Mother and daughter found dead in Rotterdam, Albany County corrections officers arrested in connection with gambling ring, large dogs maul small dogs to death in Albany

A 52-year-old-woman and her 23-year-old daughter were found dead in their Rotterdam home -- police are calling their deaths suspicious. A "a person with knowledge" of the investigation tells the TU the women were strangled. Rotterdam police say they've arrested a former boyfriend of the daughter and charged him with first-degree burglary for a break-in Wednesday morning. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Two Albany County corrections officers were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly taking part in anillegal bookmaking ring in which bets and payoffs took place at the county jail. The investigation into the national gambling ring has been going on for several years, and three local civilians were arrested for their part in the ring.[WNYT] [Record] [Saratogian] [TU]

On yesterday's Capitol Pressroom, Andrew Cuomo said New York's gun legislation goes far beyond the proposed federal legislation being discussed. Cuomo said the federal bill, which expands background checks but does not extend an expired ban on assault weapons, "is better than nothing, but it's still nothing." [Capitol Pressroom][WNYT] [TU]

Cuomo vetoed over 200 lines in the state budget on Wednesday -- the money not re-bury the bodies of 15 former slaves found during a sewer construction project in Albany was not vetoed. [Capitol Confidential] [TU]

Albany police say two large dogs -- each weighing more than 100 pounds --- crashed a fence in Arbor Hill and mauled a pair of small dogs to death in an alley where the owner of the small dogs was walking them. The owner of the large dogs, an English bull mastiff and a Presa Canario, was cited with six violations for each dog.[TU][YNN][APD Press Release]

A 29-year-old Schenectady man pleaded guilty yesterday to the shooting death of another city man last October.[TU]

A pair of Clifton Park men are facing charges in an alleged online prostitution setup.[Saratogian]

This week's machete attack in Saratoga, in which a city man lost part of his ear, is the fourth major crime in the city in the last two weeks. [YNN]

Police are searching for the person who stole a BB gun from a downtown Saratoga business this week.[YNN]

A threat overheard in a Schenectady elementary school led to a brief lockdown yesterday.[News 10]

A Troy man pleaded guilty to driving a backhoe down Central Avenue in Albany while drunk. An open can of Four Loko was found in the cab of the backhoe and he had a BAC of .18 when picked up by police. [YNN][News 10]

A garden grows in Watervliet -- inside a dome at a recreation center, using huge grow lights confiscated in a marijuana raid. [YNN]

South Glens Falls high school students are working to raise money for a staffer who lost everything she had in a fire this week. The fire apparently started in an overloaded outlet.[YNN][Saratogian]

Construction on the Albany Barn lofts is set to begin.[WNYT]

The Place Beoyond the Pines premieres locally today, with a special screening in Schenectady. [YNN]

Another movie premieres next week in Schenectady.[News 10]

A Japanese television program will feature the story of the Saratoga Chip. [Saratogian]


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APD Press Release: Dog Incident on Ludlow Alley

Albany police seized two large dogs yesterday afternoon following an incident on Ludlow Alley.

On April 9, 2013 at approximately 4:20 p.m., animal control responded to Ludlow Alley for a report of two vicious dogs. Upon arrival the caller stated that he was walking his two small dogs in the alley, when two larger dogs broke through the rear fence of a home on Clinton Avenue and mauled his dogs. Both of the victim's dogs were severely injured and died at the scene.

The caller was not injured during the incident.

The large dogs, an English Bull Mastiff and a Presa Canario, were seized at the scene and transported to The Hudson River Humane Society pending a ten day quarantine period. Their owner, James Garland, 42, of Albany, was cited by the animal control officer for Vicious Dog, Chase and Harass, Dog Running Loose, Unlicensed Dog, No Rabies Vaccination and Fail to Identify Your Dog.

He is scheduled to appear in Albany City Civil Court at a later date.

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