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Six teens charged in hate-crime murder

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities said Thursday six New York City teenagers have been charged with murder as a hate crime in the beating and stomping of an 18-year-old male perceived to be gay.

Anthony Collao of Bethpage on Long Island was attacked in March while leaving a birthday party in Woodhaven, Queens.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the defendants were each charged in a 21-count indictment that includes second-degree murder as a hate crime.

Brown said the charges were upgraded after new evidence from witnesses.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said previously that the suspects made "homophobic remarks" and scrawled on a wall with red markers after crashing the party.

The defendants could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.


Trooper facing charges leaves State Police

ALBANY (AP) -- A state trooper who struck and killed a man lying on a rural upstate New York road is no longer working for the police agency.

New York State Police officials aren't saying whether Brian Beardsley, 32, was fired or if he resigned because of the investigation into last month's death of Chad Finch of Northville.

Police said Beardsley was off duty and traveling with his girlfriend when his vehicle struck Finch, 29, around 2:40 a.m. May 22 in the Fulton County town of Broadalbin, in the southern Adirondacks, 35 miles northwest of Albany.

The Sheriff's Office said the girlfriend called 911 to report a body in the road, but when officers arrived no one was at the scene.

Beardsley has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident without reporting.


Marriage comes at last to 99-year-old man

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Gilbert Herrick says he never got married because he never met the right woman -- until he turned 98.

Now 99, the World War II Rochester veteran and retired postal worker recently married 86-year-old Virginia Hartman, a widow who raised five children.

Gilbert told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that their first encounter was in 2010 in a hall at Monroe Community Hospital, the nursing home where they both live. After that, he started visiting her every day.

Gilbert said they wanted to share a room, but the facility's rules don't allow it unless a couple is married.

Hartman asked him if he wanted to tie the knot, he said yes and they were married on June 6 with Hartman's extended family on hand.

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