Westerlo woman charged with son's murder, driver charged with manslauter in Milton teen's death, Colonie braces for Trader Joe traffic, Godzilla returns to Voorheesville

The Westerlo woman whose 22-year-old disabled son was found dead in their home earlier this week, has been charged with his murder. Tracy Zetsche was charged with second-degree murder after an autopsy revealed that Gabriel Philby-Zetsche was killed by a stab wound to the chest and multiple skill fractures. [TU] [YNN] [WNYT]

The 21-year-old Rock City Falls man charged with driving drunk when his car struck and killed a teen on West Milton Road last month has now charged with vehicular manslaughter in the case. [Record] [TU]

911 tapes reveal that Robert Kowalik, the man dragged by a pick up truck this week hung on to the exterior of the truck, telling 911 dispatchers over his cell phone, "I can't hold on much longer." Walmart surveillance video shows that Kowalik was dragged by the truck. The driver of the truck -- the current boyfriend of the victims ex-girlfriend-- claims he stopped the vehicle several times and each time he tried to leave Kowalik jumped back on the truck. [TU] [News 10] [YNN]

Police in Waterford have arrested a man for robbing the Pioneer Savings bank on Saratoga Avenue yesterday. [TU]

A natural gas drilling company says local bans on fracking are illegal in New York State and plans to sue unless bans enacted by New York municipalities are reversed. [Record]

Police are warning residents of Albany's Washington Park neighborhood about a rash of recent car burglaries. Over the last two months 29 cars have been broken into - 10 on Monday night alone. [News 10] [YNN]

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Albany police are investigating a shooting on the 400 block of 1st Street around 5PM on Tuesday that sent a 32 year old to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. [APD Press Release]

A Rensselaer County judge has upheld the conviction of Daiman Burkett for killing his girlfriend while her children slept. Burkett appealed his conviction on the grounds that he was denied a proper defense. [TU]

The defense attorney in the murder trial of Jerome "Havoc" Hamilton tried to discredit a witness yesterday, who went back on a 2008 statement by testifying that he saw Hamilton shoot a Jerome "problem" Canon. [TU]

A Brooklyn man was arraigned on a charge of second degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting outside a Mont Pleasant bar in November.
[TU]

A Troy teen is being tried on 18 counts, including second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, in connection with a drug-related shooting at a city gas station last year. [TU]

The head of Albany's code enforcement says he'll keep citing an Albany landlord on a daily basis as long as his properties continue to violate a two-year-old Board of Zoning Appeals, but a judge will not require landlord Roger Ploof to evict 40 people and cut back the number of properties he owns while he fights current code violations. [TU]

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Albany County officials did not shred or destroy any documents relating to the county's controversial redistricting plan. The claims were brought by the plaintffs in a lawsuit that contends the county new redistricting plan violates the federal Voting Rights Act. [TU]

Police in Saratoga arrested two alleged drug dealers they say were responsible for "a major portion of the drug distribution " from the Jefferson and Vanderbilt Terrace subsidized housing complexes in the city. City police chief Chris Cole says the incidents do not indicate a crime wave at the complexes. [Saratogian] [Gazette]

A Democratic candidate for Schenectady City Council has been pulled off the ballot for gathering an insufficient amount of signatures after 300 names on his nominating petitions were tossed out. [Gazette]

The Town of Queensbury has agreed not to file an injunction to stop a music festival planned for West Mountain this weekend that doesn't have the proper permits, but has reserved the right to bring enforcement action against the owner of West Mountain if problems occur. [Post Star]

The problems Albany County is having with its nursing home are shared by other public and private nursing homes across New York. [TU]

Bethlehem Central School District is cutting its school breakfast program, which costs $32,500 a year and only serves about three students per school. [TU]

Students, teachers and alumni of Oneida Middle School turned out for an open house to say goodbye to the school, which closed this spring due to budget cuts. [TU]

A former Guilderland assessor is suing the town, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was terminated without being give a reason. [TU]

Citing a statement by New York's Attorney General that says amateur mixed martial arts fighting is not illegal in the state, a group of MMA promoters plan to bring a program of 10-14 amateur fights to Washington Avenue Armory in Albany next week. [WNYT]

The woman who ran into a burning building to save a one year old is being hailed as a hero, but says it was just her "motherly instincts kicking in" [Fox 23]

245 people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs attended a required monthly impact panel in Guilderland last night, where victims who have been injured or lost a loved one tin a drunk or drugged driving accident shared their stories.[Fox 23]

Scientists trying to stop the spread of the spiny water flea say closing the Feeder Canal in Glens Falls probably won't do the trick. [Post Star]

The Downtoan Albany Business Improvement District has released a video starring "Rescue Me" actor and Albany native James McCaffrey, intended to bring more film shoots to the city. [Fox 23]

Colonie is bracing for Trader Joe's traffic. [TU]

Trader Joe's isn't the only market opening in the Capital Region on Friday -- Bon Ton Fish Market -- the first spin-off from a market in Greenwich, CT that opened back in 1902, is slated to open Friday in Wilton. [Saratogian]

The new waterfront park on Saratoga Lake is expected to be open any day now. [Saratogian]

Area residents raised over $5,000 in one week to help a Rensselaer County anti-drug summer camp for at-risk youth open its doors again this month. [Record]

Godzilla the iguana is back home with his family in Voorheesville [Fox 23]

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APD Press Release -- First Street Shooting

Albany police are investigating the shooting of a 32 year old Ontario Street man that happened last evening on First Street.

Officers responded to the 400 block of First Street, just after 5:00 p.m., after receiving a call for a man who was shot. When they arrived, they located Rasuan Kornegay, of Albany, with a single gunshot wound to his right leg.

He was treated at the scene by medical personnel and transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries

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