Arrest in 40-year-old murder case, AMD hopes for June start on fab construction, subpoena debated for "ghost tickets" scandal, buzzer sounds early on Patroons' season

State police have arrested a man for an alleged murder from 40 years ago. Investigators say Nelson Costello murdered David Bacon over a woman. Costello, who most recently has been living in Arizona, was a part-time cop in the Town of Waterford in 1969. Bacon's disappearance had been deemed a missing persons case four decades ago. Officials haven't said what led them to treat the case as a murder, but they say they will probably release details later this week. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Troy Record]

The state's political leaders are lining up to push for a high-speed rail line connecting cities along the old Erie Canal. [TU]

Former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for his involvement with a drug ring. Kaczmarek's wife, Lisa, was also sentenced yesterday -- she got six months. That sentence has drawn criticism for being too light, but Judge Karen Drago told Lisa Kaczmarek, "your culpability with respect to getting illegal drugs on the street was far less than your co-defendants." The busting of the organization has led to convictions for 24 people. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

AMD says it wants to start clearing the land for the Luther Forest chip fab in March and start construction in June. But first its board has to approve the spin-off of the company that will actually own the fab. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Common councilman Corey Ellis wants to subpoena the head of he Albany Police Officers Union about the "ghost ticket" scandal. A council vote on the subpoena was postponed until Feb 19. [TU]

A change in the way complaints about the Albany Police Department are handled has led to 12 new cases from last year for the citizens' review board. [TU]

State senator Roy McDonald, who replaced Joe Bruno, says the state's school funding arrangement is "geographically discriminating" against upstate. [Troy Record]

The man who was stabbed Sunday morning on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs it still in a coma. [Saratogian]

The proposed plans for a new Price Chopper warehouse in Rotterdam involve moving an existing road a quarter of mile. [Daily Gazette]

The state has built a "condo" atop the Collar City Bridge for two peregrine falcons. [Troy Record]

The Continental Basketball Association, to which the Albany Patroons belong, has voted to end its season early. The Patroons will play for the league championship this week against the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry. The CBA only had four teams this year. [TU]

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