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Neurauter Press Conference:


Thursday the Steuben County District Attorney and law enforcement held a press conference where they discussed the latest developments in the murder of 46-year-old Michelle Neurauter in Corning in August.  According to authorities, circumstances at the scene immediately sparked the concerns of law enforcement about the true nature and cause of Neurauter’s death and an investigation began.  During the months between August and January of 2018, State Police assigned as many as 30 investigators at a time to pursue the investigation.  As a result of their efforts, on Thursday a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up indictments against 46-year-old Lloyd Neurauter and his 20-year-old daughter Karrie Neurauter.  Lloyd is facing 9 counts, including murder in the first degree which is a Class A-1 felony and carries a maximum potential sentence of life without the possibility of parole.  Kerrie, who is charged as an accomplice, is charged with 4 counts, including murder in the second, also a Class A-1 felony that carries a sentence ranging from 15 years to life to 25 years to life in prison.  Karrie Neurauter is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail without bail.  Lloyd Neurauter is currently being held in the Brunswick County New Jersey Jail.  Members of the Corning Police Department are expected to pick him up and bring him back to New York this week.  Authorities also took the time Thursday to thank Corning Incorporated – Michelle’s employer – who they say went above and beyond in the case and has provided significant assistance in the investigation. 



“Security Concern” at Guthrie Corning Hospital:


Police were called to Guthrie Corning Hospital Wednesday night in response to a “security concern,” according to a hospital spokesperson. While details around the incident were not released, in a statement officials thanked local law enforcement for their quick response which helped resolve the situation without incident.  They said that there was no disruption to patient care and at no time were patients, staff, or visitors at risk. 



Lawsuit Filed Against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does:


A class action lawsuit has been filed against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does on behalf of owners and residents within the Houghton Plot neighborhood of Corning.  The lawsuit alleges damages from “decreased property values, loss of the reasonable use and enjoyment of property and quality of life, nuisance, negligence, strict liability, and response costs” as a result of the neighborhood previously being used by Corning Incorporated to dump ash and other wastes.  The suit seeks full remediation of the neighborhood.  In a statement Corning Incorporated responded, saying that it intends to vigorously defend against the claims and that they have worked diligently with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and with the residents and have performed DEC-approved work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while minimizing disruption to the neighborhood. 



SCLBC Property Demolished Monday:


Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building in the Village of Bath on East Washington Street on Monday, and a second demolition slated for April in the City of Hornell.  The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed land bank in July 2017.  The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in Corning by next summer.  Proceeds will be returned to the county land bank for future rehabilitation/demolition work.



NYS Sheriffs Call for Armed Officers in all Schools:


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association called upon the state Legislature Thursday to include sufficient funding in the 2018 state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state.  There are roughly 4,750 public schools and nearly 2,000 private schools educating students in grades K through 12 in the state.  The Sheriffs’ Association estimates that the cost of this proposal would be roughly equivalent to that of adding one teacher to each of these schools.  Some schools already have SROs that are funded by the school district, the county government, or both, but the number of them has dropped in recent years due to the lack of local funding. 



Bath Rotary Club Offering Scholarships, Student Loans:


The Bath Rotary Club is taking applications for scholarship and student loan opportunities for area high school seniors.  Applications are available for the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship and Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship to students of Avoca, Bath-Haverling, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, and Prattsburgh.  Additionally, the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and the Interact Scholarship are available to students of Bath-Haverling.  The application deadline is April 1st.  Recipients will be notified and invited to attend a club luncheon in May.  For more information visit http://www.bathnyrotary.org

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