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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 28th

Fire in Corning:


Multiple fire companies were called to West Second Street in Corning Tuesday to battle a blaze at a residence.  The fire started around 8:40 a.m., and firefighters battled it on two floors until 10 a.m. when it was finally put out.  It caused heavy damage to the home, but there were no injuries reported.  The fire is believed to have started near the rear of the first floor; the cause is under investigation.



Wayland Man Arrested in Burglary:


A Wayland man has been arrested and charged in a burglary that occurred in the Village of Wayland.  23-year-old Cory Gilbert is accused of entering a residence on Lincoln Street and stealing property that did not belong to him.  He has been charged with burglary and petit larceny, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Avoca Woman Allegedly Offered False Information:


The New York State Police of Bath have arrested 24-year-old Samantha Schneider of

Avoca on a charge of offering a false instrument to file.  Schneider allegedly provided a deposition in a criminal investigation that she knew was false.  She was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Bath Town Court.



Horseheads Woman Accused of Buying Food Stamps:


A Horseheads woman is facing charges of criminal use of a benefit card, and misuse of food stamps following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  30-year-old Zestina O’Brian allegedly bought food stamps at a discounted price in exchange for cash on several occasions between August and September.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



$1M to Build and Repair Homes in the Southern Tier:


$8 million has been awarded to New York State to construct, rehabilitate, and improve owner-occupied homes, of that $1 million is expected to come to the Southern Tier.  The Arbor Housing and Development organization will receive the funds for the home improvement of about 60 units in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Allegany counties.



Data Collector for Steuben Co.:


Steuben County has hired a data collector for the county Real Property Tax Office.  Mike Ryan, of Bath, will be assisting town assessors throughout the county by collecting additional information about properties, such as measuring square footage, style of home, garage and shed measurements, and how many rooms there are at a given residence.  It’s expected that Ryan will begin making trips and visits around the county in late January.



3 Teenagers Charged in Destiny Mall Disturbance:


Reports of violence at malls have been sweeping the country following the holiday weekend, and among them was an incident a bit closer to home.  Three Syracuse teenagers have been charged following a disturbance at the Destiny Mall USA on Monday night.  According to police, they were called to a fight between two girls, and while they were breaking up that one, another fight occurred.  A 15-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment, and the case was turned over to family court.  A 16-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and was taken to the Onondaga County Justice Center.  A “juvenile” was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, and was released to her parents.

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