NATIONAL GUARD-UKRAINE DEPLOYMENT
NY Army National Guard troops to train Ukrainian forces
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - More than 200 soldiers in a New York Army National Guard until will head to Europe in October for a nine-month mission to train Ukrainian forces.
The state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says Tuesday that most of the Guardsmen are members of the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
The squadron, part of the Syracuse-based 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also has elements in Buffalo, Jamestown and Geneva.
While in Ukraine the New York soldiers will be part of a multinational training group tasked with training battalions of Ukrainian troops for defense and security missions. Troops from Canada and four European nations are also part of the training mission.
Fighting erupted after Russia-backed rebels took control of parts of Ukraine in April 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
2nd case of rare tick-borne illness confirmed in upstate NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Health officials say a second case of a rare tick-borne virus has been confirmed and another is probable in the upstate New York county where a man died last month after contracting the illness.
State health officials say Tuesday a second case of the Powassan virus has been confirmed in Saratoga County. Officials expected a third case to be confirmed as Powassan.
The person with the confirmed case of Powassan remains hospitalized, while the other person was treated and released. Officials aren't releasing other information.
The Health Department previously said that a person was found to have had the Powassan virus after dying last month. The illness hasn't been medically confirmed to have caused the death.
The victim's family told local media he was a 74-year-old Saratoga County resident.
NORTHERN NY-FATAL SHOOTING
2 more suspects charged in man's slaying in northern NY
PAMELIA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they've charged two more people in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in northern New York two months ago.
New York State Police say 20-year-old Taylor Beckstead, formerly of Watertown, and 22-year-old Devin Hunter Davis, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, were arrested Monday in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Both have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Tyler Johnson on May 18 in a home in the Jefferson County town of Pamelia (puh-MEEL'-yuh), 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Syracuse.
Beckstead and Davis are being held in a Virginia jail pending extradition. It couldn't be learned from authorities if they have lawyers yet.
Two other northern New York men, ages 25 and 26, have also been charged with murder in the case.
Police haven't released a motive for the shooting.
NY capital city fire destroys buildings, leaves 16 homeless
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A fire in New York's capital city has heavily damaged five 19th century buildings and has left more than a dozen people homeless.
Albany fire officials say the blaze started around 9 p.m. Monday in a block of row houses. It quickly tore through the two- and three-story buildings in the city's Central Square neighborhood. Crews from Watervliet and Troy helped bring the fire under control.
No injuries have been reported.
Officials say Tuesday that five buildings sustained extensive damage and 16 people were left homeless. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Times Union reports a city engineer will determine whether any of the homes will be demolished.
This story has been corrected to show the number of buildings damaged was five, not more than a dozen.
Officials: NY inmate dies after being attacked by prisoner
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an investigation is underway into the death of a New York state prison inmate who was attacked by another prisoner.
The Citizen of Auburn reports the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported that 51-year-old Daniel Wingate was pronounced dead last Friday at a hospital.
Wingate was an inmate at the maximum-security Auburn Correctional Facility, in the Finger Lakes region. State prison officials say he was a repeat sex offender serving a five-year sentence for a sexual abuse conviction in the Rochester area. Wingate was scheduled to be released in September.
Cayuga County prosecutors say Wingate was attacked by another inmate and that state police are investigating his death as a homicide.
No other details have been released.
Homes near 2 NY prisons hit by sewage overflows from rains
ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) - Residents of a village near two state prisons in western New York say raw sewage from the prisons backs up into their homes during heavy rains.
WHEC-TV in Rochester reports downpours that caused flash flooding Thursday overwhelmed a sewer line from Attica Correctional Facility and Wyoming Correctional Facility. The line to the wastewater treatment plant in the nearby village couldn't handle the water flow and sewage backed up in some homes.
Homeowner Terry Myers says wastewater came gushing out of his toilet. He says the overflows have been occurring periodically for years.
State prison officials say they're working on a long-term solution. New York environmental protection officials say they're also working with the village to address the problem.
TAXI DRIVER SHOT
Taxi driver shot while driving
HILLCREST, N.Y. (AP) - Police in a suburban New York City town are investigating a shooting that injured a taxi driver.
Authorities say the 23-year-old cab driver was driving through Hillcrest in Rockland County when he was shot around 3 p.m. Monday. Ramapo Detective Sgt. Brian Corbett says the driver crashed his car into a tree after being shot.
The victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Police haven't released the man's name or condition.
It's still not clear where the gunfire came from.
No arrests have been made.
Siena poll: Transit woes in NYC hurting Cuomo's popularity
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Another poll says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity is sagging amid New York City's transit troubles.
Tuesday's Siena College poll found that 52 percent of respondents gave the Democratic governor an overall favorable rating, down from 61 percent two months ago.
Just 43 percent rated Cuomo's performance as excellent or good, with 55 percent rating it as fair or poor.
When asked about transit, 59 percent of respondents gave Cuomo poor or fair marks for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with only 26 percent rating his handling of the MTA as excellent or good.
It's the second recent survey suggesting New Yorkers blame Cuomo for a series of transit breakdowns and delays.
The July 9-13 telephone survey of 793 registered voters has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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