Man gets prison term for killing wife by setting her on fire

SCHENECTADY (AP) — A New York man who killed his wife by setting her on fire has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison.

The Times Union of Albany reports 69-year-old Antonio Bargallo Sr. was sentenced Wednesday in a Schenectady courtroom, where he pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge in July.

Bargallo admitted dousing 48-year-old Elizabeth Gonzales with gasoline and setting her aflame at their Schenectady home on March 4. A neighbor helped douse the flames after Gonzales ran screaming from the home with her clothes on fire.

Gonzales was airlifted to a hospital burn unit. She suffered burns to over 50 percent of her body and died the next day.

She was the mother of two grown sons.

Prosecutors say Bargallo’s attack on his wife was incomprehensible.

Police identify 2 men killed in fiery 1-car crash last week

MILTON (AP) — Authorities have identified two people who were killed in a fiery one-car crash on an upstate New York road last week.

State police say the vehicle was traveling on a road in the Saratoga County town of Milton around 9:30 p.m. Friday when it left the road and burst into flames. When troopers arrived on the scene they found the car fully engulfed.

Two bodies were removed from the car. Troopers say autopsies had to be conducted to positively identify the victims.

Police on Monday identified the victims as two local men: 60-year-old Jeremiah Burke, of Saratoga Springs, and 57-year-old William Bischoff, of Ballston Spa. Troopers say Burke was driving.

Local media report that Burke was a business owner and Bischoff worked in financial services.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

NJ man died from pneumonia during hike in Adirondacks

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 28-year-old New Jersey man whose body was found in a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains had died from pneumonia after spending days in wet, cold conditions.

The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Alex Stevens, of Hopewell, tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise the cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from a lack of food and exposure.

Search teams found his body Monday afternoon near Wallface Mountain, in the High Peaks Region about 10 miles south of Lake Placid.

Authorities say he had set out for what was supposed to be a three-day hike over Labor Day weekend. He was last seen alive by other hikers  Sept. 2.

State forest rangers say he was inadequately prepared for spending several nights in rugged terrain during cold, rainy conditions.

State invests $69M in upgrades for local water systems

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is making a $69 million investment in local water and sewer projects.

The state announced the funding on Tuesday. It will support projects in 12 towns, cities and towns as part of a state program that aims to help local governments complete water projects they couldn’t afford on their own. Communities set to receive funds include the city of Kingston, Westchester County and Albany County.

The money will go out in the form of grants and zero-interest or low-interest loans.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says investments in clean water are critical to supporting the economy and health of New Yorkers while also protecting the environment.