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| Community remembering Niko Dinovo Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:04:30 +0000
|After the sad news that Niko Dinovo, the teen badly burned in a car crash, has passed away, the community is grieving but also coming togeth…
COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After the sad news that Niko Dinovo, the teen badly burned in a car crash, has passed away, the community is grieving but also coming together around his family.
He’s been fighting for his life for more than a year after suffering third-degree burns to most of his body.
Messages of love and prayers left for the family of Niko as a small memorial grows for the teen at the restaurant named after him.
“He’s brought a whole community together and it’s just been amazing,” Meghan Charton said.
Charton is putting up blue and pink ribbons around town in memory of him.
“When the family finally comes home they’ll be able to see some blue and pink ribbons all around and know that the community is there for them.”
She’s not the only one remembering Niko today.
“I was praying for him often that he would get through this. I was praying for the family,” Lisa Fuda, owner of Sarabella’s Pizza, said.
Fuda held a fundraiser for Niko a few months back. She says the community’s outpouring of support has been incredible.
“There’s no other community that I’ve been a part of that’s been so strong and supportive of one another.”
Colonie Central High School is offering counseling to students saying:
“Our student body has actively supported his recovery. This has been a long and difficult time for his family and friends …our prayers go out to his family.”
Niko’s aunt said in a message:
“The amount of love and support we felt from home truly saved us. We love you all and will be bringing our boy home.”
Love and support that will carry on.
“Now he’s watching over us and we’re praying up to him instead of for him.”
“Definitely Niko strong.”
It’s not just in person that expel have been remembering Niko. People have also been sharing memories of Niko on social media using the hashtag #nikogifts.
| District Attorney’s office weighs in on DiNovo’s death Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:05:55 +0000
|Loudonville, N.Y. (NEWS 10) – As the memorial for Niko Dinovo continues to grow the focus turns now shifts to the driver of the car that cra…
Loudonville, N.Y. (NEWS 10) – As the memorial for Niko Dinovo continues to grow the focus turns now shifts to the driver of the car that crashed.
19-year-old Michael Carr took a plea deal back in January that would put him behind bars for six years. Mary Tanner-Richter handles traffic crimes for the District Attorney’s office. Throughout this ordeal she’s been able to speak with the Dinovo family.
“Their hope was contagious,” she said.
Even facing tough odds, she says the family was hoping for a recovery.
On Monday, Nico passed away, surrounded by his friends and family. Tanner-Ricther explains that even though he died, Carr cannot be charged with any other crimes. That was the condition he agreed to when accepting his plea deal. She says the family was okay with that decision.
“At the end of the day they were on board with that decision.”
“We wanted them to be able to focus completely on Nico.”
Tanner-Richter also explains that Carr waived his right to appeal the decision by accepting the plea deal. He is expected to serve his six years behind bars.
| Exclusive: Rensselaer fire victim speaks to NEWS 10 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:53:30 +0000
|Rensselaer, N. Y. (NEWS 10) – Just one week after a mother grandmother and eight-year-old boy tragically lost their lives in a house fire in…
Rensselaer, N. Y. (NEWS 10) – Just one week after a mother grandmother and eight-year-old boy tragically lost their lives in a house fire in Rensselaer, we’re still learning new information. News10 sat down in an exclusive interview with Motasam Alshami, one of the only two family members who escaped the fire.
To say he is dealing with immense loss would be an understatement, but Motasam shared stories with News10 about his lost family, including his little brother, Aymen, who he says was his best friend. Motasam also recounts details from the night Aymen lost his life.
“Waking up, I thought it was a dream or a nightmare or something I thought ‘this can’t be real,’” Motasam recallsZ
He says when his mother woke him on March 11th and told him their house was on fire he couldn’t believe it, until he heard alarms and began choking on smoke.
“It was hard to breathe and you could just feel yourself start burning,” Motasam recalls
Motasam recalls running with his mother to help his family members who were sleeping downstairs, but the smoke was overwhelming.
“We couldn’t breathe and we opened the window and I guess the oxygen made the flames and the smoke come out the window more. So we poked our heads out and tried to breathe in some quick air to go back downstairs but we couldn’t. So I was like “mom, we have to jump out the window right now,” Motasam says.
