Schenectady woman fatally shot with infant nearby, questions about enforcement of toxic toys law, bill would ban pet tattoos

Schenectady police say a 30-year-old woman, Markia Booth (also known as Markia Harris), was fatally shot on State Street in the Central State neighborhood Saturday afternoon with her infant child nearby. SPD says 46-year-old Jamell Modest has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. SPD says Booth and Modest had at one point been in a relationship, but it was unclear if that was still the case. Booth had been working as a counselor at a homeless shelter for teens, and the executive director there described her as "a lovely woman and will be greatly missed." The shooting, along with other recent fatal shootings in the city, prompted neighborhood residents to call for a greater police presence. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say they're investigating two separate shootings -- one Friday night, the other early Sunday morning -- in the Mansion/South End area. [APD FB]

There's evidence pointing to the conclusion that the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta will be making chips for the iPhone and iPad. [TU]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has hit Buckeye Partners with a $181k fine for not properly dealing with ethanol vapors at the Port of Albany. The company says the problem has been corrected. [NYS DEC] [TU]

A Times Union investigation concludes that the town of Colonie IDA may have been violating states rules by not reporting information related to tax breaks it's given out in recent years. [TU]

The former president of the Saratoga Springs school board says he was effectively forced out of the board after disagreements with the school district superintendent and other board members. [Saratogian]

Does Albany County have the resources to enforce the recently passed toxic toys law? [TU]

Surfaced during a Schenectady murder case trial: There's apparently an investigation into whether at least two state police forensic analysts shared answers on competency tests for a new DNA analysis technique. [Daily Gazette]

A rally involving adults and students marched from Schenectady High School to Schenectady City Hall Friday to protest the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island. There's an event planned for next month to talk about relationships between Schenectady police and people of color. [Daily Gazette x2]

Glenville police are looking for tips related to the vehicle that hit a 15-year-old pedestrian Sunday evening and then took off. [Daily Gazette]

There have been two arrests in the Canajoharie goat rustling case. [Daily Gazette]

CDTA says it's still aiming for a transit hub in downtown Albany. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo is set to sign a bill that would make it illegal to tattoo and pierce pets. [NYDN]

The software company CommerceHub will be leasing the top floor of the in-construction ZEN building (the big, new building you can see from Washington Ave and I-90) at the NanoCollege campus. [TU]


No link in the Toxic Toys item.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

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

Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2018 at Nine Pin

The annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries returns to Nine Pin Cider in Albany February 17. We have a pair of tickets for the event... (more)

A new, expanded spot on Lark for Pint Sized

The Lark Street craft beverage shop Pint Sized is moving -- to a new location, and to a (somewhat) different format. "It's time to grow,... (more)

To the dogs

This Chris Churchill column is first and foremost about the ongoing dog poop problem at Capital Hills. But it also gets at a potentially more... (more)

Dave Matthews Band returning to SPAC

The Dave Matthews Band is returning to SPAC July 13 and 14. Tickets go on sale February 2 -- they're $45.50 and up. (There's also... (more)

Morning Blend

Pedestrian killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run + Police arrested a Schenectady woman in connection with the hit-and-run crash in Rotterdam Friday night in which 46-year-old Dramone... (more)

Recent Comments

This is potentially good news for St. Josephs. I walk around it 2 or 3 times a week and the last few years the deterioration has seemed to accelerate. She will be looking right at it everyday from her front windows.

Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2018 at Nine Pin

...has 16 comments, most recently from Marcie

A new, expanded spot on Lark for Pint Sized

...has 2 comments, most recently from Anthony

To the dogs

...has 2 comments, most recently from K

Dave Matthews Band returning to SPAC

...has 1 comment, most recently from T

The week ahead

...has 3 comments, most recently from Greg