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U.S. Navy Recruiter Facing New Charge in Murder Plot:


The U.S. Navy serviceman charged in December for allegedly being involved in a murder plot is now facing an additional charge of second degree conspiracy.  30-year-old Brandon McPherson was previously charged with second degree conspiracy and second degree murder when he was arrested.  McPherson is currently on active duty and was recently a recruiter at the Arnot Mall.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



NYS Still Without New Budget Deal:


Despite two additional days of debate, New York lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a new state budget.  The deadline was midnight April 1st.  They have, however, agreed to pass an extender bill by this afternoon that will keep departments under the current budget until May 31st.  In a statement released late Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo cited “difficult and unusual times” for the state and country as to why it’s too important to accept “half a loaf.”



Drunk Driver Hits House in Hornell:


A Hornell man is facing two counts of DWI after he struck a house with his vehicle.  The accident occurred over the weekend on East Elm Street and Delaware Avenue.  21-year-old Thomas Turner was sent to Hornell lockup, but posted bail.



Former P-P Officer Appealing Discrimination Case:


The former Painted Post police officer that sued the village and its former police chief for misconduct is appealing the decision reached last year in federal court.  Cody Ann Cook served as a full and part-time officer with the Painted Post Police Department on-and-off since 1994.  She resigned and filed a suit alleging that she was a victim of abusive work conditions and discrimination.  In August 2016, the U.S. Western District Court of New York dismissed the case.  Cook is now looking to argue the case in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.



Bath Fireman Honored for 50 Years of Service:


At a special service Saturday night, a member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was honored for 50 years of service.  Officials said Spencer Longwell has helped many people in his five decades of service as Bath Volunteer Fire Chief, and as Steuben County Deputy Fire Coordinator.  Longwell was presented with an award and plaque.



Ride-Sharing Could Expand to Upstate by July:


Thanks to a new framework agreement, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft could expand into upstate New York as early as July.  According to the Star Gazette, lawmakers were briefed last week about details of a deal between the Governor and legislative leaders to regulate the services.  The tentative deal is expected to be in the final state budget.

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