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Friday, August 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:45 AM

Developer charged in donation probe

HALFMOON (AP) -- A prominent Albany-area developer has been arrested in connection with a government corruption investigation in a suburban town.

Bruce Tanski was arraigned Friday morning in Saratoga County Court on a charges of offering a false instrument and violating election laws.

Tanski, owner of a construction and development company, is one of the largest contributors to the Republican Party in the town of Halfmoon.

According to the FBI and state Attorney General's Office, the builder used business associates to conceal some of his political donations.

Tanski's holdings in southern Saratoga County include commercial properties, a golf course and thousands of apartments.

In October, authorities indicted Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth on federal bribery and extortion charges. She resigned in November.

1 dead, 4 injured in 2-vehicle crash

COLCHESTER (AP) -- Authorities say one person is dead and four others are in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash on a rural upstate New York road.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office tells The Daily Star of Oneonta that the head-on collision occurred around 10 a.m. Thursday on a road in the town of Colchester, on the western border of the Catskill Park 75 miles southwest of Albany.

Deputies say a man who was the sole occupant of one of the vehicles was killed. Police say all four people in the other vehicle were injured. They're listed in critical but stable condition at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

     

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