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17-year-old Facing Criminal Charges in Fatal Labor Day Accident:


The ongoing investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident on Labor Day in the Town of Cameron has resulted in criminal charges against an unidentified 17-year-old.  According to State Police, a vehicle was traveling northbound on Ct. Rt. #10 and failed to make a bend in the roadway, exiting on the shoulder.  The vehicle overturned multiple times and ejected one of the occupants, 19-year-old Tessa Updyke of Kersey, P.A., who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The investigation by state police, found the 17-year-old was operating the vehicle and he allegedly provided false information to the state police in attempt to conceal his involvement in the accident.  He has been charged with criminal negligent homicide, falsifying business records, unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, and speed not reasonable.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.



Overnight Fire in South Corning:


Four fire departments responded overnight to a fire on South Maple Street in South Corning.  It happened around 12:30 a.m.  Fire crews were forced to block off several nearby streets.  The residents of the home were able to get out safely along with their pets.  They are being assisted by the Red Cross.  According to officials, the home will be salvageable with heavy renovation.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Two-Vehicle Accident on I-86:


There was a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 86 Thursday night just before 8 p.m. in the Eastbound lane at exit 52A in Horseheads.  It is unknown if there were any injuries, but crews removed the cars from the scene and traffic was returned to normal.



Ribbon Cutting on Multi-Million Dollar E-C Airport Project Today:


The multi-million-dollar Elmira-Corning Regional Airport project will finally, officially be unveiled today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Local, county, and state officials will be in attendance at the event, which is set for 10:30 a.m.



Mitrano Holding Rally in Elmira Today:


Democratic candidate for the 23rd congressional district, Tracy Mitrano will host a rally in Elmira today called, “Our Voice, Our Vote,” to encourage residents to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.  It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on East Grey Street.   Aside from Mitrano, other candidates for office and local public figures such as state Assembly candidate Bill Batrowny, Chemung County Executive candidate Jerome Emanuel, former congressional candidate Max Della Pia, and the Chemung County Democratic Committee Chair Jim Carr, are expected to be in attendance.



Steuben Co. Absentee Ballots Available Until Monday:


A reminder for voters who will be out of the area on Tuesday who want to vote in the midterm elections, you can submit your ballot in person until Monday at the Steuben County Board of Elections.  They will be open today from 8:30 to 5, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday again from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those wishing to cast their absentee ballot.  According to the B.O.E., over 1,300 absentee ballots have already been filled out.  Election Day is Tuesday, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Hornell CSD Receives $1.3M for Literacy Program:


The Hornell City School District has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to help fund a comprehensive early literacy program, the district announced Thursday.  The Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant will be funded over three years to add Pre-K through 3rd-grade librarians and additional reading support for students.  The money will also help add 600 new books a year to the North Hornell and Bryant Elementary libraries, and individual classroom libraries and professional development for teachers.  Starting in January, Superintendent Jeremy Palotti said Pre-K through 3rd-grade students will also be given two free books a month.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Also Participating in No-Shave November:


It’s the Battle of the Beards this November, all for a good cause.  Following the announcement from the Corning Police that officers will be participating in No-Shave November in support of the American Cancer Society, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will also once again be participating in the campaign.  Sheriff Jim Allard said he thinks it’s “a fantastic way to benefit the citizens of Steuben County with money for the cancer society and cancer research,” and that that he also thinks it “makes the deputies and correction officers more approachable.”  Women on the force can also get in the action, with the option to wear their hair down in a braid, or paint their nails bright colors.  The No-Shave November campaign aims to spread awareness about the hardships of cancer patients face by growing your hair, which many patients lose during treatment, and participants are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on shaving and grooming to educate the public and to aid those fighting the disease.

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