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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 16th

Prosecution Rests in Clayton Trial:


On Wednesday, the prosecution rested its case against Thomas Clayton.  65 witnesses have been called, and hundreds of materials have been introduced into evidence.  The final witness for the prosecution was Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Swan, resuming testimony from Tuesday.  The jury watched a recording of a 50 minute body cam video as he responded to the Clayton home.  In the video, Clayton tells Deputy Swan that he was playing poker, came home, the kids said there was a robber, then he saw his wife’s body.  Several times throughout the video, Deputy Swan said he thought it was a domestic incident gone wrong and that Clayton was trying to cover it up.  Swan testified that his suspicion of Clayton was just a theory, not a conclusion.  The defense began presenting its case on Wednesday, calling two witnesses of its own before court was adjourned.  Court will resume today at 9:30.  According to Judge Peter Bradstreet, it’s likely the defense will rest by the end of next week.



Wayland Man Facing Child Porn Charges:


A Wayland man has been charged with felony counts of possessing and promoting child pornography. On Tuesday, state police and FBI agents from the Corning office arrested 57-year-old Peter Nowak.  He was arraigned in the Town of Wayland court and committed to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 bail.  State Police are still actively investigating the case and ask that anyone with information concerning possible victims contact the SP Wayland Bureau of Criminal Investigation.



Bill Proposed that Would Move Election Day to Weekend:


A bill has been proposed that would move the traditional Tuesday Election Day to the weekend.  Its sponsors, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, believe it would make future elections more convenient.  Currently, polls are only open one day for 12 hours, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  The new legislation would move it to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.    The bill is similar to an unsuccessful piece of legislation that was proposed by Congresswoman Slaughter in 2008.



Congressman Reed Named to Health Subcommittee:


Congressman Tom Reed announced Wednesday that he has been named to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.  Reed noted that this Subcommittee will be heavily involved in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.  Reed said that he will also remain a member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Trade.



Ready Steuben App Should be Ready by Summer:


Steuben County residents will be able to keep tabs on flooding, heavy precipitation, and other emergencies from their cell phones and tablets when the county launches it’s free app this summer.  Director of the Steuben County Emergency Management Office, Timothy Marshall said “Ready Steuben,” as the app is known, will also offer information on how to establish an emergency plan, and the ability to start your emergency supply kit, among dozens of other options.  He said the goal is to have the app up and running by May or June.  The cost is expected to be about $10,000, which will be funded by a state grant.



Deadline for 2017 Steuben Co. Youth Bureau Awards Dinner Reservations 2/28:


The deadline for reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Dinner is February 28th.  The dinner is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6th at the Bath Country Club.  It will honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Steuben youth.  The cost for each meal is $22.  For more information or to make reservations, call (607) 664-2119.



Peace and Justice Group Discussion:


The Bath Peace and Justice Group will host a panel discussion on new, grassroots, peace and social justice initiatives in the area on March 1st at 7 p.m. at the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church.  After the panel, there will be a discussion. 



Board of Ed. Meeting:


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Dana Lyon Middle School Library.  

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