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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 14th

Jury Selection Underway in Miller Murder Trial:


The trial of the Hornell man accused of beating a baby to death got underway Tuesday with jury selection.  23-year-old Dakota Miller is facing charges of aggravated murder, murder in the first, murder in the second, and manslaughter in the first.  Miller allegedly beat and bit 18-month-old Ian Maniski-Huff so severely on Thanksgiving Day 2015, that the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury and a lacerated liver.  He died of his injuries.  Jury selection resumes today.  Five jurors have already been seated.



Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:


The Corning chiropractor charged last June with sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a female client pled guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal.  32-year-old Jeremiah Wright will have to pay a $100 fine, a $150 surcharge, and obey an order of protection.  Wright’s accuser, Wendy Hammond, was not allowed to speak during the hearing.  She said she was disappointed by the verdict. 



Bath Road Work Schedule for This Week:


According to a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, the schedule for milling work for roads Bath this week is as follows: today on Haverling and Liberty Street from the “Y” by the Civil War Monument to the Sherwin Williams Store; tomorrow from the Sherwin Williams store down through Liberty Street and on East Steuben Street from Jones Smoke Shop to Angry Oven Pizza; and on Friday the side streets.



O’Mara Proposes Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic:


State Senator Tom O’Mara has co-sponsored a series of legislative measures to combat the heroin epidemic in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, as well as statewide.  The legislative package would build on existing state laws, programs, and services to strengthen awareness, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.  It would also increase charges against heroin traffickers and dealers.  Law enforcement would be able to charge a dealer with homicide if a person dies of an overdose.



Seniors’ Rights Program June 21st:


A presentation on the rights of senior citizens is slated for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 21st at Lakeview Apartments in Bath.  The program will include presentations by Steuben County Office for the Aging, the county Sheriff’s Department, the county Department of Social Services, Legal Assistance of Western New York, and the Steuben Center for Rehab and Healthcare.  For more information call (607) 664-2322.



Self-Driving Vehicle Tested on I-90 in NYS:


There was a small glimpse of the possible future of automobiles on Tuesday as Audi tested the first self-driving vehicle in New York on I-90.  With the acting commissioner of the DMV in the vehicle, the engineer in the driver’s seat got onto I-90 and let go of the wheel.  The demonstration is part of a year-long testing period approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  It could be 2020 or 2021 until vehicles based on this prototype are available on car lots, according to Audi.  

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