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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, April 18th

3-6 Years for Mark Blandford in Clayton Case:


The third and final man charged in the death of Kelley Clayton was sentenced Monday in Steuben County Court.  Mark Blandford will serve three to six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.  Blandford served as the lookout for Michael Beard the night Kelley was killed.  He originally faced charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy, but they were lessened in exchange for his testimony in the Thomas Clayton trial.  Clayton is set to be sentenced next Monday.  Special Prosecutor and Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore has said he will be seeking the same sentence for Clayton that was given to Michael Beard – life without parole.



Bath Woman Charged with Violating Probation:


A Bath woman was arrested on April 14th during a meeting with her probation officer for allegedly violating her probation.  36-year-old Lauren Sick was on probation for an original charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  Sick was also issued an appearance ticket for allegedly resisting arrest.



Excavator Stolen from Schuyler Co. Highway Department:


It isn’t every day that a 20-ton piece highway equipment gets up and walks away, but that’s exactly what happened in Schuyler County over the weekend.  With help from a thief, or thieves, a massive excavator belonging to the Schuyler County Highway Department went missing from the side of the road in the Town of Hector.  Highway Superintendent Ken Thurston said it was left on the roadside Wednesday night when the crew was done working.  Neighbors noted the machine where it had been left Friday night, and then it was missing Saturday morning.  The excavator is estimated to be worth around $200,000.  Investigators have no suspects yet, but they do believe it was someone with experience with the machine given its specialized nature.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department.  Thurston said he and his crews will look to either borrow another machine or rent one so they can continue working.



Hundreds of Tickets Issued in Operation Hang Up:


During the special Operation Hang Up enforcement period earlier this month, law enforcement report that they issued nearly 900 tickets to drivers in the Southern Tier.  Statewide, more than 15,000 tickets were issued.  The campaign ran from April 6th through the 10th, and it targeted drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel.



Top Aide to Lead Cuomo’s Reelection Campaign:


While there may have been some question as to whether Governor Andrew Cuomo would seek reelection in 2018, or perhaps take time to consider a 2020 presidential bid, it now seems the Governor will look to stay in New York for the time being.  It’s been announced that one of Cuomo’s top aides has been picked to lead his reelection campaign.  Bill Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration. 



Tax Day 2017:


After a delay due to a holiday in the nation’s capital Monday, Tax Day 2017 is finally upon us.  If you haven’t completed your forms yet, don’t panic, you may be able to receive a six-month extension of time to file.  You’ll need form 4868, which you can get from https://www.irs.gov/.  However, keep in mind that’s just for more time to file, not more time to pay.  You’ll still need to estimate the amount you owe and pay it on time.



Bath Board of Ed. to Meet:


The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a budget workshop today at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office.  Tomorrow, the regular meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m., also in the district office.

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