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Santa and Mrs. Claus Spread Holiday Cheer in Elmira Heights

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Elmira Heights, NY (WENY) – Children flooded the Elmira Heights Historical Society for an afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday. Santa and Mrs. Claus ditched the reindeer this year and arrived via police escort. The fun family event had basket raffles, an assortment of free cookies, holiday crafts, and a penny prize wheel. Children visited Santa's workshop and were able to tell him and Mrs. Claus what was on their wish list as well as get a quick holiday photo with the jol... More>>

Santa Takes a Breakfast Detour in Corning

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Santa Claus came to town a bit early to meet and greet with local families at the Radisson Hotel, along with getting some good eats. During "Breakfast with Santa", guests were treated to a buffet style spread of food, plus some tasty treats. Dozens of families made their way in to see the big man in red, with plenty of eager children ready to tell him what they're hoping for come Christmas Day. On top of all that, for those who brought in a... More>>

Police departments team up for 'Shop with a Cop' Video included

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STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Christmas came a little early for some kids, all thanks to officers with the Steuben County Sheriffs Office and Corning Police Department.  Both departments held their annual "Shop with a Cop" at the Walmart in Painted Post on Saturday. The event allowed about a dozen of kids to have a shopping spree at the store, with no cost. The kids were selected through the Student Resource Officer Program and were able to choose whatever they wanted ... More>>

NY lawmakers to review social services for poor families

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state's leading social service programs.    The Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday in Albany focused on educational and work training benefits provided through the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.    The program is largely federally funded. Benefits can be spent on basic assistance, child care, job training or ... More>>

Body found on dormitory roof at University of Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a body has been found on the roof of a residence hall at the University of Pittsburgh.    University police responded to a report of the body at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The dead person was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall.    City detectives and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office were called to the scene.    Additional information wasn't immediately available.    The university's website states that the ... More>>

7 neglected properties in Albany to get $78M facelift

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Seven properties in downtown Albany are set for renovations under a major revitalization project involving an upstate New York developer.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that Schenectady-based Redburn Development Partners will invest $78 million in the neglected properties located in the heart of New York's capital city. The Democrat says the project will attract hundreds of new residents and create mixed-use residential, commercial and retail space... More>>

Rochester man arrested on drug charges in Bath Video included

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STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - A Rochester man was arrested in the Village of Bath on a slew of charges.  23-year-old Jahari Bush was taken into custody after he was found to have a large amount of cash, crack cocaine and marijuana. Bath Police say Bush was arrested on West William Street. The arrest was made while Steuben County Probation Officers were checking on another person.  Bush was arraigned in the Bath Village Court where bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bon... More>>

Bath Wreaths Across America Ceremony Had More Than 300 Volunteers Video included

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Bath, NY (WENY) – More than 4,800 wreaths were placed on Veterans graves Saturday to honor their service at the Bath National Cemetery. The second Saturday in December each year is known as National Wreaths Across America Day where ceremonies are held at multiple cemeteries around the country, all beginning at noon. This years wreaths across America theme was "be their witness" - to remember, honor and teach about area service men and women who gave the ultimate sacri... More>>

The Nutcracker in Motion Video included

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ELMIRA N.Y.(WENY)-- After months of hard work and anticipation, The Nutcracker in Motion hit the stage at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Saturday the 15th. The production follows along with the traditional story of the Nutcracker but, it's visuals have bit of a different twist. In each act, there is a focus on a style of dance. The first act is mainly focused on ballet, then throughout the show you might see some jazz, acrobatics, and other forms of movement. For some, this year was their... More>>

Christmas Tree Safety Video included

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ELMIRA N.Y.(WENY)-- It's that time of year to deck the halls and string up the lights--but are you thinking about all of the safety precautions you need to be taking while decorating? Especially when it comes to your Christmas Trees.  "It's important to water your Christmas Tree so it doesn't catch on fire due to  possible electric shorting of  the lights on the tree, it's also important to shut the lights off when you're not home or at night when t... More>>

Hundreds Gather in Elmira for Some Early "Christmas Magic" Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- There was some early "Christmas Magic" in the air at the Ernie Davis Community Center in Elmira. Hundreds of residents took part in the annual event which is geared towards holiday fun for the kids, and community bonding. Volunteers were stationed around the gym where one could participate in a variety of activities such as a cookie station, an ornament making station, and of course some tables for the little ones including face painting and... More>>

Ithaca Tompkins Airport Handles Bomb Threat Video included

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ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)-- On Thursday, a number of institutions ranging from businesses to courthouses, schools and more -- became targets in a nationwide bomb threat hoax. Emails claiming there was a bomb in the building, and they had to deliver $20,000.00 in bitcoin or the bomb would detonate. The Ithaca-Tompkins Regional airport was just one of several local targets. "We immediately notified local state federal authorities seeking their assistance and proceeded from there to u...

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This Week in Wine Country-- Franklin Street Gallery Video included

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For this week's edition of This Week in Wine Country, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Wine Country, WENY's Cody Carlson takes us to Watkins Glen to check out the Franklin Street Gallery.

