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  1. Governor Kathy Hochul today announced steps to combat the youth mental health crisis, following a convening of students, faculty and mental health professionals at Mohonasen Central School District. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 4 teens have considered suicide, a significant increase from a decade ago, and for teenage girls, that number rises to 1 in 3. In response to this crisis, the Governor’s actions announced today will expand mental health support for children across the state, protect them from harmful social media features, and ensure their voice is heard. “Our kids are in crisis, and as the adults in the room it's our responsibility to help," Governor Hochul said. “The mental health crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face, and I'm committed to giving kids, parents and teachers the tools they need to address this issue.” Expanding School-Based Mental Health Clinics Governor Hochul announced $20 million in start-up funding for school-based mental health clinics and launched a rolling application, which will make it easier for interested schools to access state funding. With support from a school wanting to establish a clinic satellite, providers can now apply for start-up funding on a rolling basis rather than through the state procurement process previously used. This effort is part of the Governor's State of the State commitment to put a school-based mental health clinic in every school that wants one. Licensed OMH clinic providers can now submit an application to establish a school-based satellite clinic through the Mental Health Provider Data Exchange. Every new school satellite clinic will automatically be eligible for $25,000 in start-up funding. High-need schools, or those where more than 50 percent of students are classified as coming from an economically disadvantaged household, are eligible for an additional $20,000.
  2. If you wondered why we have a Leap Year ( like today ) and what would happen if we didn't do it, read here.
  3. Friday evening at about 9:10 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the New York Pennsylvania State line on State Route 328, in the Town of Southport, to assist the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) who were engaged in an active high-speed vehicle pursuit heading toward New York State. While responding to the state-line, deputies received updated information from dispatch, that the vehicle had turned onto a side road (in PA) and was believed to be heading in the direction of Sagetown Rd. in the Town of Southport. Deputies re-routed to that area to assist should the vehicle come into NY. A short time later, dispatch advised that the PSP were on Kelly Hill Rd., in Steuben County, and were terminating the pursuit. Shortly after that information was received, deputies located the suspect vehicle on Kinner Hill Rd. in the Town of Southport. At that time, Deputy Sheriff Crystal Kennison, picked up the pursuit which continued to Widger Hill Rd. until such time the suspect vehicle tumed on to Sagetown Rd. and then lost control sliding off the roadway into a ditch rendering the suspect vehicle inoperable. Additional Deputies, and PSP Troopers, arrived and assisted with taking the driver, identified as 43 year old Jessica M. Neally of Lindley and her passenger, 22 year old Nicholas A. Lowry of from Liberty Pennsylvania, into custody. Located within the vehicle was a quantity of methamphetamine. Both Neally and Lowry were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree. Additionally, Neally was charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree, Resisting Arrest, and numerous Vehicle and Traffic violations. It was also determined that there were active warrants for Neally out of Steuben County for Bail Jumping in the 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree (both felonies). Both subjects were processed at the Chemung County Sheriffs Office and then tuned over to the Steuben County Sheriffs Office on the felony warrants out of their county. Additional criminal charges are pending out of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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  5. This is what extinction looks like. The last known female of the rarest kind of giant turtle in the world has just died. The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle passed away at the Suzhou Shangfangshan Forest Zoo in China, where she has lived since 2008. She was put under anesthesia during a fifth attempt to artificially inseminate her, a procedure that people hoped would help save her species from extinction. This time, she never woke up. With just three male Yangtze giant softshell turtles left, the death of the last female makes the species functionally extinct. “It is tragic that the only known female of this species has died,” the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) wrote in a statement, “but the real tragedy here is that this species has been decimated to near extinction by hunting and habitat destruction.” The female was first brought to the zoo in hopes that she would successfully mate with a 100-year-old male Yangtze giant softshell in residence there. But the couple never managed to reproduce naturally. That’s when conservationists decided to try artificial insemination. The female underwent several attempted insemination procedures that failed to produce viable eggs before she died during the fifth. But there’s a faint glimmer of hope: The species is famously elusive in the wild, so it’s possible there’s still a female hiding somewhere in the forests of China and Vietnam — it’s just a matter of keeping her habitat safe and finding her.
  6. On February 16, 2024, the New York State Police assisted the Elmira Police Department and arrested Chase Hartke, age 24, of Southport, NY, for nine counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (D Felony). Hartke possessed several illegal firearms and high-capacity magazines in his residence. During the execution of a search warrant, Hartke was found to possess illegal rifles, a tactical shotgun, 3D-printed ghost gun parts, numerous high-capacity ammunition magazines, and ammunition in an assortment of calibers. Hartke was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. The New York State Police - Troop E Violent Gangs and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET) was assisted by members of Troop E Uniform Force, the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Elmira Police Department Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) detail.
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