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Trespassing Compliant Leads to Drug/Weapon Charges:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports multiple arrests following investigation into a trespassing compliant.  Deputies responded to the compliant at a residence on County Route 12 in Thurston.  27-year-old Coty Murphy of Wayland was arrested for trespass and criminal possession, and he was also allegedly wanted on an indictment warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  48-year-old Todd Briglin of Cohocton was also arrested on charges of trespass and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  It’s alleged that both men were trespassing and that they both possessed approximately 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine, packaged for sale, valued at approximately $3,000.  Following his arrest, the Steuben County Sheriff’s CIRT unit searched Murphy’s residence and recovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, products for alleged distribution, and an alleged stun gun.  Additionally, arrested were 32-year-old Jessica Schaffer and 27-year-old James Braziel, both of Wayland.  Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. 



Rochester Man Accused of Forging Check:


A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly forging a check.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Brandon Deshawn Baker was booked out of the Steuben County Jail in October of 2018 and he allegedly altered his jail commissary check from $1.77 to $3,129.  He allegedly tried to cash it.  He is charged with forgery, attempted grand larceny, and falsifying business records.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Phillips Lighting Auction Starts Monday:


A commercial auction for the former Phillips Lighting plant in Bath will get underway on Monday.  The auction is being conducted by Ten-X.com and requires a $10,000 participation deposit to bid.  Bids will start at $450,000.  Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson told the Corning Leader that he’s had conversations with potential bidders and that there seems to be serious interest in the property.  Johnson said he believes any buyer will likely subdivide the facility for multiple occupants and uses.  The plant has been vacant for five years now, after shutting down in 2014. 



Steuben Legislators to Oppose Cuomo’s Cuts:


Steuben County legislators are expected to take a stand this month against an amendment in the 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal that could cost county taxpayers $250,000.  The 30-day amendment was introduced February 15th by Governor Andrew Cuomo and it would force counties to pay for the cuts to Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding proposed in the budget.  According to NYDATABASES, the proposed cuts mean 42 towns and villages in Steuben would lose all AIM funds, forcing Steuben to pick up the slack by cutting into the sales tax revenues it uses to keep property taxes down.  In Steuben, sales tax revenues typically account for 20 percent of the county budget.  Steuben additionally splits its sales tax revenues with the cities, towns, and villages.



Sheldon Silver to Avoid Jail While Appealing:


Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver won’t be reporting to prison next week to begin serving the seven-year prison sentence he received for his public corruption conviction.  Instead, a federal appeals court has ruled that Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal.  Silver was sentenced last year after prosecutors say he collected nearly $4 million in fees in exchange for political action to benefit a cancer researcher and real estate developers.  

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