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Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Decriminalize Marijuana Use:


On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will decriminalize marijuana use in New York state.  The legislation reduces unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine and removes criminal penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounces, and individuals convicted of certain marijuana offenses will be able to have their records expunged.  The law goes into effect in 30 days.    



Inexperience, Speed Cited in Fatal Allegany Co. Crash:


Inexperience, distraction, and speed are being cited as causes of the crash that claimed the lives of four Dansville teens and injured a fifth over the weekend in Allegany County.  Troopers say the vehicle was taken without the owner’s permission and the teens were driving around playing music and having fun.  Police believe the vehicle was going 50-60 mph when it went through the intersection and hit an embankment and a tree.  No drugs or alcohol were involved.  Grief counseling continues today at Dansville High School, where four of the teens were students.  GoFundMe pages have been set up to assist the families of the students that passed.  Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-kyrstin-wolfanger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_m&fbclid=IwAR0f5VodBlpRRShB_9YhpMtPkiUYWvlsSrbhcaYeoruZd_ASibWWWsUJkHU  Here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-kyrstin-wolfanger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_m&fbclid=IwAR0f5VodBlpRRShB_9YhpMtPkiUYWvlsSrbhcaYeoruZd_ASibWWWsUJkHU  And here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/raise-money-for-funeral-expenses-ambra-eddleton?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3Bsl3IYtPweM4bXdymEucORMSUElcMbcPbrZX5oZzyqKZQveIMFDCfD5c



Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Car:


A Corning man has been charged after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the emergency parking area of the Corning Hospital Sunday night.  23-year-old Javier Rivera has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, speed not reasonable and prudent, running a stop sign, and reckless driving.  Police say an elderly man left the vehicle unlocked in the parking area of the hospital around 7 p.m. and when he came out the vehicle was missing.  A city police officer noticed the car on Pulteney Street around 1 a.m. Monday morning.  Rivera was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Hornell Boil Water Advisory Lifted:


The Hornell City Clerk’s Office has announced that the boil water advisory effecting Madison Avenue and Sheldon Street has been lifted. 



Corning Woman Accused of Violating Leandra’s Law:


State Police report that troopers stopped a vehicle in the early morning hours of July 26th for running a red light in Corning and a Corning woman was subsequently charged with DWI and violating Leandra’s Law.  According to police, when they began to interview the driver, 33-year-old Jennifer Cole, they dedicated a strong order of alcohol.  Cole was reportedly unable to complete a roadside sobriety test.  A sober passenger was to said to also be in the vehicle, along with three children.  Cole was later allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content of .10 percent. 



Shoplifting Arrest:


A Corning woman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from the Dollar General in the Town of Erwin.  According to state Police, 56-year-old Stacey Ramsdell concealed items in her purse which she told police she would pay for after she had left the store.  She was charged with petit larceny.



2nd Part of Cohocton Paving Project Starts Thursday:


The state Department of Transportation has announced that the second part of a paving

project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will get underway on Thursday, weather permitting.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle.  Motorists should expect delays.



Finger Lakes Region in Running for USA Today’s “Best Wine Region”:


The Finger Lakes Region is looking to repeat, as well as take home a new title, in the latest USA Today’s competitions.  The region is in the running for America’s “Best Wine Region,” which it won in 2018, and for America’s “Best Wine Festival.”  Voting is open until August 12th at noon at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region-2019/finger-lakes-new-york/.  Anyone can vote once a day, every day. 

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