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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - Updated: 10:05 AM

Contractor killed at upstate plant

SCRIBA (AP) -- A 31-year-old contractor working in the recycling area of an upstate New York aluminum plant has been killed in an industrial accident.

Oswego County sheriff's investigators identify the dead man as Steven Cooper, of Phoenix, N.Y. He died Monday afternoon in the accident at Novelis Corp. in the Town of Scriba.

Cooper had worked at the plant for several years. The company has not said what he was doing when the accident occurred.

Police say a worker died three years ago after an accident at Novelis' aluminum rolling plant in Scriba.

Novelis is the world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry. It recently installed a new aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expanded recycling of automotive scrap at the plant.

3 people dead in Albany-area home

EAST GREENBUSH (AP) -- Authorities say a murder-suicide in a suburb of the New York state capital has taken the lives of a mother and her two daughters.

Police in East Greenbush say they received a call to a home in East Greenbush around 12:30 a.m. today.

Local media report all three victims were found in a first-floor bedroom in grave danger. They were transported to a hospital where they died. The girls were 11 and six years old.

A brother of the deceased woman says his sister was recently released after getting a mental health evaluation. He says she was having a difficult time getting over her son's death after he took his own life in the same home in April.

Autopsies are to be scheduled to determine exact cause of death.

Groups ask state about oil trains

MIDDLETOWN (AP) -- Two environmental groups are asking New York state to reveal details about rail shipments of crude oil through the Hudson Valley.

The Times-Herald Record of Middletown reports (that Earthjustice and Hudson Riverkeeper want to know more about the controversial trains. The paper says Earthjustice attorney Chris Amato filed a Freedom of Information Law request last week seeking records CSX Corp. submitted to the state about its crude-oil shipments.

CSX transports crude oil across the state to the Port of Albany and along the Hudson River. It wants the state to sign a nondisclosure agreement to keep shipping contents and schedules private.

The state says no decision has been made about that request.

Two are killed in Thruway crash

MENDON (AP) -- State Police say five vehicles were involved in a Thruway crash late Monday afternoon that killed two people.

Authorities say an eastbound passenger vehicle apparently crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes, striking a tractor trailer and then three other vehicles. The tractor-trailer became fully engulfed in flames.

Troopers say the injuries to the other drivers and passengers involved range from minor to critical. Authorities have not released the identity of the victims.

Westbound lanes of the Thruway were closed for several hours and traffic was diverted off the highway at Exit 45 in Victor and allowed back on at Exit 46 in Henrietta.

Traffic was back to normal around 1 a.m. today.

Man shot, seeks help at firehouse

NORTH AMITYVILLE (AP) -- Fire officials say a man who was shot multiple times rang the doorbell of the North Amityville firehouse to get help.

Fire Assistant Chief John Harley tells Newsday that the man had three bullets in him.

Police are investigating whether the victim was shot several blocks from the firehouse around 3:15 p.m. Monday.

Hatley says investigators also are looking into whether the man was driven to the firehouse. He says there was no blood on the sidewalk.

Leech invasion closes swim area

KERHONKSON (AP) -- An infestation of blood-sucking leeches is forcing the state to shut down the swimming area at a Catskill Mountain lake for two days.

Lake Minnewaska is closed to all users Tuesday and Wednesday so crews can apply copper sulfate to treat for the leeches. The closure applies to swimming, boating, scuba divers, fishing, drinking, irrigation and livestock or pet watering.

The appearance of the leeches originally prompted the state Office of Parks and Recreation to say the swimming area at the lake was closed. The announcement was changed early Monday.


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