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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, April 10th

PA Man Facing Drug Charges in Steuben Co.:


A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week in Steuben County following investigation by State Police into methamphetamine in the Town of Erwin.  44-year-old James Leitch has been charged with unlawful manufacture and criminal possession.  He is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail.  Authorities say they seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and items used in the production of methamphetamine.



Rathbone Man Accused of Threatening Senator Appears in Court:


The Rathbone man accused of threatening a senator from Minnesota appeared in Federal Court in Rochester Tuesday morning.  55-year-old Patrick Carlineo was arrested on Friday at a home on County Road 21 in Rathbone for allegedly calling the office of Senator IIhan Omar and telling a staff member that he planned to shoot the senator.  He is facing charges of threatening to assault and murder a United States official, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine if convicted.  At the hearing Tuesday, officials discussed setting a plea hearing date, but it has not been released at this time.



Keuka Lake Jobs Week:


If you’re looking for a part-time or full-time position this summer, the Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of Keuka Lake Jobs Week.  April 14th through the 20th many member businesses will be listed on the “Help Wanted Page” on the Chamber’s website for positions they’re looking to fill.  Visit http://www.hammondsport.org/helpwanted to check out the employment opportunities.



NY AG’s Office Reminds Residents to be Wary of Tax Scams:


Ahead of tax day, the New York Attorney General’s Office has issued a consumer alert reminding residents to be on the lookout for frequent tax season scams.  Some of the scams to be wary of are, but not limited to: scammers impersonating the U.S. Treasury Department, the IRS, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, or other government officials who call in an attempt to collect phony tax debts; scammers claiming consumers owe past tax debts and insist they pay using a prepaid credit card or gift card; tax preparation businesses advertising low fees only to increase the final fee by hundreds of dollars, claiming the return was more complicated than anticipated; or receiving an unexpectedly large “tax refund” from the IRS, which they then must return because it was stolen from another individual.  Remember, if you owe money, you will receive a legitimate notice; do not give out personal information to telephone callers; legitimate government organizations will never threaten arrest or deportation for failure to pay nor will they insist you pay by pre-paid credit card, gift card, or wire transfer.  Potential scams should be reported to the AG’s office, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.   



Clemens Center Looking to Hit Fundraising Goal by Friday:


In order to qualify for a chance at a “Community Thrives” grant, the Clemens Center in Elmira is hoping to reach its fundraising goal by Friday night.  So far, the Center has raised just over $5,000, but if it can hit $6,000 by midnight Friday, it could then be chosen as one of three $100,000 winners.  If chosen, officials say the money would be used to upgrade and revamp parts of the center.  If you’re interested in donating, visit http://clemenscenter.org/



Area Non-Profits Receive $100K from Phish Foundation:


When last year’s Curveball festival, a 3-day event set for Watkins Glen International, had to be cancelled because of flooding and health-concerns, superstar band Phish announced that its charitable foundation – WaterWheel - would donate $100,000 to help the area recover.  Seven area non-profit groups have now been announced to benefit, receiving almost $15,000 each.  The groups are: Arbor Housing and Development, the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes, Dundee Fire and Rescue, Hector Food Pantry, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, the Watkins Glen Fire Department, and the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department.  The groups were chosen by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning at the request of the WaterWheel Foundation for their contributions to safety during the flooding and recovery afterward.  The funds come from merchandise specifically produced for the Curveball festival that were sold at other shows.

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