Search continues for missing Troy woman, adjusted plan for Albany High rebuild, large underage drinking bust in Troy, how they got that seal out of the lock

Noel Alkaramla case
Police divers searched the Hudson River near Troy over the week for evidence in the case of Noel Alkaramla, who's been missing since November 23. Troy police say Alkaramla's stepfather was picked up on a parole violation Friday -- last week Alkaramla's mother told the Times Union she was worried the stepfather might be involved, and Alkaramla's fiancee told WNYT Alkaramla had planned to talk with the stepfather before disappeared. [TWCN] [Troy Record] [News10] [TU] [WNYT]

Pedestrian killed in crash
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a Clifton Park man was killed in a crash with a car on Route 9 early Sunday morning. The sheriff's office says there's no evidence the driver was intoxicated or impaired and an investigation is in progress -- it's looking for a second driver who might have witnessed the crash. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Central Ave: Colonie police say a pedestrian was struck on Central Ave near Osborne Road Sunday night. [TWCN]

2-6 years: An Albany man was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash with a pedestrian on Central Ave this past April and not reporting it. [TU]

Albany High School rebuild
The Albany School Board is considering a $180 million version of the plan to rebuild/expand the district's high school (the plan that narrowly was voted down in December was $196 million) -- and trying to figure out when the public vote on it should be. [TU+]

Also: It looks like the school district will need to add space for a fourth middle school in the future. [TU+]

Former Albany County sheriff sergeant pleads guilty
A former Albany County sheriff sergeant who resigned earlier this year pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges in a sexting case involving two teens in Watervliet. [TU]

Heroin
The story of a West Sand Lake man's death from heroin addiction -- and his parents' frustration with the treatment system. [TU]

Underage drinking bust in Troy
The State Liquor Authority says a compliance check at Bootlegger's in Troy this past Thursday night revealed 175 of approximately 225 patrons to be under age. And DMV investigators confiscated 91 drivers alleged to be counterfeit and arrested 93 people for allegedly possessing fraudulent docs, and Troy police arrested two bartenders charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor. The SLA says it's moving to suspend the bar's liquor license. [NYSLA] [TU]

Corruption
Looking at who's the victim in the recent string of state politician corruption cases (attorneys for the accused politicians have argued some of the cases where victimless). [TU+]

Schenectady casino
A Moody's report out last week concludes the proposed Schenectady casino and others in planning will be joining an "already oversaturated market" in the Northeast. [Daily Gazette]

Drones
The proposed ban on the civilian use of drones (and remote controlled airplanes) in Albany County gets a public hearing this week. [TU]

Not resigning
Albany Common Council member Judd Krasher -- a frequent critic of mayor Kathy Sheehan -- says he won't be resigning his position on the council after all. [TU]

Sealed
A look at how a seal was removed from Lock 1 on Friday -- the seal had spent the summer and autumn near the lock after apparently wandering up the Hudson. [News10]

100
A Glenville man was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during WWII celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday. [Daily Gazette]

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