Dannemora employee takes plea deal, Malta man sentenced in wife's murder, Quirky cuts jobs, goat rustlers sentenced

Dannemora employee pleads guilty to aiding escape
Joyce Mitchell, an instructor at the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding Richard Matt and David Sweat in their escape from the prison in June. Mitchell told a judge she "was caught up in he fantasy," and that she enjoyed the attention they gave her and the thought of the start of a different life. [TU][NYT]

Former cop sentenced in wife's murder
The Malta man and former Long Island cop convicted of killing his wife of 40 years was sentenced to 15 years in prison.[TU]

Schenectady shooting victim named
The 18 year old man shot on a Schenectady Street on Monday has been identified as Kusaan Tolliver. The shooting was the second in five days in the city. The president of the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association says the group is planning a march against violence with the help of the Southern Christian Leadership conference.[TU][TWCN]

Mann sentenced
A Lake George man was sentenced on criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal bar fight in Saratoga last September. At the sentencing Andrew Mann apologized to Aaron Huggins' family and to his own, saying " not a day goes by that I don't wish I hadn't put my hands on him." [WNYT][Saratogian]

Medical marijuana
The head of a company bidding for a state medical marijuana license was found to have misspent funds and destroyed documents while running a Kansas taxpayer backed authority. Meanwhile the decision on which companies will operate medical marijuana dispensaries is expected to be announced this week. [TU+][Gazette]

Lawmakers push state to drop NYRA control
State Lawmakers from around the Capital Region are crossing party lines to lobby Andrew Cuomo to end state control of the board that runs the New York Racing Association. [TU]

Former NYRA head injured in bike accident
The former head of NYRA was hit by a car while bicycling near the track. [WNYT]

Albany parking costs
Parking in Albany city garages will soon be free on nights and weekends, but weekday rates have increased. [WNYT][News 10]

State Police cars
The NYS police union says many state police cars have too much milage o be safe. [WNYT]

Sexual harassment bills
Taxpayers are still paying for legal bills stemming from sexual harassment in the NYS Assembly. [TU]

Gillibrand backs bill for campus assault victims
A new bill backed by Kirsten Gillibrand would create better resources for victims of sexual assault and rape on college campuses. [TU]

Ballston Spa Walmart
The heated battle over a proposed Ballston Spa Walmart will soon come to an end. [Gazette][WNYT]

Another Troy mayoral candidate makes goal
Independent Troy mayoral candidate Jack Cox Jr. gathered enough petitions to run. [TU]

Quirky is laying off 100 New York employees and will lose at least two jobs in its Schenectady office. [Business Review]

The Albany Armory and the Saratoga Arts Center will live stream Bernie Sanders presidential campaign kickoff event tonight. [News 10]

Sentencing in goat theft
Farther afield: Two men have been sentenced to 2 and a half to five years in prison for stealing 21 goats from a Canajoharie farm in December. [Gazette]

Downtown Albany Brueggars
After 29 years, the Brueggars Bagel shop at North Pearl street is closing [TU]

Native Dancer
The sculpture of Native Dancer is finally ready to be placed in Saratoga Centennial Park.[TU]

Beating the heat
Some area pools are extending hours due to the excessive heat expected this week. [News 10]

Happening today

The Track

Today is College Day at the Saratoga Race Course -- there's free grandstand admission for college students with pre registration. There will also be various activities including "Giant Beer Pong" and "Giant Jenga."

The Tri-City ValleyCats continue a six-game home stand at The Joe with a three-game series against West Virginia. Then Mahoning Valley is in for a three-game series over the weekend. Promotions this week include a bat giveaway, Italian night, Medieval Times night, and post-game fireworks.


The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues its production of Paradise Blue, starring Blair Underwood, De'Adre Aziza, and Andre Holland.

Murder for Two
Capital Rep continues its production of Murder for Two -- "a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Wednesday: Natural Wonderr at Rockin' on the River
Stevie Wonder tribute. With: The Beat*Shot Allstars. 5 pm - free

+Tedeschi Trucks Band at SPAC
With: Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. 6:30 pm - $20 and up

+ Interpol at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt rock. With: Cosmicide. 8 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

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