Further appeals and sequester delay Bruno trial, "Railroad Puppy"abuser gets time served, 10-year-old set fire to family home in Schenectady

The earliest it appears Joe Bruno's re-trial on corruption chargescould take place: November. Bruno's attorneys are making a last ditch effort to appeal last week's decision by federal appelate court that re-trying Bruno on honest services theft charges would not amount to double jeopardy. Bruno's defense intends to submit a request to halt the case to the U.S. Second Circuit Court and is requesting all of the district judges on the court preside over the trial. A U.S. District Court Judge in the case also says the federal sequester will slow jury selection in the case, further delaying the trial. [TU][WNYT][News10][Record]

Scott Walker -- the man convicted of abusing and abandoning the "railroad puppies" and leaving four dogs in the back of a U-Haul -- was sentenced to six months he'd already served in jail, along with five years probation during which he cannot own a pet. Walker maintained his innocence in statements made after the sentencing and says the case is not over. [TU] [WNYT] [News10]

A pair of brothers on parole for felony drug convictions are now facing more charges after the Albany County Sheriff's Office says more than 80 bags of heroine and $12,000 were found during searches of their homes. [TU]

A ten-year-old boy has admitted to starting a fire at his Schenectady home earlier this week that displaced his entire family. So far the boy has not been charged and is meeting with a juvenile specialist.[TU][YNN]

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Police say the 31-year-old Albany man who was stabbed in the chest in West Hill on Sunday is refusing to cooperate with their investigation. [TU]

Three Albany teens were arrested on Monday in connection with burglaries in five city homes earlier this month.[TU]

A man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl in Troy two years ago denied the accusations and testified about his own difficult upbringing on Tuesday.[Record]

Albany police have arrested a mother and son from Slingerlands in connection with a car theft spree.[WNYT]

An Albany man has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges after police pulled him over for a broken taillight in June and found a .357 gun, live ammo, amphetamines, and marijuana. [WNYT]

A former Best Western maintenance man will spend ten years in jail for robbing the Colonie hotel last month.[WNYT]

A memorial service will be held today for the 3-month-old Hudson Falls boy allegedly killed by his father last weekend.[YNN]

Said one North Troy resident at a meeting Tuesday to discuss a recent spate of crimes in the district: "Police spread thin. They're spread all over the city." [TU]

Police say they seized more than 200 marijuana plants and made two arrests in a Cambridge drug bust on Tuesday. [News10]

Federal prosecutors are seeking to overturn a federal judge's decision to release of a Fulton County man charged with producing child pornography into the custody of his mother.[TU]

A memorial service will be held today for the 3-month-old Hudson Falls boy allegedly killed by his father last weekend.[YNN]

Troy police say a woman was hit by an SUV on Tuesday while trying to cross Hoosick Street in a marked crosswalk. [WNYT]

East Greenbush Republicans are moving to change town ethics laws to expand financial disclosure rules for elected officials and prevent family members of the town board from doing business with the town.[TU]

Stores in the building at the corner of Broadway and Phila Streets in Saratoga re-opened on Tuesday, following a Monday night fire that damaged a third floor apartment in the building. [Saratogian]

A firefighter was hit by a tow truck in Clifton Park as he was directing traffic after an accident near Exit 8 on the Northway.[YNN]

A 23-year veteran of the Schenectady Fire Department was killed in an ATV accident in Northern New York on Monday.[YNN]

The 81-year-old Cohoes-Waterford bridge, which is slated to be replaced, is not rated as structurally deficient -- and there are about ten other local bridges that are rated in worse condition according to the state DOT. [WNYT]

The city of Glens Falls scored high marks in a recent audit by the state comptroller's office. [News10]

You'll soon have to pay tolls again when traveling through the first six interchanges on the Mass Pike, but the tolls will be the same as they were in 1996.[TU]

A member of the "Birther" movement is claiming someone who works for NYS Higher Education Services Corporation has told her there is evidence in an HESC office in Buffalo that shows President Obama identified himself as a citizen of Indonesia 30 years ago on HESC documents. An HESC spokesperson says there are no such documents, nor is there a vault or a Buffalo HESC office. [TU][Capitol Confidential]

One of the five real-estate firms subpoenaed by the state Moreland Commission last week donated $100,000 to the Cuomo campaign days before he signed a bill that included tax breaks for one of its projects -- but Cuomo's office says he supports the Moreland Commission and he's OK with the investigation. [TU]

The Saratoga Rowing Association plans to purchase a piece of property on Route 9P that would allow it to expand to host higher profile regattas.[Gazette]

The head of RPI's department of biology has received a $2 million research grant. [Business Review]

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, expected to be a favorite in this year's Travers Stakes has arrived at Saratoga and his trainer says he's only gotten better: "I think he has kind of turned from a horse into a man-horse." [TU]

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