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Trooper Foglia Showing “Signs of Improvement”:


There’s been update on Trooper Craig Foglia.  State Police officials say he remains in guarded condition, but that he is showing slow signs of improvement.  Trooper Foglia was airlifted to Strong Memorial in Rochester last week following an accident on I-86 in Campbell where his patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.



$18.5M Settlement Reached for Target Data Breach:


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that 47 states and the District of Columbia have reached a $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation in the company’s 2013 data breach.  More than 41 million customer payment card accounts were affected in the breach and more than 60 million customers’ contact formation was exposed.  New York is expected to receive Over $635,000.  Target will also be required to implement a comprehensive information security program and to employ an executive or officer to oversee the execution of the program, and the company will be required to hire an outside vendor to conduct a security assessment.



Governor Denounces UK Terror Attack, Steps Up NY Security:


In response to the bombing in Manchester Monday night that killed 22 and injured nearly 60 more, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that “an attack on one is an attack on all, and New York stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror.”  The Governor also announced that security will be increased at key locations in New York, adding at the “safety of New Yorkers is priority number one.” 



Fifth Man Arrested in Elmira Fentanyl Ring:


The bust of a fentanyl ring in Elmira has lead to another arrest.  Isaiah McLaurin, of Elmira, has been charged with threatening physical force against an individual for allegedly trying to prevent testimony against the four men previously arrested.  29-year-old Robert Thatcher, 30-year-old Maximillian Sams, 29-year-old Dwayne Banksall, and 30-year-old Carlito Rios were arrested on May 16th.



Amber Alert Cancelled, Teens Charged:


The Amber Alert issued Tuesday for a 12-year-old girl missing from her Cattaraugus County home has been cancelled and two teenagers have been charged.  18-year-old Joshua Monette and 16-year-old John Harvey are suspected of taking McKenzie Wilson and they have been charged with grand larceny, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property, and unlawful imprisonment.  Monette was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  The three were found in Farmersville, near a vehicle that was reported stolen.  The owner of the vehicle also reported a handgun in the vehicle and Monette’s father reported a handgun stolen from his residence.



Farmworkers Rally in Albany for Overtime, Union Options:


Nearly 100 farmworkers and advocates rallied in the State capital Tuesday in challenge of a loophole in state law that prevents them from unionizing for better working conditions and overtime pay.  Last year, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional.  Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have said they would not defend the law.  The New York Farm Bureau opposes the lawsuit, arguing that small farms cannot afford the higher labor costs and strikes that could ensure.  The Farm Bureau has filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.



Traffic Restrictions for 61st Annual Bath Dairy Parade:


The 61st Annual Dairy Festival Parade will march through Bath on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents to expect traffic restrictions.  On the day, parking meters along the parade route will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours.  At 8 a.m., Liberty Street from Washington to Steuben will be closed to traffic.  All vehicles must be removed no later than 8 a.m.  Any vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.  Traffic detours will be in place by 10:15 a.m. and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the parade.

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