Guynup sentenced for murder of Nikki Hart, philanthropist Carl Touhey has passed away, SSPD: bicyclist drifted into fatal collision, food truck rodeo canceled over insurance concerns

Jason Guynup -- who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for stabbing Nikki Hart, the mother of his two children, in Schodack last December -- was sentenced to 20 years to life. Said Hart's father at the sentencing: "I cry every day. It is a struggle to get through every day. I wake up with the pain, carry it through the day and take it to bed with me each night." Said Hart's sister of her recounting the events of Hart's death at the sentencing: "I wanted him to never have a doubt in his mind or try to say he didn't know what he did. I wanted him to relive it, as I do every day." [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN]

Larry Ahrens, the man accused of organizing a crew to throw explosive devices at the home of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in Rotterdam, pleaded guilty to charges that included second-degree arson. He faces 15 years in prison. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Prominent local philanthropist Carl Touhey died Sunday at age 95. Tuohey was the owner of the almost-century-old Orange Motor Co. in Albany, and
he once he even came close to defeating Erastus Corning for Albany mayor. Recipients of Touhey's philanthropy include the College of St. Rose, Albany Med, and WMHT. [Daily Gazette] [Biz Review] [TU] [YNN]


Saratoga Springs police say it appears the bicyclist who died Friday evening after a collision with a tractor trailer on Lake Ave had drifted into traffic and hit the truck, maybe because he was distracted. [TU] [Saratogian]

Albany police say officers came across a man who had been shot in the torso early Sunday morning in West Hill (map). His injuries aren't considered life threatening. APD says it's investigating. It's the third reported shooting this month in the city. [APD Facebook] [TU]

South Glens Falls police say an Albany man was arrested for allegedly holding a woman and her child hostage for 5 1/2 hours and threatening to kill them. [Saratogian]

There's a $2,500 reward for info leading to the arrest of the man police say knocked over the Trustco Bank in Slingerlands last week armed with a gun and wearing a neon construction vest. [TU]

Police say the man arrested for allegedly sticking up a Ballston Spa pharmacy Friday for cash and Ritalin is a trainee at the Navy site in Milton. [Saratogian]

For the second summer in a row, there have been a string of home burglaries in Loudonville. [TU]

A helicopter, police dog, and multiple officers were enlisted in a manhunt for Coeymans Sunday for a guy accused of causing music festival mayhem. [TU]

An effort to streamline the process through which the state administers grants to non-profits apparently needs some of its own streamlining. [TU]

Said a Watervliet man whose family had to sue their insurance company to get it to follow through on paying after a fire destroyed their house, to the Times Union: "Just because you think you're covered doesn't mean anything." [TU]

HVCC is the latest org to add "universal access" for CDTA -- students can ride the bus free with their ID. [Troy Record]

Growing industry in upstate New York: raising cattle for beef. [Saratogian]

The food truck rodeo planned for Schenectady has been canceled, apparently because of insurance concerns. (And the Wandering Dago came up at the Schenectady city council meeting.) [Daily Gazette] [News10]

When state AG Eric Schneiderman filed suit the former Trump University -- as in, Donald Trump -- it was like a cable news segment waiting to happen (and it did). [TU]

From WNYT: "Four large, white insects painted on State Route 32 are scheduled to be exterminated Tuesday, a state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokeswoman said." [WNYT]

A Siena student has invented a button for dogs to push in order to notify their owners that they want to go outside. [YNN]

Troy's oldest living former firefighter -- he just turned 100 -- remembers making rounds at local theaters to make sure they were prepared for fires in the projection booth (the films were highly flammable). [Troy Record]

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