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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 5, 2019

No Foul Play Found in Rosno Death
The investigation into the death of newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney Matthew Rosno came to its conclusion with no evidence of foul play. Chemung County Sheriff William A. Schrom says Rosno died of hypothermia due to exposure to the elements of rain and snow without a jacket, gloves or hat on. No substances other than alcohol were discovered in the toxicology report. Chemung County Sheriff Schrom says the investigation into the Attorney’s December 22nd death is now closed.


Senator Schumer Says Shutdown Gone on For Too Long
United States Senator from New York Chuck Schumer spoke out about the government shutdown, urging more of the government offices to be re-opened and expressing his concern about the shutdown lasting longer than necessary. Schumer says he is pleading with the president to resume normal government operations.


Congressman Tom Reed Speaks on Shutdown in Second Week
The partial government shutdown marked its second week yesterday and Congressman of New York’s 23rd District Tom Reed thinks the solution to ending it is combining an increase in border security funding and passing expanded immigration legislation. Congressman Reed voted in favor of the House Democratic rules reforms this week, helping pass the bill with 234 to 197 votes. Though fellow Problem Solvers Caucus member Republicans John Katko of New York’s 24th District and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s First District joined Reed in his vote, the Congressman said in an MSNBC Live Interview he was threatened by political “consequences” for his vote. Separate legislation was passed by House Democrats this week to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a month to give Congress more time for funding border security.


NYS Senator O’Mara Nominated to Serve on Judiciary Committee
State Senator Tom O’Mara has been appointed to serve as the ranking Senate Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2019 legislative session, which begins next week. The Judiciary Committee is one of the Legislature’s most powerful committees responsible for overseeing the Senate confirmation process for judges nominated by the executive to serve across New York’s broad court system.  


Dead Cats Found in Corning Suspected to be Poisoned
Several cats were found dead this week and a local animal rescue organization believes they were poisoned. Volunteers with Pawz and Purz Animal Rescue said the discovery was made Wednesday in South Corning. In a Facebook post, the organization said three cats were found dead while a fourth was ill. The group says it has already received several offers to adopt the cat that was rescued.


Missing Penn Yann Teenager Found
A Penn Yan teenager reported missing earlier this week has been found. Rochester police said they located 15-year-old Antonia Mendez. The girl, who was on supervision, cut her ankle monitor and took off. She was later placed in a juvenile facility.

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