Regional Briefs – July 7, 2016

Convictions of 2 Albany Men Vacated in 1997 Murder

ALBANY – The murder convictions and life sentences of two Albany men were vacated Thursday after another man implicated himself in the 1997 shooting of Erik Mitchell, The Associated Press reported. Carl Dukes, 39, and Lavelle Jones, 38, had pleaded guilty to robbery and already served a 14-year term.

Funeral Flag Stolen From Family of Killed Sailor

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. – A 10-foot American flag given to the family of a Navy seaman killed during the Vietnam War when his ship collided with an aircraft carrier was stolen from its flagpole on July Fourth, The Associated Press reported. The flag had flown at the 1969 funeral of Patrick Corcoran, 19.

New York DEC Plans New Adirondack Trail

NEWCOMB, N.Y. – New York is planning a new mile-long trail in the Adirondack Mountains. The Newcomb to Minerva trail in Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest would be located along state Route 28N. The public can comment until July 14.

Co. Pleads Guilty in Sale of Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

NEWARK – Pharmaceutical Innovations pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria that infected at least 16 patients, NJ.com reported. The firm was placed on two years of probation and fined $100,000.

Hoosick Falls Residents Asked to Limit Water Use

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – An upstate village dealing with water contamination now has a problem at its water treatment plant, and Hoosick Falls residents have been asked to limit water use, The Associated Press reported. Contractors broke wires, causing an electrical short.