Missing baby dropped off at church, man says he left dog duct taped so it would get help, 91-years-old and still skiing

The Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl 21-17. [ESPN]

Police say the Schenectady infant who had been missing was dropped off by an unidentified man at a church on Central Ave in Albany on Saturday. Police are investigating how the baby ended up missing -- her mother has been charged with perjury for allegedly denying that she is the mother. The father is also facing charges. Said the priest of the man who dropped off the baby: "He looked kind of weather beaten and anxious ... he also looked sincere and serious about accomplishing this task and I give him credit for making the right decision." [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [WNYT]

A jury found Dhoruba Shuaib guilty of first-degree manslaughter Friday afternoon in the stabbing death of Albany teen Tyler Rhodes -- prosecutors had argued Shuaib had restricted Rhodes' movements before he was allegedly stabbed by another teen in Hoffman Park last April. Prosecutors had introduced mobile phone video of the incident as evidence, and Shuaib's attorney says the video was probably key in the jury deciding to convict her client. Said Rhodes' mother after the verdict: "I don't want any retaliation against those kids in the video ... Tyler was against it, he wouldn't want that." [TU] [Fox23] [WTEN]

The Saratoga Springs Housing Authority is now bringing in a professional exterminator to deal with the bed bug problem at the Stonequist Apartments. [Daily Gazette]

The state inspector general's office now has the power to look at the tax returns of state employees and others potentially connected to investigations, an arrangement that might be illegal. Update: The state Department of Taxation and Finance and the state Inspector General's office released a statement today calling the TU's article "misleading and inaccurate." [TU] [NYS DTF, NYS IG press release]

A state Department of Health Report concludes that Saratoga County Water Authority might not be able to meet the demand of all its customers during maintenance of its filters. (The authority's biggest customer is Global Foundries.) [TU]

Proposed state legislation would make it easier for women younger than 17 to the get the morning after pill. [Daily Gazette]

A California business man warned the feds about possible fraud at McGinn, Smith & Co. six years ago. [TU]

The Cohoes Fire Department says it appears smoking caused the fire that killed a 70-year-old woman Saturday night (map). [Troy Record]

Colonie police say man died a single car wreck in Loudonville Saturday night. The force of the crash ripped the man's car in two. [YNN] [CBS6]

Schenectady police say there were reports of shots fired outside a Central State neighborhood banquet hall early Saturday morning (map). They say more than 100 people were fighting outside when they responded. [TU] [Fox23]

State Police say a dog was found with its paws duct-taped together along a road in Washington County Friday. The dog was euthanized because it was suffering from a serious illness. Police have arrested the man who allegedly duct-taped the dog and left him alongside the road. The man says he couldn't afford to pay for a vet to help the dog, so, "I left it where I knew someone would find the dog. If I didn't want anyone to find it I could have left it in the mountains somewhere." [Saratogian] [YNN] [Fox23] [TU]

The Troy Fire Department says it's turned the investigation of last year's fire at Trader Ed's over to the Troy Police Department. [TU]

Police say a scuffle erupted in a crowd of as many as 200 people outside the Foot Locker at Crossgates Mall Saturday morning when it became apparent that there weren't enough of a new sneaker to go around. No one was arrested. [CBS6] [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayor Scott Johnson emphasized re-development along Route 9 north of Exit 13 in his State of the City address. [Saratogian]

The Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville is losing some of its planes, but will keep the famous ski planes that fly polar transport missions. [TU]

Animal control in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy say 75 percent of the dogs picked up last month were pit bull mixes. [TU]

A state geologist says the hillside upon which the Hoffman's car wash on Delaware Ave in Bethlehem sits still faces the risk of a major landslide. [TU]

Tropical Storm Irene was the final push toward death for a 400-year-old tree at the Landis Arboretum. [Daily Gazette]

A Lake George man could be the biggest Giants fan. [YNN]

The woman who founded the Schenectady Ski School in 1950 is still skiing and teaching lessons at age 91. [TU]


In fairness, wrapping duct tape around something is the universal symbol that it needs help.

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