The fresh vegetables that come out of the garden at the Steuben County Jail are not only good for the inmates, but county taxpayers as well. Officials say it gives the inmates a sense of pride and accomplishment and it doesn’t cost anything to taxpayers. In fact it’s actually saved the county around $5,000 in food costs.  The food produced is used by the cooks at the jail to supplement the state approved menu for the inmates.

Four men have been arrested in connection with a robbery that occurred July 9th in the Village of Canisteo.  Nathaniel Tucker, Dereck Folkes, and Anthony Truax, all of Canisteo, have been charged with robbery, assault, and conspiracy.  Allan Gilkes III of Hornell has been charged with giving false information to the police.  All four are scheduled to appear in court next month.

The Dansville village mayor Pete Vogt and the Board of Trustees met a packed auditorium inside the Town Hall last night to listen to residents criticism for a proposed increase in the water and sewage rates.

The proposal calls for a 22% jump in the quarterly base charge from $72 to $88 for water. The usage rate would increase from $3.00 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons and sewage rates would increase from $65 in the quarterly base charge to $90, an incease of nearly 40 percent. Usage rates would also rise from $3.00 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons.

A consultant’s study shows a drop in funding and increase in costs to fix water leaks caused by faulty equipment. Although the village does not know where the leaks are coming from, but the mayor said in order to find and fix the problems, it is going to take a great amount of funding and the board has an obligation to take care of the fiscal stability of the village. A board decision has not yet been made to actually make a rate increase. A special meeting is scheduled for next week where the board could vote. If passed, people would see the increase in their bills by the end of September.

A special workshop has been scheduled for the board to meet today to look at where additional cuts in the budget could be made in order to lower or get rid of a water and sewer rate increase. The board also agreed last night that no more hiring without the department heads coming to the board first and without the trustees reviewing the applications, a procedure that was done away with a few years ago.

There is a push right now for the New York State Board of Regents to require students learn CPR. If passed New York would join 21 other states that make this life-saving measure a graduation requirement.

Health professionals say CPR can often double or triple survival rates from cardiac arrest.

State education leaders are expected to make a decision on the proposed requirements this fall.

Gas Prices On The Decline

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, July 27, 2015

With improved relations between the US and Iran, Americans are seeing a dip in price at the pump and experts say its expected to drop more.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded slipped to $2.82 a gallon last week. Locally the average gas price has gone down about 7 cents a gallon in the past month.

The Steuben County District Attorneys office reporting this morning the former treasurer of the Pulteney Fire District No. 2, 45-year-old Lisa Stone of Hammondsport, has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay full restitution after pleading guilty to grand larceny in May.

An audit and investigation by the State Comptroller found that Stone paid herself more than $6,800.

A Mount Morris man has been arrested and charged in a residential robbery in Bath. State Police responded to a robbery in progress call and discovered  Marcos Guzman and a co-defendant entered the residence and forcibly stole a flat screen TV.  Guzman is in the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.  Additional charges on the co-defendant are pending.

A former court clerk in Wyoming County is accused of stealing more than $36,000, and the Castile Town Judge is resigning effective July 31.

Prosecutors say Katherine Ryan of Castile either didn’t report or deposit fines and fees paid to the court. Ryan lives on the second floor of a residence with her boyfriend, the son of Judge Ron Carmichael and his wife who lives on the first floor. When state police executed the warrant, they allegedly found more than 60 marijuana seedlings, drug paraphernalia, and small amounts of methamphetamine in the area of Ryan and her boyfriend’s bedroom.

Prosecutors say they believe judge when he told them he hadn’t been on the second floor of the home in almost two years. Neither he nor his wife are facing any charges. Judge Carmichael has submitted his resignation effective Friday. His former clerk is in the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Cuomo will be in Rochester this morning to announce a new Photonics Institute. Photonics explores technological advances in light. Some say its the biggest investment in Rochester in 80 years, bringing with it thousands of jobs.

An Allegany County man is facing a number of charges in Livingston County after a traffic stop in the Village of Livonia. Deputies say 30 year old Roy Austin gave them a different name and date of birth, later admitting he did it due to the fact his driver’s license was suspended for a DWI conviction.

Deputies say Austin was in possession of three bags of heroin and a hypodermic needle. He’s in the Livingston County Jail awaiting bail n charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, aggravated unlicensed operation, ignition interlock violation and inadequate exhaust.