WDNY Local News, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Written by on November 13, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The polls have been closed for days, but the 27th Congressional District race isn’t officially over just yet. Absentee ballot counting begins today in the battle between Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican Congressman Chris Collins. As of last week, Collins was ahead by about three-thousand votes. So far, more than 11-thousand absentee ballots have been returned.  Congressman Collins has already declared victory.

A traffic stop in the village of Dansville has led to the arrest of a woman from Wayland on drug charges. Deputies say a license plate reader showed that a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Morgan Hagadone had a suspended registration because she had no insurance. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says a further investigation found drug paraphernalia in plain view, plus cocaine and marijuana. Hagadone was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. She was arraigned at the Livingston County jail and his bond was set at $1,000.

Two people from Mt Morris have been arrested and charged with drug possession after a traffic stop. Deputies say 24-year-old Brandon Robb was operating on a suspended license and had crack cocaine when he was pulled over on Mount Morris-Geneseo Road. In addition, they say a passenger, identified as 22-year-old Gabrielle Barrett, also had crack and a crack pipe that she tried to hide in her bra. The charges against her include a felony, so she was arraigned and her bond was set at $1,000. Robb was later released on his own recognizance.

Low-income New Yorkers who need help staying warm this winter can start applying for HEAP benefits today. Eligible folks may receive hundreds of dollars if they qualify. Anyone who heats their home with electricity, natural gas, oil, coal, propane, wood pellets or kerosene can get assistance. For more information, head online to my benefits dot ny dot gov.

Wintry weather is just on our doorstep. There are winter weather advisories for Wyoming, Steuben and Yates Counties among other places tonight into tomorrow. People there could see a couple inches of snow, especially at the higher spots. Livingston County might get a half an inch.

Feeling stressed out? You aren’t alone. A new study by the website Zippa says New York is the fifth most stressed out state in America. They based that conclusion on things like commute times, unemployment, hours worked, population density, home price to income ratio, and what percent of the population is uninsured. The most stressful place is New Jersey, least is Iowa.

Police are warning about a new scam making the rounds on Facebook. Its called the “Secret Sister” gift exchange scam where participants are asked to buy one small gift for 10 dollars and in turn receive 36 gifts back. It is a pyramid scam and it is illegal, plus you have your personal information swiped in the process

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a bill increasing compensation to Gold Star parents.  Under the current legislation, they’re only eligible for 500 dollars a year.  This new law allows them a yearly increase at a rate equal to the percentage increase of benefits approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  The Gold Star annuity provides financial help to parents whose children have died defending our country.   

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