Ken Schott’s ECAC Hockey Faceoff Selections 2021-22: Week 9

We have a new leader in the Daily Gazette’s ECAC Hockey Faceoff Selections.

Thanks to a 12-3-1 record in Week 8, Kevin Sokolski takes over first place with 143 points. Sokolski has a two-point lead over Ryan Fay, the previous leader, and Brian Unger. GB-BE-ME, who also went 12-3-1, is four points behind in fourth place.

Also going 12-3-1 was Dutch Crazy.

I went 10-5-1 and I am in fifth place, five points out of first.

Here is a look the standings, with Week 8 records in parentheses:

Kevin Sokolski 65-24-13 143 points (12-3-1)

Ryan Fay 64-25-13 141 points (9-6-1)

Brian Unger 64-25-13 141 points (10-5-1)

GB-BE-ME 63-26-13 139 points (12-3-1)

Me 63-27-12 138 points (10-5-1)

Achilles 3-7-5 61-28-13 135 points (10-5-1)

Matthew Ruffini 59-30-13 131 points (9-6-1)

Jim Kalohn 59-30-13 131 points (10-5-1)

David Trestick 59-30-13 131 points (10-5-1)

Dan Dickinson 58-31-13 129 points (9-6-1)

Rich Large 58-31-13 129 points (10-5-1)

Dutch Crazy 57-32-13 127 points (12-3-1)

RedLiner36 58-34-10 126 points (10-5-1)

Rowena Watson 56-33-13 125 points (9-6-1)

Towell68 56-33-13 125 points (10-5-1)

Andy Weise 55-34-13 123 points (7-8-1)

Christopher Chadwick 55-34-13 123 points (10-5-1)

Togany 55-34-13 123 points (10-5-1)

Richard Derrick 50-39-13 113 points (7-8-1)

Harvey Kagan 47-44-11 105 points (7-9-0)

Union Bob 47-21-8 102 points (9-6-1)

Time for my Week 9 selections. There are 13 games to pick between Friday and Tuesday. Your picks must be in by 7 p.m. Friday. Email your picks to [email protected].

Here are my picks:

FRIDAY

Princeton at Union Union 3, Princeton 1

No. 4 Quinnipiac at RPI — Quinnipiac 6, RPI 2

No. 9 Cornell at St. Lawrence — Cornell 5, St. Lawrence 1

Colgate at No. 19 Clarkson — Clarkson 4, Colgate 2

No. 17 Harvard at Brown Harvard 5, Brown 1

Dartmouth at Yale — Dartmouth 2, Yale 1

SATURDAY

Quinnipiac at Union Quinnipiac 5, Union 2

Princeton at RPI — RPI 3, Princeton 2

Cornell at Clarkson — Cornell 4, Clarkson 3

Colgate at St. Lawrence — Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 1

Dartmouth at Brown Dartmouth 3, Brown 1

Harvard at Yale — Harvard 5, Yale 1

TUESDAY

Brown at No. 20 Boston College Boston College 4, Brown 0

Suspicious envelope mailed to Schenectady DA prompts emergency response

SCHENECTADY — Emergency personnel responded to the Schenectady County Judicial Building on State Street Wednesday after a suspicious envelope containing a powdery substance was received by the county’s district attorney’s office. 

The incident comes on the heels of the discovery of a similar envelope mailed to the same office last week containing what was later determined to be pool chemicals, according to Joanne Mann, deputy district administrator for the state’s 4th Circuit Administrative Office.

“When receiving this similar letter today, the District Attorney’s Office immediately notified the County Sheriff who dispatched appropriate personnel to the scene,” Mann said in an email. “The area was cleared, secured and ultimately determined not to pose a serious health or safety risk to staff.”

Mann referred additional comment to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office, which did not respond to multiple requests seeking additional information.

It’s unclear if the two envelopes were sent by the same individual or who they were addressed to.

District Attorney Robert Carney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

Niskayuna athletic fields set for needed upgrades

Renovations to the Niskayuna High School athletic stadium are expected to impact sports teams and physical education for at least a year, maybe two.

The renovations are part of the district’s nearly $80 million Capital Improvement Project planned to take place over the next few years. Included in the project is a $10-to- $11 million dollar renovation of the athletic fields at the high school.

District spokesperson Matt Leon said they are in dire need of upgrades, a longtime concern of the community — also recognized by the district.

“Currently, the track is in such poor condition that two lanes cannot be used at all and that the high school can no longer host home track and field meets,” Leon said in an email on Wednesday. “Other issues with the outdoor athletic facilities include a lack of accessibility for individuals with disabilities, baseball fields that are often unplayable during the season due to poor drainage and dugouts and backstops that have not been updated in upwards of 30 years. Traffic flow and lack of parking are also issues.”

