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‘Harmless’ Man Killed By Baltimore Police During Gun Fight

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2 policemans offering among Baltimore’s brand-new “warning” orders to seize weapons from people eliminated an old guy referred to as “safe” after he kept that authorities had no right to take his weapon, authorities stated.

The topic of the safety order, Gary J. Willis, 60, addressed his door in the 100 block of Linwood Ave. at 5: 17 a.m. with a weapon in his hand, Anne Arundel Area authorities stated.

He originally placed the assassinate beside the door, however “ ended up being irritated” when police officers offered him with the “warning” order, unlocked as well as by force seized his weapon, authorities stated.

A battle occurred over the weapon,” stated Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a cops spokesperson.

Baltimore Sunlight records: Among the police officers battled to take the weapon from Willis, as well as throughout the battle the weapon terminated however did not strike any individual, authorities stated. Then, the various other policeman fatally fired Willis, authorities stated.

Neither policeman was harmed, authorities stated, as well as neither of their names was launched.

Davis stated she did not understand whether any individual else remained in the residence at the time, as well as she did not understand that had actually looked for the safety order versus Willis.

The “warning” safety orders are formally called emergency situation danger defense orders, as well as might be looked for by member of the family, authorities or others to briefly restrict individuals’s accessibility to guns when they reveal indications that they are a risk to themselves or others. The legislation worked Oct. 1.

A spokesperson for the Maryland Judiciary rejected a demand to see any kind of as well as all ask for defense orders made at the house on Linwood Method, pointing out the legislation, which mentions that anything pertaining to an order is private unless the court policies or else.

Cops had actually pertained to your home Sunday evening to speak to Willis, a long time citizen of the area, stated Michele Willis, that got on the scene Monday early morning as well as recognized herself as his niece. She associated that see by authorities to “household being household” however decreased to specify.

She stated among her aunties asked for the safety order to briefly get rid of Willis’ weapons.

Michele Willis stated she had actually matured in your home as well as had actually existed Sunday evening to vacate her boy, that had actually been assisting to take care of her granny.

Her uncle, Gary Willis, stayed in a home over the garage; she stated various other member of the family, including her granny, one more uncle, 2 aunties as well as Gary Willis’ sweetheart were additionally at the residence Sunday evening.

She stated her uncle “suches as to talk his mind,” however she defined him as safe.

” I’m simply surprised today,” she stated. “My uncle would not harm anyone.”.

Those that had actually remained in the residence were spoken with by authorities in Crownsville on Monday early morning, Willis stated.

She as well as various other member of the family stood down the road in the rainfall while waiting on authorities to allow member of the family right into the residence Monday early morning– partly to get 2 pet dogs as well as a pet cat still within.

Willis stated the police officers must have remained to work out with her uncle.

” They really did not require to do what they did,” she stated.

Anne Arundel Area reported 19 such “warning” requests in October, linked with Harford Area for the most in the state, according to a record on demands made under the brand-new legislation by Montgomery Area Constable Darren M. Popkin. The state has actually reported 114 requests on the whole.

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Young U.S. team puts Europe in its biggest hole at Ryder Cup

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SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The Americans were looking for a fresh start in the Ryder Cup with its youngest team ever, and it worked out even better Friday than they imagined at windswept Whistling Straits.

Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele each won two matches and all six U.S. rookies contributed at least a half-point on a day of chill and warmth, sunshine and rain, and a constant dose of American red scores on the boards.

The Americans won both sessions to build a 6-2 lead, sending Europe and its vast experience to its largest deficit after the opening day.

“I thought 3-1 and 3-1 in the two sessions, that’s a great start,” Patrick Cantlay after his solid Ryder Cup debut. “Hopefully, we can keep the pedal down and keep doing more of the same.”

The first point of the 43rd Ryder Cup, postponed one year by the pandemic, went to Europe and its new “Spanish Armada” of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia. The final match ended in a halve when Justin Thomas delivered a late eagle putt that allowed him and Cantlay to come all the way back from a 3-down deficit.

A quick start is nothing new for the Americans, who now have gone seven straight Ryder Cups without losing the opening session. This time, they backed it up with a solid finish.