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State police searching for driver who threw 2 dogs out of moving car Video included

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CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Police is seeking the public's assistance locating the people responsible for throwing two dogs out of a moving vehicle. According to police, troopers patrolling Interstate 81 in the Whitney Point area spotted a tractor trailer parked in the left lane of the interstate at approximately 9:30 on Wednesday morning. Police say the troopers observed the door of the tractor trailer, which was open and no one was in the vehicle.  

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More sobriety checkpoints in New York for holiday season

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Drivers in New York state can expect to see more sobriety checkpoints this holiday season.    State troopers and local police are participating in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign started Thursday and runs through New Year's Day.    Last year, the crackdown in New York resulted in troopers arresting 645 people for DWI.    State police also issued 40,489 tickets. More>>

1 person wounded after bar fight leads to shooting Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -  Police say an Elmira man is wounded after being hit by a stray gunshot early Saturday around 1 a.m. Officers were called to Keagle's Field house Bar on Mt. Zoar St. for a reported fight inside. Upon arrival, police learned that a fight had occurred on West Ave. and shots had been fired. Police say the fight was between two males, with a crowd watching. During the fight, a third person shot towards the group roughly 20 yard away, hitting a 24-year-old male.... More>>

UPDATE: EPD confirms Chemung Co. Sheriff's patrol car involved in crash

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Fire and police crews are responding to a crash involving a Chemung County Sheriff Office patrol car.  According to WENY News' reporter on scene, the patrol car and a Jeep apparently collided. The patrol car was off the road and on the sidewalk when our reporter arrived on scene.  As of right now, East Church Street is shut down near the Elmira Chevrolet and part of Clemens Center Parkway near East Gray Street is also shut down.  As of right no...

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Elmira Elementary Students Receive Winter Coats Video included

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- One-Hundred and seventy elementary school children in the Elmira City School district are receiving warm winter coats, in time for the holidays. Williams Honda of Elmira, along with WENY TV, donated coats to elementary schools across the district Friday morning. It's part of "Operation Coats for Kids."

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Ithaca Police investigate Tompkins County Library bomb threat

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Members of the Ithaca Police Department responded to the Tompkins County Library Friday in regards to a bomb threat. Police say the call came in just before 1:30 in the afternoon. Officers arrived on scene and began a preliminary investigation. The Ithaca Police Department K9 Unit specializing in bomb detection also responded to the scene. The building was searched by the K9 Unit and police say nothing suspicious or otherwise out of the ordinary was locat... More>>

Special Report: Tom Santulli Reflects on Career in Local Government Video included

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When the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, Chemung County will have a new Executive for the first time since 2000. For the past 18 years, Tom Santulli has held that position. But now, he says it's time to retire. WENY's Cody Carlson sat down with Santulli as he reflected on his 36 years of public service.

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Relief money available for Bradford County flood victims Video included

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BRADFORD COUNTY, PA (WENY) - Flood victims in Bradford County, as well as other parts of Pennsylvania, have from now until December 20th to apply in person for a low-interest disaster loan. This comes after several victims were denied individual assistance from FEMA. "Its available to homeowners, renters, business owners and non-profit. So if you fall into one of those categories and you live within a disaster declared county, you are eligible for assistance," says Cou... More>>

Arc of Schuyler's $1.75 million capital campaign underway Video included

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Arc of Schuyler is making a 1.75 million dollar investment in hopes of better serving the community. The organization's Transform 2020 plan would expand and create new opportunities for residents, despite whether or not they have a developmental disability. The entire transformation plan comes as New York State is requiring developmental disability provider agencies, such as the Arc, to close or transform their sheltered workshops by 2021. A sheltered...

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Elmira Police provide update in toy theft allegations

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The Elmira Police Department is searching for a man believed to be involved in a strong arm robbery of donated Christmas toys.

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Five Chemung County employees let go by incoming County Executive

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – A Chemung County source has confirmed to WENY News nine people have been fired by the incoming County Executive Christopher Moss. Moss currently serves as County Sheriff, but will be inaugurated as executive in the new year. WENY News has confirmed among the nine people fired are: Samantha Potter, Communication Director Bill Hopper, Director of Aviation John Weever, Deputy Highway Commissioner Scott Fierro, Public Defender Jennifer Stimson, Social ...

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Elmira native honored as Military Engineer of the Year

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PORT HUENEME, Calif. (WENY) – An Elmira native is being honored with the Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command's (EXWC) 2019 Military Engineer of the Year Award. Lt. Cmdr. Alfred Nuzzolo is the deputy department head for NAVFAC EXWC's Capital Improvements Business Line Department. He was selected for the award based on his leadership and dedication to the NAVFAC enterprise. “It is an unparalleled honor to be recognized as the Military En... More>>

Police searching for missing vulnerable adult out of Cattaraugus County

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GOWANDA, N.Y. (WENY) – New York State Police are searching for a missing man out of Cattaraugus County. Police say 82-year-old Charles Kurtz has dementia and my be in need of medical attention. He was last seen on Markham Road in the village of Gowanda at 7:30 Friday morning. He described as a white man who is about 6'02” and weighs about 190 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. Charles was driving a 2010 red Ford Fusion with New York registration APK-2230. If you ...

