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Tree kills man trying to cut it down

QUEENSBURY - A man has died after a tree he was trying to cut down fell on top of him.

NewsChannel 13’s media partners at The Post-Star report the accident happened Wednesday afternoon on North Church Lane.

Sheriff’s officials say the man was tied to the birch tree about 50 feet up when it fell over.

Further investigation revealed the tree’s root system was rotted.

The man’s name has not been released.

South Glens Falls man arrested twice in 2 weeks for selling heroin

QUEENSBURY - A South Glens Falls parolee is arrested for the second time in as many weeks for selling heroin.

Warren County Sheriff’s office says 26-year-old Joshua Grey is facing felony charges for selling heroin in Queensbury.

Grey was arrested earlier this month in Moreau for the same thing.

He was previously sentenced to three and a half years in prison for a drug sale conviction.

He's being held in Saratoga County Jail without bail.

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.

Lake George man accused of fleeing with woman's dentures

LAKE GEORGE - A man is accused of taking off with a woman’s dentures.

Police say Raymond White, 54, had been fighting with the woman at a home in Lake George on Monday evening.

After taking the teeth, police say White continued to text threats all evening.

The woman says White put the top half of the dentures in her car while she was away at work on Tuesday.

He has been sent to the Warren County Jail on aggravated harassment and criminal tampering charges.

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Saratoga and Warren Counties announce drug take back events

The Saratoga and Warren County Sheriff’s offices are announcing their “Prescription Drug Take-Back” events this Saturday.

The events are part of a national initiative that seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter medications that will be destroyed.

The service runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it’s free and anonymous.

In Warren County, you can bring your unwanted drugs to the sheriff’s office on State Route 9 in Queensbury.

In Saratoga County there are four locations for the event:

The Ballston Spa Police Department on Bath Street, The CVS parking lot on South Central Avenue in Mechanicville, The Clifton Park Public Safety Building on State Route 146 and the Saratoga Springs Police Department behind City Hall.

State officials approve archeological dig in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) - An archeological dig at a French and Indian War battleground in the southern Adirondacks has been given the green light.

Archeologist David Starbuck says he has received permission from state officials to conduct excavations this summer in an area of Lake George Battlefield Park.

The park on the lake's southern shore was the site of the September 1755 Battle of Lake George. A force of Colonial American militia and Mohawk warriors defeated an army of French and Indians in one of the war's earliest battles.

The site to be excavated was the scene of extensive military activity throughout the Revolutionary War.

Starbuck leads summertime digs in the Lake George region as part of SUNY Adirondack's archeology field school. His teams conducted digs in the battlefield park in 2000 and 2001.

Adirondack Phantoms say farewell to Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS - The Adirondack Phantoms are saying goodbye to Glens Falls as the hockey team will play its final home game at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night.

The community from the get-go that the Phantoms would provide a temporary hockey fix in Glens Falls.

Despite the team’s losing record over the past five years, the fans kept the turnstyles spinning – averaging more than 4,000 per game in a civic center that seats 4,800.

“We’re tremendously proud of our players here, and we’re tremendously proud of the fans who have come out and supported us,” said Chris Porreca, Executive Vice President of the Phantoms.

As the Phantoms skate off the ice the final time, fans will also get to see Shayne Gostisbehere of the NCAA Championship Union College Dutchmen is playing his first professional hockey game.