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Sewage leak in Mohawk Valley city is stopped

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - State environmental officials say a mainline sewage leak in a Mohawk Valley city has been stopped with temporary repairs and no drinking water supplies have been affected.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says Friday the sewage leak in Gloversville was first reported a week ago. Engineers have since bypassed broken sections of a 28-inch sewer main, stopping the sewage flow into Cayadutta Creek. The creek flows into the Mohawk River.

There was a similar leak last summer in nearby Amsterdam, where sewage from a broken pipeline flowed into a creek feeding into the Mohawk River. Both cities have clay sewage pipes over a century old.

The state budget includes $2.5 billion for water and sewer infrastructure to help cities make needed upgrades to aging systems.


Woman sentenced to 18 years for toddler's death

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 35-year-old Syracuse woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of a 2-year-old boy she was babysitting. reports Ramisi Truitt claimed she was innocent during sentencing. However, Truitt pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter in the death of Shomer Brown.

Attorney Jeremy Cali says Truitt gave police conflicting accounts about what happened to Brown in August 2015. She first said the boy fell down the stairs. Her 15-year-old daughter said Truitt yelled at Brown for not saying "thank you" for a sandwich, then threw the boy to the floor.

Truitt would have faced 25 years had she gone to trial.

Brown's family members applauded as Truitt was led from court Friday.


Cornell male singing group booted from campus for hazing

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Cornell University officials say the college's oldest all-male a capella group has been permanently dismissed from campus for hazing that included requiring new members to put Icy Hot muscle cream on their genitals.

According to the Ivy League school's website on hazing, Cayuga's Waiters initially were suspended two weeks into the 2016 fall semester for hazing that also included requiring members to sit naked in ice baths and making them run up and down a street and then consume food.

The hazing website says during an investigation group members admitted the hazing had been going on for at least 10 years.

University Interim President Hunter Rawlings supported the decision to dismiss the group, saying such behavior has no place at Cornell.

Cayuga's Waiters was formed in 1949. The group didn't respond to a message sent to its email address.


Full honors for Filipino-American WWII vet who died at 101

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A military funeral is planned for a New York woman who joined the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II after surviving months of torture by the Japanese for helping Filipino guerrillas.

Florence Ebersole Smith Finch will be buried Saturday with full honors in Ithaca, where she died in December at age 101.

Finch was born in the Philippines to an American father and a Filipino mother.

After the Japanese conquered the Philippines in 1942, she hid her American background and helped funnel supplies to the Filipino resistance and American POWs.

Eventually she was caught, imprisoned and tortured before being freed in early 1945. She joined the Coast Guard in the war's final weeks.

After the war, Finch was awarded the Medal of Freedom, among the nation's highest civilian honors.


52 charged in bust of drug trafficking ring in upstate NY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested dozens of people involved with a major narcotics trafficking operation in central New York.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined local, state and federal law enforcement officials Thursday in Syracuse to announce the arrest of 52 people on charges that include murder, criminal drug sale and conspiracy.

Officials say the yearlong investigation was dubbed Operation Bricktown, named for a violent gang that has operated in Syracuse for more than a decade. Authorities say five suspected gang members have been charged with planning to kill rival gang members in the city. Members of another gang face similar charges.

All the suspects were arrested during a series of raids conducted Wednesday and Thursday in Onondaga, Cortland, Madison, Monroe and Oswego counties.


NY woman fails to repay $93K she stole, gets prison sentence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 55-year-old central New York woman is being sent to prison after she failed to repay any of the more than $90,000 she stole from her employer.

The Post-Standard reports Tina Blanchard, of Van Buren, was sentenced Thursday in a Syracuse court to one to three years in state prison.

Prosecutors say she was working as a supervisor at Central New York Services in Syracuse when she stole $93,000 over a four-year period from the nonprofit that serves people with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

Blanchard pleaded guilty in October. Her sentencing was adjourned to give her time to come up with some of the money to repay her employer. The judge rejected a request for more time and ordered her to repay the money after she's released from prison.



Cops: 2 suspects in shooting of general store owner arrested

HAGUE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they've charged two people with shooting the owner of an Adirondack general store earlier this week.

State police say 25-year-old Vittorio Campano and 27-year-old Christine Tomko, both of Queensbury, were captured in their Warren County hometown late Thursday. Both pleaded not guilty Friday to robbery and attempted murder charges and were ordered held in the county jail on $1 million bail.

The arrests came two days after Jim Rypkema was shot several times Tuesday afternoon while working inside his seasonal store, the Hague Market, in the town of Hague on Lake George. He's recovering at the hospital in Burlington, Vermont.

Scores of officers from several law enforcement agencies searched the surrounding Adirondack woods for the suspects.

Phone messages left with Campano's public defender and Tomko's lawyer weren't returned.


Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

CHICAGO (AP) - Immigrants and their allies are preparing for May 1 rallies nationwide and say there's renewed momentum to fight back against President Donald Trump's policies and more collaboration among different advocacy groups.

Around the world, union members have traditionally marched on May 1 for workers' rights. In the United States, the event became a rallying point for immigrants in 2006 when more than 1 million people marched against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.

Since then, the U.S. marches have waned in size, but activists expect participation to surge this year because immigrant groups are working with organizations such as the Women's March. Also, many businesses with immigrant ties are closing or allowing employees to participate without penalty.

Activists in major cities including Chicago and Los Angeles expect tens of thousands of people to participate in Monday demonstrations, along with demonstrations in smaller cities.

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