenger side bumper and mirror. The vehicle color is most likely a dark gray or charcoal. Information regarding this incident can left anonymously with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center.
D.A., Chief Rouse Endorse Cole:
David Cole, a candidate for Steuben County Sheriff, held a press conference yesterday in the Village Hall in Bath and several law enforcement officials were on hand to show their support. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said, of Cole, “I know he has the ability, the integrity, and the support of law enforcement to keep the sheriff’s department moving forward.” Also in attendance were several Police Chiefs from throughout Steuben County, including Dave Rouse of Bath who called Cole “a true professional and outstanding leader.” Cole is currently running unopposed for the position opened by Joel Ordway.
Great Backyard Bird Count Kicks off this Week:
It’s been an extraordinarily mild winter and because of that this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count is expected to extra special – according to Jessie Barry, a bird expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He says, “Unusually mild weather brings unusual bird movements. With the lack of snowfall, birds like American Robins might show up in unexpected places and short-distance migrants like Eastern Phoebes and Red-winged Blackbirds might venture north early. But we’ll never know unless bird watchers tell us what they’re seeing.” This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count is set to begin this week on Friday, the 17th, and run through Monday the 20th. Anyone in the U.S. and Canada can participate for free at http://www.birdcount.org.
Painted Post Water Deal Hearing Delayed:
The Wellsboro & Corning Railroad’s plan to build a water-loading station on an 11.4-acre portion of the old Ingersoll-Rand foundry site will be heard by the Village Board later this month. The workshop is set for 5:30pm on February 23rd at the Painted Post Village Hall.
REDEC to Host Business Solutions & Development Info. Meeting:
PathStone Enterprise Center and REDEC have announced that they’ll be hosting an 11 week Business Solutions and Development Class starting March 21st. An information meeting has been scheduled for 7pm, February 29th at Heavenly Cup Coffee Roasters in Painted Post to describe expectations and benefits of the class. Participants will be selected through a competitive screening process and applications need to be completed by March 12th. Those selected will attend the 11-week course, which will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm. The cost for the course is $50. Applications can be obtained the night of the information meeting or online at http://www.pathstoneenterprise.org.
Chemung County St. Patty’s Day Parade Set:
The Chemung County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will return for another year, it’s been scheduled for Sunday, March 11th in the Village of Horseheads. The parade will form at 1pm at the Horseheads High School and will depart at 2pm and march down Sayre Street, turn left on Main, go through Hanover Square, and finish on West Franklin Street. Among those scheduled to perform are the Caledonia Highlanders, the Finger Lakes Pipes and Drums, and the Horseheads High School Marching Band. There will community events including a Chalk Drawing Event the day before from Noon to 3 in Hanover Square.
Andover Teen Arrested on Drug Charges:
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, along with New York State Police and the Andover Village Police have arrested 19-year-old Joey Traylor, of Andover, on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Authorities allege that the teen sold cocaine in Andover in 2011. He is being held at the Allegany County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Honeyoye Man Arrested after Fatal Hit and Run:
27-year-old Michael Manley of Honeyoye Falls was arrested yesterday by Livingston County authorities on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. It’s alleged that Manley struck 51-year-old William Ehremtraut of Lima around 8am Sunday morning and fled the scene. When officers arrived at the scene they found Ehrmentraut deceased. According to the sheriff, several hours after the accident, 911 got a call from Manley reporting a car/deer accident. Authorities deduced that Manley was actually the driver of the vehicle that struck Ehremtraut. Manley is being held at the Livingston County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Waverly Police Investigating Hit and Run:
Pennsylvania Avenue, from the Chemung Street Intersection to the Howard Street Intersection, in Waverly was closed to traffic on Saturday following a hit and run. Around 4pm, Waverly Police responded to a report of an accident and found a utility pole had been severed and several wires were down in the area. A witness reported that a red, Ford 150 with a NY registration was seen leaving the scene south on Pennsylvania Avenue. The truck reportedly had heavy front end damage.
Fleet Service Manager to Retire after 40 years at Corning DPW:
Long-time fleet service manager of the Corning City Public Works Department, Terry Wheatcraft has announced his retirement – after 40 years of service to the city. Wheatcraft told The Corning leader that one of the influences on his decision was the politics, saying, “It’s just getting too political. Too many people want to tell you exactly how to run your operation.” City Manager Mark Ryckman said the city will hire someone to replace Wheatcraft, but the exact position title has not been determined.
