Shooting outside Colonie Center, man describes how he fought off bear, Cannon Building headed for foreclosure sale

Shooting outside Colonie Center
Colonie police say a man was shot outside Colonie Center around 10 pm Thursday in the area of the mall entrance near the Cheesecake Factory. CPD says the man and two other people had been "involved in an altercation earlier with another group" that included the suspected shooter. A search involving multiple agencies, including a State Police helicopter, didn't turn up the suspect. CPD says the man who was shot is from Schenectady -- he's being treated at Albany Med for a gun shot to abdomen and is expected to survive. The suspect is from the Albany area, according to CPD. A woman was in the parking lot at the time of the shooting tells the Daily Gazette that when she heard the multiple shots fired it sounded like it might be firecrackers -- she then saw three vehicles speed out of the parking lot and one man fleeing on foot. [CPD press release] [TU x2] [Daily Gazette]

Pedestrian hit on Central Ave
Albany police say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Central Ave near the Westgate shopping plaza Thursday evening and suffered serious injuries. The street was closed for almost four hours as part of the crash investigation. [TWCN] [TU]

More than $3 million in harassment case
A state appeals court issued a ruling Thursday that opens the way for a payout of more than $3 million to a former Rensselaer County jail sergeant who was sexually harassed by a group of other jail employees. The state Division of Human Rights found that the female sergeant had been subjected to daily harassment and a supervisor had told her "let it slide." [TU] [Troy Record]

Bear attack
The Troy man who fought off a bear that attacked his dog while they were walking in Adirondacks earlier this week, to the Times Union: "There's a lot of people going around calling me a hero. I'm not a hero. I did it because I love my dog." [TU+]

Man talked down from Dunn Memorial Bridge
Albany police talked a man down from the Dunn Memorial Bridge Thursday afternoon. The bridge was closed for about five hours because of the situation. [TU] [WNYT]

Schenectady restaurant arson case
An indictment handed up this week charges the owner of a restaurant in Schenetady's Central State neighborhood with first-degree arson. Prosecutors allege she torched the building -- with a person still inside an apartment upstairs -- in an effort to get insurance money. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Mindy Wormuth
A federal judge ordered the release of video from the Mindy Wormuth case (as the request of the Times Union) -- it shows Wormuth recounting how she was approached in the sting that snagged her, and her conversations with a town attorney about whether it would be OK to take money to lobby on behalf of what she thought were MMA interests. [TU]

Internet access
At a state Public Service Commission hearing in Bethlehem Thursday public offices from Albany, Troy, and Saratoga Springs said a lack of competition and affordable high-speed internet access is limiting development and opportunities in their cities. [TU]

Sam the Bugler
NYRA says that Sam Grossman -- AKA, "Sam the Bugler" -- will not be working the rest of this season at Saratoga "as he attends to a personal matter." [Daily Gazette]

Cannon Buiding
A judge has give the OK for a foreclosure sale for the Cannon Building on Monument Square in Troy. [Biz Review]

New Thurway/DOT office building
Whatever happened to the project to build a new office building for both the Thruway and state Department of Transportation in Albany? [Biz Review]

Stuff going on today

It's weekend, thankfully. Look for our "stuff to do this weekend" post later this morning.


Did we have shootings at Colonie Center before the LL Bean and Whole Foods crowds moved in?

I think not.

Straight outta Colonie!

Straight outta Colonie, crazy motherf*#ker named White Dude
From the gang called Shoppers Wit Attitudes
When I'm called off, I got a face cloth (organic cotton)
Wipe away any of all y'all
Stay away from my mall

I eat my kale its all organic
Cucumber juice?
Crazy like that

Yeah, I'm crazy
allow me to amaze thee
I see you're vegan and it just don't phase me

I'm a freak, I like the girls who consume (in a healthy manner)
I once got busy in a Whole Foods bathroom.

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