APD says officers acted "appropriately" in shooting, not-so-happy ending for massage parlors, GE and EPA differ on dredging, he's best of breed

Albany deputy police chief Steve Krokoff said yesterday that a preliminary investigation indicates the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a driver at Quail and Spring this week "acted appropriately." Police say the driver, Howard Tucker, tried to speed away when the officers noticed a gun in his car during a traffic stop -- but Tucker lost control of the car in the snow. In the ensuing rush, Tucker allegedly ran over one of the officers and eventually pinned him against a fence. That's when the one (or at least one) of the officers started firing on Tucker. Krokoff says the officers' car did have a camera and the video will be used in the investigation. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [CapNews9] [WTEN] [CBS6] [Fox23]

Colonie police say the arrested five women this week for allegedly offering "additional manual stimulation" at two massage parlors -- "happy ending" was the term allegedly used by the women. One of the businesses was busted during a sting last year. Actual massage therapists say they now have to work to screen out clients looking for "release." [CapNews9] [TU] [WTEN] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette $]

An East Berne man has been charged under Buster's Law for allegedly leaving two dogs outside without food. The Albany County sheriff's department says one dog died and it looks like the other ate parts of him. The man's attorney says the dogs were not neglected. [TU] [WTEN] [CapNews9] [Fox23]

Suspended Schenectady cop John Lewis was acquitted on DWI charges yesterday by a city court judge. The case has raised questions about how police handled the 2008 incident. Lewis still faces charges from other incidents. [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [WNYT]

The assessments by EPA and GE of phase one of the Hudson River PCB dredging project don't match up -- on the number of times PCB levels in the water exceeded limits or how many tons of PCBs were removed. [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

A Schenectady man has been charged with multiple shootings last summer. [Daily Gazette $]

A man was arrested in Rensselaer County court yesterday after allegedly telling a witness, "I'm gonna kill you."

Five companies have submitted proposals for managing paid parking in downtown Saratoga Springs. [Saratogian]

Stewart's Shops says it had sales of $1.25 billion last year. [Saratogian]

Scott Murphy visited Afghanistan this week. [Post-Star]

Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford are bickering of tax returns. [CapNews9]

An NYT story concludes that new New York Court of Appeals chief judge Jonathan Lippman has made the court "scrappier, more divided and [a] more liberal panel." [NYT]

A visla from Slingerlands was named "best of breed" at the Westminster Dog Show this week. [Dog-Owned Life]

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