Bath Receives Funds for new Fire Trucks:
The Village of Bath has received more than $563,000 in federal funding for the purchase of two new fire trucks. The funding is comprised of a $513,000 loan and a $50,000 grant courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities program.
Sheriff Candidate Meet and Greet:
Steuben County Sheriff Candidate Dave Cole will meet with several supporters today at 2pm at the Bath Village Hall. Cole will meet with Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, and several Steuben County Chiefs of Police and other retired/present law enforcement will also be present.
Hearing Tomorrow on Proposed Corning Hospital:
The corning Town Board will hold a public hearing tomorrow night on the construction of a new Corning Hospital at the end of East Corning Road. It will be held at 6:55pm at the Town Hall and the board is expected to grant preliminary site plan approval during the meeting after the hearing. The $150 million dollar project will not be funded by the public; Guthrie Health, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, will fund the project.
Heluva Good Out as Watkins Glen International Sponsor
With the NASCAR season weeks away, Heluva Good! pulled its title sponsorship from Watkins Glen International’s 90-lap race. WGI’s sister track, Michigan International Speedway, also lost Heluva Good! as its title sponsor. According to WGI President, Michael Printup, WGI and Heluva Good! had been negotiating their continued title sponsorship when Heluva Good! abruptly pulled the deal from the table. Heluva Good! had been the title sponsor of the August event since 2009 and was the first major consumer goods sponsor since Budweiser served as title sponsor from 1986 to 1998. The NASCAR weekend draws hundreds of thousands to Watkins Glen every August and over four million television viewers.
Campbell Man Arrested for Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes
The New York State Police arrested an area man this week for having over ten thousand unstamped packs of cigarettes. 31 year-old Robert Champluvier of Campbell was stopped by Troopers in the town of Avoca for a traffic violation and was subsequently found to be in possession of the cigarettes. The cigarettes were missing their state of sale stamp, meaning they were untaxed and Champluvier was charged with New York State Tax Law Felony of Possessing or Transporting Over Ten Thousand Unstamped Cigarettes. He will appear in Town of Avoca Court next week.
Murder Charges Upgraded in Gibson Death
The Painted Post man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend had his charges upgraded from manslaughter to murder this week. 49 year-old Joseph Dixon was charged with manslaughter for the November death of 53 year-old Dolores Warner but the Steuben County Grand Jury upgraded the charge to murder because they say he intentionally killed her. Warner died from a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation at her home on College Avenue in Gibson. Dixon is awaiting trial in custody at the Steuben County Jail.
Parenting Class Offered in Addison
The Jennie Mose Family Resource Center in Addison is offering parenting classes every Wednesday at 8 PM throughout February and March. The class, entitled “Parenting With Heart” is designed for parents and grandparents of children of all ages. Registration is necessary at 359-3839.
Semi Crashes into Cohocton River:
A semi-truck crashed into the Cohocton River around 5pm yesterday. Reportedly, the truck left the westbound lanes of Interstate 86 in Campbell, just west of the CiCi Bridge. The driver was able to escape, his name has been released, the cause of the accident hasn’t yet been determined.
Brion Peters Found Guilty:
The Chemung County Jury in the trail of 52-year-old Brion Peters has found the Pennsylvania man guilty of manslaughter in connection with the fatal meth lab fire that occurred last May in Baldwin. Peters, of Millerton, and 52-year-old Gary Varlan, of Elmira, were cooking meth in a cabin on Lockwood Run Road when the ingredients ignited. 20-year-old Kanisha Wood was trapped inside the cabin and by the time she escaped, she had suffered third-and-fourth-degree burns to most of her body. She died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Varlan pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in December and testified in Peters trail for the prosecution. He was promised a sentence recommendation of two to six years. Peters faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced on March 9th.
CNG Looking to Raise Rates:
Corning Natural Gas is proposing rate hikes for its natural gas delivery service for the next three years. The company is said to be seeking approval from the New York State Public Service Commission to increase rates by approximately 3.96 percent, 3.77 percent, and 1.31 percent, respectively, for May 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Public Service Commission is currently accepting public comment on CNG’s proposal and a public hearing has been set for 4pm February 16th in the community room at the Southeast Steuben County Library, in the Nasser Civic Center Plaza in downtown Corning. CNG serves roughly 15,000 households and businesses in the greater Corning area.
