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Friday, July 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:14 AM

Cooperstown gears up for inductions

COOPERSTOWN (AP) -- Businesses in the upstate New York home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are gearing up for the biggest weekend of the summer tourist season.

Cooperstown is expected to be packed with tens of thousands of people for Sunday's induction ceremony featuring Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and this weekend's festivities will likely be one of the largest crowds ever for an induction weekend.

Two weekends in the 1990s drew more than 40,000, but the 2007 induction weekend brought in more than 75,000. Hall of Fame officials say the average crowd for an induction ceremony is about 15,000.

Last year's numbers were way down because no living person was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Man charged in Adirondack crash

RAY BROOK (AP) -- Authorities say they've charged the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a car in the Adirondacks while fleeing police, killing a couple and injuring their daughter.

State police say 20-year-old Trevor Sisto of Fort Covington was arraigned in North Elba Town Court early Friday morning on charges that include unlawfully fleeing a police officer and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Police didn't know if he has a lawyer.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. Thursday near the trooper barracks in Ray Brook. Troopers say the truck collided head-on with a car driven by 42-year-old James Barney of Potsdam, who was killed. His 38-year-old wife, Kim, later died at a hospital.

Their 11-year-old daughter, Emily Colby, is in critical condition.

Troopers say the pursuit began in nearby Lake Placid after the driver hit a vehicle.

Man OK after being hit by lightning

WADDINGTON (AP) -- Starting his vacation a couple days early nearly cost a northern New York man his life.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that Christopher Church of Massena was camping in a tent with his family at Coles Creek State Park on the St. Lawrence River during a severe thunderstorm early Wednesday morning.

Church woke up and went outside to make sure their gear was covered when a bolt of lightning struck him, causing his left side to go numb. He was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital for burns and released.

Church says he started his vacation two days early and reserved a camp site through next Wednesday. He and his family plan to return to the campground to resume their vacation.

Moose spotted in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE (AP) -- State wildlife experts say a young moose that has been wandering through populated areas in northeastern New York is likely looking for his own place to hang out.

Ed Reed, a regional wildlife manager, tells The Post-Star of Glens Falls that the male moose may have been pushed out of another territory by an older bull moose. Reed says the young moose apparently is looking for his own territory.

The moose was first reported in Queensbury in Warren County earlier this week. It was spotted Thursday a few miles north in the Lake George area.

Reed says the moose could have wandered over from neighboring Vermont.

He says people who see the moose should keep a healthy distance away from the animal. Moose can charge and stomp people if agitated.

Dog found inside abandoned LI house

LINDERHURST (AP) -- Officials say a dog found in an abandoned Long Island house was so matted and the nails so overgrown that the pooch could barely walk.

Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross says the Shih Tzu-type dog was found July 17.

It's not clear how long it had been in the Lindenhurst house. Gross says it may have been dumped there.

Neighbors said the last tenants moved out almost a year ago but it wasn't believed they owned a dog.

The animal was brought to the Babylon Town shelter where workers spent three hours shaving off 4 pounds of matted fur.

Gross tells Newsday "the matting was pulling so much on its leg, it couldn't walk."

The dog is about 5 or 6 years old and has been named Ziggy.

Be smarter than the average bears

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season.

Black bears generally avoid people, but they are notorious for taking advantage of any available food source.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends keeping food out of sight and secured in a vehicle, if possible, when camping. Hang food and garbage from a tree and keep it at least eight feet high.

Also, dispose of garbage frequently and do not leave dirty diapers or diaper pails outside.

It's against the law to feed bear, as well as deer and moose.

     

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