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  • Corning police: Officer assaulted after interrupting drug deal

  • An Elmira man is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly assaulting a Corning police officer who interrupted an alleged drug deal in progress.
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  • An Elmira man is facing multiple felony charges for allegedly assaulting a Corning police officer who interrupted an alleged drug deal in progress.
    Taiwan Dennard, 24, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony that indicates intent to sell, and second-degree assault, a Class D felony that indicates assault upon a police officer.
    According to the Corning Police Department, the police officer was on patrol around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on West Sixth Street on the city’s Southside when he interrupted a drug deal in progress.
    When the officer tried to arrest Dennard, the suspect resisted and fled on foot, according to the CPD. The officer caught Dennard after a foot chase, and Dennard continued to struggle and resist arrest until he was placed in custody by the pursuing officer and other responding CPD officers, police report.
    The officer involved in the initial struggle and pursuit with Dennard sustained a fractured bone in his arm. He was treated at Corning Hospital and later released.
    Police seized an undisclosed quantity of cocaine and cash during the investigation.
    Dennard was held in the city jail overnight and arraigned Thursday morning before Judge David Kahl in Corning City Court, then sent to Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail.
    Dennard faces a possible grand jury indictment, as felony cases are typically prosecuted in Steuben County Court.
    The investigation is continuing and further arrests are possible, Corning police say.

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