Storms flood roadways, amnesia cited in manslaughter case, climber found dead in Thacher Park, puppy arrives in N. Greenbush from Afghanistan

Thursday's storms dropped more than an inch of rain, and caused flooding that closed several main roads around the Capital Region. [NWS] [WNYT] [TU]

Tracey Zetzsche pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the death of her adult son in their Westerlo apartment in July 2012. Prosecutors say she repeatedly stabbed her son with a knife and hit him with a hammer. In an unusual turn, he plea was an "Alford plea," in which she only admitted there was enough evidence to convict her -- mental health experts concluded that Zetzsche can't remember the attack because of amnesia. [TU] [Albany County DA] [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

Rory Poulin was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for killing his partner Margaret Jordan with a shotgun two years ago. Poulin's attorney had argued in the case that the shotgun had gone off accidentally -- and in court Poulin apologized for what he called "the terrible accident." [Troy Record] [TU]

The language of the referendum on this November's ballot for a state constitutional amendment allowing full casino gambling frames the amendment favorably. Blair Horner, now back with NYPIRG and regaining his form: "It has more spin than a roulette wheel." [TU] [NYSNYS/Troy Record]

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Albany police say a man was found shot at a lounge in the South End early Thursday morning (map). [APD]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a a man was found dead at Thacher Park this morning after an apparent fall from a cliff. Sheriff Craig Apple says the man was found wearing a climbing harness. [WNYT] [TU]

East Greenbush has gotten about $14 million in loans from the state to help fix its sewer system, which has at times leaked into the Hudson River. (Sewer systems dumping into the Hudson is a big, expensive problem that extends beyond East Greenbush.) [TU]

One of the few experienced assessors who applied to be Schenectady's assessor said he'd move to the city -- if he was paid an extra $20k. (Gary McCarthy is now trying hire someone who already works of the city, but doesn't have assessor experience.) [Daily Gazette]

Rotterdam's supervisor says he's looking at eliminating the town-funded EMS program in favor of a private company which says it will provide service free to the town. [Daily Gazette]

The apparent runner-up in the Republican primary for Saratoga County sheriff isn't conceding absentee ballots are counted. [Saratogian]

It appears the Green Party has sorted out who its candidate is for Albany mayor. [TU]

Christopher Porco has lost another appeal. [TU]

What it's like to be tagged a "developing" teacher. [TU]

A tanker truck overturned in the Route 9/9H circle in Kinderhook Thursday afternoon, spilling thousands of gallons of heating oil. [YNN] [News10]

A major in the New York Army National Guard who lives in North Greenbush adopted one of seven puppies his unit arranged to bring to back home from Afghanistan. [TU]
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APD: Shooting

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on South Pearl Street.
On Thursday September 12, 2013, at approximately 1:40 a.m., officers responded to L.A. Lounge, located at 445 South Pearl Street, for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with gunshot wounds.
The victim, a 33 year old male from Albany, was treated at the scene by medical personnel and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital. He is currently admitted to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.

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