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Upstate NY priest charged with endangering child

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - A 30-year-old upstate New York Roman Catholic priest has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

James Taylor was arrested Wednesday after a two-day investigation. He's accused of inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old Clifton Park girl since last October, including physical contact, telephone calls, text messages and photos.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo says the girl's family notified authorities on Monday.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty and is free on his own recognizance.

Investigators say Taylor met the girl while serving as a deacon and youth minister at a church in Clifton Park. He has since been ordained.

District Attorney James Murphy III says authorities were able to stop Taylor's alleged behavior before it got worse.

It couldn't immediately be determined if Taylor has a lawyer.


Cops plan search for NY teen who vanished in '04

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - State police and other law enforcement agencies will be using K-9 units to search for an upstate New York teenager who disappeared 10 years ago this June.

Troopers say Wednesday's search will be conducted in the Schenectady town of Glenville, near where 17-year-old Craig Frear was last seen walking along railroad tracks in the village of Scotia.

Police will focus on a section of Glenville after receiving two leads following last spring's search of the wooded area behind the Price Chopper supermarket where the teen formerly worked.

At the time he disappeared, Frear was a student at Scotia-Glenville High School and captain of the soccer team.


NY casino contenders face application fee deadline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Groups seeking a license to build one of up to four casinos in upstate New York are facing a deadline to pay a $1 million application fee.

The fee is the first major hurdle for backers of several casino projects intended for the Catskills, the Albany-Saratoga region and the Southern Tier. A state gambling panel will pick up to four winning applications in the fall.

The Catskills region has attracted several contenders. Caesars Entertainment, Trading Cove New York, Empire Resorts and a group proposing a casino at the site of the old Nevele (NEH'-vuh-lee) resort have all submitted application fees.

The owners of Traditions Resort and Conference Center have also submitted the fee for their Southern Tier proposal.

The complete list of those submitting fees is expected to be released Thursday.


Texas Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo on business

NEW YORK (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

The Republican was in New York City on Wednesday on a trip to meet business owners.

He's trying to convince them to move their operations to Texas. He says the business environment is better there.

It's something Perry has promoted in New York before and in other states as well.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (KOWH'-mohz) Start-Up NY program has had commercials playing in Texas. The program allows businesses that locate near college campuses to operate tax-free for 10 years.

Perry says the competition pushes states to make sure their business environments are as competitive as possible.


NY man pleads guilty to dragging woman with car

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York man has pleaded guilty to severely injuring a woman who was dragged by his car last summer after she tried to retrieve her cellphone from the vehicle.

The Wyoming County District Attorney's Office says John Traxler of Warsaw pleaded guilty recently to aggravated vehicular assault and assault.

Prosecutors say Traxler was drunk when he and a 19-year-old woman from Perry returned to his Warsaw apartment around 4 a.m. Aug. 11. They were headed inside when Traxler went back to the car.

The woman told him she needed to get her phone from the car, but Traxler sped away. She was run over and dragged across the street. The woman's injuries included a shattered femur and crushed pelvis.

Traxler faces up to 22 years in prison when he's sentenced July 10.


Arrest made in fatal shooting at upstate NY bar

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they've made an arrest in a shooting inside a Hudson Valley bar where a man was killed and a woman wounded last weekend.

Town of New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder says Wednesday that a person has been arrested in the fatal shooting early Sunday morning at Murphy's Restaurant and Pub in the village of New Paltz.

Snyder says no other details are being released until a news conference being held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the police department.

Authorities say 29-year-old Ryan Gray of Poughkeepsie was killed and a 26-year-old woman was wounded by gunfire early Easter morning as the bar was crowded with dozens of patrons. The pub is popular with SUNY New Paltz students but officials say no students were injured.


NY man charged with DWI after car hits limo, house

CLAVERACK, N.Y. (AP) - State police say only a parked limousine prevented a car from crashing through a wall of a home along a rural upstate New York road.

Troopers say 30-year-old Christopher Crosby of Claverack was driving in his Columbia County hometown around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when his car left Route 9H on a curve, hit road signs and traveled about 150 feet before smashing through a limousine parked at the house.

Police say the car then slammed into the side of the home. Troopers say the car would have gone through the wall if it hadn't hit the limo.

Crosby wasn't injured. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI for having a blood-alcohol content of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.


Ex-cop named NY Army Guard's top enlisted soldier

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A retired Rochester police officer who served in the Iraq War has been selected to become the next senior enlisted soldier in the New York Army National Guard.

Officials at National Guard headquarters in suburban Albany say Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson will take over the position later this year. The 38-year veteran of the National Guard served 20 years with the Rochester Police Department.

Wilson currently serves with the 53rd Troop Command, based at Camp Smith in Westchester County. He has also served with National Guard units based in Buffalo and Kingston. Wilson was deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 with the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division.

He'll replace Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Wicks of West Sand Lake. Wicks plans to retire from the National Guard on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


2 ex-college football players charged with assault

BOSTON (AP) - Two former college football players have been charged with beating a Boston homeless man unconscious.

Craig Parsons is a Boston College senior from Newton, and Anthony Varrichione is from Medway and graduated from Marist College in New York after playing quarterback there.

They were charged Wednesday with kicking and punching a 50-year-old man in the early morning of Jan. 26 in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

Their attorneys say the men are good kids, are from good families and were wrongfully identified.

A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney says the victim was hospitalized for three days. He says the charges stem from a grand jury investigation in which multiple witnesses identified Parsons and Varrichione.

The suspects went to high school together in Massachusetts. Parsons was suspended and barred from campus before graduation.


Former western NY WWII shipyard being sold

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - A former Rochester-area shipyard that produced tankers for the U.S. military during World War II could be redeveloped as a shopping plaza.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that a purchase offer has been accepted by the current owners of the 33-acre property near Lake Ontario in the town of Greece. The realtor who listed the property isn't revealing the purchase price or the name of the buyer, but says it's a West Coast development group that wants to turn the site into a retail complex.

The property was home to the Odenbach Shipbuilding Corp. during World War II. The plant turned out ocean-going tankers for the Army. The site later made bomber parts and missile equipment for the Air Force.

The property is a Superfund site and is undergoing an environmental cleanup.

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