Dell, Terwilliger Not Running for Sheriff:
Two men expected to announce their contention for Steuben County sheriff have now announced that they won’t be running. Undersheriff Ray Dell and Chief Deputy Noel Terwilliger both announced yesterday that they will not be candidates in the face to fill the post that current Sheriff Joel Ordway will step down from at the end of the year. 61-year-old Dell reportedly said he made his decision based on the “long-term good” for the department, telling The Corning Leader, “…you need someone who’s going to be around for awhile. In four years, I’ll want to retire. What we need is someone younger… who will stay and build stability.” In a press release, Terwilliger said his decision was made “with great consideration and thought in regards to the Hatch Act and responsibilities to my family.” The Hatch Act prohibits some elected candidates for running for office if they also apply for federal grants. 63-year-old Dave Cole announced his candidacy for Sheriff two days after Ordway said he would not seek re-election.
Prattsburgh Board of Ed. to Hold Special Meeting:
The Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 13th at 6pm in the Library Media Center in order, amongst other topics, to review the previously approved building project.
Murder Charge in Gibson Death:
The Corning man who allegedly killed his former live-in girlfriend around thanksgiving in Gibson is now being charged with murder. The Steuben County grand jury upgraded the charges against 49-year-old Joseph Dixon on Tuesday from manslaughter to second-degree murder, alleging he intentionally killed 53-year-old Dolores Warner. Warner was killed sometime on or shortly before Thanksgiving Day at her home on College Avenue. State troopers discovered her body Thanksgiving night after being asked to check on her by a concerned relative. Dixon is being held at the Steuben County Jail; his arraignment is set for Wednesday. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Arkport Man Arrested on Sex Charges:
Wayland State Police are reporting that 52-year-old Keith Robinson, of Arkport, is now facing charges of one count of sexual conduct against a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. According to troopers, the alleged victim is under the age of 13. Robinson is being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Deliberations Continue in Meth Lab Trial:
Jury deliberations will continue today in the manslaughter trial of Brion Peters – the Pennsylvania man who allegedly caused a fatal meth lab fire last May in Chemung County. The jury deliberated for several hours yesterday before being sent home for the evening; they are expected to resume this morning. Peters is charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fire that killed 20-year-old Kanisha Wood of Elmira. Peters faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Bath Volunteer Fire Dept. Awarded Grant:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a grant from the Allstate Insurance Company for $1,000 in honor of the department’s community service. The check was presented on Tuesday night at the department’s monthly meeting – it was made possible by Allstate Agent Tami Dowdle of Corning.
Corning Police Chief Honored:
The Center for Dispute Settlement is proud to announce that Corning Police Chief Salvatore Trentanelli will be receiving the Honored Law Enforcement Award on Monday, February 27th at a luncheon held at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. The award recognizes a law enforcement person or department that exemplifies the de-escalation of conflict on a regular basis and makes the community more peaceful in partnership with citizens. Chief Trentanelli was selected for the award by police officers through the Seventh Judicial District, which encompasses eight counties: Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates.
Youth Board Dinner Held Last Night:
The Steuben County Youth Board’s Annual dinner was held last night and Colleen Clancy and Dick McCandless were honored for their dedication to area youth. Clancy has been a Guidance Counselor over the past 20 years at the Vernon E. Wightman School. She received the Gary S. Pruyn Youth Service Award, an award that has been around since 1994, but recently renamed in honor of the now retired former youth bureau director Gary Pruyn. Also honored for his 16 years of service in the Youth in Government Program was Dick McCandless, who has announced his retirement.
Accident at Dansville Travel Centers of America:
A 57-year-old Fairport man was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester yesterday after being involved in a tractor trailer accident at the Travel Centers of America off exit 5 in Dansville. Igor Yurkevich was reportedly operating a tractor trailer in the center’s parking lot when he pulled away from the diesel pumps and struck another parked and unoccupied tractor trailer, causing damage to both. Authorities believe the accident caused by a medical condition that Yurkevich suffered while driving.
Steuben County Inmate Arrested for Assault:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit is reporting the arrest of a Steuben County inmate for his role in an altercation that occurred last week. Around noon on January 29th, 18-year-old Brian Cone, formerly of Hornell, was involved in an altercation with another inmate that resulted in said inmate being transported to Ira Davenport Hospital for treatment of a facial injury. Cone has been charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony. He was remanded back to the Steuben County Jail on bail already set at $12,000 cash, $24,000 property. At the time of the incident Cone was incarcerated on charges of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stole Property in the Fourth Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Petit Larceny.
