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Montour Falls Man Arrested for Threatening to “Shoot Up” Corning Bar:


Corning Police arrested a Montour Falls man on Saturday night after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Rock Bottom BBQ, a Bar and Grill, on Baker Street Extension in the city.  44-year-old Michael Jenkins allegedly called the bar repeatedly, looking to speak to an employee, then, according to police, he threatened to “shoot up the place” and he arrived at the bar shortly after.  Police say they found a .45 caliber pistol when they arrested Jenkins outside the bar.  Jenkins is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, stalking, making a terroristic threat, and driving while intoxicated.  Further charges are possible in relation to an incident at a Schuyler County residence prior to the Corning incident.  Jenkins is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Drug Charges in Hornellsville Traffic Stop:


During a traffic stop on Seneca Road in the town of Hornellsville, state police arrested Cassidy M. Unterborn, 30, of Rochester. She was charged with felony 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felony criminal possession of a weapon, felony possession of a defaced weapon, unlawful possession of pot and failure to stop at a stop sign. Arraigned in court, she was committed to the Steuben County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000.



Parole Absconder Arrested in Corning, Facing Drug Charges:


Despite being lead on a foot-chase, Corning Police were able to arrest a wanted parole absconder last week in Corning.  According to police, officers spotted 20-year-old Luke Gallagher on April 18th as he was walking in the area of Dension Parkway and Walnut Street.  He was ordered to stop, but he allegedly ran across multiple lanes of traffic and then through a business in the Gaffer District.  Police finally apprehended him on Market Street.  He was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and police say Gallagher also discarded a quantity of cocaine during the chase, but officers were able to recover the drugs. Gallagher has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and resisting arrest.



Eric Smith Denied Parole Again:


For the 9th time, parole has been denied for the Savona man serving time for the 1993 murder of Derrick Robie.  Eric Smith was 13 at the time of the crime.  He’s serving a nine years to life sentence.  In its decision, the Parole Board cited the seriousness of Smith’s crime, but acknowledged his “impressive institutional record” in prison.  However, they determined release at this time would undermine respect for the law.  There was one dissenting opinion, with a parole commissioner saying Smith is now a mature adult and that after 24 years in prison, additional incarceration serves no purpose.  Smith is eligible for parole every two years.  He’ll go before the board again in January 2020.




Three Kittens Rescued After Being Tossed from Car in Bath:


A trio of kittens are getting a second chance after they were tossed from a moving car and rescued from a roadside in Bath.  A passerby found the kittens and was able to provide a description of the car and driver to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.  The kittens were transported to Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue where shelter officials say all three were in very bad health.  One kitten is set to have surgery to remove to an eye later this week.  They said they don’t think the kittens were injured when they were thrown from the car, but that they had been neglected previously. 

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