Work to be completed includes:

  • Installation of a new track
  • Construction of a new, enlarged multi-sport turf field within the track
  • Installation of new baseball and softball fields
  • Development of additional parking spaces and improvements to roadway safety and traffic flow
  • Improvements to make the stadium accessible for people with disabilities

Other items may be added depending on the cost of these projects, Leon said.

The focus of work at the stadium was determined by the current conditions of the facility and feedback from the community over the years, according to the district spokesperson.

During a school board meeting Tuesday, Jim King, an architect with King and King Architects, gave an update on the project. Work is expected to begin in the spring.

“Physical education and sports will be impacted for a good portion of the following year,” King said at the meeting. “Baseball may be even longer.”

Leon said the work will be completed in stages over the next year to two years.

However, the district is already looking at where its sports teams can practice and hold games, King said.

Leon said physical education classes will take place in other areas of the school, including the gyms and front fields. The district is seeking the use of space at other schools and colleges for impacted athletic teams’ practices during the completion of the project, and competitions for those impacted with take place at away locations.

He said softball currently plays at Van Antwerp Middle School and will not be impacted. The upcoming baseball will finish out at the high school, but the team will likely need an alternate location for the 2023 season. As for the upcoming track and field season, the team will practice and compete away from the high school.

Once the fall arrives, the football team will also practice and compete away from home. Leon said the district is “fortunate to have a great relationship with Schenectady Schools.” The Silver Warriors have used the Patriots’ nearby field in the past when their Balltown Road location was unplayable.

“We know that this work will require flexibility and patience,” Leon said, “but it will be well worth it in the long run with a facility that our students, families and community will be able to enjoy and take pride in for years to come.”

State study examines vaccines’ loss of effectiveness as pandemic worsens upstate

ALBANY — Fifty weeks after the first COVID vaccine was administered in New York state, the metrics used to measure the pandemic are strikingly similar: A similar percentage of COVID tests are coming back positive and nearly the same number of people are getting infected each day now as at the end of November 2020.

One metric that has improved is hospitalization — 3,022 New Yorkers were hospitalized with COVID on Tuesday, compared with 3,774 on Nov. 30, 2020.

That’s for the state as a whole. Upstate is faring worse or much worse than a year ago, but it is counterbalanced statistically by the huge population of New York City, where COVID is at a lull.

The worsening statistics come even though two-thirds of New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated against COVID, compared with zero a year ago.

A New York state Department of Health study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine quantifies what is happening.

The study’s authors reviewed the history of 6.6 million New Yorkers vaccinated against COVID in the first four months of 2021, plus 2 million unvaccinated New Yorkers. 

The study found that all three COVID vaccines authorized for use in the United States lost some of their effectiveness at preventing infection by the end of August 2021, possibly due to the rise of the delta COVID variant and the decline of masking and other protective measures by the populace.

The study also found that all three vaccines saw little reduction in ability to protect their recipients from infection serious enough to require hospitalization.

Depending on the brand of vaccine, date administered, and age of recipient, effectiveness against infection ranged as high as 97.7% on May 1 and as low as 63.4% on Aug. 28, the study found.

The effectiveness against hospitalization remained in the mid-90% range throughout the period, except for those 65 and older, who saw effectiveness dip into the mid-80% range in some cases.

The COVID pandemic has been deadliest for older people: More than 65% of New Yorkers killed by the virus have been 70 or older, and more than 85% have been 60 or older.

Those age 55 or older also are the most heavily vaccinated age demographic in New York.

BY THE NUMBERS

Of three common metrics that measure the pandemic’s severity, number of new infections is considered a better indicator than positive test rate and number of hospitalizations is better than both, the state Department of Health has said.

Here are the statewide COVID data for Nov. 30, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2021:

  • Total patients hospitalized with COVID: 3,774 (2020), 3,022 (2021)
  • COVID patients in intensive care unit: 718, 586
  • Infection rate per 100,000 population: 34.9, 34.0
  • Seven-day positive COVID test rate: 4.0%, 4.4%
  • Percentage of residents fully vaccinated: 0%, 66.5%

The percentage of fully vaccinated residents in the eight-county Capital Region is nearly identical to the state as a whole. But the Capital Region is faring much worse than the state as a whole on the latest COVID metrics, and the region’s 2021 metrics are much worse than its 2020 metrics:

  • Total patients hospitalized with COVID: 199 (2020), 291 (2021)
  • COVID patients in intensive care unit: 33, 56
  • Infection rate per 100,000 population: 36.1, 45.3
  • Seven-day positive COVID test rate: 3.5%, 8.1%
  • Percentage of residents fully vaccinated: 0%, 66.6%

The statewide death toll stood at 26,816 on Nov. 30, 2020; it hit 46,574 on Nov. 30, 2021, using the same incomplete count as then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo was using last year but stood at 59,280 using the more inclusive count that Kathy Hochul began publishing after she took over as governor.