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Sandy Hook Elementary evacuated for threat on 6th anniversary of massacre

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By Tony Marco, CNN Sandy Hook Elementary School was evacuated Friday due to a phoned-in bomb threat on the sixth anniversary of the massacre at the school that left 26 children and staff dead. Newtown, Connecticut, Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde told CNN police did not believe the threat was credible, but authorities and the principal of the school decided to evacuate out of an abundance of caution. It was also easier to sweep an empty school building with bomb-sniffing dogs, he said. ... More>>

Facebook reveals bug exposed 6.8 million users' photos

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14 DEC 18 11:03 ET By Donie O'Sullivan, CNN Business     (CNN) -- Facebook announced on Friday that the social network had exposed the private photos of millions of users without their permission. The company said a bug recently allowed third-party app developers to access photos people may not have shared publicly. Facebook believes as many as 6.8 million users could be affected. Photos that users started to upload to Facebook but did not post could have been ... More>>

Woman stabbed on Elmira's south side, police searching for suspect

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Elmira Police are investigating a reported stabbing that happened on the city's south side Thursday evening. According to police, at around 6:00, officers responded to the area of Gridley Place, west of South Main Street, for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers say they learned a 28-year-old woman had been stabbed in her leg. The victim was reportedly walking with a friend on Gridley Place. She said she heard a conversation behind her and the... More>>

Food Bank Receives Record Donations From 2018 Selfless Elf 5K

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is celebrating a successful Selfless Elf 5K fundraising campaign.

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NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week. Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the flags will be lowered again on Dec. 31 to honor the six Marines killed in last Thursday's accident during a refueling mission.... More>>

Coalition Calls for Demolition Delay

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More concerns over the demolition of the old Tompkins County Library.

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Crash in Ulster Results in Death of Monroeton Man

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A crash in the Town of Ulster late Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of a Monroeton man.

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Farm Bill amendment aids New York malting barley growers

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Barley farmers supporting New York's craft beer industry will get some help under an amendment to the federal Farm Bill passed by the House and Senate.

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United Way launches Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the Southern Tier Video included

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is officially rolling into the homes of children in the Southern Tier. "It's an exciting fulfillment of a long perused dream of a colleague of mine at United Way and that is to bring the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to the Southern Tier," said United Way of the Southern Tier President and CEO, Stephen M. Hughes.

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Del Monte recalls canned corn because of botulism risk

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  (CNN) -- Del Monte Foods Inc. issued a recall of some of its canned corn this week. Del Monte's fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers is under-processed and could result in, "contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed," the company said. Although it is more of a concern in home-canned food, the bacteria that causes botulism can be found in store-bought canned food that has not been p... More>>

Businesses evacuated after reported bomb threat at Waverly store Video included

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Waverly Police are investigating a reported bomb threat sent via email to a business on Broad Street Thursday afternoon. 

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County investigating bomb threat at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport was one of several institutions across the nation to receive a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.  RELATED: Bomb Threat reported at Ira Davenport Hospital According to Tompkins County officials, that threat was received by airport staff around 1:00 p.m. In accordance with its emergency plan, law enforcement and federal authorities were both immediately notified. A search of the terminal later confirmed there was no credibili... More>>

Bomb threat reported at Ira Davenport Hospital

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Steuben County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to WENY News that a bomb threat is being investigated at the Ira Davenport Hospital.  According to Steuben Sheriff Jim Allard, there is "no active incident" on scene at this time.  Scanner reports say ambulances en route are being redirected from the hospital, but it is currently unknown whether or not the hospital is under lockout or lockdown.  This is a developing story. We will provid...

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WGI pays off students school lunch balances Video included

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) - More than a hundred students will kick off the new year with a zero balance on their school lunches. That's because Watkins Glen International's non-profit RACE Foundation donated $4,000 to the Watkins Glen Central School District to help pay off school lunch balances for students. "You don't want anybody to be hungry and when you can help, its not like their not hungry but you're just helping them along and you know what, if we can be a band aid, let... More>>

Annual "Stand Down" Event Video included

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HORSEHEADS N.Y.(WENY)-- During the Vietnam war a "Stand Down" were safe-havens that provided support needed to the men and women serving. The "Stand Down" event is a pathway to help Vets get their lives on track and help provide the opportunity for a better life.  "The main purpose of a stand down event is to try and assist economically hardship veterans and especially any veterans that are homeless. So we try and have this event to hook them u...

