September 21, 2017 - Bank, Community Loan Fund offer small business seminar

TD Bank and the Community Loan Fund will offer a free Small Business Seminar from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Hilton Albany hotel. The seminar will include panels with experts from the host organizations and from the Capital Region Chamber, Empire State Development, and other organizations.



September 21, 2017 - Schenectady drug dealer tied to Bloods gets 10 years

A gang-linked Schenectady man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for selling more than $1,400 of crack cocaine to an informant in a drug deal made in the presence of children playing in the snow.

James Hileman, 29, who was tied to the Bloods street gang, received the prison time as well as eight years of supervised release at his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Syracuse before Chief Judge Frederick Scullin.

On Jan 31, Hileman pleaded guilty to cocaine sale charges. He admitted that on March 12, 2015 he sold 30.5 grams of crack to the informant on Paulding Street in Schenectady. The crack was valued at $47-a-gram, putting the street value of the drugs at $1,433, according to court papers.


"Disturbingly, the defendant conducted the drug transaction leading to these charges on a street corner in plain view of numerous young children playing in the snow," Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Myers wrote in an Aug. 29 pre-sentencing memo to the judge.

Hileman's rap sheet includes a 2009 felony drug conviction, he said.

"The defendant is a lifelong criminal with no interest in becoming a law-abiding citizen," the prosecutor wrote. "Using history as a guide, upon his release, the defendant will almost certainly re-offend and begin selling toxic drugs, indiscriminately, to anyone with money and interest."

The prosecutor said while Hileman's prior convictions have been non-violent, they have not deterred him from selling drugs or "associating closely with gang members."

Hileman's attorney, Michael Mansion, told the judge his client takes exception to a probationary pre-sentencing report that said Hileman admitted being affiliated with the Bloods gang.

He said his client denies the gang allegation.



September 21, 2017 - Goldstein to celebrate grand opening Oct. 4

Goldstein Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 968 New Loudon Road, Latham, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a grand opening celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4.



September 21, 2017 - Police find suicide victim at Mechanicville baseball fields

Mechanicville police say a 30-year-old man is dead after shooting himself near a Little League field in the village.



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Bank, Community Loan Fund offer small business seminar

TD Bank and the Community Loan Fund will offer a free Small Business Seminar from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Hilton Albany hotel. The seminar will include panels with experts from the host organizations and from the Capital Region Chamber, Emp...

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