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Guilty Plea in Corning Murder Case:


20-year-old Kerrie Neuratuer appeared in Steuben County Court Wednesday where she entered a guilty plea to Murder in the second degree – admitting that she intentionally aided her father, Lloyd Neurauter, in the murder of her mother and Lloyd’s ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter.  Under oath, Kerrie said her father confronted her in mid-August with an ultimatum: if she did not agree to help him kill her mother, he would kill himself.  Kerrie said her father wanted to be free from child support and alimony and wanted custody of his youngest child.  While she said she wasn’t involved in the actual killing of her mother, Kerrie detailed the plan where she drove Lloyd to and from the Dwight Avenue home, disconnected several devices to hide his presence, distracted a younger sibling, helped him stage the scene, and lied to police as directed by him.  The plea carries a sentence promise of not more than 15 years to life in New York State Prison, and as part of the agreement, Kerrie agreed to give truthful testimony against Lloyd at trial.  After the plea, Kerrie was sent to the Steuben County Jail pending sentencing.  Lloyd Neurauter’s trial is set to begin on September 24th



Curtis Burrows Found Dead in Jail Cell:


The man charged with killing a Big Flats man and attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday evening, according to Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss.  The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating.  It is believed to be a suicide.  Burrows was accused of meeting a woman in Corning and attempting to kidnap her.  She escaped, but he stole her car and after crashing along the Chemung-Steuben County line, he traveled on foot and broke into a home in Big Flats.  There he shot homeowner Timothy Webster before fleeing in Webster’s truck.  He crashed near Mansfield and was later arrested in the hospital.  He was facing a first-degree murder charge and 12 other counts.



Fire in Campbell:


Multiple fire departments were called to a home on Stoney Ridge Road in Campbell Wednesday just after 5 p.m.  Details are limited at this time, but the fire reportedly caused major structural damage to the second floor.  It is unknown if anyone was injured. 



O’Mara, Palmesano Join Call for More Investment in NY Roads:


State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano were joined Wednesday by a bipartisan group of 142 state legislators and a statewide coalition of county and town highway superintendents and other leaders to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges, and culverts.  They’re asking for an increase in state base aid for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) by $85 million to a total of $523 million, and they’re seeking the restoration of a $65 million “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation. 



DEC Releases 2017 Hunting-Related Shooting Incident Numbers:


The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that the 2017 hunting seasons in New York saw the second-lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents.  Of the 19 incidents last year, 14 were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality.  New York’s lowest incident rate was in 2016, with just 13 incidents.  The DEC encourages hunters to remember that many incidents could have been prevented if primary hunter safety rules had been followed: treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, control the muzzle and keep it pointed in a safe direction, identify your target and what lies beyond, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, and wear hunter orange.

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