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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 24, 2019

Cuomo unveils legislation cracking down on sex offenders online

Governor Cuomo Sunday unveiled the 11th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - legislation to prevent convicted sex offenders from using social media accounts, dating apps and video game chat functions to exploit children. The proposal builds on New York's nation-leading e-STOP law, which passed in 2008 and requires sex offenders to register certain online activities with the state. To address this problem, Governor Cuomo says he is proposing legislation to require all sex offenders to affirmatively disclose their screen name for each social media account or dating/gaming app they are on to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, as opposed to just giving the email address they use for those accounts. DCJS will send this list to any provider that the offender discloses, and the provider will be required to review this data, develop policies on how to use it, and release this policy publicly to their users.


Owego man arrested after robbing gas station

The Broome County Sherriff’s office say they have arrested a man involved in a robbery of a gas station in the town of Union. 32-year-old Charles Haupt of Owego was arrested Saturday morning and charged with 1st degree robbery, a class B felony after stealing cigarettes and cash from the gas station. Sherriff’s deputies say the robbery occurred around 2:30 P.M. Friday at the Speedway gas station at 1015 Union Center-Maine Highway in the town of Union. Mr. Haupt was dropped off at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility, where he will remain awaiting further action in Broome County Court


Corning woman arrested for DWI

A Corning woman was arrested during a traffic stop on State Route 223 in Horseheads. State Police charged 29-year-old Mercedes Abreu with driving while intoxicated. She’ll appear in court at a later date.


Hammondsport man charged with numerous traffic infractions

A Hammondsport man faces a number of charges after he was pulled over on State Route 54. State Troopers arrested 55-year-old Lawrence Day. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08% and two other traffic infractions. Court action is pending.


New York to invest over $10 million in fight against hate crimes

New York will be investing more than $10 million dollars in security enhancements at non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious based institutions in an attempt to fight against hate crimes. Hate crime statistics have shown a spike in anti-Semitism and hate crimes against Jewish people, both across the United States and in New York. The grant will provide $50,000 for security training and ungraded technology for qualifying facilities, totaling 207 projects.


Two from Springwater facing multiple felony charges

Felony charges have been filed against two people from Springwater following an incident last week in the Town of Wayland. State Police arrested 38-year-old Robert Loveland. He was charged with first-degree menacing, making a false sworn statement and tampering with physical evidence, all felony counts. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. State police also arrested 35-year-old Kristen Canute. She was charged with felony making a false sworn statement and child endangerment.

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