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City of Elmira announces waste pickup changes for Christmas Day

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The City of Elmira has announced the solid waste pickup schedule for Christmas Day. In order to allow public works employees the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with their families, adjustments to the schedule has been made. Monday(December 24)'s Solid Waste Collection for the City will be picked up as normal on Monday morning. Christmas Day's Solid Waste Collection will be picked up Monday evening. City residents who have a Tuesday pick up schedule are... More>>

Pennsylvania gives away anti-overdose drug naloxone

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   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is giving away the anti-overdose medication naloxone at 80 locations around the state.    Any state resident can get naloxone at a number of locations - most of them state, county and municipal health offices - from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.    It's part of the Wolf administration's "Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now" week.    The drug is also regularly available at most pharmacies in Penns... More>>

2 teens charged after teenager clinging to moving SUV dies

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   EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) - New York State Police say they've charged two teenagers with manslaughter after a 15-year-old Hudson Valley boy died when he apparently fell from the outside of a moving SUV.    Officials say a state police patrol traveling on a road in the Dutchess County town of East Fishkill around 4 p.m. Wednesday saw a teen clinging to the passenger side of an SUV traveling in the opposite direction.    The trooper turned around to catch... More>>

Pennsylvania moves to curb pollution from natural gas fields

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   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements.    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration formally proposed new regulations Thursday that environmental groups welcome but also say should go farther in combating methane leaks.    Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is one of t... More>>

Food Bank Teams Up With Area Liquor Stores For 'Cheers For Change' Video included

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is teaming up with area liquor stores to help those less fortunate this holiday season.

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New York hunters charged with killing bucks over bait piles

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New York environmental conservation officers have charged several hunters with illegally killing deer over bait piles or using headlights.

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2 more Pennsylvania casinos open up for sports betting

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Two more casinos in Pennsylvania are about to start up with sports betting.

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Schumer says farm bill will help New York dairy farmers

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Sen. Chuck Schumer says the sweeping farm bill approved by Congress will help New York dairy farmers.

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Bradford Co. Receives Disaster Declaration from Federal Agency

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Some news of relief for residents who were impacted by the severe flooding in August in the Northern Tier. 

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Health Insurance Deadline for New York Residents Approaching Video included

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New York, (WENY) – The health insurance deadline for New York residents is Saturday, December 15 to have coverage for January 1. The New York state of health marketplace is designed for people to have the opportunity to explore which health insurance companies and plans best suits their needs. Residents who fail to register by the December 15 deadline will not have coverage for January 1. To receive any coverage in 2019, residents must register by January 31 at the latest.... More>>

Flood Relief Funding Still Available for Chemung Co. Residents

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Officials in the Town of Big Flats are urging residents to take advantage of available funding in response to the severe flooding which struck the region back in August.

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Plans for the Arnot Mall Construction Update

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BIG FLATS N.Y.(WENY)--  As we reported back in March, the Chemung County Planning Board approved a plan to begin construction on a new Holiday Inn Express hotel on the mall's site. At the time, big flats officials told us work was supposed to get underway in April, however that never happened. Now, Fairbrother tells us the project is going to be moving forward again next spring.  "Right now, I have talked to the developers of the hotel and they're lookin... More>>

Term Limits for Big Flats Town Board

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BIG FLATS N.Y.(WENY)-- Wednesday night was the Town of Big Flats board meeting, where they opened the floor to comments about the possibility of having term limits brought on to the town board. The only comment made Wednesday night made by the public was a suggestion that the time limit was extended to 16 years instead of 11 years. The citizen gave the example that he has seen projects take up to 15 years to complete, so it would not be beneficial to have new person come on to an... More>>

Outback Steakhouse Collecting Toys for Tots Video included

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HORSEHEADS, NY (WENY) -- A local restaurant is teaming up with a charity to make sure kids in need get toys this Christmas - and you can help. Outback Steakhouse in Horseheads is accepting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. 

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Three Steuben County sergeants recognized for helping end manhunt Video included

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It started on November 14th when a man allegedly kidnapped two ladies at knife point in Alfred and forced them to drive away. When the call came over the scanner, Sergeant Brandon Scott and Sergeant Shawn Shutt knew they had to respond.  

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Three men charged for allegedly poaching eight deer in Woodhull

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WOODHULL, N.Y. (WENY ) – Three men have been charged in by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in connection with a recent deer poaching incident. According to the DEC, 23-year-old Alex Nadjadi of Savona and Jeffery Duell, 29, and Nathan Karns, 24, of Coudersport Pennsylvania have been charged with a total of 40 misdemeanor offenses stemming from an investigation into the illegal taking of eight deer. DEC police say the offenses include 38 Environ...

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Arctic League fundraising efforts continue Video included

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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - With Christmas less than two weeks away, the Arctic League is working to make sure no child in Chemung County goes without gifts this holiday season. "There are difficult times for many families, even in a good economy and what we want to make sure is that every child ends up with a Merry Christmas," said Mike Wayne, Arctic League Treasurer. For more than a 100 years, that is exactly what the Arctic League has made sure of. Each year, the Leag... More>>

Steuben County awarded grant to expand Benefits Access program Video included

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- A major grant will help ensure Medicare enrollment in Steuben County goes a little smoother in the new year. The $115,000 was awarded from the National Council on Aging and will allow the county to expand its Benefits Access Program. "We help connect people to the benefits they're entitled to," Office for the Aging Director, Patty Baroody, says of the program. "We screen them for programs they might not even know they're eligible for. They mig...

