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Meth Lab Discovered in Corning:


A fire in Corning Saturday morning lead to the discovery of an alleged meth lab.  According to Corning Police, authorities responded to a structure fire at Lamphear Court around 6 a.m. and while on scene police officers observed materials and evidence of an existing methamphetamine laboratory.  40-year-old Katrina Breon was arrested and she has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.  She is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.



Daughter Pleads “Not Guilty” in Mother’s Murder:


The daughter accused of killing her mother in Corning was arraigned Friday afternoon.  20-year-old Karrie Neurauter pled not guilty on second-degree murder charges.  Both Karrie and her father, Lloyd Neurauter, have been charged in connection with the murder. 



Steuben Begins Campaign to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children:


Steuben County officials have begun a five-year plan to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18.  County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill said an advisory committee has been formed to explore the most effective ways to address potential sexual exploitation of children in Steuben, beginning this year with providing training for key agencies and raising awareness of the problem.  “Commercial sexual exploitation is any time a child or youth, under 18, performs sex acts in exchange for something.  That ‘something’ could be money, drugs, food, a place to stay for the night, or anything,” explained Caudill.  County officials believe there are now unreported cases of the sexual exploitation of children in Steuben and more will be discovered through public awareness of the issue.  The county’s advisory committee includes representatives from the county’s social services, sheriff, probation, mental health, public health departments, and the youth bureau. 



Corning Seeking State Funds for Ice Rink:


To help pay for the needed upgrades to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink, Corning City officials have applied for $363,000 in state funding.  If secured, the money would be used along with $150,000 from Corning Enterprises and $3,000 from the Crystal City Parks Foundation to pay for renovations that would include repainting the roof trusses, bathroom upgrades, and ADA compliance improvement.  The upgrades would likely be completed in the spring and summer of 2019.



Cell Tower Proposed Near E-C Airport:


A company is hoping to build a new cell tower in the Town of Big Flats near the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  In response, airport director of aviation Bill Hopper said that he does not object to the tower, so long as it doesn’t interfere with airport operations.  For the time being, the fate of the proposed tower is undecided, as the Chemung County Planning Board has tabled the application for now.  It’s expected to be discussed again in three weeks.  In the meantime, the board has approved an application for a different tower in Big Flats along Hendy Creek Road.  It’s now up to the town for final approval.



NY Among Coalition of States to Sue Fed. Gov. Over Tax Reform:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is joining with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut in forming a coalition that will sue the federal government over the tax reform bill that was signed into law last month.  In particular, Cuomo calls the $10,000 limit on deductibility of state and local taxes unconstitutional.  There’s no timetable yet for filing.



Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Bill to Help Small Businesses:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Corning Friday where she announced a new bill to help minorities and women start small businesses.  Gillibrand says the Microloan Modernization Act would help provide loans and technical assistance to women and minority business owners who face problems getting loans from banks to start or improve their small businesses.     

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