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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 5th

Lloyd Neurauter Receives Life Sentence:


At his sentencing Tuesday, Lloyd Neurauter received the maximum – life in prison without parole.  The 48-year-old pled guilty to strangling his ex-wife Michele Neuratuer in her Corning home and staging the scene to appear to be a suicide.  While speaking in court, he waived his right to appeal.  Next week, Karrie Neurauter will be sentenced for her role in her mother’s murder.  Karrie admitted to assisting her father by distracting her younger sister while Lloyd carried out the killing. 



Bath Woman Facing Drug Charges:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath woman on drug charges.  41-year-old Nichole Bynum has been arrested on two separate Superior Court Warrants on 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all Class B felonies.



Amber Alert Cancelled:


The Rochester City Police Department has cancelled the AMBER Alert that was activated Monday for 14-year-old Joanna Coates.  According to 13WHAM News in Rochester, Coates and the suspect, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez, were both found.  The girl’s mother told the Associated Press that her daughter is being treated at a Manhattan hospital while Gonzalez is in the custody of state police.



O’Mara Plans to Reintroduce Meth Crime Legislation:


Senator Tom O’Mara said Tuesday that in addition to his ongoing work as a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, he will also reintroduce legislation targeting the resurgence of methamphetamine-related crimes locally and statewide for consideration during the 2019 legislative session.  The legislation will seek to increase the criminal penalties for manufacturing, selling, and possessing the illegal and highly addictive drug, including a provision that would see anyone convicted of operating a meth lab for the second time in five years charged with a Class A-1 felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree would increase from a Class E to a Class D felony, punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in prison.    



Steuben Public Health Urges Residents to Get Flu Shots:


With National Influenza Vaccination Week under way, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it takes about two weeks after receiving a flu shot for the immune system to build full protection.  The flu season typically peaks between December and February.  Steuben Public Health reports a list of pharmacies in Steuben offering flu shots.  It’s available at https://tinyurl.com/shots18-19.  Flu shots are also available at healthcare provider offices. 



Charitable Act by Local Girl Scout Troop:


The young ladies of Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 61710 in Corning have earned their PJ Patch after they helped give back to their community.  The troops, their parents, friends and family, collected 59 sets of new pajamas and 18 blankets that were received by Steuben County Deputy Brooke Payne and then delivered to the Steuben County Domestic Violence Shelter to help children in need.  County Sheriff Jim Allard thanks Deputy Payne and the scouts of Daisy Troop 61710 for their kind efforts and thoughtfulness.

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