And Motasam says his mother literally hit the ground running – straight back into the burning house.
“She’s so brave. Like seeing what she did.. she jumped out the window, got back up like nothing was wrong with her and just ran back in the house to save them.”
Matar some had no idea he would never see his mother again. Or his grandmother, or his eight-year-old brother, Aymen.
When asked what he would say to his brother if he could see him one more time Motasam said he would tell Aymen “how much I love him. And that I look up to him basically.”
Motasams 16-year-old sister Rafa also escaped the fire. She’s currently in a burn unit in Syracuse in critical condition. Motasam says she is strong and he knows she can pull through. Now he just hopes he can find the strength to tell her what has happened.
“They’re letting her sleep and everything. They wake her up for a certain amount of time then put her back to sleep for a little bit just so she doesn’t feel the pain,” he tells us. When asked if Rafa knows about the tragedy, Motasam says no. “That’s what’s really hurting me. How am I gonna tell her?”
| Police: Austin Goodwill incident not related to bombings Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:52:05 +0000
|AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —Police and federal authorities say the latest explosion to hit Austin was caused by an “incendiary device” and is not re…
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —Police and federal authorities say the latest explosion to hit Austin was caused by an “incendiary device” and is not related to the series of bombs that has rocked Texas’ capital city.
The Austin Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter that the blast Tuesday night at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city wasn’t caused by a package bomb, as initially reported, but an incendiary device.
One man in his 30s was injured and authorities evacuated a grocery store and shopping center nearby.
But authorities insisted that the incident wasn’t related to five bomb blasts that have killed two people and severely injured four others since March 2.
| Another explosion reported in Austin, Texas Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:45:24 +0000
|AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Austin authorities say emergency personnel are responding to another reported explosion, this one at a Goodwill store i…
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Austin authorities say emergency personnel are responding to another reported explosion, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city.
Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted Thursday evening that at least one person was injured but that details about the severity of those injuries and the explosion itself were unknown.
It would mark the sixth explosion in the Austin area since March 2. So far, two people have been killed and four others seriously wounded.
| Community frustrated with quality of streets, crosswalks Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:23:10 +0000
|Unsightly and unsettling. People who live in this neighborhood downtown in Albany say they're frustrated with the condition of these crumbli…
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Unsightly and unsettling. People who live in this neighborhood downtown in Albany say they’re frustrated with the condition of these crumbling crosswalks.
Drivers and pedestrians say these historic looking brick crosswalks are designed to bring charm to downtown Albany are bringing problems instead.
The bricks are patched up with deteriorating asphalt that neighbors find ugly and dangerous.
Travis Oliphant crosses the intersection of Pearl and Madison every day. He says he often feels safer avoiding these cracked crosswalks altogether when using his walker.
“I have to walk in the streets. Be more considerate of the disabled people that live around here.”
He’s not alone.
“I think it’s bad, annoying and frustrating because we’re paying our taxes the road and the walkway should be safe for us,” Lisa Jacobson said.
The high traffic Times Union Center is within sight of these crumbling crosswalks making it even more frustrating for people walking in the area.
Neighbors say even more reason why repairs are critical. Just a few blocks south of the convention center, Jacobson says the infrastructure in her area is often ignored.
“They kind of forget about the minimum wage workers that live around here and it’s because we don’t have as much money or make as much as other places that are more affluent.”
NEWS10 ABC reached out to Albany’s Department of General Services to see how they’re handling the problem.
Turns out it should be fixed as part of a project slated to start this summer.
The deputy commissioner tells me the poured polymer that is designed to look like brick will be dug up and replaced with asphalt. It’s a welcome solution for pedestrians.
“If it was all just one black smooth surface it would be better.”
| Zuckerberg asked to testify in UK; data firm’s CEO suspended Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:12:59 +0000
|A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions as authorities stepped up efforts to …
LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions as authorities stepped up efforts to determine if the personal data of social-media users has been used improperly to influence elections.
The request comes amid allegations that a data-mining firm based in the U.K. used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The company, Cambridge Analytica, has denied wrongdoing.