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EHFD Fundraising to Restore Historic Truck Video included

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ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WENY) -- A piece of Elmira Heights Fire Department history is in need of repairs to continue being featured in local events. To help out, a fundraiser has been started by on of the volunteers with the hopes of making the maintenance costs. The 1938 Ward LaFrance Fire Truck found its current home at the historical society museum in 1983, but is often brought out for special occasions and parades. The engine needs some work to keep the historic truck running,... More>>

Ithaca Police release more information about stabbing incident

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Ithaca City Police have released an update regarded the stabbing incident that happened on Friday, December 7. According to police, the three suspects are three males ages 13, 15 and 16. Because of their ages, police say their names cannot be revealed. Two of the boys have cases pending in the Youth Part of the Superior Court, being prosecuted by the Tompkins County District Attorney, and the third boy has his case pending in Tompkins County Family Court...

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The Latest: Media firm that aided Trump won't be prosecuted

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local):    2:15 p.m.    The U.S. attorney's office in New York says it won't prosecute the National Enquirer's parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.    The agreement was announced Wednesday shortly after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to t... More>>

The Latest: Cohen's lawyer: He 'stood up to power'

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   NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local):    11:25 a.m.    A defense lawyer says Michael Cohen "came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country" when he cooperated with prosecutors investigating whether Russians attempted to influence President Donald Trump's campaign.    Cohen's lawyer, Guy Petrillo, told a judge Wednes... More>>

Police: Man tried to kill county sheriff in roadside attack

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   ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a 48-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after he pulled a knife on a county sheriff while attacking the sheriff along a western New York road.    Troopers say Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph was in uniform and driving an unmarked police vehicle while headed to work Tuesday morning when a vehicle tailgated his car and flashed its lights. Troopers say when Rudolph pulled over to see if the driver needed ... More>>

Pennsylvania State Police Seek Driver Involved in Hit and Run in Tioga County

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Pennsylvania State Police are searching for the driver of a car that left the scene after hitting a car stopped on the side of the road in Tioga County.

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Amber Alert Suspect Facing Child Porn Charges

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The man accused of abducting a Western New York teen, forcing police to issue an Amber Alert, is now facing child pornography charges.

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Hunter Pleads 'Not Guilty' in Lockwood Shooting Death

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New developments following the shooting death of a hunter in Lockwood last weekend.

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UPDATE: Animal Adventure Park issues statement in response to Lynx found

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An animal park is addressing the recent situation of a Canadian Lynx found inside a truck in Chemung County over the weekend. 

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NY State of Health Conducting Interactive Webinar

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Albany, NY (WENY) – On Tuesday New York State of health announced expanded efforts to enroll uninsured New Yorkers across the state before the December 15th deadline to qualify for January 1st coverage. As part of the increased outreach effort, NY State of Health is holding a free interactive webinar open to all New Yorkers, which will be held Wednesday, December 12th at 3:00 pm. The webinar is designed to assist residents in finding a low-cost quality health plan that best su...

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Politics in Two: The Sentencing Memos Video included

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WENY's political analyst Dr. Jim Twombly discusses the memos brought down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week.  More>>

$2.9 million mixed-use building opens in Owego Video included

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For years in Owego, there was an empty lot on Front street where a building once stood. After a fire in July of 2000, the lot sat still, unused, until now. Now, the Gateway building stands tall, offering people in Owego some housing options, as well shopping and services..

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"Shop with a Cop" in Steuben County Video included

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BATH N.Y. (WENY)-- For the fifth year in a row, the bath police department held its annual "shop with a cop" day. Joining in their holiday efforts was the  New York State Police, New York State DEC, Bath VA Police and the Hammondsport Police Department. All of these officers pooled their own money together to help give children in need a proper Christmas.  "It's just amazing , your heart just heart just kinda goes out, and the guys even at the end when we wer...

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Quarter Auctions Benefiting Local Cause Each Month Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- They're called quarter auctions, and at St. Matthews Church in Horseheads they come along with two staples, plenty of fun and help for those that need it. These types of auctions are an exciting way to win a variety of mostly donated items for less than a $1.00! It is recommended to bring a couple rolls of quarters to bid on items, but you can also get your change on site as well. All of the money that is brought in tonight will go towards gifts f... More>>

Bong's Jewelers thanks Corning community for 126 years of business Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Bong's Jewelers has called Market Street home for 126 years. Come the end of this month, the family-owned shop will close its doors for good. "What I like most is just the people," says Owner Jeff Bong. "I can be a gabber. I'll sit down and half my time is spent yapping with people. I look at a lot of our customers as being friends--really [they're] friends first." The shop opened back to 1892, when Bong's Great Grandfather joined alongsid...

