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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, November 23rd

Corning Man Charged in Multiple Corning, Riverside Burglaries:


Multiple burglary charges have been leveled against a Corning man following investigation by authorities into multiple incidents in Corning and Riverside.  22-year-old Stanley Sellard has been charged with burglary, and 2nd and 3rd degree attempted burglary for allegedly robbing three homes and attempting to rob a fourth in Corning, and for an alleged burglary in the Village of Riverside.  He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.



Chemung County Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Charity Scam:


The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam involving a charity.  Last Sunday, November 19th, the "Paw Patrol Meet and Greet Pizza Party" was held at the Elmira Heights American Legion and it was supposed to be a fundraiser for charity.  However, the Sheriff's Office says it has received multiple calls regarding raffles at the event where the payout did not appear to reflect the amounts collected.  Callers also said that they were told that all proceeds from the event would go to charity.  The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that bought tickets to the event or donated in another fashion to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 723-2933.



Steuben Co. 2018 Budget Hearing Monday:


The public hearing on the proposed 2018 Steuben County budget will be Monday at 6 p.m.  If approved by county legislators, the $190.8 million budget will decrease the tax levy by approximately $10,000, and the average tax rate will drop two cents to $8.44 per $1,000 full value.  If the budget passes, the tax rate will be at its lowest in more than fifteen years.



Steuben Co. Considering Joining Opioid Lawsuit:


When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday, it’s expected to vote to join the mounting legal battle against opioid addiction.  Legislatures are considering a resolution to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic.  Some 20 other counties across the state have engaged legal counsel.  The lawsuit is similar to action taken in 1998 against four major tobacco growers that resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use. 



Discount NYS Fair Tickets Going On-Sale for Cyber Monday:


New York State Fair goers who want to save on tickets on this year, are in luck, as it has been announced that on Cyber Monday (November 27th) there will be an online-only sale for weekday ride-all-day wristbands and admission tickets.  The ride-all-day wristbands usually sell for $20 in advance, and $25 during the fair.  They will be available Monday at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/8927 for $12.50.  There are a few details to be aware of: there will only be 5,000 of the wristbands available, and there will be a limit of 4 per purchase.  Admission tickets will be available for $3.



Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips:


Thanksgiving is a time of family and fun, but it can also be dangerous.  Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and they've issued some safety tips: don't wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle; never leave the food unattended, stay in the kitchen; user a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on; keep anything that can catch fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, paper or plastic bags - away from your stove; and always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all appliances are turned off.



Steuben Co. Offers Special Services Registry:


Steuben County residents with special or functional needs – and facilities that serve those needs – may now register with the county Office of Emergency Services’ “Special Needs Registry.”  The voluntary registry will provide secured, confidential information to emergency response agencies, so responders serve them better during a disaster or other emergencies.  The registry can be accessed at https://www.delta-fnr.com/steubenny/Signin.  

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