Crude oil car derailment in Selkirk, sheriff's deputy nabbed in cocaine sting, roundabout protest in Malta

Thirteen tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed at a rail yard in Selkirk Friday evening -- though both the railroad and state officials say no oil was spilled. The incident continues the focus on shipments of crude oil through the Albany area -- said Albany Common Council member Dorcey Applyrs, who represents the neighborhood near the Port of Albany: "This should be a wake-up call for residents in the Capital District and residents throughout the state of New York. We have had so many incidents in a short period of time, and my question is, 'what is it going to take?'" On Friday the Cuomo admin announced an "inspection blitz" -- "a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars." In response, Environmental Advocates of New York said the inspections should be occurring on a regular basis. [TU] [TWCN] [Cuomo admin] [TU]

A Saratoga County Sheriff's deputy was arrested on charges that attempt to aid the distribution of cocaine. Federal prosecutors say Charles E. Fuller of Corinth was snagged in an FBI sting involving a confidential informant and the transportation of more than a kilogram of a substance purported to be cocaine from Albany County to Warren County. Fuller, who is president of the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association, has been with the sheriff's department for 24 years. [US DOJ] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan says she'd like to adjust a compensation system in which city employees who retire or resign can cash out unused vacation and sick time -- some cash out more than 1,000 hours in leave when they go, prompting the city to be on the hook for unplanned costs. [TU]

Apparently something didn't work as intended with the state's disaster response computer systems during Sandy -- though there's disagreement on what and why. [TU]

In a report to Troy mayor Lou Rosamilia, the city's Police Objective Review Committee questioned its own ability to actually improve police/community relations because of legal constraints. [Troy Record]

The Troy Police Department has offered the city's African-American Pastoral Alliance a block of time during the department's mandatory in-service training. [Troy Record]

A review of Colonie town inspection records by WNYT concludes that there were hundreds of code violations allegedly found at the now-closed Blue Bell Motel and Skylane Motel on Central Ave between 2003 and 2011 -- and then inspections stopped until late 2013. [WNYT]

There was a protest in Malta over the weekend about two more roundabouts proposed near Exit 11. The roundabout opponents say the circles aren't pedestrian or bike friendly, and say they prefer intersections with traffic signals instead. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The third trial of Ariel Myers, the then-19 year old accused of shooting a man who was taking photos of a loud crowd outside the Griswold Heights housing complex in Troy in 2009, starts this week. [TU]

A Colonie-based doctor is accused of defrauding the American Academy of Pediatrics New York chapter of $87k following an investigation by the offices of the state comptroller and state attorney general. State comptroller Tom DiNapoli said they money, from a state grant, had been intended to promote childhood vaccination in the state. [TU] [NYS OSC]

Albany police say two men were arrested after an alleged wild drive in downtown Albany early Saturday morning. [APD FB]

An attorney for David Cassidy says the former TV actor is getting a plea deal for DWI arrest in Rensselaer County. [TU]

An already-suspended Albany County Sheriff's investigator has been accused of accessing a law enforcement database to check criminal histories for personal reasons. [TU]

There are a bunch of village elections this month around the Capital Region. [TU]

MVP is cutting 100 jobs. [TU]

Montgomery County Undersheriff Peter Vroman, a Republican, is lining up as a challenger for the 111th state Assembly District, currently held by Democrat Angelo Santabarbara. (The district covers parts of Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties.) [Daily Gazette]

It looks like two resolutions opposing a full casino in Saratoga Springs will be merged at Tuesday's city council meeting. [Saratogian]

Another reason to keep an eye on what your dog is poking around at in the woods. [TU]

A longtime resident of Schenectady's Goose Hill neighborhood describing her greeting to new arrivals in the neighborhood: "This is how it works: If anybody has a problem with you, they're going to talk to you about it first, and then if that doesn't work, then we call the landlord. It doesn't matter what time of the day or night. And then if that doesn't work, we call the police." [TU]

David Paterson on the long standing ovation he received upon the unveiling of his portrait in the Hall of Governors at the Capitol on Sunday: "Now I know I'm dead." [TU]

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