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McLaughlin touts upgrade of Rensselaer County's bond rating
TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer County recently received positive news regarding its finances. On Tuesday, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced the Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the county’s bond rating from A1 to Aa3, noting the county’s solid financial management.
Police arrest Troy man on multiple warrants
BRUNSWICK, N.Y. — A 28-year-old Troy man was arrested by State Police and the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department on multiple outstanding warrants. Troopers in Brunswick and the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department said they arrested Zackary Plante, 28, of Troy, on multiple outstanding warrants
Rensselaer County reaches agreement with its largest union
TROY, N.Y. — Rensselaer County employees’ largest union has a new contract after members approved and the County Legislature voted unanimously 18-0 at Tuesday’s legislative meeting. The new deal was announced by County Executive Steve McLaughlin, along with legislative officials and union leaders.
Nassau County: New sexual harassment protections for county workers
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Tuesday new sexual harassment protections for county employees, including the county’s first-ever policy to safeguard transgender workers against discrimination.
Pittsfield teen missing since October
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking the public's help in finding a missing Pittsfield teen. According to the organization, 17-year-old Marianda Miranda was last seen on October 10 in Pittsfield. She is believed to either be in the Pittsfield ar
Legislators collecting clothing and bedding for children in Rensselaer County
TROY, N.Y. — Officials with the Rensselaer County Legislature Majority said that they recently partnered with the Unity House of Troy and Things of my Very Own from Schenectady to collect essential articles of clothing and bedding for children in Rensselaer County.
Police respond in force to Copley Terrace, Elm Street area in Pittsfield
Pittsfield police are investigating an incident in the area of Elm Street and Copley Terrace. "Copley Terrace scene secure," the Police Department tweeted shortly after 1:30 p.m. "Units clearing now."
Rensselaer County Legislature Passes Budget With No Tax Increase
The 2019 Rensselaer County budget passed unanimously this week during a special meeting of the County Legislature. The $346.7 million spending plan is the first under first-term Republican Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, who touts it as fiscally sound. "Unanimously passed, which is a n
Police: Two men charged with knifepoint robbery
QUEENSBURY — Two men were arrested Wednesday night for a scheme that resulted in a gas station customer being robbed at knifepoint, police said. The two were involved in a scam in which one distracted patrons in the Speedway station on Main Street, off Exit 18, while the other rifled through cars fo
Teen injured in shooting on Francis Ave.
PITTSFIELD — A 19-year old Pittsfield man was shot in the leg Sunday evening on Francis Avenue. Police said they do not believe the victim's injuries were life-threatening. Officers responded to the shooting 7:12 p.m. Sunday in the area of Francis Avenue and Union Street. The victim was transported
Berkshire House of Corrections shows there's nowhere the Christmas spirit can't go
PITTSFIELD — For the fourth year in a row, the staff of the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction has attempted to bring a little holiday spirit and a little normalcy to the children of some of those currently behind bars.
Great Barrington man charged with possessing, sharing child porn arraigned
A Great Barrington man accused of downloading and sharing child pornography was arraigned Monday in Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield. Jeffrey M. Roraback, 49, of 43 Blue Hill Road, faces charges of possessing materials depicting a child in sexual conduct and disseminating visual material of a
Lenox crossing expected to be closed in wake of fatal crash
LENOX — Shut it down, and fast. That's the likely plan for a notorious crossroads where a Pittsfield woman was killed last week. Acting on recommendations by state and local officials, the Select Board is expected to vote Wednesday to ask the state Department of Transportation to shut down the dange
Students facing felony charges for making mock school shooting videos
ALBANY, N.Y. — Three students face felony charges of making a terroristic threat for posting online two brief videos where they act out a school shooting in someone’s house.
Police continue to investigate Albany-area double murder-suicide
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Police continue to investigate a double murder-suicide that happened at Adams Circle in Ballston Spa. “My agency was requested to check the well fare of Steven Jones, who resides at 723 Adams Circle in the village of Ballston Spa after he failed to show up to work for s
Cuomo calls for legal recreational marijuana in NY State
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Monday for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New York, saying it was beyond time for the state to deal with the "debilitating criminal stigma" of prior convictions related to the drug.
Police: Students made ‘horrifying’ mock shooting videos
RAVENA, N.Y. (AP) — Four students in upstate New York who police say posted videos mimicking a school shooting with fake blood and racial slurs have been arrested. The Albany County Sheriff’s Office says two videos were made by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students and posted to Instagram. The Times Unio
Berkshire County town to name bridge after soldier
DALTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town is moving closer to naming a bridge in honor of a soldier and native son who died in Afghanistan. The Berkshire Eagle reports that residents of Dalton in a special town meeting recently approved naming the bridge after Spc. Mitchell Daehling.
Federal lawsuit filed in Albany officer-involved shooting case
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Ellazar Williams has filed a federal lawsuit against the Albany Police Department and the detective who opened fire on him. The lawsuit states that James Olsen used excessive force when he shot Williams in the back in August.
March trial likely in alleged sex assault in Pittsfield parking lot
PITTSFIELD — A March trial is expected for a Great Barrington man with an extensive history of child rape and sexual assault convictions. Brian C. Hohman, 54, is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man in his car last year, after offering to pay cash for his underwear and pictures of his g