Morning Minute: Friday, May 17, 2019

Local News

Gary Bredderman, the son of Gladys Ann Willow, the 82-year-old woman who died in a house fire on Tuesday morning, spoke exclusively to 18 News on Thursday. He said he no longer considers his nephew, Justin Gause, to be part of his family. “He killed my mother,” Bredderman told 18 News.

Police have yet to officially determine the cause of the fire, but they did find materials that could be used to make meth in the Riverside home, where both Willow and Gause lived.

Gause remains in the Steuben County Jail this morning. He’s been charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and unlawful manfuacturing of methamphetamine. 

The health of the Finger Lakes may be in jeopardy as toxic algae are becoming more of a problem during the summer months. But the DEC and USGS scientists are using some of the most advanced technology in the country to track when this potentially deadly algae shows up. It’s part of a $65 million state initiative to fight blue-green algae.

Two local races are taking place in the Twin Tiers this Sunday. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure aims to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Registration opens at 7 a.m., the 1 mile walk starts at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m., all at the Chemung Canal Trust Company.  Walk MS is also taking place on Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post High School. You can register for Walk MS here, and register for the Race for the Cure in-person at the Arnot Mall.

A New York State senator is making a final push for legalization of recreational marijuana. The bill which hasn’t been introduced yet would regulate, tax, and create licensing requirements for recreational use. If passed, up to 300,000 New Yorkers could have records sealed or expunged. Opponents say it’s a public safety concern.

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