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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 10th, 2018

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Slated for This Weekend
Fallen soldiers will be honored this weekend in the placing of wreaths upon their tombstones with the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Bath V.A. National Cemetery. The annual ceremony honors service members of both past and present who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, by reading aloud their names as wreaths are placed on their place of rest. The Wreaths Across America program is open to the public and begins on Saturday in the Bath National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.


Senator O'Mara Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Meth Offenses

State Senator Tom O’Mara announced he will introduce new legislation that would be tougher on those manufacturing methamphetamine during the upcoming 2019 legislative session that begins in January. O’Mara, who is also a member of the NY State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opiate Addiction, seeks to give harsher penalties for those who repeatedly possess and sell the drug as well as make meth in the presence of a child or cause explosions or fires. O’Mara wants to increase these offenses from Class B Felonies to Class A-1 Felonies, which could yield sentences of 20 years in prison. O’Mara cites a recent string of arrests for meth and the making of the drug over the past few months in the area, from Hornell to Corning and Elmira, as reason to increase the penalties.


GoFundMe Established for Hornell Woman in Atlantic City Accident
A Hornell woman who was hospitalized following an accident in Atlantic City, New Jersey is getting some help from her community. Martha Marino was hit by a car while walking in the tourist city and put in the hospital for numerous fractures. A GoFundMe page has been set up for 63-year-old Marino, who is on a ventilator and still faces several surgeries. Mario Macellari of New Jersey, was the driver of the car and was charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto, DWI, careless driving, reckless driving and for being unlicensed. Those who wish to give to Marino’s GoFundMe can do so here.


Troopers Report Less Tickets in 2018 Thanksgiving Crackdown
State Police report over 15,000 tickets were issued across the state for the Thanksgiving Crackdown patrol, a slight decrease from last year. Troopers say of the total 15,115 tickets issued in the 5-day campaign for this year, 215 people were ticketed for DWI while 774 were for Distracted Driving, 218 for not following the “Move Over Law” and 5,834 for speeding. The 2017 crackdown yielded 15,360 total tickets and 242 DWI arrests.


NYS Gas Average Increases From 2017
The rest of the country may be enjoying a lower price of gas compared to a year ago but the average price of gas has risen by ten cents in New York state. The state average cost per gallon for gasoline is currently $2.76. The city of Rochester jumped 16 cents compared to a year ago while Ithaca’s average only increased by one cent. Last week, the national average price for a gallon of gas was reported to be $2.44, a record low for 2018 and close to 5 cents cheaper than one year ago.

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