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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 7th

Former Navy Recruiter Sentenced to Jail for Conspiring to Kill Wife:


The former United Sates Navy recruiter that pled guilty to conspiring to kill his wife was sentenced Tuesday.  30-year-old Brandon McPherson, of Horseheads, was sentenced in Steuben County Court to five to fifteen years in a New York State Correction Facility.  McPherson pled guilty to Conspiracy in the second in January.  At the time of the crime, McPherson was a recruiter for the U.S. Navy and he enlisted the help of a potential recruit to commit the murder.  That person revealed the plot to the New York State Police and after an investigation McPherson was arrested.



Steuben’s Stand Up for Recovery Draws Crowd:


Steuben County’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” rally took place Tuesday in the Steuben County Office Building, drawing dozens of supporters and agencies experienced with the challenges of addiction and recovery.  The event tackled the negative public perception of addiction by focusing on recovery and calling for more services to assist addicts and their loved ones.  Steuben County officials voiced their support for the agencies, with county Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski officially proclaiming the day Steuben County Stand Up for Recovery Day.



Arnot Mall Redevelopment Application Approved:


The Arnot Mall is one step closer to its redevelopment dream, as the Big Flats Town Planning Board has approved the application for the project.  Work is expected to get underway in the coming weeks on the first stage of the project:  a new 4-story Holiday Inn Express.  The mall wants to demolish the old Bon-Ton space to make room for the hotel.  The hope is that it will attract upwards of 40,000 people annually.



Arrest Made in Utica College Threats:


A student has been arrested for making the threats that forced Utica College to go on lockdown on Monday.  23-year-old Fahrudin Omerovic was arrested at his home and police say no weapons were found.  Omervoic allegedly used a phone app to alter his voice and called in threats Monday to the college and Tuesday to Utica Police.  He has been charged with four counts of making a terroristic threat.



NYS Senate Unveils Plan to Help NY Agriculture:


State Senator Tom O’Mara and his colleagues within the Senate Majority Conference have unveiled a new plan they say will help the state’s agriculture industry.  The “Growing Strong” Plan, proposes a series of investments, educational strategies, and tax and regulatory reforms to strengthen the industry.  One of the plan’s key proposals is the restoration of approximately $13 million in funding cuts currently being negotiated in the 2018-2019 state budget. 



St. James Mercy, UR Medicine Finalize Agreement:


St. James Mercy Hospital and UR Medicine have announced that they have finalized an affiliation agreement.  The deal will help St. James continue to expand services and improve patient care, and to complete construction on the new Medical Village on schedule.  St. James is the sixth hospital to join UR Medicine’s network, the others include Strong Memorial and Highland in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville, and F. Thompson in Canandaigua. 



Defense Against School Shooters Training at C-G High School:


Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon has announced a training session on how to handle a school shooter situation will be held at the Canisteo-Greenwood High School.  It will be on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. and it will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. 

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