New York - While gas prices are almost 40 cents more than a year ago, analysts are certain the price of gas will stay below the $5 mark this summer- provided a war doesn’t break out in the Middle East. Tom Mailey, a spokesman for Stewart’s Shops, said the closing of three U.S. refineries in recent weeks has also reduced output, therefore boosting prices.  Those three refineries represented about 700,000 barrels of daily refining capacity.

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Rotterdam - State police want to speak to customers of ABC Body Works on Guilderland Avenue.  Troopers have charged 63-year old Joseph Colarossi with overcharging for unsatisfactory repairs.  The arrest resulted in a one-month long investigation.  Police want anyone who had recent repairs by Colarossi or anyone else at the shop to call them at 518-630-1712.

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Fort Edward - In the trial of Matthew Slocum, a state police investigator spoke at the trial yesterday and said Slocum admitted to the three killings.  State Police Investigator John Ogden also testified that Slocum told him about the weapon.  Ogden stated Slocum was agitated with his treatment by New Hampshire police and began making unsolicited remarks.  Ogden is the prosecution’s first witness.  Slocum faces a possible life sentence on three counts of second-degree murder.

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Schenectady - A fire  has left three people hospitalized and one person unaccounted for.  A three-story home on State Street caught fire late Wednesday.  The identities of the victims were not immediately known nor the extent of their injuries.  Fire crews arrived at 1461 State Street.   around 10:30am, but the fire was still not under control by midnight. Several fire companies were called in for assistance.