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Burglary, Weapons Charges for 3 Hornell Men:


An investigation by Hornell police into a burglary last week has resulted in the arrests of three Hornell men.  21-year-old Rockie Hoose and 19-year-old George Brockway have been charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal sale of a firearm.  Hoose is additionally charged with parole violation.  The third man charged is 22-year-old James Pitts, who is facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marijuana.  Police said the arrests follow investigation into a burglary on July 12th in which four handguns were stolen.  All four weapons have since been recovered.  The investigation is ongoing and police say there may be more arrests.



Naples Man Arrested for Making Death Threats:


A Naples man was arrested after he allegedly made multiple death threats against the staff at Luigi’s Restaurant on Main Street in the village.  58-year-old Francis Phillips is facing charges of menacing, stalking, and resisting arrest.  He was sent to the Ontario County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



McAllister Files for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge:


Judge Chauncey Watches will some competition on the Republican ticket for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge.  Judge Patrick McAllister filed his petitions to be the nominee last week, gathering more than 3,000 signatures from registered Republicans across the county.  He is also seeking endorsements from Conservative and Independence Parties.  McAllister is an Assistant Steuben County District Attorney and he maintains a private practice in Wayland.



Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging has announced the first of a series of free seminars on Medicare July 25th through the 27th.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low income subsidies.  The first program will be July 25th at 10 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then July 26th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and the last seminar will be July 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  Future seminars are planned for August, September, and October.  For more information call the Steuben Office for the Aging.



Schumer Pushes Back Against Amtrak “Seat Shrink”:


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing back against a proposal by Amtrak to shrink legroom on its trains in order to create new economy seating.  In a statement made Sunday, Schumer said Amtrak should find ways to save money that don’t burden passengers.



Battery Fires Prompts Honda Recall:


There’s a new recall on Honda vehicles for owners to be aware of.  The company has announced the recall of nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles made between 2013 and 2016 because the cars’ battery sensors can cause fires in the engine.  The sensors, according to Honda, may not be “sufficiently sealed,” leading to substances like road salt getting into the sensor and causing a short.  The company said there have been no injuries reported.  This is another setback for Honda, which was the automaker hardest hit by the Takata airbag recall, with millions of its vehicles affected and 12 deaths, including one just last week, linked to the exploding airbags.  

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