Blame the jet stream (and Canada) for no rain, overdose death at Camp Bisco, insurance company says it won't cover fracking land, 80 year old wins for life

The meteorological region for the long dry spell: a shift in the jet stream that's allowing dry air from Canada to move south, instead of the normal pattern in which wet air moves north from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Increased water system usage -- as much as double the usual usage -- has caused problems in Niskayuna (stirred up sediment) and Rotterdam (pump gave out after two weeks working non-stop). [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

State Police say a man was found dead in his tent at the Camp Bisco site this week -- apparently of an overdose. The Schenectady County Sheriff's Department says at least six people at Bisco have been treated for overdose as of Thursday evening. Also: professional traffic engineering apparently solved most of the traffic problems for this year's festival (and Skrillex is happy to be back). [TU] [Fox23] [Daily Gazette]

Troy police are investigating the death of a man from a gun shot inside a North Central residence early Friday morning (map). [News10]

Former Troy city clerk William McInerney took the stand in the ballot fraud trial of former city councilman Michael LoPorto and testified that LoPorto was aware that absentee ballot forging was happening. And he said he placed forged ballots in an envelope that ended up with LoPorto. [TU] [Troy Record]

A man who says he was a pot friend of Scott Chaplin testified yesterday that after the murder of Rosemary Crosier, Chaplin told him that Crosier's purse "would never be found." Witnesses in an earlier case -- which co-defendant George Mott was acquitted of murder charges -- testified they heard that the purse had been thrown in a South Troy canal. [Troy Record] [TU]

Nationwide says it won't provide insurance coverage to any land or property involved in fracking. [TU]

E-ZPass can significantly increase the amount drawn for your bank account -- without notifying you. [TU]

An Albany man was found guilty of raping a woman in a Hackett Blvd apartment last year in case that was complicated by the fact that the woman had died, unrelated to the case, before trial. [TU]

A Sand Lake man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shaking his girlfriend's child so hard the girl went blind. The girl's mother says it pains her to know that the last face her daughter saw was the person who hurt her. [News10] [TU]

Angela Lopez -- the Colonie woman who infamously showed up with a Louis Vuitton bag for a court appearance in her welfare fraud case -- tried to head off her jail sentence by bringing a check for $95,000 in restitution to court. The judge told her it was too late. [TU] [News10]

The feds have charged four people in a case that allegedly involves guns, 38 pounds of pot (and as much as 100 pounds), and Lake George. [TU]

East Greenbush police say an alleged burglar was caught with the help of photos taken by a homeowner's iMac set to motion detect. [Fox23]

Harry Tutunjian has left Troy's mayor's office behind -- the political drama... not so much. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs is auctioning off six seized houses on Saturday -- some of which have people living in them. [Saratogian]

Scotia's Collins Lake has been closed to swimming for the summer because silt from last year's flooding is affecting water clarity. [Daily Gazette]

"They're my friends," says Greene County woman accused of feeding bears. (Odds that will end well: slim. Don't feed the bears.) [Fox23]

A Travel Channel crew was at Morette's in Schenectady Thursday to record a segment for the show Food Paradise. [Daily Gazette]

An 80-year-old Waterford man has won on a "Set For Life" scratch-off lottery card. He scheduled to get $5 million over the next 20 years -- and $172,068 a year after that for as long as he's alive. [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

We'd all be lucky to face the end with this sort of grace. [TU]

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