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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 12th

Jury Seated, Clayton Trial Ready to Begin:


Jury selection was completed Wednesday in the murder trial of Thomas Clayton and proceedings are now ready to get underway.  Twelve jurors and three alternates were seated, including nine men and three women, two male and one female alternates.  Opening statements are expected at 9:30 a.m. today.  Clayton pleaded not guilty in December 2015 to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Kelley.



Rape Charges for Bath Man:


A Bath man was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail after being charged with rape.  19-year-old Leon Wolfanger allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sexual contact with a female under the age of 15.  He has also been charged with criminal sexual act, and endangering the welfare of a child.



Runaway Teen found with Campbell Man in Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop in the Town of Avoca has resulted in multiple charges for a Campbell man and the location of a runaway teen.  19-year-old Dillon Cook was stopped on State Route 415 driving a car reported stolen from the Town of Caitlin.  He was accompanied by a 15-year-old male who had been reported missing as a runaway.  Cook was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  The 15-year-old was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.



Texas Fugitive Found in Corning:


A fugitive wanted in Texas was discovered Tuesday afternoon, hiding at home on Ontario Street in Corning.  Police were called to the residence on a reported altercation between two males and a pregnant female.  During their search of the home, they discovered 28-year-old Forrest Nelson in a bedroom closet.  He was taken into custody and found to be wanted on a parole violation warrant in Dallas County, Texas, where he had served time and was released for felony aggravated armed robbery with a deadly weapon.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  The incident at the residence is still under investigation.



Governor’s Helicopter Forced to Make Emergency Landing:


As he was flying back to New York City after his State of the State Address in Syracuse, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday.  The chopper reportedly filled with fumes that smelled like smoke as they were flying.  They diverted to Steward Airport in Newburgh.  The Governor was accompanied by two aides and a security detail.  No one was injured.  The incident is under investigation.



Cuomo Talks Ride-Sharing, Free College, Hemp Farming in latest State of the State:


In his latest, State of the State address, held in Syracuse, Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke on issues impacting the upstate, including ride-sharing, child care tax credits, free-college tuition, and the expansion of hemp farming.  The Governor said he hopes to expand ride-sharing services across the state this legislative session, and proposed lifting the cap on hemp farms.  Currently only ten are allowed across the state.  He added that he’ll host the first ever industrial hemp summit in the Southern Tier.



A.G. Proposes Bill to Keep Birth Control Free Despite Obamacare Repeal:


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proposed Wednesday a bill that would keep birth control free in New York, even if the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) is repealed.  The “Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act” would codify the ACA’s mandate for cost-free contraception into state law, and it would expand upon the federal requirements to provide cost-free coverage for all birth control methods, including vasectomies and emergency contraception like Plan B.  It would also allow access to a year’s worth of contraception at a time, and prohibit insurance companies from reviews that can limit or delay contraceptive coverage.



Walgreens and FedEx Team Up for Packages:


Starting this spring, customers of Walgreens will be able to do more than just shop for grocery and health items.  The chain is teaming up with FedEx to become a drop-off and pick-up point for packages.  It’s unknown at this time how many Walgreens locations will participate in the initial launch, but the company says it should be available at nearly 8,000 stores by the fall of 2018.

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