“We can come back from 6-2,” Rory McIlroy said, trying to summon calm and confidence after losing both matches on the first day for the first time.

Both captains stuck to their plans, and it only worked out for one of them.

Even with a 3-1 start in foursomes, Steve Stricker broke up all his American teams and and still won the afternoon fourballs session.

Johnson and Schauffele never trailed, while the high-spirited Tony Finau made six birdies as he and Harris English trounced McIlroy and Shane Lowry. McIlroy never reached the 16th hole in either of his losses.

Bryson DeChambeau still hasn’t won a Ryder Cup match, but he delivered quite a show.

He pounded a drive to where no one had dared to go on the par-5 fifth hole. It cleared a massive bunker complex and stopped rolling at 417 yards, setting up a 72-yard flip wedge for an easy eagle. He also drove pin-high into a bunker of the 394-yard 13th, even though that only resulted in a par.

Rahm was unbeaten in both his matches, one of the few bright spots for Europe. Rahm poured in putts from everywhere as he and Garcia handled Thomas and Jordan Spieth in foursomes. Garcia won his 23rd match, tying Nick Faldo for the Ryder Cup record.

Rahm then partnered Tyrrell Hatton, who kept his cool long enough to deliver a big moment.

DeChambeau and Scottie Scheffler were poised for a 1-up victory until Hatton hit 5-iron into a a hard left-to-right pin that landed near the hole and settled 7 feet away. He made the birdie putt to scratch out a halve and could only hope it was worth more.

“Things like this can turn the tide,” Rahm said.

After one day, it already feels like a strong tide, and that makes Saturday and another round of foursomes and fourballs more important than ever.

Padraig Harrington also broke up all his pairings and only got to halves to show for it. This was the first time since the Ryder Cup was expanded to include all of Europe in 1979 that no one from the morning played together in the afternoon from either team.

Cantlay and Schauffele were tough as ever in foursomes, which set the tone for the Americans. They were 5 up through five holes against McIlroy and Ian Poulter, and closed out their impressive 5-and-3 win with four straight birdies, the last one conceded.

“I don’t know if anyone could have beat Xander and Patrick today,” McIlroy said. “They played really good — four birdies in a row. Geez, yeah, they played great.”

The Americans see this Ryder Cup as crucial to change the culture in these matches. Europe has won nine of the last 12 times dating to 1995. This is the youngest U.S. team in history, and only three players have competed in more than one Ryder Cup for them.

They played Friday with laughter and plenty of shouting back to a one-sided American gallery that filled with dunes and hillocks along Lake Michigan.

Only one shot went into the lake — a pull-hook from Tommy Fleetwood on the par-5 16th. And there almost was one player who went into Lake Michigan. That would be Jordan Spieth, facing an impossible shot beneath the 17th green with the ball on a severe slope.

He swung so hard with a 52-degree wedge that momentum sent him backward, scrambling to keep his footing and then running down toward the edge of the bank until he could get his balance. The shot? Remarkable as ever, plopping down 6 feet away.

Thomas missed the par putt and the match was over. That was one of the few moments that didn’t go the American’s way.

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Stillwater man charged with sex offense with a minor

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STILLWATER, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Wednesday, September 22, Police arrested Michael Siddon, 53, of Stillwater, for engaging in a sexual act with a minor.

Police said Siddon is accused of engaging in oral sexual conduct with another person who was less than seventeen years old, between June 9 – June 10, 2021, while in the Village of Stillwater.

As a result of the investigation, Police said Siddon was charged with a First-Degree and Second-Degree Criminal Sexual Act.

Siddon was arraigned in the Stillwater Town Court and remanded to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail or bond.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker resigned during her COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday morning. Hochul says he will remain in his role until they hire a new health commissioner.

Dr. Zucker faced criticism during the pandemic, particularly with nursing homes, and now state and local leaders are sharing their thoughts on him stepping down:

“Dr. Zucker’s resignation marks the end of a difficult chapter for our state. While I thank him for his service, we need more transparency and accountability at the Department of Health as we continue to battle COVID-19. I look forward to working with the next health commissioner, who must safeguard the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable, and must do so with openness and great care.”

