Six arrested in Spa City prostitution investigation, body found in Queensbury reservoir, emergency landing at Albany International, DiNapoli questions $1 million in UAlbany leave

Police in Saratoga springs have arrested six women in a prostitution investigation. The arrests were part of a nationwide child sex trafficking crackdown, but no children were involved with the local arrests.[YNN][WNYT][Saratogian]

State Police say the body of a man was discovered in a Queensbury reservoir on Tuesday evening. Police do not suspect foul play.[YNN][Saratogian]

An autopsy has shown that local singer and actress Anna Kroup, whose body was found in the Hudson River on Monday, died from asphyxiation due to drowning. [TU]

Smoke spotted by a crew member caused a 39 passenger American Eagle jet to make an emergency landing at Albany International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. No fire was found and mechanics are still looking for the cause of the smoke. [TU]

On Tuesday Andrew Cuomo signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act -- the blueprint that will guide the siting of four upstate casinos should voters pass a referendum in the fall. The act sets guidelines for regulation and selection of the proposed casinos and, among other things, lays out how to address cheating, problem gambling and distribution of education aid increases. [Capitol Confidential][State of Politics]

The Albany Landlord accused of forcing a fellow immigrant to work was cleared of labor trafficking charges on Tuesday, but convicted of grand larceny filing false statements and tax fraud for stealing security deposits that were supposed to go to the county Department of Social Serivces. Mala Kahn could serve up to 16 years in prison. Her daughter, Shereen Khan was cleared of all charges in the case. [TU]

An investigation by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found UAlbany had more than $1 million in questionable paid leave expenses -- in one case paying $94,494 to an employee on a leave expected to lead to retirement.[TU]

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On a visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Commercy Penny Pritzker said she was impressed with the partnerships the college has forged with schools, businesses and state government, saying they lead to job creation. [YNN][News10]

Brandon Warrington, the man convicted of murdering Gary Carpenter, and Jennie Mattison,Carpenter's mother and Warrington's girlfriend, have agreed to permanently give up custody of their own son.[WNYT]

An Albany man who robbed a bank in 1998 and showed up to a parole appointment 15 minutes later -- pockets stuffed with the loot -- has been arrested is now facing federal charges in connection with two more bank robberies in 2012. [TU]

Six Saratoga Springs police officers took the day off on opening day of this year's track season, and five more took personal days, resulting in 63 hours of overtime.[Saratogian]

A Troy judge dismissed a juror in the murder trial of Rory Poulin, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, but says the juror did not commit any misconduct. [Record]

Lake George Mayor Bob Blais called the newly opened Charles R. Wood Park Wetland Stormwater Management Project is "the largest single environmental initiative undertaken to protect our great lake."The new wetlands will trap sediment and harmful runoff from Route 9 and the Northway and keep them from making their way into West Brook, which leads to Lake George.[YNN][WNYT]

The NYS ethics board will accept the resignation of Silver appointee Patrick Bulgero. [News10]

Scientists in Albany are expecting a shipment of thousands of mosquitos, collected in Oswego County, to examine them for info about rises like West Nile and Equine encephalitis.[TU]

Powassan Virus, carried by deer ticks, is being monitored at the Wadsworth Center in Stillwater Slingerlands after the disease was discovered in Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties.[WNYT][News10]

Kristen Gillibrand is pushing for funding to control the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of Chinese beetle that has been eating ash trees in more than 14 counties in New York State, including Albany County.[WNYT][Capitol Confidential]

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that heavily damaged a home in Scotia early Tuesday morning.[TU]

Albany Med's new $360 million patient pavilion includes 60 patient beds, 30 ICU beds and a rooftop garden and garden waiting area. The pavilion, more than a decade in the works, officially opened on Tuesday.[WNYT]

St. Peter's and Albany Med, have been ranked among the 20 top hospitals in NY State by U.S. News & World Report. [Gazette]

The 34 year old son of the North Greenbush Highway superintendent died this week, after a dump truck full of asphalt accidentally backed over him last week while he was working on a paving job in Wynantskill. [TU] [WNYT]

The owner of the row of Woodlawn Avenue brownstones in Saratoga that were gutted by fire on Sunday is optimistic that he can save the facades of the buildings.[Gazette]

Schenectady County Community College is instituting an anti-stalking policy in the fall. [Gazette]

After suffering a glitch on Monday that resulted in a big slowdown, New yorks DMV computers are now back up and running today.[YNN]

Scotia's animal shelter has reached capacity and is looking for people to adopt dozens of dogs and cats they're currently housing.[YNN]

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter Annex is being pushed out of its home in Clifton Park Center to make way for a paying client and is scrambling to find homes for 40 cats it's currently harboring. [TU]

The T.U. Center is bidding to host three NCAA Division I championship tournaments from 2015 to 2018 -- women's basketball, women's volleyball and men's ice hockey. [Business Review]

The New York division of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America is helping families of track workers in Saratoga to reunite with their loved ones during the track season. [Saratogian]

Zumba classes in the streets are one of the signs of optimism for a renewed West Hill in Albany.[TU]

A Schenectady man is being honored for bringing cricket into the city's schools. But can he take all 10 wickets in an inning? [Gazette]

A group of Fulton County women are hoping leather swimsuits will help revive that region's leather industry.[YNN]

62% of voters in a Facebook poll by The Wandering Dago say the food truck should not change it's name. The truck was banned from the Saratoga Racecourse last week when
a patron complained that the name was a slur. [TU]

"Tell the Governor I say goodbye," said 40-year Capitol mail clerk Joe O'Connor, on his last day of work before retirement. [TU]

They didn't set the world record in tire rolling in Niskayuna yesterday, but they had a lot of fun trying. [Gazette]


I thought I saw an American plane around that time yesterday! I've been hoping American would come back to Albany but not this way.

I love AOA's daily news summaries, but please, let's take the time to get the facts accurate. You have two misstatements of facts in today's edition.

1. Your count on Saratoga cops taking off on the first day at the track would have 11 out of the 10 scheduled to work taking off. The first paragraph of the Saratogian's story says, "Only four of the 10 Saratoga Springs Police Officers who were originally scheduled to work the 4 to midnight shift on Saratoga Race Course Opening Day actually did. One called in sick and five others took personal days — requiring the police department to bring other officers in on overtime."

2. Neither of your two cited stories on the Powassan virus says anything about the Wadsworth Center being in Stillwater. It's actually at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, with the very interesting snail mail address, according to Google, of "New York State Bicycle Route 5 Albany, NY 12201."

You're right, Jake. Mea Culpa. Tough morning for AOA Mary. All fixed.
Thanks for catching it.

chezjake - you know, I've noticed that on Google Maps since they've been making the transition to the new version - that Route 20/Western Ave has been listed as New York State Bicycle Route 5. What is that about? I have no problems with cyclists or anything but when I'm looking for driving directions I turn to Google. If I were new in town I'd never see anything on the street listed NYS Bicycle Route 5 when looking for Western Ave. It's would be especially confusing to out-of-towners considering it runs parallel to Route 5.

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