Rensselaer County man charged with murder of infant daughter, man allegedly went nuts at ALB parking gate, veteran awarded Purple Heart 65 years after earning it

A Rensselaer County man has been charged with killing his infant daughter earlier this year. Joseph McElheny has pleaded not guilty to the charges. State police say the girl had broken bones and showed signs of blunt force trauma. A note taped to the family's front door said the state had made "the process of grieving impossible" and "We are confident the whole world will soon know what a loving wonderful father Joe is." [TU] [WTEN] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

A Times Union investigation has raised questions about whether the city of Albany gang prevention specialists has been doing outside speaking gigs while claiming sick time. [TU]

The Albany police sergeant who allegedly tried to cover up a detective's drunk driving was "untruthful" about the events surrounding the incident and showed no remorse for his role, according to an arbitrator's ruling. [TU]

There's now a general road map for the Albany Police Department's community policing effort. [TU]

The former CEO of a Catskills gambling/resort company is trying to cast doubt on the trustworthiness of Genting, the company close to securing the deal to develop a racino at Aqueduct. There's hope among local officials that the almost-finished Aqueduct deal will bring stability and much-needed upgrades to the Saratoga Race Course. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County Sheriff's office say a man who apparently couldn't pay the $5 to exit ALB's economy lot on Friday jumped out of his car, tried to commandeer a fire truck by asserting that he was an air marshall, then stripped off his clothes and yelled that he had a bomb in his car. [WNYT] [TU] [WTEN]

Law enforcement officials say Philip Markoff, the 2007 UAlbany grad who was accused of being the "Craigslist killer" in Boston, was found dead in his jail cell Sunday. They say it appears he committed suicide. [ASP] [Boston Globe] [CNN]

David Paterson signed the bill making no-fault divorce legal in New York State. [NYT]

Albany police say a man was shot in the arm early Saturday in Arbor Hill (map). They say the man didn't give them many details about what happened. [TU] [WNYT]

Albany police say a woman reported being mugged by three women Friday night at the western end of Washington Park (map). [WNYT]

The Schenectady man who pleaded guilty to beating an elderly Scotia couple was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison. [Daily Gazette]

An off-duty East Greenbush police officer died Sunday when his motorcycle crashed during a charity ride on Route 2, according to the town's supervisor. State police say it appears the officer lost control and swerved across the center lane and was hit by an oncoming car. [Troy Record] [TU]

Says the mother of the 11-year-old Schenectady boy who's recovering from being shot in the head earlier this summer: "We don't sleep at night anymore. Every day we wake up and relive this day, over and over and over again. It's changed our lives tremendously." [Daily Gazette]

A fire at a junk yard in Schenectady sent thick smoke into the air around downtown Friday evening. The smoke reportedly made the surrounding area smell liked burnt rubber. [Daily Gazette] [WTEN]

A Latham man says the state has charged him $50 because he's mows a piece of state-owned land along the Mohawk. [Troy Record]

Electronic versions of roulette and baccarat are reportedly coming to the Saratoga racino -- and, if the deal goes through, the one at Aqueduct, too. [Daily News]

A 92-year-old Cohoes man was awarded a Purple Heart this past weekend -- 65 years after earning it during his service in the Pacific in WWII. [YNN] [Troy Record]

Schenectady's Central Park Rose Garden has been named the third best municipal rose garden in the country. [Daily Gazette]

Says one woman about the race to claim at picnic table at The Track: "It's like the running of the bulls... Seriously, you run." [Saratogian]


out of bizarre curiosity, I went to see if the ALB Airport nutter had a facebook page...and he does! I wonder what his next status update will be? "I didn't write STAND BACK on my undies... I got them at Spencer's Gifts."

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