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Whistleblower: Septic vented inside building where children play

SCHUYLERVILLE – The outgoing program director of the Schuylerville Youth Program fears children and staff were exposed to toxic septic gas inside the recreation center at Fort Hardy Park for the last 27 years.

Kate Leone told NewsChannel 13 she recently discovered the septic pipe was venting inside the attic: an apparent violation of a state code that requires the pipe to extend to the "outer air."

The program’s executive director, Joanne Sciurba, and the village mayor, John Sherman, did not want to hear about it, Leone said.

"They don't acknowledge the problem exists," Leone said. "It is my opinion that the mayor is at the source of trying to cover up the fact that this septic gas was piped inside for all these years."

Mayor Sherman declined to comment on the situation, saying it is "not a story." Sciurba also declined to comment, except to say that Leone is "wrong."

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Fatal Saratoga crash leaves two dead

The crash scene on Burgoyne Avenue in Saratoga. - Erica Miller / The Saratogian

SARATOGA - State police are investigating a fatal crash.

It happened around 2 p.m. Friday on Burgoyne Road, near the intersection with Hayes Road.

According to Saratoga State police, the investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle was 30 year old male, Mervyn Albert of Schenectady operating his 2005 Mazda 3 traveling west bound on Burgoyne Rd at a high rate of speed.

Albert lost control of his vehicle and veered off the north shoulder of the roadway,  becoming airborne and strikes a large tree.

Albert and the passenger in the vehicle, his mother, 56 year old Angeli Persaud also of Schenectady, were both pronounced deceased at the scene by Saratoga County Coroner Thomas Salvadore. 

Schuyler Hose Company and General Schuyler Emergency Squad assisted at the scene.  

Troopers: Downstate teens arrested after ATV joy ride at Wilton golf course

WILTON – A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old are in trouble in Saratoga County after state police say they took an ATV joy ride on a Wilton golf course.

Troopers arrested David Albanese, of Dix Hills, and another unidentified teen from Deer Park.

They’re accused of criminal mischief after taking a late night joy ride on the 17th hole of the McGregor Links Golf Course.

Police say the teens admitted to the crime after police found an ATV a nearby home with snow and fresh grass in the wheel wells.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

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FBI, State Police, NYPD raid mobile home in Malta -- but will not say why

MALTA – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York State Police (NYSP), and New York City Police Department (NYPD) raided a mobile home in the Malta Gardens community on Wednesday.

The agents and investigators removed bags and boxes, and one or more items covered in a blanket, from the log cabin-style home at 47 Lakeside Dr. while Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies kept watch.

At one point, the State Police investigator was seen carrying a rifle. It was unclear if the firearm came from the home.

All agencies referred inquiries to the FBI. Spokesman Paul Holstein issued a one-sentence statement: "The FBI was involved in law enforcement activity at that location."

After the raid, a woman inside the home told a NewsChannel 13 reporter that she had nothing to do with the raid. She declined to answer questions.

Three men accused of mugging marijuana dealer

GREENFIELD - Three men are in custody accused of mugging a man they'd arranged to buy marijuana from.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's office says Walter Caprood, Jeremiah Gagne and Devin Hayes met with the seller at the Royal Rhino Trailer Park off Route 9N in the town of Greenfield.

But charges allege the three beat-up the Galway man and may have fractured his skull


National Grid promises lower bills in April

National Grid is promising electricity customers some relief in their next bill.

The utility company says April bills should drop by about 40 percent.

However, there will be an added charge on your may bill, reflecting last month's record cold.

The good news, the company says that charge will be lower than the one you saw in March.

In many cases, customers have seen their bills double since January.

National Grid has blamed the increases on the cold weather, which it says, pushed up demand and in turn, pushed up rates.