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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 15th

Canisteo Woman Killed in Vehicle Accident:


A Canisteo woman was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Bearlick Hollow Road in the Town of Hartsville.  Emergency responders were called to the scene on reports of a woman trapped underneath the driver’s side of a vehicle.  The woman was taken to Saint James Mercy hospital, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.  The driver was identified as 75-year-old Bonnie Kraft.  Investigation by State Police determined that Kraft erroneously put the vehicle into reverse gear instead of park, exited the idling vehicle, and was subsequently knocked to the ground and pinned by the rolling vehicle.  The investigation is ongoing and no foul play is currently suspected.



Wayland Man Allegedly Pulled Shotgun During Dispute:


A Wayland man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at another person during a dispute.  According to State Police, 31-year-old Scott Wiley was also determined to be a felon, meaning he was not able to possess the shotgun.  Their investigation also found that the shotgun was reported stolen.  Wiley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and menacing.  He was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.



Horseheads Man Accused of Selling Stolen Property:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Horseheads man for criminal possession of stolen property.  19-year-old Mason Shephard is accused of possessing and selling stolen property to a retail establishment in Erwin.  Shepard was released on an appearance ticket.



California Man Goes Missing in Steuben Co., Found Following Search:


State Police from Painted Post and Bath, as well as a State Police K-9 team were dispatched Wednesday after a California man went missing.  According to police, the 22-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle that had pulled into the Campbell Rest Area on I-86 around 3:30 a.m.  For unknown reasons, the man ran into the woods upon exiting the vehicle, and failed to return.  Roughly an hour into the search, the man was located and subsequently taken to Corning Hospital for evaluation.



Corning Man Charged with Threatening Police Officers with Knife:


A Corning man has been arrested for menacing police officers.  49-year-old James Holiday allegedly threatened the officers with a kitchen knife.  He was charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and obstructing governmental administration.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Democratic Challenges to Reed Debate in Elmira:


For the first time, voters in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties got to see and hear from all the Democratic challengers of Republican Tom Reed in one place Wednesday night.  The six candidates held a debate at the headquarters of the Economic Opportunity Program in Elmira and topics covered ranged from library funding to unions, climate change, healthcare, and - on a day when thousands of students across the nation walked out of class in protest of gun violence, including hundreds locally – gun control.  The Democratic Primary is set for June 26th.  All the candidates have said they will support the winner in November’s general election.



Toys “R” Us Closing all U.S. Stores:


After 70 years of business, Toys “R” Us has announced that it will be closing or selling all of its U.S. stores.  Employees were notified on Wednesday before the announcement was made.  Toys “R” Us has nearly 800 stores across the country.



Residential Brush Burning Prohibited Through May 14th in NYS:


With spring approaching, bringing with it heightened conditions for wildfires, the Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that residential brush burning is prohibited across New York State March 16th through May 14th.  Much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, but warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise.  The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2018 fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App, which is available on the DEC’s website.  Violators of the open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.

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