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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 26, 2017

Missing Local Girls Return Home for Christmas
A happy ending was made possible this Christmas for two Southern Tier families whose missing daughters returned home safely. Elmira Heights police have found 14-year-old Evelyn Walborn, an Elmira Heights girl who has been missing since last Monday when she left for school. She was found by Elmira Heights police around 10pm last night and the Elmira Heights Police Department thank the public for their help in finding Evelyn as the case continues to be investigated.
Seven-year-old Brianna Rhodes from Corning was discovered last evening at 7:55pm by the Corning PD. Both girls are now reunited with their families thanks to the dedication of the police and the concerned public that helped to bring them home for the holidays.

Local Police Concerned About Carentanil
Local police are preparing to combat a new drug called carentanil, a synthetic and very potent opioid derived from fentanyl. The narcotic, which is normally used carefully by veterinarians as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants, has been found in batches of opiate drugs throughout the country this past year and is 5,000 times stronger than heroin- so powerful that a piece the size of a grain of salt can be fatal. Steuben County Sheriff Allard described it as: “...fentanyl on steroids.” Though carentanil has not been found in the area yet, local police are being extra careful and advising residents to do the same by avoiding touching anything that may be heroin or any other illicit opioid substance to and to report it to their local police department or Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Congressman Reed Receives Coal for Christmas at Olean Office
Do you think your Congressman was naughty or nice this year? An Olean newspaper reports that Tom Reed found a stocking of full of coal left outside the congressman's Olean office. The gift included a note criticizing the GOP tax plan, which Reed has staunchly supported.  According to
Olean Times Harold, the note’s message read "To the Grinch who voted 13 million to lose their health care, including kids. Bankruptcy and death to constituents." Reed’s spokesperson says the package was not hazardous or criminal, noting: "We have no concerns regarding the package. Our office welcomes any and all communications from constituents."

Cuomo Announces Election Reform for State of the State 2018
Governor Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda and has dubbed it “The Democracy Agenda”, which he says will be the strongest and most comprehensive reforms in the nation that mandate transparency in political advertising. It will also require online platforms to maintain an archive of political ads and protect State elections from outside influence.  Cuomo said the plan will also modernize New York's antiquated voting system to make it easier to vote.

NY Road Construction Suspension Continues Until New Year's
A reminder that road construction in NYS continues to be suspended during peak holiday travel times until the end of the weekend to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.  

Friends, Family and Fans to Remember Late Local Radio Personality
A sad story in local broadcasting: former sports director for Hornell station WLEA, Casey Cameron passed away this weekend at Elderwood Home in Hornell. Cameron was a longtime sports director for the AM radio channel up until his retirement three years ago and lived to be 59 years old. Radio personality and coworker Marcia Everitt recalls: “He had a wonderful family who he adored and they adored him,” Cameron’s wake will be at the Dagon Funeral Home in Hornell on Thursday from 4 to 7pm and his funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church Friday at 10am while Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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