Former RPI employee arraigned for embezzlement, suspicious packages at Albany FBI HQ, Round Lake librarian reinstated, Alec Baldwin wants to clean up Albany

All the rain we've had and the rain we're expecting, has prompted flood warnings for much of the Capital Region . [TU]

The State Police bomb squad was called to an FBI field office on McCarty Avenue in Albany on Wednesday afternoon when two suspicious duffle bags were discovered at the property. The building and a nearby apartment complex were evacuated. No word on what was in the bags but x-rays showed they posed no threat to the community [YNN][TU][News10] [Record]

A former business coordinator for RPI's School of Architecture, who was arressted in 2010 for allegedly embezzling more than $350,000 from the college, was arraigned in Troy on Wednesday. Rensselaer County D.A. Rich McNally says it took three years to arraign Christine Dickson because prosecutors were working to resolve the case out of court and determine how much of RPI's loss was covered by insuranceso they could determine a restitution figure.[TU][Record]

The lastest in the saga of the Round Lake library: The Women's Round Lake Improvement Committee selected a new Round Lake Library Board in an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening. The board reinstated long time librarian Theresa Marchione - who ws fired several weeks ago when she shut down the library 40 minutes early because of tornado warnings. Library Director Carol Sheffer, who fired Marchione, resigned from her post on Wednesday afternoon. [TU][WNYT][YNN]

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The missing body of a cancer patient whose Angel Flight crashed last month may have been found. A Gloversville newspaper is reporting that a body discovered on Wednesday afternoon near a freezer at an Ephratah NY ice cream shop less than three miles from the crash, may be the last victim.[WNYT][Leader Herald][TU]

A missing 16-year-old boy was discovered when a fire broke out in the annex of the historic Wellington building at 40 Howard Street. The fire, appears to have been started by a cigarette on a mattress, and is believed to have been an accident. [TU][YNN][News10]

Warren County D.A. Kate Hogan and state Senator Betty Little are among those asking why social services was never notified of calls to the Child Protective Services hotline about Gary Carpenter - the 5-year-old murdered by Brandon Warrington, or of calls made about the abuse of a seven month old murdered in 2008 .[YNN][WNYT]

The remains of Lt. Col. Todd Clark and Joseph Morabito, the two local men killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, were received at Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo may be close to an agreement with the Seneca Indian nation that would guarantee the state close to $600 million in revenue sharing funds in exchange for not locating new casinos in zones surrounding their existing gambling area. [TU]

The owner of Empire Explosion, a Glenville cheerleading school, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with fraud for allegedly pocketing $3,000 she collected from students that was intended to for cheerleading lessons, equipment and registration fees for competitions. [TU][YNN][WNYT]

Colonie police arrested three men and confiscated 8 rifles, 3 shotguns, 2 black powder handguns, 2 crossbows, 2 compound bows, 3 knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they arrested three men following a traffic stop on Wendall Drive on Wednesday. [Colonie PD Press Release]

Three Brooklyn men were arrested in a traffic stop on the Thruway on Tuesday night, when police found they had fake drivers licenses, 24 forged credit cars and marijua. [TU]

A pair of Queensbury residents plead guilty to drug charges after police intercepted a shipment of two pounds of pot en route to their home. [WNYT]

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining forces with the San Francisco district attorney and smartphone developers to find ways to cut back on phone thefts, including developing a "kill switch" that, when activated, would make a stolen phone worthless.[AP/Saratogian]

A strong employment base, high income and property values and low debt helped Saratoga Springs maintain its AA+ credit rating from Standard and Poor's, even though the city is facing some outstanding labor negotiations. [Saratogian]

NYRA's board will head up a one year State Environmental Quality Review that has to be done before their proposed $100 million in upgrades for the Saratoga Race Course can be carried out.[Saratogian]

Animal activists were at the state Capitol on Wednesday to push legislators to ban the controversial duck feeding method used to produce fois gras. [WNYT]

The story of a Civil War soldier from Halfmoon killed in the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.[TU]

The case for a playground in downtown Troy. [TU]

The Saratoga Race Course job fair begins today.[YNN]

A Saratoga Springs High School student has started his own free range poultry business.[Saratogian]

Make-a-Wish helped fulfill a Delanson teen's dream of restoring his '83 Mustang convertible. [TU]

A local Boy Scout troop refurbished an old bus and donated it to the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard.[YNN]

Jack Donaghy and George Costanza want to clean up Albany.[NYT]

Why you've been hearing those television ads asking you to start a business in Texas. [NYT]

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Colonie PD Press Release

Three arrested for possessing stolen property including rifles and shotguns

The Colonie Police Department has arrested the below profiled three defendants following an investigation into their possession of stolen property that includes rifles and shotguns. Some of the stolen rifles have been linked to a burglary in Schoharie County.
Members of the Colonie Police Department were conducting a surveillance of the area of West Albany Pocket Park following the receipt of information that a vehicle with several weapons inside was headed to that area. The vehicle was located by the officers and stopped on Wendall Drive near Wendfair Terrace after it was observed to commit traffic violations. The vehicle was found to contain 8 rifles, 3 shotguns, 2 black powder handguns, 2 crossbows, 2 compound bows, 3 knives (including a metal knuckle knife), 100's of rounds of ammunition, and assorted equipment used for hunting.
The investigation revealed that at least 5 of the rifles were stolen during a burglary in Schoharie County that was reported on 05-25-13. The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police (Cobleskill) are assisting in this investigation to determine the rightful owners of the other items recovered. The investigation is on-going and other charges may be filed against these defendants in the future.
All three defendants were arraigned in Colonie Justice Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility. There next court appearance will be 06-17-13 at 6:00pm in Colonie Justice Court.

Defendants:
Jesse W. Rodrigues - age 34, 1055 Rt100C - Johnson, Vt.
Dale R. Olmstead - age 28, 84 Morton Avenue - Albany, N.Y.
Sebastian B. Shepard - age 30, 1906 Seidenburg Avenue - Key West, Fl.

Charges:
All 3 - Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th (felonies)

Rodrigues and Olmstead have an additional charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (misdemeanor)

Shepard has additional Vehicle & Traffic Charges - Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (misdemeanor), Failure to obey traffic control device, Failure to signal (traffic infractions)

Comments

I guess they have a different definition of "clean up." I was hoping to see a lot less trash lying about.

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