Latham family files $27 million suit in girl's death, Chaplin's lawyer says he has new witnesses in closed murder case, Schenectady's "Pizza King" has died

The family of the Latham girl who died when she was electrocuted on a mini-golf course at a Florida resort has filed a $27 million lawsuit claiming the "billion dollar company" hired an unlicensed employee who didn't get the proper permits or inspections for the work. [TU]

The attorney for Scott Chaplin, the man convicted last month in the 18-year-old murder case of Rosemary Crosier, says he has new witnesses and is appealing to have the case reopened. [TU]

A Schenectady jury convicted a Bronx gang member on Tuesday in a four-year-old murder case that started with a disagreement over a dice game [TU]

A new Siena poll shows New Yorkers are pretty evenly divided over hydrofracking. [WNYT]

Capital Region unemployment hit another two-decade high in July, reaching 8 percent. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo spoke at yesterday's meeting of New York's regional economic development councils. Cuomo is seeking changes in regulations, tax structure and what he called an attitude of arrogance toward business that he believes has led to stagnation in job growth, particularly upstate. [YNN]


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The state Attorney General's Office, which previously said a former aide to Senator Ruben Diaz allegedly stole about $75,000 earmarked for charities now believes the aide may have taken more than $500,000 over an eight year period. [TU]

A grand jury indicted an Albany man for allegedly molesting an eight-year-old boy in a wooded area of Lincoln park last Tuesday, and now the DA's office wants to know if the suspect was involved in any other incidents. [WNYT]

Albany police who were investigating a Monday night shooting on Myrtle Ave in the city arrested a man on an unrelated gun charge when they discovered a loaded handgun in his bedroom. [APD press release (full release below)]

A Troy teen is hospitalized after being attacked at Ingalls and Sixth Avenue on Tuesday evening. [Fox 23]

A Hudson Falls man was jailed on animal cruelty charges for allegedly shooting his family's springer spaniel when it became aggressive with his child. The dog was found alive in the woods by a neighbor, but was later euthanized. [Saratogian]

The Glens Falls man who pleaded guilty to breaking the leg of a seven month old girl will be sentenced in Warren County Court today. [Fox 23]

The man who robbed a Burnt Hills Extra-Mart at knife point, injuring the clerk, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court Tuesday.
[Saratogian]

Schenectady's Pizza King, Djovalin "John" Camaj, known for his elaborate pies and his battle against the Schenectady Metroplex, has died. [Gazette] [TU]

The late Walter Uccellini, who died in a small plane crash in Clifton Park last week, was remembered Tuesday as a man of confidence who wouild "willingly tackle complex situations," and "simply would not lose." [Record]

A small plane forced to land on an Adirondack lake last week lost its propeller in mid air. The pilot and his passenger were rescued. [News 10]

Under new legislation passed in Saratoga County on Tuesday, travel companies like Expedia and Priceline will have to collect and pay sales tax when they sell rooms in the county online. [Saratogian]

In the wake of the recent fire at the TCI recycling plant, Columbia County is considering a new reverse 911 emergency warning system. [WNYT] [News10]

The former home of American Locomotive Company on the Schenectady waterfront may soon be the site of a new Marriott Residence Inn. [Gazette]

Schenectady's Carver Community Center, which runs after school and anti-drug programs and provides services to children and families in the Hamilton Hill area, may close within the next ten days if the city moves forward with a plan foreclose on the property for back taxes. [Gazette]

ACT scores for New York State students held steady this year and were higher than the national average [Fox23/AP]

Another municipality is debating whether to allow residents to keep chickens. This time it's the Washington County village of Hudson Falls. [Post Star]

CDTA is eliminating some of its bus routes.[TU]

Troy is working on new legislation to fight graffiti in the city. [ TU]

Saratoga's new waterfront park officially opens at sunrise on Tuesday.
[Saratogian]

Want to buy a police cruiser? How about a prison? NYS OGS has a deal for you. [TU]
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APD Press Release -- Myrtle Ave shooting investigation

Albany police are investigating a shooting that happened last night on Myrtle Avenue.

Officers responded to the area of Myrtle Avenue and Quail Street, just after 9:00 p.m., after receiving a call for shots fired. When officers arrived, they learned a that male who lives at 621 Myrtle Avenue, was shot in the arm and taken to Albany Medical Center by a relative.

During the course of the investigation, detectives arrested Guy Mitchell, 23, of 621 Myrtle Avenue, after a loaded handgun, not related to the shooting, was located in his bedroom.

The victim was treated at Albany Medical Center for his injuries and released.

Mitchell was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.

He was arraigned this morning in the Albany City Criminal Court.

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