Afternoon shooting at Troy park, water main break costs Collar City $100K, car lands in Watervliet bedroom

Troy shooting
Police say a 20-year-old man was shot around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon near the 10th Street park in Troy. [TU]

Dredging deal
GE and Saratoga County's Water Authority have reached a tentative $5.3 million settlement in a federal lawsuit that claimed the costs for the county's water system were driven up by GE's pollution of the Hudson. [TU][Gazette]

Man believed to have jumped from car on Northway
State Police say they now believe the man who died after he was found on the side of the
North way on Friday, deliberately jumped from the car during a fight with his girlfriend. [TWCN]

Schenectady arson
Officials say a fire in a vacant Albany street home in Schenectady appears to have been deliberately set. [TU]

Murder was part of robbery
Court documents in Schenectady show the Brooklyn man shot in a Paige Street apartment last weekend died during a robbery attempt. [Gazette]

Former Albany police officer faces lawsuit
Schenectady police officer Michael Geraci Jr., who left the Albany PD for the Schenectady County Sheriff's Department following allegations that he assaulted a 12-year-old boy on Halloween night in Colonie, is now being sued by a former plaintiff for allegedly violating the man's constitutional rights against unreasonable seizure and his right to counsel.[Gazette]

Water woes affect Troy budget
The Lansingburgh water main break that caused a week-long service interruption earlier this year cost the city of Troy $100,236 in revenue from Waterford and Halfmoon.[TU]

Gibson wants hearings on PFOAs
Representative Chris Gibson wants the state and federal governments to hold an investigation on PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, like those held earlier this year on Flint Michigan's water crisis. [TU][TWCN]

Lead found in water at Niskayuna school
The Niskayuna Central School District will test water at all of its schools after a water sample from Glencliff Elementary School was found to have traces of lead. [WNYT]

Watervliet teen
Police are searching for a 19-year-old Watervliet High School student who has been missing for more than two days. [TU]

Panhandling
Chris Churchill looks at the effort to ban panhandling in Saratoga Springs. [TU]

Car lands in bedroom
What may have started with a shoelace tangled around an accelerator pedal, ended with a car in an East Greenbush bedroom. Police say the driver claims she undid her seatbelt and leaned over to free her shoelace from the pedal, but accidentally accelerated and lost control of the car, which went through several backyards, struck an above ground pool and a fence and came to rest in the bedroom of a nearby home. [WNYT][TU][TWCN]

Toll booth evaders
Andrew Cuomo said this week that toll booth evaders are costing NYS $15 million a year, and the state plans to crack down on some of the most serious evaders. [WNYT]

Remembering victims of addiction
Hundreds of people participated in a walk in West Sand Lake on Wednesday to remember victims of heroin and other addictions. [Record]

Happening today

Once
Thursday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway musical Once will be at Proctors for the week. The show is based on the film of the same name, and won 8 Tonys on Broadway. Blurbage: "Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Trip to Bountiful

Thursday-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of The Trip to Bountiful. The show is the story of Carrie Watts, an aging widow who escapes from the home of her son and goes on a journey to revisit her childhood home. The show stars a number of talented Capital Region actors, including the amazing Barbara Howard, Kevin Craig West, Tony Pallone, and newcomer Joshua Powell. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Science Cafe
The State Museum's Science Cafe series will be back at the City Beer Hall. State Paleontologist Lisa Amati will be giving a short a talk about observing evolution, and then host Craig Gravina will open things up for audience Q&A. Thursday 6 pm -- free (food and drink not included)

The Countess Constance Markievicz
Historian Bo Smith will be at the Albany Institute for a talk about the Countess Constance Markievicz. Blurbage: "To mark the centenary of the catalyzing event of Ireland's twentieth-century independence movement, Smith will explore the extraordinary life and character of the rebel aristocrat, Constance Markievicz. Too outlandish even for the script of Downton Abbey, the Countess' story defies comfortable categorization and reveals the tensions that roil contemporary historiography." Thursday 6 pm -- free

Playoff hockey
The Albany Devils continue their Calder Cup playoff series against the Toronto Marlies at the TU Center. 7 pm -- $23 and up

Murder at the Vanities
The Murders, Morals, and Music series organized by the Pine Hills Film Colony at the Madison Theater starts withe a screening of the pre-code 1932 musical Murder at the Vanities. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

On Screen/Sound
The last installment of the spring season of the On Screen/Sound series at EMPAC "presents two films with sonic and visual elements constructed through complex tracking shots." Thursday 7 pm -- $6

Holly Bowling at the Massry Center
"The music of Phish re-imagined for solo piano." 7:30 pm -- $20 / $10 students

Ottmar Liebert at Troy Music Hall
Flamenco guitarist. 7:30 pm -- $30

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