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Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 11, 2020

Hornell woman dies after heroin overdose

Hornell police say a 33-year-old woman has died from an apparent heroin overdose. The woman’s body was found inside her Ransom Street apartment. Police executed a search warrant at a home on Adsit Street. Investigators said a quantity of heroin was seized as was evidence of the sale to the victim. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.


Corning man arrested after making terroristic threats

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on January 5, 2020, deputies arrested Matthew W. Parker, age 30, of East Denison Parkway in Corning. Deputies responded to a report of a person threatening to burn, shoot and bomb a retail establishment on Silverback Lane in Erwin. It is alleged Mr. Parker attempted to coerce a civilian population by threatening to cause murder.  Mr. Parker was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a Class D Felony. Mr. Parker was held in the Steuben County Jail to appear in the Centralized Arraignment Court, where he was arraigned and released to appear in the Town of Erwin Court.


O’Mara, other republicans, work to repeal controversial bail reform law

State Senator Tom O’Mara from Big Flats and the Senate Republican conference Thursday called for repealing New York’s newly enacted bail reform law as criticisms continue to mount from regional and statewide district attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and many elected officials that the new law is dangerous and unworkable. The Senate GOP proposed a repeal amendment, which O’Mara co-sponsored, during yesterday’s Senate session.  The amendment was defeated along party lines.  O’Mara noted that the controversial bail reform law was enacted last year without the support of a single Republican in the Senate or Assembly.


Local Congressman pass legislation to identify cartels as terrorists

NY Southern Tier Congressman Anthony Brindisi and PA Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick introduced the bipartisan Identifying Drug Cartels as Terrorists Act. This bipartisan legislation would list seven Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), as defined by section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In a statement, Brindisi said-quote- “Illegal drugs are terrorizing our communities and it is time we called these drug cartels what they are: terrorists,”


Cuomo announces plan to address issues facing veterans and law enforcement

Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced the 35th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda - addressing veteran and law enforcement suicides and homelessness. Under the proposal, the Governor will direct funding within the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program to be used to close the gap in veterans housing across the state. The Governor will also direct the State Office of Mental Health to partner with veterans and law enforcement organizations to coordinate on suicide prevention initiatives including new efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Additionally, the Governor is announcing a new partnership between SUNY and the nonprofit Modern States to further extend the Freshman Year for Free program to veterans and active duty military families.


State Assemblyman appears in court for DWI charges

A state Assemblyman appeared in Victor town court where he pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge. Police said his blood alcohol level was .16%. Brian Kolb was arrested New Year’s Eve after he ditched his state-owned SUV. It happened at the beginning of his driveway. Kolb later resigned his post as minority leader. During his arraignment, the judge suspended Kolb’s Driver’s license. The court also ordered a substance abuse evaluation. He is due back in court January 23.

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