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3 Arrested in Gun Theft:


Three men have been arrested by State Police in connection with a firearm robbery in the Village of Riverside.  Ryan Obrien of Canisteo was arrested Thursday and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.  On Friday, 19-year-old Timothy Howe of Hornell and 18-year-old Zaria Clark of Alfred Station were arrested and each charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.



Pet Emu Killed in South Corning By Police:


Residents in South Corning might have thought they were seeing things when an emu turned up in the neighborhood, but it was no mirage.  State Police have confirmed that the animal, said to be a pet, was running around in yards near Caton Road Saturday morning and they were unfortunately forced to kill it when it began running through traffic.  Officers said they had to shoot the animal because they could not contain it and the large talons it has on its legs could be dangerous.  The owner did give permission for officers to shoot the bird.



Steuben Co. to Vote on Water Tank Replacement:


Next week the Steuben County legislature will vote on the replacement of two aging water tanks at the county Public Safety Building.  The current tanks were built in 1995 and some failures have recently been noticed, according to county Manager Jack Wheeler.  The two replacement tanks will cost $27,107.  The Public Safety and Corrections committee has already approved the purchase, the full legislature will vote at 10 a.m. on January 23rd.



SCIDA Notes 2016 Successes:


Economic development in Steuben County took big strides in 2016, according to county Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson.  Johnson recently told county legislators that it “was a very good year,” and that they not only saw a lot of successes, but “laid the groundwork for more.”  In his annual report, Johnson noted achievements in 2016 in health care, tourism, world-class transportation, and system integration, including: Phase 1 of the $35 million center for healthy living and health-based education in the City of Corning, the opening of the $6 million Best Western Plus in the Town of Urbana, and the announcement of plans to partner with the Hornell IDA to develop a North American rail manufacturing hub in the City of Hornell.



Steuben Co. Launches Online Farm Guide:


If you’re looking for farmers markets, distilleries, wineries or are simply trying to find out where you can buy honey or plants in Steuben County, you now have an easy-to-use online guide.  The Steuben County Farm Guide, available at http://steubencounty.scnygis.opendata.arcgis.com, provides the locations of meat and dairy, maple and honey, greenhouses and plants, fiber, trees, produce, breweries and distilleries and hops, and wine and cider.  The map is interactive and allows users to simply click to locate a businesses’ address and times of operation. 



Tax Filings Began Jan. 23rd, Deadline Pushed Back to April 18th:


Good news for all the procrastinators out there.  The tax filing deadline for 2017 will be a little later this year, on April 18th.  It’s because the traditional April 15th deadline falls on a Saturday and the following Monday will be Emancipation Day in Washington D.C.  So the federal and state deadline will instead be on Tuesday, the 18th.  Filing season officially opens on January 23rd, and state tax officials remind residents that electronic filers typically receive their refunds twice as fast as paper filers.



Local Museums Offer Free Admittance for MLK Day:


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Rockwell Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass are offering free admittance today.  Both museums will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission will be free for all ages.  Also, the 171 Cedar Arts Center’s “Houghton Gallery” will be free today as well, staring at 9 a.m.

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