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HEAD-ON COLLISION KILLS ONE DRIVER; FOUR INJURED

State troopers are investigating a head-on crash that killed one person and injured four others.

A Jeep Cherokee driven by Amanda Brooks, 16, of Troy, tried to pass two westbound vehicles at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday on state Route 7 in the Town of Hoosick, and collided with a vehicle driven by William Devlin Jr., 58, of Valley Falls, killing him instantly, police said.

The Jeep continued westbound, careening off guardrails and overturning. Police said Brooks was treated for abdominal bruising and released from Southwest Medical Center in Bennington, Vt.

Three passengers in the eastbound vehicle were injured and taken to Albany Medical Center: April Muckle, 41, of Troy, treated for a broken arm; Sarah Muckle 13, of Troy, admitted with a head injury and a broken leg; and April Muckle, 2, in critical condition with a head injury, police said.

Charges are pending. Hoosick is 28 miles northeast of Albany.

Brooklyn-Manhattan ferry
starting free service today

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Department of Transportation is set to begin running a free ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, beginning today.

DOT spokesman Tom Cocola said the ferry would run between the Brooklyn Army Terminal at First Avenue and 58th Street in the Bay Ridge section and the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan.

He said the 30-minute ferry run would provide service for passengers only during the morning and evening rush hours, Monday through Friday.

Ferries are to depart from Brooklyn to Manhattan hourly from 6 to 9 a.m.; and from Manhattan to Brooklyn from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn was common until 1942. In the late 1980s, several companies made short-lived attempts to run ferries between the two boroughs.

Off-duty officer arrested
for alleged drunken driving

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police arrested an off-duty officer for alleged drunken driving in Brooklyn on Saturday, police said.

Sgt. Dennis Grey, 29, was arrested at about 8 a.m. after he was stopped by officers at Myrtle and Willoughby streets in the Brooklyn Heights section, according to Sgt. Ralph Carone, a police spokesman.

Grey, who has been with the police force for five years, was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was suspended.

It was not immediately clear what led officers to stop him.

Former police lieutenant
pleads guilty to robbery

KINGSTON (AP) -- A former police lieutenant has pleaded guilty in Ulster County Court to robbing a hair salon.

John Steele, 55, admitted Friday that he walked into the salon March 1, showed a clerk a pistol and demanded cash. He was arrested two hours later at a diner, where police recovered the gun and $280 in cash, according to prosecutors.

The former East Fishkill officer, dismissed from the force in the fall, is expected to be sentenced Dec. 3 to up to 10 years in prison.

Last Monday, in Dutchess County Court, Steele pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a Town of Poughkeepsie deli Feb. 27. Town police said he also is a suspect in a Feb. 22 robbery at a bank branch.

East Fishkill, near Poughkeepsie, is 61 miles north of New York City.

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