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Troopers: Cazenovia woman dead, man questioned

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) - State police are investigating what they're calling a "domestic related incident" that left a woman dead in the central New York village of Cazenovia.

Police say they received a call shortly before 9 a.m. Monday about an incident at a home on East Lake Road near Cazenovia Lake, about 17 miles southeast of Syracuse. Police tell local media outlets a man was being questioned in connection with the death of a woman.

The name of the victim and other details of the case were not immediately released.


Pickup truck crashes in Saranac; driver dies

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a man in his 60s has died after suffering a medical condition while driving his pickup truck in the village of Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake Police Sgt. Geoff Carmichael tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that the man's GMC Sierra crashed into a stone wall on Broadway in the village on Monday morning.

John LaPier was driving a Time Warner Cable repair truck behind the pickup and saw the crash. He said he called 911 and ran to the vehicle and saw that the driver was having a medical emergency.

The man was pronounced dead at Adirondack Medical Center. His name wasn't released, pending notification of relatives.


Woman dies in off-road accident in western NY

EAGLE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a 42-year-old woman has died after an accident involving a group of friends driving Jeeps off-road on private land in western New York.

The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the town of Eagle, about 35 miles southeast of Buffalo. Friends had brought Sherrie Green of Kenmore to the roadside and told deputies she was breathing but unresponsive.

Green later died after being taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Investigators say Green and friends had been "mudding" on private property when one of three Jeeps got stuck in mud. Deputies believe Green was accidentally hit while helping to free the vehicle.


Hearing set on power plant tax payment proposal

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The owners of a reopening Hudson Valley power plant are seeking approval of a payment in lieu of taxes agreement.

The Danskammer power plant in Newburgh is being converted from coal to natural gas. The owners say they'll save Hudson Valley ratepayers $100 million a year when it reopens in the fall.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Danskammer Energy wants the Orange County Industrial Development Agency to grant a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, under which they'd pay Marlboro School District and others based on the current $15 million assessed value of the property for 10 years.

A public hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday morning in Newburgh Town Hall.

Danskammer sustained damage in Superstorm Sandy and has been dormant for two years.


Troopers urge drivers to watch for school buses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - With children heading back to school this week, state police are urging New Yorkers to support the AAA's annual "School's Open_Drive Carefully" campaign.

The campaign alerts motorists to the risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.

Troop B Commander Maj. Richard Smith said drivers need to be extra cautious as vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful. Drivers should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.


New invasive plant pest devastates berry crops

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and New York growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it.

Binghamton apple grower Dave Johnson tells the Ithaca Journal that the Asian spotted wing fruit fly arrived on the West Coast in 2010 and spread eastward so fast that growers didn't have time to come up with a battle plan.

In just two growing seasons, the fly has put at risk $325 million worth of small fruit in New York. Statewide, Cornell University estimated the damage to commercial berry growers at $7 million in 2012.

Cornell's Integrated Pest Management program recently received a $170,000 grant to hire field technicians and provide growers with information on controlling the invasive insects.


NY apple growers expect above-average harvest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman tells The Saratogian that growers in the state are expected to harvest more than 30 million bushels this fall. Last year, they picked a record 32 million bushels. The average is around 29 million bushels.

The 2014 harvest officially started on Aug. 15.

Two good years in a row is a big turnaround from the disaster of 2012, when some farms lost 100 percent of their fruit in an April freeze that followed an early warmup.

New York has about 55,000 acres of orchards in production.

The New York Apple Association's website tells where to find orchards.

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