Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Corning Couple:
A traffic stop in the City of Corning Saturday night has resulted in drug charges for a Corning couple. 41-year-old Charles Sweeney and 42-year-old Julie Sweeney have both been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Both were sent to the Steuben County Jail; Julie Sweeney on $5,000 cash bail, Charles on $10,000 cash bail. According to police, more charges are expected.
Squirrel Blamed for Horseheads Power Outage:
A power outage that left over 1,000 Horseheads residents without power Sunday morning is being blamed on a squirrel. According to officials, the animal chewed through the wires and burned out lightning arresters. Fortunately, power was restored just before noon.
Reed Raises over $1M for Re-Election:
With an election year upon us, Congressman Tom Reed has announced that his campaign has raised more than $1 million for his re-election. Said Reed that he’s grateful to the hundreds of New Yorkers that have placed their trust in him and his campaign, and have invested their hard-earned money.
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano Talks Domestic Violence:
A report has been released by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and his republican colleagues, from the Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force. The task force looked to gain more information about domestic abuse by meeting with victims, prevention advocates, law enforcement officials, judges and service providers across the state. The report stresses the importance of helping victims pay for lawyers and enhancing penalties against abusers who commit crimes in front of their children. The state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence says intimate partner homicide spiked 22 percent in 2016. Palmesano said with domestic abuse cases becoming more apparent in our area, the state needs to do more to help victims.
State to Remove “I Love NY” Signs:
After officials in Washington said New York State could lose $14 million in federal funding, state officials have announced that over five hundred “I Love New York” signs across the state’s highway system will now be removed. Federal officials wanted the signs removed because they said they were unsafe, the state originally disagreed. State DOT officials call the campaign a success, as it has increased the number of tourists visiting the state by 18 percent. They added that new signs will be installed this summer, and that they will consult with the federal government on the designs.