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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, March 14th

Drug Charges in I-390 Pullover:


A pullover on I-390 has resulted in felony drug charges for three people.  According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was pulled over for vehicle and traffic violations and over a pound of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine were found in the vehicle.  35-year-old Jason Quick of Canisteo is accused of criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd.  26-year-old Marcus Ruckdeschel of Nunda and 19-year-old Dylan Lew of Portageville were also charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd, and Lew was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th for the alleged cocaine possession. 



Hornell Man Killed in Florida Accident:


A Hornell man has been killed in an accident Monday in Florida.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in Holly Hill, just outside of Daytona and 54-year-old Dave Rumchuck was killed.



Steuben to Increase Interdiction Efforts:


Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction locally could get a boost by mid-April, with county legislative committees agreeing to hire two new deputies, thereby allowing two veteran deputies to be trained in drug traffic interdictions.  The county Legislature’s Administration Committee agreed to allocate four vacant positions for the county Sheriff’s department, with the stipulation two of the positions be filled immediately.  County officials will also apply for a grant to fund the remaining two positions which would allow for more drug investigators later in the year.  The committee’s action Tuesday followed approval by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee last week.



$1400 Raised for Food Bank in “Check Out Hunger” Shopping Spree:


The annual “Check Out Hunger Shopping Spree” was held Tuesday and more than $1,400 was raised for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The annual event is put on by WETM-TV, Jubilee Foods, and the food bank.  This year Ray Kellar of Horseheads won the chance to race the clock.  He shopped for two minutes and racked up $1,402.80.  Jubilee Foods will now donate a dollar amount equal to the amount of food gathered.



National School Walkout Event:


Students across the region may march out of school this morning in support of victims and protesting against the latest school massacre in Florida last month. Some area school districts have embraced the notion, including Bath, Corning-Painted Post, Watkins Glen, and Penn Yan.  The Horseheads School District is encouraging students to take part in campus alternatives.  Students will march out of classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the lives of the 17 victims killed. 

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