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Today's Top Stories- Wednesday November 21, 2018

Woman’s Charges Upped to Hate Crime in Corning Court
Christie Speciale, the woman accused of a hate crime during an altercation at the Corning Harvest Fest this year, made her appearance at Corning City Court for two motions yesterday. The first motion was to dismiss the charges she received after the altercation that occured at the festival in late September. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker initially charged Speciale with disorderly conduct and simple harassment but upped the charge to a hate crime yesterday for claiming a vendor at the event sold “Amish puppy mill puppies”. Speciale’s lawyer Susan Chana Lask claims DA Baker “had no argument” and “His argument is as zero and nebulous as the charges here today.” The court will determine its written decision by the 8th of January 2019.


Rochester Toddler Returns Home After Amber Alert
The one-year-old girl from Rochester reported missing in an Amber Alert yesterday was found safe according to police. One-year-old Ta-Niyah Williams was reported to be brought back to her home after the Alert was issued yesterday afternoon. The Amber Alert said the child may have been at risk after being taken from her home by her father Terrence Williams, who is not yet facing criminal charges at this time.


Rogue Sentenced 20 to Life for Murder of Fellow BU Student
A former Binghamton University student was sentenced 20 years to life yesterday for the murder of a fellow student. Michael Rogue, age 20, pled guilty to the April murder of 19-year-old Joao Souza. Rogue’s filed motion to have his guilty plea withdrawn was denied by Judge Kevin Dooley after Rogue read a ten-page prepared statement where he claimed he did not want to plead guilty and his lawyer did not provide satisfactory counsel.


Governor Announces Thanksgiving Suspension of Road Construction
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of all temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways for Thanksgiving travel. The suspension began this morning at 6:00 a.m. and continues until Monday, November 26th at 6:00 a.m. Construction for emergency projects and barriers during the suspension may continue. Governor Cuomo urges “all drivers to be responsible on the roads so that New Yorkers and visitors can enjoy the holiday with family and friends."


Thanksgiving DWI Crackdown Continues Through Sunday
As the Thanksgiving holiday commences, the statewide crackdown on drunk driving continues with a reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff's Office for drivers to stay safe on the roads. State and local police are out in full force to patrol impaired and distracted drivers as well as conduct checkpoints for sobriety. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported a spike in DWI arrests for the county within the last year. The hopes for the Sheriff’s Office is to be more visible as a reminder for motorists to be more responsible and have a sober ride planned ahead of time. According to the Sheriff’s Office, patrols that are high-visibility can reduce death rate from impaired driving by as great as 20 percent.


Venison Donation Program Begins
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier launched the Venison Donation Program again for yet another deer season. Beginning in our very own Steuben County, the program has spread throughout the Twin Tiers region since its inception and allows hunters to donate field dressed deer meat to meat processors who agreed to participate in the program. The Venison Donation Program provides venison products to families in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. If you are a hunter interested in donating venison, here is a list of participating processors throughout Steuben County:


Bath Packing
Bath, NY 14810
(607) 776-6221
(Boned Venison Only)


Bradford Custom Meats
Bradford, NY 14815
(607) 259-1237
(Donation Deer ONLY)


Caton Butcher Shop
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 524-6988   


Kanona Custom Meats
Kanona, NY 14856
(607) 776-3951   


Switzer's Processing
Avoca, NY 14809
(607) 382-8923


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