ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Happy Tuesday! According to Meteorologist Jill Szwed’s weather report, today begins a dry and mild stretch that will continue through Thanksgiving Day. Temperatures will cruise into the lower 40s with more sunshine this afternoon.
Today’s five things you need to know includes the latest in the officer-involved shooting in downtown Saratoga Springs over the weekend, a missing 13-year-old last seen in Lansingburgh, and New York’s first cannabis dispensary applicants getting approved.
1. Vermont deputy on leave after Saratoga Springs shooting
The off-duty Rutland County, Vermont deputy, identified as Vito Caselnova, was reportedly shot by Saratoga Springs police after a shootout between him and another group from Utica, New York. Caselnova’s boss, Sheriff David Fox, told NEWS10’s Anya Tucker that the wounds were life-threatening. “But he was in pretty good spirits for being shot,” he added.
2. Police searching for 13-year-old last seen in Lansingburgh
The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 13-year-old Francis Jett. She was reportedly last seen on Thursday, November 17 leaving Knickerbocker Middle School, walking north on 107th Street in Lansingburgh.
3. New York’s first 36 cannabis dispensary applicants approved
Amid a lawsuit that put a pause on cannabis dispensary licenses in some regions of New York, the Cannabis Control Board approved the first batch of dispensary licenses on Monday. Some are calling this a historic moment in New York.
4. Granville woman faces additional animal neglect charges
A Granville woman who was previously arrested for 31 counts of New York Agriculture and Market Law: Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals now faces five more charges after neglected rabbits and goats were found on her property. In September, Wendy Murphy was arrested when 31 horses were also found on her property, all appearing to be starved and neglected.
5. Fatal Albany hit and run suspect pleads not guilty
The suspect connected to a fatal hit-and-run in Albany has pleaded not guilty. Nsikak Okure, 34, of Altamont, was indicted on 11 counts including manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide. He’s accused of striking Tanisha Brathwaite, 31, on September 14 on Clinton Avenue and fleeing the scene. She was pronounced dead at the scene.