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Schenectady police make arrest in fatal hit and run

SCHENECTADY - Police arrested 34-year-old Anthony J. Gallo of Rotterdam Thursday in the hit-and-run death of 19-year-old Cassandra Boone.

A tip helped lead investigators to the vehicle and then to Gallo, who was allegedly driving the truck that hit Boone Wednesday night in the intersection of State Street and Erie Boulevard.

Gallo, who has had 10 suspensions on his driver’s license, is charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident resulting in death, a class D felony, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a number of traffic violations. Police say the vehicle was registered to a female and owned by Gallo’s father.

The investigation continues as the department awaits toxicology results. According to police, further charges are pending. 

Boone's family is trying to come to grips with the tragedy that cut the young woman's life short.

Police release name of Schenectady hit-and-run victim

SCHENECTADY - Schenectady police have released the name of Wednesday night's deadly hit-and-run accident victim.

Police say 19-year-old Cassandra Boone was struck and killed at the intersection of State Street and Erie Boulevard in Schenectady.

Police say Boone was crossing Erie Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. when she was struck by a white dodge pickup that left the scene.  The car has not yet been found.

Police are asking anyone information to give them a call.

Schenectady sergeant accused of DWI

SELKIRK - A Schenectady sergeant is off the job facing charges of DWI.

Bethlehem police say 29-year-old William Fennell crashed into another car on Route 9W in Selkirk Sunday afternoon. They say he took off and then crashed into a tree on Beaver Dam Road. When police got there, they tell WNYT that he refused a breathalyzer.

He is now charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Schenectady police say he is suspended for 30 days without pay.

 

Man recovering from Schenectady shooting

SCHENECTADY - A shooting in Schenectady sent a man to Albany Medical Center.

It happened around 6:40 p.m. Thursday near Crane Street and Eighth Avenue.

Police say the victim was approached by four or five men wearing dark clothing who attempted to rob him.  He was shot in the back, but managed to walk away and get help.

The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening.

Rotterdam dentist pleads guilty to sex abuse

ROTTERDAM - A Rotterdam dentist has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges. Frank Izzo chose to spend six months in jail instead of serving his sentence as probation.

He was charged after being accused of touching several female patients, ranging from ages 14 to 22.

Izzo will also have to surrender his dental license and register as a sex offender.

He will be sentenced on December 5.

Former NY county official admits theft of $50K

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - The former head of the weights and measures department for an upstate New York county has admitted to stealing more than $50,000 from the county.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that 41-year-old Christopher Todd Godlewski pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of grand larceny.

He admitted to stealing nearly $51,000 while director of the Schenectady County's Department of Weights and Measures.

Godlewski stole the funds starting in December 2009 and ending last March when he was arrested. He turned over a check for the full restitution amount during his court appearance.

No reason was given in court for the thefts.

Godlewski was in charge overseeing the accuracy of devices such as scales or gasoline pumps in Schenectady County.

He'll be sentenced in December to six months in jail.

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

NY State Police get $2.1M in co.'s forfeited funds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal officials have presented New York State Police with more than $2 million forfeited by a pallet recycling company that employed illegal immigrants in 26 states.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albany says a check for $2.16 million was presented to state police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico at a Sunday night ceremony in connection with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Chicago.

Last week, a total of $240,000 in funds forfeited by IFCO Systems North America was distributed to the Schenectady and Guilderland police departments and the Albany County District Attorney's Office.

It was the second of three installments of the more than $20 million IFCO agreed to pay as part of a 2008 settlement with federal prosecutors.

The Houston-based company is a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based IFCO Systems.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)