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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 11th

Burrows’ Steuben Arraignment Tomorrow:


The man accused of killing a Big Flats man will be back in court tomorrow.  This time, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows will be in Steuben County for arraignment.  He has already been arraigned in Chemung County where he pled not guilty to first-degree murder and twelve other counts.  According to police, Burrows crimes began in Steuben County when he attempted to kidnap a woman from a parking lot in Corning.  He then allegedly stole her car and crashed it on the Steuben-Chemung County line.  He’s accused of then breaking into a Big Flats home and killing 60-year-old Timothy Webster and stealing his vehicle.



Corning Woman Arrested for Stealing Wallet:


A Corning woman has been arrested and charged for stealing a wallet.  45-year-old Hope Trussell is accused of stealing the wallet while at retail establishment in the Town of Erwin.  She has been released with an appearance ticket.



Parts of Hornellsville Under Boil Water Advisory:


Due to a water main problem Tuesday night in Hornellsville, parts of Hornellsville are under a boil water advisory.  A water main break was repaired, but due to a water pressure issue the advisory is in place.  The boil water advisory affects those on Airport Road, Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North, and County Route 66.  According to Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the advisory might be lifted by tomorrow.



Steuben to Consider Future “Best Value” Purchases:


Steuben County is likely to be in a position to take advantage of national cooperative pricing for future purchases, pending the passage of a local law within the next few months.  Known as “best value” purchasing, the choice is an option for counties, county Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee Tuesday.  Wheeler told the committee the local law, if adopted, would allow Steuben to consider alternatives, such as quality, in awarding contracts.  The ability to join in a nationwide cooperative for purchases is even more important since other group purchasing options, such as state bids, are less available, he said.



State Police Launch Drone Program:


The New York State Police have launched a drone program.  The State Police Unmanned Aerial System will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response, and traffic safety.  It is said that the drones can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time, resulting in shorter road closures and lessening the impact on motorists.  The drones can also be used to document and photograph crime scenes.  Four drones will be put in place this month for Troops A, D, F, and G.  By April, an additional 14 drones are expected to be deployed.



O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Legislation:


New legislation to help combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being sponsored by local lawmaker, Senator Tom O’Mara.  The legislative package includes a pilot program for Lyme and tick-borne disease testing in children; a “Mental Health Impacts Report,” that would require the state to conduct a study on how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, such as Lyme, may relate to mental illness in those infected; the improvement of postmortem reporting of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by requiring those conducting postmortem examinations to report to the state Department of Health if the deceased individual was afflicted with Lyme or any other tick-borne disease at the time of death; and the establishment of an expert-based Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to review current practices for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Offering Pistol Permit Safety Courses:


A new round of pistol permit safety courses is being offered by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  The free course is required for Steuben County residents who want to apply for a pistol permit.   The classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 17th, April 21st, June 16th, August 18th, and October 20th.  Pistol permit applications will be available for purchase the day of each class for $10.  Reservations are required.  Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information. 

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