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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 12th

Caton Man Killed in Trailer Fire:


A Caton man has died after his trailer caught fire.  According to the Caton Volunteer Fire Department, crews were called to the scene just after 2 a.m. Monday.  They rescued 40-year-old Andrew Marmuscak, who suffered second degree burns on “approximately 80 percent of his body.”  He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Bath Woman Charged with Violating Leandra’s Law:


A Bath woman has been arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report to check the welfare of two minors.  Authorities allege that 38-year-old Crystal Wellman operated a motor vehicle in an impaired condition due to illegal drug use.  She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated: with a child age 15 or younger inside the vehicle (known as Leandra’s Law), operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was released on traffic summons and an appearance ticket.



Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 in N. Cohocton:


The New York State Department of Transportation will be closing State Route 371 in the Hamlet of North Cohocton today through Friday to complete work necessary for a joint project with the Steuben County Soil and Water District to address flooding of properties along State Route 371.  The highway will be closed between Maple Street and State Route 21.  State route 371 will be open to local traffic, but will be impassable just north of Empire Tractor.



Bath Bowling Alley to See New Life as Co. Parking Lot:


The partially-collapsed Steuben Bowling Academy in Bath will soon see new life as a parking lot for the busy Steuben County Office Building.  On Tuesday, the county Legislature’s Ad Hoc Office Space Committee approved a bid of $109,000 for demolition of the remaining structure, including asbestos abatement and other associated costs – contingent on the county closing a deal to purchase the property for $70,000.  County Manager Jack Wheeler told The Corning Leader that they hope the deal will be finalized in a couple of months.  The new lot will add 90 additional parking spaces, easing congestion that has become increasingly apparent, especially during jury selections.  Steuben Bowling suffered the collapse in September 2018 and just 10 days later, the owners posted on their website saying that they were closing down permanently.   



Children Could Be Required to Attend Kindergarten:


Children could soon be required to attend kindergarten, with legislation to do so passing in both the state Senate and Assembly.  If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, all New York schools would be allowed to require children who live in their district to attend kindergarten when they turn five, and teachers and school officials would then be able to report a child’s lack of attendance to Child Protective Services. Under current law, children do not have to show up until age six, which supporters of the measure say allows the students to miss out on crucial key learning and that they can develop bad habits, are more likely to fall behind, and potentially drop out. 



NY, Other States, Oppose T-Mobile/Sprint Deal:


Citing consumer harm, New York – along with attorney generals of several other states – has filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposal by T-Mobile to acquire Sprint.  The suit says that the promised benefits of the $26.5 billion bid, such as better networks and faster service, cannot be verified, but that the elimination of a major wireless company will immediately harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices.  New York is joined by California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin in the lawsuit.  The Federal Communications Commission has voiced support of the deal.  The Justice Department hasn’t yet made a decision.  T-Mobile and Sprint have tried to merge before under the Obama administration, but the deal was denied by regulators.



Ecuador Denies Extradition, Releases Paul Ceglia:


The Wellsville man accused of trying to defraud Mark Zuckerberg is now free after an Ecuadorian judge denied an extradition request by the United States and released him.  Paul Ceglia was arrested in 2012 after fabricating a contract and multiple emails, claiming that he was owed half-ownership of Facebook.  He later fled to Ecuador after cutting off his home arrest monitoring bracelet.  He was arrested again in Ecuador in August of 2018.  He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.  In apparent reasoning for the release, the Ecuadorian President cited cases in which the U.S. denied extradition requests made by Ecuador for citizens who allegedly committed crimes.

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