Cuomo releases casino plan, Williams charged with wife's murder, dogs accidentally dragged by patrol car, aspirations of re-striping a bridge

Andrew Cuomo officially released his Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act on Wednesday. Details include the establishment of a gaming commission, a $50 million minimum licensing fee for destination resorts, and approval from local governments. The plan still needs approval from state legislators and voters. [YNN][TU][WNYT]

A Quinnipiac poll released today reports two thirds of New Yorkers support Andrew Cuomo's plan to update New York's abortion laws. [TU]

Forty-one-year-old Robert Williams, the husband of Sharene Wallace -- who Albany police say was found stabbed to death in a closet in an apartment in West Hill last week -- was arrested Wednesday in New York City, and has been charged with second-degree murder. [TU] [WNYT] [YNN]

Katherine Seeber, the former Wilton woman who served 12 years in prison for her role in the murder of her 91-year-old step great grandmother and was released in July, has been stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Queens, police there say. [Saratogian] [TU][NYDN]

Max Etienne, a 10-year-veteran of the Albany Police Department, pleaded guilty to DWI on Wednesday. Police say Etienne left the scene after crashing into three parked cars near South Main and Hansen avenues, but later returned. Etienne will not serve any jail time, but accepted a plea deal that requires him to pay $1,000 fine and perform 60 hours of community service . [WNYT][YNN][TU]


A 10-year-old Schenectady girl, found unresponsive in her Willett Street home last night, has died. [TU]

A pair of dogs were accidentally dragged ten feet behind a state trooper vehicle after they were tied to the bumper of the car during a traffic stop in Watervliet to keep them from overheating while police arrested their owner for driving with a suspended license.[TU]

Harlem assemblyman Robert Rodriguez was picked up for DWI early Tuesday morning near Exit 5 on the Northway. Rodriguez refused a field sobriety test.[TU][News10]

Federal authorities investigating the fire that killed a father and four of his five children suspect that the arsonist did not act alone. [Gazette]

The NYS museum is increasing security measures and the number of family rest rooms after a man was charged with sexually abused a 6-year-old in a museum restroom this week while the boy's mother was waiting for him outside. [TU]

Police have arrested a Niskayuna man in connection with the rape and assault of a 19-year old woman on Central Avenue early Sunday morning. [Colonie PD Press Release]

A Schenectady man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the shooting death of a 43-year-old father of six in Hamilton Hill last October. [YNN]

The man found guilty in the shooting death of Schenectady High School basketball player Eddie Stanley in a 2011 house party can now be sentenced after a judge denied a defense motion to set aside the jury's verdict in the case. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing nearly $25,000 from the Queensbury hospice where he worked.[WNYT][Saratogian]

The former executive director of the Father Peter Young drug treatment foundation pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing $200,000 from the organization.[WNYT]

A pair of Watervliet teens are in the Albany County jail, charged with robbing a Chinese food deliveryman in the city on Sunday night. They attacked the man and made off with all of his cash -- $24. [Record][TU]

A year after a Fort Edward boy died while playing with a shotgun with a friend, the complicated case has still not been wrapped up. [TU]

Students across New York will be be taking "field tests" designed to help Pearson Education develop its controversial standardized testing exams.[TU]

Schenectady's former Oneida Middle School, closed a year ago, may reopen as an elementary school. [TU]

Protesters donned dollar bill costumes at the state Capitol on Wednesday to protest a lack of state Senate support for campaign finance reform. [WNYT]

Chris Gibson's chief of staff, Steve Stallmer will challenge incumbent Tony Jordan for the state Assembly. [Saratogian]

Round Lake residents are protesting the firing of a 24-year employee of the village library who was let go because she closed the facility 40 minutes early last week due to tornado warnings. [TU][WNYT]

Troy is taking extra security measures for its Flag Day parade after the Boston bombings.[YNN]

Why, one day, you might see two writers from the Capital Region out re-striping a lane of the Collar City Bridge.[TU]

A broken beaver dam resulted in floodingthat washed out a section of Route 11 in Warren County.[TU]

Why Hoosic Valley High School's yearbook won't be bringing back good memories.[Record]

Student artwork based on random acts of kindness will be unveiled at the ESP later today.[YNN]

Efforts to bring back the beach and amusement park at Brown's Beach are continuing in Stillwater.[YNN]

The top three drivers in the CDTA Bus Roadeo will represent CDTA in the New York State Roadeo in October. [TU]

Bald eagles have taken up residence in the middle of the $400 million Gilboa Dam restoration project. [YNN]


CPD: Sexual Assault under investigation that occurred near Central Avenue and Vly Road



The Colonie Police Department has made an arrest in connection to the sexual assault that occurred on 06-02-13 near the intersection of Central Avenue and Vly Road. The below profiled defendant was arrested early this morning by members of the Colonie Police Department at his residence. Following an investigation that included assistance from the Albany PD, Albany Crime Analysis Center, FBI Albany Office and Niskayuna PD the defendant was identified as a possible suspect and located and arrested without incident.
The subject and vehicle profiled in the earlier press release have been identified and located and the subject faces no charges. The subject was with the defendant and victim earlier in the night prior to the sexual assault.
The defendant was arraigned early this morning in Colonie Justice Court and remanded to Albany County Correctional Facility to next appear for a preliminary hearing in Colonie Court on 06-10-13 at 6:00pm.
Anyone with information about this case or the defendant is urged to contact the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.
Salam Al Haideri - age 24
Morgan Avenue Niskayuna, NY
Predatory Sexual Assault -felony
Rape 1st - felony
Assault 2nd - felony


Am I the only one who is sick and tired of these "news roundups" being 90% about crime?

C'mon AOA, is there anyway you can consolidate these posts into a "Local Crime" section and then have "real" news posts about local news?

So if you happen to walk down certain streets during the Flag Day parade in Troy, you can be searched and or detained if you happen to have a backpack with you. How is that legal? What's the point of a flag day parade anymore, if it's held in a police state? This is nothing more than security theater. Nobody is really any safer because of this, yet the police have usurped one more American freedom. The Fourth Amendment has become a complete joke and the parade should be abandoned if this is the restriction under which it can take place.

I'm tempted to start buying cheap backpacks, filling them with lollipops or shredded newspaper, and carrying that around. Go ahead, search that.

So the drunk driving cop who hit 3 cars doesn't have to serve any jail time? That seems fair.

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