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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 12th

Fight at Wayland School Leads to Arrest:


A 17-year-old from Atlanta, New York has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported fight at the Wayland Central School in October.  It’s alleged that the unidentified teen intentionally caused physical injury, a concussion, to another person.  She has been charged with assault in the third and has been released on an appearance ticket.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 25-year-old Jeffrey Marvin of

Coopers Plains on a violation of probation warrant.  It’s alleged that Marvin violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a previous criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.  Marvin was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Website Launches for St. James Hospital:


Residents hoping to keep up with the latest developments with the new St. James Mercy Hospital now have a new tool at their disposal, one directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.  The hospital has launched a new website, http://thenewstjames.com/, that will include photos of construction, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities will offer.



$400K Awarded to Area Non-Profits:


At its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening, the Community Foundation of Elmira gave more than $400,000 in grants to 58 non-profit organizations.  The programs are located in both Chemung and Southeastern Steuben County, and they were selected through an application process.  They range from arts organizations to environment and human services, to education and youth programs.



Alfred State to use Propane Cannon to Scare Crows:


Alfred State University Police took to their twitter account to give residents a heads up about some “big bangs” they will soon be hearing around the campus.  According to the tweets, over the next week and a half the college will be using a propane cannon to scare off crows that have been wreaking havoc on the campus.  They assured that there are no projectiles and that the birds will not be harmed.  The cannon will be fired at increments from dusk until dark.  Anyone with questions may call the Alfred State Facilities department at (607) 587-4750.



Red Cross Urges Blood Donations:


With some 200 blood drives cancelled due to the recent severe weather and bitter cold, the American Red Cross is urging anyone eligible to donate, to please do so.  Winter is traditionally a slow time because of hectic holiday schedules and cold and flu season, but the weather has compounded the issue.  To see if there are any blood drives happening in your area, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter your zip code.

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