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Trooper tears up ticket after driver's kind gesture
 
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BATESVILLE, Miss. (CNN Newsource) -- A Mississippi highway patrol trooper gave out a speeding ticket. But what the driver did next is touching the lives of many. Danielle Avitable reports.
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The Bottom Line: Tractor Trouble
 
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PERTH -- A young dairy farmer in Fulton County, who says his work is already struggling to survive, is dealt another big blow to his Bottom Line.The new tractor he recently bought for close $75,000, he says is basically unusable. And the issues, which should be covered under warranty, he says he couldn't get fixed. That's why he turned to CBS 6's Dori Marlin to get The Bottom Line.Jeremy Korona grew up on the farm, and has run his own Korona Extra Farm in Perth for the last few years. It's a one-tractor farm, so when he needed a new tractor, he wanted to buy it new. What he went with was a brand new Case International tractor from a local dealer.His paperwork shows, it was sold with a Case Factory Warranty. Case's website stipulates, that includes two years of full machine coverage.The warranty took effect when Korona bought the tractor, in August of 2011 - running right through the end of August in 2013, and it turns out, Korona says, he would need that coverage.It functioned really good for the first year, says Korona. By spring of the following year, it started acting up a little bit. We had some problems, they came out and worked on it.But that work, Korona says, wouldn't be enough. By the fall of 2012, he tells Dori the transmission blew, the odd gears went, and repairs were needed again.I had them come out and they worked on it. The guy said 'There's really no more damage you can do,' so he said to keep running it, Korona explains.And that's what he did. But Korona says the problems got even worse. He says he tried once more to have the dealer fix it, but this time, that's where he says his fight started running out of gas.I called, I talked to the service manager, Korona says. He was real good, he said 'We'll get it right in.' Then that afternoon the owner called up, and he said 'I'm not working on it.'Korona says Case told him, his case is closed - and the dealer didn't have to do the work. Even though Korona says, he was trying to get it done at that point within his two-year warranty.That's when Dori stepped in, to help Korona: Calling the manufacturer, which initially told her there was nothing they could do. Visiting the dealer, which told her field representatives from Case had to determine if it was a warranty issue.And then finally, weeks later Korona says, with Dori's help that's what happened.They found out the one clutch was done, and basically told me they were gonna resolve the situation all that day to get it taken care of.Rather than fix it even, Korona says Case offered to refund his $7,500 down payment so he can walk away from the tractor - like having a lease return.Dori spoke to the dealer, which says that's also their understanding of the agreement reached. Korona's attorneys tell Dori, they're simply waiting on paperwork for the deal.
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Six gun companies fire back at NY, end business with law enforcement over SAFE Act
 
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ALBANY -- In response to New York State's sweeping gun law six weapons manufacturers have ceased business with law enforcement in the Empire State. Gun companies from around the country; two in Texas, one each in Washington, Maine, West Virginia, and North Carolina have publically posted on their websites displeasure over New York's NY SAFE Act. The companies say they will no longer do business with first responders or police in New York. LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess, read a post on the Texas based gun company's website. Governor Andrew Cuomo, the man behind New York's strict gun law, was not concerned over the potential loss of business. If they do not want to sell they don't have to sell, Cuomo said of the six boycotting companies. Of course we welcome all companies and their business but if they don't want to sell fine. Spokesmen for both the New York State Police and New York City Police Department, the two largest agencies in the state, said they do not have contracts with any of the six companies boycotting the state. A spokesman at the Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco Bureau, in Washington D.C., said they also don't have contracts with any of the companies. However, the agency does purchase guns from Remington Arms, said the spokesman. One of Remington Arm's largest plants in located in Ilion, NY. Pro gun groups are urging more manufacturers to boycott sales in New York.
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Shelter refuses to give lost dog back to owner
 
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SCHOHARIE COUNTY ‚" A local woman is pleading for help after she lost her dog, then found him at a local animal shelter only to be told she could not take him home. Alysha VanDyke says the 13-year-old purebred miniature pinscher was missing for weeks and because he is so old and has so many health problems her family had more or less accepted that he ran away to die. VanDyke says "Manson," who is partially deaf and blind, slipped out of his collar one mid-September morning and did not come home. "We let people know on Facebook, friends and family, we checked around and we're kind of like on a big plot of land," VanDyke said. VanDyke said no one had seen him, which is why she was so surprised when one of her friends saw a posting with a dog that looked like "Manson" up for adoption on Facebook this past Saturday. "We were like, 'Oh my God here he is!' And we thought that this was the greatest ending and everyone would be happy. Only to find out that was not so," VanDyke said. VanDyke says the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley refused to give her dog back when she called and then showed up at the shelter the very next day. "It felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach. It's like he's here but I can't see him? And now I can't have him?" VanDyke said. New York State Police say the dog legally belongs to the shelter because it was brought to them by animal control after it went unclaimed for more than five days. But VanDyke says that is not the only reason she was denied her dog. "They said he wasn't neutered so we weren't taking care of him then. He was originally studded out. He was a breeding dog young so we decided to not have him neutered for health reasons," VanDyke said. State police say the shelter had a trooper escort VanDyke off the Howe Caves property. Neither the shelter nor its attorney, Michael West, would give CBS6 News any indication as to why. Meanwhile, VanDyke is left confused and heartbroken. "So at this point we're kind of just relying on civil court and anyone who can kind of assist us. We just want our dog back. He's old and he's feeble and being at a shelter at this point is not in his best interest," VanDyke said. State Police say it is possible VanDyke could get her dog back if the shelter reviews the case with its adoption board. It is unclear what kind of fees the family would then have to pay.
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Horses find new life off the track healing veterans
 
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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Tucked away on a farm in Saratoga County, is a place that's nothing short of a sanctuary. It's where warriors from the track meet the nation's warriors. The program is called Saratoga War Horse. Saratoga War Horse uses horses, some that are off the track thoroughbreds, to help veterans who are dealing with the invisible scars of war. The program teaches veterans from across the country how to communicate with a horse, an animal that so honestly mirrors the veteran's energy and emotion. At the start, both are unsure and untrusting. But within minutes the horse realizes he's understood that this person is speaking his language. The horse shows a sign of trust. Something about the horse's acceptance transforms the veteran. "Whatever emotions I had, whatever I was feeling, at that time inside the ring, I was able to leave it there. I passed through the gate and I felt that I didn't have to carry it anymore," said one veteran. CBS6 watched as similar connections were made that day with three other veterans. "There's a lot of pain that these veterans have to find a way to let go of and this seems to be a very effective method," said Bob Nevins, the Founder of Saratoga War Horse. Nevins is a Vietnam Veteran himself. He watched a generation of service member's battle depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide. Nevins said more needs to be done to help the next generation of veterans and stop the cycle in its tracks. "The horse responds to that with a tremendous relief, 'oh somebody understands me.' And that's what the veteran is actually saying at the same time, 'oh someone understands me finally,'" said Nevins. "The transformation that takes place, you realize you may have just saved someone's life." Nevins said the program doesn't claim to be therapy. It offers an experience that has helped veterans move forward with their lives. He said that he looks forward to the day that science can explain exactly how these horses are able to help. Until then, he takes comfort in knowing lives are being impacted. For more information, click here.
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Sheriff's Deputy resigns after video goes vira
 
