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Addison Man Charged in Theft:


An Addison Man has been arrested by State Police following investigation into property stolen from a residence in Addison.  36-year-old Ryan Chase has been charged with grand larceny in the 4th degree and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Steuben County Officers Commended for Efforts During Trials:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is praising the efforts of court security during the two recent, high profile trials.  Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that during the murder trials of Michael Beard and Thomas Clayton the county Court Security Division dealt effectively and efficiently with multiple security and control challenges, including parking, seating, court room control, and jury management during extremely sensitive and emotionally charged events.  County Sheriff Captain Eric Tyner was also commended Monday for his efforts investigating the September 2015 murder of Kelley Clayton.  Sheriff Allard called the investigation one of the largest and most complex homicide investigations in the history of the county and called Tyner’s efforts “herculean.” 



Corning Moves Ahead with Bridge St. Bridge Rehab:


On Monday, the Corning City Council voted to move forward with a rehabilitation project for the Bridge Street Bridge.  The design phase of the project will now get underway, with the city contributing $10,500 to the nearly million dollar cost.  Of the whole estimated $6.6 million project, the city would pay $87,000.  Construction likely wouldn’t get underway until spring 2019, when the bridge would be shut down for several months.  The bridge was last rehabbed in 1999.



NY Senator Proposes Two New Heroin Bills:


New York Senator Cathy Young is calling for the passage of two bills that would increase penalties for those convicted of selling heroin.  One of the bills would expand the penalties for dealers who target children by selling heroin on school grounds or daycare centers to include parks and playgrounds.  The second bill make it easier for law enforcement to charge dealers as major drug traffickers by reducing the classification of a major drug ring from four dealers to three, and by reducing the amount of money made by selling drugs per year from $75,000 to $25,000.



Tom Ryan Announces Bid for County Legislator:


At Monday’s night meeting of the Canisteo Village Board, resident Tom Ryan announced his bid for the Steuben County legislature.  The District 9 seat – which covers the village and town of Canisteo, Thurston, and Cameron – is currently held by Eric Booth.  It will be up for bids at the village election on March 21st.  Ryan has held the seat in the past.



FLSPCA Meets Fundraising Goal, Earns Grant Bonus:


Earlier this year, the Finger Lakes SPCA announced that it had the opportunity to receive $25,000 from the Marion E. Cantwell Charitable Trust if they were able to raise a matching $25,000 by March 31st 2017.  Monday, the organization announced not only was the matching amount met, but it was exceeded.  Officials say that since January, over $31,000 has been raised thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers, staff, and the outpouring of support by the community.  A Trustee for the Cantwell Trust confirmed that the FLSPCA will not only receive its promised $25,000, but has also been awarded a $5,000 bonus for meeting and exceeding the challenge.  The FLSPCA plans to start the fourth and final phase of its new shelter building project in the upcoming months. 

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