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Steuben County Sheriff commends deputy sergeants for aid given during manhunt

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ALFRED, N.Y. (WENY) – Two Steuben County deputy sergeants and a K-9 are among several officers being commended for helping safely end a morning manhunt on November 14 that began in Allegany County and ended in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard recently told the county legislature's Public Safety and Corrections Committee the actions of Sgt. Brandon Scott, Sgt. Shawn Shutt and K-9 Daimon also likely prevented further criminal action. Allard says Sco... More>>

The Latest: Trump escalates shutdown threat over border wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local):    12:05 p.m.    President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.    Trump said during the open-press session Tuesday that, "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government." He says his lon...

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Winners from Ithaca's Ice Fest, Chowder Cook-Off announced

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has announced the Chowder Cook-Off and Ice Carving Competition winners. The 12th Annual Ice Fest was held from Thursday, December 6 to Saturday, December 8. The Chowder Cook-Off was held in conjunction with the festival on Saturday. RELATED: 12th Annual Ithaca Ice Fest in Town Through Saturday The winners for the cook-off are as follows: Best Seafood Chowder: 1st Place – Simeon's American Bistro 2nd Place &nda... More>>

Ex-head of New York's Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

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   NEW YORK (AP) - The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.    Alain Kaloyeros was the school's president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.    Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday's sentencing. Defense lawyers wan... More>>

Steuben County Sheriff's Office to participate in statewide DWI crackdown

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Steuben County Sheriff James Allard announced today that Steuben County police agencies will participate in the statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving. During the holiday season, the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads during the STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts. The initiative starts on December 14 and will end on January 1. During this time, an increased amount of state, county and local police officers will be out... More>>

GRINCH WATCH: Christmas Decorations Stolen From Wysox Man's Home

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State Police in Pennsylvania are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing a Wysox man's Christmas decorations.

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One Person Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

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One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Chautauqua County.

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Police identify woman hit, killed by unmarked police car

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Police have identified the woman who was struck and killed by an unmarked police car in upstate New York.

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Second Meth Lab Suspect Behind Bars

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A second suspect is behind bars following a house fire in early December.

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Watkins Glen Fire Department Receives New Equipment to Treat Animals

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Watkins Glen, NY (WENY) – New equipment donated to the Watkins Glen fire department will allow them to treat animals on scene that are suffering from smoke inhalation. As part of invisible fences 45th anniversary, they allowed communities to nominate their fire house to get a free pet resuscitation kit. Watkins glen fire department is one of 45 fire houses in the U.S to receive the special safety kit. Monday night the firefighters learned how to use the pet mask and the new equ... More>>

Construction Company for Elmira Roundabout Selected

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Officials in Elmira award a construction company the bid for the roundabout project, slated for North Main Street. 

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Catholic Charities Helping Developing Nations Worldwide Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local charity is helping to spread the culture of developing countries to our region. This includes handmade crafts and artisan goods, and it all benefits those who make them. The event run by Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler County goes by the Annual Holiday Fair Trade, and it has a lot to offer the community. From treasures such as African jewelry to Artisan chocolate, it's hard to find something that won't pique your interest, and almos... More>>

City of Elmira looks to fix Langdon Plaza clock Video included

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The City of Elmira is looking to fix-up the Langdon Plaza clock. For the last couple of weeks the clock on the corner of West Church street and North Main Street has been broken, frozen in time at 11:02. 

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73-year-old man killed in Barton hunting accident

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BARTON, N.Y. (WENY) – A 73-year-old Lockwood man is dead following a hunting accident in the Town of Barton Sunday morning. According to the Elmira Star Gazette, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers said the victim was shot on private property off Miller Hollow Road at about 7 a.m. 53-year-old Dean Brockoff, who police say was the victim's hunting partner, was arrested by DEC investigators and charged with second-degree manslaughter. Brockoff was s...

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Local tobacco coalition weighs in on Erie County smoking laws Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Last week, Erie county lawmakers unanimously passed three new smoking regulations.      Come 2019,  if you're caught smoking in a car with anyone under the age of eighteen, you could face up to $150 in fines for the first offense. The same law bans smoking in all outdoor bus shelters. It also prohibits pharmacies across the county from selling tobacco products.  According to the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, many local resi... More>>

4 US House reps seek federal probe of NY agency for disabled

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Four members of Congress from New York are asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate a state agency in charge of protecting disabled people from abuse and neglect.    Republican U.S. representatives Lee Zeldin, Peter King, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed made their formal request Monday in a letter sent to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.    The four federal lawmakers cited concerns that the state's Justice Center for... More>>

Hey, you'll always know: Cuomo vetoes lottery anonymity bill

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have allowed big lottery jackpot winners in New York to remain anonymous.    Bill sponsors wanted New York to follow the lead of a handful of other states that give jackpot winners the option of anonymity so they can avoid being besieged by people seeking money. The bill would have applied to jackpots over $5,000.    Cuomo said in a veto message issued late Friday that people should know there ar... More>>