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YOUR DESCRIPTION HAS REACHED THE LIMIT OF CHARACTERS ALLOWED AND WAS CUT. BALLSTON SPA--A Sergeant with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department has resigned from his job and been criminally charged following an encounter with a suspect in which he appears to hit the man, forcibly take his car keys and illegally search his vehicle. Former Sgt. Shawn Glans is charged with one count of harassment and one count of official misconduct following an investigation prompted by a video of the encounter. The incident was recorded on a cellphone by someone who was with the suspect at the time. Glans and two other deputies were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle around 2am on Friday. When they arrived, the vehicle was gone but they quickly located it in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart in Halfmoon. Sgt. Glans reported seeing a gun in the backseat and then going inside the store to locate the registered owner of the car. In the video, posted to Youtube and shared hundreds of thousands of times over the weekend, Sgt. Glans can be heard cursing at the suspect and demanding he hand over his keys. The video also shows what appears to be Glans slap the suspect and then take the keys to his car, throw them to another deputy and demand the car be searched. The owner of the car and gun, 20-year old Colin Fitch was not charged. The gun was determined to have been purchased legally. "After I was struck, he basically took them out of my hand without my permission or anything, he just took them and tossed them to the other officers and searched my car without my consent," Fitch tells CBS6 exclusively adding, "his actions, there should be consequences. I mean I don't want to say "Oh, I want him to go to jail" but I just hope he gets the proper punishment that goes hand and hand with his actions." Sgt. Glans resigned on Monday. His wife tells CBS6, he made a mistake, "obviously, he reacted quickly, a lot of people are going to view that as incorrect or improper, I'm not going to diminish those feelings from people. I understand people are going to have their opinions and that's perfectly fine, what I would say is that, I hope one day that you and your loved one or someone close to you--doesn't make a bad decision... these nasty comments that you're making are not your best choices either," says Carrie Glans. She says her family has been threatened a number of times since the video was posted to Youtube, "they've made threats that they're going to make our family pay, find our home and make us pay, I mean you can have your opinion but wow," she says. Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo has little remorse for his former sergeant saying, "If you do your job the right way, you should have nothing to worry about...For the most part, we've got a great department here. Don't let this one act diminish the job they do to protect the citizens of Saratoga County." The investigation into the situation is still ongoing. Although Sgt. Glans resigned, there were two other deputies on the scene during this incident, neither of which came forward until after the video surfaced. Zurlo says they are still being questioned and the matter is still under investigation. This is not the first time Sgt. Glans has been disciplined. In 1996, he was speeding to a 911 call, came around a corner, lost control of his patrol vehicle and slammed into another car head-on. The driver of that car was paralyzed. The county paid 6 million dollars to settle a suit against the department and Sgt. Glans, at the time. Sgt. Glans was arraigned on one count of harassment and one count of official misconduct on%2
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Charges dropped against man pepper sprayed durin
 
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YOUR DESCRIPTION HAS REACHED THE LIMIT OF CHARACTERS ALLOWED AND WAS CUT. UPDATE: Officer Nathan Baker, the police officer seen on video pepper spraying a man during a traffic stop, has been suspended without pay. His suspension is pending a disciplinary hearing that will be held within 30 days, according to a release from Saratoga Springs Police. "The suspension of a police officer for job related conduct is a serious matter," says Police Chief Greg Veitch. "The public expects that officers will be held accountable for their actions and sometimes this does not happen as quickly as some would like." Veitch says he will be seeking to terminate Officer Baker's employment with the department. UPDATE: All charges have been dropped against Adam Rupeka. Rupeka gained notoriety after a Saratoga Springs police officer pepper sprayed him during a traffic stop after the man flipped off the officer while driving. Videos of the incident were posted online. According to the prosecutor, there was not sufficient evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, and the charges were dropped in the "interest of justice." SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Saratoga Springs Police Chief said Monday, that an officer with the department has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. This comes after a traffic stop was recorded on camera and posted online. The man who was arrested, Adam Rupeka, told CBS6 News that he is part of a larger group called Cop Block. He said he goes from town to town, taping encounters with police to see how they react. He said sometimes that includes taping the outside of their buildings, this time it was making an obscene gesture toward an officer. He said he does this to make sure police know the public's constitutional rights. On Saturday, Rupeka said he drove past a Saratoga Springs Police Officer and made an obscene gesture. Shortly after, he was pulled over. "I see him coming the opposite direction, I did give him the finger, I admit that is not a polite, nice thing to do, but it is a protected First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech," said Rupeka. In the video you cannot see Rupeka or the officer. The camera is pointed out the windshield. Rupeka said he had another camera that showed a better view and that police took that. In the video you hear the officer ask for Rupeka's information and you hear Rupeka ask why he was pulled over. This continues back and forth a few times, then you hear the officer tell Rupeka to get out of the car that he is under arrest for disorderly conduct. Rupeka said shortly after, he was pepper sprayed. You can hear a spray sound on the video. "That hurts, it's not right," he said. Monday, the Saratoga Springs Police Chief released a written statement saying he is aware of the video that has been posted online. He said Rupeka was charged with having an obstructed view and resisting arrest. He said Rupeka is scheduled to be in City Court later this week. In the statement, the Chief said that pepper spray was deployed and that Rupeka was treated by medical personnel at the police station and at the hospital. He said the officer was not equipped with a body camera at the time and that City owned downtown security cameras don't clearly capture the area where this traffic stop happened. The incident is still under investigation. "I take very seriously any allegation of improper use of force made against any officer of the Saratoga Springs Police Department and I have been in contact with Mr. Rupeka regarding this incident. An internal investigation of%
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Two civilians honored for saving police officer
 
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GREEN ISLAND -- An honor for two local men, who rushed to save a police officer in Green Island. It happened when a man allegedly intentionally slammed into Officer William Rice's cruiser in June. Officer Rice was thrown into the windshield. "At that point, I just thought it was a simple traffic accident - someone just veered off and struck me," Officer Rice tells CBS 6. "Next thing I knew, the driver's side door was opening - so I just assumed someone was trying to help me out of the car." Instead, he says, it was the other driver - jumping into the cruiser, and yelling that he wanted to die. The man allegedly grabbed for Officer Rice's gun, but couldn't reach it, and kept Rice pinned down. "He was leaning across on top of me, and I looked out and saw two individuals - the two gentlemen - standing outside looking." One of those two gentlemen was Christopher Cosgrove. "He was having trouble standing up, so I asked, 'Are you ok?' And he said, 'No,'" Cosgrove recalls, "so that's when I knew we had to - I was fumbling around with my phone trying to call 911." He along with civilian Robert Coffey managed to reach into the vehicle, pull the man off of Officer Rice, and call 911. State police and emergency crews arrived on scene a short time later. "We all kinda, same thing, didn't know what was happening - it unfolded right in front of us," Cosgrove says. Officer Rice says he's thankful for the pair's quick action. "Either I would've been killed, or he would've been killed, but someone would've died that night," he says. The man accused in the case, James Knowles, has been released on bail. He faces a number of charges, including vehicular assault.
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Young cancer pantient 'marries' her favorite%2
 
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ALBANY -- After a day many little girls dream of, Abby Sayles is still glowing. Four-year-old Abby "got married" to her favorite Albany Medical Center nurse Matt Hickling. It started as a simple conversation. Abby told her mom Renee Sayles that she planned to get married when she came to the hospital for a doctors visit, to Matt. "Wednesday I had texted him just to give him an idea that she was coming in with this idea so he wasn't throw off," said Renee Sayles. Instead of just smiling at Abby's sweet thought, Matt and his co-workers planned a wedding. "Abby is also very strong willed, has a lot of courageous spirit. So when she comes in and has something on her mind, let's see what we can do," said Hickling, BSN, RN. A wedding is typically a milestone for much later in life. But at four, Abby has already been through more than most. Last August, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. "It was tough when she first came here, being three when she was first diagnosed is something that's tough for somebody," said Hickling. Moments like the wedding party make coming to the hospital a little easier for Abby and her family. Abby's mom said the friendships the nurses and doctors have built with Abby have made her more willing to come to the hospital. Much to Matt's surprise, a video of the event has gone viral. He hopes it sends a larger message. "Even something so simple and upbeat can bring an awareness to people that there are families that have to deal with this," he said. Abby isn't thinking about that. She just knows she has friends who care about her and make her laugh. "What was the best part about the wedding?" CBS6 News asked Abby. "Eating the cake and putting the cake on Matt's nose," said Abby. Abby said she feels good right now. Her mom said treatment is going well.
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Man whose family was victim of brutal gun crime speaks out against NY SAFE Act, gun control
 
