It's primary day, teacher accused of sex with student, downtown Albany bank robbery investigation, movie theater plan for Troy resurfaces

Primary day
It's primary day. Polls are open from noon to 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the state Board of Elections website.

Jennica Duell sentencing
Judge Gary Sharpe during the Monday morning sentencing of Jennica Duell to 11 years in prison for lying to a grand jury in the Hulett Street fire case: "I am certain that your lies forestalled the discovery of the truth." (There has yet to be anyone arrested and charged for the arson.) [Daily Gazette]

Marquis Dixon
The case of Marquis Dixon -- the Albany teen sent to prison for nine years on armed robbery conviction in which there was no evidence of a weapon other than the word of the robbery victim, another teen whose story changed -- is up for appeal this week. [TU+]

Teacher accused of sex with student
A Kingston woman is facing rape and other sex-related charges for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student in a classroom at the LaSalle School, the residential treatment program and school in Albany, in 2014. The LaSalle School says it found out about the allegations in 2015 and terminated the teacher and notified law enforcement. The woman has been working as a Cohoes High School teacher -- the district says she's been placed on leave. The woman's attorney says she didn't have sexual contact with the student in a classroom, and alleges his client was the target of attempted extortion. [NYS Justice Center] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10] [TWCN]

Albany bank robbery
Albany police say they're investigating a robbery of the TrustCo Bank on State Street downtown Monday in which the suspect was dressed as a construction worker. [TU]

Congress Park vandalism
Saratoga Springs police say they've arrested two men -- both sailors assigned Navy training site in Milton -- for allegedly damaging a statue in Congress Park. [Daily Gazette]

Rescue on the Hudson
Two Troy firefighters are being credited with using a canoe to reach, and rescue, a man swept into the Hudson River with his boat Monday. [TU]

High lead level detected at school
The Voorheesville school district reported that tests of water from a tap in the kitchen of the Voorheesville Elementary School indicated high levels of lead. (A recent state law requires schools to test their water for lead.) [TU]

Veterans housing at former Ann Lee Nursing Home
The Albany County Legislature approved a 50-year lease of the former Ann Lee Nursing Home to Soldier On, which is working to turn the facility into housing for homeless veterans. [TU]

Colonie landfill
Colonie has applied to the state for the OK to expand the trash-dumping portion of the town landfill. [TU+]

New name for UAlbany East Campus
UAlbany has renamed the East Campus as the Health Sciences Campus, with an eye toward growing the university's biomedical sciences. [TU] [Biz Review]

Movie theater plan for Troy resurfaces
The plan to open a new movie theater in the old American Theater building on River Street has resurfaced -- this time with the goal of getting $1 million from the state to help. [TU+]

Apples
Some orchards in Saratoga County say the April freeze has significantly cut into their apple crops this fall. [Saratogian]

Stuff going on today

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Hangar in Troy. This month's theme is "Back in the Day." Tuesday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week
It's Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week. Restaurants around downtown Troy will be offering specials and there will be beer-focused events at many places.

Civics
+ Albany "City Hall on the Road" at the Albany JCC on Whitehall Road. 5:30-7:30 pm
+ Troy Public Library budget vote info and board candidate meeting at main branch. 7 pm

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