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31 People Arrested in Finger Lakes-Based Heroin Ring Bust:


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday the bust of a Finger Lakes-based heroin ring that resulted in the arrests of 31 people.  The 217-count indictment comes after a five month investigation into the distribution of drugs in New York City and several counties, including Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.  It’s believed that the ring is the supplier of fentanyl-laced heroin that led to eight overdoses and one death.



Corning Man Sentenced to Prison on Sex Charges:


The Corning man convicted in April of engaging in oral sexual contact with a person less than 16-years-old was sentenced Wednesday in Steuben County.  36-year-old Ruben Baily will serve the next 4.5 to 7 years in state prison.  He will also be registered as a sex offender and face eight-years of post-release supervision. 



Plan for Gas Storage Expansion at Seneca Lake Abandoned:


There was a victory Wednesday for opponents of gas storage at Seneca Lake.  A subsidiary of Crestwood, Arlington Storage, has reportedly given up on its efforts to expand fracked gas storage in the salt caverns as it was unable to secure the necessary customers.  This development does not affect the proposal to store liquid gas at Seneca Lake.



Details Released in Horseheads School Bus Accident:


Details have been released in Tuesday’s Horsehead’s school bus accident.  According to the Horsehead’s Police Department, Kenneth Voorhees was driving on West Board Street and ran a stop sign, hitting the bus.  Voorhees was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way and passing a stop sign.  Three students on the bus were injured.  They were taken to local hospitals, treated, and were released.  Voorhees was also injured and he was taken to a hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.



Tax Levy Increase in Arkport School Budget:


Voters in the Arkport school district will weigh in on a 2017-2018 budget on Tuesday that includes an increase in both spending and the tax levy.  The budget comes in at $10.6 million, an increase of 3.29 percent over last year.  The tax levy will increase by 1.74 percent, which is below the cap.  The budget includes a $100,000 locker room renovation capital project.  Also on the ballot will be a proposition to purchase two new school buses, and the board is looking to elect one member to the school board.  Voting will be May 16th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the small gymnasium at the high school.  After voting, residents will be asked to take an optional anonymous survey about a merger study between Arkport and Canaseraga.   



Southeast Steuben County Library Seeking Small Tax Increase:


The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning is seeking a tax levy increase of 8 tenths of a cent.  It would be an increase in funding of $17,401.  According to library officials a homeowner with a home valued at $85,000 would pay $31.67 for the year, up roughly 68 cents.  Library Director Pauline Emery said the reason is based on the increased cost of living, insurance costs, and the increase in the state minimum wage.



Correction – RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 18th:


The annual RSVP awards tea held at Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum in Hammondsport is slated for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 18th, not May 17th, as was previously released.  



Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:


The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th.  The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class.  Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker. 



Be Wary of Mother’s Day Coupon Scam:


As Mother’s Day approaches scammers are looking to take advantage of consumers seeking the perfect gift.  Coupons claiming deals like half off at Kohl’s, $75 off at Bed Bath and Beyond, and $50 savings at Lowe’s are spreading through social media.  But when clicking on the link, you’ll be asked for a name, phone number, or credit card information.  Experts remind shoppers to never give away private information for a coupon, and if the offer looks suspicious, call the company.

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