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Long awaited Albany Capital Center set to open

Gov. Cuomo weighs-in on Albany budget concerns

Hundreds attend the eighth annual Recovery Advocacy Day at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Tuesday.

Recovering addicts, supporters push for more funding

Schenectady residents push for 'Sanctuary City' status

Some residents in Schenectady are calling for their community to become a "Sanctuary City." They turned out Monday night at City Hall for the Common Council meeting.


Police: Minnesota man in Albany too drunk to drive 3x over

A Minnesota man is arrested in Albany for allegedly driving drunk. State police stopped Matthew Lehto on I-90 for a traffic violation.


Suspect arrested in Colonie robbery from October

Colonie police arrest a suspect in a robbery from last fall. It turns out she’s already behind bars. Marilyn Olshena, 56, is accused of robbing the Déjà Vu on Wolf Road back on October 17.


State Supreme Court dismisses appeal of man convicted in 2012 Northway crash

The state Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from the man convicted of manslaughter and drunken driving in the 2012 death of two high school students.


Albany man charged in two murder cases

ALBANY -- 23-year-old Shelby Countermine disappeared three years ago.

In May of 2015, a jogger found her body buried in a shallow grave in Coeymans.
 
Police say Countermine had communicated with Edward Mero shortly before she went missing.

Authorities say the shallow grave was near a city of Albany water line. Police say Mero worked for the Albany water department.

Soon after her body was discovered, police searched Mero's home on Maplewood Street in Albany.

"Edward Mero became a person of interest early on in the case. And a suspect later on," said New York State Police Captain Robert Patnaude.  "But it wasn't until very recently that we felt that we had developed enough information to warrant an arrest."

When they looked into Mero's background, his name came up in connection with another, earlier, death.
 
In January 2013, the body of 23-year-old Megan Cunningham was found after a fire at 12 Arcadia Avenue in Albany.

Police say Cunningham and Mero were roommates.

Investigators have been building their cases, and Friday, police picked him up.

He was arraigned Monday in front of Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County Court on two counts of murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

He pleaded not guilty.

"What they did was they clearly opened an investigation where they had two weak cases, put them together and hoped to strengthen them both that way," said Cheryl Coleman, Mero's attorney.

Coleman also voiced concerns about leaks from law enforcement about this case.

"My client's being prejudiced.  I understand there's a press conference.  I'm thinking of getting my press credentials so that I can get some discovery," said Coleman.

She says she's concerned that the two cases have been "lumped together."  She plans to make a motion to separate, right away.
 


Albany man charged with murder

An Albany man faces a murder rap, along with a charge that he tampered with physical evidence.


Women descend on Siena for NY Women's Expo

Hundreds of women from across the Capital Region are shopping and networking in Loudonville this weekend.


Hundreds climb in Albany to raise money for cystic fibrosis

Hundreds of people took to the stairs Saturday morning to raise money in the fight against cystic fibrosis.


Albany Law School seminar focuses on fighting injustice

People came together at Albany Law School in the spirit of learning new ways to fight injustice wherever it may be.


Loved ones hold candlelight vigil for missing Albany native

Albany police say 52-year-old Albany native, Dariel Young, has been missing since October 25th.


HVCC and UAlbany make credit transfers easier

Hudson Valley Community College and the University at Albany are the largest institutions of higher learning in the Capital Region. They signed a new agreement to more easily transfer credits in 34 programs on Friday.


Teen says she was approached by suspicious man at Colonie Center

Colonie police are looking into the report of suspicious activity at Colonie Center this week. A 16-year-old girl said she was at the food court on Wednesday afternoon when a young man approached her, asking if she was 18 years old.


First ever 'Kids Curate' exhibit opens at NY State Museum

It's all about kids at the New York State Museum this weekend. The first ever exhibition curated by children across the state is underway. It's called "Kids Curate."


Website details Palace plans in Albany

Albany’s Palace Theatre has big plans for the future. They’ve set up a website with a sneak peek.


