Inmate found dead at Albany County Jail, anti violence rally planned in Schenectady, questions about Quirky, all over a Scooby Doo doll

Inmate found dead at Albany County Jail
A prisoner at the Albany County Correctional facility was found dead in his cell on Wednesday night, in what is believed to have been a suicide. The man was due to be sentenced next week on a conspiracy charge in a scheme to get an 80-year-old woman to turn over her home. [TWCN][TU]

David Sweat is still spilling information about his Dannemora escape. [TU]

Joyce Mitchell, the Dannemora prison employee who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the prison, will collect her state pension, even though she is forced to retire because she is going to jail for her role in the incident.[WNYT]

Chris Churchill on the sentence 16-year-old Marquis Dixon received for stealing a pair of sneakers in Albany-- which is significantly longer than the one Jeffrey Mann got in Saratoga County for his role in the bar fight that killed Aaron Huggins. [TU]

Schneiderman may take on Mount Vernon case
Eric Schneiderman's office may intervene in a Mount Vernon case where a mother of eight died in police custody while facing shoplifting charges.[Capital New York]

Schenectady anti-violence rally
Schenectady residents are planning an anti-violence rally on Friday near the site of two shootings that took place in the last week. [TU]

Schenectady station
The Schenectady Metroplex board has approved selling a small parcel of land next to the current train station for a new $14 million station. [TU]

Some Quirky employees are questioning the company's management and frivolous purchases - like an $8,000 ice cream machine for the Schenectady office, made shortly before the decision to lay off more than 100 employees in their NYC office and at least two in Schenectady.[Business Review][Gazette]

Scooby Don't
An incident that began with a Scooby Doo doll, ended with a car fire and four arrests. [TU]

X-Ray weapon case
The case of Glendon Scott Crawford, the man who allegedly tried to sell a plan for a mobile X-ray device he intended to be used as a weapon he described as "Hiroshima on a light switch" - is slated for trial in August. [Gazette]

Troy revenue
Expected revenue is down by about $1 million, but expenditures are also down, which could result in a surplus for the Collar City.[Record]

Homes for Saratoga Vets
Saratoga Springs officials say the city is keeping its promise to house homeless veterans.A new housing initiative is now providing homes for 18 local veterans. [Gazette][Saratogian]

Jockey injured in Saratoga fall
Jockey Manuel Franco is recovering from injuries sustained in a fall in the fifth race at Saratoga onWednesday where he was kicked repeatedly by horses.[TU]

SUNY Poly hosts Pakistani students
SUNY Polytechnic Institute is welcoming students from the Peshawar school in Pakistan which was attacked by Taliban gunmen who killed 132 students last December. [TU][TWCN]

No smoking
In case you miss the signs, there is no smoking near the Capitol. [TU]

Cooling off
Keeping the horses cool at Saratoga . [WNYT]

Happening today

Alive at Five
Today's Alive at Five show has been moved to the rain site at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. RaeLynn at Alive at Five
Country. With: Big Sky Country. 5 pm - free

The Dan DiNicola Memorial Film Festival is screening Cinema Paradiso in the parking lot behind Perecca's in Schenectady.

The Track
Racing continues today at Saratoga Race Course.

Tuesday: The Tri-City ValleyCats open a six-game home stand at The Joe with a three-game series against West Virginia. Then Mahoning Valley is in for a three-game series over the weekend. Promotions this week include a bat giveaway, Italian night, Medieval Times night, and post-game fireworks.


The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues its production of Paradise Blue, starring Blair Underwood, De'Adre Aziza, and Andre Holland. And the new musical Unknown Soldier opens today.

Murder for Two
Capital Rep continues its production of Murder for Two -- "a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano." Today-Sunday various times - $20 and up


"Jockey Manuel Franco is recovering from injuries sustained in a fall where he was kicked repeatedly by horses."

At least he'll recover. Unlike several horses that died at Saratoga this year before the racing season even began:

People at Schenectady Quirky need ICE CREAM! Have you seen the lines at the Schenectady City Mission waiting for free lunch?? That could be Quirky employees!! Or the kids at SICM Mobile Meals?!? 50% of children in Schenectady County are living in poverty. Thank you Schenectady County for bringing another thoughtless, superfluous and soon to be bankrupt company to a very at-risk city. And we probably funded the entire deal on the backs of very needy, underprivileged children to a very greedy "CEO".

In my own experience, cash wasted on fun/perks/screwing off/non-necessary items plus the drinking-at-work culture is pretty rampant at start-up companies run by Millennials, Then everyone stands around wondering why the business isn't thriving. It's the most insanely frustrating work environment.

Trevor, I agree. Using these poor animals for entertainment is bad enough, but it's unimaginable cruelty to make them race in this heat. What heartless person enjoys watching it?

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