3 dead in house fire including toddler, pregnant woman

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   WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say three people, including a toddler, were killed after fire ripped through a triple-unit house in northeastern Pennsylvania    The blaze was reported early Monday at a house in Hanover Township, outside of Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County coroner tells WBRE News in Scranton that a husband and his pregnant wife were also killed.    The coroner identified the three as 27-year-old John Crossley, 27-year-old Julia Cro... More>>

Crews battling 5-alarm fire in Rochester

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Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) -- - Firefighters continue to battle a large fire at an apartment building on Thurston Road in Rochester. The Rochester Fire Department responded around 8:30 a.m. A total of five alarms were called. The fire department says all companies in Rochester except for two responded to the fire. When crews arrived a heavy amount of smoke was coming from the back of the building. Flames were seen on the outside of the building after the fire burned through the roof. ... More>>

Canadian Lynx found caged in back of truck on I-86 in Ashland

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ASHLAND, N.Y. (WENY) – A driver has been charged after New York State Police say they found a Canadian Lynx caged in the back of their pickup truck. On Saturday, state police reportedly stopped to help a driver with a flat tire on I-86 in the Town of Ashland. During the encounter, the trooper noticed a dog cage in the back of the pickup truck which contained a Canadian Lynx. With the assistance of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), officers say the... More>>

Three suspects arrested in connection with Ithaca stabbing

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Three suspects have been arrested in connection to a stabbing that occurred Friday evening in downtown Ithaca. According to the Ithaca Police, the incident happened on the 100 block of North Cayuga Street just after 6:30 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they reportedly found a victim bleeding profusely from stab wounds in the face and back. The victim was airlifted to a regional trauma center. Police say he remains in “critical but stable condit...

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Business owner charged with grand larceny after allegedly not finishing job, getting paid in full

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SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) – An Erin man was arrested after police say he was hired to do renovation work, but only finished a portion of the work even though he was paid in full. 29-year-old Dakota Decker was reportedly the owner and operator of Crescent Builders, L.L.C. In January 2018, he was hired by a resident of Southport to enclose a back porch. Decker was allegedly paid about $6,000 to complete the job and only finished a portion of the work. Now, he has been charged with ... More>>

DWI Crackdown Results in Hundreds of Arrests

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New numbers show overall driver violations were down during the state's most recent DWI Crackdown.

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Social Media Sextortion in Penn Yan

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Police in Penn Yan are telling parents to be on alert, following several reports of a scheme targeting teenage girls, extorting nude photos and money.

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Special Report: Paws for Change

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Nearly two year ago, 104 pet store-bound puppies were rescued after the van they were in overturned on the icey roads in Avoca. Chance was one of those puppies and one of four seriously hurt. "He happened to be a puppy that was in the front passenger foot section of the van," says Connie Terry, who adopted Chance once he was fully-healed. "His kennel crate was crushed and it broke his jaw." While his jaw eventually healed, it wasn't long befo...

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  • Santa and Mrs. Claus Spread Holiday Cheer in Elmira Heights

    Santa and Mrs. Claus Spread Holiday Cheer in Elmira Heights

    Sunday, December 16 2018 4:43 PM EST2018-12-16 21:43:10 GMT
    Elmira Heights, NY (WENY) – Children flooded the Elmira Heights Historical Society for an afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday. Santa and Mrs. Claus ditched the reindeer this year and arrived via police escort. The fun family event had basket raffles, an assortment of free cookies, holiday crafts, and a penny prize wheel. Children visited Santa's workshop and were able to tell him and Mrs. Claus what was on their wish list as well as get a quick holiday photo with the jol...
    Elmira Heights, NY (WENY) – Children flooded the Elmira Heights Historical Society for an afternoon with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday. Santa and Mrs. Claus ditched the reindeer this year and arrived via police escort. The fun family event had basket raffles, an assortment of free cookies, holiday crafts, and a penny prize wheel. Children visited Santa's workshop and were able to tell him and Mrs. Claus what was on their wish list as well as get a quick holiday photo with the jol...
  • Santa Takes a Breakfast Detour in Corning

    Santa Takes a Breakfast Detour in Corning

    Sunday, December 16 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-12-16 17:46:16 GMT
    CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Santa Claus came to town a bit early to meet and greet with local families at the Radisson Hotel, along with getting some good eats. During "Breakfast with Santa", guests were treated to a buffet style spread of food, plus some tasty treats. Dozens of families made their way in to see the big man in red, with plenty of eager children ready to tell him what they're hoping for come Christmas Day. On top of all that, for those who brought in a...
    CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Santa Claus came to town a bit early to meet and greet with local families at the Radisson Hotel, along with getting some good eats. During "Breakfast with Santa", guests were treated to a buffet style spread of food, plus some tasty treats. Dozens of families made their way in to see the big man in red, with plenty of eager children ready to tell him what they're hoping for come Christmas Day. On top of all that, for those who brought in a...
  • Police departments team up for 'Shop with a Cop'

    Police departments team up for 'Shop with a Cop'

