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Police: Albany woman forged law license

State Police arrested an Albany woman for allegedly forging documents to make her appear to be licensed attorney.

Sports poll: Which baseball team will have the best record in the Suburban Council this season?

This poll question appears in the April 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Boys track: Colonie splits with Shen and Niskayuna

The Colonie boys track and field team split a Suburban Council duel meet with Shenendehowa and Niskayuna Tuesday in Niskayuna.

Boys lacrosse: Bethlehem edges Saratoga in OT

James MacKrell's goal 15 seconds into overtime lifted Bethlehem past Saratoga Springs 6-5 in Tuesday's Suburban Council boys lacrosse game.

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Two arrested on charges of counterfeiting

On Wednesday, April 16, Sheriff Craig D. Apple reported the arrests of Levar J. Vanhosen and David C. King for their alleged involvement in a counterfeiting operation.

Sports poll: Where does Siena's CBI championship rank among the top moments in the mens basketball program's history?

This poll question appears in the April 9 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Police: New Scotland woman stole from step-grandmother

Residents employing housekeeper urged to report any missing jewelry

Last summer, an elderly woman reported jewelry was stolen from her basement. The case remained cold until police discovered a family member allegedly pawned the jewelry this month.

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Drugs and gun found during traffic stop

Albany County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in the Town of Guilderland for traffic infractions and allegedly discovered a gun and drugs.

‘Operation Hang-Up’ campaign announced

State Police to step up distracted driving enforcement for set time period

The “Operation Hang-Up” campaign will run from Thursday, April 10, to the following Tuesday, which will have State Police along the thruway cracking down on distracted driving violations.

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Man guilty of heroin use prior to driving

A 27-year-old New Scotland man pleaded guilty to driving after using heroin and faces two-to-six years in state prison. This would also be served simultaneously to a one-to-three year incarceration for violating his felony probation.

Spotlight News earns state honors

Flagship edition earns first place for front page; arts coverage and sports photo praised

Spotlight News received a first-place award in the best front page category at this year’s New York Press Association spring conference held last weekend.

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Police: Housekeeper stole jewelry from two clients

Homeowners urged to check for any missing property, notify police

An area housekeeper allegedly stole jewelry from two clients and police are urging anyone who employed the woman to check if any of their property is missing.

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Five arrested during drug raid at Guilderland motel

Months-long investigation also recovers six guns from two locations

Five Albany County residents were arrested on drug charges following a police raid at a Guilderland motel and the alleged sellers were armed with guns, according to police reports.

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Get To Know: David Green

This appears in the April 2 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Sports poll: Do you think Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season should be declared a national holiday?

This sports poll question appears in the April 2 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Delmar firefighter accused of online involvement with perceived minor

Man allegedly had inappropriate conversations with undercover officers posing as teens

The Bethlehem Police Department arrested a Delmar man after a two-week investigation concerning inappropriate communications online with undercover officers posing as underage girls.

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Guilderland man guilty of burglary and arson

A Guilderland man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing two Albany businesses and setting an abandoned building ablaze in the Town of Guilderland.

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Police: Man exposed himself to passing driver

State Police arrested an Amsterdam man for allegedly exposing himself while driving to a passing motorist in the Town of Colonie.

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Get To Know: Geoffrey Kirkpatrick

This appears in the March 26 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Police: Pair stole $13K in electronics at Crossgates

Police arrested a pair from Troy for allegedly stealing more than $13,000 of electronics from two stores at Crossgates Mall on two separate occasions.

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Kingston woman killed in Bethlehem thruway crash

State police said three ejected from car not wearing seat belts

State police say one woman is dead and three others were hospitalized following a motor vehicle accident on the thruway in the Town of Bethlehem this morning.

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Get To Know: Jean Cataldo

This appears in the March 19 editions of Spotlight Newspapers

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Get To Know: Aliki Serras

This appears in the March 12 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Indoor track: Grace Smith wins high jump

Bethlehem athlete claims public school division title at state meet

Bethlehem's Grace Smith won the public school division title in the girls high jump at the New York State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships March 1 at Cornell University.

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Guilderland man charged with computer crimes

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Latham on Friday, Feb. 28, arrested Gabriel Rodriguez, 39, of Guilderland, for felony computer trespass and falsifying business records in the first degree along with a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

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Man arrested for lewd acts in museum

Police arrested an Albany man Thursday, Feb. 27, after State Museum patrons complained they saw something unexpected at one of the exhibits.

