Does he say that to all the potential casino sites?, shootings in Albany and Schenectady, errant check mark keeps man out of jail, a week of solitude in Scotia

A profile of David Flaum, the developer who's been pushing the E23 casino proposal in Albany -- and, apparently, pursuing a handful of other casino sites around the state. [TU]

In other casino related bits: A partnership between two large gambling companies is reportedly ready to put down $1 million as a placeholder for a potential casino bid in the Capital Region. And the East Greenbush town board voted to support a casino project there -- if one is proposed. [TU x2]

David Paterson papers recently sent to an archive at Columbia University shed light on the process his administration used to pick someone to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate -- an appointment that went to Kirsten Gillibrand, in part because of something she said to Paterson following an SNL skit that had made fun of him. [Capital]

Schenectady police say a 60-year-old woman who had been missing for a week told them she had gone to Scotia for "solitude and rest" -- and ended up living outside in an "igloo" of vines and brush near the Mohawk River. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say they're investigating a shooting in the Second Ave/Delaware Ave neighborhood Thursday night (area map). APD says a man was found with a single gunshot wound and taken to the hospital where, as of Friday, he was in critical condition. [APD FB]

Schenectady police say a man was shot Saturday night on Van Vankren Ave (block map). [Daily Gazette]

State Police say a Stillwater man arrested for DWI early Sunday after allegedly driving in the wrong lane on Route 40 in Schaghticoke told them he was doing so because he was trying to tie his shoes. [NYSP]

State Police say a Ballston Lake man was arrested for allegedly forcing his way into the State Museum early Saturday morning and then leaving. (He also flashed an usually big smile for a mug shot.) [NYSP]

A Times Union investigation concludes that State Police kept secret a scandal involving missing drugs and other evidence in Westchester County. [TU]

Trinity Copepland trial: On Friday parts of a recorded police interview with the Troy teen facing murder and manslaughter charges for the shooting death of her father were played in court. [TU]

The local history of the victim impact statement traces back to a fatal DWI case in Albany three decades ago. [TU]

How a sloppily-checked box on a form helped keep an Albany man accused of serial harassment of his neighbors out of jail. [TU]

Schenectady schools superintendent Larry Spring on the district's effort to get more kids to take advanced classes: "Intelligence is effort-based ... Giftedness is learned behavior, which means it can be taught to kids." [Daily Gazette]

Scotia has adopted a budget that exceeds the tax cap. [Daily Gazette]

A couple is trying to revive the Castskill Game Farm in some form. [TU]

The USS Slater is scheduled to return to Albany in June after getting repairs downstate. [Daily Gazette]

The Mohonasen High School robotics team is headed to an international competition this week in St. Louis. [Daily Gazette]

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