New details in "love triangle" shooting, Troy housing officials investigated for double dipping scheme, Olympian's relative apologizes for pot brownies, Queensbury prepares for Spider Pig


New details in the "love triangle" shootout in Queensbury are surfacing: Ralph Runnalls, the man killed in the exchange of gun fire, married Jackie Kegan, the woman injured in the incident, just a few weeks ago. Kegan had a child 18 years ago with the other man involved -- Paul Wells, who was also injured in the incident. The incident involved a .357 Magnum, two other handguns, as many as 22 shots and zero gun permits. [WNYT] [Post Star ] [Fox 23]

Jah-Lah Vanderhorst -- the 17-year-old convicted of manslaughter for the death of Tyler Rhodes in an Albany park -- was sentenced to 25 years in prison this morning. Vanderhorst also got married shortly before the sentencing. Albany County DA David Soares called the nuptials "poor form." [YNN] [@RobertGavinTU] [@RobertGavinTU]

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office says the Troy Housing Authority comptroller conspired with his boss so he could double dip. DiNapoli charges that Roger Rosenthal of Latham collected salary of $200,000 while also collecting a $50,000 state pension and alleges that Rosenthal submitted false documents when investigators questioned him about the arrangement. [WNYT] [TU] [Record]

Regulatory documents show that in the last year about 50,000 pounds of oil with relatively high levels of PCBs was frequently moved through the Columbia County transformer plant that caught fire last week -- but a former plant employee says that kind of material would only be stored at the plant for days at a time and is not a hazard and the state officials have released the results of safety tests that show there is no public health danger stemming from the fire. [TU] [WNYT]

A Troy police officer went into a burning building and carried out an 80-year-old disabled woman who was trapped in her 4th Avenue apartment. [TU]

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The number of New York cities, towns, counties and other local governments "borrowing" from the state pension fund in order to temporarily reduce their pension payments, has tripled from last year, leading some state officials concerned that such a move will only serve to delay fiscal strain and increase costs down the road. [TU]

The Cuomo administration has announced new regulations on "bath salts" and other synthetic drugs. Among the new rules: the owner or employee of store selling the substances can now be charged with possession of an illicit substance. [Cuomo admin]

A Massachusetts man will serve up to five years in prison for stealing $48,000 worth of merchandise from the former Rex Electronics store in Wilton in 2007. The man's alleged accomplices, believed to be members of a Massachusetts gang called Latin Gangster Disciples, are currently under investigation. [Post Star] [TU]

Responding to claims by the owner of Jillian's that people are afraid to come to downtown Albany, Mayor Jerry Jennings said there is a constant police presence in the downtown area on weekends and suggested bar owners need to take some action as well. [WNYT]

The State's largest gay rights advocacy group has endorsed Neil Breslin but is still not publicly backing Republicans Roy McDonald and Steve Saland who split with their party to support Marriage Equality. [Capitol Confidential]

A Washington County teen lost $4,000 she's been saving over a year when she was defrauded in a Craigslist scheme while trying to buy a car for college. [Post Star]

The teens suspected of vandalizing a Rensselaer County church are now believed to have been part of a group that vandalized a nearby home. [TU] [News 10]

A construction workers truck containing $3,000 and a .22 caliber revolver was stolen in Troy on Monday. [Record

Troy police are looking for two people who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a tree on Monday near First and Adam streets in the city. [Record]

Closing arguments were made Tuesday in the retrial of three men charged with the 2010 abduction and murder of a high-level Albany marijuana dealer -- and one attorney invoked Looney Tunes in his summation. [TU]

The NYS comptroller's office will be auditing the town of Halfmoon. [TU]

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says Andrew Cuomo's proposal for a super control board to deal with financial distress in county and local governments is premature. [Capitol Confidential]

Outgoing Assemblyman Bob Reilly's office has hired a former Teamster leader ,who was accused of fabricating expense receipts, to replace his former chief of staff. [TU]

Kirsten Gillibrand will debate Republican challenger Wendy Long on October 17. [News 10] [Capitol Confidential]

Andrew Cuomo thinks the Governor of New York does a better job as the governor of New York when he is actually in New York, and that, he says, is why he will only spend one day at the Democratic convention. [NYT]

In an effort to raise funds to cover a $9 million mortgage, the Luther Forest Technology Park wants a zoning variance to make it easier for tech companies to move into the park. [Saratogian]

A family member of Nick Delpopolo , the local Olympic Judo hopeful who was eliminated from the competition Monday after testing positive for marijuana, wrote a letter of apology to the Olympic committee stating that she baked the pot into brownies the week before, and that Delpopolo had no idea he had ingested the substance. [Gazette]

Schenectady Democrat Robert Sanders, who was initially disqualified from running for city council because of a technicality with his petitions, took his case to the state Supreme Court last week and won the right to challenge Schenectady City Councilwoman Marion Porterfield. [Gazette]

The new dorms at SCCC are fully furnished, come with cable and internet and cost about $635 per month. [WNYT]

HVCC will now offer online college classes for high school juniors and seniors to help supplement courses dropped [WNYT]

The Capital Region's New York State Troopers move in to their new Route 7 headquarters today. [TU]

Underwater archaeologists from the National Parks Service are surveying the upper Hudson River this week for historic artifacts before a dock is put in at the site on Route 4 to encourage boaters to visit the Saratoga Battlefield. [Record]

Underwater archaeologist Joe Zarzynski has created an exhibit for the Fort William Henry on the sunken fleet of boats that date back to the French and Indian War. [Saratogian]

Capital Region communities gathered in neighborhood groups around the area for National Night Out on Tuesday.[Fox 23]

More than $13 million was spent on horses on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sales.

More backstretch workers are using a free health clinic at Saratoga Race Course. [Saratogian]

UAlbany's football team will move into the Colonial Athletic Association, a full-scholarship league. [TU]

An Albany summer academy is helping to teach city kids whose second language is English. [TU]

It's a bird, it's a plane, its a floating spider pig.[Post Star]


"The number of New York cities, towns, counties and other local governments "borrowing" from the state pension fund in order to temporarily reduce their pension payments, has tripled from last year, leading some state officials concerned that such a move will only serve to delay fiscal strain and increase costs down the road. [TU]"

Pension contribution rates are higher today partly as a result of the recent stock market meltdown and the resulting loss of investment income for the pension systems, but also as a result of localities and the state shortchanging the pension system in the past. For a number of years in the 1990's, localities were making their pension payments at the unbelievably-low rate of less than 1 percent of payroll. The higher rates today are restoring the shortchanges which localities benefitted from for many years.

Where was the hue and cry in the 1990's about the effect those absurdly-low contribution rates and the effect they would have on the pension fund?

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