Still no verdict in Bruno trial, new Saratoga police chief named, man allegedly walks out of jewelry store with $29k necklace, light rail for Saratoga?

Joe Bruno Trial: still no verdict. Jurors will be back for a seventh day of deliberations today. [TU] [CapNews9]

Christopher Cole will be Saratoga Springs' next police chief. He's a 20-year veteran of the force and the son of a Saratoga cop. Incoming public safety commissioner Richard Wirth, who had protested a chief being picked before the start of his term, appeared to be happy with the selection. Ed Moore, the current chief, announced his retirement in order to save the department money -- and perhaps layoffs -- though it's unclear how much money will actually be saved. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

RPI celebrated the the ten year tenure of president Shirley Ann Jackson this past weekend. In a speech Saturday, Jackson said the school had become "re-enrgerized, reinvigorated and refocused." And Aretha Franklin's performance at EMPAC Friday night was fantastic, apparently. [WNYT] [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

Rivers Cuomo -- of Weezer fame -- was apparently hurt when his tour bus rolled over on the Thruway near Amsterdam Sunday. The TU seems have gotten some indication that Cuomo was eventually taken to Albany Med. The bus apparently skidded after hitting some ice. [Fox23] [TU] [CapNews9]

Albany police say they've arrested a suspect in the attempted rape on Pearl Street last month. The APD says they made the arrest after bouncers at the Bayou recognized the suspect and called police. [Fox23] [CapNews9]

State police are looking for the man who walked out of a Stuyvesant Plaza jewelry store with $29,000 necklace Thursday afternoon. The man allegedly asked to see the necklace, said "I'll take it" and walked out without paying. [WTEN] [TU]

Albany police say they arrested a man allegedly trying to mug a man Friday evening on Washington Ave near Lark -- by yanking on his necktie (map). Police say the tie-wearer fought back and held the suspect until police arrived. [TU] [Fox23]

Albany police say an officer responding to a car wreck on Delaware Ave this weekend recognized a suspect in last week's Colvin Ave bank robbery -- and that led to five arrests. [TU] [WNYT]

The apartment building for the homeless planned for Troy's Little Italy neighbor has gotten $3 million in state funding. [TU]

State senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault on Friday for the fight with his girlfriend a year ago. He won't have to serve any jail time. The state Senate could still kick him out. [NYO] [Daily Politics] [Daily Politics]

The possibility of light rail came up at a recent public meeting with CDTA's exec director in Saratoga. [Saratogian]

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