Delmar house burns to ground after explosions, DA says city worker chased down alleged mugger, gun buyback out of money, mansion a bargain?

An explosion badly burned a teenager in Delmar and burned his house to the ground on Saturday (map). Firefighters say they heard two explosions after arriving at the scene. Neighbors say they could feel the explosions. Bethlehem police say they're investigating the possibility that rocket fuel was involved in the explosion. The teen was taken to a burn unit in Westchester County -- an EMT says the teen lost a hand in the explosion. A web site has been set up to help organize aid for the family. [TU] [Fox23] [Troy Record] [WNYT] [TU] [CapNews9] [CBS6]

David Paterson says New York would be "punished" under the health care reform bill moving through Congress. [Daily Politics]

The jurors in the Joe Bruno trial say the experience convinced them that the state needs stronger ethics laws. [TU]

Saratoga Springs' outgoing public safety commissioner is calling for the city attorney to resign after the attorney allegedly threw a folder full of resignation notices at the head of the public works commissioner. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Local governments in the Capital Region say rising pensions costs for retired police officers are straining budgets. [TU]

The DeFreestville Fire Department is being merged into the North Greenbush Fire District in an attempt to save money. [Troy Record]

Albany County DA David Soares says an Albany city DGS employee captured an alleged mugger at the bus station. The city employee reportedly saw the alleged mugging on South Pearl and chased the man down. [Troy Record] [TU]

Albany police say they've arrested two teenagers who are accused of being involved in a string of robberies through the Whitehall and Pine Hills neighborhoods. [WNYT] [Troy Record]

The APD says a man was robbed at gunpoint by four armed men outside Sneaky Pete's Friday night. [Fox23]

The pastor who runs the Albany gun buyback says the program is out of money. [WTEN]

Saratoga County sheriff's deputies say a Milton man shot a dog that was attacking his neighbor. [Daily Gazette $]

The Shen school district will not give out perfect attendance awards this year because of concerns it might prompt students stick with the the flu to go to school. [TU]

David Paterson has reportedly hired an opposition researcher to dig up dirt on Andrew Cuomo. [NY Post]

The Llenroc mansion in Rexford has been sold for almost $1.9 million -- a price which might have been a deal. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

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