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Phone Records Discussed on Day 16 of Clayton Murder Trial:


Day 16 of the Thomas Clayton Murder trail included the testimony of Avram Polinski, a Verizon Wireless ‘custodian of records’ who spoke about phone calls and text messages made to and from Clayton’s phone in the days preceding his wife’s death on September 28th 2015.  According to Polinski, Clayton called Michael Beard two times on September 26th, and Beard called Clayton once that same day.  Then on September 28th Beard called Clayton.  The records do not show content of text messages, just the times they were sent.  Court will resume today at 9:30 a.m.  For the next three weeks, court will only be in session Tuesday through Friday as court will be closed for the next three Mondays.



Former C-PP Teacher Pleads Guilty to Endangering Child:


The Corning-Painted Post Middle School teacher that was arrested in April 2016 on charges of rape has now pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.  44-year-old Kelly Conway was accused of having sex with someone under the age of 17-years-old.  The incidents did not occur at the middle school.  Conway will be sentenced at a later date.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said she is facing a “minimum three year probation term with conditions that would keep her away from schools.”  Also according to Baker, Conway has forfeited her teaching license.



Bath Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Bath woman following an investigation into a disturbance.  26-year-old Delana Elliot has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging property within a residence on Roosevelt Avenue during a domestic dispute.  She was issued an appearance ticket.  Further charges are pending.



Public Hearing in Bath on 2 Proposed Projects:


The village of Bath planning board will conduct a public hearing and meeting on two pending projects. The first is an application and project review for the McDonald’s restaurant at 398 West Morris Street, Plaza 15. The second case involves a special use permit for Family Service Society at 104 East Steuben Street. The hearings will be held in the Municipal Building on February 9th at 5:30 p.m.



Steuben Co. Sheriff Warns Against “Can You Hear Me?” Scam:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is joining the Better Business Bureau in warning residents against a phone scam where a robo-caller asks “Can you hear me ok?”  According to reports, if the person answering the call responds “Yes,” the answer is recorded and may be used to commit identify theft, to authorize charges on credit cards, and other web-based financial dealings.  Allard says if you’re wary of receiving calls from unknown numbers to screen your calls.  The Steuben Sheriff’s Department has received no local reports of this scam, according to Allard, but he said it’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep Steuben informed and safe.



Steuben Co. to Participate in Statewide Superbowl STOP-DWI Crackdown:


Steuben County Sheriff James Allard announced Tuesday that county police agencies will be joining in a statewide crackdown on impaired driving over Superbowl weekend.  The crackdown starts February 3rd and will end on February 5th.



NYS Senate Approves Companion Animal, Farm to Food Bank Legislation:


The New York State Senate has again approved legislation proposed by Senator Tom O’Mara that increases punishment for those who harm a companion animal.  Known as “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” it would make it a felony to harm a companion animal during a crime.  It would be punishable by two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  The bill has been approved for the past five years, but the state assembly has yet to act on it.  The state Senate has also again approved the Farm to Food Bank bill that would provide a tax credit of up to $5,000 to farmers who donate fresh produce to food banks and other emergency providers.  This is the third time the Senate has approved the legislation.  It was vetoed for the second time by Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year.



American Airlines to End E-C Airport Service 2/15:


American Airlines will soon discontinue its service at the Elmira-Corning Regional airport.  As announced last year, service will end on February 15th.  Officials cite outdated aircraft and trouble putting flight crews together as two of the reasons why they made the decision.  Airport officials say that they are still in talks with American Airlines, and that they hope one day service might be restored.  

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