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Victim identified in fatal White Creek fire

WHITE CREEK – Police have identified the man who died in a fire in White Creek Wednesday afternoon.

NewsChannel 13’s media partners at the Post-Star report that 88-year-old Walton Eddy was found inside his home on Route 22 in the hamlet of Eagle Bridge.

Official say he was found on a couch in living room by firefighters trying to rescue him.

Crews tried to resuscitate him but Eddy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eddy’s wife was not home at the time. The couple daughter lived next door.

The home was destroyed by the blaze and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

But the Washington County Sheriff’s office says there is no indication that the fire is suspicious.

Firefighters from at least seven companies responded.

Fire kills Washington County man

WHITE CREEK – Fire has killed an elderly man in Washington County.

Crews were called to the home on Route 22 shortly before 1 p.m.

Several fire companies responded. They say they found the man unconscious on the couch.

Crews brought him outside to try and revive him, but were not successful.

So far, his name has not been released.

Saratoga Casino shares plans for East Greenbush resort

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's an undeveloped 70-plus acre parcel that would be home to a full-fledged casino resort.

Plans call for a 300-room hotel, showroom, cabaret, couple of parking decks, and an 18-hole golf course and spa nearby.

One day after Saratoga Casino and Raceway said they were folding in their bid to bring a resort casino to Saratoga, they said they're all in in East Greenbush.

"It's by far the superior project we're going to see in the region. It's a superior location," said Rita Cox, vice-president of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The East Greenbush property, known as Thompson Hill, looks across the river at the Albany skyline. Developers say the easy access to major highways makes this $300 million proposal a winner.

Washington Co. Undersheriff: Two teens take joy ride, roll car

HARTFORD – Two teens are facing charges in Washington County after police say they took a car on a joy ride and then rolled it early Tuesday.

NewsChannel 13’s media partners at the Post-Star report that they two 13-year-olds apparently drove off the pavement on Blood Street and wrecked the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office say the boy’s took the car from one of their parents.

It happened around 5:20 a.m. No one was injured.

The sheriff’s office says a local rescue squad staff member came upon the crash.

When he told the teens he was calling the cops, the two boys ran off.

But they later returned to the scene with parents as officers investigated the crash.

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Glens Falls man accused of animal cruelty due in court

SALEM - A Glens Falls man accused of abandoning 20 dogs, exotic birds and rabbits is expected back in court Monday night.

Sheriff's deputies charged Neil Jordan with animal cruelty charges and endangering three children.

He is set to return to Salem Town Court at 5 p.m.

Jordon breeds dogs and works as a groomer at a veterinarian's office in the Glens Falls area.

Police say he only owned two of the dogs and the rest had been left with him for grooming.

Whistleblower: Septic vented inside building where children play

SCHUYLERVILLE – The outgoing program director of the Schuylerville Youth Program fears children and staff were exposed to toxic septic gas inside the recreation center at Fort Hardy Park for the last 27 years.

Kate Leone told NewsChannel 13 she recently discovered the septic pipe was venting inside the attic: an apparent violation of a state code that requires the pipe to extend to the "outer air."

The program’s executive director, Joanne Sciurba, and the village mayor, John Sherman, did not want to hear about it, Leone said.

"They don't acknowledge the problem exists," Leone said. "It is my opinion that the mayor is at the source of trying to cover up the fact that this septic gas was piped inside for all these years."

Mayor Sherman declined to comment on the situation, saying it is "not a story." Sciurba also declined to comment, except to say that Leone is "wrong."

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.