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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, April 17th

Hornell Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Hornell man is facing multiple charges after he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs in Canisteo.  29-year-old Joshua Smith is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operator, and license plate violation.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Vestal Burglary Suspect Found, Arrested in Corning:


A man wanted in connection with multiple burglaries in the Vestal area has been arrested in the Town of Corning.  61-year-old Donald Fike is also wanted in the state of Arizona as a parole violator, and in Oklahoma for Theft of Property.  He is currently being held at the Steuben County jail on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property in the third and fourth degrees.  Additional charges are expected to be filed by the Vestal Police, Broome County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police.



DWI, Driving Wrong Way Arrest:


A Corning woman is facing charges after she allegedly drove drunk and westbound in the eastbound lane on I-86.  Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Michelle Reese and charged her with DWI, reckless driving, failure to obey a police officer, and driving the wrong way on a one way.  She was released on a traffic summons and an appearance ticket.



DWI Charge in One Vehicle Crash:


Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 48-year-old Laigth Ollman on a charge of driving while intoxicated following a one vehicle crash in Corning.  Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Fairway Road and Ollman allegedly drove the vehicle off the roadway, causing it to become stuck in a field with a missing front tire.  Ollman was charged with DWI and moving from lane unsafely.  He was released on traffic summons.



Mother of Kevin Ward Speaks Out on Stewart Settlement:


While the details of their wrongful death settlement remain undisclosed, the mother of Kevin Ward Jr. spoke to media about how the family felt “forced” to make the deal with NASCAR star, Tony Stewart.  The family told USA Today that Stewart wanted to settle, and the lawyers representing the Wards “threatened to quit the case” unless they accepted the deal.  Pamela Ward said they tried to find new representation, but determined they couldn’t afford it.  According to USA Today, Pamela Ward told the judge she wanted a trial when they appeared in court in Utica last week.



CCE Awarded Grant:


Congressman Tom Reed has announced a $50,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant has been awarded to The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County.  Executive Director of the Steuben County Branch said that the money will be used to develop an agritourism plan and an agritourism trail for 5 counties, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, and Yates. 

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