While You Were Out: Dec. 30, 2019

The Capital Region received a mixed bag of severe weather as snow, heavy sleet, thunder and lightning impacted travel and walkways across the region.

It’s slippery in spots out there, depending on where you’re headed. Be careful.

In the headlines this final Monday of 2019…

Federal prosecutors filed hate crimes charges against Grafton Thomas, the man accused of bursting into a Hasidic rabbi’s home and stabbing five Jewish people at a Hanukkah celebration, as the police stepped up their patrols in Jewish neighborhoods and stationed officers in front of synagogues across New York and New Jersey.

As President Trump makes his case to Americans that he deserves a second term — in part by taking credit for the economy’s continued resilience — the Democrats vying to replace him are making the case that a very different reality exists for many Americans who have not seen much improvement in their own bottom lines.

Newly unearthed documents show that the Food and Drug Administration failed to use its policing powers to make sure a program to curb improper prescribing of opioids was effective, researchers say.

Officials said they had found handwritten journals at the alleged Monsey attacker Grafton Thomas’s home in which he expressed anti-Semitic views, including references to Adolf Hitler and “Nazi culture,” and drawings of a Star of David and a swastika, according to the complaint.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suffered “modest heart muscle damage” during his recent heart attack but has since recovered well and is fit enough for the rigors of the presidential campaign trail and the White House should he win it, according to letters released by his primary care physician and two cardiologists.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled he will once again push next year to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York.

David Hay, the deputy chief of staff to NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, was arrested yesterday in Wisconsin and accused of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, according to police officials there.

The whistleblower who helped Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners investigate allegations that employees were on duty when they regularly worked on county Executive Daniel McCoy’s 2015 re-election campaign has filed a federal lawsuit accusing McCoy and other county leaders of violating her civil rights.

One person died this morning in a vehicle-pedestrian collision on Route 22 in Berlin, according to Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo. The accident closed state Route 22 in both directions between Old State Route 22 North and Old State Route 22 South.

More than 14 hours after 30 people across Saratoga County called 911 to report the sound of a loud explosion that shook homes and lit the sky green, the sheriff’s department says it’s still working to find a cause.

A 57-year-old city man pleaded not guilty in Troy City Court this afternoon to killing his wife on Dec. 16 with a shotgun blast that fatally hit her in the face and head at her Lansingburgh home.

Henry Cisneros, a former HUD chief who revitalized public housing across the nation, believes the time is right to invest in high-speed rail.

Heather LaVine, one half of a partnership that became a prime catalyst in the strong growth of the Troy restaurant scene over the past seven years, is leaving Clark House Hospitality, as the company she co-founded is now known.

During a preliminary hearing today, prosecutors revealed they have video evidence that shows a man shooting another man in broad daylight at a deadly city intersection.

Some of the most crowded flights in the nation are those departing from Albany, according to a new report by financial website CompareCards.com.

Police have made two arrests in the case of a toddler found wandering alone in Athens.

WellNow Urgent Care and St. Peter’s Health Partners opened a new location at 1694 Route 9, Clifton Park, that will provide immediate medical care to patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Tony Award-winning musical “Come From Away” will come to Proctors Theatre in 2020 for a limited engagement Sept. 8-13.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum will be relieved of his judicial duties, less than two months after he was re-elected to a second term in the 7th Judicial District, which includes Monroe and seven other local counties.

RIP Florence Andresen, an educator and philanthropist and one of the first women to serve as a school superintendent in New York, who died at the age of 83 on Christmas Day.

Pat Shurmur of the Giants and Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns were the first coaches fired as the N.F.L. entered Black Monday, the date when the leaders of disappointing teams are traditionally sent packing.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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