Conflicting reports of what happend during Schenectady police shooting, Cuomo reportedly used state aircraft to commute, grenade found in Albany yard, Cinderella gets engaged

There are conflicting reports about what happened before Schenectady police shot and killed Luis Rivera Friday afternoon just off State Street (map). Schenectady police say Rivera had been robbed in Hamilton Hill Thursday night and had returned to the Hamilton Hill/Vale area Friday. They say they responded to a call that Rivera had a gun, and after trying to subdue Rivera told him to get down, he instead motioned the gun toward the officers and they fired 14 shots, killing him. People who say they witnessed the shooting report a sequence of events that disputes the SPD's version of events. The SPD says it has dashcam video, still unreleased, that backs up its version. Nearby residents say they're concerned police opened fire on a street where children were reportedly playing -- and that shots fired by officers ended up lodged in nearby porches. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [WNYT] [TU] [Fox23]

Troy police say an Albany man has been arrested for allegedly running over a 3-year-old Saturday night in North Central -- and then pulling a handgun when confronted by the child's father (map). The child reportedly suffered internal injuries that are not life-threatening. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

Data from the "black box" on the SUV that hit and killed the three women in Vorheesville last week indicates the Toyota Highlander had been traveling 38 mph shortly before the crash -- and then accelerated to 46 mph without braking just before the moment of impact. Albany County's acting sheriff says it's still unconfirmed that the driver had been taking prescription drugs. [WNYT] [TU] [WTEN]

The AP reports that Andrew Cuomo has used state aircraft to commute to/from his Westchester County residence after official state trips, which could be a violation or ethics rules. The Cuomo admin has been something less than forthcoming about records regarding the use of state aircraft. [AP] [TU]

Surprise -- Albany's been using single-stream recycling since July. [TU]

The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese has placed the now-retired pastor at St. Adalbert's in Schenectady on administrative leave after an allegation he was part of a group of priests accused of sexually abusing a young boy decades ago in Colonie. The diocese says Carl Urban strongly denies the accusation. [TU] [WNYT]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office's bomb expert lives outside the county but uses the address of a Latham veterinary office as his official address. [TU]

Albany police say State Police removed a grenade from a yard in the upper Washington neighborhood Saturday afternoon (map). [TU]

Community colleges all around the state -- including Schenectady County Community College -- are adding dorms. [Post-Star]

The new McDonald's proposed for Hoosick Street in Troy has gotten a preliminary approval, though officials are pushing for the design to appear more urban (example: add a second floor). [TU] Earlier: Hoosick Street: Future UFO landing site?

More than 100 RPI grad student tenants have moved into the new City Station development in downtown Troy. [Troy Record]

The owner of the 1866 Winans-Crippen House in Saratoga has decided to not demolish the historic building and instead has placed it on the market. [Daily Gazette]

Who still buys the paper version of newspapers? Extreme couponers. [Saratogian]

Wild boar have apparently moved into Washington County. [TU]

The Great Escapes' Cinderella was asked by her Prince Charming to marry him this past Friday. [Post-Star]


So the bride-to-be is 21 and has been playing Cinderella at the Great Escape for 8 years? I'm really hoping one of those numbers is wrong!

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