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Man whose family was victim of brutal gun crime speaks out against NY SAFE Act, gun control
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Business backlash after $15 minimum wage recom
 
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ALBANY‚" Businesses are bracing for the aftershocks a day after a state wage board recommended a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers. The plan outside of New York City is to phase in the higher wage by about a dollar a year until 2021. Even though the mandate is only for fast food restaurants with 30 or more locations business leaders say all restaurants will feel the pinch in some way. For 70 years Bob and Ron's Fish Fry has been serving up seafood in Albany. "Our food is the best in the area for as far as seafood goes," manager Donny Nedeau said. "Everything is hand done on the premises. Nothing comes in frozen, everything is fresh." The workers there do not make more than $15 an hour. The seafood joint is not included under the wage board's new mandate. Still, business leaders say mom and pop shops like Bob and Ron's Fish Fry will be impacted because workers will either flock to the places right across the street that will pay $15 an hour or there will be an onslaught of applicants at non 15-dollar-an-hour-mandated restaurants. "Because these major corporations are going to scale back. They are not going to be able to afford to pay a full crew that kind of money," Nedeau said. But the Citizen Action Committee, which is helping lead the "Fight for 15," disagrees. "All these great big huge corporations like McDonald's and Burger King, they're making tons of money," Citizen Action Committee Capital District Organizer Mark Emanatian said. "I believe that not-for-profits and mom and pop businesses might need some help to make the transition but there's a simple economic fact: When there's more money in the hands of people it's going to help the economy all across the board." Emanatian adds that the boost to low-wage workers will also help people get off food stamps and other kinds of government services. "So if they went to $15 an hour they wouldn't need that help," Emanatian said. But the New York State Restaurant Association says the "Fight for 15" could ultimately kill jobs. "Price increases, for sure. Cutting hours, possibly. In extreme cases, laying people off. And in even more extreme cases, when businesses might not be able to handle it and close," Government Affairs Coordinator Jay Holland said.
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Take a Break: Hot dog vendor's perfect job
 
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SCHOHARIE -- One man took a bad situation and turned it around. Matt Markham has the story of a man who took control of his own destiny - and it paid off.
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Viral video leads to emotional reunion
 
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SARASOTA, Fla. (CNN Newsource) -- A homeless Florida man hadn't seen his son in 15 years, but the two recently reunited on FaceTime. Donald Gould had lost custody of his son years ago, and had no idea where he was. He hoped a viral video of him playing the piano would lead to a reunion. His son saw it, and agreed to speak with Gould. Candace McCowan has their emotional reunion.
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The Real Deal: Shortage of Medical Coders
 
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ALBANY -- Major changes are coming to how our medical bills are prepared, processed and paid. Medical codes are changing dramatically on October 1st for hospitals, doctors and nursing homes and the changes are coming at a time when there's a major shortage of the medical coders to handle the bills. Next week, the system will switch from one that used about 17,000 codes, to one that will use about 160,000. The new codes, known as ICD-10 will be more accurate and specific, "it takes every diagnosis and expands it out to a level that gives the physicians, researchers and health population specialists a little more information about what happened to you," says Carol McDonald, President of Patient Billing at Albany Medical Center. "The coders are kind of like a detective, like a sleuth‚they have to go through all that information to be able to come up with what is absolute the most accurate and appropriate code for your medical history," she adds. Current coders have been re-trained under ICD-10 but it takes new coders nearly a year to finish training and certification which means hospitals, doctors and insurance companies have to wait to hire them, "the shortage has definitely been impactful, I think I can speak for a number of hospitals in the area when I say, everyone is looking," McDonald says. That's also why Albany Med is looking for other ways to get more people interested in the field. "I've worked in the kitchen at Albany Med, then I moved up to medical records, then I was a medical stenographer," says Janie Bridges. But then life got in the way, as a single parent Janie had to work a number of jobs to provide. Recently, she was taking a free computer class at the Trinity Alliance when they mentioned a program to her called "Code for Success." "I've always wanted to do it but I've never had the opportunity because of finances so this was just my way of getting in that door," Janie tells CBS6. She applied for a scholarship provided by Albany Medical Center, The Trinity Alliance and Bryant and Stratton and won. This week she began taking coding classes at Bryant and Stratton, in 9 months she's expecting to finish and take her certification exams. "I would love to come back to Albany Med, it was my first job, they gave me my first opportunity," Janie says and considering the current shortage, it's likely Albany Med would be happy to have her.
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Special needs student becomes Homecoming Queen
 
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HUNTER, ND (CNN Newsource) - Her disorder did not stop her from living out many high school girls' dream-- becoming homecoming queen. Kevin Wallevand reports.
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Real Deal: Online dating scams
 
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SCHENECTADY ‚€œAn alert for those looking for love as we near Valentine's day, scammers are trolling dating sites looking to steal your money and your personal information. Dwayne is a single guy from Schenectady who is looking for someone to share his life with, "I'm alone and I like to talk to people but I don't go out, I don't go to bars," he says, so that's why he created a profile on POF.com. He connected with a few women right away and was optimistic when they quickly gave him their personal email addresses to communicate. Within a few days, the nature of the conversations changed, "they kept focusing on money, asking me what I did for a living," he says. He got suspicious so he did some digging, "I found that this email address was connected to a man, I looked him up--his name and he had alias' all over the place, Miami, multiple arrests for scams," Dwayne tells CBS6. It turns out that the man was pulling pictures of random women off of Facebook and using them as a front on dating websites to run scams. To make matters worse, after Dwayne cut off communication, his email address was bombarded with junk mail. POF.com has the following warning on its website, "never include your last name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work, or any other identifying information in your internet profile or initial e-mail messages. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it." Most other online-dating websites have similar warnings. If you're considering online dating, create a separate email account for dating activity. Do you research on a potential match before getting too involved, search their social media accounts and their name on the internet. Try to video-chat with a potential partner before meeting them in person to ensure they are who they say they are and never send money to anyone.
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Nurses Push for Safe-Staffing Ratios
 
