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  1. Elmira Man Arrested On Drug Charges

    On Thursday, the Elmira Police Department arrested32 year old Richard K Williams of Elmira, for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team involving the sale of heroin in the City of Elmira.
  2. The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Bath barracks arrested 33 year old Amber R. Crout, of Bath and charged her with Falsifying Business Records, 1st degree (class “E” felony) and Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material in the 2ndDegree (class “A” misdemeanor). Investigators allege that during the months of July and August 2018, at various locations in Steuben County, including the Tops Market in the village of Bath, Crout purchased a pseudoephedrine product in an amount and frequency which exceeded federal regulations governing the purchase of pseudoephedrine products, with the knowledge that it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine. On an unrelated manner, Crout was also charged with Criminal Trespass, 2nddegree, for allegedly unlawfully entering a residence in the town of Thurston on October 14th. At the time of her arrest, Crout was found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, and was subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree (class “A” misdemeanor). She was arraigned before village of Bath Justice Chauncey Watches and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000.00 cash bail / $2,000.00 property bond. She is scheduled to reappear in Bath Village Court on October 17, 2018 at 3:00 P.M.
  3. On Wednesday at 4:38 P.M., the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of State Route 224 and Langford Creek Road in the Town of Van Etten for a personal injury collision between a truck and bicyclist. The investigation revealed 50 year old David Reed of Spencer was traveling west on State Route 224 in a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck and struck a 10 year-old boy who was riding a bicycle south on Langford Creek Road and failed to stop at the stop sign upon reaching the intersection. The bicyclist was transported to the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Community Fire andRescue and Greater Valley Ambulance.
  4. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division announces the arrest of 49 year old Marty C. Hayes, of Wellsburg, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony. An investigation was initiated on October 16th when .380 caliber ammunition was located outside of Haye's residence. Police say Hayes, who had previously been convicted of a crime, and who didn’t possess a pistol permit, was found to possess a .380 caliber pistol inside his residence. He was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court where he posted $1,000.00 cash bail.
  5. According to a release put out this morning, the City of Elmira Department of Public Works (DPW) is announcing its final paving schedule. The project is scheduled to be completed as follows: W. Washington Avenue, from Davis St to Clemens Center Pkwy - Friday (10/19/18). Hoffman Street, from Clinton St to Washington Ave. - Monday (10/22/18). Williams Street, from W. Church St. to W. Fifth St. - Tuesday (10/23/18). Lyons Street, from Collins St. to Broadway - Wednesday (10/24/18). Traffic will not be permitted on these days. The planned work is subject to change based on weather and contracted equipment availability. As always, the city asks drivers to please drive carefully through work zones, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Please call the DPW at (607) 737-5750 with any questions.
  6. Friendly Warning: I've found a few recent account names and at least one email bouncing back to the same device's IP address. Let's keep it honest folks.
  7. Elmira Heights Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the two pictured individuals relative to damage done to property at First Heritage Federal Credit Union on Prescott Avenue, Elmira Heights. Anyone who may know these subjects can message us through this page or call (607)733-6580.
  8. On October 12, NY State Police based out Amity arrested 23 year old Rashad R. Graham and 25 year old Tania M. Shaver, both of Elmira, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Loaded Firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Defaced for Concealment. Graham was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. During a probable cause search subsequent to a traffic stop on Interstate 86 West in the town of Cuba, Troopers discovered a defaced .22 rifle along with three loaded .22 magazines as well as a small quantity of marijuana. Both Graham and Shaver were arrested and arraigned in Cuba Town Court, where they were remanded to the Allegany County Jail. They are scheduled to reappear in Cuba Town Court in later this month.
  9. The New York State Police have received information that an individual is contacting the public in Western New York, as far west as Erie County and as far east as Stueben County, identifying themselves as the New York State Police and requesting personal information such as social security numbers. The number the individuals are calling from shows on caller ID as that of a State Police station, although the calls are not originating from the station. We can confirm this is a scam, and add the State Police would never ask for this information over the phone. We are investigating the matter. As with any suspicious phone call, the State Police recommend that you never share any personal information over the phone unless you are 100% percent sure of the origin of the call, and that verifying conditions exist such as security questions and passwords that only you and the vendor would know.
  10. DEC is partnering with the Center for Conservation Social Sciences (CCSS) at Cornell University on a survey of roughly 11,000 randomly-selected New York landowners to better understand public perceptions of and preferences for black bear population levels. The survey is being sent out this fall to owners of both large and small residential properties, and covers both rural and urban areas. The questionnaire asks about positive and negative experiences people have had with bears, their perception of population trends, and their views on the potential benefits of and detriments to living among bears. The information from this survey will be used in conjunction with biological data about bear abundance and information on conflicts between people and bears to set population objectives for various parts of the state. People who receive the survey are encouraged to respond. Collecting information from the public on their view of appropriate wildlife population levels and the potential impact of wildlife on people is an important part of decision-making in wildlife management. Questions about the survey can be directed to CCSS at 607-255-2828 or wfs1@cornell.edu. For more information, visit the DEC website on Black Bear and read the “New York State Black Bear Management Plan”. Questions about the black bear management program can be directed to 518-402-8883 or: wildlife@dec.ny.gov.
  11. On Monday, 63 year old Frances Jackson of Syracuse, NY was arrested on a warrant for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree according to Elmira Police. Police say from September 2015 to July 2018, Frances Jackson submitted false documents to the Chemung County Department of Social Services. These documents were submitted for the purpose of establishing and maintaining her eligibility for public assistance. These benefits included, food stamps. The Welfare Fraud Investigation Unit Conducted an investigation into the submitted documents and claims. Credible evidence of fraud was established. Based on this fraud, Frances Jackson received more than $11,000 in food stamps assistance she was not entitled to. Based on this fraud, charges were filed against Frances Jackson. Welfare Fraud 3rd and Grand Larceny 3rd are class D felonies and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree is a class E felony.
