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Autopsy results show missing Waterford woman drowned

Anna Kroup - WNYT / File

GREEN ISLAND – A body found in the Hudson River on Monday has been identified as 24-year-old Anna Kroup from Waterford.

An autopsy reveals she died of drowning.

The local actress and singer had been missing since February, when she was seen just after midnight at her home on Second Street.

The Public Safety Commissioner told NewsChannel 13 back in February that Kroup left a note for the family members.

While they won't disclose what it said, it led them to believe she would harm herself.

Illegal alien sentenced in attempted kidnapping of 67-year-old woman

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Antonio Lopez Bautista will be 20-years old next month. Monday, he learned that he'll serve 11 years in state prison for attacking a 67-year-old woman outside a Saratoga Springs restaurant.

It happened early in the morning of May 22, 2012. Bautista ripped the woman from her truck, dragged her across the parking lot, beat her, choked her, and sexually assaulted her.

The three-and-a-half minute attack was captured by the security cameras mounted on the outside of the restaurant, the West Side Stadium.

Bautista cried in court Monday. And through an interpreter, begged for forgiveness and asked the judge to go easy on him.

"He was emotional that he got caught, he was being sentenced to prison and he was today being held responsible for his conduct," said Jim Murphy, Saratoga County district attorney.

Averill Park couple among dozens left unemployed by Papa John's closings

AVERILL PARK -- For Angel and Ed Mooney, it's been one challenge after another.

Their eight year-old son, Tyler, was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis a little more than a month ago. He is also being tested for lupus. Two weeks ago, Ed suffered a mild heart attack. Then, at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the boss called with more bad news.

"We regret to inform you that, during the night last night, we changed the locks and emptied out the safes," Ed Mooney said the boss told him. "Everybody is unemployed."

Ed was the general manager of the Papa John's on Route 4 in the Defreestville section of North Greenbush. Angel was the general manager of the Papa John's on Hoosick Road in Brunswick, just beyond the Troy city line.

The franchise owner had abruptly closed both restaurants. The Mooneys were suddenly out of work, and they had the sad task of breaking the news to their employees.

Police: Man threatened homeowners with baseball bat

Jacob Montague - Waterford Police Department

WATERFORD - A 20-year-old Green Island man is accused of breaking into a home and threatening the people inside with a baseball bat.

Police say Jacob Montague broke into the Waterford home, last Tuesday morning.

Police say two people were sleeping at the time.

They told police Montague threatened them with the bat and destroyed several things before leaving the scene.

Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act signed into law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new law requires public and private colleges in New York to give every student written information about fire safety in dorms and off-campus housing they operate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last week, saying it goes beyond the current requirement for colleges to publish fire safety information in annual reports to the federal government.
The notices to students will include descriptions of safety systems, including sprinklers, in their housing so they're more aware about how to react if there is a fire.
The law is named the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act after Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, one of three Marist College students who died in fire at their off-campus housing in January 2012.
The law takes effect immediately.

Six Papa John's restaurants abruptly closed for business

LATHAM -- Alex Salsburg expected to report to work at the Papa John's on Troy Schenectady Road at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

Instead, the general manager called at 7:15 to tell Salsburg they were both out of a job. The restaurant, and five others in the Capital Region, had abruptly gone out of business.

"My mouth opened wide and I just couldn't believe it," Salsburg told NewsChannel 13. "There were absolutely no rumors that this was ever going to happen."

Several former employees estimated between 60 and 100 people lost their job Saturday, but the exact number was still unclear. A Papa John's spokesman did not return multiple phone calls seeking information about the closures.

"Poof! Just like that, it's gone," former employee Michael Ofosu said. "I feel bad for all those people who have families and kids to take care of."

Fultonville woman charged with Forcible Touching

A Fultonville woman is facing a misdemeanor charge of Forcible Touching.

According to State Police, 28-year-old Aubrie White was involved in a dispute at Upstate Concert Hall. White is accused of touching another woman's private area while at the Clifton Park venue.

White was released on an appearance ticket. She is due in court on August 7th.