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Meth Lab Busted in Corning:


A Corning man was arrested Monday for allegedly making methamphetamine after authorities were called to his apartment on West William Street in Corning on a report of a strong chemical odor.  39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County jail on $2,000 cash bail. 



Family of Bears Treed in Corning Tuesday:


Things got a little hairy in Corning Tuesday when a family of bears was spotted in a tree near Chemung Street.  According to a witness the bears – a mother and three cubs – were chased into the tree by dogs.  The DEC has said that bear complaints have risen with the warmer temperatures and that with the delayed start to spring, it’s likely that bears are more inclined to come into populated areas looking for food.  Their advice if you spot a bear is to ignore it, though if you must scare if off, making a lot of noise will usually prompt them to leave.  They also advise that residents remove attractions such as bird feeders and garbage, and that pet food isn’t stored outside.



Canisteo Wildfire Extinguished after Four Day Effort:


On May 2nd just before 5 p.m., DEC Dispatch received a call from Steuben County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire burning on a steep, south-facing slope in the Town of Canisteo that was inaccessible by vehicle.  Due to fire activity, weather conditions, and difficult terrain, five Rangers responded to assist.  Local volunteer fire companies also responded with wildland fire engines and UTVs.  By 8 p.m., the fire was under control and over the next four days, Forest Rangers patrolled the fire and continued to reinforce the control line and target interior hot spots.  The fire was officially declared out on May 6th.  It burned a total of 43.6 acres.  An investigation determined the fire was caused by tree branches that came into contact with power lines.



Tornado Confirmed in Penn Yan Last Week:


The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly touched down in Penn Yan Thursday night.  With winds of 100 mph, the tornado hit a barn on East Swamp Road after 8 p.m.  The barn collapsed and the tornado continued into several fields, knocking down several trees.  It also blew down a fence and another tree on Voak Road.  No injuries have been reported. 



Former Elmira Christian Academy Teacher to Serve 84-months for Child Porn:


A former Elmira Christian Academy teacher was sentenced to 84-months in federal prison Tuesday on multiple child pornography charges.  40-year-old Howard Edward Brooks will also have to serve 10-years of post-release supervision and he will have to register as a sex offender.  Brooks was arrested in August 2015 after authorities searched his home in West Elmira and thumb drives containing images and videos of child porn were recovered.  Brooks pled guilty to the receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child pornography.  



Acting A.G. Named Following Schneiderman Resignation:


A temporary acting Attorney General has been named following Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation Monday night following allegations of abuse.  According to the New York Daily News, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will take over the AG's duties.  Underwood has served as the state’s Solicitor General since 2007, overseeing the A.G. Office’s Division of Appeals and Opinions, which argues civil and criminal appeals in cases in both state and federal courts.  Per state law, the state Legislature will eventually appoint a new A.G. in one vote in a combined session.  That person will be temporary until the November election, when voters will make the final decision.  

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