Suspect charged in murder of retired Schenectady nun, sentencing in railroad puppies case, Nikon to partner with Nanoscale College, Moreland Panel to include Soares

A 37 year old parolee has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of an 82 year-old retired nun who was found in her Schenectady home on New Year's Day. Michael Briggs, was jailed in January for a parole violation but was a suspect early on in the investigation. Briggs pleaded not guilty to charges.[WNYT][TU][YNN]

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the newly formed Moreland panel will be empowered as deputy attorneys general and may have the authority to look into "every aspect of the state government," not just corruption in the legislative branch. The 25 member panel will include district attorneys from around the state, including David Soares, who has not prosecuted a politician on corruption charges in at least four years, and will have broad power to subpoena records and compel testimony from officials at various state agencies, as well as sitting legislators.[NYT][YNN][TU][WNYT]

The Albany man who abandoned three puppies on the railroad tracks and left dogs freezing in a u-haul will spend six months in jail on Animal Cruelty Charges and is forbidden from ever owning or living with another animal. Anthony walker pleaded guilty to felony Aggravated Cruelty to animals.[WNYT][News 10]

Nikon will partner with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on a $350 million project to develop next generation lithography technology in a project expected to create 100 high tech jobs. [TU][News10]


Seven people were arrested by Albany County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly duplicating and forging checks on Green Island's bail account.[YNN][Record]

East Greenbush Police have arrested a Castleton man for allegedly taking pictures of an underaged boy and posting them on the internet.[TU][YNN]

Troy police arrested a Cohoes man Tuesday after finding him with more than four ounces of crack during a traffic stop. [TU]

A convicted criminal who escaped a murder conviction in a 2009 gang-related killing was scheduled to be sentenced to four years in prison on drug charges in Rensselaer County Court on Monday but was shot in the leg before he made it to court.[TU]

Troy police have arrested a man who allegedly broke into a Grand Street apartment early Tuesday morning, and assaulted and robbed the resident. [TU]

The man who admitted to stealing from the Hospice he worked for has now confessed to stealing from the mother of a woman he had been dating.[WNYT]

Saratoga Springs City School District will hire an outside firm to review the job performance of the principal of Division Street School after an exodus of teachers from the school sparked questions about her leadership style. [TU]

Saratoga Hospital is moving ahead with plans to build a $34 million dollar, 33,900-square-foot surgical suite with 10 operating rooms.[Saratogian][TU]

Police are looking into the death of a 19-year-old motorcyclist who struck a guard rail on Route 67 in Milton Tuesday. Police believe another biker may have been involved in the crash. [TU][Saratogian][YNN]

Saratoga is commissioning a study to help smooth out traffic patterns at intersections prone to bottlenecking .[Gazette]

Law enforcement will be conducting a DWI sweep across the Capital Region this holiday weekend. [YNN]

Reminder: unless you're a licensed pyrotechnics operator, fireworks are illegal in New York State. [TU]

After two years of being closed after Tropical Storm Irene, the Troy Marina officially reopened on Tuesday.[YNN]

The New york City Ballet has arrived at SPAC.[Saratogian]

An injured bald eagle being nursed back to health in Voorheesville.[YNN]


The way I'm reading it, Mr. Walker (railroad pups and UHaul dogs), is forbidden from owning an animal for the duration of his probation. Also, it might happen that when released from jail, he may (with the court's knowledge) be living in a home where there is a dog. Therefore, it's a victory, but not a total victory, for the systems to manage to get a conviction. The law's the law, no matter how much you want him to pay.

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