  12. The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Bath barracks announces the arrest of an Alpine woman regarding an ongoing investigation into the production, distribution, and sale of methamphetamine in Steuben County. State Police arrested 27 year old Noelle McCarthy, of Alpine and charged her with one count of Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material in the 2nd Degree (a class “A” misdemeanor). Investigators allege that during the afternoon of August 13, 2018, McCarthy entered the pharmacy inside the Tops Markets grocery store in the village of Bath and purchased a pseudoephedrine product with the knowledge that it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine. McCarthy was released on an appearance ticket and directed to appear in the Bath Village Court at a later date.
  13. Elmwood Baptist Church Holiday Bazarr

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  14. A civil lawsuit has been brought against one candidate for Chemung County Executive, prompting another candidate to demand an apology. In a story first reported on yesterday by WETM TV News, former First Arena owner Tom Freeman files suit against Chemung County Deputy Executive and candidate for Chemung County Executive Michael Krusen. Freeman alleges that Krusen caused him financial hardship during Freeman's time as owner of First Arena. Among the complaints are that Krusen allegedly blocked Freeman's business, Main Street Bar, from serving food at First Arena and then along with Victory Associates ran the concessions, and received 100% of the commissions. Freeman also alleges that Krusen illegally changed authorized signatures on the bar's bank accounts, preventing the owners from being able to access money in the accounts. Freeman is suing Krusen for a half million dollars in damages Krusen denies the allegations, and released the following statement: "The lawsuit filed by Tom Freeman is a poorly disguised political hit job. Freeman has repeatedly peddled his baseless claims to avoid a financial obligation he knowingly accepted. My opponent has latched on to the same allegations to harm my name for his political advantage. Freeman and Sheriff Moss’s allegations have been reviewed by multiple agencies and no one has taken them seriously, because they are completely frivolous. Now with three weeks until the election---the allegations emerge again in this civil suit. Like everyone else who has seen these claims, I am confident the court will reject them and the voters of Chemung County should reject this brand of politics." This morning, Republican candidate for Chemung County Executive Sheriff Chris Moss released a statement, demanding an apology from Krusen for bringing his name into the situation: "On October 16, 2018, Chemung County Deputy Executive Michael Krusen released a statement making unsubstantiated allegations against the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Sheriff, pertaining to a civil lawsuit filed against him involving the First Arena. I’d like to make it abundantly clear that neither I, the Sheriff’sOffice nor my campaign committee is in any way involved in or had prior knowledge of any civil lawsuit involving the First Arena or Michael Krusen. I am requesting an immediate apology from the Deputy Executive’s Office pertaining to these baseless accusations and would ask that Mr. Krusen stick to relative campaign issues rather than attempting to divert attention to a matter between he and the former owner of the First Arena, Mr. Freeman." The Krusen campaign appeared to double down, issuing another public statement about the lawsuit this morning on social media, stating in part: "Evidently the Moss campaign refusal to debate the real issues of importance, which is essential for voters to understand the candidates' position on issues, is being replaced by a divisive, acrimonious, and vicious attempt to discredit my record, which spans 30 years of public service with 17 years of Deputy County Executive managing a $240 million dollar county budget. Its obvious to me that the political and vindictive attack by the Moss campaign is exactly the reason why I decided on an Independence, non partisan campaign to find common ground to bring people together to take advantage of our opportunities and solve the pressing problems facing our community"
  15. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Director of Aviation Bill Hopper are excited to announce United Airlines will soon offer direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport. Starting in March 2019, United Airlines will replace its Newark services with direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) two times a day. “We were very excited when United started its Newark service out of ELM this past year. We are even more pleased with their decision to now move their hub to Washington Dulles International Airport," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. "This hub will give the business and pleasure travelers even more connections to both the national and international markets and will have fewer weather related cancellations." United Airlines announced this is part of an overall strategy shift. United is shifting shorter-haul flights to Elmira, New York; Lexington, Kentucky; and Manchester, New Hampshire from New York/Newark to its Washington Dulles hub. United says this change will greatly increase reliability to make connections and also provide greater efficiencies to local air travelers. In May 2018, United announced they were shifting other Newark markets to Washington Dulles including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ithaca, New York; and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania citing a new network strategy to connect more traffic over their Dulles hub. "The news of United service to Washington Dulles International Airport is very exciting. Elmira Corning Regional Airport looks forward to the twice daily direct service to the nation's capital as well as the highly efficient and highly reliable connections to United's extensive network", SaidBill Hopper, Director of Aviation. "This is an exciting time with the new gateway to the area for air travelers and the best service offered in the Twin Tiers and Finger Lakes regions." Flights will depart from the Elmira Corning Regional Airport at 6:05 AM and 2:21 PM. Flights will depart from Washington Dulles at 12:30 PM and 5:13 PM. Flights will be approximately an hour and 40 minutes. “We are very pleased for several reasons that United Airlines will be providing non-stop service to our nation’s capital at Dulles Airport. The Washington, D.C. area is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and offers numerous business and vacation opportunities for area residents. Also, access to Dulles opens up additional connections for travel to destinations in the South, on the West Coast and overseas. Finally, United’s decision should result in more on-time arrivals and departures which should improve the traveling experience for those traveling from the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport,” explained Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises. “Business in the Southern Tier exists on a global level and in order to be competitive in that market, connectivity is crucial." said Kamala Keeley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. "The local business community is looking forward to utilizing the better national and international connections this route to Washington Dulles International Airport will provide. The ability to fly globally from our regional airport is a huge asset for the business community and we’re excited by this new development."