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Today's Top Stories - Friday, April 21st

Motion to Toss Clayton Guilty Verdict Vetoed:


A motion by Thomas Clayton’s defense team to have his guilty verdict tossed has been denied by a judge.  Clayton was back in Steuben County Court Thursday for the hearing which alleged that prosecution witness Sy Ray was a fraud.  Ray is the owner of a company that specializes in cell phone and tech data mapping.  During Clayton’s trial he provided cell phone data linking Clayton with Michael Beard.  The defense said if they’d had more time to prepare, they had a witness of their own that could refute Ray’s testimony.  However, Judge Peter Bradstreet said they didn’t file a delay request, despite being able to do so.  Clayton was convicted in February in the 2015 murder of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton.  He will be sentenced on Monday.



One Injured in Car/Tractor Accident:


A Rexville man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following an accident in West Union earlier this week.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Lowe collided with a farm tractor on Cemetery Hill Road around 7:30 a.m.  The driver of the tractor was not injured.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Greenwood Ambulance, and the Hornell and West Union fire departments.



Steuben Legislature to Accept State Grants Monday:


When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday accepting state funds for the county land bank and a separate state award for police protective gear will top the agenda.  The land bank will receive $500,000 through state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for use in redeveloping vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben.  The $49,200 multi-jurisdictional grant from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will be accepted for police protective equipment and will be distributed to the sheriff’s office, and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.



Steuben Project Care Workshop Cancelled:


The annual Project Care workshop, originally slated for April 26th at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, has been cancelled.  No replacement date has been set.



“Donate Life Day” Highlights Importance of Organ Donation:


Today is Donate Life Day, which highlights the importance of organ donation and transplants.  The New York State Department of Health reports that 22 people a day die from causes that could have been treated with a donated organ, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano – an advocate and former organ donor himself – says that nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for an organ transplant.  Of those, 1,700 have been waiting for more than five years, according to Palmesano.  If you’d like to learn more about organ donations and transplants, visit https://www.donatelife.net



6994th Squadron Honored with Highway Designation:


Thursday morning Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Chris Friend joined Department of Transportation officials in unveiling a new sign that designates a strip of I-86 in honor of the 6994th Security Squadron.  The squadron served throughout southwest Asia between 1966 and 1974.  In honor of their service the four-mile stretch between exits 54 and 56 on I-86 will now be known as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway.

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