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Today's Top Stories - Friday, April 26th

Corning Man Accused of Starting Fire in Bath:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man after investigation into a fire in Bath.  30-year-old Michael Shepard is accused of intentionally starting a fire in close proximity to a vacant structure on Faucett Road, causing the structure to ignite.  As a result, the structure was a total loss.  Shepard was charged with reckless endangerment and was released on an appearance ticket.



Trooper Clark to be Added to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:


Among the 370 fallen law enforcement officers to be honored at the upcoming 31st annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall on Monday, May 13th will be Trooper Nicholas Clark.  Clark’s name will also be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  Trooper Clark was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 2nd, 2018 while responding to a domestic dispute.  The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial bears the names of over 21,000 officers representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.



Steuben Weights & Measures Warns Residents About “Skimming”:


As the summer travel season nears, Steuben County officials are on guard against a high-tech scam to steal people’s financial information.  While county Weights and Measures/Consumers Affairs Director Langdon Holmes says it isn’t a big problem yet, it can become one fast.  The scam is known as “skimming,” and it happens when a thief places a device inside the credit card reader at gasoline stations, convenience stores, and ATMs at night.  The fake device allows the transaction to go through, but it records all the cardholder’s personal information.  To avoid risk, consumers should pay with cash, go inside to pay, or use a fleet fueling card such as Kwik Kill rewards or Mobil Speed Pass.  Holmes and his staff check every gasoline station in the county once a year, and the county department also performs random spot checks throughout the year.  If someone thinks there’s might a problem, they’re encouraged to call Weights and Measures immediately at (607) 664-2406.



Former Cuomo Aid Disbarred Following Conviction:


Following his conviction, former top-aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Percoco has now been disbarred.  Percoco was convicted of bribery and fraud.  He began a six-year federal prison sentence last month.  It’s state law that any attorney convicted of a felony be disbarred, and the state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ordered his name stricken from the roll of attorneys.



Plastic Bag Trade-In Event at Wegmans:


Wegmans is looking to help New Yorkers get ready for the upcoming plastic bag ban.  Tomorrow, April 27th, Wegmans will be offering a plastic bag trade in.  Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., if you bring a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags to your local Wegmans – you’ll get a coupon for a free Wegmans reusable shopping bag.  The plastic bag ban will go into effect in 2020.

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