Category Archives: Capital District

  • Corinth homes to get state repair funds

    Corinth homes to get state repair funds CORINTH — A dozen homes scattered through the town will share $330,000 in state funds to make them safer, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The agency is emphasizing energy conservation and green rehabilitation features to save money on energy costs and…

  • Cops: Mall burglars went for candles, soaps

    Cops: Mall burglars went for candles, soaps ROTTERDAM — Burglars busted into a Bath and Body Works storage room in the Via Port Rotterdam mall last week and made off with $1,800 in candles and soaps, Rotterdam police said. Town police investigating the March 13 break-in at the shopping…

  • RPI frat seeks applicants for micro grants

    RPI frat seeks applicants for micro grants The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity awarded 17 grants of $1,000 each in 2014 and 2015 to spur improvements in the neighborhood. Grants may be used for home improvement, historic restoration, neighborhood beautification, maintaining community parks and green spaces or for not-for-profit programs…

  • Vehicle crashes into Troy launderette

    Vehicle crashes into Troy launderette TROY – A car crashed into a launderette on Second Avenue, forcing police to close the road between 117th and 118th streets, police said. It was unclear if the driver was badly injured or what caused the crash. The vehicle crashed into the Clean…

  • 'Weathervane' tree shows signs of early spring

    'Weathervane' tree shows signs of early spring NISKAYUNA — A budding tree in Lions Park along the Mohawk River in Niskayuna has served as the Times Union’s unscientific climate gauge since 2011. We’ve documented the tree’s blossoms each year at around the same date: Photos compare weather trends from…

  • Mother of "Baby Jax" sentenced to 180 days in jail

    Mother of "Baby Jax" sentenced to 180 days in jail About three years ago, the story of Valik and her son struck a nerve in the Capital Region, leading to numerous news stories and fundraisers. Since his birth, “Baby Jax” has suffered from epidermolysis bullosa, which causes his skin…

  • Company controller embezzles $250K from firm

    Company controller embezzles 0K from firm Jordan B. Henderer, 43, used his position as controller to make “fraudulent and unauthorized” bank transfers $268,391 from HMA Contracting Corp. into his personal account, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office said. According to its website, HMA Contracting Corp is a asphalt paving…

  • Airport, transit security tightened in wake of Brussels attacks

    Airport, transit security tightened in wake of Brussels attacks At Albany International Airport, deputies and bomb-detecting dogs were visible at curbside outside the terminals, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said, as officials reinforced the security perimeter. “Security at Albany International Airport is regularly adjusted to account for national and…

  • Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after fighting cancer

    Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after fighting cancer Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after fighting cancer TORONTO (AP) — Rob Ford, the pugnacious, populist former mayor of Toronto whose career crashed in a drug-driven, obscenity-laced debacle, died Tuesday after fighting cancer, his family says. Source: Times Unition…

  • Cohoes driver charged after near collision with trooper's car

    Cohoes driver charged after near collision with trooper's car Matthew M. Vercelletto showed signs of being intoxicated when police stopped his vehicle after the near collision early Friday, according to State Police. Source: Times Unition Cohoes driver charged after near collision with trooper's car