It's still cold, sheriff pushes easier information sharing in missing child cases, Glenville gearing up for casino changes

It is still cold. The temperature dipped to -1 overnight. Today's forecasted high: 27 degrees. [NWS]

The director of the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society said Wednesday night was the busiest night in 4-year history of the Code Blue shelter program -- more than 350 people. [TU] [News10]

Prompted the death of Kenneth White, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple is pushing for a law change that would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to get information from child protective services about histories of abuse in missing child cases. Apples says hold up on info in the White case hindered his department's investigation. [News10] [WNYT]

A state appellate court has reversed the conviction of Tina Karuzas -- the Schenectady woman convicted of manslaughter for allegedly fatally stabbing her neighbor in 2011 -- citing problems with the prosecution being allowed to cross examine her about a prior harassment conviction. [TU]

A state appellate court has ordered a new trial for Lydia Ann Salce -- the Halfmoon woman convicted of attempted murder for allegedly attacking her husband in their home in 2011 -- citing a denial of a defense witness and problems with an explanation given to the jury. [TU]

The defense attorney for the Troy man accused of scuffling with a Waterford police officer during a traffic stop this past August says video indicated the encounter didn't go down as police originally said and the officer "behaved a little more aggressively than an officer should in those situations" -- the Troy ended up paying a $125 surcharge and the case has been sealed. [Daily Gazette]

Glenville supervisor Chris Koetzle on preparing for the effects of being adjacent to the Schenectady casino, but not sharing in the revenue: "We are a co-host community, there's no way of getting around that, and I need people to help me to make that case to our legislators." [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

The latest Troy budget drama: The city council took up multiple votes on a sewer rate increase aimed at closing a projected shortfall because of falling revenues linked to water conservation. [TU] [Troy Record]

Troy Police Department is aiming to fill vacancies by hiring officers from other departments -- a move the Rosamilia administration says will save money because the city won't have to pay the costs associated with the police academy. [TU] [Troy Record]

Some of the (alleged) behind-the-scenes drama connected (tangentially) to the Albany County redistricting saga. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs School District's Board of Education voted in its new president Thursday morning at 8 am meeting at which three members weren't present and the only members of the public there were a Gazette reporter and photographer. [Daily Gazette]

Metroplex administered 53 PILOT arrangements in Schenectady County last year, worth $14.83 million in revenue. [Daily Gazette]

The 54-year-old man arrested after he allegedly broke into a Niskayuna home this week, and caught by the homeowner, has served multiple prison terms and been released on parole in March -- and he reportedly told the homeowner as they fought: "I can't go back to jail. I can't get arrested. I can't go back to jail." [Daily Gazette]

State Police say a Castleton woman has been arrested on charges that she stole $24k in rent payments while serving as the property manager of a Clifton Park apartment complex. [NYSP]

The pastor of church in Lansingburgh says someone stole about 100 feet of copper pipe from the building's plumbing and heating systems overnight Wednesday-Thursday. [Troy Record]

State Police troopers have been working on an expired contract since 2011, and it looks like they will continue to do so for many more months after voting down the state's latest contract offer. [TU]

The Troy Fire Department says a fire at a bowling alley Lansingburgh Thursday was started by a heat gun being used to thaw pipes. (TFD says a hair dryer is a safer option.) [WNYT] [TWCN]

The Macy's at Rotterdam Square Mall is closing. [Daily Gazette]

Longtime Mohonasen music teacher and band director David Bournazian has passed away -- he was 86. [Daily Gazette]

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