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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, April 11th

Hornell Man Drowns in Almond Lake:


A Hornell man died after his kayak capsized on Almond Lake in the area of Kanakadea Park in Hornellsville on Monday.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said that firemen pulled 23-year-old Zachary George from the water and he was transported to St. James Mercy were he pronounced deceased.  He was not wearing a personal flotation device, nor did he have anyone with him.  The investigation into the accident is ongoing.



Man from Addison Shot, Killed in S. Carolina:


Two arrests have been made in a shooting at a KFC in South Carolina in which a man originally from Addison was killed.  De’adrian De’paul Garcia and Jyquez Julius Freeman were arrested Friday for the murder of Anthony Tiffany and armed robbery.  Anthony Tiffany was from Addison, and had moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend, Amber Hall, who is also from the area.  SC police say they are seeking warrants on Garcia and Freeman for numerous other armed robberies, and that warrants have already been signed for Freeman on multiple charges including murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping.  Funeral services for Tiffany were held in Woodhull, NY over the weekend.



Construction at St. James Mercy:


Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance. Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.



Push for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in NYS:


Senator Charles Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House in Oswego County Monday to make a push for increased malt barely insurance.  Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the insurance available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry.



Fire Departments Get Ready for Recruit NY Weekend:


Fire departments across New York are getting ready to open their doors to new members with Recruit NY weekend.  The seventh annual weekend of open houses will be April 29th and 30th, and many departments will be hosting tours, demonstrating firefighting techniques, and allowing visitors to try on gear.  In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments will be participating.  For more information on dates and times, and to find out if your local department will be included visit http://www.recruitny.org



Haverling Guidance Counselor, Hornell Officer Recognized by SPC:


Two men were recognized on March 29th by the Steuben Prevention Coalition during the “High in Plain Sight” drug awareness event.  Some 300 educational professionals, law enforcement, and community members gathered at the Bath-Haverling High School for the day-long event.  During the morning session, Bath-Haverling guidance counselor Mark Recktenwald was honored for his 28 years of dedication to the community’s youth and long-standing participation on the Steuben Prevention Coalition.  Later, officer Jason Day of the Hornell City Police Department and a school resource officer at Hornell High School, was named SRO of the year.  He started as the SRO in the Hornell City school district in 2009.

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