One dead after knife fight in Watervliet, Troy planning commissioner suspended, suit against GloFo over overtime and vacation, world's largest cardboard fort

Watervliet police say one man is dead and another seriously injured following what appears to have been a knife fight involving two roommates inside an apartment Sunday afternoon (map). WPD says it's still sorting out the situation. A trail of what appeared to be blood dripped down the siding of the building from a window. [YNN] [TU] [News10] [WNYT] [Troy Record]

When members of local police departments are stopped in drunk driving situations, things often don't go smoothly. [TU]

Albany's city clerk says misuse of visitor passes for the residential parking permit system has been "worse than what we had anticipated." [TU] Earlier: Observations on the Albany parking permit system so far?

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State and local police -- in concert with a police helicopter -- raided a house in Saratoga Springs Friday evening, arresting six people on drug charges (map). [Saratogian] [TU]

State Police say a woman was seriously injured when she hit a tree at the Wilton Mall following a pursuit late Friday afternoon. [NYSP]

Albany police say a 19-year-old hit a police car after not stopping at a stop sign early Saturday morning (photo) -- he's been charged with DWI. [APD] [News10]

The attorney for the Schenectady police detective accused of pointing a gun during an alleged road rage incident in Glenville says his client didn't have a gun "on his person" at the time. [TU]

New Schenectady police chief Brian Kilcullen on one of his goals for the department: "We want the confidence of City Hall, residents, and leaders of the community, that we're providing a valuable service." [TU]

Troy has put Bill Dunne, its commissioner of Planning and Economic Development, on one week of unpaid leave because of the situation surrounding a sidewalk project. [TU] [Troy Record]

The state Workers' Compensation Board has fined Willie Bacote -- a well-known pastor in Troy's North Central neighborhood -- more than $13k after he was allegedly caught on camera doing heavy lifting and moving while on workers' comp for a back injury. Bacote says he doesn't think he did anything wrong and he's still getting treatment for his back. [TU] [Troy Record]

Another front in the push for the rights of the accused: reforming the process in which the prosecution shares information and evidence with the defense. [TU]

Critics of the state parole board -- including a state Supreme Court justice -- accuse the system of being arbitrary and unfair. [TU]

The state workforce is facing a wave of retirements over the next few years -- and concerns about how those people will be replaced. [TU]

NYSUT -- the large teachers union -- has been organizing opposition to new standardized testing that recently started in grades 3-8. [TU]

In a class action suit against GlobalFoundries, a former employee alleges the company required employees to work overtime without compensation and expected to employees to work and review email while on vacation. [Daily Gazette]

Jerry Jennings is apparently keeping quiet about his intentions for this fall's Albany mayoral race -- even among party insiders. [TU]

Mary Zlotnick -- the former clerk in the Saratoga Springs accounts department fired last year in a drama-filled process following allegations she made about condo reassessments -- has filed suit to get her job back. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady school district is re-thinking its plans for getting students who have fallen behind back on track -- because the superintendent says the current system isn't working. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady County Public Library system is cutting back hours because of a decrease in funding. [Daily Gazette]

Organizers are trying to get a Schenectady renters advocacy group together to provide a voice for renters alongside that of landlords in city affairs. [Daily Gazette]

The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant on Ballston Lake has closed after 40 years. [Daily Gazette]

At RPI: An attempt to break the world record for largest cardboard fort. [Troy Record]
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APD: DWI Arrest Following Collision with Police Vehicle
Albany police arrested a 19-year-old SUNY Albany student for Driving While Intoxicated following a collision with an Albany police vehicle.
On April 20, 2013 at approximately 2:00 a.m, a marked Albany police vehicle was on routine patrol when it was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Ontario and Mercer Streets.
The police vehicle, occupied by two Albany police officers, was traveling southbound on Ontario Street when it was struck by a vehicle at the intersection with Mercer Street. The driver of the second vehicle, Rory Edelson, 19, failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with the officers. During the course of the investigation, Edelson was found to be intoxicated. Additionally, he was in possession of a forged driver's license.
Both officers were treated at the scene by Albany Fire Department personnel and transported to Albany Medical Center with minor injuries. They have since been released.
Edelson was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of a Forged Instrument. He was also cited for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.
He was arraigned this morning in the Albany City Criminal Court.

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