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Accused Crossgates Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

The 20-year old Albany man accused of firing a gun that resulted in a lockdown at Crossgates Mall last month has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

An attorney for Tasheem Maeweather says he just stopped by the mall to buy sneakers when a gun was fired. Thousands were evacuated after witnesses described loud noises inside the mall around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 12th.  There were no reports of injuries. According to the Times Union, Maeweather's attorney, Lee Kindlon, made the assertion his client was buying sneakers during his arraignment Monday in Albany County Court.  An assistant DA says Maeweather will not be offered any plea deal.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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