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2 Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Steal from Elderly Victim:


Two Steuben County residents have been arrested following an investigation by the New York State Police and county Adult Protective Services into a report of possible fraud involving an elderly woman.  24-year-old Brandon Todd of Prattsburgh is charged with attempted grand larceny and fraudulently obtaining a signature.  30-year-old Amanda Yates, also of Prattsburgh, is charged with fraudulently obtaining a signature as an accomplice.  According to investigators, Todd used the threat of criminal action to force an elderly female to sign a contract designed to steal $7,500 from the woman and allow both him and Yates to live in the woman’s residence.  Additionally, investigators allege that Yates was present during the incident and aided Todd by signing the contract as a witness.  Both were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail: Todd on $25,000 cash bail and Yates on $1,000 cash bail.



First Arena Press Conference Today:


The future of Elmira’s First Arena will be discussed today at a press conference with members of the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency.  The public is invited to attend the announcement, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the arena.  Last week, Elmira Pioneers owner Robbie Nichols agreed in principal to bring a Federal Hockey League team to Elmira.



Area Representatives Respond to President’s Putin Press Conference:


Monday’s press conference with President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which President Trump supported Putin’s denials about his country’s involvement in the election and called the probe into it by the U.S. Justice Department a “disaster,” has spurred a lot of response, including locally.  Congressman Tom Reed issued a statement saying that “Russia is not our friend,” and that he has “no doubt they have, and are trying to, meddle in our elections.”  However, he goes on to say that there’s no evidence of American collusion and he calls for the Mueller investigation to close.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took her to twitter and directed her criticism at President Trump, saying, “We just witnessed the President of the United States abdicate his national security responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.  When he was given the chance to hold Putin accountable and condemn Russia’s interference in our elections, he refused.”



NYS Dept. of Health Reports Pros of Legalized Marijuana Outweigh Cons:


In a recently released 75-page report, the New York State Department of Health says that the pros of legalizing recreational marijuana outweigh the cons.  The report says legalization would generate anywhere between $248 million to $677 million in tax revenue within the first year.  It recommends that anyone 21-years or older can buy up to an ounce.  The state is also looking to omit the records of marijuana related offenses.  Not everyone feels the same, however.  Locally, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker agreed that while there are good medical uses for it, the idea of making more drugs available in the community is “…pretty scary for those of us who deal with public safety on a daily basis.”  Nine states and Washington D.C. have already legalized recreational use of marijuana.  It’s currently legal in New York for medical purposes only.



Blood Pressure Medicine Recalled Over Possible Cancer Risk:


A recall of several drug products used to treat high blood pressure has been announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to a potential cancer risk.  According to the FDA, the active ingredient valsartan is being voluntarily recalled due to the possible impurity of a potential carcinogen.  Patients currently taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines should continue taking it until they have a replacement, the FDA recommends.  Patients should look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle and contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine.  The recall list includes: Valsartan by Major Pharmaceuticals, Valsartan by Solco Healthcare, Valsartan by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Solco Healthcare, and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

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