Letitia James
Attorney General

“The resignation of Howard Zucker as State Health Commissioner is a positive, necessary, long-overdue step for New York. While we can finally begin the fresh start that our state needs, Zucker’s resignation does not equal a clean slate. There still must be answers, accountability, and justice regarding the tragic nursing home deaths that took place because of Zucker and Cuomo’s disastrous, deadly mandate. Families, my Senate Republican colleagues, and I have continually demanded this since the spring of 2020.”

“We must set a firm precedent for current and future leaders that the truth and public health will not fall victim to politics or political cover-ups, such as those perpetrated by former Governor Cuomo, Zucker, and their enablers. Our state lost over 15,000 senior citizens due to Cuomo and Zucker’s deadly mandate that forced nursing homes to take in COVID-19 positive patients. Zucker and Cuomo tried to cover up their disastrous policy but the truth—and families—were more powerful than their schemes. I am thankful for the strength, courage, and resilience of the families that stood with us, and I will continue advocating for Zucker’s resignation to not be the final word in this important effort to ensure accountability in state government.”

Daphne Jordan
State Senator representing Halfmoon

“Commissioner Howard Zucker put the political interests of his boss, Governor Cuomo, ahead of the public’s best interests during the Covid public health crisis. Today’s announcement of his resignation while long overdue is certainly welcomed news.

“The state health department’s directive which forced nursing homes to take in Covid-positive residents was a terrible mistake that directly led to the loss of many lives. But even more reprehensible was the Cuomo administration’s deliberate cover up of the nursing home data while the former governor penned his $5 million memoir.

“Many of us were also dismayed when Cuomo and Zucker bypassed our well-trained and well-prepared county health departments for vaccine distribution. Instead, a confusing and frustrating state distribution system had some seniors driving three hours across the Adirondacks in the middle of winter for a vaccine rather than getting one close to home.

“Many questions about the nursing home reporting scandal remain unanswered and I’d like to see Zucker face questioning under oath to get to the whole truth. While Zucker’s resignation doesn’t absolve him or Cuomo from responsibility, it will at least enable the Department of Health to move out from under the horrible shadow of controversy and distrust that their actions cast across the state.”

Dan Stec
State Senator representing Glens Falls

“Sadly, in New York corrupt governors and their sycophant henchmen who don’t take responsibility for their bad actions don’t get impeached or fired…they just skulk away. Good riddance to Dr. Zucker, who should have been fired last year as I was among the first legislators to call for. Zucker should be removed today immediately and an interim Health Department Commissioner should be named. The families of the 15,000 New Yorkers who lost their lives to COVID-19 in nursing homes that Zucker and former Governor Cuomo covered-up still deserve an apology and justice for what happened to their loved ones – one of the worst tragedies in New York State history.”

Jim Tedisco
State Senator representing Glenville

“Howard Zucker should have been asked to resign on day one of the new administration, and while I’m glad to see him stepping down now, I remain concerned his replacement will favor the mandate-heavy approach taken by the previous administration that has continued under Hochul,” said Tague. “In fighting the spread of COVID-19, we must be sure our approach is nuanced and based on the circumstances each unique region in our state faces as a whole. Unnecessary one-size-fits-all mandates like the ones implemented by the previous administration do little to protect health, and take an enormous toll on families and small businesses. My hope is that his successor will be more calculated in managing the COVID-19 pandemic while respecting the realities faced by businesses and New York families, as well as their rights.”

Chris Tague
Assemblymember representing Schoharie

“Howard Zucker’s resignation is welcome news to all the local public health officials whose input into COVID-19 he ignored, to all the medical professionals who had to endure a Department of Health agenda driven by politics over public health necessities, and to the thousands of families whose loved ones’ deaths were covered up by him, under orders he falsely claimed were based on science.

To be clear, his resignation should’ve happened in January, when I first called for it. Howard Zucker chose to protect Andrew Cuomo’s political career above protecting the health of New Yorkers. We hope that he and Andrew Cuomo have occasion to continue discussing and refining their warped version of science during their retirement from public service.”

