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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 22nd

Charge Dropped Against Clayton, Closing Arguments Heard:


Over six hours in Steuben County Court Tuesday, the jury in the Thomas Clayton murder case heard the closing arguments of the defense and prosecution.  The defense maintained that Clayton is not a killer and that “there’s no real evidence that [he] had anything to do with his wife’s death.”  Special prosecutor Weeden Wetmore asked the jury to “draw reasonable inferences based on the evidence.”  In other action Tuesday, one second-degree murder charge in relation to attempted arson was dropped against Clayton.  Clayton still faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death.



Campbell Kraft Plant to Close in 90 Days Unless Buyer Found:


The Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell will begin closing in 90 days, unless a new buyer is found.  Spokesman Michael Mullen said that if no agreement can be reached before May 26th, they’ll offer severance benefits and other support to help workers pursue new opportunities.  The severance packages would continue until the plant closes at the end of July.  There are 330-hourly workers at the plant.  The company announced in November 2015 that the plant was one of seven that would be shut down in 18 to 24 months.



Alcohol Cited in Corning Accident:


A Corning man is accused of driving drunk following an accident on Hamilton Road in the Town of Corning.  29-year-old Thomas Miller is charged with unlicensed operation, moving from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



Domestic Incident Leads to Probation Arrest:


 Howard man has been arrested following investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Howard.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office when authorities responded to the residence on Hughes Road, they discovered that 25-year-old Dylon Little had an active violation of probation warrant out of Steuben County Court.  He was taken into custody and sent to the county jail without bail.



Bath PD Investigating Abandoned Dog:


The Bath Police Dept. received a complaint of a dog found in a dumpster behind 16 West William Street.  Police said she appears to be a lab mix and has a teal and black collar with no tags. Anyone with information regarding the owner of the dog or the person responsible for abandoning her is asked to contact the Police Dept.



Prattsburgh Water District Meeting Tomorrow:


Changes could be coming to the Prattsburgh Water District. The town board has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Under the proposed modification there would be an increase in water rent rates. The town also wants to impose a debt reduction fee for water district infrastructure improvements.



Urbana Considering Solar Energy Moratorium:


The Town of Urbana will hold a special board meeting next Tuesday. The board will consider implementing a moratorium on solar energy installations.



Rust Caused by Salt, De-Icers Leave Drivers with Big Price Tag:


As the forecast for this week calls for increasingly warm temperatures, many drivers will be taking time out to give their vehicle a much needed wash, and according to a new report by the AAA that’s a good way to help avoid expensive, and potentially deadly, rust damage.  The report estimates that U.S. drivers pay roughly $3 billion a year to repair rust damage from road salt and de-icers.  Frequent washing, especially the undercarriage, can neutralize road salt and chemicals.  Drivers are also advised to try and stay off the roads before, during, and right after winter storms, and to heed brakewarning lights, a spongy brake pedal, or the smell of gasoline.

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