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Search for missing Scotia man resumes Wednesday

GLENVILLE – The search for a missing Scotia man that was postponed last week due to snow, is rescheduled for Wednesday.

Craig Frear was last seen in Scotia in June 2004.

State police and other law enforcement agencies will conduct a search in the Maple Avenue and Alplaus Avenue area of Glenville.

They are conducting the canine search after receiving two leads after last spring’s search behind the Glenville Price Chopper.

New search set Wednesday for man missing since 2004

Craig Frear - File / WNYT

GLENVILLE - After last week's snow postponed a search for a missing man, State Police say they will start back up on Wednesday.

Craig Frear was last seen almost 10 years ago, walking along railroad tracks in Scotia.

After a search last spring behind the Glenville Price Chopper, they received new leads that are taking them to Maple Avenue and Alplaus Avenue.

NewsChannel 13 plans to have a crew at the search. We will update you with everything.

Niskayuna School District expected to appoint interim superintendent

John Yagielski most recently served as interim for two years in Schenectady City School District. - Schenectady School District

NISKAYUNA – The Niskayuna Board of Education is expected to name its interim superintendent at Tuesday night’s meeting.

John Yagielski is expected to take the interim seat after 45 years of educational leadership.

Yagielski served as superintendent of the Greece and Shenendehowa School Districts and most recently served as interim for two years in Schenectady City School District.

Yagielski will start at Niskayuna immediately and says he’s looking forward to working with members of the school community.

His annual salary will be $175,000 with no additional costs for health benefits or pension contributions.

Scotia-Glenville middle school drama club presents spring performance

SCOTIA - The Scotia-Glenville Middle School has announced its drama club presentation.

The drama club will perform Disney’s Aladdin Jr. on May 9 and 10.

The show starts at 7 p.m. both nights and is open to the public.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

However, seniors in the town of Glenville are free as well as children under the age of 4.

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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.