More allegations against Lopez and Silver, driver in fatal hit and run sentenced, bed bugs in Schenectady, RPI part of suit against Apple

From the ongoing fallout of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment situation: two state Assembly legislative aides have filed lawsuits against Lopez, Sheldon Silver, and the Assembly. One of the suits alleges "Silver and his staff tried to cover up Lopez's actions and protect Lopez and the Assembly from public scrutiny" -- and "Silver was more concerned about avoiding adverse media attention than he was about protecting employees of the Assembly from sexual harassment." Another allegation: Lopez suggested one of the staffers have sex with a Cuomo admin official in order to get a bill passed -- and talked of a "naked" Executive Mansion overnight tour. A Cuomo admin spokeswoman said the idea of Lopez getting access to mansion for that "couldn't be more absurd." [TU] [State of Politics] [NYDN] [AP/Troy Record]

Anthony Gallo -- convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs and the fatally hit and run on Cassandra Boone, a pedestrian crossing State Street, in November 2011 -- has been sentenced to 15-32 years in state prison. He got the maximum sentence allowed by the law. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Robert L. Williams, charged with second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Sharene Wallace in an apartment in Albany's West Hill neighborhood, pleaded not guilty. Family members say Williams and Wallace were married under Muslim law, though it wasn't official with the state. [News10] [TU]

Albany police say a man was shot three times while sleeping on a couch in an West Hill apartment early Thursday morning. APD says evidence indicates the shots were "intentionally fired through a window from outside the residence." The man is in stable condition. [APD]

It looks like "moderate to locally heavy" rain over the next day or so as Tropical Storm Andrea travels up the East Coast. [NWS] [NOAA]

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With just about a week left in the legislative sessions, legislators are pointing fingers over who's responsible for the impending death of bills that have only passed in one chamber. [TU]

One of Andrew Cuomo's top policy advisors is apparently leaving for a job with SUNY. [TU]

Brandon Warrington, the Glens Falls man accused of killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old son, testified Thursday that he did not hurt the boy and instead accused the mother of doing so. [Post-Star]

Albany police say man with a handgun tried to rob a pawn shop on Central Ave Monday afternoon (it's the shop near WAMC). [TU]

Colonie police say one man was apprehended late Monday afternoon following the armed robbery by a trio of pawn shop on Central Ave. [TU]

Former Schenectady restaurant owner Frank Popolizio avoided jail time by paying off the last part of the $100k in back taxes he owed. Popolizio has been part of a string of incidents in the news over the last few years. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Two recent incidents of bed bug infestations at housing complexes in Schenectady, where the infestations apparently have become common. [WNYT] [News10] [Daily Gazette]

Albany High School students sang at the board of education meeting Thursday night to protest the cut of two of the school's four music teachers. [TU]

An Albany High School teacher has written a song to protest teacher cuts and the focus on standardized testing. [TU]

Forty-eight businesses in Cohoes have joined a program to become "safe havens" from bullying for students. [TU]

A Rensselaer County legislator wants signs posted at docks and other spots along the Hudson warning that the river is deep and fast moving there. (A man recently drowned after he either jumped or fell in after his fishing pole.) [TU]

RPI has joined a suit against Apple over technology behind Siri. [Biz Review]

Former Skidmore professor and Home Made Theater director Alma Becker has passed away. [Saratogian]

You didn't have the winning bid on the morgue refrigerator up for sale by the state. [TU CapCon]

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APD: First Street Shooting

Albany police are investigating a shooting that occurred on First Street this morning.
On June 6, 2013 at approximately 2:25 A.M., officers responded to the 500 block of First Street for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim, a 43 year old male, who told officers that he had been shot by an unknown individual(s) while he was sleeping on a couch in his apartment.
Evidence from the scene indicates that several shots were intentionally fired through a window from outside the residence striking the victim 3 times.
The victim was treated on scene by AFD personnel and transported to AMCH for non-life threatening injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition. Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518) 462-8039.

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