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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 14th

Hornell Woman Charged for Stealing for Business:


A Hornell woman is facing charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief.  48-year-old Carol LaMont is accused of stealing property from a Hornellsville area business and has been charged with three counts of grand larceny in the 4th degree and one count of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree.  Following arraignment, LaMont was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.



Arrests Made During Safe Hunting Enforcement Event:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office recently held a joint operation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police to promote safe hunting in Steuben County through education and the enforcement of hunting laws.  During this effort the following arrests were made:  69-year-old Clarence Bange of Caton was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, and two counts of failure to tag deer.  He was released on summons.  52-year-old Jeffery Drake of Jasper was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license and was released on an appearance ticket.  66-year-old Michael Ackroyd of Hornell was arrested for lending a hunting license to a hunter and was released on a appearance ticket.  30-year-old Johnathan Pierson of Avoca was arrested for possessing a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle and was released on an appearance ticket.



Corning Woman Arrested in Alleged Domestic Incident:


41-year-old Jeannie Teeter of Corning was arrested on December 9th after Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a report of an alleged assault during an incident of domestic violence.  It’s alleged that Teeter choked another person to the point of unconsciousness.  She was charged with strangulation in the second degree, a class D felony, and was released on her own recognizance. 



18-year-old Accused of Defrauding Social Services:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 18-year-old Kayla Swift of Wayland at the Public Safety Building in Bath for allegedly filing a false temporary assistance application with the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony and has been released on an appearance ticket.



Hornell CSD Holding Mental Health Seminar:


Tomorrow the Hornell School District will be holding a seminar on mental health disorders for students.  The keynote speaker will be Scott Hines.  The district would like to remind parents that if they do not wish their child, or children, to attend the seminar they must contact the school office.



Cuomo Proposes Surrender of Firearms after D.V. Convictions:


Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first proposal Wednesday under the 2018 State of the State: legislation that would require all domestic violence crime convictions to result in the immediate removal of all firearms from the perpetrator.  That would include misdemeanors.  Currently, state law prohibits the possession of firearms for those convicted of felony or “serious” offenses, but certain misdemeanor offenses involving domestic violence, such as assault and battery crimes or strangulation are excluded.  The State of the State address will be given on January 3rd at 1 p.m. in Albany.



Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Proceed:


A federal judge in Syracuse has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart can proceed.  The ruling Wednesday also rejected a motion by Stewart seeking a partial dismissal of the civil suit over the death of Kevin Ward.  Stewart struck and killed Ward at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th 2014.  Ward had just crashed and had exited his vehicle.  He was walking down the track toward Stewart when he was struck.  Ward’s family contends that Stewart caused the wreck and that Stewart struck Ward while attempting to scare him.  Stewart maintains that he didn’t see Ward until the last second and that he tried to swerve to avoid him.  An investigation by a grand jury determined that there was no criminal act on Stewart’s part.



$67M in Funding for Southern Tier Projects:


The State Regional Economic Development Program funding was announced Wednesday, and the Southern Tier will be receiving more than $67 million to fund 83 projects.  One of the biggest projects will be the construction of Golden Age Cheese Company in Painted Post.  It was awarded more than $2 million.  Other projects include $1.5 million to expand the Corning Museum of Glass studio and $1.3 million to enhance the Seneca Lake Waterfront in Watkins Glen.



Forged Document Accuses Schumer of Harassment, Schumer Pursuing Legal



In response to a fake document being shopped to media outlets claiming sexual harassment against Senator Charles Schumer, the lawmaker is saying that he is “pursuing every legal path” against whomever is behind the forged document.  The document listed allegations by a former Schumer staff aide, but when the former staffer was contacted by media she said they were untrue and that her signature had been forged.  Schumer’s office has asked the Capitol Police to investigate.



Red Cross Receives $7K from HOG:


The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes was recently presented with a check for over $7,600 from the Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Ride for the Red.  A total of 77 bikes participated in this year’s ride, raising money for the Service to the Armed Forces program.  The money will be used for local programs such as military salute events, comfort kits for the Bath V.A. and homeless veterans, and outreach support.  

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