SPD: Shots fired near State Street in downtown Schenectady, refugees finding home in the Capital Region, Syracuse headed to the Final Four

Shots fired in downtown Schenectady
Schenectady police say three people were arrested in connection with an incident early Sunday morning in which shots were fired just off State Street downtown (map). SPD says officers had responded to a reported fight outside Nico's on the next block west on State Street -- the crowd dispersed, but a second fight started on Barrett Street, and that's when two men allegedly opened fire. [News10] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Adam Rupeka arrested
Adam Rupeka of Troy -- who's made headlines in the recent past for the incident in which he flipped off a Saratoga Springs police officer and was then pepper sprayed, resulting in the officer's resignation; and for allegedly crashing a drone onto the Capitol -- was arrested over the weekend for an alleged incident of sexual abuse involving a 15 year old. Also arrested was a woman from Hudson. Said Rupeka after being arraigned: "Another case of the police out to get me." [TU] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Schenectady police officer arrested
Schenectady police say an off-duty officer, Aaron Zampella, was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly fled a traffic stop early Friday morning. SPD says alcohol or drugs were not involved. He's been suspended without pay. [TU] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Sentencing in fatal slashing at B'nai B'rith apartments
From Friday: Sixty-one-year-old Robert Lake -- convicted of fatally slashing the throat of Latisha Alzaid in his apartment at the B'nai B'rith Parkview Apartments in Albany in 2014 -- was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott described Lake as "a dangerous man, a man who should not have the opportunity to ever live in civilized society again." [TU] [WNYT]

Federal investigation of alleged inmate beatings in New York prisons
The US Attorney's office and FBI are investigatingaccusations that officers in New York State prisons have beaten or tortured inmates. [TU+]

Immigrants
+ During the last decade, more than 3,000 people have immigrated to the Capital Region as refugees from countries such as Myanmar, Iraq, and Afghanistan. [TU+]
+ The number of students learning English in the Albany public schools has been growing over the last decade, and now 1 in 10 students is part of that category. [TU+]

Cuomo talks about budget, $15 minimum wage
Andrew Cuomo held a rare press conference with reporters at the Capitol Friday afternoon on topics such as the upcoming state budget deadline and the $15 minimum wage proposal. [TU]

Also: Did Andrew Cuomo know the location of the Easter eggs, and when did he know it? [Daily Gazette]

Former Skidmore president found dead
Saratoga Springs police say former Skidmore College president David Porter was found dead Saturday morning in a field close to walking path near his home. SSPD says it does not suspect foul play -- Porter's wife said it was not unusual for him to go for a walk at night. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU]

Mohawk Harbor street names
The Schenectady City Council Democratic majority leader is routing around the council members holding up the "Rush Street" name for one of the streets in Mohawk Harbor project. [TU]

New restaurant in TU Center
A Johnny Rockets location is planned for the TU Center. [TU]

Syracuse in the Final Four
Both the men's and women's Syracuse basketball teams are headed to the Final Four. [Syracuse Post-Standard x2]

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