Pulteney Woman Pleaded Guilty for October 2020 Murder
Steuben County woman Sherri Ballam, who was charged with murdering her husband in 2020, pleaded guilty to all charges in County Court yesterday. The 57-year-old Sherri Ballam was arrested in October following State Troopers’ response to a “suspicious” death investigation in the Town of Pulteney. Further investigation found Ballam killed her husband, 63-year-old John Ballam, who was the Pulteney Town Dog Control Officer, at their Gloades Corners Road home. Police say Ballam tried to say her husband was killed in a home invasion and attempted to hide the gun she shot John with. WENY News reports Ballam was charged with second-degree murder and evidence tampering. Police have not released a motive behind the killing.
Road Worker Killed in Phelps Crash Identified as Prattsburgh Man
Sheriff deputies have identified the road worker who died late-Thursday after being struck by an intoxicated driver on State Route 96 at Bankert Road in the town of Phelps. The victim of the accident was identified as 34-year-old Prattsburgh man Nicholas Elward. Elward was working as an employee of Northern Paving LLC striping the center line of the highway when he was struck by a vehicle operated by 84-year-old Robert Qualtrough of Clifton Springs, who was traveling west. Elward was transported to Clifton Springs Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say Qualtrough was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol. The Ontario County District Attorney, New York State Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration all responded to the scene. The investigation of this incident is ongoing.
Senator O’Mara Denounces Hochul’s “Less Is More” Law
State Senator Tom O’Mara denounced the move made by Governor Kathy Hochul to begin releasing more inmates from state prisons under the new law she signed known as the “Less Is More Act” which seeks to facilitate the release of inmates currently incarcerated for “technical” parole violations and will take effect March of 2022. O’Mara voted against the legislation (S1144/A5576) and said Hochul signing it continues a path of “encouraging parole leniency combined with other moves to radically redefine criminal justice in New York”. Hochul announced yesterday that she plans to release nearly 200 inmates from Rikers Island in New York City.
Sheriff Seeks More Info About Boater that Struck Swimmer in Keuka
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a swimmer struck by a boat on Keuka Lake, in the Town of Wayne. Deputies interviewed the victim who stated he was swimming on his back at about 6:45pm near the eastern shore in the area of Keuka Village when a dark colored pontoon boat operating northbound boated directly over him, causing injury. The victim stated the boat never stopped nor slowed. A witness reported that the boat operator was standing and did not appear to have observed striking the swimmer, continuing north from the scene of the collision. The victim was treated and released at the scene. The only witness description of the boat or operator is that of a white male operating a dark colored pontoon boat. Sheriff Allard requests any information as to the identity of the boat or operator be reported to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at 607 622-3911 or by email to email@example.com Boaters on Keuka Lake are reminded to observe the 5 MPH speed limit within 200 feet of shore and additionally swimmers are reminded to be alert of boating traffic and obstructions in the waterway.
KFC Plans to Come to Painted Post
KFC plans to return to the Corning-Painted Post area after the popular chicken fast food chain on Denison Parkway was demolished over a decade ago. Painted Post Mayor Ralph Foster said the company plans to open a restaurant in the round building at 243 North Hamilton Street at the old Chemung Canal Trust Company, which closed in 2019. At a June village planning board meeting, representatives from KFC inquired and expressed interest about the building and its existing architecture, but asked about cosmetic changes in regards to the building’s color.