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Stalking Arrest in Corning:


A Corning man was arrested on Friday after he allegedly stalked a woman and her children.  According to Corning police, officers were called to an incident at a local business on a report of an intoxicated man trying to punch a woman.  The man fled the scene before they arrived.  Another woman then came forward and told police that a man had followed her and her children, threatening to hit them.   Police identified 39-year-old Michael Givens and he was arrested at his home.  He has been charged with two counts of stalking, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.



Felony Charge in Corning Domestic Incident:


A 20-year-old Elmira man was arrested Sunday in relation to a domestic incident in the Town of Corning.  According to police, the victim said Ali Muhammad Jr. burned her face with a cigarette during an argument.  Muhammad was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.



Police Investigating One-Vehicle Crash Outside Corning:


New York State Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred this weekend outside Corning.  On Sunday morning, the overturned Jeep Liberty was found abandoned with no one inside it on Whinn Road.  No further details are available at this time.



Steuben Co. Considering Plan to Pay Deputies Based on Experience:


The Steuben County Legislature Administration Committee has given initial approval to a plan that would see law enforcement officers coming into the Sheriff’s Office get paid according to the experience they bring to the job.  Sheriff Jim Allard said the plan helps attract the best deputies, and “lateral transfers” are good both for the Sheriff’s Office and county taxpayers.  He said that they save the county in training costs.  The plan is now set to be voted on by the full Legislature on April 23rd.  It would also require an approved memorandum of understanding with the deputies’ union.



Weekend Color Run Raises Funds for Area School:


Students, faculty, and members of the public hit the pavement on Saturday to raise funds for the Addison Valley Early Childhood School with a color run.  Held at Tuscarora Elementary school, the run was an untied 5k with over 100 participants.  Over a thousand dollars was raised, which will all go to the Valley Early Childhood School.  The school offers a full pre-school program free to all residents.      

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