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Drug Arrests in Corning:


A traffic stop Saturday morning on East Pulteney Street in Corning resulted in the arrests of two people.  37-year-old Joseph McCallum, of Pennsylvania, and 32-year-old Kasandra Oles, of Corning, are facing charges after drugs were found during the stop.  Methamphetamine, suboxone, marihuana, and a quantity of cash were all reportedly seized by police.  Additionally, McCallum also allegedly attempted to hide methamphetamine in the rear of the police vehicle while in custody.  McCallum was charged with tampering with physical evidence and aggravated unlicensed operation.  Oles was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.  They were both held without bail.



Two Arrested in Horseheads After Stolen Car Found in Parking Lot:


Two people were arrested in Horseheads after a vehicle reported stolen in the City of Binghamton was located in the parking lot of the Budget Inn.  According to police, license plate scanners mounted on a police cruiser identified the missing vehicle.  Adam Crispell and Mindyn Marmillion, both of Endicott, were arrested.  Crispell was charged with possession of stolen property.  Police also allegedly found methamphetamine and heroin on Marmillion and she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 



Assemblyman Palmesano Proposes “Tax Relief Plan”:


Local lawmaker Phil Palmesano has introduced a proposal in the state Legislature that would freeze taxes and eliminate a charge on utility bills.  Known as the “Tax Relief Plan,” it would freeze property taxes for seniors 62 and over, earning less than $120,000 a year, and it would eliminate a utility surcharge known as the 18-A surcharge, which the Assemblyman says is responsible for some of the highest utility charges in the country.  Additionally, it would put a permament tax cap on property taxes, put a three-year ban on unfunded mandates, School Tax Rebate checks (STAR checks) would increase by 25 percent, and Medicaid costs would be shifted to the state. 



Changes for the 2019 Tax Season:


With the government finally back up and running, many people will be looking to get their taxes filed, but according to a new study by NerdWallet, many aren’t aware of or don’t understand the major tax reform that took effect at the start of the year.  Here are some of the changes to be aware of: the personal exemption has been done away with, and the standard deduction nearly doubled per category.  Single taxpayers are expected to see deductions jump from $6,350 to $12,000.  Both tax rates and tax brackets have also been slightly reduced.  The Child Tax Credit also doubled, and the tax penalty for not having health insurance was eliminated.

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