Troy police sorting through latest shooting case, plan for widening Normans Kill, GE looking at connecting factory to the Mohawk River

Troy shootings
In response to the two new shootings this week, Troy police say the recent rash of gun violence could be a result of a struggle to claim the space left vacant by the recent bust of a gang accused of drug activity in the state. There was also some question Thursday about the actual identity of one the most recent victims of gunfire -- and by Friday morning TPD said it had originally misidentified the person. The city of Troy has had 70 shootings -- and 30 victims of shootings -- over the past 21 months, according to a Times Union tally. [WNYT] [Troy Record] [TU x2]

Normans Kill landslide
The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday it's reached an agreement with the Normanside Country Club to widen the stream at the site of the landslide that blocked it this past April. The club will pay for the work and could still face penalties. [NYS DEC] [TU]

A federal judge has tossed the lawsuit filed by NXIVM -- the executive training program that's been accused of being a cult -- against a group of people accused of hacking its computers, among them a former Times Union reporter. [TU]

Troy police
The former Troy police officer accused of tipping off suspects in a drug investigation has been sentenced to three years probation, community service, and is prohibited from working in law enforcement. [Troy Record]

Colonie police
The Colonie police officer who was recorded on video stomping on the hands of a suspect who was handcuffed has been promoted to sergeant. [TU]

Bethlehem police use taser
Bethlehem police say officers used a taser on a woman who allegedly refused to get out of her car and shoved an officer after she was stopped on a warrant for allegedly leaving her daughter in a car for about an hour at her job before taking the girl to a doctor's appointment. [TU]

Former state Assemblyman sentenced
Former state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was sentenced to 14 years in prison on a range of counts including bribery and extortion. [TU]

Schenectady mayoral race
Challenger Roger Hull will not be on the November ballot on the line for the Alliance Party -- the party he founded -- because he didn't file paperwork with the county board of elections to formally accept the party's nomination by the deadline. The BOE also didn't send him a letter about the matter, which is supposed to do -- said Hull to the Daily Gazette: "You have to ask the question whether games were being played." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany County nursing home administrator
How a not guilty verdict in Long Island helps clear the way for the Albany County Nursing Home administrator, currently a consultant, to become the county's highest-paid employee ever. [TU+]

The GloFo Malta chip fab is out of the running for making chips for the iPhone 7 -- unless it's not. [TU]

Connecting to the Mohawk
GE has had conversations with state and federal officials about potentially building a link between its Schenectady turbine factory and the Mohawk River, so it could ship turbines via the Erie Canal. [Biz Review]

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