Massachusetts AG: Troy woman defrauded Boston bombing victims fund, concern about security of oil tanker trains, rally for Trayvon Martin in Albany, Cherry Hill mansion scraping for funding

A Troy woman was arrested Friday after she was accused of collecting a fraudulent $480k claim from the fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing -- the Massachusetts state attorney general alleges the woman had claimed a traumatic brain injury from the bombing. Troy police say Audrea Gause had the money deposited in a local bank account and withdrew $377k, which she carried in a paper bag, and talked about the money on Facebook. [Mass AG] [Troy Record]

Eric Green, accused of stabbing a state trooper in the neck at the Empire State Plaza in March, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder on Friday. Green is facing 30 years in prison. [TU] [Albany County DA]

The Times Union got a copy of a report on a 2008 investigation of the State Police by the office of then-attorney general Andrew Cuomo -- among the details: Eliot Spitzer liked space from his State Police protection. [TU] [TU]

Watervliet's fire chief on discussions with railroad companies about security for oil tanker cars at a railyard that borders Watervliet and Colonie: "The feeling I got was that they didn't think anything's going to happen, and they have the insurance to cover it if it does." [TU]

The almost-century-old bulkheads along Troy's riverfront probably need to be replaced -- but the city doesn't have the millions of dollars necessary for the job. [TU]

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About 100 people rallied outside the federal court house in Albany on Saturday for Trayvon Martin. Said the mother of one of the men at the rally: "He's a young man, he's smart, he's a graduate and he shouldn't feel like he has to bow down or drop his head because of who he is." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Troy Record]

The president of the NAACP Albany chapter on being followed around stores by security guards: "Ask anyone of color around here and they'll say they've experienced it, too ... Black folks have come to expect it, but we don't appreciate it." [TU]

A look into how it might have been easier for the state DOT to push out an employee for talking to the press than firing a different employee who allegedly threatened to kill his boss. [TU]

When Andrew Cuomo organizes a whitewater rafting race, there's a good chance he's going to win it. [TU]

Post-flood cleanup continues in Fort Plain, slowly. [Daily Gazette]

Changes in federal funding and societal attitudes are squeezing the state's "sheltered workshops," workplaces for people with developmental disabilities. [TU]

An Albany man was found not guilty of assault in a stabbing outside the McDonald's on South Pearl last year. [TU]

Troy police say they arrested a man who was allegedly involved with the armed assault of a woman in Lansingburgh Saturday night (map). [TU]

The very wet June has been hard on many farm crops. [TU]

The historic Cherry Hill mansion in Albany -- and its large collection of family historical objects -- is in a dire financial situation. [TU]

Said a State Museum historian who retired recently after a 43-year career that included being director of the Colonial Albany Social History Project: "I was the youngest person at the State Museum when I was hired and I was the oldest when I retired." [TU]

The state has an "Invasive Species Strike Team." [TU]

Request from a conservation group in the Adirondacks aimed at helping struggling monarch butterfly populations: no roadside mowing from June to September. [Daily Gazette]

ALB has switched the terminal music back to classical. [TU]

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