Saratoga Man Threatens President Obama & More News Near Albany
Saratoga – A local man has been arrested for his threat to kill President Barack Obama and area school students. 33-year old Brent Dickinson visited at least two schools before his arrest on terror charges last week. He apparently went into one public and one private school in Saratoga County. Police charged him Friday with making terrorist threats while living in the city and using a public computer at the motel he was staying at to send the messages.
Troy – Jurors deliberated for their first full day in the ballot fraud trial in Troy and will resume today beginning at 9am. Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough faces 38 counts of second-degree forgery and 36 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Former City Councilman Michael LoPorto faces 29 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Health – The New York Civil Liberties released a report today claiming there are flaws in the privacy protections in the state’s networks for sharing medical records. New York’s system allows hospitals and doctors to upload patient information into regional databases without the consent of the patient. The other main problem is the all-or-nothing approach New York uses. Once consent is given, a doctor can see every bit of medical history including sensitive records.
Syracuse – Another possible scandal is unraveling on the campus of Syracuse University. Apparently, there have possible violations of the school’s internal drug policy. An NCAA inquiry has begun, however; Kevin Quinn, a senior vice president for public affairs says the inquiry does not involve any current student-athletes. Allegedly, at least 10 players since 2001 have tested positive for a banned recreational substance or substances.