    Sunday, December 16 2018 9:54 AM EST2018-12-16 14:54:14 GMT
    STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Christmas came a little early for some kids, all thanks to officers with the Steuben County Sheriffs Office and Corning Police Department.  Both departments held their annual "Shop with a Cop" at the Walmart in Painted Post on Saturday. The event allowed about a dozen of kids to have a shopping spree at the store, with no cost. The kids were selected through the Student Resource Officer Program and were able to choose whatever they wanted ...
    STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Christmas came a little early for some kids, all thanks to officers with the Steuben County Sheriffs Office and Corning Police Department.  Both departments held their annual "Shop with a Cop" at the Walmart in Painted Post on Saturday. The event allowed about a dozen of kids to have a shopping spree at the store, with no cost. The kids were selected through the Student Resource Officer Program and were able to choose whatever they wanted ...
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  • NY lawmakers to review social services for poor families

    NY lawmakers to review social services for poor families

    Sunday, December 16 2018 9:42 AM EST2018-12-16 14:42:58 GMT
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state's leading social service programs.    The Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday in Albany focused on educational and work training benefits provided through the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.    The program is largely federally funded. Benefits can be spent on basic assistance, child care, job training or ...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York lawmakers are taking a close look at one of the state's leading social service programs.    The Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday in Albany focused on educational and work training benefits provided through the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.    The program is largely federally funded. Benefits can be spent on basic assistance, child care, job training or ...
  • Adirondack rail trail amendment awaits governor's approval

    Adirondack rail trail amendment awaits governor's approval

    Saturday, December 15 2018 9:58 AM EST2018-12-15 14:58:19 GMT
    RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - The Adirondack Park Agency is recommending a legal change to clear the way for the state to build a 34-mile rail-trail through the heart of the Adirondacks.    The APA action Friday is in response to a judge's decision that the state's proposal to remove tracks and create a multi-use recreational trail violated the State Land Master Plan. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, which wants the state to upgra...
    RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - The Adirondack Park Agency is recommending a legal change to clear the way for the state to build a 34-mile rail-trail through the heart of the Adirondacks.    The APA action Friday is in response to a judge's decision that the state's proposal to remove tracks and create a multi-use recreational trail violated the State Land Master Plan. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, which wants the state to upgra...
  • State police searching for driver who threw 2 dogs out of moving car

    State police searching for driver who threw 2 dogs out of moving car

    Saturday, December 15 2018 9:31 AM EST2018-12-15 14:31:12 GMT

    CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Police is seeking the public's assistance locating the people responsible for throwing two dogs out of a moving vehicle. According to police, troopers patrolling Interstate 81 in the Whitney Point area spotted a tractor trailer parked in the left lane of the interstate at approximately 9:30 on Wednesday morning. Police say the troopers observed the door of the tractor trailer, which was open and no one was in the vehicle.  

    CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Police is seeking the public's assistance locating the people responsible for throwing two dogs out of a moving vehicle. According to police, troopers patrolling Interstate 81 in the Whitney Point area spotted a tractor trailer parked in the left lane of the interstate at approximately 9:30 on Wednesday morning. Police say the troopers observed the door of the tractor trailer, which was open and no one was in the vehicle.  

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  • Police visit 'Saturday Night Live' star after Instagram post

    Police visit 'Saturday Night Live' star after Instagram post

    Sunday, December 16 2018 9:29 AM EST2018-12-16 14:29:55 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote "I don't want to be on this earth anymore" on Instagram. And they visited the "Saturday Night Live" star to make sure he was OK.    A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande's ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.    What alarmed Davidson's fans and authorities was the ...
    NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police were concerned about Pete Davidson after he wrote "I don't want to be on this earth anymore" on Instagram. And they visited the "Saturday Night Live" star to make sure he was OK.    A police spokesman declined to say where officers met with Ariana Grande's ex-fiance on Saturday. But his Instagram posting was deleted and NBC did not cancel its live show.    What alarmed Davidson's fans and authorities was the ...
  • For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

    For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

    Sunday, December 16 2018 9:26 AM EST2018-12-16 14:26:55 GMT
    BOSTON (AP) - A once-run-down home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled is on the market after an extensive renovation project.    The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday.    Sarah Clayes was jailed during the witch trials, which claimed the lives of 20 people. She was freed in 1693...
    BOSTON (AP) - A once-run-down home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled is on the market after an extensive renovation project.    The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday.    Sarah Clayes was jailed during the witch trials, which claimed the lives of 20 people. She was freed in 1693...
  • Body found on dormitory roof at University of Pittsburgh

    Body found on dormitory roof at University of Pittsburgh

    Sunday, December 16 2018 9:23 AM EST2018-12-16 14:23:15 GMT
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a body has been found on the roof of a residence hall at the University of Pittsburgh.    University police responded to a report of the body at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The dead person was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall.    City detectives and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office were called to the scene.    Additional information wasn't immediately available.    The university's website states that the ...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a body has been found on the roof of a residence hall at the University of Pittsburgh.    University police responded to a report of the body at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The dead person was found on the roof of Lothrop Hall.    City detectives and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office were called to the scene.    Additional information wasn't immediately available.    The university's website states that the ...
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