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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday July 3, 2018

Flags Fly Half-Staff for Fallen Trooper Clark
After an incident near Corning yesterday, State Troopers reported the loss of Officer Nicholas Clark. Clark was responding to a domestic incident on Welch Road when he was murdered by 43-year-old Stephen Kiley, principal of Bradford Central School, before Kiley took his own life. A procession for Clark was held last night beginning in Binghamton, continuing in the village of Bath where he served during his assignment at Troop E/SP of Bath, and ending in Clark’s hometown of Canisteo. The Governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Clark’s honor today and State Police are still investigating this incident.

Steuben Officials Discuss Cancelled Funding for Inmate Treatment
Officials at Steuben County say they are considering other options locally to fund drug treatment of jail inmates after state funding they were promised was cut. Yesterday at the County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee meeting, County Manager Jack Wheeler said State funding was cut by “about 60-70 percent”. Wheeler says he hopes to make room in the budget to make local positions for  a substance abuse counselor and possibly a case manager at the county jail. Wheeler says there will be no reimbursement via Medicaid for the county providing the treatment to inmates. Next week Wheeler anticipates to present a plan to the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee at its meeting.

Painted Post Man Arrested for Hitting Police Car
A repeat DWI offender from Painted Post was arrested and sent to jail in Broome County following an accident in Binghamton. Broome County Sheriff's say 43-year-old Tiko Gray sideswiped a marked police car on Front Street and after they pulled him over, Gray failed a series of sobriety checks. Police discovered Gray had his license revoked since 2013 for a DWI arrest and did not have the required ignition interlock device installed in the car he crashed. Aggravated unlicensed operation and aggravated DWI are among the many charges Gray will face in court.

Men Arrested for Leaving Pets in Overheated Vehicles
Upon responding to a complaint of a dog in distress, state police arrested 65-year-old Kishor Gadkaree of Painted Post. Troopers charged Gadkaree with leaving an animal in a vehicle in extreme heat at an Erwin shopping center and expect him to show in court at a later date. Troopers also arrested 39-year-old Aaron Markle of Corning for allegedly leaving an animal in an overheated vehicle in the village of Riverside. Court action is pending for Markle.

Tips to Avoid Car Theft for Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
New York State Police announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign this month. According to the NHTSA, a motor vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the United States. July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and if you’re a car or truck owner, here’s a few tips to prevent theft of your vehicle:

- Lock and close all doors and windows once you are parked

- Do not leave the area while your vehicle runs

- Park in well-lit areas

- Do not leave your keys in your vehicle

- Always stow away your valuables.


National Grid Asks Upstaters to Reduce Power Use
National Grid is asking upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of this week due to the high energy demand caused by the extreme heat. Reduce energy use by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging electronics and delaying the use of hot water appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. To conserve energy while keeping your space cool, National Grid says to deter overheating by drawing blinds, shades and drapes, using fans when possible and if you need to increase air conditioner settings, do so slightly only by a few degrees and don’t forget to change filters and clean air conditioners regularly. Programmable thermostats are highly recommended as they can save you energy with little effort at an estimated $180 annually.

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