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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 19th

Members of the Elmira Enforcers Allegedly Involved in Fight:


Some members of the new Elmira Enforcers hockey team have allegedly been involved in a fight that left one man in critical condition.  According to the Horseheads Police Department, the incident occurred in the area of Hanover Square on Monday and a 30-year-old man was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries.   Owner of the Enforcers, Robbie Nichols, said they are fully cooperating with authorities and are awaiting the facts of the investigation.



41 Cats Rescued from Abandoned Property:


The Finger Lakes SPCA rescued 41 cats living in an abandoned property last week.  The Chemung County SPCA is also helping, they took in ten of the animals which are said to be settling in well at the shelter.



Trump Administration Bans “Bump Stocks”:


A new federal regulation signed Tuesday by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will make bump stocks illegal to possess beginning in late March.  Bump stocks allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms.  They have been hotly debated since October 2017 when the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting used them.  “Anyone possessing these bump stock type devices have about 90 days, to either destroy them or turn them in to an ATF field office before this rule becomes final and is enforced,” said Whitaker.  Currently, in New York, bump stocks are legal to own, buy or sell, but it’s illegal to attach them to a firearm and use them, though Governor Andrew Cuomo had mentioned in his recent State of the State preview his desire to have them banned.



Bath Village Board Opposes Detention Facility:


The Bath Village Board voted unanimously Monday to oppose construction of a secure detention facility for 16 and 17-year-old offenders.  Mayor Bill von Hagn said he recently read a pair of newspaper stories claiming the facility would be built somewhere in Bath, but Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler assures that the 11-county consortium (including Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Yates, Cortland, Livingston, Cattaraugus, Schuyler, Wayne, Tioga, and Tompkins) hasn’t yet made a decision as to location.  The Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, located across from the Steuben County Jail, was submitted as a possibility, said Wheeler, but so were locations in Allegany, Wayne, and Tompkins counties.   



NYS Regional Economic Development Awards include Finger Lakes, Southern



New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council Awards were handed out Tuesday and among the recipients were both the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.  The Finger Lakes Region won the Top Performer Award and was awarded $86.5 million to support 141 projects.  The Southern Tier Region won the Regional Council Award and was awarded $65.4 million to support 101 projects.  Those projects will include $1 million for Corning Community College to upgrade their innovation center and $900,000 for the Corning Museum of Glass to expand their workshop and studio.



Simmons-Rockwell to Present $10K to Red Cross:


At a special check presentation today, the American Red Cross will accept a $10,000 check from Simmons-Rockwell.  Simmons-Rockwell is the premiere sponsor of the 2019 Finger Lakes Real Heroes Breakfast, an event closely related to the mission of the Red Cross.  The Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.  The presentation will be at 11 a.m. at Simmons-Rockwell’s Elmira location.



Guthrie Corning Tree Lighting Today:


The Guthrie Corning Hospital Auxiliary tree lighting ceremony has been rescheduled and will now take place today.  The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the main lobby and will also include remarks and music.  The annual hospital ornament sale will continue until December 21st for community members, patients, and staff.

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