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Multiple Charges for Wayland Man in Hit-and-Run:


A Wayland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk last weekend, crashing his car, and fleeing the scene of the accident.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Donald James was driving north on Route 415 on October 21st when he lost control around the intersection of County Road 36 and struck a guard rail.  His vehicle then rolled through a front lawn, and struck a parked car and a garage.  Witnesses say James then fled, running into the woods.  He was tracked with the help of K-9 officers and was ultimately taken into custody after a chase through a cornfield.  James is facing charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, petit larceny, parole violation, and other vehicle and traffic violations. 



Drug, Weapons Charges Following Corning Traffic Stop:


A routine traffic stop in Corning on Sunday led to gun and drug charges for five people from Elmira.  According to officers, they pulled over a vehicle around 1 a.m. and they could smell marijuana coming from inside.  Upon further inspection they say they found a loaded handgun along with marihuana and cocaine.  21-year-old Sterling Kelley is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges.  And 31-year-old Eric Barner, 35-year-old Tyrea Sessoms, 24-year-old Alicia Haskins, and 28-year-old John Dunham are all facing criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm charges in varying degrees.  Kelley, Barner, and Sessoms were taken into custody.  Haskins and Dunham were issued appearance tickets.



Emergency Landing at E-C Airport:


A private plan made an emergency landing at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Saturday.  According to Director of Aviation, Bill Hopper, the plane experienced a mechanical malfunction.  After a fly-by, the pilot was able to land the plane safely.  The plane is a locally owned Cessna twin-propeller aircraft. 



NY Firefighters Return from CA Saturday:


A team of 20 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who helped battle and contain wildfires in California were welcomed home Saturday.  Currently, 95 percent of the fire is contained and full containment is expected by the end of the month.  The returning crew was made up of brave men and women from across the state, including one from Steuben County: DEC Volunteer Firefighter, Lawrence Day.



Gov. Cuomo Calls Out Rep. Reed, Collins for Budget Votes; Reed Fires Back:


It was a “he said-he said” war of words this weekend between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican congressman Tom Reed.  It started when Cuomo singled out Reed and Chris Collins as the only two of New York’s nine GOP House members to vote in favor of budget legislation that would eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes.  Cuomo called the men “Benedict Arnolds,” saying that “they voted against the interests of the people in their districts.”  Reed took to Twitter and fired back, calling the Governor a “hypocrite.”  Cuomo and state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli have said the elimination will cost New York billions of dollars, Reed claims the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state. 



Bowling Tournament Raises $8K for Komen Org.:


Crystal Lanes in Corning held the Seventh Annual Bowl for the Cure on Sunday and it was a record turnout.  The event, which supports the local Susan G. Komen organization, raised more than $8,000, which is a record for the event.

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