Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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A Schenectady County farmer has raised more than $50,000 to assist with legal costs as he faces multiple charges of animal endangerment. The story has gone viral and led to heightened emotions by both sides.

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The Skidmore College student found responsible for a sexual assault and whose readmission hearing sparked protests on campus and elsewhere has had his suspension extended by two years. Some advocates think the decision doesn’t go far enough.

The debate over an expansion of a golf course in Saratoga Springs continues as the city updates its Comprehensive Plan. At a meeting this week, supporters and opponents of the Saratoga National proposal brought their concerns to the city council.

A case against a retired police officer accused of killing his wife last year has been postponed.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has euthanized a reportedly aggressive deer that was familiar with neighbors in the Washington County town of Cambridge.

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 Update 3/26/15:

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old James Pelton. Police said Pelton was from Poughkeepsie and an employee at GlobalFoundries. Our original story is below.

A freight train struck and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning in the Southern Saratoga County city of Mechanicville, a hub for rail traffic in the region.

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The University at Albany men’s and women’s basketball teams are returning home from the NCAA Tournament.

Capital Region officials are pushing for a video lottery gaming facility at the Rensselaer site that was pitched last year as a potential location for a Hard Rock casino.

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Washington County has given its approval to a proposed medical marijuana growing facility intending to set up shop there. 

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Village elections were held across New York Wednesday. Two challengers in some of the only contested mayoral races in the region claimed victory over their incumbent opponents.