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ALBANY - When you go to a hospital for care, you€™re likely to be just one of more than a dozen patients a nurse is caring for. The NYS Nursing Association says you€™re probably not getting the full attention that you need because their members are being asked to look after more patients than is reasonable. The association is working with state lawmakers on a bill that would require hospitals to hire more nurses to fulfill mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. The €œSafe Staffing for Quality Care Act€ would require one nurse to every two patients in an intensive-care unit, one nurse to every four patients in a surgical unit and one nurse to ever six babies in a nursery. €œWhile you're attending to one emergency another patient could be coding so it has to be standardized, we have to take care of our patients,€ says Gwen Lancaster a registered nurse and nursing instructor. She€™s been working as a nurse for more than 35 years. €œPeople like myself that have been doing it for so long, are dying out...we came into this with bright eyes, I mean I love nursing, nursing is a passion for me, my mom was a nurse, I really enjoy it,€ Lancaster says but it€™s getting harder to keep up for her and her younger students. €œWe have emergency room nurses who sometimes have 15,16,17 patients which of course leads to many, many problems€the appropriate number of nurses to patients actually saves lives, it prevents infections, has a shorter length of stay in hospitals and actually has lower re-admission rates,€ says Jill Furillo the Executive Director of the New York State Nursing Association. Currently, there are no mandates in New York State that require a hospital have a set number of nurses per patient. Most New York Hospitals oppose the bill saying the ratios would be the largest unfunded healthcare mandate ever in New York State. The Healthcare Association of New York State issued CBS6 the following statement: €œHANYS and our members are committed to providing the highest quality care to patients and communities across New York State. The latest peer-reviewed studies find no direct link between mandated nurse staffing ratios and improved patient outcomes. Flexibility is needed to adapt nursing assignments to diverse patient and resident needs that evolve and can change quickly. Moreover, staffing ratios would cost New York€™s hospitals and nursing homes approximately $3 billion annually €“ the largest-ever unfunded health care mandate. The proposed mandate would likely result in a reduction of specific services, as we have seen in California where mandated staffing ratios have led to reduced services and emergency room diversion.€
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Troy native "Mr. Food" dies at 81
 
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He's the familiar face you see everyday on the CBS6 News at Noon, sharing simple recipes with an 'anybody can do it' approach to cooking.On Wednesday, CBS6 learned Art Ginsburg, or Mr. Food, passed away at the age of 81. Ginsburg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago and died at his Florida home today.A Troy native, Mr. Food first began his career as a television chef over 30 years ago at the CBS6 studios in Niskayuna. Since 1975, he's published over 50 cookbooks and reached millions of viewers every day with his 90-second cooking segment -- always ending with his signature catch phrase "Ooh, it's so good." Mr. Ginsburg's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to B'nai Aviv Congregation, Weston, FL, or the Variety Club of Buffalo, The Children's Charity of Buffalo
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Shen Students killed in Saturday night crash
 
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CLIFTON PARK -- State Police have released more information on the deadly two car accident on the Northway Saturday night.Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers, both seniors at Shenendehowa High School, were killed in a two car crash between the Twin Bridges and Exit 8 on the Northway around 10:20 p.m. Saturday night. The other two teens in the vehicle, Matt Hardy, a junior at Shen, and Bailey Wind, a junior at Shaker High School, were seriously injured and remain at Albany Medical Center.State Police say the other driver of the other vehicle involved, 22-year-old Dennis Drue of Clifton Park, rear-ended the teen's car being driven by Stewart. Both cars flipped and rolled off the roadway.Investigators say Drue had been drinking and was speeding when he changed lanes and stuck other car.Once released from the hospital, Drue will be arraigned on 2nd degree Vehicular Manslaughter charges. Police say that he has a history of past violations.[Click for more]
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Retro Rachael Ray from 4/28/97
 
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Rachael Ray in 1997 before she was a national celebrity. This is from CBS 6's Retro Rachael Ray section. See more at: http://www.cbs6albany.com/sections/retro-rachael-ray/
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Marine Corps K-9 reunited with first handler a
 
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Marine Corps K-9 Luka served three tours before an IED took her leg -- and her career. She has since been reunited with her first handler, and has an honorary Purple Heart.
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What is the difference between snow, sleet, and freezing rain?
 
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Sheriff's Association joins lawsuit against Safe Act
 
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ALBANY -- The list of those who oppose the state's gun law keeps growing as the New York State Sheriff's Association is the latest to join the fight. The group has a signed on to a federal lawsuit.Several Sheriffs across New York have publically spoke out against the state's gun law, some going as far to say they will not enforce it.An Albany County, Sheriff Craig Apple, on Friday said he will enforce the law but added he does not agree with it.Apple was first vocal back in January after the passage of the Safe Act. The law was rushed and there was no public input on the matter, Apple said. Instead of long guns the governor should have went after illegal hand guns, Apple said.It is convoluted and could be a burden on my resources and quite frankly I think there are more important things going on, Apple said of the law.Apple says he supports the sheriff's associations decision to join the lawsuit. I've spoken, I've been a critic of the Safe Act I do believe in some provisions but as the totality of the (law) I can not come out and support that, Apple added. I applaud the Governor for his intent of the bill and the law but I just think we could have had more people involved in the negotiations and the debate of the bill to make things more clear.The federal lawsuit was filed in Buffalo in March.
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Inside the mind of a burglar
 
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What makes a home undesirable for a break in? It‚„s a question CBS6 brought right to a convicted burglar in the Albany County Jail. Because of the information he shared, he asked CBS6 not use his real name. For this story, we'll call him ‚“Bob.‚ ‚“I was breaking into homes for jewelry, cash, cellphones, TVs,‚ he said. The last thing he wanted was to be caught. He didn't want to go to jail, so planning and scoping out homes became important. He said there are things people can do, to reduce the risk. The first is very simple. ‚“Make sure your house is locked up good, your windows. It was so easy to just find a door open in a house,‚ said ‚“Bob.‚ He said that secluded homes were ideal, because he didn‚„t want to be seen. But he said that small things would keep him away, anything that suggested someone may be home. ‚“If you go up to a door and the TV is on, a light is on, that's a deterrent,‚ said ‚“Bob.‚ Dogs and alarms were deterrents as well. ‚“We'd always send someone up to ring the doorbell first to make sure no one was there, and to look for that alarm sticker. If there was an alarm sticker on the door, it was a no go.‚ He said. ‚“Bob‚ also said that neighbors at home scared him off. ‚“They are going to be looking out the windows, they are going to be watching the neighborhood,‚ he said. The City of Albany Police Department didn't investigate "Bob's" burglary case. The department does offer home security surveys to residents, where officers will come out and show people how they can make their homes safer. Officer Janet Zalatan showed CBS6 a examples. ‚“Sliding glass doors are certainly points of opportunity,‚ she said. Officer Zalatan said that a piece of wood, or broom handle, can add security when it‚„s placed in the track of the door. ‚“To prevent the door from moving any distance,‚ she said. ‚“Windows are another common entry point for burglars.‚ She said that some new windows show if they are locked or not, as a reminder. Others have a pop out pin to hold windows in place. ‚“So that it doesn't allow the window to be opened any further,‚ said Officer Zalatan. She said that drilling holes in older wooden windows, and using nails as stoppers, can do the same thing. She also recommended using deadbolts on doors and having good lighting in the front, side and back of a home. ‚“We found that lighting is the least expensive form of crime prevention that there is,‚ said Officer Zalatan. Albany Police said that with the holidays around the corner, the department wants residents to know it also offers a vacation check service. Officers will drop by a home to check on it. The department also suggests people stop their mail, their newspaper and have someone clear snow from driveways and walkways while they are gone. Right now, ‚“Bob‚ is trying to make changes in his life. He said he was stealing to feed a heroin addiction. He said he is not proud of what he did. ‚“Oh yeah, I felt bad for it of course,‚ he said. ‚“I don't want to hurt anybody. I was just trying to feed me drug habit. I‚„m not a violent person, but that crime is a violent crime.‚
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College grads face mounting student loan debt
 
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ALBANY - Just as thousands of college students across the Capital Region head back to campus, the federal government has released data that shows student loan debt has now topped $1 trillion dollars. Jennifer Lewke spoke with some local students about how they handle their bills and how long they expect to be paying back their debt.
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How important is college GPA to land a job?
 
