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 Police: Parents accused of abducting their child in Troy arrested Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:11:28 +0000
Police have cancelled an AMBER Alert after parents accused of abducting their child in Troy were arrested Friday afternoon.

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The frantic search for a child police say was taken by his own parents has come to an end.

It was an AMBER Alert that began in Troy but the search spread across multiple towns including Glenville and Clifton Park.

Neighbors who know the family say they were fearing for the worst.

For a few hours Friday afternoon, the Capital Region was on pins and needles.

The search was on for 3-month-old Donovan Bragg.

An AMBER Alert was sent out just after 4 p.m. stating that he was believed to be with his parents Frank Bragg and Amanda Rua.

Troy Police say there were active family warrants out for both and an order to take custody of their child.

“I was sitting on the deck, my phone went off for the Amber Alert,” Suzanne DeGiorgio said.

DeGiorgio was shocked when she realized the alert was for the couple who lived right across from her on Spring Avenue in Troy.

“I noticed that a lot of my neighbors came out. A lot of these people have kids, some that are grown. So you see an Amber Alert – you want to know what’s going on.”

As DeGiorgio and her neighbors worried, the search was already on.

Police say the father Frank turned himself in with Donovan to Glenville Police.

Sometime later the mother Amanda was caught by New York State Police in Clifton Park.

Both were brought back to Troy and Donovan was taken by CPS.

Back on Spring Avenue, neighbors like Jim Jubic are just happy the story has a happy ending.

“I’m kind of shocked about it. It’s not right. It’s kind of unbelievable.”

“When you see an AMBER alert on your phone. Look around, just in case,” DeGiorgio said.

Both parents are being held in Rensselaer County Jail and are awaiting charges.

Officials say Donovan is safe and healthy.

 Alex West moved to correctional facility near Buffalo Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:34:03 +0000
The man who killed an eight year old girl on Lake George during a boating accident last year has been relocated to another prison.

COLLINS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The man who killed an eight year old girl on Lake George during a boating accident last year has been relocated to another prison.

Alex West is spending anywhere from 5 to 15 years behind bars for causing the death of young Charlotte McCue and leaving the scene of the deadly boat crash.

He was recently moved to Collins Correctional Facility in Erie County.

Collins is a medium security prison near Buffalo.

 ‘Hoax calls’ impact police department resources Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:37:15 +0000
A local apartment complex was turned upside down last night when police and ems vehicles took over and put the place on lockdown.

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local apartment complex was turned upside down last night when police and EMS vehicles took over and put the place on lock down.

Now police tell NEWS10 ABC it was all a hoax.

It’s much quieter Saturday night at Shaker Run Apartments than it was Friday night.

Police have been investigating what they called “a situation” and wouldn’t let anyone through.

But, police said they came for nothing.

“I couldn’t get in. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t get into my apartment,” said Lene Hausgaard, impacted by the hoax.

All Lene Hausgaard wanted to do Friday night was get into her home and go to bed.

But, when she was about to pull into her apartment complex, police turned her away.

“I rolled down my window and said ‘hey like I live here’ and he said I’m sorry, we’re not letting anybody in, just go park your car down to Church,” Hausgaard said.

She thought something serious could be happening, seeing multiple police and EMS vehicles at Shaker Run Apartments.

“It’s like so what’s really going on down there, and they wouldn’t tell us a thing,” Hausgaard said.

Well what was going on was actually nothing at all.

Colonie Police said someone made a call to Albany Police that there was a shooting and hostage situation in Colonie, but it was a hoax.

“It’s no joking matter,” said Albany County Sheriff, Craig Apple.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says while prank calls happen, serious ones like the one Friday are rare. When they do come in, it costs agencies a lot of money, time and resources.

“What the dispatchers are doing at that point is pushing the panic button so you know we’re calling out all of our special detail,” Apple said.

More lives are put at risk.

“Every time we have to put those lights and sirens on, it creates a risk of exposure,” Apple said.

As a result, response times slow down.

“God forbid somebody you know dials 911 and needs medical aid right away, now you’ve got to have an ambulance either mutual aid or pull it from the scene,” Apple said.

At the same time, people in the area like Hausgaard get placed on lockdown for what can be hours on end.

“Why do people have to do these kind of prank kind of things? What’s the purpose of this?,” Hausgaard said.

Now that she knows the truth, she’s even more frustrated and hopes to get some answers.

“I want the police to go find out who called,” Hausgaard said.

Sheriff apple said these incidents can lead to felony charges.

So far there’s no word on whether Colonie or Albany police are preparing for an arrest.

 New York puts up $5 million for animal shelter upgrades Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:59:47 +0000
The state is putting up $5 million to help animal shelters update their facilities.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state is putting up $5 million to help animal shelters update their facilities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first state-funded program of its kind in the nation. The Democrat says it will help non-profit shelters and humane societies under contract with municipalities.

The New York State Animal Protection Federation says more than 150,000 animals are brought to these shelters each year and many are adopted.

