Llenroc mansion owner gets house arrest, one death and more than 80 arrests over Phish weekend, traffic snarled by sneezing fit, Guilderland has Albany County's best water

Saying Annie George displayed "no respect for the truth whatsoever", a federal judge sentenced the owner of the Llenrock Mansion in Rexford to eight months house arrest and five years probation for lying on the witness stand during her trial for harboring an illegal alien. George has also been ordered to forfeit the mansion. [TU][YNN][WNYT]

Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy says one person died of a drug overdose and at least 80 arrests were made over three days at last week's Phish shows at SPAC. The arrests were mostly drug related. [TU][WNYT][Saratogian]

A lot of attention will be focussed on this weekend's Camp Bisco music festival in Mariaville in light of the death of a 20-year old volunteer at the festival last year. [YNN]

The Business Review reports that the Times Union Center is considering an expansion that could cost between $6 million and $11 million.[Business Review]

The mayor of Fort Plain says 87 businesses affected by last month's flooding do not plan to reopen, but some might reconsider if FEMA or other grant money becomes available. [WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he's not optimistic about federal funding to help people in the flooded areas of the Mohawk Valley. [YNN]

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Police in Colonie say a sneezing fit caused a man to lose control of his van on Troy-Schenectady Road on Monday, hitting a utility pole during rush-hour, snarling traffic, and injuring a woman who was waiting for a bus. [TU]

The rail disaster in Quebec over the weekend has raised concerns about the amount of oil that comes through the Capital Region on trains. [TU]

A Vermont man is in the Albany County jail after police stopped to
check on him on the side of the Thruway in Bethlehem and he allegedly was under the influence of the hallucinogen Ketamine.[WNYT]

Bethlehem police arrested a White Plains man for allegedly swindling an 89-year-old man in a sweepstakes scam. [YNN]

A Glens Falls home health aide is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a $5,000 diamond pendant from a man she was caring for, then attempting to sell it to the store where it was purchased. [TU]

A former employee at the Best Western on Wolf Road pleaded guilty to robbing the hotel.[WNYT]

The device found at a Troy apartment complex that was reported to be a pipe bomb earlier this week, was not, in fact, a pipe bomb. [News 10]

HVCC's $110.1 million budget calls for a six percent increase in support from Rensselaer County and a 2 percent tuition increase. [TU]

New York will increase the number of unmarked traffic enforcement vehicles on the road in an effort to crack down on distracted driving.[YNN]

Troy's fire chief says overtime costs due to vacancies in the department are the reason that most of the department's 2013 budget is nearly exhausted just halfway through the year.[Record]

Massachusetts global IT services company Virtusa is opening in the Rensselaer Tech Park and will receive $200,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs tax credits. [News 10]

The marketing technology firm Informz is planning to put a new corporate headquarters in Saratoga Springs in a move that will create 32 new jobs over five years. [Saratogian]

Northshire Books is expecting to open it's new Saratoga location in August.[Gazette]

A Watervliet resident wants construction halted at the former St. Patrick's church site until crews clean up existing debris from the site. [TU]

A state comptroller's audit reports Medicare sent out millions of dollars in overpayment in New York State. [TU]

Legislation approved last month at the state level corrected for administrative errors in Green Island and allows a handful of summer jobs for teens -- some of whom are the children of village employees -- to come with a state pension.[TU]

Andrew Cumo has opted not to comment on Eliot Spitzer's decision to run for NYC Comptroler.[Capitol Confidential]

Activist, filmmaker, and homeless ex-con Ira McKinley.[TU]

A SUNY Adirondack archeology program is sending students to unearth artifacts from 1750 at a dig in Fort Edward.[Saratogian]

A pair of Capital Region gymnasts will be competing in Israel next week.[YNN]

Guilderland has won the title of best drinking water in Albany County and will compete in the regionals. [YNN]


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