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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 15th

Navy Recruited Accused in Murder-in-Hire Plot in Court:


The U.S. Navy recruiter accused in a murder-for-hire plot was in Avoca Town Court Wednesday where more details about the case were revealed.  According to court documents, 30-year-old Brandon McPherson agreed to pay another person to commit murder and police say he provided the place of employment, work schedule, and a photograph of the intended victim.  McPherson is facing charges of conspiracy.  He was arrested on December 9th.  He was on active duty with the U.S. Navy and worked in the recruiting office out of the Arnot Mall.  McPherson is currently out on bail.



Bath P.D. Search for Grinch Who Burgalized Home:


The Village of Bath Police Department is hunting for a Grinch and his accomplice(s) after they burglarized a residence on West Morris Street.  The incident happened on Tuesday between 3 and 5:45 a.m.  The suspects stole a large quantity of Christmas presents valued at more than a thousand dollars.  A cash reward is being offered (from the paycheck of Sgt. Taft) for information leading to an arrest.  The getaway vehicle was parked behind the old Bath Packing building on West Morris Street, and at least 2 subjects entered the residence.  Any information should be forwarded to the Bath Police at (607) 776-2175.



Elmira Police Investigating Suspicious Death:


Overnight, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office posted a tweet on its Twitter account saying that they are investigating a suspicious death in the Town of Elmira.  Details are limited, but around 8 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement and emergency crews responded to a car accident involving a pedestrian on Draht Hill Rd in the Town. 



Chemung Co.  Man Arrested on Warrant out of Bath:


A Chemung County man was arrested on Monday on a warrant issued out of the Village of Bath Court.  Brendan Bassler of Elmira is accused of using a deceased persons New York benefit card and receiving over $190 in benefits that he was not entitled to.  He was charged with welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps.  He was released on his own recognizance.



Prattsburgh CSD Warns Motorists to be on Look-out for Late Buses:


The Prattsburgh Central School District is urging drivers be on the look-out for late running buses.  In September, the school district initiated a late bus run for after sports and other after school activities.  This means that Prattsburgh buses are at the school and are traveling on area roads between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.  Motorists should be aware that they could come upon a school bus at that time of the evening and should be mindful of buses with flashing lights.



Wineglass Marathon Donates $60K to Local Groups:


The Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running.  It’s also about heart.  That’s why the annual event has donated nearly $60,000 in 2016 to over 40 local non-profit organizations.  Included in the list was the Red Cross, the Corning and Bath Rotaries, Corning Christian Academy, Girls on the Run, and a variety of local scholastic sports teams.  Also, all three high schools along the route (Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, and Corning-Painted Post) receive scholarships for one male and one female student.  In 2017, those scholarships will increase to $1,000 for each student-athlete winner.  To learn more about the Wineglass Marathon, the organizations involved, or ways you can get involved, visit http://WineglassMarathon.com.  

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