The capital fund will provide matching grants for projects such as renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities and buying needed equipment.

Shelters must apply for grants by January 10.

 Businesses excited construction outside the Times Union Center almost complete Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:48:21 +0000
In just two to three weeks, construction will be done outside the Times Union Center.

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – In just two to three weeks, construction will be done outside the Times Union Center.

For months, work at the music and sports venue have disrupted activity in that part of downtown.

It’s been a long time coming but this work outside the Times Union Center is almost done and it’s exciting businesses in the area.

“My favorite pizza place on the planet.”

As Isiah Anderson prepares orders at Pizzeria Sapienza, he’s frustrated by the construction at the Times Union Center just outside their doors.

“We used to get a lot of phone calls for you know pick-ups…you know where are you guy’s located, we’re having trouble finding you. We’re in front of the Times Union Center, we can’t see you guys?”

In the months since work started on the arena, business has slowed down, but he says they’ve been doing what they can to attract more customers.

“We, you know, put up more signs, advertisements online, you know Facebook.”

While there is not much foot traffic at the pizzeria, the owner of Jubilee Jewelers Amos Kim hasn’t seen much of a difference. He’s looking forward to the upgrades.

“I believe it’s going to be a beauty and I’m so excited it’s almost done,” Kim said.

Once the work is done, Kim expects the arena to bring in more people to the neighborhood and his store.

“I believe Albany downtown is a booming right now and that these kinds of things help.”

The same goes for Anderson.

“I think business is going to like skyrocket because people are going to book more events here.”

He’s just patiently waiting for that day to arrive.

“Business is coming, it’s coming.”

After all of this is done, the center’s General Manager says they’ll still be doing some work inside, but he says it shouldn’t impact any of their events.

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 Trump plans to help with Russia legal bills Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:41:26 +0000
President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aid…

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday.

It’s the first such commitment by Trump, who has dismissed the ongoing investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia as a “witch hunt” invented by Democrats to explain Hillary Clinton’s loss.

It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how the payouts would be structured or which aides would be receiving them. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the president’s plans, which were first reported by the website Axios.

Trump and his aides have been racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and House and Senate committees dig deeper into Russia’s role in the campaign. Mueller’s team of investigators has been interviewing current and former White House officials in their probe, and Trump campaign officials and others have been turning over tens of thousands of emails and documents to federal and congressional investigators.

One former campaign aide, Michael Caputo, has spoken publicly about the financial toll the legal bills have taken on his family, including having to empty out his children’s college savings accounts.

The Republican National Committee and the president’s re-election campaign have been covering some of the costs, including payments to the law firm representing Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who in June 2016 met with a Russian lawyer and others who had promised to deliver dirt on Clinton.

Trump has repeatedly denied that he colluded with Russia to win the election and has voiced skepticism about the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia had a clear preference for Trump in the 2016 campaign.

The continuing investigations and attention to the issue have infuriated the president, who sees the efforts as an attempt to delegitimize his presidency.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did,” he tweeted Saturday. “Facebook was on her side, not mine!”

Facebook has said ads that ran on the company’s social media platform and have been linked to a Russian internet agency were seen by an estimated 10 million people before and after the 2016 election.

 ‘Howl-o-ween’ event attracts pups in costume Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:16:37 +0000
All types of dogs came out Saturday to try and take home the prize for best costume at the annual canine "Howl-o-ween" event.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – All types of dogs came out Saturday to try and take home the prize for best costume at the annual canine “Howl-o-ween” event.

The event was held in Saratoga Springs.

It was put on by “Sloppy Kisses,” a dog bakery and pet boutique in the area.

It was $5 to register a dog in the contest.

All proceeds from the event went to “American Humane,” an organization dedicated to reuniting lost animals with their owners.

 Curtis Lumber holds family fun event in Ballston Spa Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:24:19 +0000
It was a free day full of family friendly events including face painting, bake sales, raffles, and the fun did not stop there. Pet adoptions…

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was a free day full of family friendly events including face painting, bake sales, raffles, and the fun did not stop there.

Pet adoptions and safety demos also took place on site.

 Devils fans help young anthem singer who forgets the words Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:07:54 +0000
Hockey fans have come to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hockey fans have come to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game.

Lauralie Mufute started singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Devils’ game Friday night against the Sharks when she stumbled after the words “whose broad stripes and bright stars.”

She paused for a moment, then restarted the stanza, but stumbled again before reaching “through the perilous night.”

The crowd of more than 14,000 at the Prudential Center jumped in, picking up where she left off and finishing the anthem .

The Jersey City girl mouthed the rest of the lyrics as the crowd sang, then flashed an appreciative smile.

Afterward, the Devils tweeted : “Tonight at @PruCenter, the Jersey crowd picks up the primary assist during the national anthem.”

Mufute sang the anthem at a Devils game last year, nailing it . New Jersey lost to San Jose 3-0 on Friday night.