Bad week for Albany police, yet another Congressional candidate, sedentary crossing guards, local woman on WifeSwap

The Albany Police Department isn't having the best week. The department's catching criticism after a woman accused two officers of giving her a cavity search without probable cause two months ago. The woman says she was then discouraged from filing a complaint. And yesterday, an APD sergeant was arraigned on a charge that he pulled a gun on a clerk at the Traffic Safety Building -- the sergeant says he's innocent. [TU] [TU] [CapNews9]

Yet another candidate has jumped in the race for the 21st Congressional District. The latest contender is Democrat Gary Mittelman, former CEO of Plug Power. (Check out AOA's Congressional Candidate Scorecard.) He says he's running because "career politicians" aren't getting the job done in Washington. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady police are annoyed that some crossing guards are sitting in their cars during cold or wet weather while children cross the street. The SPD has told the guards they'll be fired if they don't get their act together. Tuesday a guard told the Gazette, "I'm not going to stand out in the rain, would you?" [Daily Gazette]

A guy in Schenectady got nabbed at the post office while trying to pick up 25 pounds of marijuana that had been mailed to him from Arizona. Police were tipped off after a drug-sniffing dog caught the packages in Troy. [Daily Gazette]

The name of the Saratoga Hotel will change to the "The Saratoga Hilton" this month. [Saratogian]

A Loudonville woman (Cat Noel, one of the morning hosts on The Edge) will be on ABC's WifeSwap tonight. She says the experience has made her no longer afraid of people who "live in absolute normalcy all the time." [TU]

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