Man dies after hit-and-run, woman dies in Saratoga Springs jail, alleged nude photo shoot in cemetery, Whitney gala to return

Saratoga Springs police say a man was struck by a car on Henry Street near the library early Thursday morning and later died of his injuries. They're calling the incident a hit-and-run -- and are looking into whether it was carry over from an earlier fight. Police are looking for the driver. [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [TU] [Fox23]

Two men pleaded guilty yesterday for their involvement in the bizarre and brutal safe theft/kidnap incident that spanned Albany, Troy and Schenectady last year. The woman was kidnapped and tortured during the incident told her harrowing story yesterday during a public meeting with the woman who helped save her. Said Albany County DA Soares of the series of events: "It was literally something out of a Quentin Tarantino movie." [Troy Record] [WTEN] [Fox23] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a woman died in their lockup yesterday after being picked up on a bench warrant by county sheriff's deputies. They say the women "appeared normal" when she was put in the cell. An autopsy is being performed as part of the investigation. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette $] [Post-Star]

As David Paterson's World Turns The governor said yesterday during a radio interview that he was the person who told the media about his call to the woman who was seeking a order of protection against one of his top aides. The New York Times, which was first to report the call, said Paterson's statement is "not accurate." It sounds like the investigation into the situation surrounding the alleged incident of domestic violence has a lot of calls to sort out. [YNN] [NYT City Room] [NYT]

Suffolk County exec Steve Levy's expected announcement that he's switching to the Republican Party and running for governor is driving a wedge into the state GOP. Rick Lazio -- who is/was the presumptive Repbulican nominee -- called Levy a "rank opportunist" yesterday. [YNN] [TU] [NYT]

Steven Raucci Trial Day 13 Yesterday included testimony from a Schodack woman prosecutors say was a victim of vandalism as revenge for her breakup with a partner. Prosecutors say police found an unexploded device at the woman's home which had Raucci's DNA on it. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

The Colonie town justice overseeing the case of the woman who says she's being evicted from a trailer park because of her opposition to the expansion of the Albany landfill says the case will be focused on whether the woman owes back rent on her lot. [TU]

Saratoga County is on a list of municipalities being investigated by Andrew Cuomo's office because of suspicions of "pension padding." Saratoga County officials says they're not sure why they're on the list. [NYS AG] [NYS AG] [TU]

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey Ross was among the crowd outside Scott Murphy's office in Clifton Park urging the congressman to vote no on the healthcare reform bill. McCaughey Ross' previous comments on healthcare reform have earned her a "pants on fire" designation from PolitiFact. Murphy said Thursday he's still reviewing the bill. [TU] [PolitiFact] [Saratogian]

Aaron Dare's ex-fiancee was convicted on 17 felony counts yesterday for her part in his mortgage fraud scheme. [TU]

Troy police say they arrested a man Thursday who was allegedly naked, pleasuring himself -- and taking pictures of it -- in Oakwood Cemetery. [TU]

The attorney for Larry Shepici says the bankrupt chef's problems are "a commentary on where we are in downtown Troy." [Troy Record]

The South Colonie school district says 50 jobs could be cut because of a budget crunch. [TU]

Contamination may close the Little Italy Marketplace site in Troy this summer. [Troy Record]

Marylou Whitney's gala is returning this summer (it was cancelled last year because of concerns it wasn't appropriate in light of the economy). The theme: Breakfast at Tiffany's. [TU] [Saratogian]

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