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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 4, 2020

Van Etten named new chairman of Steuben County Legislature

Steuben County Legislator Scott Van Etten was named Chairman of the county Legislature Thursday by unanimous consent. Van Etten has also been chairman of the Finance Committee for the past four years and also chairs the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation. A graduate of Corning Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University, Van Etten was elected to the Town of Caton Board while still enrolled at CCC and later went on to become it’s youngest town supervisor. He retired after nearly 13 years working at Corning Inc in 2015 as a worldwide sales manager.


Truck crashes through fence at Elmira-Corning airport

A pickup truck crashed through the Elmira-Corning airport fence along Chambers Road on Friday afternoon. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital. Local fire department officials say the driver may have suffered a medical incident causing him to veer into the fence. No flights were delayed at the airport as a result.


Three arrested after New Year’s brawl in Horseheads

Three people were arrested after a New Year’s brawl outside the Beefeaters Tavern in the parking lot around 2:00 a.m. It is unknown where the trio were coming from prior to the incident. 22 year old Jaydon Smith of Elmira was charged with 1 count of Disorderly Conduct and 1 count of Criminal Impersonation, and 24 year old Ray-Shawn Brooks of Vacaville, CA and 22 year old Wissdum Smith of Elmira were both charged with 1 count of Disorderly Conduct. All 3 were released with appearance tickets to appear in Horseheads Village Court at a later date.


Bradford County man arrested for sexual abuse of a child

An unnamed 25 year old man from Bradford county was arrested in Milan, PA after admitting to producing and sharing explicit images of a child online and abusing said child in Bradford County. The suspect was identified by detectives in Washington D.C. and the suspect was later apprehended on December 30th in Milan by members of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office for his crimes related to the Production of Child Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse. The child was taken by local child protection personnel.


NYS ups security measures after killing of Iran’s top general

In the wake of the U.S. killing Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, security has been stepped up at many of New York’s airports, utilities, transit systems, and various other high-profile locations as a means to defend against any potential retaliation from Iran. State and city leaders said there were no direct, credible threats made, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said the airstrike could bring about “new and very profound challenges”. Governor Cuomo sent National Guard personnel to city airports, city subways, buses, and commuter rails have also ramped up security measures. City police have also sharpened their watch over some prominent locations. Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for General Soleimani’s death.

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