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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 7th

Clayton Trial Jury Selection to Begin Monday:


On Monday, jury selection is set to begin in the murder trial of Thomas Clayton.  Thomas is accused of hiring Michael Beard of Elmira to kill his wife Kelley at their home.  Beard was convicted in November on charges of first and second degree murder.  Clayton’s defense team maintains that he is falsely accused and that Beard is solely to blame.


Tioga Explosion Investigation Closed:


The investigation into the mysterious explosion in Tioga County on New Year’s Eve has been closed, according to authorities.  New York State Police say they identified and interviewed those responsible and they determined that the substance used is legal to possess, and that the individuals were allowed on the land were the explosion occurred.  The investigation is now closed, with no charges filed.


Elmira Man Sentenced to 1-3 Years in Fatal Accident:


The Elmira man charged in the accident that killed 15-year-old Hannah Jerzak of Elmira has now been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison.  Authorities say, Justin Jayne was intentionally driving recklessly under the influence of marijuana last August when he failed to negotiate a curve on Dutch Hill Road in Southport and hit a utility pole.  His passenger, Jerzak, was killed.


Snow Bars Trucks from I-90:


Lake effect snow storms has led the Thruway Authority to temporarily ban trucks on Interstate 90 in western New York.  Commercial traffic is banned in both directions.  Westbound trucks are being diverted outside of Rochester at Exit 46, and eastbound vehicles at the Pennsylvania border are being directed to I-86.  The storms began on Wednesday and according to the National Weather Service have dropped up to 32 inches of snow in western and Central New York.  It’s expected some 5 feet of snow could drop in the Tug Hill area east of Lake Ontario by Sunday.


A.L. Blades Donates Food, Funds to Turning Point Pantry:


Turning Point food pantry recently got a boost from a local business to help them provide to the area’s most vulnerable residents.  A.L. Blades donated 214 pounds of food, and $700 to help the pantry purchase additional food items.  Site Coordinator of Turning Point Hornell, William Herrick said A.L. Blades has “brought hope to many families in this community through their selfless giving,” and he thanked them for their generosity.   

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