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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, April 18th

DWI, Leandra’s Law Arrest:


A Wayland man is facing multiple charges, including Leandra’s Law, after he allegedly drove under the influence with a child in his vehicle.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Chad Huffner was impaired by drugs while driving on Main Street in Campbell.  He allegedly had a six-month-old as a passenger in the rear seat.  He has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, Leandra’s law, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and endangering the welfare of a child.  Huffner was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.  The child was not injured during the incident and was turned over to family members at the scene.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


27-year-old Derek Clark has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant.  It’s alleged that Clark violated a term or condition of his probation on a previous conviction of assault.  Clark was arraigned and send to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Gov. Cuomo’s Favorability Drops in New Poll:


A new Siena College poll released Tuesday brings both good and bad news for Governor Andrew Cuomo.  While he’s still leading the race for Governor, his favorability rating has dropped to 44 percent, which ties for his lowest point ever as Governor.  The poll shows Cuomo leading Cynthia Nixon – his closest Democratic challenger – by 31 points, though she has gained ground since the last poll.  In March’s poll, Cuomo led 66 to 19.  Now that Nixon has declared her candidacy, his lead is 58 to 27.  The poll also shows Cuomo still leading over Republican challengers, Senator John DeFrancisco and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. 



If Not Chosen by GOP, DeFrancisco will Drop Out of Governor’s Race:


Next month, the Republican party will be choosing its endorsed candidate for the New York Governor’s race.  A preliminary poll by the Conservative party shows a favoring of Marc Molinaro, and in response, John DeFrancisco says he will drop out of the race if not chosen.  He said he won’t run in a primary election so a unified Republican front could be formed.



Drug Collection Box Installed at Corning P.D.:


If you miss the next Prescription Drug Take Back Event (which is set for April 28th at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath) there’s now another way to dispose of your unwanted medications.  The City of Corning Police Department has a new drug collection kit installed in its lobby.  Individuals can drop off unwanted, unused, or expired medication, including controlled substances.  The lobby is open 24/7.  Proper disposal of medications helps keep local landfills and water supplies from being contaminated. 



Bon-Ton Heading to Liquidation:


After filing for bankruptcy in February, it seems time is running out Bon Ton.  Reuters is quoting sources that say Bon Ton stores will go out of business after the only bidders at a court-supervised auction were liquidators.  Money raised from the auction will go to Bon-Ton’s creditors to repay what it owes.  Once a winning bidder is selected and the deal is approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the liquidator can begin selling the inventory, store leases, fixtures, and intellectual property.  Bon-Ton has nearly 200 stores, including one in the Arnot Mall.



H-Port Board of Ed. Meeting:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the High School library.



Penn Yan Veteran Honored at Tuesday’s Yankee Game:


One of the traditions of the New York Yankee’s 7th inning stretch is a tribute to a military veteran and their family and on Tuesday, it was an area native being honored for his service.  U.S. Army Corporal Dylan Duncan of Penn Yan, along with his family, was welcomed on field behind home plate and was introduced to the crowd.  Cpl. Duncan was recognized for his service during Operation Enduring Freedom and receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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