Rob Ortt
State Senate Republican Leader

“Dr. Howard Zucker’s resignation as Commissioner of the State Department of Health (DOH) was an obvious and overdue step. That’s why I, and members of the Assembly Minority Conference, called on Gov. Hochul to make an immediate change. While he remains at DOH until a replacement is named, arriving at this point should not have taken so long.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, Dr. Zucker was more interested in protecting Andrew Cuomo’s image than protecting public health. As Gov. Hochul begins the process of finding a new health commissioner, I hope she looks for an individual without ties to the previous administration or the numerous controversies that defined it.”

Will Barclay
Assembly Republican Leader

“Howard Zucker should have been fired! He was the Cuomo/Hochul Administration’s right hand man carrying out the deadly nursing home order and cover up and having state Health Department employees provide preferential COVID testing to the administration’s friends and family at private residences and then moving the samples to the front of the line at the state lab. Instead of kicking Zucker to the curb, Kathy Hochul is letting him hang around for a couple extra months, and depart on his terms, giving him a pat on the back on the way out for a supposed job well done. What a joke!”

Lee Zeldin
Congressman representing Long Island, GOP candidate for NYS Governor

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s needs help identifying suspect in burglary video and finding stolen property

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying a suspect in a video of a reported burglary. To see the video go to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

This video is just one of the many commercial burglaries that have occurred in the Town of Amsterdam. Over the past week, three local businesses have been targeted and larcenies have occurred at each location.

Below is a list of the property that was stolen and not yet recovered:

  • 2003 Dodge Dakota 4-door Club Cab – color white – NY Registration FWB9536 – (Vehicle has significant rust on the truck box)
  • 2020 Sea Doo Spark – 2-seater – Black/Gray with orange and green graphics
  • 2020 Sea Doo RXP-X300 – Purple
  • 2014 Triton doubles trailer – NY Registration BF80936
  • 2 Coleman mini bikes – Black

If anyone has information contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 518-853-5500.

For more information about these crimes, go to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

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Vermont to start administering Pfizer booster shots

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) — Vermont will be administering Pfizer booster shots starting September 24. Currently, Vermonters 80 years of age and older are eligible to schedule and receive boosters.

The schedule for the next age groups is:

  • 75 and older on Monday, September 27
  • 70 and older on Wednesday, September 29
  • 65 and older Friday, October 1

The state will also expand eligibility for booster shots to people aged 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions on October 1.

“We know that vaccination is the way we’ll beat this pandemic and ensuring as many Vermonters as possible are fully protected is essential,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Vermonters have led the way in our vaccination efforts, and I’m confident they will continue to in this next phase.”

Vermont officials say they are awaiting guidance from the CDC on what occupational or institutional settings at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure should be eligible for booster shots. The state will provide more information based on the recommendations next week.

Eligible Vermonters will only be able to receive a booster shot if they previously received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Officials say it’s expected that expanded booster shots will be approved for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recipients in the coming weeks.

Eligible Vermonters can go on the state health department website to schedule an appointment at one of the statewide clinics. Residents may also check with their health care provider or local pharmacy to receive a booster shot.

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Millions of Boppy newborn loungers recalled after 8 infants die

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The Boppy Company recalled over 3 million newborn loungers. (Credit: CPSC)

CHICAGO (WGN) – A recall of 3.3 million of the company’s Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers, after eight infant deaths were reported.

The company recalled Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers, after eight infant deaths.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPS) said the infant deaths happened between December 2015 and June 2020.

Infants are at risk of suffocating if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs their breathing, which also possesses a risk if the child rolls off the lounger onto a surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that makes it difficult to breathe.

CPSC said the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Blankets, pillows, and padded crib bumpers should not be added to a baby’s sleep environment, and babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep.

The loungers were sold at stores including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart, and Amazon. They sold from January 2004 through September 2021 for between $30 and $44. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled loungers and contact the Boppy Company for a refund at 800-416-1355 or go online at boppy.com and click “Recall & Safety Alert” for more information. 

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North Country Weekend Calendar: Balloons, Bikes, and a visit to the U.S.S. Enterprise

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Despite come rain finishing up on Friday morning, the Adirondack Balloon Festival has a nice weekend ahead of it, with around 50 balloons from around the northeast set to fill the sky over Queensbury and Glens Falls this weekend.

