More Details in Big Flats Home Invasion, Attempted Kidnapping, Carjacking:
Early reports on Friday of a home invasion and shooting in Big Flats have grown over the weekend to include an attempted kidnapping and a carjacking. According to police, it started in Corning Thursday night when a woman going to work at Landos was approached by a man she met online, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows of Pennsylvania. Corning Police say Burrows displayed a handgun and entered the victim’s vehicle. As he attempted to handcuff her to the vehicle she resisted and was able to run away. Burrows then fled in the vehicle, and it was later located in a ditch in Corning. During the subsequent search for Burrows, police received reports of a home invasion on Reasor Hallow Road in Big Flats. Police say Burrows walked on foot to the home of 60-year-old Timothy Webster, forced his way in, and shot and killed Webster. Webster’s wife was home at the time, but was not injured. Police say Burrows had no connection to Webster. The home was chosen at random. Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Burrows has been charged with burglary, at this time, but they are contemplating homicide charges. Burrows is currently being held at the Tioga County Jail.
Missing Cortland Woman Found in Nevada, Elmira Man Charged:
An Elmira man is facing multiple charges in Nevada in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a missing Cortland woman. 23-year-old Jon Wesley Turner has been charged with strangulation, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. Both Turner and the victim were reported missing out of 2 separate New York jurisdictions in August. Turner allegedly forced the victim to the leave the state with him and cross the country. Her abandoned car was found in California. The victim was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner is being held on $275,000 bail.
St. James Groundbreaking Wednesday:
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the future home of the new Saint James Mercy Hospital and Medical Office Building. The public is invited to join hospital leaders and staff for the event which will begin at 11 a.m. at 7301 Seneca Road. The new medical office building is set to open in 2018. The new hospital will follow a year later in 2019.
SALT Deductions Still Missing from New GOP Tax Reform Bill:
While experts are still sifting through all the details of the latest tax reform bill proposed by the GOP, one thing is clear. This new bill, like the one before it, has completely eliminated income and sales tax deductions (SALT). However, it does now allow for property tax deductions, though they will be capped at $10,000. Many lawmakers have spoken out against the elimination of SALT deductions, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, but local representative Tom Reed maintains that the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Catholic Charities Annual Awards Dinner:
Catholic Charities of Steuben (CCS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Annual Awards. The theme for this year’s awards was Community, with an emphasis on Unity. Awardees were recognized on Thursday at an awards dinner at the Bath Country Club. The highest honor, the Friends of Catholic Charities Award went to Board member and Strategic Growth Planning Committee Chair Jon Chester, of Corning. The William and Dorothy Belknap Award went to Richard McCandless, of Victor. And the Barbara Fairbanks Award went to the Addison Central School District.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event is open to the community.
Save-A-Lot’s Brighter Holiday Program Underway:
With the holidays now fast approaching, one local store is looking to make them brighter for those in need. The Bath Save-A-Lot annual Bags for a Brighter Holiday program is now underway. Store customers can purchase a bag of food which will then be donated to Catholic Charities of Bath to be given out during the holiday season. The program runs through December 24th.