Sheriff's office says Westerlo death is suspicious, tax breaks for downtown Saratoga movie theater, field narrows for UAlbany president job, Capital District Community Gardens picks new home

The Albany County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was found in a Westerlo apartment Monday morning. Sheriff Craig Apple says the man's aunt stopped to check on the man, who had a physical disability, after seeing his mother sitting on the steps outside the apartment. The man's body was found in a bloody scene, and Apple says the case is being considered suspicious. [YNN] [News10] [Fox23] [TU]

More unraveling of what allegedly happened (or didn't happen) during then-state attorney general Andrew Cuomo's 2009 investigation of possible political interference with the State Police. The latest bits: Cuomo allegedly discouraged State Police from obtaining legal representation during the investigation, according to "interviews with former officials and claims made in documents" (the Cuomo admin denies this). And David Paterson's administration allegedly tried get white state troopers on the then governor's security detail replaced with African American and Latino state troopers, which the acting State Police superintendent refused to do (a Paterson aide denies much of the allegation). [TU] [NYT] [NYT]

The alleged dragee in the Troy pick-truck dragging incident Sunday night says the alleged driver was giving him a ride home from the hospital -- but they got in a fight over a woman. [Troy Record]

The Saratoga IDA has awarded more than $950k in tax breaks to developer Sonny Bonacio for the proposed movie theater project at the site of the former Price Chopper in downtown Saratoga. Bonacio has yet to line up a theater operator for the project. [TU] [Saratogian]

A Troy teen already in jail on charges for one shooting has been indicted for another shooting, three weeks after the first, that injured a 15 year old in North Central (map). [TU]

Albany police say a 16 year old has been arrested for allegedly firing into a crowd, hitting a man, in Sheridan Hollow in May (map). [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say the man found unconscious and not breathing at at Beekman Street and Grand Ave early Saturday apparently had suffered a "serious medical attack" -- and there was no foul play. [Saratogian] [TU]

Fort Edward police say the father of the six kids who died in a fire there in 2010 has died of an apparent heart attack -- they say he was 37, separated from his wife, and apparently had been living in his car. [Post-Star]

Albany police say they arrested a man for allegedly trying to break into two homes in Center Square early Monday morning (block map). [APD]

Questions prompted by the second-hand jewelry sales legislation recently passed by the Albany County legislature: what qualifies as a typographic error, and how much of a law's text can be changed after a law is passed? [TU]

Three of the reported finalists for the UAlbany president job have publicly pulled their name from the running. [TU]

CDTA is looking at possibly reducing and simplifying the fare structure for the Northway Xpress route that runs between Albany and South Glens Falls. [Daily Gazette]

Capital District Community Gardens has picked a building in Troy's North Central neighborhood for its new headquarters (map). [TU]

Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making it illegal for anyone under 18 years old to get a piercing without parental consent. [Cuomo admin]

Chuck Schumer was in Menands Monday pushing for the extension of a tax credit for hiring veterans. The senator also talked about his support for raising the minimum wage. [Troy Record] [State of Politics]

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 11 people for either boating while intoxicated or DWI during Log Bay Day at Lake George. [Post-Star]

Officials in Queensbury are considering seeking an injunction to stop a music festival at West Mountain this weekend -- they say it doesn't have the proper planning board approvals. [Post-Star]

FEMA has denied funding for the reconstruction of the historic Blenheim Covered Bridge in Schoharie County, which was destroyed by Irene flooding. [YNN]

A diabetic Troy teen is the first person in the Northeast to get a dog that will eventually be able to notify him when his blood sugar level is too high or too low -- and, reportedly, be able to call 911 using a special phone if the teen become unresponsive. [TU]

A Wilton teen recently got to meet Barack Obama. [Saratogian]

Nicole Plisson, the owner of the former Nicole's Bisto at Quackenbush Square, has passed away. [TU]

There's a "Marylou Whitney Rose" Yankee Candle. [Saratogian]
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APD: Burglary Arrest

Albany police arrested a 27 year old Knox Street resident early this morning after he was caught trying to break into two homes on Lancaster Street.
Officers responded to the 100 block of Lancaster Street, just before 4:00 a.m., after receiving a call that a man was trying to get into the front door of two separate homes. The witness called 911 and was able to give dispatchers a description of the suspect as he fled.
Responding officers stopped Maurice Moore, of 158 Knox Street, on Lark Street near the area of the incident. He was later identified as the suspect and placed into custody.
He was charged with two counts of attempted Burglary 2nd, and Criminal Impersonation 2nd.
Moore also had parole warrant out of New York City where he is on New York State Parole for Burglary.
He was arraigned this morning in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.

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