The Americade Motorcycle Rally is also in full swing in Lake George, so expect some busy driving if you’re headed that way this weekend. This year’s off-season rally is a bit smaller than the normal June event, but has Beach Road and Route 9 crowded with outdoor expos and more.

And if you want to go further north, Ticonderoga is hosting two events worth the cruise up Lake George this weekend. One is the Ticonderoga FallFest on Saturday, coupled with the annual Trekonderoga celebration running all weekend at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour.

It’ll be a nice weekend, but the rain has left its mark, with Saturday-Sunday highs staying in the high 60s with scattered clouds.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

Behind the Scenes at Up Yonda Farm 

  • What: Behind the scenes tour of the grounds at Up Yonda Farm, Warren County’s sole environmental education center. Guests invited to pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic among farm scenery. Nature walks and trails are open. Proper walking shoes are encouraged. $19 tickets. 
  • When: 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 
  • Where: Up Yonda Farm, Bolton Landing 
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Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 (1 of 2)

Ticonderoga FallFest 

  • What: 4th annual fall festival coordinated by Ticonderoga businesses. Fall-themed events and activities, many of which are free. 
  • When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Ticonderoga 

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

Moreau Community Center Block Party 

  • What: Fundraiser party for Moreau Community Center, with entertainment, music, food, games and more. 
  • When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: 144 Main St., South Glens Falls 

2021 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival 

  • What: Annual wool and art festival, featuring raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting, dyes, yarns and knitting, crocheting and weaving items. 
  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Schuylerville Road, Greenwich 
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Sasquatch Festival & Calling Contest 

  • What: Whitehall’s signature Bigfoot festival, featuring themed gifts, a food truck and beer gardem, Bigfoot researchers and the annual Sasquatch calling contest. 
  • When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Skenesborough Park, Skenesborough Drive, Whitehall 

Oktoberfest at Bolton Landing Brewing Company 

  • What: Annual Oktoberfest party in Bolton Landing. 
  • When: Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Bolton Landing Brewing Company, 4933 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing 

Author on the Porch: Jessica Chanese 

  • What: Queensbury-based fiction author Jessica Chanese, author of short stories in Black Hare Press and the novel “Minivan Warrior: The Odyssey Begins.” 
  • When: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: The Book Cabin, 3373 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George 

Glens Falls Greenjackets vs. Plattsburgh North Stars 

  • What: Glens Falls football game. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children. 
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: East Field, 175 Dix Ave., Glens Falls 

The Hyde Collection’s Annual Gala 

  • What: The museum will host a ‘70s-themed dance oarty, featuring food and drink from Pomme de Terre Catering. Tom and Sally Hoy will be honored for their work for the museum. Admission is $175, or $225 for honorary committee members. All proceeds go towards supporting the museum. 
  • When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls 
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Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 (1 of 2)

Adirondack Balloon Festival 

  • What: The return of the Adirondack Balloon Festival, with a packed schedule including a Thursday night block party, 3 p.m. opening gates on Friday at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, a flight of up to 50 balloons, and moonglow shows. Full schedule online or below. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Glens Falls and Queensbury 

Americade Motorcycle Rally 

  • What: Moved to the fall due to COVID-19, Americade is back in Lake George this week, with outdoor expos and vendors at Charles R. Wood Park, For William Henry Hotel & Conference Center, and Beach Road to entertain as bikers hit the Adirondacks and Vermont. A concert will be held Saturday night at Shepard Park. 
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25 
  • Where: Lake George 

Trekonderoga 2021 

  • What: Annual Star Trek celebration at Star Trek Original Series set replica in Ticonderoga. 
  • When: Friday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Star Trek Original Series Set Tour/Retro Studios, 112 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga 

34th Annual Autumn Leaves Car Show 

  • What: Annual car show in Granville. $3 admission, $20 car show entries. Entry comes with a t-shirt, dash plaque, two entries and two door prize raffle tickets. 
  • When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Granville Little League Complex, 22 Glen St., Granville 

