Surprise guilty plea in Saratoga hit-and-run, Raucci report release, state high-speed rail director quits over "lies," stranded in Paris

Travis Carroll, the alleged driver of the car that hit and killed Ryan Rossely in downtown Saratoga Springs, unexpectedly pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday (the case had been scheduled to go to a grand jury this week). He faces 5-15 years in prison. Carroll's attorney said his client pleaded guilty so he "move on with his life." The Saratoga County DA said witnesses interviewed said it didn't look like Carroll aimed to hit Rossley. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [Post-Star] [TU]

Police arrested the 18-year-old who allegedly shot and killed Tunham Tate at the Corliss Park Apartments in Troy last week. Ayerius Benson was arrested in Menands in an effort that involved five departments and a helicopter. Police say Benson had been upset because he thought Tate had embarrassed him during an argument. Benson has been charged with second-degree murder. [Troy Record] [TU] [TU] [WTEN] [Fox23]

Troy police say one man was shot during a shoot out in North Central Friday afternoon. Both men reportedly fled and the TPD apprehended the man who was shot after a chase. [TU] [Troy Record]

Schenectady police have arrested a suspect for one of the fatal shootings on Hulett Street last month. They say Dashaun Terry is the brother of one of the victims in double shooting. The SPD says it picked up Terry while he was at class at SCCC -- they say they found a gun in his backpack. [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [CBS6] [WTEN]

The Schenectady school district has posted the internal report on Steven Raucci (response from superintendent Eric Ely). The school board president says the district is working on implementing recommendations from the report. The report doesn't include many details that were made public at Raucci's trial. [SCSD] [SCSD] [Fox23] [Daily Gazette $]

Paramedic service response times in Rensselaer County could be longer because of a policy change. [Troy Record]

The state's high-speed rail director has quit, reportedly in disgust because of "lies" by the Paterson administration. A "whistle-stop tour" to promote high-speed rail efforts in New York State made a stop in Rensselaer on Saturday. [NY Post] [Fox23] [WNYT]

NYC OTB is staying open after all -- that's probably a good thing for the season at Saratoga. [Saratogian] [AP/TU]

Saratoga Springs accounts commissioner John Franck is floating a proposal to move closing time for bars to 2 am during the non-tourist season. [TU]

About 1000 people showed up for the Tea Party rally at the Corning Preserve this weekend. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Guilderland school district's proposed budget cuts 56 jobs and freshman sports. [TU]

Chuck Schumer says he's gotten five airlines to agree to not charge for carry-on bags. [AP/CBS6]

Guilderland police say an officer was injured while arresting a trio of teens for being in Crossgates Mall after the 4 pm supervision deadline. [YNN] [TU]

Ronald Moore, the point guard on this year's Siena men's basketball team, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Sunday morning. [WTEN]

Siena says its basketball team's appearance in the NCAA tournament produced more than $6 million worth of publicity. [Fox23]

A group of local high school students are stranded (if that's the word) in Paris because of the volcanic ash. [TU]


I love the tone used by the superintendent of those poor Niskayuna students:

Kevin S. Baughman, superintendent of the Niskayuna schools, said the district is in touch with the students, chaperones and their parents back home.

"We've made contact and are in contact with the students that are affected," he said. "They are being well taken care of."

"The cost is secondary to getting them home and making sure they are safe."

"We've made contact." Seriously? They're in Paris. They're not in some Papua New Guinea jungle. It's a developed country, with *gasp* shelter and *gasp* food! And telephones! They'll survive.

They're not "stranded", they're "stuck" at worst. Sheesh.

> They're not "stranded", they're "stuck" at worst. Sheesh.

I read the news on both sides of the pond, and fear not, the media are equally dramatic over there. French people stranded in NYC :) My cousin is among 4,000 of them, he flew halfway to Paris, only to wake up... back in JFK, ouch. The mayor is offering 15% off some hotels, but most are $500 a night anyway, and the "stranded" have spent all their lunch money already. At least the US consulate in Paris is in a nice area :) Anyway, between 100,00 and 150,000 of them can't go back to Frenchland. Guys, if the Katla volcano, Eyjafjallajökull much bigger brother, is about to erupt too (as suspected), you will be glad to be outside Europe during that new nuclear winter...

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