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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 23, 2019

Clayton Murder Conviction Upheld by State Court
Yesterday, an appeals court upheld the first degree murder conviction of Thomas Clayton, ruling he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life for the 2015 killing of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. The decision was not unanimous with the state court system’s Fourth Department Appellate Division not entirely agreeing with prosecutors. Clayton will remain at the maximum security Sing Sing Correctional Facility where he has been since April of 2017. 


Horseheads Woman Accused of Petit Larceny
A Horseheads woman was charged with petit larceny yesterday. It is alleged that 32-year-old Heather R. Bentley stole property from the Speedway on Corning Road in Horseheads. She will return to court at a later date. 


Avoca Residents Charged for Animal Neglect
Two Avoca residents were arrested on animal abuse charges following New York State Troopers finding abandoned cats in an Avoca apartment. State Police were dispatched to a State Route 415 apartment complex Wednesday and upon arriving were told there were two malnourished cats and one dead one inside one of the apartments. Another apartment resident contacted maintenance to open the door of the vacant apartment where the cats were. Troopers located the names of the previous tenants by their mail left behind then discovered both the suspects 22 year old Christopher Miller and 21 year old Rebecca Roll in Bath. Both were charged with animal neglect and failure to provide sustenance. They were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Avoca Court and the cats are now in the care of Finger Lakes SPCA.

Operation Hardhat Week Yields Over 100 Tickets
The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation announced that in last week’s “Operation Hardhat” 112 tickets were issued. “Operation Hardhat” is a joint initiative that featured State Troopers dressed as highway workers to catch work zone violations and emphasize the importance of safe driving construction and maintenance work zones. They issued 40 tickets for Speeding, 34 for Cell Phone Use, 14 Failure to Wear Seatbelts, 2 Improper Child Restraints, 1 Failure to Obey Flagger, 1 Unlicensed Driver and 20 other violations. More traffic safety operations like this will be conducted over the next few months.


Alfred Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
New York State Troopers arrested an Alfred man for alleged sexual abuse of two Steuben County children. 39-year-old David Thomas was arrested following a two month investigation involving two children under the age of 11 which revealed the children were groomed and abused by Thomas between January 2010 and June 2012. Thomas has been charged with two counts of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 2nd Degree. He was taken to the Steuben County Jail to later be arraigned in the Steuben County  Centralized Arraignment Court. Child protection agencies from Orleans County and Allegany County assisted the New York State Police in conducting this investigation.


County Public Health Reminds Public of Vaccinations
Officials from Steuben County Public Health remind residents to get vaccinated and that the non-medical vaccines exemption is no longer available for children entering school. Children who are under 2 years old should be vaccinated for 14 serious diseases and those entering school must legally continue with immunizations to protect from preventable diseases. Vaccines for both children and adults are offered by the county for those who are uninsured or have insurance that will not cover vaccinations. For information about that program or to schedule an appointment, residents can call 664-2438 or check out https://tinyurl. com/2019schoolshots

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