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Ballston Lake man accused of trespassing

A 24-year-old Ballston Lake man is facing charges after police say he broke into the New York State Museum after hours.

Police say Thomas Grant was caught on camera forcing his way through a rear door during early morning hours. He was later seen on surveillance leaving the museum and was apprehended by Troopers on Madison Avenue a short time later.

Grant is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and was arraigned at the City of Albany Criminal Court.

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Flood warning in effect until Monday for the Schroon River area

The National Weather Service announces a flood warning is still in effect for the Schroon River area until Monday evening.

Minor flooding has already occurred. More minor flooding is expected between now and Monday afternoon, when the river is forecast to fall below flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service, flood stage is set at 7.0 feet. Saturday morning the flood stage at the Schroon River was 8.5 feet, or, a moderate flood stage.

Washington County Courthouse renamed, causing controversy

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York courthouse is being named for a recently retired judge, but another jurist is saying, "Objection!"
    
The Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/1hXBKtx ) says the Washington County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to name the county's courthouse after recently retired state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Mercure.
    
Former Washington County Judge Philip Berke says that's "a slap in the face" to other longtime judges in the area. Berke says that he's not criticizing Mercure but that others also deserve recognition for their judicial careers.
    
Berke told the Board of Supervisors he's "pretty ticked off." He noted that he was county judge when the courthouse was completed in 1993.
    

Accused child pornographer appears in federal court

Jesse Sawyer Jr. is accused of molesting young girls and taking pictures of the abuse with one of them. - File

ALBANY - A Troy man accused of molesting young girls and escaping to Florida appeared in federal court in Albany on Friday.

Jesse Sawyer Jr., 25, is charged with producing child pornography.

Sawyer is accused of sexually abusing three girls between the ages of 2 and 5 years old, and taking pictures of the alleged abuse.

After a week and a half on the run last month, Sawyer was caught in Florida. He was released a short time later due to a paperwork delay, but recaptured later that day.

Sawyer faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted of the charges.

In court Friday Sawyer waived a detention hearing and waived a preliminary hearing.

He was returned to Rensselaer County Jail where he awaits further court action.

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Albany shooting leaves one in critical condition

ALBANY – A shooting leaves a man in critical condition at Albany Medical Center.

Police say the man was shot in the area of Garden and Raymo Streets around 11:30 Thursday evening.

Police had been called to the area for an assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detectives Division at (518) 462-8039.

Man who strangled, robbed woman sentenced to 18 years

ALBANY - A man who strangulated and robbed a woman in Washington Park last June was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday.

A jury found Isaiah Pleasant guilty last March.

At the time of the robbery, the victim was strangulated until she lost consciousness. That allowed Pleasant to steal personal belongings.

Pleasant must also undergo five years of post-release supervision. 

Handgun stolen in 2009 found in Albany

This is the gun that police say they recovered. - Albany Police Department

A stolen handgun missing for five years is found in Albany.

Quintril Clark of Albany, and Dezmon Smith and Christopher Dukes of Troy now face weapons possession and stolen property charges.

The men were caught after someone noticed a group with a gun walking near North Second and Walter Streets on Wednesday.

Officers were able to link the gun one stolen in 2009 from Greene County.

Smith faces an additional drug charge because police say he had cocaine on him.