Two separate cases of cars going through buildings, civil suit in Ivy death, Troy charter commission suggests smaller council, truck driver sentenced in trooper's death

Car goes through diner
Seven people were injured on Tuesday when a car went through the wall at Schenectady's Blue Ribbon Diner during the lunch hour. Police say an elderly man put his car in reverse, hitting a woman behind the car and backing through the wall of the diner - pinning the woman between the car and crash debris. [TU][Gazette][WNYT]

Car goes through window tinting building
A pickup truck on Central Avenue hit a utility poll and traveled about 100 yards before slamming through the wall of a window tinting business. Police fear removing the truck may cause the building to collapse. [TU][TWCN][WNYT]

Civil lawsuit in Ivy's death
The family of Donald "Dontay" Ivy has filed a federal civl rights lawsuit against the city of Albany and the three police officers who use a taser to subdue Ivy at a store near his home in April. Earlier this week Ivy's death was ruled a homicide in a coroner's report. [WNYT][TWCN]

Driver sentenced for Trooper Cunniff's death
The wife of the late trooper David Cunniff to Gary Blakley whose truck struck and killed her husband in December of 2013:
"I do not want you to live in a self-imposed prison of guilt for the rest of your life and neither would Dave. Dave's life of love and laughter was cut short, but that doesn't mean you have to pay for it with the rest of yours."

Blakley was sentenced Tuesday to 3 and a half years in prison for the accident that killed Cunniff. [TU][Gazette]

Watervliet teacher allegedly texted explicit photo to student
A Watervliet High School teacher has resigned after being arrested on child endangerment charges with sending a sexually explicit text message of himself in his underwear to a teen. He's the third adult from the school who has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.[TWCN][WNYT][TU]

Troy Charter Commission recommendations
Troy's charter commission is recommending an overhaul of the city government including eliminating two city council seats, the creation of a Office of General Services and direct election of the council president. [TU][Record]

Schenectady missing child case
Police are investigating a possible missing child case in Schenectady. A 9-year-old boy was observed getting info a white van. [TU][TWCN]

Lansingburgh fire
Investigators in Troy are looking into the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a vacant building on Fourth Avenue in Lansingburgh, not far from the scene of some arson cases.

Boat explosion
Two men were injured when a boat exploded on Lake George on Tuesday. [WNYT]

Nassau says no to mining
Nassau's town board unanimously denied a permit to a mining company to mine hard rock from a hill off Route 66. [TU]

A new state-mandated vaccine schedule for kids requiring a full series of immunizations before going to kindergarten, has now gone into effect. [TU]

Travers viewership
NBC says 2 million viewers,watched this years Travers making it the most watched Travers since they started telecasting the race 20 years ago. [TU]

+A collection of photos of about 700 WWII service men in Mechanicville.[TU]

+A Mechanicville man who helped transmit news of the Japanese surrender in WWWII.[WNYT]

Yes, that Serpico
WhyFrank Serpico, the former NYC cop and subject of a feature film, is running for office. [TU+]

A "transformational gift"
The director of The Hyde Collection says a Schenectady man's donation of 54 pieces fro art to the Hyde is a "transformation gift" for the museum.[Gazette]

Road Trip
A Schenectady man's experience on Roadtrip Nation[Gazette]

Happening today

The Track
Today is Military Appreciation Day at the Saratoga Racecourse. All veterans and active duty military get free grandstand admission with military ID.

County fairs

Two county fairs open today:
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Columbia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Chatham
+ Wednesday-Labor Day: The Schaghticoke Fair at the fairgrounds in Schaghticoke. (It's county fair for Rensselaer County.)
Continuing today: The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. (It's the county fair for Fulton and Montgomery counties.)

EMPAC starts off its fall season with two events. The first is a book launch party for Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days. It's followed by the first event of the "On Screen/Sound" film series, which includes a screening of Tron (1982). Wednesday 5:30 pm (book launch) and 7 pm (film event) - free


Car also went through the swing set at Bickingham pond.

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