Another arrest in Kokopellis case, Spa City businesses opposed to casino, Colonie motel closed due to violations, Malta to use eminent domain for more traffic circles

Troy police have arrested another person in connection with the Kokopellis Night Club brawl. 30-year-old Kerif Hassan Burns is facing attempted robbery and obstruction of government administration charges for allegedly trying to pull a night stick from a police officer. But Burns claims he was shooting video of the scene when he was hit with the nightstick before he grabbed it. [TU][WNYT]

A former HVCC student is planning to sue the city of Troy, claiming he was slammed against a truck, punched and tasered by police for jaywalking. [TU]

The Albany County Jail officer charged with promoting gambling for taking bets at the jail as part of an internet gambling ring pleaded guilty on Tuesday and will have to forfeit $25,000. Timothy Robillard will be sentenced on April 15th and is expected to cooperate in an ongoing state and federal case. Robillard is the fifth person to plead guilty in connection with the gambling ring. [TU][WNYT]

Amsterdam's common council voted in favor of putting a casino in the city. [TWCN]

A survey of Saratoga Springs businesses showed that a majority of those surveyed are against putting a full -fledged casino in the city. [WNYT]

OTB is planning to file an ethics complaint against a Rochester developer who wants to build an Indian Casino near Rochester and a commercial casino in the Capital Region, alleging the developer of violated state lobbying laws by engaging in lobbying activities without being registered as a lobbyist.[TU]


The Blu Bell Motel on Central Avenue in Colonie was closed down on Tuesday after hundreds of code violations were found last month. [WNYT][News 10]

A security guard at the main branch of the Albany Public Library on Washington Avenue was injured on Tuesday by a group of middle schoolers as he attempted to escort them off the premises after they caused a disturbance at the library.[TU]

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a Spring Avenue store in Troy with a large knife.[News 10]

A Schenectady house fire that displaced a family of four on Tuesday was started by a candle.[TU]

Malta is planning use eminent domain to take slices of land from 13 residential and commercial properties to build two more roundabouts just west of Exit 11. [TU]

6th Avenue in Troy between Federal and Jacob streets remains closed today after a water main break on Tuesday.[WNYT]

After more than 62 inches of snow this year, the city of Troy is creating a new snow emergency plan for next year.[TU]

More opposition to Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prisoners a free college education. [TWCN]

Two state assemblymen have introduced separate bills that would ban the use of wearable technology like Google Glass while driving. [TU]

More JCOPE deliberation over "source of funding" disclosure exemptions to campaign donors that claim they would suffer "harm, threats, harassment, or reprisals" if it became known they were contributing to a cause.[Capitol Confidential]

Saratoga Mayor Joanne Yepson is seeking $2 million in State Transportation Alternative money to complete a Geyser Road bike trail that has been in the works for about ten years.[TWCN]

The now closed St. John Newman residence at Saint Clement's in Saratoga may be turned into senior housing. [Saratogian]

Saratoga County D.A. Jim Murphy says his run for judge won't stop him from using Twitter.[TU]

More than 50 years of love for Lake George.[TU]

Missing a hair weave? It's in an elevator at the Capitol. [TU]


Malta roundabout protest is scheduled for March 1st, 9 am.

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