Garnet Hill Grit Bike Race 

  • What: Annual mountain bike trail race, open to all ages. $25 registration. 
  • When: 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center, 39 Garnet Hill Road, Section 2, North River 
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Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021

Falls Leaves Walk 

  • What: Booklet-guided walk to enjoy turning colors of fall leaves. Call the Pember Nature Preserve at (518) 642-1515 to register. 
  • When: 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Pember Nature Preserve, 33 South Grimes Hill Road, Granville 

2021 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival 

  • What: Annual wool and art festival, featuring raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting, dyes, yarns and knitting, crocheting and weaving items. 
  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Schuylerville Road, Greenwich 

Lake Luzerne Annual Halloween Pugs & Pumpkins Party 

  • What: Halloween-themed pug contest with several categories. 
  • When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 
  • Where: Pavilion Park, 248 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne 

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New details about ‘incident’ between Petito, Laundrie at Wyoming restaurant

(NEXSTAR) — A restaurant in Wyoming confirmed Wednesday that they saw Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie come in on August 27, the same day that Petito sent an “odd” text message to her mother that sent up red flags, police said.

The Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson confirmed in an Instagram post that they spotted the couple and have been in contact with the FBI since. It’s not entirely clear what happened at the Tex-Mex eatery since there is no video from that day, but the manager told CNN that there was an unspecified “incident” with the couple.

Diner recalls commotion

On Wednesday, a woman named Nina Angelo, of New Orleans, told the network that she and her boyfriend witnessed a “commotion” between Petito and Laundrie as they left the restaurant. Angelo told Fox News that they were in town for a wedding and that they watched a “full-blown incident” involving the couple.

Angelo said that Laundrie’s body language seemed “aggressive,” and that she thought he was arguing with the Merry Piglets employees, who she noted were all female, about the bill or about money. She remembered him walking in and out of the restaurant several times.

According to Newsweek, Angelo described what happened in detail: “They like left abruptly, and [Petito] was standing on the sidewalk crying and [Laundrie] walked back in and was, like, screaming at the hostess and then walked back out … And then he walked back in, like, four more times to talk to the manager and to, like, tell the hostess off.”

Angelo told ABC it almost appeared like the couple were getting kicked out of the restaurant, and the dispute may not have been between them, but it upset Gabby so much she abruptly left the restaurant crying.

She added that Petito “seemed kind of embarrassed” and appeared to walk back into Merry Piglets at one point to try to get Laundrie to leave. “I think she was being apologetic towards the restaurant staff for his behavior,” Angelo said, adding that she felt for Petito and also remembered being “freaked out” by Laundrie’s actions.

‘Odd’ text message

The same day of the alleged incident at Merry Piglets, Petito sent a text message to her mother that raised red flags, according to a police warrant. Petito’s mother received an “odd” text on Aug. 27 that read, “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” according to the North Port, Florida police warrant. “Stan” refers to Petito’s grandfather, but her mother, Nicole Schmidt, told police that Gabby never referred to him by his first name.

“The mother was concerned that something was wrong with her daughter” after getting the message, according to the warrant.

Petito found dead

The 22-year-old Petito, of Long Island, New York vanished while on a cross-country trip with Laundrie, her boyfriend, for a YouTube vlog called “VAN LIFE.” On September 11, 10 days after Laundrie returned alone with Petito’s van to his parents’ Florida home, she was reported missing.

Prior to the incident at the Merry Piglets, Petito was last seen checking out of a Fairfield Inn and Suites located less than 700 feet from the FBI Salt Lake City office in Utah. On September 19, law enforcement agents found her body near a campsite along the eastern border of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

The search for Laundrie continues after the 23-year-old’s attorney reported him missing on September 17. The FBI announced Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie who is wanted for “use of unauthorized access device” to withdraw or spend over $1,000 using a debit card, but authorities did not specify whose card it was.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” the FBI said in a news release. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

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Groups push White House to close detention centers run by private firms

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SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — Community organizations are calling on the Biden administration to uphold its promise and commit to closing the Western Regional Detention Center in downtown San Diego.

It is operated by a private corporation called the GEO Group.

In January 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing the Attorney General to “not renew Department of Justice contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities.”

The order included the Western Region Detention Facility, which can hold up to 770 people.

