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Man damaged ambulance after garden driven over

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) State police say they arrested a 61-year-old upstate New York man after he threw a crowbar through the window of an ambulance because he thought the vehicle was damaging his organic garden.

Troopers say they were called late last Friday night to assist an emergency medical squad with a combative patient in the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville.  Go to full article

Boys tossed from flyaway bouncer still in hospital

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Police say two young boys who fell from an inflatable bounce house as it was swept skyward by gusty winds remain hospitalized in stable condition, with one in a medically induced coma with a head injury.

Police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls that a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6, were playing in the 10-by-10-foot structure at a South Glens Falls townhouse community Monday when it broke loose from plastic anchoring stakes.  Go to full article
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo:  <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fakeisthenewreal/88015232/">fakeisthenewreal</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
13 fatalities were attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol. Photo: fakeisthenewreal, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Off-road vehicle deaths spike in Ontario

Provincial police say off-road vehicle deaths have reached a four-year high and the force is concerned heading into the Victoria Day long weekend.

A total of 20 people died in off-road vehicle incidents in OPP jurisdiction during 2013 -- 13 of them attributed to lack of helmet use and nine involved alcohol.  Go to full article
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT
Repair of a flood-damaged bridge. Photo: NYS DOT

NY lists 51 bridges needing upgrades, retrofits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials have identified 51 bridges statewide most at risk from repeated flooding, saying they need upgrades and retrofits that will cost more than $257 million.

The bridges have been scoured and lost foundation materials like sand and rocks from around and beneath abutments, piers, foundations and embankments.  Go to full article
Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/harwoobe/14137949351/">Ben Harwood</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Firefighter on a ladder truck sprays down the fire on Sherman Ave. in Glens Falls. Photo: Ben Harwood, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fire rips through apartments in Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Four people have suffered minor injuries and two dozen people have been left homeless by a fire that ripped through a three-story apartment building in Glens Falls.

Witnesses tell The Post-Star that some residents jumped from second-story windows to escape Thursday night's fire. Fire Chief James Schrammel says three residents and a Glens Falls firefighter have been treated for injuries believed to be minor.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY steps up disaster drills as oil trains increase

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Firefighters are getting some practice battling crude oil fires as part of stepped-up efforts by the Cuomo administration to address safety threats from increased rail shipment of highly flammable crude from North Dakota to East Coast refineries.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is hosting a two-day disaster training drill at the Port of Albany on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday afternoon, fire and hazardous materials personnel will practice using fire suppressant foam to douse flames in a simulated oil-spill fire.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smelton/223359418/">Seth Melton</a>, creative Commons, sone rights reserved
Photo: Seth Melton, creative Commons, sone rights reserved

NY state police to clamp down in road work zones

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State police are stepping up patrols again in highway construction zones.

"Operation Work Brake'' begins Monday for five days along the New York State Thruway. Troopers will crack down on speeding motorists and aggressive driving in and around construction zones.  Go to full article
Police Officers Memorial, Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/75001512@N00/2580716878/">Joel Kramer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police Officers Memorial, Albany. Photo: Joel Kramer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY police memorial planned in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Police agencies from across the state will head to Albany this week to pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty.

A ceremony will be held Tuesday at the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.  Go to full article
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC

National Guard training in central New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) National Guard soldiers and airmen are taking part in special training to improve their emergency preparedness skills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the training will take place in the state's preparedness center in Oriskany Monday through Friday.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article

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