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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, February 21st

Human Remains Found in Bath:


The New York State Police of Bath are investigating human remains that were discovered just outside the Village of Bath.  The remains were found by a hiker on February 19th in the vicinity of Wood Street and Muck Circle.  Authorities say they had been exposed to the weather for an extended period of time.  Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 776-6866, or 911.



Clayton Trial Resumes Today, Closing Arguments Expected:


With both the prosecution and defense rested, closing arguments are expected today when the murder trial of Thomas Clayton resumes in Steuben County Court.  The prosecution rested on Wednesday after calling 65 witnesses; the defense rested on Friday after calling 10 witnesses.  Clayton is facing a charge of first-degree murder and two-counts of second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death.



Elmira PD Issues Lethal Drug Warning:


Following five opioid-related overdoses this past weekend, the Elmira Police Department has issued a warning to heroin and opiate users that there is a lethal product that may be being distributed in Elmira. They also warn those who might be witness to an opioid-related overdose not to touch the drugs or related paraphernalia, as they could be harmful or even fatal if substances such as fentanyl are absorbed through the skin.  Residents are also reminded that they are protected under the state’s Good Samaritan Law, which means they won’t be prosecuted even if there is drug paraphernalia present when law enforcement arrives.  All five patients over the weekend were revived through medical intervention.    



NYS AG Encourages Residents to Test Internet Speed:


As part of the investigation into Time Warner Cable, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is encouraging residents to test their internet speeds.  Time Warner, now Spectrum, has been accused of misleading customers by failing to deliver promised internet speeds.  Links to test your internet speed are available on the AG’s website at https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-encourages-new-yorkers-test-internet-speeds-and-submit-results-part



Manure Spill Prompts Cayuga Lake Water Advisory:


A water advisory has been put in place for Tompkins County residents around Cayuga Lake and Salmon Creek.  The DEC is currently working to clean up a manure spill that’s affecting both bodies of water, and residents are warned not to drink or come in direct contact with water in those areas.  There was reportedly a structural issue with a manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm and manure seeped into Salmon Creek.  Officials say the runoff isn’t threatening Municipal water supplies.  Information on how to disinfect contaminated water can be found on the Tompkins County website.

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