Drug sweep in Schenctady nets 13 gang members and 23 arrests, Saratoga Springs students and a parent arrested in connection with fake IDs from China, LoPorto and McDonough will be retried separately,WNYT's Wyland wins 10 grand in hoops contest

Twenty-three people were arrested and four are still on the loose in a large scale drug sweep yesterday in Schenectady. Thirteen of the people arrested are allegedly involved with the Uptown Gang, or Gunners Gang. The gang is said to be a rival of the Four Block Gang, which was taken down in a sweep of Schenectady last spring. Last week, a probe by the state Attorney General resulted in dozens or arrests. [YNN] [TU] [Gazette]

Saratoga Springs police arrested 15 people --11 of them high school students-- for having sophisticated fake IDs from China. Among those arrested was a parent who allegedly helped his daughter pay for one of the fake IDs . The ID cards were so good that one police Lt. said they could fool police scanners in a routine traffic stop. [TU] [WNYT] [Saratogian]

A State Supreme Court judge has decided that Edward McDonough and Michael LoPorto will be retried separately in the Troy ballot fraud case. [Record]

Albany police arrested a Level 3 sex offender on charges of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly masturbating on the street in front of children in a school bus. [TU]

An 18 year old Albany man was taken to Albany med on Monday after being stabbed near the intersection of first and Lark Streets.[CBS 6]

As investigations into the Saratoga Springs Housing Commission continue, Mayor Scott Johnson has appointed former Finance Commissioner Ken Ivins to replace Dennis Brunelle as chairman of the Housing Authority Board of Directors. Brunelle's term expired on Sunday and Johnson said the move was a mutual agreement but Brunelle has said recently that he hoped to be reappointed to the voluntary post. Under Brunell's leadership the board doubled the Salary of embattled Housing Authority Executive director Ed Spychalski approved a rolling five- year contract, bonuses and other perks for Spychalski. [Saratogian] [TU] [Gazette] [YNN]

After Albany Democrats endorsed David Soares for reelection, challenger Lee Kindlon says he's stepping down from his post in the county's Alternate Public Defender's Office to concentrate on a primary race, but others say his exit may have something to do with a conflict over time sheets with his private work at his family's law firm. [YNN] [TU]

The three people from Halfmoon charged with hoarding 130 cats in a mobile home are part of a family that's been in trouble for hoarding cats before -- including two sisters that were found with 80 cats in two cars in a grocery store parking lot. [Record]

$145 million will be spent on renovations to the Patroon Island Bridge as part of the recently approved New York Works plan move to repair roads and bridges around New York. Also on tap, repairs to the twin bridges, and the Congress street Bridge in Watervliet. [WNYT] [CBS 6]

They city of Albany has been order to pay $70,000 to cover legal costs incurred by The Times Union in a Freedom of Information act lawsuit the paper filed to get records of dismissed tickets in the Bullseye sticker "ghost ticketing" system. [TU]

Saratoga County Clerk and former Halfmoon supervisor Kathy Marchione is expected to announce today that she'll launch a primary race for State Senate against Roy McDonald. [Record]

A man caught driving the wrong way on the Northway in Queensbury last night was arrested for DWI for the 6th time in nine years. [News 10]

Fire consumed the Alternative fuels building yesterday -- where they make fire-starting bricks. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo is taking a budget victory lap.[Capital Tonight]

Winds and low humidity have caused the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the region. [Gazette]

Eric Schneiderman is warning NY homeowners about mortgage scammers who have been asking for bank routing info to help to make loan payments. [Fox 23]

Proctors and Capital rep have been awarded $250,000 from the Arts & Cultural Collaborative Fund, established by The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region. [TU]

The owners of The Cookie Factory are looking to a former meat processing plant to expand their operation -- but back taxes owed on the property are slowing them down. [TU]

You can ride Bus Plus for free today as the CDTA express service between Albany and Schenectady celebrates what it says has been a successful first year for the service. [YNN] [Gazette]

TV sportscaster Rodger Wyland's got game -- and $10,000. [TU]

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From the Wyland article - he actually won the money but, he didn't win the money at all.

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