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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.

Police: Employee pockets cash, pulls fire alarm

A McDonald’s employee allegedly stole money from the store’s safe and then pulled the fire alarm in the stock room, according to police.

Troy man arrested for counterfeit bills in Bethlehem

Bethlehem Police arrested a Troy man for allegedly using counterfeit fifty dollar bills earlier in year, following a nine-month investigation.

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Colonie supervisor's son arrested a second time for spotlighting deer

Paul Mahan, son of Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly using a spotlight and bow to try to attract deer.

State Police kick off holiday ‘Drive Sober’ campaign

State Police are participating again in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which started on Friday and continues through New Year’s Day.

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Man pleads guilty to having drugs at motel

A Guilderland man pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, in Albany County Court Thursday morning, Dec. 4.

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Albany duo charged with using counterfeit bills

Bethlehem police arrested two Albany residents on Friday, Dec. 5, for allegedly using counterfeit currency to pay for goods at several area stores.

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Police distribute flier seeking quadruple homicide info

A month after a family of four was found slain in their Western Avenue home in the Town of Guilderland, authorities have distributed fliers seeking information on the apparent killings.

Closing statements to be heard in former Bethlehem officer’s case against the town

Closing statements will be heard tomorrow, Nov. 7, in a lawsuit filed by former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes against the town and Police Chief Louis Corsi, accusing the police department of violating his First Amendment rights when he spoke out against what he said were problems within the department.

Schenectady man fatally struck by train

A 39-year-old Schenectady man was killed Thursday night, Oct. 2, when a train hit him near a railroad crossing in Guilderland, according to police reports.

Guilderland High School student diagnosed with MRSA

Guilderland school district officials were recently notified a high school student was diagnosed with MRSA. The student is receiving medical care and is not contagious, according to the district.

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Police: Delmar-Bethlehem EMS volunteer arrested for fraud

Station credit card allegedly used without permission

A volunteer member of the Delmar-Bethlehem EMS has been arrested for using the company's credit card without permission.

Sex offender arrested in Bethlehem

A Level 1 sex offender in Bethlehem has been arrested following a sexual assault investigation.

Pilot and flight instructor pronounced dead

Small plane crashed on CSX property on Tuesday

A pilot and flying instructor were both pronounced dead after a small plane crashed on the CSX Railroad property in Selkirk Monday evening.

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Lawson Lake struck with algae bloom

An algae bloom has blossomed again at Lawson Lake and local officials are prohibiting fishing and other water related activities from 420-acre park.

A busy day in Menands

Highlights of anniversary include a race, music and Family Day at the farmers market

A day full of family activities will take place in Menands on Saturday, Aug. 23, as the village celebrates its 90th anniversary with special events and, perennial favorite, Family Day at the Menands Farmers Market.

Police question person of interest in stabbing

Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider said that a person of interest is in custody following a stabbing in Colonie earlier this week.

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Get To Know: Christine McCarroll

This Get To Know appears in the July 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Alleged assault leads police on Northway car chase

State Police arrested a Rensselaer County man, who faces a bevy of charges, after he allegedly violated a stay away order and assaulted the victim.

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Photo Gallery: End of an era

Hoffman's Playland set to close in September

With Hoffman's Playland owners David and Ruth Hoffman announcing the amusement park's closure in September, families are taking advantage of every opportunity to ride the rides one more time.

Driveway paver pleads guilty to scamming Guilderland couple

A driveway paver scammed an elderly Guilderland couple. But thanks to an attentive bank employee, they will be getting their money back and the scammer could end up behind bars.

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Altamont man allegedly assaulted police officers

Police: First incident during traffic stop, second when warrant served

An Altamont man allegedly assaulted a Guilderland police officer during a traffic stop and then another officer when police served a warrant for his arrest.

UPDATE: Vehicle catches fire in fatal crash near Crossgates ramp

State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, near the Crossgates Mall entrance ramp.

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Driver charged with DWI in fatal crash on I-90

Coxsackie man facing murder charges for killing both passengers

A Coxsackie man faces felony charges for the deaths of his two passengers in a multi-vehicle crash on the Thruway, with police alleging he was intoxicated.

