Five hit in downtown Troy shooting, mother and grandfather accused of withholding food from kids, don't take the dead deer

Troy police say five people were shot early Sunday morning on Fourth Street in downtown Troy (map), apparently by one gunman who is still at large. TPD says all five were hit in their legs and injuries don't appear life threatening. TPD say two men who were shot were apparent targets, and the three women shot were bystanders. The shots apparently caused a chaotic scene, with crowds trying to take cover. The shooting was on the same block as the incident involving Kokopellis back in January, and business owners say it's concern over such incidents is hurting their business. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Two Albany men face a murder charge for what "people with knowledge of the situation" tell the Times Union was a hit-for-hire that killed a man last October. [TU]

The Albany anti-gun violence program SNUG has changed its name to Cure Violence. [TU]

In his third trial related to the incident, Ariel Myers was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting of Robert Guynup near the Griswold Heights apartments in Troy in 2009. [TU]

Brendan Hoffman was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for the Rensselaer County car crash that killed Christopher Baker in 2012. [Troy Record]

A mother and grandfather in Sand Lake are facing multiple charges -- including felony assault -- after, State Police say, an investigation allegedly found they had withheld food from two five year olds, causing "serious physical injury that created a grave risk of death." [NYSP]

"Several sources with knowledge of the probe" tell the Times Union that the FBI's investigation of the Troy Police Department is centered on two alleged cases of police brutality. [TU]

The priorities for NYSUT, the influential state teachers union, according to its new president: teacher assessments, increased school funding, and bouncing the state education commissioner. [Daily Gazette]

An attorney who's helped more than 150 communities around New York State pass fracking bans has won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. [Capital]

UAlbany and the NanoCollege have had their StartUP-NY plans approved by the state, and RPI, Union, and HVCC are also expected to participate. Alain Kaloyeros projects the program will bring 750 jobs to the Albany campus. [TU] [Biz Review]

Among the new details about the Albany convention center: multipurpose space could be used to host sports practices. [TU]

In the installation of new pay-and-display meters in Schenectady has turned out to be more complicated than expected. [Daily Gazette]

The most important sewage pump station in Schenectady is a historic building. [Daily Gazette]

Possible side effect of the Bethlehem property tax reassessment that included big increases for vacant land, according to critics: a speed up in the suburbanization of open land there. [TU]

Issue currently stirring up the political scene in Schuylerville: code violations at the village youth center. [TU]

A team from the NanoCollege won the $100,000 prize at the New York State Business Plan Competition for college students. [TU]

The state Board of Regents will consider this week whether competitive cheerleading should officially be a sport. [Capital]

Add rabies to the list of reasons you probably shouldn't take a dead deer from someone's front yard. [TU]


That section of 4th Street in Troy has been bad for years. It's strange that the rest of the city has come so far, yet one of the main streets though the heart of city has a host of problems.

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