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Clayton Found Guilty:

 

A Steuben County jury this morning found Thomas Clayton guilty of 1st and 2nd degree murder. After deliberating for about five hours Wednesday, the jury of nine men and three women reached its decision today. Clayton, a former Elmira Jackals player, was accused of hiring a man to kill his wife Kelley in their Town of Caton home in 2015. The trial lasted 30 days. The prosecution had called 65 witnesses to the stand while the defense called only ten. Clayton who has been free on bail was immediately taken into custody. Clayton could be sentenced to life without parole.

 

 

Congressman Reed Optimistic About Future of Kraft Plant:

 

Despite the company giving employees a 90-day closing warning, U.S. Representative Tom Reed remains hopeful about the future of the Campbell Kraft plant.  The local lawmaker said he’s been working with county leaders and that they’ve “narrowed it down to some potential buyers.”  Kraft-Heinz has said that if an agreement isn’t reached by May 26th, the company will offer severance benefits to pursue other opportunities.

 

 

Tyrone Highway Superintendent Arrested:

 

The Town of Tyrone Highway Superintendent has been arrested following a seven-month investigation.  65-year-old Paul Ernhout, of Dundee, is accused of submitting an altered town highway car invoice for work done on his person vehicle.  He has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and was released.

 

 

Shawn Hogan Confirms He Won’t Seek Re-Election:

 

In 2015, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced that it would likely be his last term in office.  Now, he has confirmed that he won’t be seeking re-election.  In a statement, Hogan said that although he feels he has much more to give the community, he also has to think about his family.  He asked for prayers and continued support as he serves the remainder of his term.

 

 

Bodies of Snowmobilers Recovered from Conesus Lake:

 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the bodies of two snowmobilers have been recovered from Conesus Lake.  Jason Fluet and Christopher Copeland disappeared on February 11th when the snowmobile they were riding went through the ice. 

 

 

Arc of Steuben to Host Wellness Fair:

 

The seventh annual Arc of Steuben Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, March 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Industrial Park complex at One Arc Way, off Route 54 between Hammondsport and Bath.  More than 30 providers will have information about all aspects of health and there will be interactive demonstrations, including acupuncture, massage, manicures, and yoga.  The event is free and open to the public.

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