Man shot and killed by Schenectady police, local vigils for Orlando, amended Uber/Lyft bill a sticking point, Puzzles owner thinking about second location

Fatal shooting in Schenectady by police
Schenectady police say an SPD detective shot and killed a man late Monday afternoon in Mont Pleasant (map). SPD says the man -- 33-year-old Joshua Sciscm -- had spoken briefly to two plainclothes detectives as they sat in a car, then lifted his shirt to show a gun in his waistband. Police say that's when the detectives got out of their car, identified themselves, and drew their weapons. They allege Sciscm then drew his gun, pointing it at the detectives -- and that's when the Schenectady police detective fired. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU] [News10]

Guilty plea in Schenectady basement burial case
Harold M. Ortiz -- accused of killing a woman, kidnapping and assaulting a man, and burying them both under debris in a Union Street basement -- pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and other charges Monday. He faces 30 years to life at sentencing. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Local reaction to Orlando shooting
+ About a thousand people gathered in West Capitol Park in Albany Monday evening as part of vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting, and a call for unity. And in Schenectady, about a hundred gathered at city hall for the same purpose. [TWCN] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

+ Chris Churchill: How Central Ave in Albany -- where gay nightclubs and a mosque coexist -- offers hope. [TU+]

+ A look at how local gay bars have served as community gathering spots -- and safe spaces -- for the local LGBT community over the years. [TU+]

+ A rundown of what local federal representatives have said about the Orlando shooting and their records on gun control. [Daily Gazette]

Troy stabbing/car crash
Troy police say the man who had apparently been stabbed during a string of incidents that resulted in a car crash on Hoosick Street Sunday night has died. TPD says it appears the stabbing occurred in south Troy (map) ahead of the car crash. [WNYT] [TU]

Fatal car crash in Halfmoon
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office say it's expecting charges to be filed in a head-on car crash on Route 146 Monday afternoon that killed one person and seriously injured two others. [TWCN] [TU]

Car crashes into Colonie apartment building
Emergency responders say an SUV crashed into an apartment building early Tuesday morning, injuring the driver and knocking a man who had been sleeping out of bed. [WNYT] [News10]

Alleged co-worker torture case
Colonie police lieutenant Robert Winn about the case in which a group of construction workers is accused of torturing a co-worker: "The main crux of the story is that the suspects were not happy with him about his work ethic, and also some phone calls that he made back to West Virginia to their family about things that they were doing in this area." [News10]

Uber/Lyft
With just three session days in the state legislature remaining, Uber and Lyft are trying to hit the brakes on an amended version of the bill that would open the way for them to operate across the state. [TU]

Hoosick Falls
A Hoosick Falls teacher's pointed Youtube response to a video from actor Mark Ruffalo that had touted the Cuomo admin's environmental record. [TU]

Challenger for Tonko
Republican Joe Vitollo of Coeymans is into the pool to challenge Democrat Paul Tonko for the NY-20 Congressional district. [TU]

Peaches Cafe
The owner of Peaches Cafe, which has been at Stuyvesant Plaza for more than three decades, have sold the business. [Biz Revie]

Puzzles
The owner of Puzzles Bakery & Cafe -- which has made employing people with disabilities part of its mission -- is thinking about opening a second location. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today


Albany police body camera forum
The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee is holding another public forum about the Albany Police Department's plans for using officer-worn body cameras. It's at the Albany Public Library's Washington Ave branch. Tuesday 6 pm

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series with the The Hangar in Troy. This week's theme: "Departures and Arrivals." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Music: The Wombats at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop rock. With: Coast Modern. 8 pm -- $18 ahead / $20 day of

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I truly hope Puzzles considers the city of Albany should it open a second location. I don't often find myself in Schenectady, but would love to patronize this business. Puzzles would be a welcome addition to the downtown Albany lunch options. Those cookies and sandwiches look delicious. I am confident all the downtown Albany employees (and residents) would flock here.

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