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Update: Herd of Buffalo killed

Herd escaped and crossed Hudson river from Schodack farm

The heard of bison that escaped from a Schodack farm and caused havoc for residents in South Bethlehem and Coeymans, are now dead more nine hours later.

Update: Body found in Hudson River identified

Employee of the North Albany Terminal Company in Glenmont made the discovery

Bethlehem police have identified the body found earlier this week in the Hudson River as David Betterton, 41, of Duchess County, following an autopsy.

Fatal hit and run on Central Avenue

Colonie police are investigating Monday's fatal hit and run incident

Colonie police are investigating a fatal hit and run incident. A local woman was hit around 8:15 p.m., on Monday, April 13, and police are asking anyone who may have more information contact the department.

RCS student arrested for bomb threat

A 15-year-old Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School student is facing several charges for allegedly writing a bomb threat on a bathroom wall at the school on March 9.

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Feura Bush candelabrum caper nabbed

A Feura Bush teenager allegedly stole a candelabrum from a neighbor’s home and pawned the item, according to police.

Bronx motorcyclist found guilty in absentia

A motorcyclist who led police on a chase down the Northway last year, with two packages of cocaine strapped to himself, was found guilty in absentia on several charges last week, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.

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Shafer facing additional charges for dumpy dirty cat litter

Former county legislator resigns from Bethlehem Democratic Committee

Howard Shafer is facing additional charges tied to him allegedly dumping soiled cat litter several times near two homes, and he reportedly resigned his political committee position.

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UPDATED: Delmar man allegedly had sexual contact with minor

A Delmar man allegedly had an on-going sexual relationship with a person younger than 13 years old for a “considerable amount of time,” according to police.

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Police: Driver had pound of marijuana

State Police stopped a vehicle at Exit 25 on I-90 for multiple traffic infractions and found the driver to allegedly be in possession of approximately one pound of marijuana.

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Police: Man tried to touch boy in restaurant bathroom

A 38-year-old man allegedly attempted to forcibly touch inside the bathroom at a restaurant in Crossgates Mall on Friday afternoon, March 20, according to police.

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Guilty plea for illegal handgun

Thomas McLaughlin, of Albany, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a felony, in Albany County Court Tuesday, March 24, according to District Attorney David Soares.

Bomb threat found at Guilderland High School

Building sweep set for Thursday night, investigation ongoing

Authorities are investigating an apparent bomb threat found last night in a bathroom at Guilderland High School.

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Altamont man pleads guilty to stealing car parts

Joseph Cranker, of Altamont, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in the second degree, a felony, in Albany County Court Thursday, March 5, according to District Attorney David Soares.

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Shafer arrested for dumping dirty cat litter near home

Howard A. Shafer, of Selkirk, was arrested for allegedly dumping soiled cat litter on local cul-de-sac proprieties on two occasions, according to police.

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Unoccupied car leads to felony drug charges, DWI

A Selkirk man is facing felony drug charges after police found his vehicle driven into the snow embankment of the eastbound lane on Feura Bush Road, just west of the intersection with Elsmere Avenue.

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Firefighters quell Bethlehem Industrial Park inferno

Firefighters battled a fire at the Bethlehem Industrial Park for several hours before extinguishing the flames. The Selkirk Fire Department was assisted by several neighboring fire departments, along with fire fighters from Albany and Greene counties.

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Former legislator Scavo faces forgery charges

Former county legislator Brian Scavo was arraigned on a sealed indictment Monday, March 2, for felony forgery charges, according to county District Attorney David Soares.

Consignment sales save money

The Let’s Grow Together Sale is a family owned semi-annual children’s consignment sale conveniently located in Albany.

Big on honesty

American Painting finds old-fashioned values work best for business

Since moving to the Capital District from New York City about 15 years ago, local proprietor Chris Tobin said he’s enjoyed upstate life and operating his business, American Painting.

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Police: Duo robs taxi driver at gunpoint

Authorities arrested half of a duo that allegedly attempted to rob a taxi cab driver, but authorities are still seeking the second suspect.

RealtyUSA has eye on local trends

Jessica Richer began her real estate career in 2001 at The United Group of Companies, Inc. She recalls being hired by Walter Uccellini, a private real estate developer in Troy, to find sites for him, get them under contract and through the municipal approval process so he could develop senior housing.

More impressionable than a bite

As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.

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Dentists restore confident smiles

Dr. Steven Lysenko and Dr. Danielle Lloyd’s dental office, located at 17 Maple Road in Voorheesville, has been committed to serving the Capital District since 1971.

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Feel at home at Joyelles

Delmar store owner celebrates 25 years in June

Joyelles Fine Jewelers has been a fixture in the Delmar community for more than a quarter century, and being so, Mary Vail and her crew have developed a familial bond with their local customers.

