Albany police probe four weekend robberies, VA nurse blows whistle on hospital, groom charged with assault in wedding brawl, Cuomo sitting on $35 million

Albany police are looking into four weekend robberies where groups of three to five people allegedly attacked and stole money from pedestrians. [TU]

Opening arguments in the trial of a Schenectady man charged with hitting a bicyclist and dragging the man along on the back of his truck as he tried to escape the scene, paint a very different picture. Prosecutors say Pablo Cruz was drunk and speeding while the defense in the case blames the victim for being drunk . [ News 10 ] [TU][WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo is sitting on $35 million in campaign funds,while his opponent Rob Astorino has about $2.4 million on hand.

Andrew Cuomo says he's not concerned about Moody's recent downgrade of the gaming industry from stable to negative and the news that Trump Plaza casino will likely be shutting down. [TU]

A nurse at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center is filing a whistle -blower complaint against the hospital after she was disciplined for removing restraints from a patient who been left restrained for hours. [TU]

After New York's highest court overturned Albany County's cyberbullying legislation, county legislators have introduced some new legislation that would carry penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. [TWCN]

Documents released on Tuesday show at least 44 trains a week, each loaded with at least a million gallons of Bakken crude oil, are hauled through Albany each week. [TU/AP]

Federal officials now say the former Kenwood Academy in Albany is no longer a potential site for for temporary housing for undocumented immigrant children. [TU]

Saratoga's City Council has backed a plan to sell a city owned parking lot on Broadway and purchase a 14--acre parcel on Route 9P to construct a fire/EMS station.[TU]

A Colonie Patrolman saved the life of a tractor trailer driver who crashed into a tree while having a heart attack early Tuesday morning. [TU]

A 25 year old Brooklyn man was indicted on charges of attempted second degree murder and, assault and criminal possession of a weapon by a grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly shooting a man in Troy in January. [TU]

A Brunswick man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping his wife.[TU]

East Greenbush police confiscated 30 pounds of pot and arrested two adults on Tuesday, after an investigation into an underaged drinking incident led them to a Mountain View Avenue home . [WNYT]

An 18 year old Malta woman was jailed on Tuesday for allegedly kicking two sheriff's deputies called to a Gansevoort home for a disturbance -- sending both deputies to the hospital. [Saratogian]

Police arrested a Washington County woman for DWI twice in one night. [WNYT]

The groom at a Hoosick Falls wedding reception was arrested for assault after punching a guest.[TU]

A sinkhole opened up on Washington Avenue Extension on Tuesday afternoon. [WNYT]

The 126th Street Bridge in Troy will close to traffic on Thursday from 9 to 3 for repairs from a tractor trailer accident earlier this month. [TU]

Colonie Center will be narrowing some of its parking spaces to fit more cars in the lot by this holiday season. [TWCN]

The story behind a classified ad requesting $100,000 in donations for a homeless person. [TU]

A pair of men who never met 15-year old Hunter Scofield, who died in a rollover bus crash earlier this month, marked the spot where he died with a 1,2000 pound river rock that they lugged up the river by hand over several days and nights. [WNYT]


The opening arguments of the Cruz trial, at least how News 10 conveys them, are very disturbing.

"...according to the defense Merges wasn't riding in the marked bike lanes and there is no way Cruz could have seen him. "

Obviously, Cruz's attorney is attempting to argue in his client's favor, but the prosecution should be all over this one. Cyclists are legally required to ride IN THE STREET as traffic. Shame on Cruz defense for this tactic. They should know better, it's basic NYS traffic law.

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