Another Winter Storm
Old man winter has given us another punch as heavy snows and winds are causing problems this morning. Slippery roads, power outages and strong winds have forced the closing of most schools, caused many cancellations. NYSEG reports over 7,000 customers have lost power. Tree limps are reportedly falling due to the heavy snow. Forecasters say the winter storm warning will remain in effect until 1:00am Sat morning. Expect difficult travel this morning as work crews continue to get streets and roads cleared. A travel advisory has been issued by Steuben County advising no unnecessary travel
Corning Community College Student Dies of Suspected Overdose:
Corning Community College released a statement Thursday about a medical emergency that claimed the life of a student. Painted Post State Police are investigating and the college says it is cooperating. Troopers say that they were called to the campus on a report of two unconscious people. Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and authorities say she regained consciousness. Naloxone was also give to a 26-year-old man, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
Felony Charges for 14 in "Operation Spring Break":
At a press conference in Hornell Wednesday authorities announced the arrest of 14 people in what they've dubbed "Operation Spring Break." The accused allegedly sold different types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and prescription pills. Each faces criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance charges. One of the accused - Joshua Withrow - is also charged with criminal negligent homicide for allegedly selling drugs that killed someone in an overdose several months ago. Authorities said that while "Operation Spring Break" was extremely successful, there was one suspect that was not arrested: 63-year-old Hamid Afzali. They are calling him a person of interest and ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts contact the Hornell Police Department.
More Trouble at Elmira Correctional Facility:
Trouble continues at the Elmira Correctional Facility with more fights between inmates and the seizure of more makeshift weapons by officers in recent weeks. The first incident occurred on February 7th when two inmates started fighting inside the gym at the prison. One inmate suffered cuts to his face. A second fight happened on February 12th when two inmates allegedly attacked another inmate. Two ice pick-style weapons and a piece of broken glass were found after inmates dropped them to the floor. All three inmates were taken to the infirmary for treatment. Officials say more fights broke out over the next two weeks, with several of the incidents needing to be broken up with OC spray. Seven makeshift weapons were turned over by inmates or were found as a result of searches of the prison. Inmates involved in the incidents were placed in special housing units and are facing internal disciplinary charges.
Annual "Check Out Hunger" Campaign Ends Sunday:
The annual "Check Out Hunger" fundraising event for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier ends this Sunday. That will be your last chance to help out by making a donation while checking out at your local Wegmans. Last year, over $250,000 was donated. This year, officials have set a goal of $290,000.