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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, April 26th

Garbage Truck Overturns in Erwin:


A garbage truck on its way to the Hakes C&D Landfill overturned in Erwin early Wednesday morning.  The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Erwin Hollow Road.  Some of the truck’s load did spill into a nearby creek.  Both state police and officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene.  B&W Towing hauled away the truck and cleaned up the trash that spilled into the creek.  There is no word at this time as to any injuries, the cause of the accident, or the status of the creek.



3 Arrested for Stealing from Cars:


Three Hornell men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from nearly 20 cars in Hornell.  Terrence Tigner, Xander Whiteley, and Sebastian Hughes have each been charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property.  Numerous stolen items, including loose change and two rifles, have been recovered, according to police.



Sister of Lloyd Neurauter to be Arraigned Tomorrow:


The California woman accused of conspiring to bribe a witness in the Michelle Neuratuer murder case will be arraigned in Steuben County Court tomorrow.  Wendy Bonilla, along with her brother Lloyd Neuratuer, is accused of conspiring and agreeing to attempt to influence a witness in the murder case by offering that witness something in exchange for changing their previous testimony.  Both Bonilla and Neuratuer are charged with felony attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy.



Arnot Mall, Wayfair Projects Approved in Chemung IDA:


The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency has approved two major projects.  The Chambers Hospitality project will see a new hotel constructed at the Arnot Mall once the old Bon Ton building has been demolished.  Online retailer Wayfair will open a new call center on Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats, bringing 450 jobs to the area. 



DOT Announces Culvert Work:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work has begun on a $1.3 million culvert maintenance and repair project that stretches across multiple counties.  Numerous small culverts are expected to be replaced and some larger culverts on state roads will be repaired in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties.  Officials say the work will help maintain traveler safety, improve drainage, and mitigate potential flooding.  Drivers may encounter temporary lane and shoulder closures, longer-term lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals, and short off-site detours.



Wegmans Comes Out Against Proposed Plastic Bag Ban:


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ban on one-time use plastic bags in New York State is facing criticism from major grocery retailer Wegmans.  The chain made a statement saying that the ban would increase the use of paper bags, which are heavier and take up more space.  They added that paper bags also take roughly 90 percent more resources and energy to make and recycle than plastic bags.  Wegmans said it’s recycling rate for plastic bags was close to 50 percent in 2017, and they promised to continue to remind customers to recycle them.



Motorcyclists Reminded to Renew Registrations:


The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorcycle owners to renew their registrations before they expire on Monday, April 30th.  Motorcycles, unlike most other vehicles, are only registered for one year, and they all expire on April 30th.  Initial registration must be done at a DMV office.  Renewals can be completed online, by mail, or at a DMV office.

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