Police chase ends with suspect jumping from Dunn Memorial Bridge, FBI raids home/office of Queens assemblyman, St. Patrick's is gone but lawsuit is still alive, Queensbury ice cream truck driver sorry for aggressive sales tactics

A car chase that began in Troy on Wednesday afternoon ended on the Dunn Memorial Bridge where police arrested three men who ran from the car. One of the suspects jumped off the bridge. A contractor working nearby chased a suspect and held him until police arrived. Police say the car involved, which had Florida plates, matched the description of a vehicle connected to a Tuesday night shooting in Albany. [Record][WNYT][News10][Gazette][TU]

FBI agents raided the local hotel room, office and home of Queens Democrat William Scarborough as part of an investigation into his use of the legislative travel voucher system. Scarborough claims he is innocent
and says the raid may have stemmed from what he calls "a tabloid hit job." [TU][WNYT][CapitalNY]

A look at what some legislators do to squeeze the most out of their per diem pay, , and a proposed $9 million legislative dormitory. [NYT]

Kathy Marchione says the land purchase being investigated by the FBI was legal and says she feels like the FBI and Attorney General are "on a witch hunt."[WNYT]

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St Patrick's in Watervliet has been torn down and a supermarket is being constructed in its place, but the case surrounding the sale of the church in 2012 went before a midlevel appeals court on Wednesday.[TU]

A witness in the DWI trial of Brendan Hoffman, testified on Wednesday that Hoffman and his friend Chris Baker were drinking and smoking pot most of the night before they got in the car that later crashed, killing Baker, but that nobody at the party saw who was driving. [TU]

Troy police have a suspect in Wednesday night's shooting in the North Central neighborhood on Tuesday night. [TU]

The FBI has decided not to conduct an investigation into the actions of Troy police officers involved in the raid at Kokopellis Night Club in January. [Troy PD Press release(posted below)]

An Albany man is facing four years in state prison after admitting to selling heroin.[TU]

The Saratoga Springs planning board has approved the site plan for the six story 176 room hotel addition to the Rip van Dam on Broadway, and the project could now be completed by 2016. [Saratogian]

Ark Community Charter School in Troy, which serves many impoverished and homeless children, has decided not to fight the SUNY Charter School subcommittee decision to close the school due to low test scores.[TU][Record]

Schenectady's school board is considering cuts to art and music in the elementary schools as part of an effort to cut $10.3 million from it's budget. [Gazette]

A former elementary school principal in the Albany School district who was let go earlier this month after being put on administrative leave over a year ago for allegedly sexually harassing teachers in his school, has been collecting his $127,000 per year salary the entire time he was out on leave, and is now back at work in the superintendent's office. [WNYT]

Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard to upgrade contingency plans for oils spills in New York and New Jersey because of the amount of oil being transported by railroad through densely populated areas. [Gazette]

According to the Census Bureau, population in the Capital Region's four counties is on the rise.[TU]

According to a new report by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA Capital Region public schools grew increasingly segregated from 1989 to 2010.[TU]

A new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that ranks every county in the nation based on their health merits shows Saratoga County is the 5th healthiest county in New York state. Albany ranked 30th out of 62 counties. [WNYT]

The Watervliet Arsenal has two new U.S. Army contracts worth $7 million. [WNYT]

The Golub Corporation is seeking approval for changes to its largest store, the one on Plank Road in Clifton Park. [TU]

A Queensbury ice cream truck driver will be back on the streets of Glens Falls after having her permit suspended in October, and has apologized for her aggressive sales tactics. [WNYT]

Anthony Prinzo, a third generation baker at the family business on Delaware Avenue, died this week at age 49.[TU]

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Troy PD Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Tuesday, March 25th (2014), Troy Police Chief John Tedesco was notified by officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they will not be conducting an investigation relative to the actions of Troy Police Officers at Kokopelli's Night Club in Troy on January 25th, 2014.
 
Noting the full cooperative effort of the Troy Police Department in the review process, officials notified the Chief that their work is complete. Careful examination of physical evidence (including ample digital video files), witness accounts and official documents resulted in the development of a clear picture of the facts and circumstances attached to the event. That data was then carefully analyzed and evaluated as applicable to existing statute and legislation, including both criminal prohibitions and civil rights guarantees. It was then determined, and the department was so advised, that an official FBI investigation was not a necessary next step.
 
Per today's notification, the Bureau's work on this matter is deemed complete and the Troy Police Department continues to move forward in its efforts to serve our citizenry and join with our community in the fight against crime and injustice.

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