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Schenectady Fire Dept. battle two blazes in 12 hours

SCHENECTADY -  Firefighters in Schenectady battled the snow, sleet and freezing rain, to put out two house fires in 12 hours.

The fire broke at a home on 8th Avenue around 6 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived.

A mom and her 12-year-old escaped the house unharmed.

Two firefighters were hurt when a ceiling collapsed on the second floor on them.

They were treated and released from the hospital.

A house on Oregon Avenue also caught fire Wednesday night.

It was a furnace fire, and it was contained to the basement.

Financial aid grants to help communities affected by flooding

There’s some more financial aid coming to communities affected by severe flooding over the past few years.

Governor Cuomo’s office says some of the $640,000 will go to flood relief programs along the Mohawk River. That includes Schoharie, Greene, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties.

The other parts of the money will go to projects that improve water quality and wildlife preservation.

A series of smaller, $10,000 mini-grants will also be given out from additional funds.

More information on the grants program can be found here.

Niskayuna celebrates successful science bowl

Van Antwerp Middle School Science Bowl Team - Niskyauna School District

NISKYAUNA – Students in the Niskayuna School District posted impressive results in the regional science bowl competition in early March.

The Van Antwerp team is preparing for the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

The Iroquois and high school teams are celebrating second place finishes.

The competitions were held at GE Global Research.

The Iroquois team went face to face with students from Van Antwerp.

The High School team took second place to the team from Shenendehowa after beating out Albany Academy and Saratoga.

Man dies after being pinned under car at body shop

ROTTERDAM - Police say a man is dead after being pinned under a vehicle at AC Body Works on Guilderland Avenue.

The call came in around 11:15 Monday morning.

The victim was taken to Ellis Hospital. His name has not been released.

OSHA is investigating.

Schenectady man denies raping girl, killing their baby

Herman Robinson is accused of raping a girl repeatedly over several years and killing a baby he fathered with her. - Schenectady County Sheriff's Office

SCHENECTADY - The Schenectady man accused of repeatedly raping a child and then killing a baby he fathered with her pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday morning.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Herman Robinson started raping the girl when she was 11 years old and continued the abuse until he was arrested last December.

In 2010, they say he killed their baby.

A family friend of the victim spoke to NewsChannel 13 outside of the courtroom.

“She's a very beautiful and strong woman, but at the end of the day, she's going to have to get counseling because she can't carry this and not deal with it. Although she made it through some adversities, we have to look at this. She needs help. She needs serious help,” the woman said.

The victim is now in college. She first told police about the abuse in December.

Family, friends, strangers help family of fallen trooper

ROTTERDAM -- Hundreds of people poured into the Elks Lodge on Curry Rd. Friday to raise money for the family of State Trooper David Cunniff, who was killed in the line of duty late last year.

The money will benefit Cunniff’s wife, Amy, and their two young boys, Zachary, 5, and Caleb, 7. Caleb is living with an incurable genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy II (SMA).

"It's been amazing, overwhelming, but in a good way," Cunniff’s wife, Amy, said of the turnout. "It's really revealed the good side of people."

Amy said her husband always dreamed of building a house that is totally accessible to Caleb’s wheelchair -- one with a pool, because he can only use his legs normally in the water.

So, about two months ago, State Police Troop T Station Commander Brian Dollard, Sgt. Nick Marano, and Trooper Scott Claus began planning the fundraiser.

Fire breaks out at St. Anthony's Church in Schenectady

On the outside of St. Anthony's Church on Seward Place in Schenectady, it seems like business as usual. But one step inside and the thick smell of smoke says otherwise.

The Rev. Richard Carlino says the fire started around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The two people who were inside at the time got out safely.

Investigators say four firefighters were treated at Ellis Hospital for smoke inhalation.

While they're still trying to pin point the cause, Carlino says the fire may have started in the furnace. Part of it was replaced recently.

“A new blower was put on the day before the fire on Thursday. But we don't know if there's any connection. Sometime people make quick judgments and connections. We don't want to jump to conclusions,” said Carlino.