1 Killed in Horseheads Van/Car Crash:
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a motorist was killed Sunday morning when a minivan collided with a compact car on State Route 13. According to Sheriff’s Deputies, the vehicles struck head-on, killing the unidentified driver of the compact car. The six occupants of the minivan were all transported to local hospitals. The road was closed several hours. The investigation is ongoing.
Elmira Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Girl:
Elmira Police have arrested 29-year-old Eric Bennett of Elmira for sexual abuse in the first degree following allegations that Bennett made unwanted physical sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in a utility shed behind an Elmira business. Bennett is now being held at the Chemung County Jail on $20,000 bail.
Judge to Hear C-PP Appeal May 18th:
The Corning-Painted Post School District’s $97.4 million facilities upgrade project is expected to begin shortly in early May – but before ground is broken, a state supreme court in Albany will hear Tom O’Brien’s appeal to stop the project from proceeding on May 18th. O’Brien is a retired Corning attorney and a former C-PP school board member. He filed a petition with the state Education Department to block the facilities project in November 2010, shortly before it was approved by local voters. Education Commissioner John King Jr. dismissed the challenge in November 2011, but O’Brien appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court in March. The appeal is complicated and was filed on multiple grounds, but part of it is that O’Brien says the district is exceeding its debt limit and he is challenging how the district plans to bond the part of the project not covered by state aid.
3 Inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame:
A scout for the Baltimore Orioles, a former pitcher, and a Corning Community College baseball coach, 59-year-old Corning native Dave Clark and three others were recently inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame. Joining Clark was Idaho native and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dix” McDonald, who is perhaps best known for his work in restoring the area after Hurricane Agnes struck in 1972. Rounding out the trio of new inductees was Revolutionary War hero, Silas Wheeler. Born in 1972 in Concord, Mass., Wheeler was captured by a British Man-of-War during the war with England, deemed a pirate, and fined to a prison in Ireland for more than a year. With the help of an Irish Lord, Wheeler made his escape from prison and after the war, moved his family to Steuben County where he settled in the town that now bares his name. The three men were nominated by the county Hall of Fame committee in January and approved by the county Legislature in February.
Joe Rumsey’s Tyrtle Beach Plunge Raises Record Funds:
The 21st annual Tyrtle Beach fundraising event is now officially history – and looking at the numbers, it certainly turned out to be “historic.” With an official tally still to come, it looks as if the most money ever has been raised with pledges totaling over $35,000 with additional money still to come. At the jump event on Friday evening, a large crowd was on hand as Prattsburgh Superintendent Joe Rumsey made his march down the sandy path to the frigid waters of Lake Salubria. Dressed in a Viking costume, Rumsey was a fitting Prattsburgh sacrifice for the benefit of youth organizations, which will receive their funds after all the pledges have been collected and tallied. Organizations hoping to receive Tyrtle Beach support have until tomorrow to file their applications.