Oquendo sentenced, Judge orders PR campaign to shut down in DWI trial, Percoco jury still deadlocked, probe of police raccoon killing

Oquendo sentencing
A State Supreme Court justice sentenced Johnny Oquendo to 27 years to life in prison for the murder of his stepdaughter Noel Alkaramla. Oquendo, who represented himself at the sentencing, maintained his innocence in a statement to the court. [TU][Spectrum][WNYT]

Judge orders PR campaign to be shut down in DWI case
The Saratoga County judge in the DWI case agains businessman John Cole of Cole's Collision has ordered a stop to a public relations plan featuring ads where charity leaders highlight Cole's philanthropy.[TU][Gazette]

Percoco jury deadlocked
The jury in the corruption trial of Joe Percoco has again told a judge that it is deadlocked, but the judge in the case wants them to continue trying to reach a verdict.[NYT]


Cuomo and transparency
Chris Churchill reflects on what he says is Andrew Cuomo's failure to deliver on promise to clean up corruption in Albany. [TU]

Service for Albany police chaplain
Some Albany road closures will be in effect this morning for the service for the late Albany police chaplain, Father James Lefebvre[WNYT]

Capital Region Job Growth
New numbers from the New York State Labor Department show job growth in the Capital Region was higher than estimated in the last twelve months. [TU]

Cuomo takes aim at gun advocates
Andrew Cuomo and NY Democrats have released a social media campaign taking aim at seven Republican lawmakers with A ratings from the NRA who are believed to be obstructing gun restriction legislation.[TU]

State to probe police killing of raccoon
New York State officials will look into a case where a pair of police officers attempted to kill a potentially rabid raccoon by chasing it down and running it over with a car. The case came to public attention after a bystander's video of the incident was posted to Facebook. [TU][Spectrum]

Mother died trying to save family
Investigators say the mother of a Rensselaer family whose home burned in a fatal fire earlier this week, died trying to save her children and her mother from the blaze. [TU]

Bullying alleged in Schenectady
Union representatives spoke out at a Schenectady City Council on Monday, alleging a culture of bullying city employees. [Gazette]

Bell dies
George Bell, the Cambridge-Greenwhich police chief who headed up the Jaliek Rainwalker investigation, has died.[TU] [Spectrum]

Missing teen returns
Schenectady police say a teenage girl who went missing for four days has returned home. [TU]

Chemical found in Corning Tower water
A Chemical contained in mothballs s-found-in-12746283.php">was discovered in water samples in the Corning tower, but OGS officials say levels were "significantly below the Department of Health's drinking water standard."[TU]

Granola company displaced
A Schenectady County plan to lease a building on Broadway in the city is displacing a small local granola company. [Gazette]

Waste to energy
A proposed waste to energy project in Schenectady could save the city as much as $300,000 a year. [Gazette]

Banning bags
185 environmental groups are urging Andrew Cuomo to ban the use of plastic bags in New York State. [Record/AP]

RIP Siena field hockey
After 40 years, Siena has discontinued its field hockey program due to a lack of funding and facilities. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today
The Shape of Water
Monday-Thursday: Proctors is showing The Shape of Water -- which won the best picture Oscar this year -- in its The Addy theater. Monday-Thursday various times -- $6


Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "In Transit." Tuesday 7:30 pm


Tuesday: Judah & The Lion at Upstate Concert Hall
Americana/rock. With: Colony House, Tall Heights. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Tuesday: The Chieftains at Proctors
Traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

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