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How much weighs on your college GPA when it comes to landing a good job? While most of you probably think it's very important, new research says otherwise. Len Valetta from the Albany Financial Group has more.
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2 local men win 'Amazing Race'
 
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UPDATE - The Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell have won 'The Amazing Race!'Tune in to CBS6 news starting at 11Amazing Race Finale is on CBS tonight at 8pm!SHARON SPRINGS -- They've already been called fabulous, and this weekend they could be amazing.Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, known to television viewers as the Fabulous Beekman Boys, are among the last teams standing as the current season of The Amazing Race comes to a close on Sunday.As Jerry Gretzinger reports, no matter who grabs the $1 million prize this weekend, the duo and the community they live in have already won.
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Lowe's customer refuses black delivery driver
 
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DANVILLE, VA (CNN Newsource) A black delivery driver for Lowe's says he was told he could not make a delivery because his race. The home improvement chain has since responded and now someone is out of a job. Matt Ray reports.
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Jaliek Rainwalker still missing after five years
 
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It's an anniversary no one is celebrating.On November 1, 2007, 12 year old Jaliek Rainwalker was reported missing by his adoptive father. Steven Kerr told Greenwich police he believed his son had run away.5 years later, the search for Jaliek continues.Police chief George Bell tells Jerry Gretzinger that the investigation is still very much open, and that his department continues to receive leads every week.  The leads are all from people who think they've seen Jaliek alive.  Bell has long believed the troubled young man to be dead.Bell claims after Jaliek's disappearance, his adoptive mother, Jocelyn McDonald, was cooperative at first, consenting to and passing a polygraph test. Her husband, Kerr, the last person to see Jaliek, never cooperated with the investigation, according to Bell.Kerr was labeled a person of interest in the case.  Within 4 months of Jaliek's disappearance, Kerr and McDonald sold their Greenwich home and moved to Rupert, VT.  Bell says such a move is not common for parents hopeful that a runaway will return home.No one answered the door when CBS 6 paid a visit to the Rupert, VT address today, though smoke was coming from the chimney and commotion could be heard inside.  Locals at a shop across the street confirmed Kerr and McDonald still live there.Dennis Reely, McDonald's father, remains hopeful his adoptive grandson will be found.  He and his wife continue to believe Kerr was involved in whatever happened to Jaliek.Recently, a team of national missing persons investigators visited Belll to discuss the case. He expects them to return this month, and that there may be something new to report as a result.
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Jaliek Rainwalker case reclassified as homicide, no longer missing persons case
 
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CAMBRIDGE - Probable Child Homicide--that's how police are now classifying the investigation into the disappearance of 12-year old Jaliek Rainwalker. The boy was reported missing five years ago from Greenwich and Police say they no longer believe in the possibility that he just ran away, they say they are convinced foul play was involved. It's a hard day, it's a sad day, we have always held out hope that Jaliek is alive and would be coming home to his family, says Dennis Smith, Jaliek's adoptive Grandfather. This is really hard, we want closure, we need closure, it's been 5 years and it's another holiday season and it makes it really hard, adds Barbra Reeley, Jaliek's adoptive grandmother. Jaliek Rainwalker was last seen with his father, Steven Kerr on November 1, 2007, the next day he was reported missing. In the days following Jaliek's disappearance, Kerr spoke at a vigil held for the boy saying, I believe deep in my soul that my son is alive and safe, somewhere. A few weeks later, Kerr, his wife and their other adopted children moved to Vermont and stopped cooperating with police investigating Jaliek's case. Investigators say there is no indication or evidence that Jaliek ran-away, they now believe he was killed. Cambridge-Greenwich Police stopped short of calling Kerr an official suspect but did say that they have reached out to the attorney hired to represent him to try and set up an interview. I'm hoping, that after 5 years, that they'll be able to come in and answer some questions, Chief George Bell says. Investigators have found the jacket that Jaliek was reported to have been wearing the day he disappeared but won't say when or where they located it. CBS6 has also learned that cadaver dogs were brought in to search a building in Troy on Tuesday. This is not a cold case, the leads have been coming in, we're at 500-someodd leads in this case, this is just something that came up recently that we felt needed to be further investigated, Bell says. Smith and Reeley have been suspicious of their son-in-law since the day Jaliek was reported missing. If you did nothing wrong, if you have nothing to hide, why don't you cooperate with law enforcement to help find your son? Smith says. While the questions continue about what happened to Jaliek, his grandparents, who no longer have contact with their daughter, son-in-law, or other grandchildren, are hoping that someone will come forward with new information in the case. We drive by cemeteries and my heart breaks because there are markers for people, there's no marker for our grandson, we just want a marker we want to know where he is and what happened to him, Reeley says. Anyone with any information they think might be helpful relating to Jaliek are asked to call the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department at 518-692-9332.
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The difference between dewpoint and relative humidity
 
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The End Of An Era: Ken Screven Retires
 
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Our friend and colleague, Ken Screven, hangs up his notebook and begins his retirement. Liz Bishop pays tribute.
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List of Sheriffs opposing SAFE Act growing
 
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ALBANY -- A handful of the state's 62 top county law officials say they won't enforce the state's gun law.Saratoga County Sheriff Candidate, Jeff Gildersleeve, was the most recent to publicly say he would not enforce the state's gun law known as the SAFE Act. Gildersleeve joins a list of at least five other current sheriff's who feel the same way.The first to take a stance was Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard. Since then sheriff's in Schoharie, Orleans, Wyoming, and Genesee Counties have been put on record saying they will not actively enforce the SAFE Act.Thomas Mitchell of the New York State Sheriff's Association says they encourage all members to enforce all laws. There is a difference between actively enforcing laws and only pursuing cases that come across the desk, Mitchell said.Albany County Sheriff, Craig Apple, says he is opposed to the state's gun law. However, Apple says he will enforce the law because if not it could open a can of worms.You are looking at a situation if you told your men not to enforce the law and they make an arrest and bring that person in and the supervisor says 'No you got to let him go' you got a false arrest situation, said Apple. You got civil liability. It is a lot of exposure out there. The laws are there for a reason I just feel we should follow them.Apple says there has been no such cases of people breaking the state's new law since it was adopted in January.I understand there are other people that disagree with it but it's a law and as long as it is a law I feel it is my duty to enforce it, Apple added.
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Nurse, baby from 1977 photo reunite
 
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A reunion, decades in the making, happened on Tuesday. A local woman, who was searching for a nurse who cared for her almost 40 years ago, got the chance to say thank you. For almost 40 years, Amanda Scarpinati, from Athens, held on to three pictures. They show a nurse, holding her when she was just a few months old. "You can just see I just totally trusted her and she soothed me at a time when I needed it," said Scarpinati. One-hundred and fifty miles away in Cazenovia, Sue Berger held on to the same images as well. "I just thought it was unbelievable, someone would remember all these years," said Berger. Tuesday, the two women in the picture met at Albany Medical Center. The same place they met back in 1977. Scarpinati was just a few months old, recovering from third degree burns. The scars left behind made her a target for bullying, and as a child she said the pictures of her and the nurse gave her strength. "Just so caring and comforting and just knowing that a stranger cares," said Scarpinati, as she looked at the pictures. Two weeks ago Scarpinati posted the images on Facebook and within 24 hours or so, Angela Leary saw the post. She recognized her former colleague, Berger, and remembered that baby. Leary worked at Albany Medical Center at the same time as Berger, both in the recovery room. She contacted Scarpinati. "I think that picture says everything. There are no words needed to explain. It just was beautiful, compassion and love," said Leary. It took nearly 40 years, but on Tuesday, things came full circle. A nurse who started her career by forever impacting a young patient. A patient, now returning the favor, impacting a nurse toward the end of her career. "What a beautiful gift she's given me all this time later," said Berger. Their story is a reminder to be grateful for one another and to be kind. You never know how much it could mean. "Just be kind. You never know the next persons story and you never know if that one act of kindness could change someone's life. Looking at the photograph it got me through and changed my life," said Scarpinati. "What wonderful life lessons and such a simple story that has such a profound impact," said Berger.
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UPDATE:The Real Deal: Wheelchair Delivered after Medicaid Runaround
 
