Slocum blames girlfriend on stand, juror illness threatens outcome of Troy ballot fraud trial, Troy Chopper robbed at gunpoint, alleged Schenectady bank robber tries get away in cab, school psychologist cleared of drug charges

Alleged murderer Matthew Slocum took the stand in his own defense yesterday. The Fort Edward man charged with murdering his mother, step father and step brother, then setting their home on fire blamed his girlfriend for the killings but admitted to setting the fire. [YNN][Post Star] [TU]

The health of a juror may jeopardize the Rensselaer County ballot fraud trial. One of the jurors was taken from the courthouse in an ambulance yesterday and the rest of the jury was dismissed for the day. If the juror can not return, it could result in a mistrial, as alternate jurors were released earlier in the trial. [TU][WNYT][Record]

Schenectady police caught a city man who allegedly robbed the Key Bank on Broadway and tried to escape in a cab. The suspect has also been connected to an October robbery at an Erie Blvd Sunoco.[TU][Fox 23]

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Troy Price Chopper at gunpoint on Wednesday night .[TU]

Governor Cuomo appears to be keeping his distance from the New York Dream Act, which would make financial aid available to illegal immigrants at colleges and universities.[NYT]

The State Department of Financial Services Superintendent is asking legislators to step in and do something about the practice of "surprise billing" from Insurance companies for out of network doctors. [TU]

The 28 year old Glens Falls man charged with the murder of his 15 month old son pleaded not guilty to second degree murder yesterday. [Post Star]

Rensselaer County Sheriff's office says a parolee who spent time in the county jail for kidnapping his ex girlfriend, cut off an ankle monitoring bracelet and tried to get a gun from the home of a relative. Officers are looking for Nicholas Harrington and his girlfriend and her family are under protection.[TU] [News 10]

The Bethlehem school psychologist whose babysitter claimed to have stolen marijuana she'd found in the woman's attic has been cleared of all charges and expects to get her job back. Her husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge. [TU]

A 19 year old Stephentown man was arrested on Tuesday after police clocked him driving 100 mph in East Greenbush through sharp curves and a traffic signal. [TU]

State troopers arrested the driver of a logging truck for DWI in Malta . [Saratogian]

An Albany man plead guilty to DWI charges after leading police on a high speed chase on New Years day. [TU]

A grand jury has indicted a former Ballston Spa Elementary School teacher for allegedly possessing child porn. [Fox 23]

Lawyers are arguing over how much time Dashaun Terry should spend in jail in connection with the murder of two Schenectady teens after testifying against two co-defendants.[Gazette]

Five Albany teens were arrested Monday for stealing a car from Washington Park.[TU]

Schenectady has joined OffenderWatch, a national website to track convicted sex offenders in a neighborhood.[Gazette]

The CFO of First National Bank of Scotia will challenge Democrat Paul Tonko for his congressional seat. [TU]

Projections that a new Albany County nursing home, pegged at $70 million, would lose $26 million a year, has prompted State Health Department officials to ask the county to reaffirm its commitment to the project.[TU]

A State Health Department report indicates Albany Medical Center has the busiest Trauma Center in New York State and a significantly lower than average mortality rate.[CBS 6]

Albany's charter schools received $3 million in 2011 from the charitable arm of Walmart, the Walton Family Foundation.[TU]

The mayor of Saratoga is facing increasing pressure to replace members of the city Housing Authority and fire Housing Authority Director Ed Spychalski for their handling of the bedbug infestation.[TU]

The case of missing UAlbany student Suzanne Lyall, who was last seen in 1998, will be featured on the national elevations show Disappeared on March 19th.[Fox 23]

Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait has sued the family of a teenage snowboarder who accidentally collided with him on Gore Mountain last fall. [TU]

According to a NYS geologist says evidence of global "hyper warming" may be visible at your average garden or hardware store.

A Niskayuna social studies teacher who loves a good debate has been named Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year .[Gazette]

A sure sign of spring : Jack's Drive-In in Wynantskill has opened for the season.

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I noticed while channel surfing in my car this morning, that 99.1 fm (which used to be a crush fm repeater station) is now billing itself as "the occupy channel: music for the 99%". And it plays rage against the machine, edwin starr, etc.
Is this actually affiliated with the occupy movement, or is this corporate radio trying to make a buck off of the anti-corporate movement? Anyone know?

Re. 'Disappeared,' it's on the Discovery channel, unless I'm mistaken.
http://investigation.discovery.com/tv/disappeared/

So, today, 99.1 is no longer the occupy channel, but "sunny 99.1 that will turn your frown upside down." Its had three formats in as many days. I can't help but imagine a bunch of programming directors sitting around a table playing poker, passing around the creative control of this station once they ran out of chips.

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