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Missing Schenectady woman with dementia located

SCOTIA - A missing Schenectady woman with dementia has been found.

Schenectady Police say 60-year-old Wilma Trotter was located Friday morning near the Mohawk River in Scotia.

Trotter went missing last Friday morning.

Police say they found her under thick vegetation on the side of a hill in the area of Shonowee and Washington Avenues.

She is was taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation.

Officials say Trotter made an enclosed shelter from the dead brush that covered the side of the hill.

She did not leave that enclosure in the last week nor did she consume food or water.

Trotter told police she went to the park for some solitude and rest and eventually became too weak to move.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

Niskayuna man admits to murdering wife on Christmas Eve

The murder scene in Lake Luzerne. - File / WNYT

NISKAYUNA - A Niskayuna man now admits he killed his estranged wife on Christmas Eve.

Clifford Burns pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder. He admitted that he intentionally killed Patricia Burns in front of her daughters in their Lake Luzerne apartment.

Prosecutors said Burns was angry over a pending divorce.

As part of his plea, he faces 23 years to life in prison when sentenced next month.

Niskayuna reminds residents building permits may be needed

NISKAYUNA – With spring in the air, the Town of Niskayuna is reminding residents that many outdoor projects require building permits.

The following projects need prior approval:

Pools (in-ground, above-ground, soft wall/self-set pools), soft wall/self-set pools require fencing, fences, sheds, decks, sun rooms, porches, roof replacement & repairs, additions & alterations to existing buildings, sprinkler systems, retaining walls, drainage systems, windows new and replacement, siding, doors new and replacement, plumbing and generators.

You’re also reminded that New York State requires your address number to be seen from the street.

The street number needs to be a minimum of 4” tall with a minimum width of ¾”, and color must contrast with the background color.

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Search for missing Scotia man postponed due to weather

The search for a Scotia man who went missing 10 years ago has been moved to next week.

Craig Frear was last seen in 2004.

Crews were planning to look for new clues on Wednesday, but had to postpone the search due to the weather.

Police say they have received two new leads since last spring.

They plan to search an area near Alpaus Avenue and Maple Avenue in Scotia next Wednesday.

Search scheduled for Scotia teen missing since 2004

Craig Frear has been missing since June 2004. -

GLENVILLE - Police are working to gather new information on the case of missing local teen, Craig Frear.

They plan on conducting a search on Wednesday in connection with the case.

It will be centered in the area of Maple Avenue at Alplaus Avenue in Glenville.

Police say they're searching the area after receiving two leads following last spring’s search of the wooded area behind the Glenville Price Chopper.

Frear has been missing since June 2004.

Glenville woman dies in car crash

GLENVILLE – A Glenville woman is dead after an early morning car crash on Tuesday.

Police say 19-year-old Caitlin Callahan was driving on Glenridge Road around 5 a.m. when her car left the pavement and struck the concrete wall that supports a railroad overpass.

Fire crews from Alplaus and East Glenville used the Jaws of Life to free her from the vehicle.

Callahan was transported to Albany Med where she later died.

The accident is under investigation and police say an autopsy will be performed.