Capital Region News
12:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Urban Violence Claims Another Victim

Albany police cruisers appear as if they were guarding the makeshift corner vigil near 139 Quail Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the city of Albany struggles to cope with a rash of gun violence and a perceived sense of danger on uneasy streets, there have been public discussions, candlelight vigils, makeshift memorials... and another murder.

On Monday, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers answered a call at 139 Quail Street, a rough-hewn residential area not far from the state capitol and city hall downtown. Within a short time, a city block was marked with yellow crime scene tape and traffic in both directions detoured.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue November 4, 2014

'Behind The Gates Of Gomorrah: A Year With The Criminally Insane' By Stephen Seager

  Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California’s Gorman State hospital, known locally as “Gomorrah,” but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. 

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Robert B. Paker's Blind Spot - A Jesse Stone Novel By Reed Farrel Coleman

    Reed Farrel Coleman, called “a hard-boiled poet” by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan, is the Edgar-nominated author of eighteen novels and three novellas, including the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series.

He's taken over writing the late Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone character and the new book in the series is Blind Spot.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu September 4, 2014

'The Secret Place' By Tana French

  The Washington Post calls our next guest “one of the most talented crime writers alive.” Tana French is the author of four bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning novels in which she has mastered the psychology of the criminal mind.

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Capital Region News
11:37 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Troy Police Arrest 3 In Lockrow And Rivera Homicides

Officials in Troy brief the press on their progress is curbing the "crime wave" that has settled over the Collar City.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Under intense public pressure to stop a perceived crime wave, Troy police called a press conference this morning to announce three arrests in two homicides.

A 33-year old homeless man identified as Daniel Reuter and Jacob Heimroth, also 33, of Troy, were arrested Monday for the August 20th beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow, found beaten to death in their home.

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Capital Region News
4:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Troy: More Officers On Beat Patrol

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City." 

Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons,  Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well.  The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.

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Capital Region News
6:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Troy: Officials Address Crime

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials in Troy are  addressing growing concern over what appears to be a spiraling crime rate.

Shootings - arsons - murders – Troy: Public perception of the Collar City has been tinged by the darkness of crime in recent weeks, despite public meetings and soul-searching in the city of about 50,000. Police Chief Tedesco is reassuring citizens.

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New York News
12:47 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Advocates Hope To Keep Young People Out Of Adult Court

Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18

Each year in New York, more than 45,000 16-and 17-year-olds are arrested and face the possibility of prosecution as adults in criminal court. If convicted, these juveniles are housed in adult jails and prisons, which advocates and some in state government want to change.

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Capital Region News
6:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

#TakeBackTroy Gains Traction

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Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

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Capital Region News
1:03 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Three Found Dead In A Double-Murder Suicide In East Greenbush

East Greenbush police are investigating a double-murder suicide.

Police were dispatched to 58 Rockrose drive in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - a woman recently released from a mental institution attempted to take her own life and the lives of her two young daughters, ages 6 and 11. Responders found all three in "grave" condition - they were taken to Albany Medical Center hospital where they were pronounced dead. Autopsies have been scheduled. Time Warner Cable News reports the woman was overcome with grief after her son committed suicide in April.

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