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Over $10,000 raised for Ballston Spa restaurant after fire

BALLSTON SPA - More than $10,000 has now been raised for the employees of Augie's Restaurant in Saratoga County.

Fire destroyed the Ballston Spa institution Monday morning.

The owner is vowing to rebuild, but says his staff will be out of work until then.

So there, there's a fundraising effort currently going on to help them.

If you would like to donate, just head to our website, click here. 

Neighbors in Clifton Park describe Tuesday standoff

CLIFTON PARK – Residents of a Clifton Park neighborhood are describing how the scene escalated throughout the afternoon Tuesday, leading up to police shooting a man.

It was on Cardinal Court, at a house at the end of the cul-de-sac.

As NewsChannel 13 first reported on Tuesday, police say Douglas Stewart III was standing in the yard holding a loaded rifle. They say when he refused to put the gun down, police fired.

This started as a domestic incident.

Neighbors say a woman who lives in the home was desperately looking for her children.

"She was not able to breathe, she was very panicky. She was looking for her children and she seemed very dazed and confused," said one woman.

Ballston Spa man gets 10 years for rape of young girl

BALLSTON SPA - 19-year-old Zachary Currier was tight-lipped as he was led into court Tuesday afternoon.

In June, Currier pled guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl he knew. It happened in July of last year. Currier broke into her Saratoga Springs house through a window. He had a gun in his hand and told her he'd kill her if she didn't have sex with him.

"It was a horrendous act and he deserves a lengthy prison sentence," said Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy.

The judge pointed out that Currier has been in trouble for most of his young life. He was also sentenced today for breaking into a home in Halfmoon and for conspiring with others to steal gasoline from more than 15 cars.

Currier apologized before the judge sentenced him to ten years. He said he was sorry for disappointing his family and friends. But he didn't apologize to the victim.

Fundraising effort underway for restaurant workers

BALLSTON SPA - The love for a Saratoga County restaurant is apparent  the donations are pouring in, and already add up to $7,800 to help the people who work at Augie's

A fire destroyed the popular restaurant in Ballston Spa on Monday morning.

Firefighters say the fire started in the basement.

The owner is vowing to rebuild, but he says his staff will be out of work until then.

So there's a fundraising effort going on right now for the workers.

If you would like to help, click here.

Heroes Run to take place Sunday, Sept. 8

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The inaugural Saratoga Springs 9/11 Heroes Run will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8. Following is more information on the event.

A ceremony honoring civilians, first responders and veterans with the message to challenge the living by honoring the fallen will be emceed by NewsChannel 13’s Benita Zahn and begin shortly after 8a.m.

The 5k race will start at 8:30a.m, and the 1-mile family fun run/walk will immediately follow. 100% of the proceeds from the race will go to programs that help veterans and their families – locally, through Patriot Hills, Inc and nationally, through the Travis Manion Foundation.

Carnival ride elephants cause Northway traffic headaches

An elephant from a carnival ride lies in the middle of the Northway, after a Monday morning accident. - Brian Storey / WNYT

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Elephants on the Northway caused some traffic headaches Monday morning.

The elephants weren’t real, but came from a truck carrying carnival rides.

Troopers say that while the driver was coming from a carnival in New Paltz, there was a problem with the new Dumbo ride not being secured to the trailer, causing the trailer to tip and rollover.

Two lanes of I87 North at exit 13N were shut down from 6:00-8:30 am. while crews cleared out the rides and animals.

No one was hurt.

The driver was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely.

Fire destroys Ballston Spa restaurant

Firefighters at the scene of Monday morning's fire Augie's Restaurant in Ballston Spa. - Brian Storey / WNYT

BALLSTON SPA – Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant on Route 50 in Ballston Spa has been torn down, after a fire destroyed it on Monday morning.

Firefighters got the first call around 4:30 a.m.

When they got there, they say the basement was fully involved in flames.

Firefighters tried to get inside, but it was too dangerous and they pulled back.

The owner says he left around 10:00 Sunday night. His manager left about an hour later.

The restaurant has been here about nine years. The owner says he just wants to get back in the kitchen and start working again.