Bath Resident Arrested for Fraud:
54-year-old Linda Trescott, of the Village of Bath, has been arrested for Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony. It is alleged that Trescott defrauded the Department of Social Services out of an undisclosed amount of money. She was arraigned in Bath Village Court and released on her own recognizance.
Water Facility May Break Ground in March:
As early as March ground could be broken for the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad’s new facility in Painted Post that would be used to fill railcars with water to be transported to a storage facility in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, to be used by gas drilling companies for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The plan is to build the water-loading station on an 11.4 acre portion of the old Ingeroll-Rand foundry site. The project is expected to take about 90 days to complete.
Arkport Gets Federal Grant:
The Village of Arkport has received a $20,000 federal grant for the purchase of a backhoe and snow plow truck. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development’s Community Facility Programs, which assists in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of less than 20,000 people. Senator Charles Schumer said, “Efficiently supporting our rural communities with funding for facilities and snow management is pivotal for those communities and the local economy.”
Youth Board Dinner Tonight:
The Steuben County Youth Board will host its annual Youth Board Dinner at 7pm tonight at the Bath Country Club. Honored for their efforts will be Colleen Clancy, School Counselor at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath, as the Youth Service Worker of the Year, and Richard McCandless, who after 16 years is retiring as the coordinator of the County’s Youth in Government program. The cost for the dinner is $19.50 per person, reservations are required. Call 664 – 2119.
Fire in Bath Causes No Injuries:
No injuries are being reported in the fire that started yesterday afternoon on Shadduck Road in Bath. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene to find the home’s residents had already escaped. The fire is believed to have sparked around 3:45pm, an electrical outlet in the bedroom is being cited as the cause. It took crews about an hour to bring it under control. The home sustained significant fire, heat, and smoke damage. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.
Farmhous Destroyed in Wheeler Fire:
An Amish farmhouse at the intersection of Ridge and Bull Hill Roads in Wheeler was destroyed yesterday when a fire broke out 10:30am. Several local fire department responded and while the had the fire under control in about an hour, Prattsburgh Fire Chief Ron Putnam told The Corning Leader that crews were on scene until almost 4pm, finding and putting out hot spots. There were no injuries and no other buildings were damaged. The official cause hasn’t been determined, but it may have started as a chimney fire.
Two Hornell Men Arrested on Felony Drug Charges:
Livingston County Sheriff John York has announced the arrest of 20-year-old Robert Smith and his 23-year-old cousin Joshua Smith on charges on Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree after their vehicle was found to contain quantities of marihuana, cocaine, and ecstasy during a traffic stop in Avon. Both men were remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Family Disturbance in Campbell Leads to Arrest:
A Campbell man was arrested on Sunday following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a family disturbance on Meads Creek Road. 55-year-old Gerald Wray allegedly assaulted Loretta Horton, causing physical injury to her. Horton was transported to the Gutherie Corning Hospital for treatment; Wray was charged with Assault in the 3rd Degree and issued an appearance ticket.
Bomb Threat Suspects Could Face Prison Time:
The Arnot Mall was once again for business yesterday following the bomb scare the shopping complex had on Sunday. Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss said the threats came in around 4:30pm Sunday afternoon, but no bombs were found. According to attorney Chemung County Attorney Christina Sonsire, in New York State the threat is enough to land the suspect or suspects behind bars. “The perpetrator or perpetrators could face up to 4 years in prison. New York State takes very seriously the threat of terrorist type threats and bomb threats even if they aren’t carried out,” she said. The investigation is ongoing, with authorities still looking for the individuals responsible.
Trial Begins in Alleged Meth Blast:
Opening statements were heard in Chemung County court yesterday afternoon in the trail of 52-year-old Brion Peters – the Millteron Pennsylvania man who was allegedly caused a meth explosion that killed 20-year-old Kanisha Wood last May in Baldwin. According to statements made by Peters, he put flammable liquid on a wood stove at a cabin in Lockwood Run Road and it caught fire and exploded. Wood was badly injured, suffering third-and-fourth degree burns. She died the same day. Testimony is expected to begin today, Peters faces up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
Officials Investigating Bomb Threats at Arnot Mall:
Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss reports that officials are investigating 3 bomb threats that occurred at the Arnot Mall on Sunday. According to mall goers who spoke with WETM 18 News, they heard an announcement over the load speakers to evacuate the mall and security officials were seen turning of the lights and locking the doors. Sheriff Moss did not specify the exact locations of the threats, but the scene was swept and no bombs were found. Authorities are now said to be following leads off the Mall premises; an update is expected to released today.
