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2 Hornell Women Charged in Fatal Overdose:


Two Hornell women have been charged following investigation into a fatal overdose of another resident.  64-year-old Susan Cook has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and 60-year-old Rebecca Converso has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and first-degree reckless endangerment.



SUNY Tuition Hike:


Students heading back to SUNY colleges this fall will see an increase in their tuition costs.  The State University of New York Board of Trustees have approved a $200 increase for the fall semester.  The hike marks an increase of over 60 percent over the past ten years.  The Excelsior program will continue to offer free tuition for eligible students, despite the increase. 



Wayland Man Charged under Leandra’s Law:


A Wayland man is facing a felony DWI charge for allegedly breaking Leandra’s Law.  27-year-old Casey Barrett was stopped by Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies in the Town of Groveland and was charged with Leandra’s Law DWI for allegedly having a 5-month old child in his car, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation.  Barrett’s license has reportedly been suspended six times.  He is being held in the Livingston County Jail on $5,000 bail.



“Day of Action” Brings Out Hundreds of Volunteers:


The United Way of the Southern Tier held its annual “Day of Action” on Friday, and hundreds of volunteers turned out throughout Steuben and Chemung counties to work on community projects.  Over 300 volunteers devoted 1,650 hours to 30 community projects that included planting flowers, working on a children’s trail, helping seniors with a memory box craft, and more.  If you’d like to get involved, call the United Way of the Southern Tier at (607) 936-3753 to find out how. 

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