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Prison officers block news crew from tourist site

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WILTON, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York TV crew was threatened with arrest by corrections officers as they filmed at a public historic site on the grounds of an empty, soon-to-be-closed state prison.

Mark Mulholland, a reporter for Albany's NewsChannel 13, was working Thursday on a story about Grant's Cottage, the site in the Saratoga County town of Wilton where President Ulysses S. Grant died. He was confronted by a lieutenant from the Mount McGregor Correctional Facility who said the crew had no permission to film and ordered them off the property while demanding their footage.

Blocking the journalists, officers allowed tourists access to the site. The crew was allowed to leave with the video after talks between the station and state officials.

Corrections told the station it regretted the encounter, but said the crew violated policy. The New York State Associated Press Association condemned the interference.

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