Trial begins in death of Glens Falls 5-year-old, racino announces $30 million expansion,Bruno farm house for sale, Elvii return to Lake George

The trial of Brandon Warrington, the Glens Falls man charged with the death of his girlfriend's five-year-old son last fall, began on Tuesday in Queensbury. Prosecutors say Warrington repeatedly beat the boy, but the defense claims the child died due to his mother's negligence.[TU][YNN][News 10]

The Saratoga Casino and Raceway has announced a $30 million expansion that includes a hotel, spa, pool, upscale restaurant and events center. Raceway president Dan Gerrity said Tuesday that the expansion plans will move ahead, whether or not Saratoga is tapped to get one of three full casinos the Cuomo admin has proposed for upstate, but believes the expansion will put the city in a better position to be selected for a casino. The expansion work will start early next year and will take about a year to complete. [TU][YNN][Saratogian][WNYT][News10]

The Fulton County sheriff has confirmed that the two bodies found Tuesday in Sacandaga Lake are the father and son who were missing after a fishing trip nearly two weeks ago. It is believed that the equipment they were carrying was too heavy for the boat and the cold water made it too difficult for them to swim. [YNN][News 10]

The plane that crashed in a Fulton County pond last week as it carried a cancer patient and his wife home from a treatment in Boston, was raised from the pond on Tuesday. The patient is still missing, but the remains of his wife and the volunteer pilot have been recovered. [WNYT][TU][YNN]

The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has concluded that Hackett Middle School was in the wrong when it address a race-related bullying case by removing the victim from the school rather than the bullies. [TU]

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Greg Veitch, a Saratoga native who grew up playing cops and robbers at his Circular Street home, was sworn in on Tuesday as the new Saratoga Springs police chief. [Saratogian] [YNN]

The Glens Falls Common Council has voted to begin the process of putting the Civic Center up for sale. [Post Star]

The main Schenectady post office on Jay Street was shut down for a while Tuesday after a man that police say was emotionally disturbed,left a backpack at the building next to a copy of the Quran.[TU][YNN][WNYT]

The Skidmore student who had hate crime charges against him dropped in 2011 is now facing jail time for allegedly stealing a bag of pool cues and skipping out on a taxi fare earlier this month. [TU] [Saratogian]

Police say a Stillwater man who has had his driver's license revoked seven times since 1997 had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit when he was pulled over this weekend. [WNYT] [Record]

A Warren County man pleaded not guilty to the rape of a 14-year-old girl and possession of internet porn in Columbia County on Tuesday. [TU]

Authorities are warning older people in the Capitol Region to watch out for "Grandpa Scams" after three area grandparents were swindled by scam artists who asked for thousands of dollars they claimed was needed to get their grandchildren out of jail in the Cayman Islands. [TU]

East Greenbush police charged a man with menacing for allegedly pulling a gun in a Hannaford parking lot.[Record]

St Joseph's House and Shelter is close to buying the former Bizzarro Funeral Home building to turn it into a shelter for homeless people who are struggling with alcoholism. [Record]

Andrew Cuomo is not sure if the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany would qualify to be one of the tax free zones he proposed last week.[Capitol Confidential]

Advocates are working to get state legislators to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which has passed the Assembly and been blocked in the Senate for six straight years.[TU]

The Ulster County executive, who's been traveling the state to highlight solutions to help local municipalities stay solvent, got the support of Jerry Jennings in Albany on Tuesday.[YNN][WNYT]

The State Comptroller's office says the village of Castleton needs to improve employee computer skills. [TU]

A Jamaican-American restaurant planned for North Central Troy will open later than expected after the Sixth Avenue building was damaged by a kitchen fire. [Record]

Clothing that gets left behind at security checkpoints at Albany International Airport will go to local homeless veterans.[TU][YNN]

Nearly 200 New York State troopers will graduate from the State Police Academy today.[YNN]

For Sale: Joe Bruno's Brunswick farm house with 13 acres and out-buildings -- $799,000.[TU]

On the list of businesses helped by the Capital Region Community Loan Fund: Sweet Sues, X's to O's Vegan Bakery and The Arts Center of the Capital Region. [Record]

The place where Burgoyne surrendered to Gates will be dedicated as the newest feature at the Saratoga National Historical Park. [Saratogian]

The Saratoga Stampede rugby club will compete for the National Championship title in Colorado.[Gazette]

What to do when you've just gotta get your Peanut Butter Pandemonium.[TU]

The Elvii are in the building in Lake George.[YNN]

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