State Police: Glenville man was trying to commit suicide by police, investigation into Prattsville flood relief money, bike share memberships ahead of projections

Hurricane Harvey
+ Looking to help? Houston and Texas-based charities for donations. [Houston Chronicle] [@JiaTolentino]
+ Charity Navigator's page about charities and donations for Hurricane Harvey relief.
+ Pro Publica: 5 Tips for Donating After Disasters
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Glenville police shooting investigation
State Police said Friday their investigation has concluded that the man fatally shot by police in Glenville July 28 was trying to commit suicide by getting police to shoot him. State Police say Brian Skinner had rushed at responding officers with a knife in a threatening manner, and when he didn't drop the knife after repeated orders, they fired. An officer was also hit in the gunfire, and State Police say it hasn't been determined yet which officer fired that shot. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]

Troy police shooting investigation
A group of African American pastors in Troy is calling for the Rensselaer County DA to recuse his office from the investigation into Troy police shooting Dahmeek McDonald August 15. [TU]

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Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating a shooting in North Albany Friday afternoon (block map) -- a man was shot in the abdomen and suffered non life-threatening injuries. [APD]

Niskayuna hit and run
Niskayuna police are looking for the public's help in finding the vehicle involved in an alleged hit and run Friday night at Consaul Road and Lois Lane (map). Police say a man was found in the street with non life-threatening injuries. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Alleged rundown Guilderland
Guilderland police say a woman crashed her car Saturday afternoon while attempting to run down her husband. Police say she was under the influence of prescription drugs. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Prattsville
The state and the feds are investigating the use of $5 million in relief funds granted to the town of Prattsville for Irene flooding recovery. [TU]

Crystal Run
Chris Bragg looks at the big premium increases the state approved for the Orange County-based Crystal Run Health Plan, the owners of which have been big Andrew Cuomo campaign contributors. [TU]

Mark Robinson
Albany Common Council member Mark Robinson -- who's running for council president -- owes almost $16k in back city and school taxes for eight properties in which he has an ownership stake. [TU]


Chris Churchill on a Troy preacher's sermon that condemned African-American churches: "[The] message last Sunday was about division, weakness and fear. Us versus them. The supposedly good versus the supposedly evil. His words echo what's wrong in our politics and culture." [TU]

"I just want him to be remembered as my father, not as a martyr of the Jewish community"
Recalling the death of Harry Pearlberg in Cohoes 50 years ago, shot by a man who openly identified with the American Nazi Party. [TU]

Proposal to knock down Troy church
A developer is proposing to knock down the former St. Jean the Baptiste Roman Catholic church near Washington Park in Troy in order to construct a new retail/office building. [TU]

Sage
A profile of Christopher Ames, the new president of the Sage Colleges. [Troy Record]

Bike share
The new bike share run by CDTA has signed up more than 1,200 members.

Muffin man
Sara Foss tags along with The Muffin Man.

Travers
West Coast won the Travers on Saturday at the Saratoga Race Course. Almost 48,000 people were at the track that day. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Bites Camera Action
Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by The Useless Cans. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

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