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Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office receives new K-9 partner

Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office receives new K-9 partner

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office has announced the new addition of Diesel, a male German Shepherd, to the Police K-9 Unit.

Diesel was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by Peppertree Rescue, Inc. with the assistance of Rich Kranick from The Happy Dog Pet Hotel in Rotterdam. The dog will be replacing Deputy David Leffingwell’s retiring Canine Zimmer.

Diesel will be part of a canine team trained in advanced narcotics detection, police patrol-criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, building searches and article search/scent detection.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has two active K-9 Teams that are on call 24 hours a day to assist police departments in Schenectady County and other agencies in New York State.

Man shot in the back in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY - A man is recovering in Ellis Hospital following a shooting Friday morning in Schenectady.

The incident occurred around 4 a.m. in front of Doug's Tailgate Tavern at 1490 State St. The victim is a 28-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his upper back. He was treated on the scene and transported to Ellis with non-life threatening injuries. 

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing dark colored clothing and last seen leaving the area eastbound on State Street. So far no arrests have been made.

Police question Schenectady robbery victim's story

SCHENECTADY – Police said 44-year-old James Johnson of Schenectady claimed he was walking out of the emergency department at the McClellan Street campus of Ellis Health Center Monday, when he was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight.

He reportedly told police that he handed the robber couple hundred dollars in cash, a prescription order, and some prescription drugs. And that the robber took off in a Nissan Maxima.

Police began a search for the alleged suspect. The health center began reviewing its surveillance camera tapes for evidence. But police said, under questioning, the victim abruptly decided not to cooperate. And then things took a unique turn.

"He filed his police report, left, went over to CVS on Eastern Parkway, shop-lifted and was taken into custody," said Lt. Mark McCracken.

Cars targeted by debris on I-890

SCHENECTADY -  Police said a stretch of Interstate 890 has undergone an aerial assault over the past three days, with debris thrown at unsuspecting drivers in the night most likely from overpasses or from the sides of the road.

It's already made nearby resident Dorothy Clark nervous about driving after dark.

"I don't want to get hit there too when I go under. I don't want to get hit by rocks," said Clark, who uses the route to from home to work.

Police said Monday that they don't know what the suspects are using to throw on the cars because the motorists didn't stop after being hit. But they're guessing it's large rocks or pieces of concrete.

State workers accused of using state money for personal use

Bar tabs, rent, vacation and gift cards. Those are just some of the things three state workers are accused of spending your taxpayer dollars on.   

The state inspector general says 42-year-old Marrion Arrington used her state-issued credit card to pay her rent and rent a car, totaling more than $2,800. Arrington worked for the State Health Department.   

Another former health department staffer, Barbara Tyson, is accused of using her state-credit card to pay for a storage unit and three bar tabs.   

Bridget Noradki worked for the office for people with developmental disabilities. She is accused of using her state credit card to buy gas and a $100 gift card.  

All face various larceny charges.

Police in Schenectady investigate shooting

SCHENECTADY - Police are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday evening in the area of Steuben and Emmett streets. Police are still searching for suspects.

The two victims are 18-year-old Talib A. Farmer who was hit by bird shot in the head and legs and 32-year-old Donna J. Perez who was shot once in the stomach.

Both were transported to Albany Medical Center. Perez underwent surgery for her injuries but both victims’ injuries were deemed not life threatening.

A man was taken into custody and questioned overnight, but he was later released. He has not been charged.

NY arrests 18 on worker compensation fraud charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky says 18 people statewide have been arrested in a crackdown on workers compensation fraud.

Arrests were made in Albany, Schenectady, Erie, Onondaga, Oneida, Ulster, Otsego, Oswego, Warren, Chenango, Tompkins, Broome and Clinton counties.

The suspects are accused of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in workers compensation checks for phony injuries or working at another job while collecting the checks for an injury.

Lawsky says Friday the fraud drives up the rates for employers and taxpayers.

The crackdown by his office, the state Inspector General's Office, the Workers Compensation Board and other agencies continues.

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