Elmira College Student Missing:
Anyone with information as the whereabouts of missing Elmira College student Jessica Ronhock is being asked to contact the Elmira Police Department. College officials say the 21-year-old was last seen on campus on January 10th and that she left a note for her roommate stating she was going home for a family emergency, but her family soon called that same roommate back because they hadn’t heard from Jessica and were concerned. Jessica is five feet seven inches tall and has brown hair and eyes. According to the New York State missing persons website she is between 150-160 pounds and has tattoos of a rose on her left shoulder and a butterfly on her right hip. Police report that her credit card was used in Florida, Texas, and most recently, Arizona.
Corning-Painted Post Facilities Project to Start in May:
This May, after years of planning and discussion, the $97.4 million dollar facilities project will finally break ground at the future Corning-Painted Post high school – where East High and West High will merge. The biggest part of the project is the merger of the two schools, but it will also boast the construction of a new gymnasium; including three basketball courts, an elevated running track above the bleachers, a fitness center, a weight room, and a multi-purpose workout room. Also included in the project is a new 1,100 seat auditorium with state of the art lighting and sound systems, a new cafeteria and kitchen, and new classrooms for every curricular area, including new science labs and computer rooms.
Keuka Lake Vineyards Receives Grant:
Keuka Lake Vineyards has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand its local and regional wine sales. Senator Charles Schumer says the $37,000 grant will be used to upgrade the estate’s markets and will give a boost to local economic development.
State Officials Warn of Lottery Scam:
New York officials are warning the public about a lottery scam involving phony checks that appear to have been issued by the state. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says scammers are sending out letters telling people they have won a lottery or sweepstakes drawing and recipients are told to send money to the scammer in order to secure their “full winnings.” DiNapoli adds that the checks included with the letters are counterfeit with a forged signature of the comptroller. Anyone who receives such a letter is urged to contact Dinapoli’s toll-free fraud hotline at 1-888-672-4555.
Ecogen on Prattsburgh Meeting Agenda:
The Ecogen Wind Farm project will be the topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Prattsburgh Town Board. The meeting was reportedly called by the town’s legal firm in order to review information on the 16-turbine project. The meeting will be held at 7pm at the Prattsburgh Town Board.
CCC Offering Winter Hike:
Corning Community College is offering a Winter Hike on the trails of Spencer Crest Nature Center in Corning this Saturday. Enjoy a leisurely winter walk at Spencer Crest Nature Center on well established hiking trails. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather including proper footwear. Dogs are welcome too. For additional information or to register, contact 962-9012.
Brooks Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder:
After deliberating for about eight hours yesterday, the jury in the Marland Brooks murder case found the 39 year-old Elmira man guilty of Second-Degree Murder and First-Degree Robbery among lesser charges. Brooks faces a maximum of 25 years to life for the stabbing death of 26 year-old Clark VanEtten last June at VanEtten’s residence. Brooks’ girlfriend, Samantha Smith, who was an accomplice in the robbery and murder, testified for the prosecution in exchange for a 10-year sentence gave conflicting testimony when she took the stand citing the fact that she was high on drugs at the time of the killing. Peter Frank, the man who drove the couple to VanEtten’s residence on the night of the killing, testified that he accompanied the couple but stayed in his truck during the robbery so they could get $400 dollars that Smith had stolen from Frank the previous day. Brooks is scheduled to appear in Steuben County Court March 5th for sentencing.
Clancy & McCandless to be Honored at Youth Board Dinner:
The Steuben County Youth Board plans to honor two locals for their years of service to area youths. Colleen Clancy will be awarded the annual Youth Service Worker of the Year Award at the Board’s 2012 Annual Dinner this Wednesday, February 8th. Clancy has worked as a School Counselor at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath for over 20 years and was described by the board as a positive role model for both students and staff. Also at the Annual Dinner, the Youth Board will recognize Richard McCandless, who is retiring after 16 years as the coordinator of the County’s Youth In Government Program. The Youth Board’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Bath Country Club on February 8th beginning at 5:30 PM and the public is invited.
Bath Man Arrested for Fraud
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51 year-old Scott Cambra of West Morris Street in Bath this week after he allegedly tried to defraud the Department of Social Services out of an undisclosed amount of money. Cambra was arraigned in Bath Village Court and remanded to the County jail without bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Bath Village Court on February 15th to answer the charge.
