APD: Man "became unresponsive" after being tasered, Herman Robinson found guilty, reviewing the escaped bison situation, Lincoln's funeral train

Albany police taser
Albany police say a man "appeared to have a seizure and became unresponsive" after being tasered after an alleged attempt to flee and resist arrest. APD says officers began CPR, and the man regained consciousness before EMS arrived. Police say the man -- Jamarl Townsend of Albany, age 21 -- had been identified as a parole absconder and was wanted for questioning in a 2014 shooting. APD acting chief Brendan Cox to the Times Union: "(The suspect) decided to run. And based on all information, having been involved in a shooting and believed to have a gun, it was an appropriate use of the Taser." Townsend's sister, Ashante Boyd, to WNYT: "The reason he tried to run yesterday is because he was scared ... He don't want to go back to jail. Any person they don't want to be back in jail after they did time." [APD press release] [TU] [WNYT]

This most recent incident follows the death of Dontay Ivey on April 2 after he was tasered by Albany police -- officials have yet to publicly release specific information about why Ivey was stopped. And in September 2014 Daniel Satre died in Ballston Spa after being tasered by police. [Daily Gazette]

Herman Robinson trial
Herman Robinson -- the Schenectady man accused of repeatedly raping a young woman, impregnating her, and then killing the baby shortly after it was born -- was found by guilty Friday on the full range of counts against him, including second-degree murder, rape, and sexual assault. He faces 100 years to life at sentencing. Said Schenectady County DA Robert Carney of the young woman, who testified at the trial: "She's strong, she's bright, and she's very brave ... And despite what he did to her, she has a very promising future." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]

Shots fired in mall parking lot
Guilderland police say they're looking for two men in connection with shots fired in the Crossgates Mall parking lot Friday early evening during what was apparently an attempted robbery. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Bison
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple the escaped bison episode Friday in Bethlehem, in which the escaped herd crossed the Thruway and was ultimately shot: "It was just a disaster." Diane Bayly -- one of the owners of GEM Farms, from which the bison escaped -- to News10: "It's been really difficult to deal with because, of course, we care for the animals, but we also have to think about the people that are involved as well and the situation that that puts everybody in." [TU] [News10]

Uber and Lyft
Local state Assembly members Pat Fahy and John McDonald, and state Senator George Amedore, have become co-sponsors on the state legislation that would open the way for the expansion of Lyft and Uber upstate. [TU]

Gillibrand or Schneiderman for governor?
Unnamed sources tell the New York Daily News that Kirsten Gillibrand and Eric Schneiderman are both considering a run for governor. [NYDN]

Very, very drunk
There's been a recent string of "staggering" blood-alcohol levels for people arrested for drunk driving around the area. [Daily Gazette]

The Murf
Inside the facility that processes a large portion of the single-stream recycling for the area -- it's known as "The Murf." [Daily Gazette]

On this (recent) date

April 25, 1865: Abraham Lincoln's funeral train brought the body of the president to Albany, where the casket was put on display at the Capitol. Some 60,000 people were said to have witnessed the procession through the city's streets.

Related macabre local museum fact: The Rensselaer County Historical Society has a piece of fabric stained with Lincoln's blood in its collection.

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