Reward for identity of West Hill shooter, teen saves baby, a challenger for Amedore, homecoming queen election intrigue

An Albany church is offering $1000 to anyone who can identifiy the person who shot and killed 10-year-old Kathina Thomas in West Hill Thursday night. Police think Thomas was hit by a stray bullet. [Daily Gazette]

An 18-year-old was shot twice in the head near Schenectady's Central Park Saturday. The teenager, who was visiting from Maryland, is Schenectady's third homicide this year and the seventh for the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany teenager saved a baby from being run over by a bus Friday afternoon. Tyler Purvis-Mitchell, who's 14, spotted the five-day-old baby after it had fallen out of its carriage while being loaded onto the bus. [TU]

Police say a guy robbed a bank at Stuyvesant Plaza the Town Center Plaza in Guilderland (the plaza at Johnston Rd across from the mall), was then chased through Colonie and Menands, and then nabbed in the parking lot of the VA hospital on Holland Ave. in Albany. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady city councilman and Democrat Mark Blanchfield announced he'll challenge Republican George Amedore for the 105th Assembly District seat (that's Paul Tonko's old seat). Amedore was elected in a special election last year after Tonko left to head up NYSERDA. [Daily Gazette]

RPI will knock down 13 buildings in the neighborhood surrounding EMPAC. [TU]

Benita Johnson won her third consecutive Freihofer's Run for Women Saturday -- and then found out her dad had just died. [TU]

Was an openly gay student elected homecoming queen at Hudson High? Students say yes, the administration says no. [TU]

A fifth-grader in Saratoga has raised $650 to buy mosquito nets for people in Africa. She decided to raise the money -- she's aiming for $1000 -- after seeing a segment about malaria on an "Idol Gives Back" episode of "American Idol." [Saratogian]


The bank was in Towne Center Plaza (Berkshire Bank), not Stuyvesant Plaza.

Thanks for the heads-up! It's fixed now.

The reward has now increased to $11,000, unfortunately no matter how high the reward gets, it's not going to bring back the life of Kathina Thomas -- nor is it going to get the guns off of the streets in too many Albany neighborhoods.

All of these child/baby stories has me a nervous wreck. I think I'm going to create a onesie made completely out of rubber. It will be a nice accessory to my diaper parachute.

Ok, my friend just informed me that the physics of Loony Toon cartoons aren't real, and that I might want to reconsider my blueprints. Great. All that funding, wasted.

It's sad that it takes a significant monetary reward to get someone to (hopefully) come forward in this case. How can anyone sit around, knowing they have information on the shooting of an innocent child, and not say something? Weak.

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