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UPDATE: (8/29)-After months of waiting and haggling with Medicaid a Saratoga County family finally has a new wheelchair for their 13-year old son with muscular atrophy. The wheel-chair which also allows 13-year old Izzac Whaley to move himself into a standing postion, was delivered today. UPDATE: (7/9/13) Less than 24 hours after Izzac Whaley and his family shared their story with CBS6, the New York State Health Department has approved his Medicaid application for coverage of the wheelchair. The new chair has been ordered and should arrive in the next few weeks. CORINTH - Normally CBS6 is exposing federal and state programs that shell out millions of dollars to people who dont qualify for or deserve the benefits. Izzac Whaleys story appears to be the very opposite. The 12-year old from Corinth is in need of a new wheelchair but he, his parents and his doctors seem to be getting quite the run-around from Medicaid. Izzac Whaley has Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA, a degenerative illness that has taken away his ability to walk. Hes always had a wheelchair but since October, he has had to use it 24/7. We knew there was a chance that he could lose the ability to walk, it was a possibility but even now they cant tell us what the prognosis will be, says Sarah Whaley, Izzacs mom. What she and Izzac do know is that he has outgrown his current motorized wheelchair which hes had for about four years. He's cramped, there's no room, his legs are jammed inhe cant lift his weight to be able to shift himself around, Sarah says. Izzacs parents, doctors and therapists requested Medicaid approval for a new power wheelchair that will also give him the ability to be raised into a standing position. He recently tried out a model of the chair at school, we turned the corner and he was at-height with all his friends and they were like go Izzac, they were just having a great time, Sarah says. The standing position also allows for better circulation, less joint and muscle stiffness, according to his doctors and itll help the pre-teen be more independent in everyday life. The problem? Its been months since the request was made, Medicaid hasnt ruled yet and Izzac is too big for his current chair. They just keep putting up road blocks, says Sarah who has received countless letters from The New York State Department of Health which oversees Medicaid in New York, requesting more information about why the chair is medically necessary. The department even asked for a video of Izzac using a chair it hasnt agreed to help pay for yet. Izzac has a great team of doctors and therapists behind him and I don't feel like they should be questioned on why they feel he needs this chair, they know what they're doing, they've dealt with him for years, Sarah says. The chair is expensive, the cost would be about $20,000 but it should be the last one Izzac needs. Aside from maintenance on it, the adult-size chair comes with a warranty. I want to stand again, Izzac told CBS6 Investigative Reporter, Jennifer Lewke, it will help with a lot of things, he added. Typically, Medicaid covers a new chair for wheelchair bound patients every 5-7 years depending on necessity. The Whaleys request is a bit sooner than that timeframe but it is the first time theyve made a request since Izzacs medical condition changed and he became permanently wheelchair-bound. A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells CBS6 that typically when a request is made for a specialized device like this chair it takes the Medicaid office 3-4 weeks to make a determination. In this case, he says, the department was waiting for follow-up information from the wheelchair vendor that has just arrived. Now that all the paperwork is in order, the spokesman says a final determination on whether the chair will be covered will be made by the end of this week and relayed to the family. If youd like to learn more about Izzac and SMA, visit the familys facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IzzacWhaleysFightAgainstSpinalMuscularAtrophy
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Rape, murder trial opens with disturbing state
 
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SCHENECTADY -- Herman Robinson was in court Monday, April 6, as his trial on rape and murder charges got underway, but the focus of court activity was on the girl prosecutors say he raped, and on the baby they say he killed just after her birth. Cody Holyoke reports.
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Take a Break: Green Mountain Ghost Town
 
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GLASTENBURY, Vt. -- Solitude and mystery shroud a town right in our backyard you might never have heard of, because it almost doesn't exist anymore. Glastenbury is only nine miles north of Bennington, but has no local government, and barely any residents. It has no shortage of stories, however, from the serene to the strange. Not many places in the eastern United States appear as lonely as this. Cold winters feel even colder in the deep woods of Glastenbury, Vermont. Linda Gallagher is one of eight residents. It's an extremely unique place, she said. We've traveled around a lot i don't know if I've ever seen another place that's quite like this because of the history of it.Geographically, the town is rugged wilderness. In the late 1930's the state unincorporated Glastenbury. It's only government is one resident appointed supervisor.Here's a settlement that had been prosperous and populated and now it's abandoned which gives it the name of a ghost town, said Tyler Resch, who wrote Glastenbury: The history of a Vermont ghost town . Timber logging and charcoal production put the town on the map, even though Glastenbury was a really a whole other world.It was very much like a cowboy town out west, it was very much a young man's place, not very many women, it was kind of a wild place, said Don Miller, Bennington Museum trustee.There was a hotel, busy kilns burning the fruits of the forest. But once the trees were gone, so were the people. Linda has some of the only remaining reminders that this was desolate mountain once boasted a busy town. She says her home was the original town hall, and her family believes it was built around 1830.What adds to Glastenbury's mystique is mystery. There have been several unsolved murders and disappearances in this area including one which led to the birth of the Vermont State Police.Bennington College student Paula Welden disappeared in December, 1946. She took a winter hike in the mountains. Her body was never found, despite a search.It had been in the hands of the sheriff and the State's Attorney and there were some questions about the quality of the search and so-forth, Resch said.One year earlier, Middie Rivers just vanished. He was deer hunting in the fall, Resch said. He disappeared. No body was ever found, nobody was ever accused.It's extremely windy here, Gallagher said. We get winds that change direction constantly. I can understand how someone might get lost up in the woods.At the same time, claims of the supernatural and a so-called Bennington Triangle add to ghost town storybook -- UFO sightings among them. Linda might believe it, and the thought that her hidden hamlet town might not be isolated, at all.Occasionally, she sees just some odd lights in the sky at times. But nothing that lingers. I keep looking for Bigfoot but I haven't seen it yet.
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The Real Deal: New Twist on Payday Loan Scam
 
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COLONIE €“ It€™s a new twist on an old scam. Police departments across the Capital Region tell CBS 6 nearly a dozen people have been targeted in the past few weeks by scammers who promise to help with your bills but only end up taking your cash. Tina Montello has some medical issues, so she went online looking for a payday loan. About an hour after she filled out a survey on the web, she got a phone call. €œThey wanted to offer me a loan and I said yes, and they said I could have anything from $2,000-$10,000 and I said $6,000,€ Montello tells CBS6. The caller instructed her to go to her local Walgreens and put $600 on two NetSpend reloadable debit cards and then to call him back. €œWhen I did it and called him back, I gave him the number on the back of the cards and then he wanted me to fax a copy of my driver€™s license, along with a copy of the front and back of the cards, which I did,€ she says. A few hours later, the man called back again and asked for two more cards. €œ I said, this isn't right and he said if I wanted my money I needed to do it, to prove I would be able to pay the loan back once I got it€ Monetello says. She went and loaded up two more cards and then called him back with the card numbers. She hasn€™t heard back from the caller or the bogus company since. Colonie Police say Montello is just one of a handful of people who have fallen victim to this scam over the past two weeks. Greenport Police also have a victim that lost more than $1,700 to scammers with a similar story. Not only are these victims losing money and in some cases their identities but they€™re opening themselves up to other scammers too. €œAll of these victims continue to get calls from other scammers who continue to try and solicit them,€ says Lt. Bob Winn of Colonie Police. The Colonie Police Department is sending letters to local businesses that sell GreenDot and NetSpend cards warning them of the recent rash of scams associated with the cards. Investigators are hoping that the store salespeople will at least ask customers who come in looking to buy and put money on the cards whether they are sure the transaction is legitimate. Both Green Dot (https://www.moneypak.com/ProtectYourMoney.aspx) and NetSpend (https://www.netspend.com/help/netspend_security_center/) have alerts about these type of scams on their websites. Although the scammers give victims fax and telephone numbers to communicate with them, often those lines are disconnected by the time investigators get the case. €œThose numbers are usually perishable, they're used for a short amount of time and once they (the scammers) realize their number has been burned, they go to another one,€ says Winn which makes it nearly impossible to track them down. If you€™re looking for a legitimate loan, it€™s best to check with your bank first and foremost to see if they can offer you the cash you need under acceptable terms. If that€™s not an option, taking a cash advance on your credit card in most cases, will get you a lower interest rate then even a reputable payday loan company will likely offer.
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Man involved in viral video arrested in Wilton
 
