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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 30th

Prison Contraband Arrest:


A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly possessing contraband while he was housed in the Steuben County Jail.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Christopher Redar possessed a quantity of suboxone, a banned substance.  He was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony, and he was sent back to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Warrant Arrest:


An investigation by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies into a report of a man walking on I-86 lead to a warrant arrest.  51-year-old Paul Bjorck, of Elmira, was found to be wanted in Horseheads on a warrant for theft of services.  He was turned over to the New York State Police for processing.



Amber Alert Cancelled, But Search Continues to Missing Toddler:


State Police have cancelled the Amber Alert issued for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, but the toddler remains missing.  Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent days searching the Town of Sodus farm where his mother’s body was found buried on May 23rd, and the Wayne County Sheriff says the search will continue as long as necessary.  The alert was cancelled administratively after a review of the criteria.  The boyfriend of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was arrested last week after he was spotted by a trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel.  He has since admitted to burying her, but not to killing her.  He is currently being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail.



Three Area Students Move On in Scripps Spelling Bee:


Three area students continue to compete for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion after moving on to round three.  12-year-old Kris Patel of Horseheads Intermediate School, Anh Thu Tran – a seventh grader at Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats, and 14-year-old Vishal Madhudi – an eighth grader at the Alternative School for Math in Science in Corning resume competition today at 8 a.m.



Avoca B.O.E. Revote Set:


The Avoca Central School District will hold a special run-off election to fill a seat on the school board. A tie vote earlier this month prompted the vote. The candidates are Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes. Voting will take place at the bus garage on June 12th from noon until 9 p.m. The two candidates are vying for a five year term. Absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on election day.



Public Hearings Set for Proposed Urbana Projects:


The town of Urbana planning board will hold a series of public hearings next week. In the first case, Keuka Water Sports is seeking to remove a greenhouse and construct a pole barn for a marine service. In another case, Pennwood Development has plans to construct a dwelling at the same spot on Bohemian Way where a house was previously taken down. A third applicant is seeking to build an additional home on her property on County Road 87. The hearings will be held on June 4th at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Town Hall.



Watkins Glen Named #3 in “Ranking of Best Small Towns for Adventures”:


There’s more praise for Watkins Glen from the readers of USA Today.  Previously recognized for its beauty and its racing, the Village has now been named as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for Adventure.”  Ranked Number 3, Watkins Glen was only beat out by Florence, Oregon and Marquette, Michigan, which were named Number 2 and Number 1, respectively.  The review mentioned Watkins Glen State Park, the Finger Lakes Trail, and the opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. 

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