Callicutt's lawyer seeks retrial in Richard Bailey shooting, health warning issued after MRSA found at Shen, Troy's "Father Christmas" has died

The Lawyer for De Von Callicutt, the 22 year who is currently serving life without parole for the murder of Ualbany student Richard Bailey, went before an appellate panel of the state Supreme Court this week to argue for a retrial. His argument, which focused on the Callicutt's intent when he robbed Bailey at gunpoint, did not appear to go over well with judges. [YNN] [TU]

Cash strapped Schenectady expects to be able to meet a $4 million deferred payment to city schools to cover property owners who didn't pay their taxes - by using funds from it's stepped u effort to collect delinquent taxes or foreclose on properties in the city. [TU]

Schenectady's proposed 4.18 percent tax increase is getting opposition from citizens.[Gazette]

A federal report on how the National Weather Service handled Tropical Storm Irene shows the agency needs to be faster and more accurate in determining inland flooding risks and needs to improve its communication with the media and the public. [TU]

A home health aide in Wilton is facing up to nine years in prison after admitting she stole more that $328,000 from an 82-year old woman in her care. [Saratogian]

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A Saratoga Springs man known for his local philanthropic efforts was charged with felony grand-larceny for allegedly stealing more that $26,000 from the Glens Falls hospice organization where he worked. [Post Star]

The Granville man who eluded arrest for more than 20 years before finally being convicted in the beating death of his two-year-old son when the case was reopened in 1995, has died in prison. [TU]

Police arrested a Schenectady man and had to shoot a dog in a drug raid on Van Vranken Avenue on Tuesday morning - the 3rd raid at the property in 18 months. [TU]

When police went to 31- year old Justin Aannis' home to arrest him for allegedly punching and robbing a one-armed, 68-year old man, they also charged Annis' brother with unlawfully growing marijuana. [ TU]

A Schenectady man has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor. [TU]

The sale of bath salts will be prohibited in Rensselaer County. [News 10]

A Schenectady church is behind a drop in center to help give sex workers support to move off the streets and change their lives. [YNN]

A health warning has been issued in Shenedehowa school district after a Gowana Middle School student was diagnosed with MRSA. [WNYT]

Troy City Hall's new home in the Hedly Building is only temporary - the ten year lease gives the city an option to leave every two years and Mayor Lou Rosamillia says he'd like to see the city own its own building. [YNN]

Chuck Shumer is pushing for a tax hike for the wealthy while preserving tax breaks for the middle class. Shumer says money from curbing the ax breaks should go to reducing the deficit. [Fox 23]

Paul Tonko is pushing collegues to reinstate the recently expired Farm Bill before January first to avoid a spike in milk prices and help dairy farmers avoid huge income losses. [YNN]

Police in Rensselaer say two drunk drivers collided in the city early Sunday morning.[News 10]

$146,000 in grants have been awarded to 17 projects planned to improve the Hudson River Watershed. [News 10/AP]

Andrew Cuomo's new public relations specialist is a former spokesperson for NBC. [WNYT]

A Cohoes firefighter who died fighting a blaze back in 1922, has been added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany. [WNYT]

Ten years after it opened, the Rensselaer rail station is planning improvements, including a platform extension to be paid for with a $35.4 million federal stimulus grant and a $91 million addition of a second track between Albany and Schenectady to eliminate bottleneck delays. [Gazette]

Tom DiNapoli says things are looking up a bit on Wall Street but warns about profits eroding again in the second half of the year. [TU]

For the second time in four months, a proposed "pawn shop law" requiring pawn stores in Albany County to document purchases, place a hold on resale and report them to police, was sent back for further review and revision. [WNYT] [YNN]

A Columbia County hiker reported missing early Wednesday morning,
has been found, unharmed. [TU]

A Burnt Hills Hiker has achieved his dream of reaching the highest peak of every State in the country. [Gazette]

A Troy neighborhood activist is pushing plans to develop a skateboarding park for the city. [Record]

Wienlings are being auctioned at Saratoga's Fasig-Tipton fall sales, which began onTuesday. [Saratogian]

Three $1 million dollar lottery tickets were sold at Stewarts shops recently - two in Saratoga County and one in Cobleskil. [Saratogian]

Troy's "Father Christmas, " a student of Native American shamanism, has died. [TU]

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