Second Szostak autopsy results, delinquent DNA, no Big House restaurant, setting Schenectady straight

A second autopsy on the body of Joshua Szostak -- performed by famed medical examiner Michael Baden -- has concluded that the college student died from an accidental drowning. Szostak had last been seen on Pearl Street in Albany in December before his body turned up in the Hudson last week. [Daily Gazette]

Albany County DA David Soares announced that convicted criminals who haven't submitted a DNA sample to law enforcement officials have two weeks to, um, cough up a sample -- or law enforcement will come to collect one. [TU]

The developer behind the plan to open a Big House restaurant in downtown Schenectady says that the restaurant isn't going to happen, though the plan for a nightclub is still on. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany common councilman is pushing for the city to delay the start of a law that would require second-hand shop owners to file electronic reports for police about what they buy after every transaction (they currently sumbit written reports twice a week). Shop owners say the new system will take too much time. [TU]

What does Schenectady need? A good spanking, apparently. [Daily Gazette]

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