Another arrest in Rensselaer County homicides case, man accused of string of Albany bank robberies, CDTA gets bids for bike share program

Another arrest in Rensselaer County homicides case
Troy police say a fourth person has been arrested in the case involving the beating death of Javier Gomez in an apartment on Glen Ave. The men are accused of using a hammer and knife to kill Gomez. Police says Gomez's death is connected to the death of Christian Gonzalez-Hernandez, Gomez's roommate, whose body was found in Brunswick. But no charges have been filed in the death of Gonzalez-Hernandez. [TWCN] [TU] [News10] [Troy Record]

Hulett Street fire
The federal prosecutor in the Hulett Street fire case told a judge Monday that there is "significant evidence" that one of the men recently arrested on perjury charges in the case, Bryan Fish of Saratoga Springs, was involved with the fatal arson. The judge ordered Fish held pending trial. The 2013 Hulett Street fire killed four people and significantly injured Safyre Terry. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Arrest in Albany bank robberies
Albany police say they arrested 56-year-old Albany man Monday after a robbery at the Citizens Bank at 111 Washington Ave (map). And APD alleges the man is also responsible for two other bank robberies on State Street this month, along with a convenience store robbery on Quail Street. [APD]

New charges in fatal Lake George boat crash
The man accused of driving the boat in the Lake George boat crash that killed a girl and seriously injured her mother has been indicted on 12 charges, including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. [Post-Star]

Schenectady man allegedly burned by step son dies
The Schenectady County DA's office says Kevin Hawkins, the Schenectady man police say was set on fire by his step son in August, has died. DA Robert Carney says autopsy results will factor into whether the charges in the case are upgraded. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

UAlbany rape investigation
University at Albany police say it appears the man accused of raping a student in a dorm over the weekend got into the building by following closely behind someone who had swiped in to the locked door. [TWCN]

NY-19 Congressional District debate
Among the topics discussed in the Monday debate between John Faso and Zephyr Teachout for the NY-19 Congressional District (the seat Chris Gibson currently holds): trade deals and regulating Wall Street, as well as the Supreme Court and state historical sites and parks. [TWCN] [TU] [Daily Freeman/Troy Record]

Earlier in the day, Barack Obama endorsed Teachout for the seat. [TWCN]

Albany county/city delinquent fees conflict
A compromise in the Albany County Legislature will allow the county to continuing paying cities upfront on fees assessed to delinquent properties in 2017, pushing off the change until 2018. [TU]

Albany water commissioner holds off raise
Albany water commissioner Joe Coffey told Common Council members Monday that he will not take the 9 percent raise in store for him until there's a contract in place for the water department's blue collar employees union. [TU]

Bike share
CDTA says it received three proposals from contractors for a regional bike share program. [TU+]

Boreas Ponds
A look at the debate over how logging roads into the Boreas Ponds area of the Adirondacks should or not should be maintained in order to allow public access to newly-acquired state wilderness land. [TU]

#1 in the nation
Albany seventh-grader Martha Samadashvili is ranked #1 nationally by the United States Chess Federation in her age group and is currently competing at a world championship tournament in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Haunted History Pub Crawl
Tuesday and Thursday: The Albany County Historical Association and Historic Albany Foundation are hosting ghost hunt tours of the Ten Broeck Mansion followed by a ghost story pub crawl in downtown Albany. Tuesday and Thursday various times -- $25

H.
The independent movie H. -- which filmed in Troy in 2014, and is set in the city -- is being screened at Revolution Hall. Tuesday 7 pm -- free (RSVP)

The Exorcist
The Cohoes Music Hall is showing The Exorcist. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

Music: Dweezil Zappa at The Egg
The "DWEEZIL ZAPPA Plays Whatever The F@%k He Wants" Tour. (This show looks like it's very close to a sell out.) 8 pm -- $34.50 and up

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