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Clayton Appeals Murder Conviction:


In Rochester Wednesday, arguments were heard in a state appeals court in an appeal filed by Thomas Clayton of his 2017 murder conviction in the death of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton.  At the heart of the appeal, is the admissibility of testimony by Sy Ray, who presented an electronic map illustrating cell phone data that detailed Clayton’s movements.  Clayton’s team called the testimony “unscientific,” and argued that the prosecution failed to provide information about Ray’s testimony to the defense that would have allowed them to effectively respond at trial.  Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Ray’s methods are not “new science,” and he told judges he believes the evidence to be legally sufficient and that it supports the verdict.  A decision on the appeal is expected between April 26th and May 3rd



Bath Man Accused of Selling Heroin:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to another person.  29-year-old Joshua Bailey was arrested on April 4th on a superior court warrant on charges of criminal possession and criminal sale of controlled substance.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Hornell Woman Arrested for Lying to DSS:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell woman for allegedly lying to the Department of Social Services.  28-year-old Ashley Houston is accused of failing to notify DSS of an update in her case that she was required to make.  Additionally, she allegedly offered written statements to DSS knowing they contained false information.  As a result, she allegedly received benefits she was not eligible for.  She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, grand larceny, and petit larceny.  She was released on an appearance ticket.



Sen. Schumer Urges Investigation into Abrupt Friendly’s Closures:


This past weekend, employees of 14 Friendly’s restaurants across Upstate New York arrived at work to find the restaurants had been abruptly closed.  Now, Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal Department of Labor to investigate.  In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Schumer said the sudden closures and layoffs seem to be potential violation of federal workplace law.  Workers are expected to provide employers with “two-week notice” upon quitting, Schumer said, so it’s only fair that employers adhere to the same kind of agreement.



House of Reps. Pass Net Neutrality Bill, Hope to Expand Rural Broadband:


On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act of 2019, known as H.R. 1644, which is intended to keep the internet open and free by restoring net neutrality protections.  Additionally, New York Congressman Anthony Brindisi included an amendment in the bill that would help expand rural broadband access for Upstate New Yorkers.  The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to issue a report about ways in which the U.S. government can promote the build-out of high-speed broadband infrastructure, and include a list of recommendations to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).



Possible New Hotel, Aldis Expansion in Hornellsville:


At the Hornellsville Town Board meeting Tuesday, Planning Board head Joe Dick announced that the town might soon be home to a new hotel and might also see an expansion of the Aldis grocery store.  Dick said that the initial planning stages are underway for a new hotel off County Route 64 across from Simmons Rockwell.  He said that they are currently waiting on a DEC permit.  In other news, Dick said Aldis is planning on a new addition to their store, but they haven’t approached the planning board as of yet. 



Radisson Hotel’s Highest Honor Awarded to Corning Server:


The Radisson Hotel Group’s highest honor has been awarded to a server at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  Susie Fowler was presented with the Employee of the Year for the Americas award at a ceremony held in Miami Beach earlier this week.  The honor comes just two months after the Corning hotel itself was named one of the top three Radissons in the country by U.S. News & World Report. 

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