Investigation into Boston Marathon bombings, Capital Region runners at marathon OK, armed robberies reported in E. Greenbush, appliance repair shop unplugged

Three people are now dead -- and more than 130 wounded -- after the Boston Marathon bombings Monday afternoon. There have been no announced arrests so far. The FBI is taking the lead on the case and an agency official called it "a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation." [Boston Globe] [Boston Globe] [NYT]

From a statement by Barack Obama: "We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake -- we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice." [White House]

More than a hundred people from the Capital Region ran the marathon Monday and it appears all of them are OK. [WNYT] [TU]

Albany police say two people were shot on the 300 block of Central Ave Monday afternoon (block map). APD says the incident appeared to be a confrontation between people who know each other -- and a "person of interest" was in custody Monday. The injuries injuries don't appear life-threatening. [APD]


Part of the anti-corruption proposals floated by state Senate Democrats Monday: guilty elected officials would lose their pensions. [State of Politics] [TU]

Andrew Cuomo and Bob Duffy made their tax returns available to the media Monday. Cuomo paid an effective federal tax rate of 19.69 percent. [TU] [State of Politics]

Elementary school students around the state start taking the new "Common Core" standardized tests today. [Daily Gazette]

Brice C. Rivenburgh -- charged with burglary of the home at which a mother and daughter were found dead last week in Rotterdam -- has been indicted, but the counts in the indictment have not been made public. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A Mechanicville man is in critical condition after what police say was a "vicious" beating at a bar early Sunday morning. A Washington County man has been arrested charged with first-degree assault. [Saratogian] [TU]

East Greenbush police say there were two armed robberies reported on Columbia Turnpike this past weekend. On both Friday and Saturday night around 10:30 pm, groups of pedestrians were approach by a man -- or group -- with a gun and ordered to turn over money or other items. EGPD is asking anyone with info to call. [EGPD]

Albany police say man reported being robbed at gunpoint on the 100 block of Madison Ave early Sunday morning (block map). APD says the man said the assailant also fired a single shot into one of the man's car doors -- he was not injured. [APD]

The Schenectady Fire Department says a fire in a vacant building in Hamilton Hill is suspicious. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Three movers were taken to the hospital Monday after a piece a machinery being moved into the new NanoFab Xtension at the SUNY NanoCollege leaked a solution with relatively high levels of hydrogen peroxide. [TU]

Saratoga Springs finance commissioner Michelle Madigan is proposing using the city's fund balance to address the recent "uptick in crime" in the city. [Saratogian]

Peter Martin, a Saratoga Spring attorney, has been appointed by Andrew Cuomo to replace Kathy Marchione as Saratoga County clerk. The office is up for election this fall, but Martin says he won't be running. [Saratogian] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A hotel management company has proposed building an extended-stay hotel on the site of the former Weathervane restaurant on South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. [Daily Gazette]

The head of the planning board for Halfmoon -- which has seen a boom in construction over the past decade -- is stepping down. [TU]

Lake Electronics on Central Ave in Colonie -- known as a go-to place to get household electrical appliances fixed -- has closed after 60 years. [TU]


APD: Shooting

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Central Avenue.
On April 15, 2013 at approximately 3:40 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Central Avenue for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a 35 year old female from Albany with a single gunshot wound to her foot. A second victim, a 23 year old male from Albany, also sustained a single gunshot wound to his left hip.
Both victims were treated at the scene by Albany Fire Department personnel and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital. Their injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
A person of interest is currently in custody.
It appears that this was a confrontation between people who are known to each other.
The investigation is still ongoing.
APD: Robbery
Albany police are investigating a robbery that occurred on Madison Avenue.
On April 14, 2013 at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Madison Avenue for a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, the victim, a 41 year old Albany man, told officers that while he was getting into his vehicle, an unknown Hispanic male approached him. He stated that the male then displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded his property. The victim complied and the suspect forcibly stole his jewelry and cell phone.
The victim stated that suspect also fired a single shot from the handgun into the rear driver's side door of his vehicle during course of the incident. The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a dark colored baseball cap.
It is possible that the suspect may have sustained an injury during the course of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.


"Lake Electronics on Central Ave in Colonie... has closed after 60 years."

I guess it's a sign of the times. But sad nonetheless. Over the years, they saved a number of repairable items for me -- a form of recycling something still of value.

As novel, bizarre & thrilling as it is to buy a multitude of cheap, easily broken stuff, it is a super bummer that there isn't value in keeping fewer nice things in good repair. Sad to see Lake Electronics go. Who will fix my sewing machine now?!

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