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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • State Police: Man concealed evidence after hotel death

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  • PAINTED POST | An investigation into the death of a man found in the Corning Inn in February 2013 has led to an arrest, although the charge isn’t connected to the death.
    William D. Berleue, 22, of Corning, was found dead in a rented room at the hotel on Hamilton Street in the Town of Erwin.
    Police linked his death to use of aerosol inhalants, commonly known as “huffing,” in the hours leading up to his death.
    His death was ruled accidental by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office.
    But Bath-based New York State Police say they discovered in the course of their investigation that another man, Kyle C. Peaslee, 22, of Painted Post, was in the room with Berleue, and tried to conceal evidence of what happened.
    Police said Peaslee’s actions “in no way contributed to Berleue’s death.”
    He was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.
    He is scheduled to appear in Town of Erwin Court at 10 a.m. March 18.

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