Its contract was set to expire on Sept. 30.

But GEO announced yesterday that its contract with the U.S. Marshals has been extended for six months, allowing it to continue operating while it looks at ways of extending its operations despite the executive order.

“President Biden forbid the Department of Justice from renewing the contract,” said Bardis Vakili, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego.

According to Vakili, GEO has found a loophole to continue operating the detention facility.

He says the company is using the small city of McFarland in central California as a shield, and that on paper, it is the one that will be running the detention center. Vakili claims this violates the basic premise of the executive order to prevent profit-based incentives that increase incarceration.

“You, McFarland, contracted to detain people with the U.S. Marshals Service. Because the executive order says we’re not allowed to. You contracted them and we’ll pay half a million dollars to then subcontract that back to us, and we’ll never actually leave the building,” Vakili said.

The ACLU has issued a letter calling on the Biden administration to intervene so that the U.S. Marshals Service does not permit The GEO Group, Inc., to continue operating the Western Region Detention Facility.

“GEO, as a private corporation, profits from harming people and communities everywhere. The Biden administration must join the national consensus and deliver on its promise to close this facility,” said Adriana Jasso, program coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. “We must not allow a city 250 miles away to regulate the detention of people in San Diego, and the Biden administration must take action.”

There is fear other private corporations such as CoreCivic, which runs the Otay Mesa Detention Center just north of the border between San Diego and Tijuana, will follow suit when its contract expires.

“We demand the Department of Justice not to bow to private prison companies like CoreCivic and GEO and we won’t let them turn this executive order, which should be a milestone, into a joke,” said Vakili.

Through a statement, CoreCivic responded to the accusations.

“Our company has worked with every administration – Democrat and Republican – for nearly 40 years,” wrote Ryan Gustin, CoreCivic’s Director of Public Affairs. “Our sole job is to help the government solve problems in ways it could not do alone – to help manage unprecedented humanitarian crises, dramatically improve the standard of care for vulnerable people, and meet other critical needs efficiently and innovatively.”

GEO and the City of McFarland did not respond to our requests for comment about this story.

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Groups turn up pressure on Biden, Democrats to end deportations and make good on immigration reform

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White House, Congress must hold federal agents accountable for treatment of migrants else they, too, become part of problem, activists say

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Activists took to the streets of Downtown El Paso on Thursday to demand an end to deportation flights to Haiti and the Title 42 public health policy used to remove other migrants on public health grounds.

The so-called “March for our Dignity” was one of at least two dozen protests nationwide demanding President Biden make good on campaign promises of giving migrants due process and provide a path to citizenship for those who’ve lived and worked here for many years.

“We are here to protest the treatment of our fellow migrants from Haiti. You shouldn’t even treat animals like that,” said El Paso resident Irma Cruz, who said she was shocked to watch images of Border Patrol agents on horseback charge at Haitians trying to cross the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas. “I am sad that a country that bills itself as defender of human rights is treating in this manner people who come to seek its help.”

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El Paso resident Irma Cruz participated in Thursday’s immigration protest march in El Paso. (photo by Julian Resendiz/Border Report)

Across the county, from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, immigration and civil rights advocates held rallies and news conferences to call for a moratorium on deportations, and end to Title 42, the defunding of federal immigration agencies and the firing of agents who use excessive force or mistreat migrants.

Advocates who a year ago were faulting President Donald Trump for allegedly inhumane immigration policies are now turning their attention to President Joe Biden.

“The Border Patrol corralling Haitians is the most clear and recent evidence of what we already knew, that border and immigration policies and practices are rooted in white supremacy and racism,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights.

The co-organizer of Thursday’s protest in El Paso said human and civil rights violations are rife on the U.S.-Mexico border and that asylum-seekers, including families, are subjected to harsh treatment and “institutional violence.”

He said Biden must bring these agencies and “rogue” public servants back under control or else assume responsibility for their actions.

“All of this is un-American, it’s unacceptable and shameful,” Garcia said. “It’s time for the Biden administration and the (Democratic) majority in Congress to protect the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, immigrant families and border residents. If they don’t, they become accomplices and part of the problem, not the solution.”

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