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Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

FBI, State Police, NYPD raid mobile home in Malta -- but will not say why

MALTA – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York State Police (NYSP), and New York City Police Department (NYPD) raided a mobile home in the Malta Gardens community on Wednesday.

The agents and investigators removed bags and boxes, and one or more items covered in a blanket, from the log cabin-style home at 47 Lakeside Dr. while Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies kept watch.

At one point, the State Police investigator was seen carrying a rifle. It was unclear if the firearm came from the home.

All agencies referred inquiries to the FBI. Spokesman Paul Holstein issued a one-sentence statement: "The FBI was involved in law enforcement activity at that location."

After the raid, a woman inside the home told a NewsChannel 13 reporter that she had nothing to do with the raid. She declined to answer questions.

Clifton Park bulk waste pick up starts April 28

CLIFTON PARK – Clifton Park will provide free Bulk Waste Pick up starting April 28th for residents in the town.

As is previous years, the town will be divided into three sections, one for each week of collection.

Residents should receive a notice in the mail several days before their collection week.

The notice will describe the items that qualify as bulk waste.

You’re asked to put your bulk items on the curb by 7 p.m. on the Sunday evening of your assigned week.

It will take up to seven days to collect all the items in each section of town.

The 2014 bulk waste collection will cost $104,000.

A map identifying the three segments of the town is posted on the Town website.

Apple Blossom Festival scheduled in Rexford

REXFORD – The Clifton Park- Shenendehowa Rotary will be holding an Apple Blossom Festival at Riverview Orchards in Rexford this month.

The event will feature family entertainment including kite flying and decorating, an ice cream eating contest, crafts and seed planting, and much more.

It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

All proceeds will benefit local families in Southern Saratoga through the Scenic Byway and Rotary Club programs.

Man accused of driving drunk, talking on phone with child in car

MOREAU - Police say a Wilton man was drunk and talking on his cell phone as he drove with his 7-year-old son.

Francis Sweenor, 45, was stopped on Fawn Road in Moreau around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.

He now faces Leandra’s Law charges.

The child was released to his mother.

Floodwaters rise in Saratoga County

Floodwaters are rising in parts of the Capital Region, thanks to the surging Hudson River.

NewsChannel 13’s media partners at The Post-Star took these pictures along Old Bend Road in Moreau, where several homes were surrounded by water late Wednesday morning.

The Hudson also jumped its banks in a number of spots in Warren County and in Waterford in southern Saratoga County.

In Waterford, the water was over the wall at the visitor's center.

6 1/2 pounds of marijuana found in traffic stop

Some of what police seized during the traffic stop - Albany County Sheriff's Department

ALBANY - Police say they found six and a half pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Now three people are facing drug charges.

Ishann Smith, 25, of Hudson, Meno Eason, 26, of Mechanicville, and Casey Hayer, 23, of Mechanicville were all arrested.

Deputies say they found the drugs in a postal box after smelling marijuana coming from the car.

Smith allegedly had another 20 grams of marijuana outside the box.

He faces an additional child endangerment charge because a minor was in the car.