Prosecutor: "This is one of the most heinous crimes I've ever seen," Gillibrand's push for reform of military's handling of sexual assault cases hits roadblock, lawsuit over K-cup ingriedents

Schenectady County prosecutors said Thursday that a medical assistance call this past December prompted the unraveling of the case in which a Schenectady man, Herman N. Robinson, is accused of serially raping a girl since 2006 when she was 11 years old, impregnating her, and then killing the baby shortly after it was born. "Individuals who requested anonymity because the investigation isn't over" tell the Times Union that Robinson allegedly left a suicide note in which he said he had buried the body of the baby in a local park (the baby hasn't been found). Schenectady County ADA and special victims bureau chief Tracey Brunecz: "This is one of the most heinous crimes I've ever seen," Brunecz said the young woman's family was "shocked" to hear about the allegations. And she said the woman, now in college, is "a remarkably strong young lady." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN] [WNYT]

The Troy City Council voted in favor of a resolution seeking an outside review of the Kokopellis incident. [Troy Record]

UAlbany's site plans for the Cuomo admin's Start-Up NY program have been approved. (Start-Up NY is the program in which companies locating on site connected to colleges or universities can get a range of incentives, including paying no taxes for 10 years.) [TU]

The state's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in January, the lowest level since December 2008, the state Department of Labor reported. But the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro was down 1,700 non-farm jobs in January 2014 compared to January 2013. [NYS DOL]

Kirsten Gillibrand's bipartisan push to reform how the military handles sexual assault cases hit a road block in the Senate, falling five votes shorts of the 60 needed for a floor vote (because of the filibuster). [NYT]

The sheriffs for both Albany and Saratoga counties were among more than a hundred local officials statewide to join a letter criticizing the Cuomo admin's two-year property tax freeze plan. [TU]

A group of state legislators are proposing the creation of a new "Career and Technical Diploma" option for the state's high school students. [TU]

Chuck Schumer is for pushing for the creation of a statewide database of "that would track heroin and other drug-related crimes, overdoses, deaths, hospital admissions and more." [Chuck Schumer office]

Schenectady is getting a $3 million loan from the feds for the demolition of about 80 vacant or damaged buildings in the city. Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy: "These are houses that are burnouts. They're ones that are really beyond having any salvage values or the chance for rehabbing them." [Chuck Schumer office] [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a reported slashing in Voorheesville led to an arrest of a man in a car at Colonie Center. ACSO says a search of the man's nearby apartment found 410 bags of heroin. [ACSO]

Albany police say a man was arrested in Sheridan Hollow (block map) early Thursday morning after he allegedly tossed away a loaded handgun during a chase. [APD FB]

The Albany County DA's office says two men were sentenced to 12 years in prison for a shooting on South Pearl Street last September. [Albany County DA]

A man allegedly stole a wallet from an office in Saratoga Springs in Wednesday, was then chased by people from the office, and ended up running into... a convention of police officers. [Daily Gazette]

The number of alleged code violations continue to pile up for the owner of the Skylane and Blu-Bell motels in Colonie. [News10]

The Colonie zoning board of appeals rejected the plan to build a soccer complex next to the Memory Gardens cemetery. [TU]

The Saratoga County Water Authority says the new filtration system necessary to address a problem with chlorine disinfection byproducts will cost between $4 million and $6 million. (Ballston and Clifton Park had stopped buying water from the authority because of the problem.) [Daily Gazette]

A key part of the successful argument made in a state appeals court by attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany about why two closed churches in Troy should continue to be tax exempt: The facilities are still used for prayer services once a month. [TU]

The GE Hudson River dredging project will be focusing on a stretch of river from Schuylerville to Stillwater this summer. [Saratogian]

Schenectady-based Fortitech, which makes blends of nutrients for adding to food products, is suing Green Mountain Coffee Roasters alleging the coffee company improperly left Fortitech with more than 200 tons of pre-mix for what appears to have been apple cider K-cups. [Daily Gazette]

Mark Mahoney, who won a Pulitzer Prize when he was at the Post-Star, and Mark McGuire, who had worked at the Times Union for years, are both joining the Daily Gazette. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

The capture of Robert D. Horton in Satatoga Springs, for alleged theft, made me smile since it reminded me of the "Glock - Wrong Diner" commercial ! If you have not viewed it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsVCHE7ayPE

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Stuff to do this weekend

In an effort to appreciate the last few bits of summer, AOA is starting our weekend a little early. (We suggest you do the same,... (more)

Pizza o'clock

The results of this analysis of college takeout orders is probably indicative of one (or some) of a few things: 1) GrubHub is popular at... (more)

New York has a big economy, but...

Macroeconomic fact of the day: New York's gross domestic product (GDP) was $1.3 trillion in 2013, according to figures out this summer from the federal... (more)

A series of eight loud bangs

Mike DeMasi got a walkthrough of the process for imploding the Wellington annex in downtown Albany from the projector coordinator for the demolition company. Noted:... (more)

Moving help for hire?

Jason emails: I see that you have a few old Ask AOA posts on moving companies (from 2011 and 2010) which may be helpful to... (more)

Recent Comments

I had the pleasure of experiencing protected bike lanes in Montreal recently. It really made for a fast, efficient way to move both bike & car traffic. As a biker, it was easy to see how to navigate a busy road, and it was nice to have a bit of buffer/safety from traffic (or just knowing that the possibility of a car swerving in to you was incredibly low because of these features). As a driver, it was nice to see all of the bikes in one area, so that you don't have the errant biker who decides to blow through most of the traffic signals the wrong way down a street.

Pizza o'clock

...has 1 comment, most recently from Michelle

A bit more about protected bike lanes in Albany

...has 16 comments, most recently from Randal Putnam

98 Acres in Albany

...has 2 comments, most recently from Dave Hochfelder

Fort Nassau

...has 10 comments, most recently from Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann

Moving help for hire?

...has 5 comments, most recently from laiskiainen (Jason)