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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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Get To Know: Taryn Kane

This appears in the April 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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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.

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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.

‘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.

Get To Know: Nancy Turner

This appears in the April 9 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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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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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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.

Colonie sports poll: What was the top story of the winter season?

This sports poll question appears in the March 19 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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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.

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