However, the firm’s board of directions announced Tuesday evening that it had suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an independent investigation of his actions. Nix made comments to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News about various unsavory services Cambridge Analytica provided its clients.
“In the view of the board, Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation,” the board said in a statement.
Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data and that Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”
“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote in a note addressed directly to Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”
Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.
The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.
Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.
“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.
Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.
Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.
Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.
The firm found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.
He said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.
He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.
Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.
“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”
Nix told the BBC the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.
“We see this as a coordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.
The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.
| Cat rescue organization denied expansion Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:04:45 +0000
|A local animal rescue organization needs our help before "kitten season" is upon us.
FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local animal rescue organization needs our help before “kitten season” is upon us.
They say the stray cat population in one area is getting so bad, they are running out of options.
Stephanie Rizzi never thought of herself as a cat person until one day a stray showed up at her doorstep.
“She had a litter of kittens. Something about that experience really opened my eyes to what it’s like out there.”
That was eight years ago. Now, Stephanie runs a non-profit called Feline Advocates Coming Together (FACT) that places abandoned cats into foster homes.
She recently launched a new spay and neuter program with local veterinarians aimed to help low-income families.
“Kitten season is coming so we are bracing ourselves and trying to get as many cats spayed and neutered over the winter as possible so that the kitten season isn’t so bad. We’ve been chipping away at it every year.”
The stray cat problem in Washington County is growing faster than the organization can keep up.
On Tuesday, county officials again denied Stephanie any help in securing a space for FACT, which would lift a burden from the organization’s five foster families.
“I could never put a number on it. It just seems to be endless at times especially in the farm areas where the cars are constantly being dumped. We’re in this in-between stage where it’s either do we expand, or do we have to step back.”
Keeping up with demand, Stephanie says is draining both financially and emotionally but her focus never strays from her mission.
“The problem won’t go anywhere. It will only get worse. If we can get some kind of help for our spay and neutered Initiative, even if it’s just that, even if we can’t get a building, I think it would still make a long-term difference for the community.”
Stephanie continues to fight for county support.
Click here if you would like to donate or are interested in becoming a foster family.
| VT teen accused of planning mass school shooting ordered jailed until trial Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:20:13 +0000
|The Poultney teenager accused of planning a mass school shooting will remain in jail, pending a trial.
RUTLAND, Vt. (WFFF/WVNY) – The Poultney teenager accused of planning a mass school shooting will remain in jail, pending a trial.
Court documents showed at least eight factors the trial court may look into, including Jack Sawyer’s character and mental condition.
Sawyer was in a facility addressing mental health issues at the time he began planning the shooting.
He has been ordered held without bail.
Sawyer was arrested in February after police received a tip he was planning a mass school shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.
| NY budget talks heating up ahead of deadline Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:12:06 +0000
|Budget talks are heating up at the New York State Capitol.
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Budget talks are heating up at the New York State Capitol.
“It’s not just disappointment I actually think they are actually a little crazy,” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said.
Kolb says he is not happy with the Assembly’s proposed budget that passed last week. The biggest problem according to Kolb is that it adds in almost $2 billion of more taxes and fees. That is double what the Governor proposed. The budget also goes over the two percent spending limit cap.
“They don’t care they just want to find as many opportunities to spend more money and tax the taxpayer to pay for it.”
Assemblyman Kolb says he also is not pleased with the added public policy bills in the budget.
“I think if we just focused on dollar and cents which I believe the budget should be about and left all those other topics outside the budget, then I think its absolutely doable to get the budget done on time.”
Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the other hand says that the lack of some critical policy issues is why she did not support the Senate budget that also passed last week. She says gun legislation and important protections against the federal tax bill is needed to help protect taxpayers in the finalized budget.
“I made several statements before our conference voted against it,” Stewart-Cousins said. “I’m hoping during the next two weeks so many of these critical issues will be addressed.”
Both minority leaders do agree on one thing though, when it comes to finalizing the budget, making a deal over the added taxes and fees will be an uphill battle.
“I hope we can all agree that we have to come together and make sure that New Yorkers can continue to be in a great economic position regardless of what Washington does.”
The finalized budget is due on April 1st.