Boys basketball: Voorheesville falls in regional final

Voorheesville's season ended with Tuesday's 80-49 loss to Section X champion Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Class B boys basketball regionals at Saratoga Springs High School.

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Get To Know: Joyce Becker

This appears in the March 5 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Two arrested on sex trafficking charges at Colonie motel

The Albany County Sheriff's Office arrested two City of Troy residents Tuesday, March 4, on sex trafficking charges following a tip on the whereabouts of an endangered 21-year-old woman.

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Police: Delmar woman arrested for forged prescriptions

Nurse allegedly stole prescriptions from place of business

Bethlehem Police arrested a Delmar woman for multiple alleged counts of forgery in order to obtain prescription medication.

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Police: Clifton Park woman embezzles from Bethlehem business

Excess of $70,000 was missing from pay roll accounts

Bethlehem Police Department arrested a Clifton Park woman on Tuesday, March 4, who was allegedly involved in an embezzlement scheme.

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Knife attack leads police to 410 bags of heroin

A Colonie man was arrested for allegedly slashing the face of a Voorheesville resident, but police then discovered a stash of heroin inside his apartment.

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Burglary charges for Guilderland man suspected of arson

A Guilderland man was arraigned on several charges tied to several alleged burglary and larceny incidents stretching from the summer of 2012 through the following year.

Sports poll: Which No. 1 seed has the best chance to win a Section II boys basketball title?

This question appears in the Feb. 19 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Wrestling: Four Colonie Garnet Raiders win Section II titles

Burt, Cohen, Cooks and DiCerbo punch their tickets to Albany for the state championships

Colonie is sending four wrestlers to the state tournament after they won their weight classes at Sunday’s Section II Division I finals in Glens Falls.

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Wrestling: Josh LoGiudice, Mike Lainhart win Sectional titles

Guilderland lightweight duo head back to state wrestling tournament, while Tangora waits for at-large bid

Guilderland’s Josh LoGiudice and Mike Lainhart are going back to the state wrestling tournament, while Bethlehem’s Chris Tangora must wait to see if he will get an at-large berth.

Helping people achieve overall wellness

Social worker Marian Truax offers gentle therapeutic intervention

A Delmar native has returned to her hometown and opened a private practice offering help to people looking to overcome obstacles in life and achieve overall wellness.

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Wearable art

At Drue Sanders, creativity and quality are tops

Drue Sanders always knew she wanted to be an artist. What she didn’t want to be was a starving artist.

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A wealth of wisdom

Bryant Asset builds relationships within the community

When it comes to managing a person’s life savings, to Bryant Asset trust is key.

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No brush off with American Painting

Founder Chris Tobin says customers can expect a high-quality job done on time

Chris Tobin has found inner peace and success in upstate New York.

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Lou-Bea’s has the recipe for success

Restaurant combines fresh flavors, tradition

At Lou-Bea’s Pizza, you can taste the tradition — from the award-winning sauce to the gourmet topping combinations.

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T.A.C.S is more than an autobody shop

Family-owned business prides itself on customer service

A family business, run by three brothers and their mother, is celebrating 35 years in Bethlehem.

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A picture of success

Saratoga Paint and Sip’s Latham studio attracting new fans of unique art experience

To Catherine Hover, the owner of Saratoga Paint and Sip, art is “empowering.”

Helping others live the American dream

Owning a home is more than an investment, it’s an important part of grasping what many people view as the American dream.

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Phillips Hardware a community staple

Longtime local business offers service and product not found in big-box alternatives

Five generations after its founder first opened its doors, a locally owned and operated hardware store is one of the oldest in the country still operating and expanding.

Sports poll: Pound for pound, who is the best wrestler in Albany County?

This poll appears in the Feb. 12 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Hockey: Bethlehem ends losing streak

Eagles rally to beat Plattsburgh in overtime

The Bethlehem hockey team rallied from a 5-2 deficit to edge Plattsburgh 6-5 in overtime in Friday's non-league game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.

Hockey: Shaker/Colonie earns weekend split in Lake Placid

Jets score five times in second period to pull away from Saranac

The Shaker/Colonie hockey team earned a split at this weekend's Lake Placid Tournament by beating Saranac 8-1 in Saturday's second round at the Olympic Center.

Girls basketball: Shaker sweeps weekend games

Lady Bison remain undefeated heading into Tuesday's showdown

The Shaker girls basketball team defeated Albany Leadership Charter School 74-30 Saturday to complete a sweep of its weekend games.

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