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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 8th

Week 5 of the Clayton Trial Gets Underway with 911 Call:


Week five of the Thomas Clayton murder trial got underway Tuesday in Steuben County Court.  Three witnesses took the stand, including the continued testimony of Deborah Jasinski, who works for the New York State Police computer crime lab as a civilian.  She testified about the 911 call made in the early hours of September 29th, after Kelley’s death, and about messages that were deleted from Clayton’s phone.  The records show that Clayton did not delete any calls with Beard, but he did delete a message from Luke Tetreault the morning of September 26th.  The message was about not returning a borrowed four wheeler until the following Monday to swap trucks then, rather than the next day.  The 911 call was played in court, and the Steuben County dispatcher who took the call testified.  In the call, Clayton repeatedly said he wife was dead and could be heard asking his children if they saw “a robber.”  Court will resume today at 9:30 a.m.



Hornell Woman Accused of Defrauding Social Services:


A Hornell woman is facing charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing.  30-year-old Jennifer Danielsen is accused of failing to report income to the Steuben County Department of Social Services, resulting in her receiving $2,300 in benefits that she was not entitled to.  She was issued an appearance ticket and was released.



Elmira Will Not Contribute to First Arena Deal:


In a statement released Tuesday night, the City of Elmira has announced that it will not be contributing to replace the ice plant at the First Arena.  Splitting the cost of the $1.5 million plant with Chemung County was a condition set by the potential buyer.  Elmira City Manager Michael Collins said they would have to raise property taxes 3 percent for the next three years to afford the $1.45 million price tag.  In response, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency’s Tom Santulli had strong words, saying that he thinks “their decision will end up closing this facility.”  Collins said he is hopeful a deal can still be worked out.  As for the Elmira Jackals, a representative took it stride, saying that it’s business as usual for the team and that they have not learned of any immediate changes.



Rally Outside Rep. Reed’s Office to Save ACA:


Members of the Citizens for a Better Southern Tier rallied outside of Representative Tom Reed’s office in Corning Tuesday night in support of the Affordable Care Act.  They voiced their concerns about President’s Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and they shared stories about how the legislation has positively affected their lives.



Local Cheerleading Team Qualifies for National Competition:


A locally based cheerleading team has earned the right to compete on one of the nation’s biggest stages.  The All Star cheer team, based in Arkport, has not only won a full paid trip the U.S. Finals, but they won a wild card bid to the Summit at Disney World in May.  Around 12,000 teams compete for a Summit spot, but less than 2,000 actually earn one.  The team, made up of 16 girls ranging from six to 15-years-old, earned their spot last month while competing in Buffalo.



Deadline for Firefighter Tuition Assistance Draws Near:


The deadline for volunteer firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement through the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is fast drawing near.  The deadline to apply for the spring semester is Friday, February 17th.  It is available to student volunteers.



Bath Utility Commission Meetings:


There will be two special meetings surrounding the Village of Bath Utility Commission this month.  The first will be on February 22nd at 9 a.m. at the Utility Conference Room for a workshop on gas rates.  The second will be a special joint meeting between the Utility and the Village Board to conduct interviews for the director of utility position.  That meeting will be held at the Utilities in the large conference room on February 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

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