Affair revealed in day one of Chaplin trial, father of 13 year old killed with shotgun thinks killingwas intentional, Albany gets cable access channel

The trial of Scott Chaplin, charged with the 1994 murder of Rosemary Crosier, got underway yesterday with opening arguments. Chaplin's attorney surprised the courtroom, admitting that Chaplin, then 17, was having an affair with the 43 year old Crosier. F. Stanton Ackerman told the jurors that DNA and bite marks on a paper towel roll being used as evidence did, in fact, belong to Chaplin ,and that his client was with Crosier the night of the murder, but he didn't kill her. [YNN] [TU] [News 10]

Testimony got underway on Wednesday in the voter fraud retrial of former Troy City Councilman Michael LoPorto. In an opening argument, LoPorto's new attorney, Cheryl Coleman, claimed there is no evidence to prove LoPorto knew ballots were forged. [TU] [WNYT]

The father of the 13-year-old who was killed when a shotgun when off in a room where the teen and another boy were playing, says he believes his son was shot intentionally. [TU]

Albany is launching channel 18, a new public access cable channel, where residents will be able to submit their own programming. [TU]

The Glens falls man who broke a 7 week old girl's leg in March pleaded guilty to felony assault, a charge that indicated he acted with "depraved indifferene to human life. [Post Star]

A Saratoga Springs man who allegedly attacked and tried to sexually assault a 67 year old woman in May, pleaded not guilty to a nine count indictment and is currently jailed without bail. [TU] [Gazette]

Jurors will take up the case of a man charged with raping an Albany woman who has since died of a medical problem that was not connected with the incident. Marc Pham faces 25 yearsto life if he's convicted. While the victim was not alive to testify, the defense used county jail phone recordings between her and Pham as evidence. [TU]

A 23 year old Manhattan man is facing rape charges in Rensselaer County. [News 10]

At the sentencing of a member of Schenectady's Four Block Gang on Wednesday,
a judge told the 19 year old being sentenced "The gang wreaked havoc and violence on the community . It's not going to be tolerated." [Gazette]

NFL running back Dion Lewis has issued an apology for punching a glass door and pulling a fire alarm at an Albany Hampton Inn last weekend, and his scheduled arraignment has been delayed .[WNYT] [YNN]

A memorial service was held Wednesday for Kari Liedel, the 14 year old who was hit by a drunk driver on West Milton Road last week. [WNYT]

A Saratoga County teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to reckless driving in connection with an accident that killed another teen back in January. [News 10]

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board reviewed developer Sonny Bonacio's plans for an 11 screen "large format" movie theater and office space with a green roof and patio on the site of the old Railroad Place Price Chopper. [Saratogian]

The Chairman of the Clifton Park Republican Committee, who dropped his support for Senator Roy McDonald based on McDonald's support for marriage equality, has resigned after newspaper reports claimed he made anti-gay and anti semitic remarks. [Record]

The Saratoga Springs public Safety Commissioner will make another pitch to the board of supervisors next week in and effort to get last call in the city moved up an from 4a.m. to 3a.m. [Saratogian]

Construction for phase three of the Harmoney Mills Apartments in Cohoes could get underway as early as next month. [Record]

Speculation continues about Andrew Cumo run for the White House.[YNN]

A report by the Bethlehem budge advisory committee that suggests cutting costs by, among other things, cutting back on police officers, has residents and police concerned. [TU]

Saratoga County Clerk Kathleen Marchione says special license plats with the letters SP followed by low numbers, have been given out for years and that she's never refused on to anyone who asks, but the chairman of the County Democratic Party claims they're reserved for "family, friends and business associates of Ms. Marchione and her political cronies. "[TU]

Pura Vida Fisheries, which has been operating at the Saratoga Farmers Market for a couple of years now, will be opening a fish market in a former market and deli on Lake Avenue in the Spa City. [Saratogian]

Of her life at Troy's Joseph House, housing for mentally ill homeless in Troy, a resident says, "I was never safe in my life, until I came here." [TU]

A Gansevoort resident and Queensbury elementary schoolteacher has been crowned Americas Outstanding Mom.[Saratogian]

An essay written by a 14 year old Missouri girl as part of a Southwest adopt-a-pilot contest, helped pave the road to a surprise trip to the NYCB gala at SPAC this weekend. [Fox 23]


I'm stoked for cable access. Not sure if it's still around, does anyone remember the show with the dude who walked around with a plastic bag on his head and talked to people on the street? Is that still on?

Back in Illinois there was a woman with a show on Friday nights and she played religious music on her keyboard with a back beat. She had a beehive hairdo and had trolls on her keyboard. Best. Show. Ever.

Cable access makes me love people.

Was the plastic-bag-on-his-head guy on the Schenectady public access channel? For some reason that sounds sort of familiar to me...

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