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Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 30th

Deal for Campbell Kraft Plant Being Finalized:


Congressman Tom Reed released a statement Thursday announcing that a purchase agreement is about to be finalized for the Campbell Kraft plant.  The potential buyer is unknown and there are no official details at this time.  Senator Charles Schumer said that they’re “doing everything in their power to secure a good deal for the workers, regional dairy farmers, and the local community.”  In November 2015, Kraft announced a timetable for closing the plant; there have been several extensions since while officials sought a buyer.   The facility employs more than 300 people.



P.A. Sentenced for Killing Eagles in Addison:


The Pennsylvania man who poisoned eagles on his farm in Addison has been sentenced.  68-year-old William Wentling pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act, and will serve two years’ probation and will pay a $3,500 fine.  Federal prosecutors said that Wentling used a restricted use pesticide that’s highly toxic to wildlife to poison sheep carcasses at his farm in an attempt to control predators, particularly birds of prey.  Officials say two bald eagles, including a nesting female with a clutch of eggs, two red-tailed hawks, and a rough-legged hawk were killed.   



Hornby Man Charged for Emaciated Dog:


A Hornby man was arrested earlier this week following complaints to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit about a dog at large in Schuyler County.  The dog was found to be owned by Craig Cline and according to authorities their investigation found the animal to be emaciated and that Cline was not providing adequate sustenance.  He was charged with over-driving, a misdemeanor.  He was issued an appearance ticket.



Law Enforcement to be Available in Town and Village Courts in Steuben:


Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase their court security, after county legislators approved this week a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours.  The community requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service, based on the individual officer’s overtime rate, according to Sheriff Jim Allard. 



Hauryski Urges State Senate to Pass Sales Tax Authority:


Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski urged the New York State Senate Thursday to immediately enact legislation protecting county sales tax authority and prevent double-digit hikes in property taxes in 2018.  The 1 percent sales tax authority presently being held from passage is one of the most vital sources of revenue for Steuben County, according to Hauryski.  He added that if it were to lapse, property taxes in the county would increase approximately 23 percent in 2018.  Steuben officials also urged county residents to contact their state representatives and urge the passage of sales tax reauthorization.



4th of July DWI Crackdown:


Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the 4th of July holiday, Sheriff Jim Allard has announced.  The effort starts today and will run through July 4th.



Hockey Could Return to First Arena:


Despite losing its potential new owner earlier this week, there might still be some good news on the horizon for Elmira’s First Arena.  18 News reports that talks were held Thursday between Elmira Pioneers co-owner Robbie Nichols and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen to discuss the possibility of bringing a Federal League Hockey team to Elmira.  The FHL is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as one team in Ontario.  Nichols’ lawyer told media that Nichols and his organization “would take the arena, bring in a team, and make sure to keep the operation going on a sound basis.” 



4th of July Fireworks Around the Area:


With the 4th of July weekend upon us, you might be hoping to take in some fireworks and if that’s the case you do have some choices as to where and when.  Tonight there will be fireworks in Watkins Glen at Clute Memorial Park at 9:45 p.m., and tomorrow in Hammondsport at the Fireman’s Carnival on State Route 54 around 10:30 p.m.  Saturday’s traditional event at Eldridge Park in Elmira has been moved to Sunday due to the weather.  The fireworks will be around 9:30 p.m.  Then on Tuesday you can take in a show in Corning at Memorial Stadium at 9:45, or in Hornell at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 p.m.

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