Truck fire closes stretch of Thruway

SCHODACK (AP) -- State police say a truck fire shut down a westbound stretch of the Thruway's Berskshire section in eastern New York this morning.

Troopers say a tractor-trailer caught fire shortly after 9 a.m. today in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90's Berkshire Connector in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack, just south of Albany.

Police say the truck was fully involved in flames when troopers arrived on the scene. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Troopers say a three-mile stretch of the Berkshire spur's westbound lanes was closed between Exit 21A on Interstate 87 and I-90's Exit B1.

Police had no other details.

The scene of the fire was about 20 miles east of the Massachusetts border, where the Thruway's Berkshire spur connects with the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Man arrested twice on T'way for drugs

VERONA (AP) -- A 22-year-old upstate New York man is awaiting a court appearance after being arrested twice for drugs over the weekend on the New York State Thruway.

Demmeco Scott of Syracuse was pulled over Sunday in the Town of Verona after being spotted driving erratically on the four-lane highway. Scott had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent and troopers also found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Scott was charged with DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and several traffic violations and released to a family member.

Scott also was arrested Friday on the Thruway in the Town of DeWitt during another traffic stop and found in possession of marijuana and Tramadol hydrochloride, a controlled substance painkiller.

He's due to appear in DeWitt Town Court on Tuesday night.

Fire board: Chief made wrong remark

GREENBURGH (AP) -- A suburban New York fire department, responding to a report of anti-Semitic remarks, is acknowledging that its chief made an "inappropriate" statement about the Jewish town supervisor.

The board of the Fairview Fire District in Greenburgh said Thursday that Chief Anthony LoGiudice used words that don't show respect "for people of all religions." It did not detail the remark.

The Journal News reported earlier that a retired firefighter and a deputy chief said in depositions that LoGiudice used anti-Semitic words to describe Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner.

The depositions came in an age discrimination lawsuit against the department.

The department said on its website that the chief made the remark when he was angry with Feiner over efforts to consolidate fire districts.

Calls to LoGiudice and Feiner were not immediately returned.

Cops meet upstate to discuss heroin

FORT EDWARD (AP) -- Scores of law enforcement officers from New York, Vermont and Massachusetts have met in an upstate county that has become a crossroad in the trafficking of heroin to northern New England.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that about 90 local, state and federal officers met Thursday at the Washington County Sheriff's Office to discuss how to combat the growing heroin problem in the Northeast.

The county located on the Vermont border has two roads -- routes 149 and 4 -- that carry motorists to and from Vermont. Washington County has seen an increase in heroin arrests and overdoses as the drug's use has grown in Vermont and New York.

Vermont's fight against painkiller and heroin abuse has drawn national attention in recent months.

Truck inspection results in 40 tickets

BRENTWOOD (AP) -- New York's Suffolk County Highway Patrol unit issued 40 summonses during a 6-hour checkpoint safety inspection of fuel tanker trucks.

Three tankers also were taken out of service for safety hazards.

A total of 15 trucks were inspected between 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday in Brentwood off the Long Island Expressway.

The initiative was conducted to ensure compliance with commercial motor vehicle and hazardous material safety regulations.

Police say 25 summonses were issued for equipment violations.

Seven trucks were cited for violations of New York State tax laws.

And eight summonses were given out for violations of the state environmental conservation law.

State police, environmental conservation police and the state tax department also were involved in the interagency enforcement inspection.