It's hot, Troy man arrested with shotgun and 313 bags of heroin, Rosamilia signs Troy smoking ban, Bruno to throw 1st pitch at The Joe

It's the first day of summer - and mother nature has made the adjustment all at once. [TU]

A one month investigation led to the arrest of a convicted felon found with 313 bags of heroine and a rifle in the Troy home where he lived with a woman and her 9 and 17 year old daughters. Police say 49 year old James Hull was also found with over 50 grams of marijuana, a number of prescription meds, hypodermic needles, and scales.[YNN] [TU] [News 10]

The shotgun that killed 13-year-old Gary Cota at his home in Fort Edward earlier this month is undergoing forensic testing to help determine who shot him and if anyone will face charges. The gun was given to Cota as a Christamas gift last year. [TU]

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A philosophical split between Senate Republicans, most of whom are from suburban and rural districts, and Assembly Democrats, many of whom represent New York City, has stymied Andrew Cuomo's proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana -- Republicans fear it will put drugs in the hands of kids, the dems say too many black and Latino men were being arrested for possessing small amounts of the drug. [NY Times]

Other legislative issues as the session comes to a close tomorrow:

+The State Assembly expects to pass Andrew Cuomo's last minute bill that would restrict disclosure of teacher evaluations to parents, but the Senate is still reviewing the bill. Cuomo says he's done negotiating on the bill. [Capitol Confidential]

+A bill to prohibit the use of welfare debit cards for cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and strip clubs has passed the Senate and is being considered by the Assembly. [News 10]

+Legislators are reviewing a proposal that could mean that New Yorkers would have to opt out of being an organ donor when they apply for a drivers license, as opposed to the current opt in process. [YNN]

No action has been taken by state lawmakers on mandate relief, which is making Capital Region Leaders unhappy.[TU]

Former Ballston Spa elementary music teacher Timothy Brehmer could get up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to viewing child pornography. Brehmer will also surrender his teaching license. [TU] [Gazette]

A Troy man will spend 20 years in prison for robbing 11 conveninece stores in Rensselaer and Albany counties. [WNYT]

A convicted felon is going back to prision for 16 years to life for a string of burglaries, including one where he robbed a man with a BB gun. [TU]

Schenectady police are looking for the person who shot 20-Year old Zaquan Wally in the back on the 300 block of Paige Street on Monday night. [Fox 23] [YNN]

The fired Albany cop sentenced to a year and fifteen days after being convicted of kicking in a door and roughing up his former girlfriend - is out of jail on bond after three days, pending an appeal. [WNYT]

In a 59 page ruling a hearing officer suggests that a Schenectady cop accused of assaulting his former girlfriend on St. Patrick's Day, showed poor judgement in his public behavior, but that there isn't enough evidence to support the charges. Schenecatdy Mayor Gary McCarthy can eather accept or appeal the recommendations in the report. [TU]

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia has signed the measure to ban tobacco us in city owned parks. Playgrounds and sports fields. [Record]

Former Lark B.I.D member Robert DePrima filed a lawsuite against the organization earlier this month, the day after B.I.D director Mary Spinelli announced her resignation. [TU]

According to Sustainable Saratoga, the Spa City's urban forests are shrinking. [Saratogian]

The Capital Region's unemployment rate jumped from 7.6 percent in May from 7.2 percent in April . [WNYT]

The revised Stillwater school budget passed last night . The original budget was approved by 56% of voters in May, but failed to pass because it needed 60% support since it exceeded the tax cap. The new spending plan is a $135 reduction. [TU]

The Albany Prep Charter School has closed its doors for good, a week ahead of schedule, claiming they need the help of teachers to move out of their Park Avenue building by their June 26th deadline. [TU]

After 89 years, Schenectady's Oneida Middle School is closing its doors.[TU]

Chuck Schumer wants Google Maps to blur images of people in the latest collection of data - some of which comes from planes. [News10/AP]

Flavor Flav was in Albany Family Court yesterday where he learned it's time to pay the child support.. [YNN]

Aquaduct 's new casino brings in more money than any casino in the counry - including those in Vegas and Atlantic City. [Saratogian]

As they ended their school year, middle schoolers in Shenedehowa came together to form a 65 foot human peace sign on the ground. [Gazette]

The Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia - a non-profit shelter --says they're overloaded with pets and in a crisis siuation. [Fox 23]

A century old Lake George log cabin from the Guilded Age is one of three extravagant campsites featured in On the Lake - a TV pilot produced by a local filmmaker. [YNN]

Joe Bruno will throw out the first pitch at tonight's Tri-City Valley Cats game. [Business Review]

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