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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 27th

More Witness Testimony in Clayton Trial:


On Day Thirteen of the Thomas Clayton murder trial three more witnesses took the stand, including the owner of ServPro and longtime friend of Clayton, Brian Lang.  He testified about the GPS systems that are in all ServPro vehicles, including the one Clayton used before and after his wife’s murder.  He also said that Clayton talked to him about his extramarital affairs.  Lang is expected to return to the stand when court resumes today at 9:30 a.m.



Bath Man Arrested for Failing to Register Address Change:


A Bath man has been arrested on a warrant dated in February of 2007 for failing to register his change of address when he moved to Mexico nearly 10 years ago.  56-year-old Johnathan Hoffman is being held without bail for absconding from NY State Parole pending future parole hearings.



Puppies in I-86 Crash May Have Come From Puppy Mills:


The crash earlier this week on I-86 that involved over 100 puppies has led to a lot of questions: chief among them being where they all came from.  Veterinarian Susan Farmer, of the Bath Veterinarian Hospital, who treated the puppies injured in the crash said while there’s no way to know for certain it is possible that they came from puppy mills.  The puppies were from the Midwest where the farms are common.  While there was no indications of animal cruelty, Farmer said there were some concerns as some of the puppies had upper respiratory infections, eye infections, and some were covered in waste.  Farmer urges everyone to ‘think globally and act locally,’ saying that there are puppy mills in our area as well and that when someone purchases a puppy they might be unwittingly supporting the puppy mill area.  She says, “Don’t shopt, adopt.”



Dandy Mini Mart Headed into Vacant CCC Business Dev. Center:


Dandy Mini Mart will be constructing a new gas station convenience store in Corning, at the location of the vacant Corning Community College Business Development Center.  The current 33,500-squarefoot building will be razed to make way for the business.  The time-table for construction is currently unknown.



Corning Receives Restore NY Grant:


Corning is among several local communities that has received a Restore NY grant.  Corning, Elmira, Owego, Ithaca, and Southport have all received about $500,000 each for different projects.  The City of Corning will use the money for redevelopment of the Northside Blodgett building, while Elmira plans to rehabilitate buildings on Lake Street.



Grants for Local Museums:


New York’s Council on the Arts has awarded several local organizations with state funding.  The Southern Tier will receive over $1.5 million, with money going to the Rockwell Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass, among others.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said the funds will reinforce New York’s role as a global cultural destination.



Phone Scam Warning:


The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning regarding a new phone scam.  According to the BBB, the scammers ask “can you hear me,” hoping to prompt you to say “yes.”  The response is recorded and can then be used to sign you up for products or services.  They offer the following advice: if you receive an unsolicited robocall from an organization or business, hang up; if you are asked a similar question or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, hang up; and write down the phone number of those callers violating the Do Not Call Registry and file a scam report with the BBB and the FTC’s Do Not Call List.

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