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WILTON -- The man seen in a viral video that ultimately led to the resignation of a sergeant with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department is now on the other side of the law. Colin Fitch is facing reckless endangerment, harassment and trespassing charges after State Police say he nearly hit a security guard with his car in the Wilton Mall parking lot. Fitch became somewhat of a local celebrity after a YouTube video showed him refusing to let now former Sgt. Shawn Glans search his car. Glans was suspended and then resigned after being accused of snatching Fitch's keys and slapping him. "I don't know what's behind it but I do know it smells like a rat to me," Fitch's attorney Terence Kindlon said. Police say Fitch's most recent run-in with the law happened after a security guard recognized Fitch as someone who was banned from the property. Police say he was then escorted outside for trespassing. We asked police if the incident with Sgt. Glans had anything to do with Fitch being recognized by the mall security guard. "It's a separate incident," New York State Police Public Information Officer Mark Cepiel said. "I'm not going to make any speculation on that in any way, shape or form." Kindlon says the ban may have come after a 17-year-old Fitch was spotted in the mall at night without an adult. That's a policy for minors in some New York malls but a security guard told us that is not a policy at the Wilton Mall. Kindlon says whatever the reason, Fitch had no idea he was banned and maintains he did nothing wrong. "My suspicions are that it might be an attempt by a friend of the sheriff to cover this kid with slime," Kindlon said. "Mark my words: If these charges aren't dismissed then we will ask for a trial and get a jury verdict." State police are now in the process of reviewing surveillance video to see if any of what went down was caught on tape. We reached out to Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo for comment and Glan's attorney Matt Chauvin but never heard back. Fitch has posted bail and is due back in court next week.
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Take A Break: Fork Art
 
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Matt Bartik has always been the creative type.  An artist with the ability to see beauty in things that might be lost on others.Take his sculpting business.  He doesn't use clay or stone.  He can literally find his inspiration in the kitchen.  The "medium" he uses is stainless steel forks.That's right.  Matt is one of the leading creators of "fork art."He first turned to fork art out of boredom while in his college dining hall.  Matt and his buddies had actually started sculpting with food."We had little muffin houses, chick pea paths, cars made out of steak and meatballs," Matt recalls.  "If you're gonna have all that, you need street lights."And thus, fork art was born.There's no heating, welding, soldering, glue, or strings attached.  "Just cold bent, cold contact, stainless steel," says Matt.Today's creations can take hundreds of forks to make.  Matt's largest to date?  A tree with nearly 200 forks in it.Perhaps you've seen some of his work. Matt likes to create his art in local coffee shops.  The Ballston Lake man says there are too many distractions at home.Staying focused has paid off - literally.  After a brief stint selling knives (ironic, Matt admits), he realized his future was in forks.  Clients began forking over the dough.  Art shows, festivals, birthday parties, even wedding favors and cake tops.So the next time you see lunch at the end of your fork, remember the man who found a career at the end of his.  Something he could have never envisioned that day in his college dining hall."This is my livelihood," Matt admits.  "I do nothing but bend forks for a living."If you'd like to see some of Matt's fork art, click here to check out his webpage.
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Woman sentenced for killing grandson
 
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SCHENECTADY -- The Schenectady grandmother convicted of beating her grandson to death could now spend the rest of her life behind bars. A judge sentenced Gloria Nelligan to twenty five years to life. That was the maximum sentence allowed.Sha'hiim Nelligan's mother says she lost custody of her son to Gloria Nelligan years ago and nothing mattered to her if she couldn't have her baby. Now she says jail is too good for her mother, because she says her baby got a life sentence.I can never go see Sha'hiim again, said Keila Nelligan. My visits with him are going to be at a cemetery. He can't talk to me back, he can't touch me back. He can't...nothing.Keila Nelligan cried in court thinking of her eight year-old's smile, his love of dance and writing, his hope to be President. The prosecutor mentioned all those things in her case.I never had the chance to meet him, but I certainly got to know him over the last several months, said Christina Tremante, Assistant District Attorney. He was a bright boy. He did have a ton of potential. He was eight years old. He had everything in front of him.That was until February 23rd, a few days after he stole a pack of gum from a dollar store. To punish him, his grandmother began to beat him. While that one incident led to the fatal abuse, the assistant district attorney believes Nelligan's anger goes back further.There's no explanation that would ever be good enough but there does seem to be a theme of contempt for him, Tremante said. He was a burden to her it seemed, that's how she portrayed it.Gloria Nelligan had been wearing regular clothes during the trial. At sentencing, she wore an orange jump suit -- her new wardrobe for at least the next twenty-five years. Her attorney read a statement prepared by his client. It was peppered with Biblical quotes, and her own thoughts about her grandson and the trial.I was there, Nelligan wrote. I know what i saw. I know what I heard. I know what I am and am not responsible for.To admit it and apologize would have been easier than sitting through a trial and hearing the truth and still not get an apology or an acknowledgement of what she did, Keila Nelligan said. How is that fair to the family?Judge Karen Drago offered some final comments to Nelligan, who showed little emotion during the trial or at sentencing. Drago noticed and said, before you seek forgiveness, you need to repent, and I haven't heard one word of repentance from you yet. Drago also said this was the most brutal case of assault on a child over which her court has ever presided.The defense waived a right to have a jury hear this trial, arguing that it would immiediately shut down and draw conclusions upon seeing photos of Sha'hiim Nelligan's body, covered in bruises.Gloria Nelligan's son DC Dunkel also read an impact statement at the sentencing. He said his mother is not the woman portrayed in this trial. ADA Tremante, however, said Nelligan could have lived two lives and may have had a peaceful reputation outside her home, but not inside.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SCHENECTADY - A woman found guilty of murder and manslaughter after the death of her 8-year-old grandson has been sentenced in Schenectady courtThe Judge sentenced Nelligan, grandmother to Sha'Hiim Nelligan to 25 years to life for murder and 25 years to life for manslaughter. The sentences will run concurrently.Nelligan wanted Sha'hiim to answer for stealing a pack of gum in February. That's when prosecutors said the boy was told to write essays explaining his fault, which weren't good enough for the grandmother. Then, they argued in court that she beat the boy for hours, ignoring cries for help, watching his body shut down. The defense claimed Sha'hiim would act out, fall, and hurt himself.Matt Markham is covering the story for CBS6. Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBS6Matt. Follow and LIKE on Facebook:
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Inside the Capital Region's gang war
 
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Tension on the streets of Capital Region cities. A battle between groups in Albany and Troy is taking young lives and now being fueled by social media. Lynne Falsetti gets the word on the streets and what police are not saying.
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Therapists turn to Hippotherapy to help Autistic patients
 