Town of Prattsburgh Announces Special Meeting:
The town board of Prattsburgh will hold a special meeting this Monday, February 6th at 7 PM. The purpose of the pmeeting is to review information from Bond Schoneck and Kin, PLLC in regards to Ecogen’s Wind Farm Project and any other business that may come before the board. The meeting will be held at the Prattsburgh Town hall on North Main Street in Prattsburgh.
Brooks Murder Trial Goes to Jury:
Attorneys in the ongoing trial of 39-year-old Marland Brooks gave their closing arguments yesterday afternoon and the jury is now expected to begin deliberations. Brooks is charged with two counts of second-degree muder and three other felonies for the stabbing death of 26-year-old Clark VanEtten on June 18th in Corning. The prosecution contends that Brooks killed VanEtten to take money from him, stating that the physical evidence and eyewitness testimony prove Brooks intentionally killed VanEtten. The defense claims Brooks acted in self-defense when he was attacked by VanEtten after a drug deal went bad. The defense says that much of the witness testimony is not credible and that the physical evidence doesn’t prove murder. If convicted, Brooks faces life in prison.
Rough Landing at Elmira-Corning Airport:
An Ameriflight twin-engine plane carrying UPS cargo made a crash-landing yesterday morning at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. The plane reportedly suffered a landing-gear failure as it touched down around 7:30am, and landed on its belly – setting off a Level 3 Alert, the airport’s highest priority. The pilot was the only person on the plane, no injuries were reported. After the plane was towed to a hanger, the airport was able to reopen the runway. Airport Manager, Ann Crook said the incident had little impact on airport operations with just one commercial Delta flight being delayed because of the accident.
Wegmans Announces Recall:
Wegmans Food Markets, Incorporated is recalling hard-cooked eggs, as well as prepared foods that contain hard-cooked eggs, sold between January 23rd and February 1st because the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. This recall only affects purchases made at Wegmans’ Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Newark, Geneva, Corning, Elmira, Geneseo, and Hornell stores. There have no been no confirmed reports of illness in connection with the recalled products. Consumers who may still have product in their homes should discard it and return to the service desk for a refund. Questions should be directed to Wegmans’ consumer affairs at 1-800-934-6267.
Steuben County Youth Board Announces Honoree:
The Steuben County Youth Board has announced that it will present its annual Youth Service Worker of the Year Award to Colleen Clancy, School Counselor at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath. The Award will be presented at the Board’s 2012 Annual Dinner, to be held on Wednesday, February 8th. At the dinner, the Youth Board will also recognize Richard McCandless, who is retiring as the coordinator of the County’s Youth in Government Program. The event will take place at the Bath County Club on February 8th at 5:30pm; the public is invited. Reservations are required, please call 664 – 2119. The cost will be $19.50 per person.
DWI Crackdown This Weekend:
State and local law enforcement agencies will hold their first statewide SPOT-DWI crackdown today through Monday. Agencies will be sing sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to deter drunk driving during this time.
Saint James Mercy to Close Lobby:
On February 7 from approximately 7AM to 10AM, access through Saint James Mercy Hospital’s Main Lobby will be unavailable. They ask that the public please enter through door by Emergency Dept. Wheelchairs will be relocated to ED entrance. They appreciate your cooperation.
Bradford Board of Ed. to Meet:
The Bradford Central School District Board of Education will hold a special business meeting and work session on Tuesday, February 7th at 6pm in the library.
Prison Escapee Caught in Dansville:
A man who recently walked away from a prison work detail in Pennsylvania was apprehended earlier this week in Dansville. According to State Police, Wayland-based troopers on patrol located a stolen vehicle on Tuesday on Interstate 390. Troopers stopped the vehicle and 22-year-old Jeffrey Blair, the escapee, was found in the passenger seat. He and the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Britain Loyd, of Elmira, were both taken into the custody. Both men were allegedly in possession of crack cocaine when they were apprehended; Blaire was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was ordered held without bail as fugitive of justice, Loyd was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license. He was jailed on $5,000.
Wanted Man Arrested in Chemung County:
38-year-old Charles Martone Jr., of Elmira, wanted by several law enforcement agencies in Chemung County was arrested and charged by state police on Tuesday for first-degree falsifying a business record and petit larceny. He was arraigned on those charges and jailed. He is also wanted by the Elmira, West Elmira, and Horseheads Police Departments on other charges including aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unpaid child support. State Police say he will eventually be turned over to those agencies to face those charges.
