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Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 19th

Trooper Struck on I-86 Expected to Recover:


According to a release from the New York State Police, the trooper that was struck on I-86 Wednesday while conducting a traffic stop remains in critical condition today.  Trooper Craig Foglia underwent surgery Wednesday night and is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  His doctors say they’re optimistic, but say they expect his recovery to be “prolonged.”  Police held a press conference at the hospital Thursday where they said that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.  They are continuing to investigate what caused Kenneth Aukett to veer off the road and hit Foglia’s vehicle.  In the wake of the accident, authorities remind drivers to always obey the “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to safely switch lanes when they see lights, vests, or reflectors.  The law includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, construction, DOT, and tow trucks, and it applies to both sides of the roadway.



Hornell Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud:


A Hornell woman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to wire fraud.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, 50-year-old Helen Jackson agreed to receive money from others by fraud and forward it to Nigeria.  When she was initially interviewed by the FBI, she claimed she didn’t know she was involved in fraud and agreed to stop.  But Police say she continued to send money to fraudulent accounts.  The U.S. Attorney’s office says she forwarded at least $30,000.  Her sentencing is scheduled for August 15th



Civil War Day at Mossy Bank Park:


A reminder from Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen: 7th graders from Bath and Avoca schools will be participating in Civil War Day today at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned throughout the day with artillery and musket blank rounds being fired between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.   The park will be open to the public, but only the seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the Civil War activities.



Bill that Would Make Injuring K-9 Officer a Felony Approved by Senate:


A bill that would strengthen the penalty for anyone who injuries a K-9 officer has been approved by the New York State Senate.  The penalty is currently a misdemeanor; the new legislation would make it a felony offense.  The bill is known as “Mitchell’s Law,” after a Jamestown German Shepard who suffered life-threatening injuries during an encounter with a suspected murderer in November.  It was co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and it has gained the support of law enforcement and animal advocacy groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.



Federal Funding Awarded to Steuben Co. Housing Organization:


New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced federal funding to a Steuben County housing organization to go towards housing efforts.  The funds were released by NeighborWorks America and more than $200,000 will be going to Arbor Housing and Development for use in developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and creating jobs.



3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Tomorrow:


Tomorrow at 11 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the county Public Safety Building in Bath.  The ceremony is the culmination of National Police Week and commemorates the law enforcement professionals in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities.  The county Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which has finished its first phase of construction, will be featured in the ceremony. 



Drug Forum on Tuesday:


The Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum is set for 5:30 p.m. May 23rd in the Hornell High School Auditorium.  County officials say the need for information, prevention, and rehabilitation has reached urgent proportions, with a recent report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner indicating deaths related to opioid abuse from 2011 to 2016 account range from 44 percent to 84 percent of total deaths to the Monroe examiner.  The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate services.



WGI, NYS Fair Announce Promotion Partnership:


Two of the biggest, most popular events in New York are teaming up this summer for a cross-promotion partnership.  Watkins Glen International and the New York State Fair announced Thursday that they will promote the other’s major events through ticket giveaways on their social media channels, including the NASCAR Cup Series weekend and the Great New York State Fair.  Also, during the fair, WGI will be in attendance with an informational booth that will include a Verizon IndyCar display.  The co-promotion efforts are set to begin immediately.



NYS Collecting Worn American Flags for Memorial Watchfire:


With Memorial Day just over a week away, you might be getting ready to put out a new American flag, and you might be wondering how to dispose of your old one.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the answer: a statewide collection of worn American flags that will be disposed of as part of the Memorial Watchfire on Sunday, May 28th at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  Locally, a drop-off is open to businesses and individuals at the Henderson-Smith State Office Building in Hornell.  The Memorial Watchfire will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 103. 



Click-It or Ticket Enforcement Planned:


The Corning City Police Department has announced that will be joining with other local departments in a national Click-It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign.  The event will run May 22nd through June 4th.  Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

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