Woman saves baby from fire, teen pedestrian allegedly killed by drunk driver, Cambridge to Guantanamo, wily woodchuck pegged for flag caper

Troy public safety officials say a woman ran into a burning apartment at Griswold Heights to rescue a baby early Sunday morning. The baby only suffered minor injuries and has been released -- but the woman suffered serious burns. Said a TPD captain of the woman: "Her actions were beyond heroic." Troy's fire chief says the baby had been left unattended -- the person who was supposed to watch the baby was next door. [Troy Record] [News10] [TU] [WNYT]

A 14-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed in Milton Saturday by an allegedly drunk driver, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors say the driver, 21 years old, was coming home from a graduation party. He's been charged with DWI. [TU] [Fox23] [News10] [Saratogian]

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department says a man died Saturday after a tree fell on him while he was using a homemade zip line. [Saratogian]

The Albany County legislature is looking at a possible county hiring freeze because of the county's faltering finances. The county recent sent out notices of possible layoffs. [TU] [Troy Record]

Mario Cuomo reportedly spoke openly about Andrew Cuomo running for president recently during a gathering at the Executive Mansion. [NYT]

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The second trial for Michael LoPorto in the Troy ballot fraud case is scheduled to start today. [Troy Record]

The trial of Scott Chaplin, accused of being involved with the murder of Rosemary Crosier in Troy in 1994, is scheduled to start today. [Troy Record]

One of the Rensselaer County corrections officers at the middle of an investigation into all sorts of alleged misdeeds has resigned. [TU]

Sonny Bonacio's company is looking for almost $1 million in tax breaks for the proposed movie theater in downtown Saratoga. [Daily Gazette]

It appears that Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner Chris Mathiesen will keep pushing to get the last call time rolled back. [Saratogian]

Saratoga Hospital ranked fourth in a state in a recent Consumer Reports ranking of hospital safety (the rankings didn't include every hospital). [Saratogian]

Developers in the region have been focusing on building rental properties instead of homes for sale. [Daily Gazette]

Rotterdam police say they arrested a man for stabbing an 18-year-old three times Saturday morning. [TU]

Albany police say they've arrested two people allegedly involved with recent burglaries in the New Scotland and Buckingham Pond neighborhoods. [TU]

Former Albany Academy star, and current Philadelphia Eagle, Dion Lewis was arrested by Albany police early Saturday morning for allegedly banging on a glass door and pulling a fire alarm at a downtown Albany hotel. [TU]

Graduates of HVCC's advanced manufacturing program are in high demand -- many have jobs lined up before they graduate. [TU]

A recent of survey of beekeepers in 10 greater Capital Region counties found 40 percent losses in bee populations over the winter -- 10 percent was once considered big. [Daily Gazette]

Some Coeymans residents are concerned about a potential law change that would allow recyclables to be imported into the town (garbage is a touchy subject there -- Albany once planned to build a landfill there) [TU].

The cafe that sits right next to the train station in Rensselaer was shut down by the city because... well, that's not entirely clear. [TU]

The reason cited for a rough skydiving landing this weekend in Saratoga County that resulted in the person being flown to the hospital: "skydiver error." It was the skydiver's second-ever jump. [Post-Star] [News10]

The former owner of the now-closed Cambridge Hotel is taking a job at the military based at Guantanamo Bay. [TU]

Farther afield: a woodchuck has been blamed for stealing American flags from a cemetery in Hudson. The thief was identified using surveillance cameras. The cemetery caretaker says his crew, using a special camera to look in woodchuck holes, found parts of almost 75 flags. [TU] [Fox23] [YNN]


I know its a woodchuck and not a gopher, but all I can think of are modified scenes from Caddyshack when I think of that last story.

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