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Today's Top Stories - Friday, October 3rd

Reported Home Invasion, Shooting in Big Flats:


New York State Police were on the scene overnight of a reported home invasion and shooting in Big Flats.  It happened at a home on Owen Hollow Road.  An all-points bulletin was issued saying that authorities were searching for a suspect who reportedly stole a vehicle and fled the scene, but it has since been canceled.  There are no details at this time as to the victim or ongoing situation.



Corning Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges:


A Corning man has pled guilty to possessing child pornography.  53-year-old Kevin Theil was arrested in February after searches of his home in Corning and his lake house in Hammondsport revealed images of child pornography.  Theil faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He is set to be sentenced on December 21st



Wayland Man Sentenced for Lying About Plane Crash:


A Wayland man who lied about the details of a plane he crashed two years ago at an airport in Wyoming County has been sentenced by a federal judge to one year supervised release.  40-year-old Brian Woodhams received his sentence in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office says when Woodhams crashed, he had a 15-year-old passenger on board, who was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said based on the pilot’s license class, he was prohibited from carrying passengers unless a flight instructor was also in the plane. Prosecutors said Woodhams repeatedly lied to several federal agencies. Woodhams has consistently maintained he was alone at the time of the crash.



Hogan Added to Hornell IDA as Consultant:


Though he won’t be serving as Mayor for much longer, Shawn Hogan will still be involved in Hornell’s future as the Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved adding him to its staff as a consultant.  Hogan has been given a 2-year contract that begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st 2019 at a set pay rate of $5,000 per month.  Board president Sam Nasca said that the IDA is thrilled to have someone with so much knowledge and experience to help the growth and direction of the city in the next few years.



Bath Kmart Not On Latest Closing List:


On Thursday, Sears Holdings published a list of Sears and Kmart stores that will be closing by late January 2018.  A statement read that they “will continue to close some unprofitable stores as [they] transform [their] business model…”  Eligible employees working at the stores set for closure will receive severance and will be given the opportunity to apply for open positions at nearby stores, according to the statement.  The good news for local Kmart fans: there are no New York stores on the list at this time.



Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday:


If you’re tired of dark mornings on your way to work or while you’re taking the little ones to school, some relief is on the way on this weekend as Daylight Saving Time meets its annual end.  The switch will occur at 2 a.m. Sunday.  Most computers, phones, and DVRS automatically make the “fall back” shift, but analog clocks will need to be moved manually either at that moment, or the night before.  We won’t return to daylight saving until Sunday, March 11th.

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