Search for escaped convicts heads into day six, Guilderland broker charged in alleged Ponzi scheme, zip line and aquarium coming to the region

Dannemora update
Police are in the sixth day of a search for two escapees from Dannemora. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined Andrew Cuomo at a news conference on Wednesday where police announced they believe the two escaped convicts may be headed for Vermont . Overnight a large police response was underway east of Dannemora where Route 374 was closed and detours are set up. Police are questioning Joyce Mitchell, a civilian who worked in a tailor shop at Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, who is alleged to have helped facilitate the escape.[Gazette'[TU][TWCN][WNYT][NYT]

Alleged Ponzi scheme
A money manager and Senior Vice President of Capital Financial Planning in Guilderland is facing nine felony charges including first degree money laundering in connection with an alleged Ponzi scheme. [WNYT][TWCN]

Fund for suspended officer
An online fund raising campaign has been established to help the Saratoga Springs police officer suspended after he was seen on video pepper spraying a man who gave him the middle finger. [Gazette]

Schenectady Taser incident
The Schenectady police department says they are investigating an allegation by a city man that police used excessive force when they pepper-sprayed and Tasered him in Mont Pleasant last week while arresting him for jaywalking. A teen who made one of the videos showing the arrest was also arrested on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly crossing against a light and causing a traffic hazard. [Gazette x 2]

Fracking supporters cite EPA report
Pro fracking activists are hoping a new EPA report will get Andrew Cuomo to reverse the ban on the process in New York. [TU]

Center Square neighbors fight group home
The Center Square Association is suing to keep a lobbying from from turning a Chestnut Street house into a group home for recovering alcoholics, a move the association says is retaliation for neighbors' efforts to keep the building from becoming a lobbying office. [TU]

Animal hoarding sentence
An Albany woman was sentenced to three years probation, a $2,000 fine and 20 weekends in jail in connection with an animal neglect case that resulted in four dogs and nine cats being seized from her home on South Pine Avenue. [News 10]

Car share insurance
The insurance company that handles Buffalo CarShare - the inspiration for Capital CarShare, is pulling the Buffalo orgs insurance. Currently Capital CarShare spokeswoman Nnenna Fergeson tells the TU that the insurance issues are not affecting Albany.[TU]

Work underway on harbor
Work is underway on the harbor on the old ALCO site.[Gazette]

Stairway to Troy
Troy officials cut the ribbon on the newly completed Riverfront Plaza Staircase connecting River Street in Troy with the waterfront. [Record]

Danger for spectators
After a Red Sox fan received life threatening injuries when she was hit by a broken bat, Chris Churchill talks with a woman who was severely injured by a foul ball at a ValleyCats game four years ago about the danger to fans and the love of the game. [TU+]

An aquarium in Rotterdam
The Turkish based management firm that just bought the Rotterdam Square Mall is including a 25,000 square foot aquarium in its $10 million improvement plan for the facility. [WNYT][Business Review]

Macchio's dad to open Warren County zip line
A controversial 3,450 foot zip lineproposed by the father of Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio is under construction on French Mountain in Warren County and is expected to open this summer. [NYT][Post Star][Saratogian]

Facelift for a 100-year-old garden
A facelift for a community garden founded in 1915.[TU]

Happening today

Alive at Five
Alive at Five opens its season in Albany at Jennings Landing in the Corning Preserve with The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman. Opener is The Chronicles. Thursday 5 pm - free

This year's downtown Albany art/place exhibition -- it's called #captureALB and will include 10 large picture frames set up around downtown -- will start popping up later this week. (It's the series that had previously been called Sculpture in the Streets.) Friday evening there's an outdoor party in Federal Plaza Park to celebrate the new exhibit (Friday 5:30 pm - $60 / $40 age 30 and under)

Harry Connick Jr. canceled his show at The Egg
on Wednesday due to illness, but he is still expected to play a planned show there tonight. 7:30 pm - $45 and up

K Flay at The Hollow
Hip hop. With: Panic is Perfect. 8 pm - $10.27 ahead / $15 day of

Charlie Hunter Trio at Helinki Hudson
"The Charlie Hunter Trio brings together the famed seven-string guitar wizard Charlie Hunter with longtime collaborators Bobby Previte on drums and Curtis Fowlkes on trombone." 8 pm - $20

Cornmeal at Parish Public House
Bluegrass jam. With: Grassroots Rebels. 8 pm - $12 ahead / $15 day of

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