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Friday, June 13, 2014 - Updated: 9:58 AM

Spa military museum to mark Flag Day with free talk

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) -- The New York State Military Museum is marking Flag Day with a free talk on the history of the Empire State's battle flag collection and ongoing efforts to preserve the historic banners.

Assistant Curator Christopher Morton will give the talk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Flag Day, at the museum in downtown Saratoga Springs.

The state's battle flag collection includes more than 2,000 flags associated with New York military organizations from the War of 1812 to the present. The collection includes 900 flags from the Civil War era, making it the nation's largest publicly held collection of Civil War battle flags.

Pilot dies in small-plane crash in suburban NY

PURCHASE (AP) -- Authorities say the pilot of a small plane has died after crashing near the Westchester County Airport.

Airport operations manager John Starace says the aircraft took off at 8:08 a.m. today.

He says it struck some trees west of the airfield a short time later and went down.

The pilot was the only person on board.

Starace says the plane went down on Cottage Road in the Town of Harrison. He described the plane as a high performance single engine Piper Meridian.

Day's second fatal crash in same town claims second life

SPARTA (AP) -- Police say a 26-year-old man has died in the second fatal accident in the same western New York town on the same day.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Corey Yeoman of West Sparta died Thursday night after his vehicle crashed and overturned in the town of Sparta, 40 miles south of Rochester.

The cause of the crash is under investigation but deputes believe speed was a factor.

Police say earlier Thursday, 22-year-old John Linehan of Livonia tried to pass a dump truck on Route 256 and crashed head-on into another car driven by 41-year-old Theodore Markel of Dansville. Markel died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Police say man was lured to apartment, shoved out window

ALBANY (AP) -- Police in Albany say three men used a bogus online add to lure another man to an apartment where he was shoved out a second-story window as he tried to escape.

Officials say a 32-year-old man from the town of Queensbury met a woman through an online advertising service and was invited to an apartment in the city.

Police say when the man got inside the apartment Tuesday, he realized the female was actually a man who had two other men with him. When they tried to steal his money, he attempted to climb out a window.

Police say that's when two of the men shoved him, causing him to fall 20 feet to the ground. Officers found him on the sidewalk suffering from leg injuries.

All three suspects were arrested.

State Legislature backs tougher lewdness penalties

ALBANY (AP) -- The New York Legislature has voted to increase penalties for committing acts of public lewdness in front of minors.

The bill, if signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would also raise charges against repeat offenders and take effect Nov. 1.

The bill creates a new charge of first-degree public lewdness when someone 19 or older intentionally exposes intimate body parts in a lewd manner before anyone under 16.

It also applies to someone guilty of a similar offense within the previous year.

     

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