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Woman, 25, accused of threatening girl, 11

ALBANY (AP) -- A 25-year-old woman has been arrested on charges she threatened a child with a knife in an Albany park.

Police said Shatia Williams yelled vulgar remarks at the 11-year-old girl from across a street Friday evening near Swinburne Park. As they yelled back and forth, police said Williams took a knife out of her pocket and started walking toward the girl.

The girl ran away and told her mother what happened, who called police. Williams was arrested on charges of menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was scheduled for arraignment Monday.


Man, 74, shoots, kills ailing wife, self

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a 74-year-old man apparently killed his ailing wife and then turned the gun on himself in their Brooklyn home.

Vincent Tropeano was found Saturday with a gunshot wound to his head and a gun nearby. His wife, Elain, 63, was also shot in the head and was found in her bed.

Police said an attendant who helps care for the wife came to the home and found the husband with a gun. She fled and called 911. When police arrived, both the husband and wife had been shot and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The wife was believed to have been confined to the first-floor of their three-story home because of her illness. Police weren't sure of her specific ailment.


Feds allot $1.4 million to probe bat infection

ALBANY (AP) -- Federal officials are granting $1.4 million to scientists investigating deadly white-nose syndrome in bats.

The fungal infection has killed more than 5.5 million bats in eastern North America since it was first detected near Albany in 2006.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced seven grants totaling $1.4 million to investigate the syndrome and to identify ways to manage it. Wildlife officials say the insect-eating bats are crucial to the nation's ecology and the economy.

Projects will include a detailed study of the fungus that causes white nose and developing ways to control it.

White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in 19 states and four Canadian provinces at caves and mines where bats hibernate.


Man gets 35 years in kidnapping case

WEEDSPORT (AP) -- A South Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 35 years in federal prison for kidnapping a woman he assaulted and left unconscious in a Central New York hotel.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Syracuse said Arnold Fox, 32, of Ravenel, S.C., pleaded guilty in August to kidnapping.

He admitted that he placed an online ad for a job on a horse farm that lured the 21-year-old woman to Pennsylvania in December 2009. Several days later, he physically and sexually assaulted her and left her bound with duct tape in a hotel in Weedsport.

He also admitted he stole the woman's car, changed the plates and fled to Florida, where he was arrested by the FBI in Miami on Dec. 12, 2009.