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Cohocton Man Facing Weapon, Drug Charges:


A traffic stop in the Town of Middlesex has resulted in weapon and drug charges against a Cohocton man.  24-year-old Brandon Beach allegedly had a gravity knife and brass knuckles in his vehicle when he was stopped by deputies Saturday morning.  He is charged with 4th-degree weapons possession, along with driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of marijuana. 



Priest that Served at Cornell Uni./Ithaca College Accused of Sexual Abuse:


A priest that has served at both Cornell University and Ithaca College has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor.  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester notified the schools of the allegation against Reverend Carsten Martensen, and Cornell has temporarily revoked all his privileges provided for chaplains.  The USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits has temporarily suspended Father Martensen from all current assignments and public ministry.  Senior Director of Media Relations and News at Cornell, John Carberry said that, to their knowledge, “the allegation dates from the 1970s and does not correlate with Cornell, past or present.”  Father Martensen has served in campus ministry since 2007.  He is not an employee of Cornell University.



Steuben Ranked “Financially Healthy” Place to Live:


According to a new study, Steuben County is one of the best places in New York State to live when it comes to financial health.  The study comes from SmartAsset, a financial tech company.  They looked at factors such as unemployment, poverty, debt, and bankruptcy and Steuben came in second in their ranking.  The number one spot went to Yates County.  Schuyler and Chemung counties also made the top 15.



Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship Applications Available:


Assemblyman Phil Palmeasno and his fellow members of the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators are reminding their constituents that applications are available for their annual scholarship program.  There are four scholarships, each worth $3,500.  Two will be awarded based on academic achievement, while the other two will be athletic scholarships.  The deadline to apply is March 29th.  Applications can be received by calling Palmesano’s office at (607) 776-9691.



Hornell Native Signs Record Deal:


WETM reports that a Hornell native has signed a record deal.  Meg Williams is a blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter who currently is pursuing her career while living in Nashville, Tennessee.  It was announced on March 1st that she has signed her first record deal with Nola Blue Records.  Williams graduated from Alfred-Almond in 2010.  Her CD will be released on April 19th and it will feature 12 original songs written by herself along with other Nashville songwriters.

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