Guilty verdict in fatal hit-and-run, APD officer arrested again, police search for Spa City bank robber, tax plan confusion begins

Guilty verdict in fatal hit and run
An Albany County jury found Brian Tromans guilty on Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of National Guard Master Sergeant Rudolph Seabron in Colonie in January. [Spectrum]

APD officer's 2nd arrest
APD officer Shawn Dixon was arrested for leaving the scene of a car crash on Wednesday, for the second time in eight months.[TU]

Attempted murder
Two Albany men are facing attempted murder charges for allegedly robbing and shooting a man on Old Hickory Drive in late November. [TU]

Republican tax plan
+ A look at some of the confusion and chaos anticipated as the new tax laws go into effect in less than two weeks. [Politico]
+ Capital Region tax advisers on what the new federal tax structure will mean for New Yorkers. [Gazette]
+ Chris Churchill on how the Republican tax plan will affect not-for-profits by removing some of the financial incentive to donate. [TU]

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Saratoga Springs bank robbery
Saratoga Springs are searching for the man who robbed the main branch of the Adirondack Trust Company on Wednesday. The suspect is a white male, described as more than six fee tall. [Saratogian][Spectrum]

Albany to ask NYS to weigh in on tax exemption
The city of Albany will ask New York State for a legal opinion on whether 22 parcels of land serving as parking lots are entitled to a tax exemption they have been getting over the last six years. [Business Review]

Troy budget
The standoff between Troy mayor Patrick Madden and City Council President Carmella Mantello continues, with Madden claiming Mantello illegally thwarted efforts to resolve the city's 2018 $2.5 million budget deficit by stopping a city clerk from calling a meeting on the issue.[TU]

Hotel picketing
Albany's Common Council wants hotels in the city to inform guests about issues like picketing, construction or infestations before they book rooms and events. [TU]

Body recovered from Hudson
Rescue crews pulled the body of a man from the Hudson on Wednesday, after it was spotted by an Amtrak crew as they crossed the Livingston Avenue Bridge. [TU]

#Metoo prompts increase in local reporting
Calls to report rape, sexual assault and workplace harassment are up in the Capital Region this year, something councilors and advocates say may not be an uptick in assault or workplace harassment, but the result of people coming forward as part of the "#Metoo" movement.[TU]

Colonie landfill's proximity to water
As expansion of the Colonie landfill is explored, Sarah Foss looks at the concerns surrounding its proximity to water. [Gazette]

SUNY Empire president to step down
SUNY Empire president Merodie Hancock will step down in March to head a school in New Jersey. [TU]

Big trees
Searching for some of the area's largest and oldest trees.[Gazette]

That's a lot of bottles
According to an audit from the NYS Comptroller's office, New York collected more than $102.7 million in unclaimed deposits from bottles and cans -- that's over two billion returnable cans that were not brought back. [News 10]

Stuff going on today

She Loves Me
Today-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Carol of the King
Thursday: A touring show called Carol of the King will be at Proctors. "Bringing the two biggest things in the world together, Irish dance and Christmas, to turn an age-old tradition into the first ever Irish dance Christmas spectacular the whole family will enjoy." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Skating
The ice skating rink at the ESP recently opened for the season, and if you're looking for some midweek fun, you might think about stopping by for an evening skate (or day skate, depending on your schedule). The rink is open Monday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance) -- weather permitting. It's free to skate. Skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids / free on Fridays.

Swinburne: The city of Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink also recently opened for the season.

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