Phone Records Again the Topic of the Day in Clayton Trial:
The phone records of Michael Beard were once again the topic of the day in the Thomas Clayton murder trial Thursday. A NYSP Computer Crimes Investigator testified to observing Beard’s phone days after Kelley’s death. She said there was a lot of deleted data from Beard’s phone and that on the date of Kelley’s death, September 28th 2015, there was a lot of ‘manual’ on/off actions. The investigator also went over Beard’s text conversations with Clayton and others. This included a message from Beard to Clayton on September 24th about ‘cops watching boxes,’ and a message to Beard from his wife telling him about bills and that they needed money. The defense highlighted several text messages between the Claytons where they were affectionate. The Computer Crimes Investigator is expected to resume testimony today at 9:30 a.m.
Teen Arrested in Tag’s Burglary:
A teenager has been arrested in connection with several burglaries throughout Chemung County, including the one that occurred at Tag’s on January 13th. 17-year-old Jeremiah Phipps is facing charges of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. He was sent to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.
Elmira Correctional Facility Still in Lockdown:
Into Thursday night the Elmira Correctional Facility remained in lockdown following an incident on Wednesday. Staff reportedly conducted searches of select areas of the prison, according to a spokesman. Additional details were not released.
DEC Reviewing Former Corning Hospital Site:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reviewing the Remedial Investigation Report that was submitted by The Guthrie Clinic and Corning Hospital for the Former Corning Hospital and Related Parcels site located at 176 East Denison Pkwy. and 201 East First Street in Corning. Based on the test results and the potential public health and environmental exposure, evaluation of remedial alternatives is recommended. Guthrie and Corning must now develop a plan to make the site safe.
Steuben Co. Drug Abuse Forum 2/9:
In response to what has reached epidemic proportions, Steuben County will hold its first Community Opioid & Substance Abuse Forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Haverling High School Auditorium in Bath. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for.
Town of Corning Water Meeting Cancelled:
The public meeting about the Town of Corning’s water district consolidation has been cancelled. It was originally scheduled for February 9th. No new date has been set at this time.
Move Over Phil - Rochester Rocky Predicts Early Spring:
If you weren’t happy with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter on Thursday, perhaps Rochester Rocky can help. Rochester Rocky is the Finger Lakes region’s own weather predicting groundhog and his findings are different than Phil’s. His interpreters say Rocky saw no shadow, and even started foraging for food after making his prediction. So he, at least, is calling for an early spring.