Allegation of excessive force in Saratoga Springs traffic stop, Coeymans body being treated as homicide, Sawyer Fredericks finds out if he's won The Voice tonight

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Police/community relations
+ Troy: The trial for a lawsuit in which three Troy police officers are accused of using excessive force while arresting a man at a hospital in 2011 started in US District Court in Utica. [TU]
+ Saratoga Springs: The Saratoga Springs Police Department says it's placed an officer on administrative leave after an activist says excessive force, including pepper spray, was used on him during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon after giving the officer the finger. The incident was partially captured on video. (A "law enforcement source" tells WNYT there's also another video "that clearly shows the confrontation.") Adam Rupeka says he had gone to Saratoga Springs for the purpose of testing the police there. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [YouTube] [WNYT] [TWCN]

Kenneth White case
Kenneth White's father pleaded guilty to a finding of neglect in Albany County Family Court Monday. Jason White said he's getting substance abuse treatment and ultimately wants to get custody of Kenneth's sisters. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Coeymans body
A "source close to the case" tells WNYT and News10 that there's evidence indicating the body found in Coeymans last week is a Capital Region woman who disappeared in December. Police say they're treating the case as a homicide. [WNYT] [News10]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

Motorcyclist death
Saratoga Springs police are investigating how a motorcyclist died in a crash on the third level of the Woodlawn Avenue parking garage Sunday night. SSPD says it appears the motorcyclist hit a parked car and then hit a garage wall, but investigators aren't sure why. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Oil trains
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is leaning on the state's Department of Environmental Conservation on an upcoming decision regarding a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. [TU]

The Capital Region had the highest numbers, by far, for industrial development agency net tax breaks per capita and and project value per capita in 2013, according to a state comptroller's office report. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Saint Rose cuts
The College of Saint Rose announced in a message to students and alumni Monday that it's cutting 40 jobs, 17 of which are currently not filled. President Carolyn Stefanco says the college is working to close a structural deficit. [TWCN] [TU]

Schenectady cable access
Schenectady Access Cable Council is suing the mayor Gary McCarthy and Proctors over how the handover of cable public access in the city was transferred to Proctors and Open Stage Media. McCarthy said the lawsuit is "frivolous and politically motivated." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Aaron Mair
Local environmentalist Aaron Mair has become president of the national board of directors of the Sierra Club -- he's the first African-American to hold the position. [Sierra Club] [TU]

Stuff going on today (May 18)

Sawyer Fredericks
The Fultonville native will find out tonight if he's the winner of The Voice. Proctors is hosting a free screening of the show in the GE Theater. doors at 7:30 pm

Music: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Show at The Palace
What it says on the label. 8 pm - $29.50 and up

Music: Montgomery Gentry at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Back 40 Band. 8 pm - $10 ahead / $15 day of

That was then


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