Sorting through Troy incident that left one man dead and two officers shot, investigation in fatal Colonie stabbing, American Pharoah to run in Travers

Man fatally shot by Troy police, two officers shot
Troy police say one man is dead and two officers shot after an exchange of gun fire Saturday night in Lansingburgh (map). TPD says the officers -- Joshua Comitale and Chad Klein -- were responding to an alleged attempted car jacking when 39-year-old Thaddeus Faison, who TPD says had been identified as matching the description of the suspect, opened fire. TPD says about 20 rounds were exchanged between the two officers and Faison, and Faison was struck multiple times. TPD says Klein was hit in the shoulder while in his squad car, Comitale was shot in both legs. TPD says Faison was then tasered as officers restrained him -- he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. TPD says its response to the incident started when a report of the alleged attempted car jacking was called in by a friend of the driver. A friend of Faison tells the Times Union he had been at his girlfriend's home in Troy eating dinner shortly before the incident and had received a call from a friend who needed him. [News10] [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Fatal stabbing in Colonie
Colonie police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a woman working at a salon on Sand Creek Road Friday afternoon. CPD says it appears to have been a robbery because all cash was missing from the salon. But as of Saturday they reported they had no suspects or leads and were asking for the public to come forward with info. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]

Shootings, stabbings in Albany
Albany police say there were two shootings and two stabbings in West Hill overnight Sunday into Monday -- though they're not sure if they're related. [TU]

Glendon Scott Crawford trial
From Friday: A jury found Glendon Scott Crawford, the Saratoga County man accused of plotting to use what he thought was a radiation weapon against Muslims and other targets, guilty of all three counts against him. He faces 25 years to life in prison. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

2014 Lansingburgh double murder case
From Friday: A second indictment against Jacob Heimroth -- including a charge of first-degree murder -- has been handed up in the beating death of Maria and Allen Lockrow in their Lansingburgh home in August 2014. (The previous indictment against had been tossed by a judge.) [TU]

Dontay Ivy case
Albany County DA David Soares had contacted the Cuomo administration for instruction on whether the investigation into the death of Dontay Ivy while in Albany police custody this past April was subject to review by the state attorney general's office under a new policy, according to correspondence obtained by the Times Union and Politico. The Cuomo admin responded that since the incident occurred before the policy was announced, the death was not subject to the review. [TU] [Politico NY]

New York prisons
A group of inmates at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility near the Canadian border allege in a lawsuit that they suffered frost bite and other injuries after being required by guards to hold onto a chainlink fence with their bare hands while outside during a search in February 2013. [The Marshall Project/TU]

Saratoga Springs police middle finger/pepper spray settlement
The total payout in the settlement between Saratoga Springs police and the man pepper sprayed after he was stopped for flipping an officer the middle finger: $50,000, according to documents released under a FOIL request by multiple media orgs. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga pistol permits
A new policy in Saratoga County allows pistol owners to get an unrestricted license to carry their gun by passing an eight-hour course. [Saratogian]

American Pharoah
Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah is set to run in the Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course this coming weekend. [Saratogian]

SPAC lawn
The lawn at SPAC is again in rough shape -- and the topic of artificial turn has bubbled up. [Daily Gazette]

"Feisty, wonderful and God-loving"
Estelle Bailey, thought to be the oldest person in the Capital Region, died last week at age 107. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Aziz Ansari
The Comedy Works has added more shows -- now five total -- with Aziz Ansari Monday night. As of this morning there were still tickets available for a 10 pm show.

Washington County Fair
County fair season picks up again with the Washington County Fair at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It bills itself as "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair."

ValleyCats
Monday-Wednesday: The ValleyCats are at the Joe for a three-game series against Connecticut. Promotions: Monday is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle night, Tuesday is Irish night, and Wednesday is hockey night.

Music: Beach House at Upstate Concert Hall
Dream pop. With: Romantic States. 8 pm - $20 ahead / $22 day of

Music: Fifth Harmony at The Palace
Pop group spawned on TV. With: Common Kings, Natalie LaRose, Bea Miller. 7 pm - $29 and up

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