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Albany County Board of Elections, the morning of Sunday, May 31.
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Capital Region authorities say they’re prepared but not expecting election night violence.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Local police agencies continue to grapple with a summer of gun violence some say has been fueled by the pandemic.

ATVs and dirt bikes along Lark St., Albany.

Police in Albany are taking a cautious approach as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles return to the streets.

Protesters swarm a June 4 Albany Common Council press conference outside City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council is moving ahead with police reform proposals.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins fields reporters' questions at police HQ.

Albany’s mayor, police chief and common council members representing wards impacted by the violence held a press conference Friday at police headquarters to urge an end to a rash of shootings.

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Albany's fourth homicide of the year sent city officials knocking on residents’ doors.

The 41st Annual Freihofer's Run for Women will take place on June 1, 2019. Thousands of women of all ages (and running abilities) will compete in this 5K event.
Freihofer's Run For Women

The 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women takes place tomorrow in downtown Albany.

2018 Irish Sweat-er 5K
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Albany’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities are set for this weekend. Here's a look at what’s in store.

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Albany police are warning residents about a phone scam where the caller pretends to represent the Social Security Administration.

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An Albany activist group has launched a probe of its own into the August shooting of a city man by a police officer.

" Williams allegedly ran toward a detective while holding that knife and refused to drop it before he was shot. "
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The Acting Albany Police Chief has met with eight community residents and Center for Law and Justice staff members in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a young man paralyzed. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green
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As the next Albany city police chief prepares to begin on September 5th, there is apparently a breakdown in the relationship between the police department and one of the city's most respected community resources.

More than 9,000 people have watched Patrick Robinson's video.  "To add more insult to injury, they took the rims down. On both courts. Took the rims down."

Neighbors in Albany's Arbor Hill were up in arms over the weekend after the city placed a dumpster in the middle of a popular basketball court.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Albany is grappling with a spike in violent crime, leading to an emotional response from the mayor, who is coming in for criticism from the police union. 

WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

The Poor People’s Campaign says it will not pay a bill from the city of Albany for law enforcement provided for a 90-minute march that tied up one of the city's busiest streets.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Police and school officials are conducting an active shooter training exercise tonight at Albany High School. 

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Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The 68th annual march, touted as a "family-friendly event" will carry on a number of traditions.


With many holiday gift packages still in transit, Albany police are warning citizens about "porch pirates."

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department, Capital Region Crime Stoppers and SEFCU have teamed up to launch a program enabling people with tips about crimes to share information with authorities anonymously — with the possibility of a cash reward.

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If you're doing holiday shopping online, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive your merchandise.

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The San Francisco Giants have advanced to the National League Division Series against Washington by clobbering the Pirates 8-0 in the wild card game at Pittsburgh. Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 while going the distance on a four-hitter to help the Giants earn a trip to Washington against the Nationals. Brandon Crawford opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a grand slam before Brandon Belt added two hits and three RBIs.