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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 8, 2020

Bath man facing charges for failing to report address change to sex offender registry

Court action is pending for a Bath man facing a felony count. State Police say they arrested 30-year-old Donald E. Seeley. He was charged with failing to report a change of address to the sex offender registry. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.


Bath man charged after domestic dispute

Criminal charges have been filed against a Bath man following a domestic dispute in the town. Troopers arrested 39-year-old William S. Margeson. He was charged with felony aggravated contempt, felony aggravated family offense and a lesser count of unlawful imprisonment. He was detained for a court appearance.


Victim of one car accident in Big Flats identified

The victim of a fatal car crash Thursday Evening on West Hill Road in Big Flats has been identified. The family of Daniel Aviles has confirmed he was the lone fatality in the incident. Aviles was coming down West Hill Road, turned a corner, and lost control of the vehicle, and was ejected. He was transported to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Aviles is survived by 5 children and a GoFundMe has been established to assist in covering funeral expenses.


Sears store in Arnot Mall to close

Another major retailer is leaving the Southern Tier. The Sears store in the Arnot Mall in Big Flats is closing. A going out of business sale is happening now. Sears and Kmart have closed more than 3,500 stores and cut about 250,000 jobs in the past 15 years.


Prattsburgh Fire Department to purchase new ambulance

The Board of Commissioners of the Prattsburgh fire district have approved spending up to $221,000 for a new ambulance. The funds will come from the ambulance capital reserve fund. The action is subject to a permissive referendum if valid petitions are received within thirty days. Commissioners also approved spending up to $385,000 for a new pumper/tanker truck. That action is also subject to a permissive referendum.


Clarksville teen indicted for murder

An Allegany County Grand Jury this week indicted a Clarksville teenager on two counts of second-degree murder. 17-year-old William "Billy" Larson Jr. has been accused of killing his parents in early November at their home on Cortney Hollow Road in Clarksville. He then allegedly set the home on fire to cover up the crimes. The teen was also indicted on charges of attempted arson, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. He will be arraigned in county court on those charges on February 24th at 11 a.m.


NYS Supreme Court rules fantasy sports law unconstitutional

A law giving interactive fantasy sports sites the right to operate in the state was declared unconstitutional by a New York Supreme Court Judge Thursday. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2016, the law required fantasy sports sites to pay an annual fee of $50,000 along with a 15% revenue tax operating under the Gaming Commission, according to a press release. The law was created after New York’s Attorney General sued FanDuel and Draft Kings for running an illegal gambling operation. The law redefined the sites by calling them ‘games of skill.’

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