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Impaired driving crackdown planned for Super Bowl weekend

State Police say they plan to crack down on impaired driving this Super Bowl weekend. That includes people who text along with those who drink.

It's part of a statewide Stop DWI initiative, which is set to take place from Friday to Monday.

The State Police plan to partner with county sheriff's departments and local law enforcement to find impaired drivers.

The effort comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed tougher texting and drinking while driving laws in the state. Among them – a law that suspends licenses for five years after two DWI convictions, and revokes licenses for life after three convictions. Another new law would suspend the license for a full year, of anyone under 21 who texts and drives.

Man accused of threatening people with pellet gun

TROY – Police in Troy arrested a Cohoes man they say was threatening his girlfriend's family and police.

Authorities say Rashann Hunt was threatening his ex-girlfriend's family at their home on First Avenue in North Troy on Sunday night. Police say he threatened them with a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm.

Officers were able to arrest him without injury.     

They credit hunt's ex-girlfriend for calling police when she noticed his truck at her mothers home.

Watervliet brothers plead guilty to selling crack cocaine

Two brothers from Watervliet have pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine.

James Wood was arrested back in June. His brother, Milton Wood, was arrested in April. Police say both men were selling crack cocaine on Jackson Avenue in Cohoes.

A search of Milton Wood's apartment and car turned up more illegal drugs and over $1,750 in cash.

Both men face several years in prison, followed by post-release supervision, when they are sentenced in March.

Man arrested in connection with Cohoes robberies

Vito Tricarico - Cohoes Police Department

COHOES – A man has been arrested in connection with two separate robberies.

Police say Vito Tricarico, 28, robbed the Remsen Street Market on Wednesday evening.

He's also charged with robbing the Sirajco Market on Columbia Street, back on Christmas Eve.

Police say they found evidence at Tricarico's home that link him to the crimes.

He was sent to the Albany County Jail in lieu of bail.

Woman accused of abandoning cats in the cold

Lynneanne Snay -

EAST GREENBUSH - An East Greenbush woman is facing animal abandonment charges after a weeklong investigation in Waterford.

Police say 45-year-old Lynneanne Snay left two cats in a cardboard box in Clement Park on New Year's Eve.

The cats did not have any food or water.

They were eventually taken to the Saratoga County animal shelter where they will be ready for adoption soon.

Cohoes man pleads guilty to driving 3x legal limit

Walter Russell - Albany County D.A.'s Office

ALBANY – A Cohoes man has pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

Walter Russell, 55, was arrested last month on Central Avenue in Cohoes. A sobriety test showed he had a BAC of .26 percent.

Prosecutors say Russell has two prior drunken driving related convictions from the last 10 years.

He faces up to five years in state prison when he is sentenced in March, and could lose his license for a year.

Police believe 2 men robbed 3 gas stations in 90 mins

Police investigate an armed robbery at a Sunoco in Albany -

Police believe two men armed with guns robbed three gas stations within 90 minutes.

The first one was just after 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sunoco Xtra Mart on Broadway in Colonie.

Then, just before midnight, the Cumberland Farms on Pawling Avenue in Troy was robbed.

Shortly after midnight, the Sunoco on Southern Boulevard in Albany was hit.

In all three cases, the two men were wearing ski masks and armed with small guns. They stole several hundred dollars from each spot and cigarettes.

Police say a third man was waiting in a get-away car outside.