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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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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.

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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