Upstate: Aged like a fine wine

When you’ve been in business as long as Upstate Wine & Spirits Co. in Elsmere, you pick up on a few things.

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Several pounds of marijuana found in car

An Albany man is facing a felony drug charge after State Police allegedly found him to be in possession of an abundance of marijuana.

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Police: Syracuse man unlawfully photographed victim

A local resident on New Year’s Eve told a Syracuse man they did not want to see him anymore, but he continued contacting them and allegedly revealed he took unauthorized nude photographs of the victim.

Sports poll: What do you think about the Suburban Council adding four former Big 10 schools?

Albany, CBA, Schenectady and Troy are set to become Suburban Council members in the 2015-16 school year. We want to know what you think about the league's decision to add the four former Big 10 schools.

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Former North Colonie school aide arrested for forcible touching

A North Colonie School District teacher aide was arrested late Monday night for inappropriate conduct and forcible touching of a student.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: A bank offering a hometown feel

National Bank of Coxsackie opened Glenmont site last summer

The National Bank of Coxsackie is your community bank.

SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: Junk King -- Easy to be green

In the three years since establishing his waste removal business, it has become apparent that Todd Porter has a green thumb for business.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: All family at Roma Foods

For nearly 70 years, many area residents have relied on the consistent quality of one family-owned business to provide top-notch products without top-tier prices.

SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: No worries at Avila

When discussing the atmosphere of Ávila Retirement Community, Geri Curtin recalled how many of her residents likened the facility to a luxury cruise.

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Four arrested after shots fired in Colonie

Four Easton, Pa., residents are facing felony charges after Colonie police received a call of four shots fired on Arcadia Court Sunday night, Jan. 11.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: A new alternative to the ordinary

The Spinney at Van Dyke offers empty nesters unique living spaces

The idea that an adult living complex has to be a big, multi-level apartment building is being turned on its ear.

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SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: Local woman keeps moving

After 17 years in the Bethlehem community and 26 years as an assistant physical therapist, Stephanie Hutchins decided it was time to put her skills to a different use — an at-home personal trainer.

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Guilderland man charged with child pornography

A Guilderland man was arrested on child pornography charges after an ongoing investigation traced his Internet Protocol address.

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Third convicted in Golden Town Buffet identity theft scheme

Saihing Chan, 21, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and identity theft in the first degree, both felonies, in Albany County Court Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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Drug charges follow seatbelt stop

Bethlehem police stopped an Albany man for not wearing his seatbelt and found him in possession of heroin and crack cocaine.

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Police: Gloversville pair nabbed with heroin

Guilderland police early Saturday morning, Jan. 10, approached a vehicle parked in the middle of Route 155 and allegedly found the driver and passenger to be in possession of heroin.

Colonie massage parlor raids net prostitution charges

Albany police arrested 10 women working out of four Asian massage spas in the Town of Colonie following an Albany County Sheriff’s Office investigation into potential human trafficking.

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Guilderland police seeking information on armed robber

Guilderland police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man that allegedly robbed a gas station at gunpoint.

Pair parked at hotel face drug charges

Two men are facing felony drug charges after police allegedly found them to be in possession of heroin.

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Repeat DWI offender sentenced to prison [video]

A 25-year-old Delmar man was sentenced to two to six years in state prison in Albany County Court Thursday morning, Jan. 8, after he pleaded to felony DWI in November.

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Home health aide sentenced for forged checks

A 36-year-old Albany woman was sentenced in Albany County Court on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to serve one-year-and-four-months to four years in state prison for attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

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Convict receives more prison time for identity theft

Tyrone Allington, 50, already serving time in state prison, was sentenced in Albany County Court on Thursday, Jan. 8, to two-and-a-half to five years in prison for felony identity theft.

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Update: Missing Colonie man found

Colonie police are seeking the public's help in locating Wayne A. Yelle, 46, of Colonie, who has been reportedly missing since Saturday, Dec. 3.

Bethlehem Parks and Recreation seeks focus group participants

The Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department is looking for people to participate in a round of focus group meetings designed to evaluate parks and recreation services.

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Five arrested for burglarizing Glenmont Job Corps

Bethlehem Police arrested five individuals for allegedly burglarizing the Glenmont Job Corps facility on Monday, Dec. 15. The suspects allegedly entered the building and damaged property, along with stealing additional items from the facility.

Police: Delmar man burglarized home after DWI arrest

A woman called Bethlehem police Thursday morning, Nov. 20, after waking up to find her home was apparently broken into while she slept, with her debit card and $20 cash allegedly taken from her purse.

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