Mistrial declared in ballot fraud case, hit and run injures five in Niskayuna, Espada allegedly used embezzled funds for birthday pony and Bently, Hollywood Drive-in goes digital

After eight days of deliberation the Troy ballot fraud case has resulted in a mistrial. Things apparently got ugly over the course of the deliberations, at times devolving into personal attacks. before the judge declared the jury deadlocked.[T.U.] [Record]

Governor Cuomo may be willing to accept the latest legislative redistricting proposals with conditions attached.[News10/AP]

The plan to require everyone convicted of a crime in NYS to provide DNA samples for a DNA database appears close to passing.

A financial executive who once served as treasurer for Senator Ruben Diaz's campaign has been charged with stealing as much as $400,000 from the church-related charity group he helped run. The Group, Christian Community Benevolent Association, was supported in large part through state grants arraigned by Senator Diaz. [NYT] [TU]

Former Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is facing charges for allegedly embezzling money from his health care clinics and using it for, among other things, a downpayment on a Bently and a birthday party pony. [NYT] [News 10]

The Bethlehem man who allegedly beat a 61 year old Albany man who tried to get him to stop selling drugs on his brother's stoop is now in the Albany County jail facing felony gang assault charges. Nasir Stratton has been in trouble with the law before. He took a a plea deal in an unrelated robbery case in 2007 when a defendant recanted his testimony. [AOA] [TU]

A hit and run in Niskayuna injured two adults and four children on Tuesday night. Police are looking for a black or gray pickup with extensive front end damage. [Gazette] [T.U.]

Police say a Union College student was driving a car that struck a pedestrian on Seward Place in Schenectady Tuesday. [T.U.]

U.S. Drug Enforcement agents and the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office Narcotics unit found more than 100 marijuana plants and grow equipment in a bust in the town of Saratoga. [T.U.]

The trial of Katherine Seeber, whose guilty plea for killing her step-great-grandmother in Wilton in 2000 was tossed because of a scandal at the state forensics lab, has been held up by an appeals court. [Post-Star]

A former Schenectady resident will answer to state-level terror charges for allegedly building a pipe bomb in NYC. [T.U.]

The Glens Falls man who allegedly sexually abused a seven week old girl was indicted yesterday on nine charges including assault, strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child. [T.U.]

An Albany teen arrested for graffiti on Monday night may be responsible for tagging as many as a dozen Pine Hills buildings since February. [T.U.]

Queens Rebulican and former cable executive Bob Turner is seeking the republican nomination to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand. [TU]

Rensselaer County executive Kathy Jimino says the Governor's 2% tax cap, combined with state mandates, are straining the county. [Record]

After closing down schools and cutting programs last year, the Averill Park school district is facing another budget crisis. [WNYT]

The State Liquor Aurhtority has denied a developer permission to open a liquor store in the Fresh Market Commons because there are four others in the immediate vicinity.[WNYT]

A combination of a 2006 Albany law requiring non profits to apply for their own property tax exemptions and Albany's decision to sell tax liens to collection agencies,has resulted in a handful of Albany's non profits being badgered by collectors for taxes that, as non-profits, they would not normally owe. [T.U.]

Students at Schoharie Junior-Senior High have gotten the most votes in a Samsung contest. They created a video for the contest, to show how math and science, used in studying the flood impact on crops, has benefited their community. [Fox 23] [WNYT]

Averill Park's Hollywood Drive-In will be the first drive-in theater in New York State to go digital . [Fox 23]

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