Heimroth guilty in Lansingburgh murders, Siena poll shows Schumer far ahead, Lake George considers ending Log Bay Day

Conviction in Lansingburgh murders
After more than 9 hours of deliberation, a jury in Troy found Jacob Heimroth guilty of six of ten charges in connection with the deaths of a Lansignburgh couple. Heimroth was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder, burglary and grand larceny in the deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, and could end up spending the rest of his life in prison. [Record][TWCN][TU]

Environmental justice concerns at Ezra Prentice Homes
EPA regional administrator Judith Enck will be meeting residents of the Ezra Prentice Homes Wednesday evening to discuss longstanding concerns about effects of diesel emissions and other industrial activity near the public housing complex in Albany's South End. [TU+]

Poll shows Schumer with clear lead
A new Siena poll reports Chuck Schumer has a 58-percent favorability rating and would beat Republican candidate Wendy long 63-24 if the election were held today. The poll also reports that 62 percent of respondents believe Donald Trump will not help GOP Senate candidates, while 64 percent believe Hillary Clinton will help Democratic Senate candidates. [Politico][Daily Gazette][TU]

Mattice
Rachael Mattice, the Johnstown woman accused of lying about her alleged abduction, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of stealing prescription medication. Meanwhile, two men who knew Mattice are facing charges for allegedly setting a fire to a building in an effort to get authorities to come and find her there. [TU][WNYT]

Boating while intoxicated
Andrew Cuomo signed a law on Tuesday that links boating while intoxicated with prior DWI offenses and could mean more severe punishments for those convicted of operating a boat while intoxicated. [WNYT]

Log Bay Day
The Lake George Village Board of Trustees is considering a resolution to end the informal Log Bay Day event that brings hundreds of people out to Log Bay for a party every year. The driver of a boat involved in an accident that killed an 8-year-old girl on the lake this summer had come from the Log Bay Day event. [Post Star]

Lightning
One man was hospitalized and fourteen other people were treated and released after being injured by lightning this weekend in the Lake George region. [TU]

Judge races
If Albany Judge Thomas Keefe changes his resignation date by ten days, it could avoid a primary for a judgeship in Albany. [TU]

Albany school superintendent
Interim Albany school superintendent Kimberly Wilkins is expected to continue in the position for another year while the school board searches for a permanent superintendent to replace Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard.[TU]

Sink hole
Crews tore apart another section of Elberon Place in Albany on Tuesday, in an effort to repair the sinkhole that swallowed a car several weeks ago. [WNYT]

I-890 closing
A section of I-890 will be closed from today through Monday for part of a $4.6 million repair project. [WNYT]

Extending a school day
The Waterford-Halfmoon school district will be starting it's elementary school day 20 minutes earlier this school year in an effort to increase student achievement. [TU]

Pokemall
Colonie Center is embracing its inner Pokemon gym. [News 10]

Happening today

Capitol Park After Dark
The Capitol Park After Dark series of outdoors movies in West Capitol Park starts with Big Hero 6. Bring a chair or blanket. (Rain location is ESP Convention Center meeting room 6). Wednesday 8 pm -- free

Altamont Fair
The Altamont Fair -- the county fair for Albany, Schenectady, and Greene counties -- is at the fairgrounds in Altamont. This is its 123rd year. The one-price admission includes "admission, parking, music, circus and unlimited rides shows." Today-Sunday -- $15 (Tuesday and Wednesday) and $17 (Thursday thru Sunday)

The Track
It's the fourth full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

Park Playhouse
The Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park continues its production of The Little Mermaid, adapted from the Disney film. (It runs through August 27.) Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 pm -- free on the lawn / reserve tickets $16 and up

Williamstown Theatre Festival
The Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter continues on the main stage. (It runs through August 21.) And WTF's production of And No More Shall We Part, starring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina, continues on the Nikos Stage. (It runs through August 21.) various times -- $40 and up

Philadelphia Orchestra
This is the last week of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer stay at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček
Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm -- $40 and up

Baseball
The ValleyCats open a six-game homestand at The Joe with the start of a three-game series against Aberdeen. Wednesday through Monday of next week -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

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