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Trooper killed in crash honored at her funeral

NORTH SYRACUSE (AP) -- The New York State trooper who died last week in an on-duty crash squeezed all the joy she could out of life and was a quick-to-learn, effective trooper, her colleagues, including her fiance, said Friday.

Amanda Anna, a six-year veteran, may have been pursuing a violator last Friday night when her marked Tahoe crashed and overturned, killing her, investigators said.

More than 1,400 people attended Friday's funeral, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and police from all over the Northeast. Officers filed into the North Syracuse Baptist Church with their hats held over their hearts.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Trooper Andrew Lodge, Anna's fiance, told the congregation that she found joy in everything, "big and small." Anna, who was from Liverpool, had a 4-year-old son. "She brought that joy to us every day," Lodge said.

Anna, 31, grew up in Fair Haven in neighboring Cayuga County and was a star basketball player in high school. She was a teacher until she joined the State Police in 2006.


Man pleads guilty in crash that killed teen

BALLSTON SPA (AP) -- A man who was driving his pickup truck nearly 100 mph just before crashing on a rural upstate New York road has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for killing the high school student riding with him.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said Brian Vecchio, 18, of Ballston Spa admitted Thursday that he was responsible for the death of Noelle Johnsen, 17, a junior at Ballston Spa High School.

Authorities said Vecchio was passing another car in the town of Providence when he lost control and crashed into a utility pole on Jan. 7.

Murphy said data from the pickup's "black box" showed Vecchio was traveling at 98 mph just before the crash.

He's expected to be sentenced Aug. 2 to from 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.


Officer charged in seeking sex via Web

TROY (AP) -- New York City investigators have accused a veteran officer of the Troy Police Department of trying to arrange a sexual encounter via computer with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday that Sgt. Patrick Rosney, 53, of Rensselaer was arrested earlier in the day and charged with attempted endangering the welfare of a child and disseminating indecent material to a minor. He said Rosney sent sexually explicit messages and webcam video of his genitals to what turned out to be an undercover NYPD vice officer he'd met online May 15.

Rosney was being brought to Queens for arraignment.

Troy police said Rosney, a 26-year veteran of the department, has been suspended without pay.