Police: child reportedly forgotten in car for 8 hours, big crowd expected at ESP gun show, can principal search student's mobile?
Colonie police say a 1 year old was left in a car for almost 8 hours Thursday -- CPD says the father reported what had happened and said he had forgotten to drop the child off at day care. CPD says the child was treated at Albany Med and release -- he apparently wasn't exhibiting any signs of hypothermia. The father is not currently facing any charges. [CPD] [News10] [WNYT]
Skepticism is focusing on the Cuomo admin's plan to allow local governments to pay a constant rate for pension contributions. [TU] Earlier: A quick scan of Andrew Cuomo's 2013 budget
Also: skepticism of Andrew Cuomo's no-tax-increases statement about the budget prompts question of what the definition is of a tax increase. [YNN]
Andrew Cuomo's top aide says the $7.8 million "spin-up" on payments to Albany for the ESP was "inadvertently" left out of the the administration's proposed budget. [TU CapCon]
The New York Army National Guard will be part of a pilot program for the new policy officially allowing women in combat roles. [TU]
The DMV says the mailing of about 70,000 registration stickers has been delayed because of printing problem with the stickers. [TU]
Organizers of the antique and collectible gun show at the Empire State Plaza this weekend are expecting some of their biggest ever crowds. [TU]
The average wholesale price for electricity in New York was at its lowest level in 12 years in 2012 thanks in large part to lower natural gas prices. [NYISO]
Grover Norquist is scheduled to appear at the Conservative Party Political Action Conference this weekend in Colonie. [TU CapCon]
Among the goals this year in Bethlehem: the addition of more sidewalks. [TU]
State Police say a traffic stop in Clifton Park Wednesday resulted in two chases -- one on foot, the other by car -- and the arrest of two men from Schenectady. [NYSP]
Albany police say they've made two arrests for the theft of $20,000 in musical equipment from a church in West Hill. And APD says the equipment was recovered. The church's pastor says one of the men is a musician for the church, and the other a former member. [APD] [TU]
Unfortunate job assignment of the week: the Rotterdam cops who staked out a house in order to catch a man who's accused of serially exposing himself to a newspaper carrier. [Daily Gazette]
Republicans on the Troy city council are continuing to criticize the appointment of a police commissioner. [Troy Record]
Interesting legal question prompted by a situation at Berne-Knox-Westerlo: can a school principal go through the files on a student's confiscated mobile? [News10]
MVP Health Care laid off 68 people this week -- 41 of them at its downtown Schenectady office. [Daily Gazette]
Fox23 is canceling its 5 pm and 11 pm newscasts as part of shared resources arrangement with News10. WTEN's general manager says the two stations are still working out how they'll pool resources. [Fox23] [TU]
Colonie PD: Investigation into One Year Old Child left in Vehicle
On 01-24-13 at 4:14pm the Colonie Police Department received a call from the father of a one year old male child stating that the child had been left in his vehicle during his work day at 210 Morris Road. The child was treated at the scene by Colonie EMS and was conscience and alert before being transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital. The child was released later that evening. The child was dressed for the cold weather and restrained in his car seat for approximately eight hours. The father failed to drop off the child at day care and became aware of the error when called by his wife inquiring about the child. Child Protective Services and the Albany County District Attorney's Office have been notified and are assisting in this investigation.__
APD: Attempted Murder Arrest
Albany detectives arrested a 48 year old city resident who fired a handgun while inside a convenience store on Ontario Street.
On January 17, 2013 at approximately 8:20 a.m., officers responded to The Stadium Deli and Grocery, 82 Ontario Street, for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, the employees stated that a man had entered the store and attempted to shoot them.
Darrell Heggins, of Albany, approached the counter and caused a commotion with the employees. He then displayed a handgun and fired one shot at them while still inside the store.
The only two people inside the store at the time were the employees. Neither were injured during the incident.
Heggins was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder 2nd.
He was arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.__
Arrests Made in Church Burglary
Albany detectives arrested two city residents for burglarizing a church on Sheridan Avenue.
On January 20, 2013 at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers responded to The Powerhouse City of Deliverance Church, located at 320 Sheridan Avenue, for a report of a burglary. When the officers arrived, the victim stated that someone had entered the building and stole the churches musical equipment.
Earlier that day, Joshua Berrien, 22, and Joseph Rochford, 26, both of Albany, entered the church and stole several musical instruments, microphones, and speakers belonging to the church band.
Berrien was charged with Burglary 3rd, Grand Larceny 3rd, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd.
Rochford was charged with Burglary 3rd and Grand Larceny 3rd.
Both men were arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court.
All of the items stolen during the burglary were recovered during the investigation.
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