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Today's Top Stories - Monday December 24th, 2018

Canisteo Drug Bust Nets Three Arrests
According to the Canisteo Police, 3 arrests were made in connection with a drug bust in Canisteo at an apartment on Russell Street where they recovered $750 worth of crack cocaine, $1,500 in cash, marijuana, and paraphernalia containing crack residue. Two men of Canisteo, 52-year-old Christopher Allman and 45-year-old Isaac Wright, were charged each with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession while 30-year-old Rochester man Desmond McCullough has been charged with 3rd-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, along with 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Allman was issued an appearance ticket while Wright and McCullough are held in Steuben County Jail.


Local Lawmakers React to Government Shutdown
New York politicians reacted to the recent federal government shutdown and are not happy with the decision. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer remarked in Senate on Saturday: “President Trump,” if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall-plain and simple.” Congressman of New York’s 23rd District Tom Reed responded a few days ago in an MSNBC Live Interview with Ali Velshi with criticism of the handling of immigration: “This is not the way to run the trains here in Washington D.C….Cut a deal, move on. Let’s have a bigger conversation about immigration reform where you can take further enhancements at the border but also we have to fix our broken immigration system and deal with the DACA kids as well as other issues of immigration.” Today is day two of the partial government shutdown lasting through Christmas.


Penn Yann Woman Posing as Midwife Arrested Again
A Penn Yan woman arrested last month for allegedly posing as a midwife has been accused of the same crime. Elizabeth Catlin was arrested for  practicing midwifery without a license, identity theft, falsifying business records, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Troopers say Catlin continued to work as a midwife under the names of Prenatal Place and Penn Yan Prenatal as she worked out of a home in Milo at the same time. State Police say most of Catlin’s victims were women from within the local Mennonite community.


Recently-Appointed Chemung County D.A. Found Dead in Horseheads
After being reported missing, the body of a newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney was found in the town of Horseheads this weekend. Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Police found the body of Matt Rosno near the fields of Lattabrook Road. The Village of Horseheads was notified earlier that morning of a missing person. Officials are working to learn more details and conduct an investigation with the Coroners Office to figure out the cause of death for Matt Rosno.


Lane Closures and Construction Suspensions Continue to Next Week
Temporary lane closures and suspensions of road and bridge construction projects for the holidays will continue on New York state highways until next week. These shutdowns were declared by the governor Friday for traveling New Yorkers and visitors to meet their destinations for the holidays. Temporary lane closures will continue until December 26th at 6 a.m. while highway construction is suspended from December 29th at 6 a.m. until January 2nd at 6 a.m.


STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown Continues

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police are continuing the national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving for the holidays.  Troopers and deputies continue the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign into next week on Tuesday, January 1st. Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints, along with more police on roadways during this campaign. During last year’s crackdown, State Police issued more than 40,000 tickets. There were 645 people arrested for DWI and 10 people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

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