Massive manhunt in Boston area for bombing suspect, Albany's first homicide of the year, dog found shot near UAlbany, temporary wall collapses at Crossgates

Authorities say one of two brothers from Chechnya suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead following a gun battle with police in Watertown, Massachusetts that reportedly included the use of a bomb. Earlier in the night, authorities the brothers robbed a convenience store, fatally shot an MIT police officer, and carjacked an SUV at gunpoint. Much of the Boston area and its immediate suburbs are now in lockdown as part of a massive manhunt for the other brother. [NYT] [Boston Globe] [WBUR]

Albany police say one man was killed and another injured in a shooting on Central Ave early Thursday morning (map). The man killed -- Darzee Reid of Troy -- was a barbering student at the Austin School of Spa Technology just up Central and an aspiring rapper. Reid's sister says he and the other man had been at a nearby bar for an open mic night. His death is the city's first homicide of the year. It was the second shooting on Central Ave in the city this week -- two people were shot on the 300 block Monday afternoon. And the Central/King intersection was the scene of a fatal vehicle/pedestrian collision in February. Says a woman who lives near the intersection -- the aunt of the woman killed in February -- after Thursday's shooting: "I don't feel safe here anymore." But the general manager of the bar says the neighborhood has been on an upswing. [APD] [Troy Record] [YNN] [News10] [TU] [News10]

Troy police say a three-year-old died Thursday evening after a large TV fell on her. TPD says it was an old, heavy cathode-tube TV, not one of the lighter flat panel models. [TU] [Troy Record]

One of the men in the car that was allegedly stopped by an off-duty Schenectady detective in a fit of road rage says, as the detective allegedly pointed a gun at him, he told the detective "if you're going to shoot me, shoot me." Glenville police say John Hotaling admitted to confronting the other car, but has not admitted to pointing a gun at anyone. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

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An Albany Med doctor was one of the doctors on the scene of Boston Marathon bombings -- she had been there to help with race's medical tent. [TU] [Troy Record]

Prompted by the Boston Marathon bombings, the TU Center has stepped up security. [TU]

Niskayuna police say the 88-year-old woman accused of hitting and killing a 70-year-old man following Good Friday services has been ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. [TU]

"Police sources" tell the Times Union that an Albany middle school official "prevented" police from seeing an allegedly intoxicated teacher at Myers Middle School last week -- both the APD's official spokesperson and a district spokesperson say it was decided the situation would be handled as personnel matter. [TU]

Guilderland police say two people were injured at Crossgates Thursday when a gust of wind knocked over a temporary wall separating the area where the new Dave & Buster's is being constructed from the interior of the mall. [TU]

Guilderland and UAlbany police say a dead dog was found shot near the NanoCollege campus Monday. They say it appears the died somewhere else and had been left in the wooded area. [News10] [YNN]

Bethlehem police say two Slingerlands residents took two cars for test drives from dealers -- and never brought them back. BPD says an investigation into a copper theft led them to the two people. [YNN] [TU]

National Grid has paused construction of a new gas line for the Luther Forest Technology Campus < ahref="http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Fatality-suspends-line-work-4446663.php">while the death of a contractor in an accident last week is investigated. [TU]

National Grid says witnesses reported that tractor trailer pulled down two utility poles on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady Thursday after getting caught in a power line. [Daily Gazette]

The state Public Service Commission has given the OK to a large underground electrical transmission line that would run from Quebec to New York City, and right through the Capital Region -- it still requires federal approval. [Daily Gazette]

The developer proposing to build 70-unit apartment building on Broadway in downtown Albany has scaled back its request for tax breaks as part of a 40-year PILOT for the site. [TU]

Schenectady city councilman Vince Riggi -- the only non-Democrat on the council -- on being left out of a closed meeting by the council's other members to discuss how to distribute block grant money: "There continues to be certain members of the council who treat their elected positions as belonging to a cozy little coffee klatch instead of acting in a bi-partisan manner." [Daily Gazette]

Said a woman who lives across the street from St. Patrick's in Watervliet, the church being demolished for a new development that will include a Price Chopper: "I would rather starve than shop there." (She's also laminated her anti-Price Chopper sign.) [Troy Record]

The Saratoga National Historic Park is cutting back hours and days because of the federal sequestration. [Daily Gazette]

The next executive director of the Saratoga Arts Fest is relocating from Connecticut. [Saratogian]

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APD: Shooting on Central Ave

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Central Avenue.
On April 18, 2013 at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and King Avenue for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers learned that two male victims had been shot.
Both victims were taken to local hospitals.
The first victim, a 22 year old male, sustained injuries that appear to be non-life threatening.
The second victim, a 26 year old male, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
No further details are available at this time.
The investigation is still ongoing.

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