Pair charged with assaulting Albany cop released on probation

The two people accused of resisting arrest and assaulting an Albany police officer during a protest at TD Bank were arraigned in Albany City Court Friday morning.


CarMax opens in Colonie

 CarMax has opened in Colonie at 1860 Central Ave.


In Depth: Coming to the Capital Region

Since July, 400 new non-English speaking students have enrolled in Albany City Schools. Many of them are refugees. Six years ago there were 300 total. Now, more than four times that many are registered.


School nurse goes above and beyond to get child prosthetic limb

Esaq Muhammad Ismail is just like any other sixth grader, but it wasn't until just last month that the 13-year-old could properly tie his shoes.


Albany preps for much anticipated convention center opening

After close to 25 years of discussion - sometimes even debate, and 18 months of construction, the Albany Convention Center is set to open its doors to the public for the first time, next week.    
 


Two people indicted in death of Albany baby

Two people, including the child's mother have been indicted in the death of a 1-year-old baby in Albany.


New two-floor clothing store leases 33,000+ square feet at Crossgates

Zara is part of the world's largest fashion retail group. The company, which has its origins in Spain, will open a two-level store at Crossgates. 


CDTA ridership on the rise

Ridership on CDTA buses across the Capital Region is up again. The company says they're seeing record ridership and expecting it to increase even more. However, they're also getting ready to offer new ways for Capital Region residents to get around.


Albany mayor launches funding crusade to help close $12.5 m budget gap

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched a crusade Thursday morning aimed at averting an economic disaster for the city. Mayor Sheehan says it’s not just city residents who need to be involved in the "Capital City Funding Project," she believes everyone in the region has a role.


Cohoes man indicted on child porn charges

A Cohoes man was indicted Wednesday for allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography.


Ralliers demand Town Hall from Congressman John Faso

Some constituents in New York's 19th Congressional District feel like Rep. John Faso has been ignoring their calls for a Town Hall. People rallied outside of his fundraiser in Albany.      


Legacy of Pulitzer-nominated author to be celebrated in Albany

Albany’s African American Cultural Center will celebrate the legacy of Mars Hill on Friday. He’s a man you may not have heard of, but as we celebrate Black History Month, we thought his courage and determination makes him someone you might come to admire.


Tentative deal reached in Honeywell lockout

There's a tentative deal in the Honeywell lockout in Green Island. The agreement was reached after a federal mediation Tuesday in Chicago.


Faso's constituents rally to demand more accessible congressman

Some of John Faso's constituents claim that no matter how they try to get a hold of the congressman, he is simply inaccessible. 


Albany high schoolers immerse themselves in Cuban culture

ALBANY - At Green Tech High School in Albany, students must make the grade academically. However, before they can graduate, they will have to excel outside the classroom too. So for break this week, some are in Cuba.


LGBT woman attacked at Albany bus stop

Albany Police are investigating after a Transgender woman was hit in the head and offensive words were shouted at her while she waited for the bus on Central Avenue.


Bus driver for Bethlehem School District faces child pornography charges

A bus driver for the Bethlehem School District faces child pornography charges. David Haverly, 66, was arrested after police say an investigation led them to the child porn.


Police: Albany man caught with illegal gun on 787

An Albany man is charged with weapons possession. State police say 23-year-old Adonis McDowell was caught with a loaded Davis industries handgun on I-787 Monday.


Hiring freeze vs recruitment drive: how is it possible?

Within one week after initiating a hiring freeze, the city of Albany is recruiting firefighters, leading many people to ask the question: How is that possible?


Albany man charged with burglary

Police say an Albany man was stealing packages from an apartment on Western Avenue.


Future of community policing to be discussed in Albany

Police plan to discuss the future of community policing in Albany during a meeting Tuesday night at the JCC.


Small Business Administration launching program in Albany

The United States Small Business Administration is launching a new program in Albany. It's a course for small businesses looking to grow – and its free.


Many left town hall wanting more from Tonko

Overflow crowds came to support Rep. Tonko (20 C.D.) but wanted more specifics about what's going on in Washington D.C.


