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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 5th

Fugitives Arrested in Drug Raid Expected in Steuben Co. Court Today:


Two fugitives arrested in late September as part of a drug raid on Sunset Drive in Corning will be in Steuben County Court today.  22-year-old Delon Brown is wanted on a murder charge in the City of Philadephia.  He is also facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a firearm.  23-year-old Tavis Smith-Hogan will also appear, facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a firearm.  He is charged as a fugitive from justice in connection with a kidnapping case in the state of Tennessee.



Young Girl Killed in Dryden Accident:


One young girl was injured and another was killed Sunday after being hit by a car in the Tompkins County Town of Dryden.  New York State Police said the two girls were walking along Sheldon Road when they were hit around 5 p.m.  No further details are available at this time.



Steuben Co. Public Works Sets New Tip Fees:


The Steuben County Legislature has approved some changes to tip fees for certain services at the county landfill that will take effect in the new year.  Effective January 1st: processed construction debris will go up $5 to $15 per ton.  Disposal only auto fluff will go up to $12 per ton while auto fluff picked up and disposed by the county will go up to $23 per ton.  The recycling of truck/tractor tires greater than 20-inches will go up $13 to $300 per ton.  On July 1st, municipal sewage treatment plant sludge will go up to $36 per ton.  Meanwhile, some charges will go down include municipal construction demolition debris and municipal friable asbestos.  Officials said the changes in tip fees will cover costs at the landfill, and encourage the safe and cost-effective disposal of abandoned properties. 



Odessa-Montour to Offer Pre-Kindergartener Program:


Following in the footsteps of Bath-Haverling, the Odessa-Montour Central School District has announced that it will be offering a new curriculum-based pre-kindergartener program for three year olds beginning in early January.  It will be a full-day program, Monday through Friday at BC Cate Elementary School.  However, parents will be responsible for transportation.  It will not be provided by the district. 



Hilton Project in Corning to Resume this Month:


The long delayed Hilton hotel project in Corning is expected to resume sometime this month.  The project has been on hold since March 2015 after manufacturing waste was found in the soil under the former Days Inn.  One million dollars in state funding was awarded to the project in August to help it get back on track.  Work is expected to take 12 to 15 months to complete.



Housing Project for Homeless Vets in Finger Lakes Region:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $2.62 million supportive housing project in the Finger Lakes region that will provide permanent and transitional housing for homeless veterans and individuals suffering from substance abuse.  Spaces will be available in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties for residents to access the services to help achieve stability in their lives and be active participants in their community.



Schumer Vows to Fight Hospital Repayment Move:


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is vowing to fight a move that would see rural hospitals across the upstate paying back millions of dollars in federal funding.  Schumer says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently decided to change a calculation used to determine certain funding for sole community and Medicare-dependent hospitals.  It is retroactively seeking repayment of federal funds based on this new calculation.  The move could cost 16 hospitals between $15 and $20 million.



Bath Welcome Sign Restored:


Two years after the project began, work has finished on the restoration of the 100 year old historic “Welcome to Bath” sign at the old Phillips lighting property on Route 54.  Bath Revitalization raised funds through the “Gateway to the Finger Lakes” 5K to finance the project, and had volunteer help through several local businesses, including Goodrich’s Auto Center, T&R Towing, Haines Equipment, Machuga Contractors, and Pelham Electric.

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