Teen falls from Great Escape ride, sentencing in Crossgates gunfire incident, the frustration of small claims court, redevelop former convention center site bit by bit?

Fall from Great Escape ride
A teen fell 25 feet from the Sky Ride chair lift ride at the Great Escape Saturday evening, a incident captured on video. Before falling, the teen was dangling from the lift, her arm and neck stuck on the bar of the car. Bystanders gathered below and broke her fall. Warren County Sheriff's deputies say the teen did not suffer serious injuries. The park says the ride is close while it investigates what happened. [News10] [Facebook] [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Post-Star]

Fatal stabbing in Albany
Albany police say a 47-year-old man died after being stabbed early Sunday morning near Madison Ave and Grand Street. APD is asking anyone with info to call. [APD]

State Police academy investigation
Brendan Lyons reports that State Police had been investigating whether there had been inappropriate interactions between training officers and female recruits at the at the State Police academy: "Nearly six months later, interviews with multiple people familiar with the investigation, and a review of internal State Police documents, raise questions about whether the agency fully investigated the allegations or may have sought to cover them up." [TU]

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Sentencing in Schenectady murder
The man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Wayne Best in Schenectady in 2014 was sentenced to life in prison without parole. [Daily Gazette]

Crossgates gunfire incident trial
Tasheem Maeweather -- who was convicted on charges related to the gunfire incident that prompted the lockdown of Crossgates -- was sentenced to 3.5 to 7 years for the conviction. His attorney says they're planning to appeal, [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Guilty plea in Albany crash
The man accused of being the driver in the Western Ave crash that killed William Yager IV in January pleaded guilty to charges that include second-degree manslaughter and DWI. He faces 6 to 12 years in prison at sentencing. (A first attempt at a plea deal in this case earlier in June fell through when the driver said he couldn't remember what happened.) [Albany County DA] [Spectrum]

Schenectady graduation incident
Schenectady police say a man was arrested on a handful of charges following altercation outside the Schenectady High School graduation at Proctors Proctors -- and video of the incident shows an SPD officer punching the man in the face multiple times. SPD said the man's behavior leading up to the incident had created a "hazardous environment" and chief Eric Clifford said the video only showed a portion of the incident. A witness told WNYT that police initiated physical contact. [Spectrum] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Republican health plan and New York State
Andrew Cuomo is apparently now threatening a "Faso-Collins federal tax" if the provision in the Republican federal health care plan that shifts about $2 billion in Medicaid costs from New York State counties to New York State goes through. (Faso and Collins being the two Congressman who have pushed for the provision.) [NYDN]

County sales tax extenders
Looking at the potential effects in Rensselaer and Albany counties if the state legislature doesn't approve sales tax extensions. (It was one of the issues that went unaddressed at the end of the session.) [Troy Record] [Spectrum]

But there was time for a bridge renaming
Chris Churchill on the state Senate not bringing the Child Victims Act up for a vote, but approving a late bill to rename the Tappan Zee bridge for Mario Cuomo. [TU+]

Small claims court
Sara Foss on small claims court: "Small claims court might be an appropriate venue for settling a dispute between two honest parties, but it fails miserably at providing justice when one party has clearly been wronged and the other party refuses to accept responsibility." [Daily Gazette]

Ethics
+ Good luck figuring out how to file a complaint with the Albany County Ethics Commission. [TU]
+ Troy's ethics commission has just one of seven member spots filled. [The Alt]

Former Albany convention center site
The state has hired CHA to study the former convention center site on the southern edge of downtown Albany as part of consideration of whether piecemeal development there is more realistic. [Biz Review]

GlobalFoundries
A look at the complicated construction work that goes into frequent upgrades at the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta. [TU+]

Perfect attendance
A North Colonie school district graduating senior had perfect attendance across all 13 years. [TU]

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