State Police: police car ran light in Albany crash, police say teen had sawed-off shotgun at mall, Pig Pit says Dino has been good for business

State Police released a statement about the state police car / taxi cab crash in uptown Albany this past February -- and it was the police car that actually ran a red light before the collision (map). The initial statement by the State Police following the crash indicated that the taxi cab was at fault. An attorney for the taxi driver says his client, who was ejected from the cab by the crash, suffered serious injuries. State Police released this new statement on the crash early Friday evening, after the troop spokesperson and commander had left the office for the weekend. [Fox23] [TU Feb 2011] [CBS6 Feb 2011] [WNYT] [TU]

The Albany County sheriff's office has bought expensive "take home" vehicles for investigators using seized money. [TU]

Guilderland police say they arrested a teen at Crossgates Mall Friday for allegedly carrying a loaded sawed-off shotgun in backpack. They say the picked up the teen because of a shoplifting accusation. They say the teen didn't threaten anyone. [Troy Record] [YNN] [Fox23]

The Saratoga County sheriff's office says the woman who reported being attacked by a man at the Vischer Ferry nature preserve made up the story. It says the woman has been charged with falsely reporting a crime. [Saratogian] [YNN]

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi was sentenced to 1-4 years in prison Friday for the "pay to play" scandal involving the state pension fund.

Warren Redlich -- Guildlerland town board member and former Libertarian candidate for governor -- says nasty fliers circulated about him ahead of last year's election have prompted him to move to Florida. [Newsday via State of Politics]

Chris Gibson is sponsoring legislation that aims to restrict the President's authority use to military force. [Saratogian]

The City of Albany is looking into getting exemptions on pesticide use at for the Washington Park lake and Buckingham Pond, as well as the city golf course. [TU]

Public Bath No. 2, the now-closed indoor Albany city pool, was reportedly leaking as much as 12,000 gallons of water a day. [TU]

A needle exchange program run by the Catholic Charities in Albany dispensed 6,600 new sterile syringes last year. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they're investigating of a rash of vandalism on the Skidmore campus, which in one instance included anti-gay epithet. [Post-Star]

Troy police put an end to a chase that led them into Albany Friday night by releasing Elza the police dog to take down the suspect. [YNN] [TU]

The man accused of getting stuck in a ventilation duct while breaking into a Rotterdam pizza shop until he was rescued by emergency responders has pleaded not guilty. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of Clinton's Ditch in Schenectady wants to build a replica of the historic fire house that once stood next door to the restaurant until it had to be demolished because of decay. [Daily Gazette]

Troy, the only city in the Capital Region without a McDonald's, may soon have golden arches to call its own. [Troy Record]

Beekeepers in the region say the hard winter killed off many of their hives. [Post-Star]

Training has started for the year at The Track. [Fox23]

Says the owner of the Pig Pit in Cohoes of business since the Dinosaur opened in Troy: "Business has gone through the roof."


For both Warren Redlich and the pizza shop ventilation duct guy: if you can't stand the heat, then....

A McDonald's in Troy? NOOOOOOO!!!! The corner of 15th and Hoosick is busy enough without all the additional traffic queuing for grease. I also enjoy the fact that downtown Troy is completely fast-food free: no Yum! brand stores, no McDonald's, no BK lounge, no nothing. In this day and age, that alone is completely amazing. I work in Troy, and enjoy supporting local businesses whose food far surpasses any corporate dreck.

Stick it up by wallyworld in Brunswick where it belongs...

@ -R: I completely agree! Downtown does have a Dunkin Donuts, but it fits in so well with the rest of downtown that you barely notice it as a chain. Why does the city of Troy even have zoning restrictions for Hoosick Street if everyone is just going to get them waived anyway? And I can't believe the comment from the planning department that Troy is the only city in the area without a McDonald's and somehow that means we SHOULD have one?!?

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