Burgess charged in fatal Voorheesville crash, Queensbury love triangle shooting victim hit by eight bullets, Jennings calls Pearl St. safety meeting, hot dry weather is bad for bears

An Albany grand jury has indicted the Voorheesville woman who lost control of her car, killing three women outside a church last year. LuAnn Burgess was indicted on five felony charges, including criminally negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter. D. A. David Soares calls the case " one of the most tragic and complex motor vehicle crashes in this country's history. A nearly year long investigation into the incident focused on whether Burgess should have been driving while under the influence of medication she was taking to treat her Parkinson's disease. She had Xanax, Wellbutrin and Seroquel in her system at the time of the incident. Burgess' attorneys say it was an accident, not a crime. [TU] [Saratogian] [YNN] [Record]

Sheriff's deputies in Queensbury say Ralph Runnalls, the man killed in the Bay Road "love triangle shootout" earlier this week, was struck by eight rounds in his head torso and arms and died of a bullet wound to the head. Police say shooting appears to have been in self defense. [Saratogian] [TU] [Record]

The owner of Jillian's, who is closing the night club this week, says he's been approached by prospective buyers who are considering using the first floor of the club as a food market. [TU]

At a meeting with downtown business owners Wednesday, Jerry Jennings took suggestions on how to improve conditions near Pearl Street, but pointed out that a great deal is spent on police protection in the area. Jennings is expected to announce plans for the area later today. [Fox 23] [City of Albany Press Release]

A 19 year old South Glens Falls woman is behind bars for allegedly injuring an eight month old child
and then not providing necessary medical care. [WNYT]

A pair of pit bulls that attacked a nine year old in Pittsfield in June have been moved to a home in Schenectady after the Central Berkshire Court offered the owner a plea deal allowing her to move the dog rather than have the animal put down. [WNYT] [Gazette]

The Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Shenendehowa schools to stop teaching children what it calls "prayerful songs." [Gazette]

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Rotterdam Dollar Tree store at gunpoint on Tuesday morning. [YNN]

A Best Buy employee was dragged through a parking lot while hanging on to a car driven by the criminal who stole his laptop. [TU]

Recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin are pushing reenforcing Andrew Cuomo's commitment to trying to get the legislature to agree on stronger gun control measures. [YNN]

Andrew Cuomo has hired a highly recognized sports business professional to help keep the Bills in Buffalo. [Capitol Confidential]

Jurors enter day two of deliberations today in the trial of three men charged with the murder of a pot dealer in Albany.[TU]

Officials have scheduled a public information meeting next Thursday where people will be able to ask questions and express concerns over possible environmental problems posed by last week's fire at TCI in Columbia County.[YNN]

The hot, dry weather may be one of the reasons we're seeing more of bears. [TU]

A newly revived freight line in the Adirondacks will be used to haul millions of tons of crushed stone leftover from an old Essex County Iron and Titanium mine. [Gazette]

About 100 Capital Region residents turned out at a Sikh worship house for a prayer and memorial service for the victims of Sunday's Wisconsin shooting. [Gazette]

The executive director of the Albany Symphony is stepping down. [TU]

A Civil War officers coat, sword and military records from the Bemis Heights Regiment are headed to the NYS Military Museum in Saratoga. [Saratogian]

A digital bookmobile is docked in East Greenbush today to show people how to download ebooks for free. [YNN]

People are surprised that jumping off a platform onto a giant airbag might be dangerous.

The 3rd race at Saratoga on Friday will be named for NY Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, who is in town who is in town for a fundraiser for his Mariano Rivera Foundation, which creates health and
wellness programs for kids.[Fox 23]

A new "easy dock" kayak and boat launch has opened in Watervliet. [Fox 23]


As a Bills fan, I'd like to see the Bills stay in Buffalo. There's an ardent fan base, and you can't go much west of Syracuse without seeing Bills gear everywhere.

But if they can't put a competitive product on the field due to ineptitude or the inability/unwillingness to spend for the necessary salary (which has certainly been the case for the last decade), leading huge swaths of seats to go unsold, ownership needs to change. And that won't happen until Ralph Wilson passes away, because bless his heart he just won't give up on his way of doing things and keeping the team in Buffalo. But when that happens, his kids will sell and the buyer won't be satisfied with how small the market is and move the team. They already have one foot in Toronto.

I'm glad there's a relatively inexpensive consultant and that the State is being proactive about the prospects of keeping the team (and how to increase them inexpensively) but the chances of that happening - and the new owner willing to spend to the salary cap (see Golisano with the Sabres - wouldn't spend to keep a competitive team on the ice in a small but passionate market - Buffalo again!) is minimal and the next generation of football fans won't remember the Bills' 90s glory days and move on to a more glamorous team.

Oh, the woes! The heartache!!

jillians out, food market in: yes please, thank you.

What a great idea, yet more gun control. Ask the people in the Bronx how well it's working out for them...

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