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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 28th, 2020

Horn Remains Behind Bars for 2014 Murder
The man who violently killed an alleged drug dealer and white supremacist from Bath, Philip Lough, in 2014 will remain behind bars. The now 29-year-old Jacob Andrew Horn appealed his Steuben County court conviction on several levels. A jury found Horn guilty of murder and other counts. The case arose when Phillip Lough’s body was concealed in the cupboard of an abandoned mansion in Corning and found by police. Horn will continue to serve his sentence of 22 years to life and is currently housed at Green Haven Correctional Facility. His first parole hearing will be in June 2035

Reed Signs Letter for Simpler, Less Costly School Reopening
Congressman Tom Reed joined 12 New York State legislators in sending a joint letter to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, criticizing their back-to-school guidance for being confusing and potentially disastrous. The legislators said New York State’s rules will make students and staff require a negative COVID-19 test to return to school and would place an undue burden on parents and families across the state, as well as cut children’s doctors out of the decision-making process. The representatives said the new policy puts parents and school staff responsible for the cost of COVID-19 tests. The legislators added that these policies will unnecessarily overburden New York’s testing capacity, which in turn will take testing resources away from others. In the letter, Reed and New York state lawmakers are calling for simpler guidelines for a safe return to school that is also less costly to families. The full letter can be found here.


Cuomo: Decision to Play Sports “Up to the Schools”
Governor Cuomo said “It’s up to the individual school districts” yesterday when it comes to offering fall high school sports following guidance released this week by the state. A day after the New York Council of School Superintendents requested all sports be postponed to January, Cuomo also said “Different schools districts are making different decisions and that’s fine” but reminded that the guidance was given to those who decided to go forward in the event they made the decision to begin sports.


 Painted Post Man Arrested in Campbell
State Troopers took a man into custody following an incident in the town of Campbell. Police arrested 57-year-old George Berne of Painted Post. He was charged with menacing with a weapon. Berne was released on his own recognizance.


Cohocton Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A man faces court action following a domestic child abuse complaint. State Police arrested 44-year-old Carl W. Royce of Cohocton. He was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was released on his own recognizance.


Probation Conditions Modified for Corning Sex Offender
A man convicted in Steuben County court of the unlawful surveillance of a pre-teen girl has won a partial appellate victory. The New York State Supreme Court modified conditions for Bryan E. Griswold of Corning who was sentenced to probation in November of 2018. The Higher Court ruled that the length of the order of protection against the child must be reduced to eight years and will now end in 2026. The State Court also ruled that all references in the presentence report to Griswold being a sexual predator must be stricken.

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