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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 28th

Buyer Backs Out of First Arena Deal:


There’s more bad news for Elmira’s First Arena.  Tuesday, potential buyer Brian Barrett, co-owner of Simmons-Rockwell, officially withdrew from negotiations to purchase the facility.  According to Chemung County Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli, Barrett backed out after Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss made public an investigation into how the IDA acquired the arena in 2015.  Last week Moss said in a press conference that they’d received several tips suggesting the deal was not done by the book and that the allegations could possibly include coercion, official misconduct, and violations of the New York State General Municipal Law.  In a statement yesterday, the IDA said it’s reviewing its options, “both legally and with respect to the future viability of the Arena.”



Drug Charge for Bath Woman Following Campbell Fire:


A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a fire in the Town of Campbell in March.  Fire crews were dispatched on March 18th to a structure on County Route 17.  The structure was a total loss and the resulting investigation found, according to the Sheriff’s Office, several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine around the property.  Tuesday, 32-year-old Amber Landsborough, who was injured in the blaze, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.  She was issued an appearance ticket.  Officials say the investigation is ongoing.



Multiple Charges After Passenger Tries to Cause Accident:


A 50-year-old man from Walworth was arrested in Corning Monday on multiple charges after he allegedly tried to cause the vehicle he was riding in to crash.  Albert Valentin is accused of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals.  As a passenger in the vehicle, Valentin allegedly punched a dog continuously and tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to cause a wreck.  The driver and a 15-year-old passenger fled the vehicle after arriving at a Canisteo Street location and called police.  Valentin was taken into custody without incident and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail.



Gov. Cuomo Calls Special Legislative Session:


Despite going to recess last week, the New York State Legislature will be headed back to Albany today after Governor Andrew Cuomo called a special session.  The cost for the extra time is expected to be hefty for taxpayers, with lawmakers outside of a 50-mile radius of the Capitol entitled to $165 of per diem a day.  Both the Senate and Assembly are set to gavel in at 1 p.m.



Job Fair Tomorrow in Hornell:


CSS Workforce New York is teaming up with the City of Hornell to host a job fair tomorrow in Hornell.  It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Main Place.  Organizers say 25-employers with over 200 immediate openings will participate.  Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and to dress appropriately for on-site interviews.



Benefit for Injured State Trooper:


When a member of the police force gets injured, it affects the entire community, and now, the community stepping up in turn.  Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo will be hosting The Signal 30 Benefit Fund for Craig Foglia on June 30th from 5 to 11 p.m. with support from the New York State Trooper’s Benevolent Association.  Trooper Foglia, a 14-year veteran with the State Police, was injured last month when he was struck on the side of I-86 in Campbell during a traffic stop.  The event will feature a pig roast, live music, a bonfire, and a silent auction.  Tickets at the door are $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Trooper Foglia.

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