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Strangulation data shows 10,057 charged

ALBANY (AP) -- In the first year since New York established a separate crime of strangulation, state data shows 10,057 people have been charged.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services said 8,160 were charged with misdemeanor counts, while the rest were charged with felonies where the victim lost consciousness or suffered serious injury.

The offenses added to New York's Penal Law in November 2010 are defined as obstructing breathing or blood circulation by applying neck pressure or covering someone's nose and mouth.

Victim advocates say strangulation is common in domestic violence, with attackers previously convicted of low-level crimes like menacing or harassment.


Winter carnival ranked 2nd best in the world

SARANAC LAKE (AP) -- A winter carnival that has been held in this Adirondack village for more than a century is getting some national exposure.

National Geographic Traveler magazine ranks Saranac Lake's annual winter carnival the second-best in the world, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Anchorage, Alaska's carnival was ranked No. 1 in the magazine's January-February 2012 issue.

Other carnivals finishing in the top 10 include St. Paul, Minn.; Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.; Quebec City in Canada; and Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Saranac Lake's 114th winter carnival will be held Feb. 3-12.


Cuomo, Lee vacation in Adirondack region

LAKE PLACID (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is turning heads in shops and cafes in the Adirondacks this week as he takes a vacation with his daughters and girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise said Cuomo and Lee were spotted shopping in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake on Monday night and Tuesday. The family also skied at Whiteface Mountain. They are staying at a house in Lake Placid.

Jon Hochschartner of Lake Placid, recently arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan, told the Enterprise that he saw Cuomo in the Lake Placid grocery where he works.

He said he thought about confronting Cuomo on his austerity policies but decided against it and just bagged the governor's groceries.

Cuomo and Lee have been frequent visitors to the Adirondacks.


Woman fatally torched called kind, generous

NEW YORK (AP) -- Relatives of a New York City woman who was fatally torched in her building's elevator say she was a kindhearted woman whose generosity with a down-and-out handyman led to her death.

Deloris Gillespie's children told reporters Thursday that she had been trying to help a homeless man by hiring him to do some work in her Brooklyn apartment.

Jerome Isaac, 47, has been charged with murder and arson for allegedly cornering Gillespie in the elevator, spraying her with gasoline and setting her ablaze on Dec. 17.

He told police she owed him $2,000 for work he had done for her. She told neighbors he was stealing from her.

Gillespie's family said she was 71, not 73 as originally reported.

A memorial service is scheduled for today in a Brooklyn church.

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