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Today's Top Stories - Friday, April 13th

Lloyd Neurauter, Sister Accused of Attempting to Bribe Witness:


Lloyd Neurauter, the man accused of killing his ex-wife in Corning in 2017, is facing new charges, along with his sister, Wendy Bonilla.  An indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury alleges that Neuratuer and his sister conspired and agreed to influence the testimony of a witness in the pending murder case against Neuratuer.  The prospective witness refused.  Neurauter and Bonilla are charged with attempted bribery of a witness, a class E felony, and conspiracy in the fifth degree – a class A misdemeanor.  Neuratuer appeared in court Monday where he entered a plea of not guilty to the new charges.  He was sent without bail to the Livingston County Jail, where he is being held pending his murder trial.  Bonilla was arrested at her home in California on Tuesday.  She waived extradition to New York.  She will be held without bail and will answer her charges as soon as she can be returned to New York.



Burglary in Progress Arrest:


A Canisteo man was arrested on April 4th when police responded to a report of a burglary in progress.  According to State Police, officers were called to a residence in the Town of Avoca and they located 28-year-old Dylan Hall inside the residence.  Their investigation alleges that Hall forcibly entered the residence without the owner’s permission and destroyed property inside.  Hall was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail. 



P.A. Man Arrested in Jasper, Troupsburg Burglaries:


A Pennsylvania man has been arrested following investigation into numerous burglaries in the towns of Jasper and Troupsburg in 2017.  28-year-old Zachery Barber has been charged with burglary in the 2nd degree – a class C felony.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



Work Underway on Harrisburg Hollow Creek Bridge in Bath:


Work has begun on the bridge that carries State Route 415 over Harrisburg Hollow Creek in Bath.  The NYS Department of Transportation says that the work will replace the existing bridge, and some of the approach pavement will be restored.  Motorists may encounter lane closures as well as flaggers.  On site detours are expected to be in place in June while the bridge is under construction.  The project is set to be complete by the end of November. 



2 Hornell Police Officers Recognized for Saving Life:


Two Hornell Police Officers were recognized Thursday for recently saving a man’s life.  According to Police Captain Mike Sexsmith, on March 23rd, Officer’s McHenry and Linehan responded to the East Main Street Bridge on a report of a distraught 20-year-old man who was standing on the railing and threatening to jump.  The officers walled off the area and were able to successfully talk the man back onto the sidewalk.  He was then taken to the hospital for evaluation.  McHenry and Linehan will be receiving an official letter of commendation from the Board of Public Safety for their actions.



Local Lawmakers Hold Press Conference Against Ending Minimum Wage Tip



Local lawmakers joined with representatives of the restaurant industry and area restaurant owners Thursday in Corning for a press conference where they called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rethink his proposed elimination of the minimum wage tip credit.  Currently, the hourly minimum wage is $10.40, but for tipped workers the state set minimum “cash wage” is $7.50.  That is combined with a $2.90 credit or allowance for tips that the employee receives from customers.  Combined it ensures the employees a minimum wage of $10.40 per hour.  If tips, combined with the cash wage, don’t reach the minimum hourly wage, the employers much make up the difference.  In January, the Governor announced hearings to “evaluate the possibility of ending minimum wage tip credits in New York State.”  Business owners say the move would be bad for restaurants and employees, and that the customer will end up paying more.  The hearings are set through late June, with the next being held in Syracuse on April 30th at 10 a.m. at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Anyone interested in attending and/or speaking can find more information at the Department of Labor’s website at http://www.labor.ny.gov



NYS Extends Tax Call Center Hours:


With tax crunch time upon us, New York State is extending its Income Tax Call Center hours.  The center is normally open from 8:30 to 4:30, but on Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17th it will be open until 8:30 p.m.  You can reach the Income Tax Call Center at (518) 457-5181. 

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