Kenneth White's cousin said to have described his death on video, Dean Skelos and son indicted, yearbook giraffe photo criticized

Kenneth White case
Tiffany VanAlstyne -- accused of killing her 5-year-old cousin Kenneth White in December -- is described to police on video how she choked the boy and then dumped his body over a guardrail near their home in Knox, according to court documents obtained by the Times Union. [TU+]

Medical marijuana dispensary in Albany?
One of the companies trying to land a state license to sell medical marijuana wants to open a dispensary in Albany's Warehouse District, a plan that would require a zoning adjustment. [TU+]

Skelos and son
Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, have been indicted on six counts in the federal corruption case against them. The indictment includes a new accusation involving an alleged no-show job for Adam Skelos with a medical malpractice insurance company that was lobbying the former state Senate majority leader. [State of Politics] [NYT]

Teens in prison
Andrew Cuomo toured a Greene County prison Thursday as part of a push to keep 16- and 17-year-olds from being sent to adult prisons. The "Raise the Age" plan includes "hybrid" detention facilities for teens that would include services such as job training. [TWCN] [TU]

Colonie police
The Colonie Police Department says the officer accused of stomping on handcuffed man's hands "was the subject of internal corrective action including additional training regarding the use of force." [TU]

Jay Street fire
Two more notices of claim (the precursor to have lawsuit) have been filed against the city of Schenectady with regard to the Jay Street fire, bringing to the total to seven. [Daily Gazette]

Municipal collaboration
Albany County municipalities detailed efforts to share and streamline services as part of the Cuomo admin's "tax freeze" rebate program. [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayoral race
Incumbent mayor Joanne Yepsen, a Democrat, has officially announced she's running for re-election. [Saratogian]

Troy mayoral race
Jack Cox Jr. is making another attempt to get on the ballot for the November Troy mayoral election. [TU]

Yearbook giraffe photo
An ad in the Guilderland High School yearbook shows a student with an apparently dead giraffe -- and that's not going over well. [News10] [TU]

Collins Lake beach
There's been no swimming at the Collins Lake beach in Scotia since Irene flooding in 2011 -- but officials are hoping the water will finally be clear enough this summer. [Daily Gazette]

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