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Homicide investigation in Ward, Alfred woman survives harrowing crash

By Michael T. Baldwin

Allegany County 2017 homicide investigation continues- drone and grid search reported in Ward

Time has passed, but criminal investigators with the Amity-based State Police haven’t given up on the July 1, 2017 murder of Raymond Cornelius. The 82-year-old man was found dead by family members inside his home on Wadsworth Hill Road in the Town of Ward. Members of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said this afternoon that the hunt isn’t going to go away. That was evident recently when a renewed police presence was visible at and near the crime scene. One investigator noted that a drone was deployed to surveille the area. In addition, a team of investigators scoured the area by conducting another grid search looking for evidence and clues. As one family member said “somebody out there knows something.” Earlier this month, one investigator said they were working on some “fairly new leads.” If you have any information about this homicide, please call New York State Police Amity Barracks at 585-268-7085.

Woman escaped serious injury in Alfred crash-vehicle tumbles down 30 foot embankment

A woman driving to work at Alfred State College escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when her vehicle crashed over a guide rail and overturned several times down a thirty foot or so embankment on State Route 244 in Alfred. Police said an animal entering the roadway prompted defensive action by the motorist. The unnamed driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was helped to safety and then transported to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for evaluation. Police said it took quite some time to haul the vehicle up to the road and over the guide rail. Alfred Police, State Police, Alfred Station Fire and Alfred Ambulance assisted at the scene of the incident which occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

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