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Truck driver trapped after crashing into power lines

A little after noon on Monday, July 7, a tractor-trailer driver allegedly pulled into an abandoned gas station on Western Avenue next to the Crossgates Mall entrance and pulled down power lines and transformers.

Pair charged with stealing sunglasses

Guilderland police arrested a woman and man for allegedly stealing multiple sunglasses from a department store in Crossgates Mall on Monday, June 23.

Sports poll: Will the United States ever be on par with the elite soccer nations of the world?

This sports poll question appears in the June 25 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Bethlehem, Guilderland place at Empire Cup tournament

Tigers Sports Club won the inaugural Empire Cup baseball tournament June 21 and 22.

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Man sentenced for burglarizing New Scotland home

A Middle Grove man was sentenced for illegally entering and stealing jewelry from a New Scotland home last summer.

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Police: Bronx man had more than a pound of pot

State Police stopped a driver for speeding on the Northway and discovered the 40-year-old man to have more than a pound of marijuana in his vehicle.

Sports poll: Will there ever be another thoroughbred that will win the Triple Crown?

This sports poll question appears in the June 11 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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County executive to talk at Bethlehem Town Board meeting

Dates released for McCoy's local State of County talks and office hours

County Executive Dan McCoy will be giving his State of the County talk Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Town Hall. McCoy will also be visiting other municipalities across the county.

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Vehicle strikes Bethlehem business

Bethlehem emergency personnel responded to a vehicle that crashed into the side of a Delaware Avenue business shortly after noon today.

Police: Man assaulted woman walking along road

Police search area in Guilderland, unable to locate suspect

Police searched the area around Old State Road this afternoon for a man who allegedly assaulted a female walking along the roadway, but the suspect is still at-large.

Bethlehem Children's School plans Greenfest

The Bethlehem Children’s School is once again hosting its annual Greenfest Celebration, an Earth-friendly community event.

Latham nabs best tasting tap water in county

Guilderland stopped from third straight local win, drops to second

Albany County held its annual best tasting tap water contest Wednesday, May 7, and the Latham Water District took top tap honors. Latham topped two-time defending champion Guilderland by a narrow margin of three points, garnering a total of 72 points.

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Guilderland man sentenced for burglaries, arson

A Guilderland man’s sentence could led to more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to acts of burglary and arson, according to county District Attorney David Soares.

Police: Pair rescued after jumping off bridge

Schenectady man sustained serious injuries from incident

First responders rescued two men after they were allegedly drinking and jumped off a bridge into shallow water, according to police.

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Guilderland Chamber names new president

Chamber board selects Gauthier to lead organization

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Erika Gauthier, who was serving as the interim-president, to be president of the organization.

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Get To Know: Derek Martin

This appears in the May 7 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Police warn warmer weather brings driveway scammers

A prevalent scam during the spring typically involves a traveling asphalt paving crew offering a low-price opportunity to pave a homeowner’s driveway, according to police. Sealing scams can be similar to paving scams, police said, but sometimes the scammer will appear to have properly sealed the driveway.

UPDATE: Tractor–trailer fatally strikes man on I-87

State Police said shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer allegedly struck and killed a Rome man, who was reportedly alone in the center of three southbound lanes on I-87 in the City of Albany.

RCS schools flip the switch to solar

Over the next 20 years, solar collectors sitting atop the four school buildings and bus garage are going to harness enough energy to clip at least $800,000 from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk's utility bills – all at no cost to taxpayers.

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Serial burglar targeted homes in Bethlehem and Colonie

James Hakkenberg, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in the second degree in Albany County Court this morning.

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

This sports poll question appears in the April 30 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Police: Counterfeit bills used at Walmart

An Albany man was arrested after several counterfeit $50 bills were found to have been used at the Glenmont Walmart.

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Police find 6.5 pounds of marijuana in postal box

Albany County sheriff’s deputies stopped a Mechanicville woman for speeding on Route 9W in the Town of Coeymans and found a U.S. postal box in the vehicle containing marijuana.

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