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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday March 4th, 2020

Painted Post Man Arrested for Growing Pot Near High School
A 22-year-old Painted Post man was arrested Friday on an indictment by the Steuben County Grand Jury for allegedly operating a marijuana distribution and processing center less than 100 yards away from the Painted Post High School. Tylor Cavallaro was charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony. Corning Police reported they seized over 20 pounds of pot and about $20,000 in cash following a search of the house with a Search Warrant by the Corning City. Cavallaro will reappear in Steuben County Court at a later date and could face anywhere from probation to 5.5 years in state prison if found guilty in Steuben County Court.


Local Lawmakers Call on Cuomo for More CHIPS Funding
Today in Albany State lawmakers that include Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano meet with county and town highway superintendents to call on Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders to increase state funding for local roads, bridges, and culverts through the CHIPS program. The primary concern of the group is the ongoing deterioration of local roads, bridges, and culverts. Several reports have highlighted the decline of New York infrastructure and the impact it has on taxes, economic development and motorist safety in the past few years.


Palmesano Reminds Local Students of Scholarships
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano reminds local students and their families that the deadline to return applications for the annual New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators scholarship program will be the close of business on Friday March 13th. Students residing in the 132nd Assembly District can receive a scholarship application by contacting Palmesano’s District Office at (607) 776-9691. A total of four scholarships will be awarded, each totaling $4,000. Two will be awarded based on academic achievement and two will be athletic scholarships.


US Court Will Not Hear Trappler Case
The highest court in the US has ruled it will not review a state Appellate Court decision denying Alice Trappler an appeal on her convictions for murder, burglary and conspiracy. Steuben County resident Trappler was sentenced in 2013 to 25 years to life in prison for the conviction for her role in the death of Daniel Bennet in his Dix home. Bennett was killed by Trappler’s ex husband in 2012. The prosecution maintained Trappler conspired with Borden to kill Bennett in the midst of a custody battle over Trappler and Bennett’s then-infant daughter.


Elmira PD Reports Missing Teen
Elmira Police seek the public’s help in finding a missing teen. EPD Officials report 16-year-old Coby Barnes was last seen at his grandmother’s house on West Third Street over one month ago. Barnes left his grandmother’s home and did not come back or tell anyone where he was heading and it may be possible he is staying in vacant homes nearby. Coby is described as a 5 foot 9 inch tall, 130 pound white male. If you know of his whereabouts or who he is please call (607) 735-8600.


CCC Forms Emergency Program Cut Task Force
Corning Community College Faculty announce they will form an emergency task force 2 weeks after the announcement of the school’s program cuts to five or more academic programs due to a decline in student enrollment.  The crisis committee’s mission is to raise awareness about the consequences of the administration's planned cuts. This group  will also meet with community stakeholders to facilitate a positive resolution to the crisis. 


County Officials Say Coronavirus Risk is Low
The risk of catching the novel Coronavirus in Steuben County currently remains very low…that’s according to county Public Health officials. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says that “Although two cases have been confirmed in New York, there have been no cases in Steuben County, and the individual undergoing voluntary quarantine two weeks ago was cleared.”


St. James Hornell Hospital Moving Soon
In less than two weeks, a Hornell hospital will be moving. On March 17 at 8 a.m., operations will cease at St. James Hospital’s location at 411 Canisteo Street. All St. James clinical and non-clinical services will transfer immediately to the new facility at 7329 Seneca Road North in Hornellsville. This includes the Emergency Department (ED). During the ensuing two weeks – through March 31 – St. James will collaborate with local emergency services agencies and will have a team of EMS providers at the Canisteo Street Emergency Dept. location around the clock, to evaluate and transport patients to the new ED on Seneca Road. Additionally, the City of Hornell and other surrounding ambulance agencies, if needed, will assist with inpatient transports and any other scheduled patient transports from the existing Canisteo Street location to the new hospital.

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