Bath Woman Arrested on Forgery Charge:
The New York State Police of Bath have announced the arrest of 26-year-old Sammy Jo Hojnoski, of East William Street, on a charge of second-degree forgery. Troopers allege that in December 2009 Hojnoski stole a personal check from an acquaintance, filled it out, forged the name of the owner of the check, and cashed it at a local store. Hojnoski was arraigned in Avoca Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
Prosecution Rests in Brooks Murder Trial:
The prosecution rested its case yesterday in the ongoing trail of 39-year-old Marland Brooks – the man charged with murdering a Corning resident during a drug-related robbery last June. All told, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker called more than 15 witnesses, including the defendant’s girlfriend, who was present at the time of the murder. The defense will have the opportunity to beginning calling their witnesses today. Brooks is charged with two counts of murder and three other felonies – the prosecution contends that Brooks killed 26-year-old Clark VanEtten to take money from him; the defense claims Brooks acted in self-defense.
Schuyler Sheriff’s Deputy Honored by State:
Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Yessman recently became the 37th recipient of the Deputy of the Year Award, which is given by the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute. He was presented with the award at the recent NYSSAI Heroes’ Luncheon in Albany. Yessman was honored for his actions on October 18th, 2011, when Yessman confronted 25-year-old Joseph Esposito who allegedly targeted and fired upon police officers in Burdett.
Work on Drain Pipe Under Way:
If you’ve been cruising Interstate 86 recently and found yourself wondering what the massive pile of dirt along side the Chemung River was all about, wonder no more. The Corning Leader reports that the work is the result of a project underway by Wenzel Contractors to replace a section of aging, faulty drainage pipe in the area of the Little League field in Corning’s Dension Park and the sewage treatment plant. Director of Corning’s Public Works Department Mike Harris told the paper that the $100,000 project is expected to be finished by next week.
Special Meeting Scheduled for Prattsburgh Town Board:
The Town Board of Prattsburgh will hold a special meeting this Monday, February 6th at 7pm to review information regards to Ecogen’s Wind Farm Project. The meeting will be held at the Prattsburgh Town Hall.
Authorities Seeking Information in Property Damage Accident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in acquiring information about a property damage hit and run accident that occurred on Saturday just after 8pm on State Route 36 in Troupsburgh. It’s reported a large truck, possibly a dark gray/charcoal color box style, left the roadway and struck a large residential mail box and several road signs. The truck is believed to be a GMC or Chevy. The vehicle will have moderate damage to the passenger side and will be missing its passenger side mirror. Anyone with information can call anonymously to the Sheriff’s Office.
Burglary, Robbery, and Other Chages for 37-year-old:
Hornell police have arrested a 37-year-old man on charges of first degree Burglary, 2nd degree Robbery, 3rd degree Assault, and 3rd degree Menacing. Carl Elsenheimer, of no permanent address, is accused of unlawfully entering a Hornell residence and assaulting the occupant.
Painted Post Water Deal Moving Forward:
The potential deal that could earn the Village of Painted Post $2.6 million annually by selling water to companies drilling for natural gas recently cleared another hurdle. Ingersoll-Rand officials have now signed off on a plan to develop a facility at the company’s old foundry site, at the end of West Water Street, that will fill railway tanker cars and tanker trucks. Painted Post’s Mayor Roz Crozier said the next major step is reaching an agreement with Shell Oil, the parent company of the multiple drilling companies that would receive Painted Post’s water.
Dana Lyon Middle School Presenting “Bugsy Malone Jr.:”
Students at the Dana Lyon Middle School in Bath will perform Bugsy Malone Jr. this Friday and Saturday at 7 and 2pm, respectively, in the Haverling auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. A family pack of tickets, good for the admission of two adults and their children, may be purchased for $10
National “Salute to Veteran Patients Week” Starts Monday:
In observance of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, the Bath VA Medical Center is hosting a series of events for Veterans and the community. Salute Week will kick off on Monday with the 5th annual distribution of Valentine’s cards – made for the Veterans by students and community groups - at 10am. Then, throughout the week, area organizations, schools, and community groups will be visiting, hosting events, and providing music. The public is encouraged to participate in the Salute Week events and to visit Veterans at the Medical Center throughout the week. For more information, please contact VA Voluntary Services.
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