Investigation continues in Guilderland quadruple homicide, figuring casino site odds, a ton of history missing and presumed stolen

State Police said Monday that forensic work at the scene of the Guilderland quadruple homicide was almost complete. And NYSP said they were working with the US State Department to follow up on some of the potential leads. Officials continue to hold back many details about the case, and unofficial details continue to circulate. "Two separate law enforcement officials" tell News10 that investigators are "working on a theory that illegal gambling may have played a role in the killings." And "officials familiar with the case" tell the Times Union that one of the adults killed "allegedly handled large amounts of off-the-books cash that flowed through undocumented Chinese restaurant workers in a shadowy, underground economy that runs from New York City to the Capital Region and beyond" -- and the Times Union has drawn a line connecting that bit to the wider problem of labor trafficking. [TWCN] [WNYT] [News10] [TU] [TU]

Albany police say they're still looking for tips from the public about the fatal shooting of Jorge Falu-Garcia October 2 in West Hill. [TU]

A lawsuit from a man in state prison for a drug conviction alleges that injuries caused by officers from multiple agencies during an arrest in Albany last year following a chase, and then inadequate jail medical care, resulted in his leg being amputated. [TU]


The attorney for the man whose conviction in a shooting in Troy pizza shop in 2009 was tossed over a DNA warrant issue is set to argue that a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United State this year also makes mobile phone data obtained without a warrant in the case inadmissible. [TU]

In which Chris Churchill figures odds for the Capital Region casino. A spokesman for the state Gaming Facility Location Board says the chosen sites will be announced by the end of October -- unless it's in November. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Incumbent state Senator Kathy Marchione (R ) pulled out of a candidates forum in Saratoga Springs scheduled for Tuesday night because she said it was too far away from constituents in Columbia County and she would instead appear at a forum in Rensselaer County later this month. Challenger Brian Howard (D) called the Marchione campaign's rationale for missing the event "nonsensical." [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

State Police denied a WNYT FOIL request for information about how much it cost to send Andrew Cuomo's security detail to Israel on the governor's recent trip, stating the info "would reveal the strategic composition and movements of our Protective Services Detail, which could endanger the lives or safety of our Members assigned to such detail, as well as the Governor and/or any other person." [WNYT]

A car-bike crash closed traffic on Wolf Road for a bit Monday afternoon. [TU]

The company that owns O'Brien's Public House, in the renovated Trojan Hotel in downtown Troy, has filed for bankruptcy (the reorganization kind). [TU]

The Adirondack Park Agency will be considering changes to the master plan used to manage state-owned land in the park. [Daily Gazette]

Big crowds for Newsies at Proctors = big crowds for nearby restaurants. [TU]

There are services late Tuesday afternoon for Cecil Myrie, known as the "Banjo Man" in Saratoga Springs, who passed away last week. [Saratogian]

Farther afield: Gloversville officials say a 2,300-pound historic bell is missing and presumed stolen. [Daily Gazette]

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