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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 26th

Teen Arrested for Stealing Minivan:


A 16-year-old has been arrested after he, along with a 14-year-old, allegedly stole a minivan from Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus and drove it to Corning.  According to Corning Police, they received a report on Sunday around 4:30 a.m. of a minivan driving without headlights in the area of West Third Street near McKinney Park.  Officers responded and lcoated the vehicle, which was registered to Hillside Shared Services of Rochester.  The teens were located near Walnut Street and police determined they had fled from the Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus, stole the minivan, and made their away to Corning.  Jaden Dunkley, of Corning, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.  The 14-year-old was returned to a staff member of HIllside Varick Campus.



New Ownership, Hockey Team Could be Coming to First Arena:


The future of the First Arena could soon be looking brighter as Deputy County Executive and President of STEG, Mike Krusen has confirmed that a new owner and a new hockey team are in the works.  There are no details at this time as to who the new owner might be.  The proposed hockey deal would reportedly bring a team from the Federal Hockey League, which is made up of seven teams and is considered a step below the ECHL.  A deal could be announced as early as next week.

Reed Campaign Manager Accused of Trying to Confuse Voters:


The Congressional primaries are today, but that doesn't mean it isn't too late for some last minute campaign drama.  The Chautauqua County Democrat chairman, Norman Green, is accusing Tom Reed campaign manager Nick Weinstein of trying to confuse voters with a write-in ballot in today's primary.  According to an email he sent to WLEA Radio, Green says that while Reed is not on today's ballot, he's campaigning to be a write-in nominee for the Women's Equality Party.  Tracy Mitrano has already been endorsed by the WEP and is on the party line.  Green says the Reed campaign has done this "as a silly politicial game" to confuse voters.  In response, Weinstein said, “It is simply inaccurate... to suggest we’re “playing silly political games” with the Women’s Equality Party primary. We believe that the voters in the Women’s Equality Party should be empowered to choose the nominee who best reflects their values."  Polls for today's primary will be open from noon to 9 p.m.



Inspections Begin for NYS Park and Fair Rides:


With summer underway, fair and park season is upon us.  The New York Deparment of Labor is making sure that eager fun-seekers stay safe as they have begun safety inspections on all rides at amusement parks and fairs.  The department inspects rides at least once a year, and rides at traveling carnivals and fairs are inspected every time they set up at a new location.

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