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Alleged Affairs Discussed in Clayton Murder Trial:


On Wednesday two women took the stand in the Thomas Clayton murder trial, testifying about alleged affairs they had with Clayton.  One of the women also testified to negative comments she heard Clayton make about his wife, including that he wanted to leave Kelley, but couldn’t, and that he wished “someone would come take his wife.”  A family member also testified on Wednesday, saying that Clayton told them at Christmas in 2014 that it would be their last Christmas with him around as a family.  Clayton pleaded not guilty in December 2015 to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in connection with Kelley’s death.



Corning Man Arrested for Child Porn:


A Corning man has been arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography.  53-year-old Kevin Theil faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.  According to authorities, the FBI had a meeting with the Ithaca Police Department and a cooperating witness in November, where the witness stated she had come to know a man from Corning who had a sexual interest in children.  She provided a cell phone number that was traced back to Theil.  She also alleged that Theil had showed her images of child pornography on his iPad, and that he told her he had previously sexually abused his niece.  In December, search warrants were executed at Theil’s residences in Corning and Hammondsport and child pornography was recovered.  Theil made an appearance before a U.S. Magistrate and was released.



Bath Man Charged in Violent Domestic Dispute:


A domestic dispute Tuesday night in Bath turned violent, involved a gun and ended with an arrest. State police investigators said 56-year-old Robert Eggleston of Buck Settlement Road allegedly pointed a rifle at the victim; obstructed her breathing; prevented her from contacting 911; and damaged property within the residence. He now faces a bevy of charges.  He was remanded to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.



Elmira Correctional Facility on Lock Down:


As of 5 a.m. this morning, the Elmira Correctional Facility was still on lockdown following an incident Wednesday.  In a statement, New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman Thomas Mailey said, that the incident occurred between two inmates and that the facility is in lockdown while the staff investigates.



Bill Proposed to Raise Smoking Age Statewide:


A bill has been introduced that would raise the age at which a person can purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 in the State of New York.  Earlier this week, the bill’s sponsors joined with the American Lung Association at a news conference near the Capitol to call for the legislation’s passage.  Eight counties in the state – including Albany and Orange – have already passed local laws that makes the smoking age 21.  According to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report 29 percent of high school students, including those under 18, use at least one tobacco product.



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Today:


The Bath-Haverling Board of Education will be holding a special Board Meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office.  They’ll be discussing the budget, contract negotiations, and personnel, among any other business that may come before the board.

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