Man shot near Schenectady middle school dies, mother charged with hiring stripper takes plea deal, stories of bullying at Schenectady school forum

The Albany man found shot near Mont Pleasant Middle School in Schenectady died Wednesday morning at Albany Med. [TU]

Stories of fighting and bullying were recounted at a forum held by the Schenectady City School district on Wednesday. The meeting was set up in an effort to help deal with problem behavior, including bullying and fighting and attacks on students, parents and teachers at Mont Pleasant Middle School. Among the revelations at the meeting - a fight club at Mont Pleasant Middle School is recording fights and posting them on YouTube in an effort to get ad revenue from the site. [News 10][Gazette]

The mother charged with hiring strippers to perform at her teenage son's birthday party at a South Glens Falls bowling alley has accepted a plea deal that will drop charges in exchange for fifty hours of community service and staying out of trouble for six months. [YNN]

On day two of the DWI trial of an Albany police officer, three longtime fellow officers testified that he appeared to be intoxicated on the morning he was discovered behind the wheel of an SUV, parked in a driving lane on 787 and drove away during a police stop. [TU]


The trial of Gary Waite, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 15-month-old- son, began on Wednesday in Queensbury.[WNYT]

In the wake of an investigation that began when SUNY Upstate Medical University was charged with taking money from an outside company, the number two officer at the institution is retiring. [TU]

A South Glens Falls teacher has been placed on paid leave and is facing charges for allegedly hitting a student. [News 10]

The Greenfield woman convicted of animal abuse when 19 malnourished horses were discovered on her property a year ago, went before a judge on Wednesday for allegedly violating her probation by having horses on her property again. Ann Arnold claims she sold the property in question to her brother and no longer lives there. [TU][Saratogian]

A new census report shows poverty is up slightly in New York State, but enough to move it to the 7th highest poverty rate in the nation, from its previous slot of 14.[TU]

Albany County legislators approved a more than 35 percent jump in funding for detaining violent youth in the county, as demand for beds in the county's detention facility has more than doubled in a year. [Record]

A group that opposes casino gambling in Saratoga is planning a meeting next week to educate the public about how they can help keep a casino out of the city. [Saratogian]

Troy taxpayers will foot a $64,000 bill for tearing down an abandoned building on River Street on Wednesday afternoon after an evaluation by a the city engineer showed the structure was in danger of collapsing. [WNYT] [News 10]

A 60 year old man who got out of jail on Friday is back behind bars for allegedly burglarizing two homes, taking frozen food and liquor. [WNYT]

Schenectady's Metroplex Development authority wants to demolish a the former Olender Mattress building on lower state street and sell the property to a developer for a mixed use building.

A Schenectady couple who worked as missionaries in the Philippines are working to raise awareness about the post-typhoon situation there and how people can help. [WNYT]

A Shenendehowa High School trainer is in Russia, helping American athletes prep for the 2014 Olympic Games. [WNYT]


Day TWO of a DWI trial involving a member of the Albany Police Department?

Dude blew a .21, and this actually went to trial.

Lutz by name, Lutz by nature.

No shame.

Albany County legislators approved a more than 35 percent jump in spending...

This is what recent traffic ticket "giveaway" was about.

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