Plaat announces Green Party candidacy for Albany mayor

Dan Plaat says he is running for Albany mayor. Platt announced his candidacy in Academy Park across from City Hall on Monday afternoon.


In Depth: Contamination crisis

Imagine the city you live in notifying you that your home's sanitary sewage is being dumped directly into the Hudson River and you have to pay to fix the problem. A NewsChannel 13 investigation uncovered this is happening to a handful of homeowners in Watervliet.


Albany man accused of biting officer's finger

An Albany man is under arrest, accused of biting an officer's finger. Police say Jason Twiss was being arrested on a DWI charge Sunday morning when he became combative and bit the officer. The officer did not require stitches.


Watervliet police find burglary suspect in dollar store

Watervliet police say they were doing a routine building check after a burglary call at a dollar store, when they had a surprise.  The injured suspect was still in the building, and in an unusual place.


Tournament helps family left parentless by crash

More than 400 kids played in a soccer tournament in Latham to help a Rotterdam family. Stephanie and Timothy Batchler died in a car crash back in January, leaving behind four children.


New Menands animal shelter set to open in June

The new building for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is on schedule for a June opening. Ground was broken on the 32,000 square foot, $7 million facility back in September.


Cuomo warns New Yorkers of new tax scams

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers need to beware of new scams this tax season.


Flames engulf Ravena garage

A fire in Ravena Sunday evening is under investigation. Flames engulfed a garage on Western Avenue.


Golf course turns to fun winter sports for veterans, people with disabilities

Veterans and people with disabilities had a chance to spend some time outdoors this weekend enjoying some winter sports. The Capital Region Nordic Alliance is teaming up with Capitol Hills in Albany to make it happen.


Local animal shelter to tackle Puerto Rico’s dog overpopulation problem

Members of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands are heading to Puerto Rico this week to help the country with its dog overpopulation problem. 


24th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale held in Albany

One of the biggest events of the year for the New York State Museum is going on this weekend.


Menands group to help combat dog overpopulation in Puerto Rico

Members of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society are heading to Puerto Rico this week to help the country with its dog overpopulation problem.


Cideries from across New York gather for annual event

Cider makers from across the state are gathering in Albany for their third annual celebration of New York's farm cidery law.


Beef Jerky Outlet opens in Latham

 A one-of-its kind store is now open in Latham. The Beef Jerky Outlet held its grand opening Saturday.


Governor Cuomo warns of new and evolving scams this tax season

Governor Cuomo warns of new and evolving tax season scams targeting tax preparers and HR professionals.  


Young programmer has the 'code' to a successful future

Before students at Tech Valley High School graduate, they're required to complete an internship called the "I-Term." At only 17 years old, Kyle Sharpe already has what it takes to work in the tech industry.


Cuts loom as Albany mulls major budget deficit

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced an immediate city-wide hiring freeze Friday, uncertain whether the New York State Legislature will bail her out.


Half-court shot ends in marriage proposal for Siena fan

It was a night to remember for Erin Tobin and her boyfriend Steve Duckett.


In Depth: Help wanted

The Capital Region enjoys about a four percent unemployment rate and employers have jobs available. They say the problem is finding qualified employees to fill those jobs.


Tedisco and Steck push water infrastructure bill

Between a massive Troy water main break, a long-lasting Amsterdam sewage leak, and an Albany sinkhole that swallowed an SUV, the Capital Region had some problems with water infrastructure last year.


State creates new advisory group to boost New York's history

Two dozen historians, scholars and leaders of historical organizations have been named to the newly created New York State History Advisory Group.


Guilty plea expected in fraudulent home sale, renting case

An Albany man accused of selling and renting dozens of homes he didn't own, is expected to plead guilty. Zarak Ali has appeared in at least four county courtrooms so far.


UAlbany rape suspect appears in court

Franklin Casatelli was in court on Thursday. He's accused of raping a student at UAlbany back in October.


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