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GLENVILLE -- Autism rates are climbing. Therapists continue researching methods to improve the quality of life for people with the disorder, and turns out, animals may hold the key.James Ellenberger is 4-years-old and he is autistic. Every day he struggles to communicate.When he was 15 months, he started throwing temper-tantrums that were about 45 minutes to about an hour long, and nothing at all would console him, says Carolyn Huston, James' mother.James is one of the many clients that uses the hippotherapy program over at the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program, (STEP) one of the methods therapist and volunteers are starting to turn too.James came to us non-verbal. Totally non-verbal, wasn't able to have good eye contact, which is one of the problems with children with autism, says executive director and therapist of STEP, Kay Stanley-White.Through the program, autistic children like James learn different exercises to better their every day lives.When CBS6 stopped by the farm, James was going through a therapeutic riding lesson. We were able to hear him say Elepa-fump, while he pointed to an elephant stuffed animal.We also learned that each horse is specially picked for each special needs individual.James uses the horse that provides the most lateral movement. Movements that help stimulate motor skills and senses autistic children and adults need on a daily basis.James' progress isn't unique. Volunteers at STEP say they've seen children experience their first words at the farm.His father filmed the whole thing, it was a 45 minute lesson, and at the end, we took him down and we said do you wanna say bye to Burt? He actually looked up at him and said 'Burt.' His father dropped the camera, we all just lost it,' says volunteer Colleen Taylor.James' mom has been publishing books that help teachers and parents understand autism. The books focus on what a typical day is like for a child with autism.Huston's next book will talk more about Hippotherapy, what it is, and how it impacts children's lives.If you are interested in purchasing her books, click here.If you are interested in learning more about STEP and the programs they offer, or if you would like to donate or volunteer, click here.
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Payday Loans: A Pay Day for Scammers
 
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Why does the moon change color?
 
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Niatross Over the Fence
 
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Niatross jumps the fence at Saratoga, Liz Bishop reports.
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Bottom Line: Child ID Theft
 
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Child identity theft is now the fastest growing crime in the United States, and the damaging effects can last for years.  Dori Marlin breaks down the numbers, and gets to The Bottom Line on how to protect your child's future.Imagine your 6-year-old or 7-year-old child, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt."We have had cases of 2-year-olds declaring bankruptcy, 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds are half a million dollars in debt," says Barbara Green with the Better Business Bureau.It's a crime that can go undetected for years, and is spreading fast. Child identity theft is actually now the "fastest" growing crime in America. Experts say a child is 35 times more likely to have their identity stolen, than an adult. Criminals take a child's name, and social security number - and use it to apply for loans, credit cards, or even get a work permit. "If a criminal can get your child's identity when it's born, they can essentially use that identity for 18 years." Bob Hartle says, he sees it all the time. "This is probably somebody in Texas working under her identity."He owns "ID Theft Services" - a company that helps victims clear their name of ID fraud. "We've dealt with probably 100 cases of children having their identity stolen."A national report published in 2012 says, 15 percent of identity theft victims are 5 years old and younger.  26 percent were between 6 and 10 years old. Hartle knows the pain first hand.  A criminal stole his identity in 1988, putting him and his wife more than 14,000 in debt. "He just started living as me," says Hartle.  "Getting credit, buying a house, buying a new car, getting a job."Experts at the BBB say, although child identity thieves may be hard to catch, there are signs that parents can look out for.Green says, "If your child all of a sudden starts getting credit card applications, that's a sure sign that it's out there somewhere."Here are some quick tips for parents to protect their children's information:Check your child's credit report once a year.Give out their social security number only when absolutely necessary.Also, be wary about what you or your child posts on the internet."Once you put out information, it is out there in cyberspace."  Green adds, "They can sell it, they can pass it along."And if those credit card applications or credit reports start arriving in your child's name, here are some things you should do right away:Fill out a police report.Contact the Social Security Administration and the IRS, and tell them you suspect your child's identity has been stolen.Contact any financial institution that your child - or you - have an account with.And finally, destroy any information - like letters or mail - with your or your child's name and address on it.          To you, it may just be a piece of paper - but to a criminal, it's an open door to a new life.
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Sch'dy man who helped arrest suspect: 'It was a natural reaction.'
 
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When Michael Berrios left his home in Schenectady Thursday night he had no idea he was about to cross paths with a man police had been looking for in relation to serious crimes. Speaking to CBS6 News Friday night, he said he feels as though he performed a civic duty by stopping a man police chased up his street. "I helped take someone who was bad for our community out of the community," he said. "Hopefully for a while." Police arrested 29-year-old Akeem Boynton. On Friday he was arraigned on charges of attempted murder. Police might have caught him anyway but Berrios shortened the chase and may have prevented someone else from coming to harm. "There were people out in the streets looking and watching," says Berrios, "and I'm sure that he ran past quite a few people - just not this person." Berrios had just walked out of his home when his wife called him back, concerned about the sound of police sirens nearby. That brief delay in his plans led to his being in place to stop the man police were chasing. He says got on his motorcycle and saw an officer in a patrol car block the intersection of Crane St. and Pearl St. Berrios says when he saw the foot chase, he got off his motorcycle, crossed Pearl St. and waited until the man ran right into him. "I used to play semi-pro football here in Albany," he says. "a little shoulder block and lifted him up and brought him to the ground." Berrios also used to be a police officer in the U.S. Air Force. He's a member of a motorcycle club called the Albany Punishers, a group of military and lawmen, firefighters, EMTs and like-minded people who do things for their community, such as fundraiser rides to help sick children and memorial rides. They don't seek out opportunities to enforce the law. "We're not superheroes," says Berrios. "It's something to just get away from that stress of some of our brothers' lives and get with guys and just ride." Berrios said it was a natural reation to help the police. He said the officers involved in the chase were happy to have his assistance, including one who gave him a chest bump so hard it almost knocked him over.
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Daughter Gets the Surprise of her Young Lifetime
 
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CLIFTON PARK -- After 14 months of being away in South Korea an early homecoming was planned for Army Staff Sargent, Michael Olmstead.Just about everyone knew about his return, except for his youngest daughter, Chloe, a fifth-grader at Arongen Elementary school.It was just another day at school for 10-year-old Chloe. She spent her afternoon in the library working on a reading project.Little did she know, her dad, Staff Sargent Michael Olmstead and his family were down the hall wrestling with the clock.That clock has been going slow for me for the last 14 months. The last three days especially and today, says SSGT. Olmstead.The family waited anxiously until it was time.It's kind of nerve racking because I really don't know how she's going to respond, I want her to act like all the typical videos you see on YouTube where the girls get all excited and start crying and run up to him, but you never really know what to expect from Chloe, says older sister, Robyn.I'm hoping that she has a reaction, I hope she's happy, says mom, Katherine.Staff Sargent Olmstead told CBS6 he hopes his daughter is excited to see him and not embarrassed by all of the attention.Staff Sargent Olmstead left towards the end of 2013. He's missed birthdays, graduations and holidays with his family, but today, the missing ends.I'm not nervous right now, but I am sure I will be, says SSGT. Olmstead.Chloe isn't known for tears and her Dad says she usually always has something to say, but today Chloe didn't say much, but she didn't have too.I was really happy to see him, says daughter, Chloe. It was really surprising that he came here I thought he was suppose to come home on the 16th.She got a lot taller, she's not my little girl anymore. She's grown six inches I think, says SSGT. Olmstead.Chloe says her Dad looks a little older, but she's okay with that, as long as he continues to grow older where he belongs: home.
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