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8 Injured in P.A. Crash:


Eight people were injured when two vehicles collided Sunday afternoon on State Route 15 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  Troopers identified the drivers as Jessica Jacquier-Hann of Bath, with five passengers, and Nicole Hill of Waterloo, with three passengers.  State Police said both vehicles were traveling southbound when Hill slowed to exit.  Jacquier-Hann struck the vehicle, causing her Suburban to overturn and the lead vehicle to hit the guardrails.  The Bath woman and her five passengers were taken by ambulance to Corning Hospital for treatment.  Hill and one passenger were flown to Strong Memorial in Rochester.  Another passenger in the Hill vehicle was taken to Corning Hospital.  A third passenger was unhurt.  Troopers say the investigation is ongoing. 



2 Injured in Boat Explosion at Hammondsport Show:


Two people were injured Saturday when a boat exploded just prior to a parade at the 37th annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show in Hammondsport.  According to the Chief of the Hammondsport Fire Department, excessive fumes were most likely the culprit.  He said the boat blower, which is used to ventilate explosive fumes, either wasn’t on or that the boat didn’t have one at all.  The explosion snapped the boat in half and it sunk into Keuka Lake, injuring a husband and wife from Batavia.  The man was treated at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for lacerations on his head.  The woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for severe burns on her legs.



Corning Traffic Stops Leads to Drug Charges:


A Corning man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop Friday morning in the City.  According to police, members of the Corning Police Department stopped a vehicle on State Route 352 in Corning around 2:30 a.m. and they recovered a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine in the possession of a front seat passenger.  42-year-old Shane Hetzel was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.



3 Arrested in Hornell Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop in Hornell resulted in the arrests of three people Wednesday.  The Evening Tribune reports that police recovered crystal methamphetamine, knives, marijuana, a scale, cash, and a replica gun during the stop.  39-year-old Barney May, of Hornell, and 31-year-old Paul Bastian have both been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Bastian also faces charges of weapons possession and evidence tampering.  35-year-old Sarah Herrick, of Lindley, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation. 



Rep. Reed Could Face Primary Challenger:


Representative Tom Reed might have to worry about more than just a Democratic challenger for his 23rd District seat.  Casey McDonald, real estate developer and conservative activist from Romulus, has announced to the Finger Lakes Times his interest in challenging Reed to a primary showdown.  McDonald previously challenged for the state GOP chairmanship earlier this year, but was unsuccessful. 



St. James Hospital Looking to Raise $2M for Project:


Saint James Hospital has launched a fundraising campaign to support new construction on Seneca Road in Hornell.  According to officials, the projects - which include building a walkway from the new hospital to the medical office building, creating an outdoor courtyard, and the purchase of some hospital equipment – are not included in the $55 million funding that was previously allocated by the state.  The hospital is looking to raise $2 million.  Secure donations can be made online at giveto.urmc.edu/stjamescampaign or by contacting (607) 324-8113. 

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