State prepares for Hurricane Irene, murder in Schenectady, shootings in Albany, robotic heart surgery

No one's sure how severe Hurricane Irene will be, but Andrew Cuomo is telling state agencies to coordinate and prepare. The hurricane plowed over the Bahamas today is expected to hit North Carolina Saturday and move up the East Coast Sunday -- with some forecasts predicting a second landfall in the New York City metro area. [YNN] [NYT] [CNN] [NYT]

Neighbors who witnessed the pit bull attack in Schenectady said the dogs were dragging the woman and tearing at her head. The attack left 58-year-old Shirleen Lucas with parts of her ears and scalp chewed off. Two of the three dogs have been euthanized. [TU] [WNYT] [YNN]

There was gunfire and then a police chase in Albany's West Hill neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. A man in his 20s was found outside of a Second Street house with multiple gunshot wounds. Albany police says they're not sure if the shooting and the men apprehended after the chase are connected. The APD also says the Trustco bank on Northern Blvd was robbed yesterday afternoon. [YNN] [TU] [WNYT] [APD press release below]

A Schenectady man has been arrested for a murder in the Central State neighborhood (map). [Daily Gazette]

Overshadowed by the 5.8 East Coast earthquake Tuesday were two tiny tremors in the HIlltowns. The biggest one registered at a 2.2 magnitude. [TU]

Deborah Thompson, the wife of Milton supervisor Frank Thompson, pleaded guilty to bilking an elderly woman out of nearly $30,000. [Saratogian]

A track worker who drove his car into Saratoga Lake is accused of assaulting his wife on the backstretch earlier in the day. The Racing and Waging Board has now banned him from working at the track. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A court has ruled that school districts cannot automatically impose that student test scores be such a large part of teacher evaluations. [TU]

A Corinth Central School District bus driver has resigned amid accusations that she abused special-needs students. [Daily Gazette]

State police issued 1,200 tickets during their "Speed Week" campaign. [YNN]

A Clifton Park woman had two children in the car when she was arrested for driving in Queensbury with a BAC of .35 and crashing into another vehicle. [Post-Star]

A surgeon at Albany Medical Center who guided the first-ever robotic mitral valve replacement surgery said the robot makes smaller incisions than a human doctor would, making recovery time shorter. [YNN]


APD Press Release


The victim in this morning's shooting has been identified as Dejon Robinson, 21 of Green Street. He was shot twice in his torso. He is currently still hospitalized at Albany Medical Center. His condition is unknown.

There is no currrent information on the shooter.

Shots Fired/Pursuit

Two Albany men were arrested for weapons possession and reckless endangerment after they fired at least one shot from a SUV they were driving in at 11:20 a.m this morning. Kolby Martin, 27 and Eddie Peebles, 28, were arrested after a foot chase in the area of 20 Buel Street. Both men were in a SUV at Judson and Second Street when one of them allegedly fired a handgun from the vehicle at an unknown victim. A police sergeant witnessed the incident and pursued both in his patrol car when they fled the scene in the SUV. Both suspects abandoned the vehicle on Buel Street but were caught by officers after a short foot chase. Martin sustained two broken ankles as a result of a fall while attempting to run from officers. He was taken to St. Peter's for treatment. Officers recovered two handguns during the investigation.

It is still not clear if both incidents are connected.

Bank Robbery

Police are investigating a bank robbery at the Trustco Bank on Northern Blvd at 1:00 p.m. today. A Hispanic female in her twenties walked into the bank, handed the teller a note saying she had a handgun and demanded money. The teller gave her money and she fled on foot. The suspect had on a grey t-shirt with large black lettering and a blue ball cap with the letter C on the front with red lettering.


Can we euthanize the people who don't properly care for their dogs and train pit bulls to be aggressive fighters? :( That's horrible.

.35 means she's a professional. She should be in a coma with that number.

Is it just me, or has this been a terrifying week so far?

I'm so disturbed by the dog story. I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again- for someone to have three aggressive dogs like that is simply not normal. Now I get that she lived in a rough part of town and maybe the dogs were protection, but it just doesn't sit well with me. I'm glad to see that the police are investigating the matter further. That being said, I do feel a pang of pity for the dogs. I operate under the belief that dogs are made to be that way, and it's the fault of humanity that these tragedies occur. Of course I understand why they had to be euthanized, and I'm not arguing about it. It's just... I feel a little bad for them.
Of course that is completely dwarfed by how badly I feel for the victim. What a terrifying, awful thing to have to go through. My thoughts are with her for a fast, full recovery, with as little emotional scarring as possible.

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