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Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 12th

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:


A traffic stop by the New York State Police and Canisteo PD on May 8th resulted in the arrest of a Hornell resident.  50-year-old James Green has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing heroin with the intent to sell.  Further investigation led to a search of Green’s residence and he was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marihuana.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 bail.



Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Zone Expanded:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conversation is increasing efforts to try and keep the Asian beetle species known as the Emerald Ash Borer from spreading further across the state by merging and expanding the quarantine zone from eight smaller zones into a single, large zone.  The beetles and potentially infested ash wood is prohibited from leaving the quarantined zone.  The new zone includes part or all of numerous counties including Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates, and more.  Since its discovery in the United States in 2002, the beetle has destroyed millions of ash trees across the country.  For a detailed quarantine map, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html



“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Tomorrow:


Tomorrow is the 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, where you can help those in need simply by leaving food donations at your mailbox to be picked up by your mail carrier.  The drive was created by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the donations go directly to local organizations.  Be aware that carriers cannot accept expired food, opened packages, perishable foods, or glass containers including home-canned food.  They also can’t accept baby food, unless it’s a full case.  Donations can be left in any bag by your mailbox before your mail carrier arrives.  Keep in mind that due to this special event, mail pickups and deliveries could be later than usual on Saturday.



Carrier and Bryant Heat Pumps Recalled:


A recall has been announced for more than 23,000 Carrier-Brand and Bryant-Brand heat pumps that are used for heating and cooling homes.  The recall includes “Carrier Greenspeed” and “Bryant Evolution Extreme” heat pumps that were sold at Sears stores and through HVAC dealers nationwide.  The units can overheat due to faulty capacitors in the fuse boards that can stop working.  Carrier said it has received 41 overheating reports, but no injuries, fires or property damage at this time.  Customers can receive a free replacement fuse board, installed by an authorized technician, by calling Carrier or Bryant at 844-864-8233 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



NYS Reaches Settlement with “Ticket Bots”:


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday settlements were reached between the state and six ticket brokers totaling roughly $4.2 million.  According to Schneiderman, since that 2011 five of the six brokers used “ticket bots” – computer programs that beat the public to ticket sales – to illegally purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets and then resold them at higher prices to consumers through sites like StubHub and Vivid Seats.  Under the settlements, not only will the brokers pay penalties to the state, but they’ll also be required to obtain licenses to resell tickets and refrain from using ticket bots.



Free Yoga Sessions for Breast, Gynecologic Cancer Survivors:


The Breast Cancer Coalition has announced free, gentle yoga sessions for breast and gynecologic cancer survivors in Hammondsport.  The classes will be held May 22nd through June 26th at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m.  Registration is required by calling 585-473-8177, EXT. 310.   



NYS Sets Historic Tourism Record:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state’s tourism industry set new records for total number of visitors, economic impact, and direct spending in 2016.  Last year, a record 239 million visitors traveled to New York State, generating an economic impact of $104.8 billion and generating an all-time high of $64.8 billion in direct spending.  It’s a nearly three percent increase over 2015.

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