Albany bear still up a tree, Jury selection underway in second Thomas trial, Bruno "coming out party" at anti NY SAFE rally

DEC officials were looking for ways to save the black bear who climbed up a tree on Whitehall Road in Albanyyesterday. Officials have been watching the bear overnight and planned to try to save it if it came down before daylight. If not, they say they might be forced to kill the animal in the interest of public safety. [TU][AOA][TWCN][News 10]

Eleven days after being acquitted by a federal jury, Joe Bruno spoke at an anti NY SAFE Act rally in Brunswick on Tuesday night, advising a crowd of about 300 to stand up and speak for their rights. Bruno called the event his "coming out party," and told the crowd "It's time to push back because our liberties have been eroded over the years. It's wrong in every way."[TU][WNYT][TWCN][Record]

Police say the 64-year-old man who was found dead in the woods near Halfmoon on Monday was trying to get off his ATV with a loaded shotgun when the weapon accidentally went off, killing him. [TU]

Jury selection got underway on Tuesday in the retrial of Adrian Thomas, accused of killing his 4-month-old son six years ago. A high court tossed out Thomas' original sentence because police had lied to him to coerce him into confessing. Jury selection is expected to wrap up and opening arguments are slated to begin today. [TU][WNYT][Record]

A Hudson Falls teen was arrested on Saturday for driving 140 mph on the Northway in Queensbury. Police suspect the teen may have been involved in a high-speed motorcycle chase with Washington County Sheriff's Deputies last week.[News 10] [TU]

The medical marijuana bill passed the assembly last night after a three hour debate. [Capital New York]

Fire crews rescued a woman on Tuesday after she went into the Mohawk river to try to rescue a deer who was drowning. [News 10]

Colonie lawyer Matthew Tully says he's planning to sue the Albany County and New York State for records on his own license plates being read by license plate scanners being used in the Capital Region. [TU]

Former Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian is among four people scheduled to testify today in the third hearing about demolition conducted at the King Fuels site.[TU]

The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan is asking state legislators not to dispose of any records they have that may relate to the now disbanded Moreland Commission. [Politics On the Hudson]

A Bethlehem High School science teacher was put on leave after a student was injured in a lab accident earlier this month. [TU]

Ark Community Charter School is battling state officials trying to close the school because of poor test scores and is getting help from the Northeast Charter Schools Network. [TU]

Thursday's EF3 rated tornado that cut a path through Duanesburg just missed six steel storage units containing up to 25,000 pounds of explosives owned by Empire State Fireworks. [Gazette]

One of the two boys injured in a freak bounce house accident earlier this month has reportedly retired home from the hospital, and his brother, injured in the same accident, has reportedly come out of a coma. [Saratogian]

Citing "an inordinate amount of large events" going on in Saratoga over the July 4th holiday, the Racino has cancelled their annual fireworks display for the first time in more than forty years. [Gazette]

A 30 to 40 inch ball python was spotted in Rotterdam's Plotter Kill Preserve on Monday. [TU]

Living to 104 is serious business. [TU]

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