Niskayuna High School caroling event back this year

Niskayuna High School chorus groups will be back in action caroling this holiday season after the COVID pandemic canceled the school’s Caroling for Cash event the last two years. 

Caroling for Cash is an annual event in which chorus groups would walk through old Niskayuna neighborhoods signing holiday songs, according to a press release on the event. 

This year instead of strolling through the neighborhoods, students from choirs Bel Canto will perform at various locations in town Monday. 

The times and locations are: 

  • 5:15 to 5;30 p.m. at Niskayuna Town Hall and the Rexford Fire Department
  • 5:45 to 6 p.m. at Iroquois and Van Antwerp middle schools
  • 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Union Cafe

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Small-ball lineups here to stay for Siena men’s basketball

LOUDONVILLE — Before the last two games, his first playing for the Siena men’s basketball program, Jordan Kellier said he hadn’t manned the 5 position since he first started playing basketball in his native Jamaica.

And, he acknowledged, his initial reaction to the idea of playing the position in spurts for the Saints was “I really don’t want to be the 5.”

Anyway . . . 

Kellier — who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 226 pounds — has warmed to the idea, which is a good thing since the small-ball lineups Siena used to great success against Army with Kellier playing the 5 aren’t going away any time soon for the Saints. A day after the Saints’ 16-point win against Army, Siena head coach Carmen Maciariello said Wednesday that such lineups are “something that we’ll continue to see,” and had been a part of the team’s long-term plan for the season. The variety of injuries — including for Kellier, who missed the team’s first five games — the Saints suffered in the offseason, preseason and first weeks of the 2021-22 season delayed a significant usage of small-ball lineups, but the Saints are now “as healthy as we’re going to get” following a win that saw every scholarship player except freshman Taihland Owens (knee) available to play.

 “We’d always wanted to play small just because I think it gives us a different look,” Maciariello said.

Siena scored a season-high 83 points against Army, and 55 of those points came after halftime. A transfer from Utah who traditionally has played as a wing player, Kellier played six minutes Sunday in his debut against Bucknell, then played 15 minutes — all as a small-ball 5 — against Army, and offered six points and six rebounds.

A junior, Kellier’s own statistics were modest.

But, in those 15 minutes, the Saints outscored Army 37-27 as they took advantage of the driving lanes their improved spacing allowed.

More minutes at the 5 were available due to foul trouble for Jackson Stormo, who logged a season-low 17 minutes against Army. Stormo only scored four points and had three rebounds, but Siena played well, too, when the 6-foot-9 senior was on the court. The Saints outscored Army by 16 points during Stormo’s playing time.

The significance of Tuesday’s development, though, was that Siena found a way to play winning basketball when Stormo — the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder — heads to the bench, and demonstrated it could play a different style at a high level. When Stormo is on the court, Siena possessions often include a traditional post touch; with Kellier at the 5, Siena’s offense forces opposing defenses to cover more ground. That gives the Saints options — and forces upcoming opponents, such as Manhattan on Friday, to need to plan to defend both looks.

At times, Siena has tried to play smaller this season before its most-recent games. Michael Baer has played some small-ball 5 minutes, but success didn’t come as readily with those lineups as the ones Tuesday with Kellier in that 5 spot.

Against Army, a lineup of Aidan Carpenter, Nick Hopkins — who produced a game-high, plus-26 in his 25 minutes — Jared Billups, Anthony Gaines and Kellier was the Saints’ most-effective group. With those five players — all of whom stand 6-foot-6 or shorter — on the court, Siena outscored Army 14-3 in 2:48 of action.

While Kellier’s ability to play the 5 makes such a lineup possible, Maciariello pointed to a shift of Gaines from the 3 to 4 as just as important for the Saints. After a nondescript start to his Siena career during which he often played the 3 because of Siena’s injury issues, Gaines — a graduate transfer from Northwestern of the Big Ten Conference — has put together solid back-to-back games playing mostly as a 4. Gaines scored 16 points in Siena’s win against Army, a performance that followed Gaines registering a career-high 20 points in the Saints’ overtime loss at Bucknell. The 36 points Gaines scored in those two games outpaced his scoring output of 27 in Siena’s first five games.

“Anthony’s best position for us is at the 4,” said Maciariello, who added the 6-foot-5 Gaines is “starting to play how we know he can play.”

Siena has a lot of different pieces to its roster, and the Saints only played one game during their 2-5 start to the season with all of the players they expected to count on this season. Despite a very encouraging second half during Tuesday’s win, the Saints know they haven’t figured everything out yet. In all likelihood, there are more bumps in the road coming for the Saints — but, now, they have way more ways to try to navigate past them.

“It’s a process,” Maciariello said. “This team has to learn how to win and I think we’re taking steps in that regard — and this will be another tough test for us Friday night against Manhattan.”

Kellier said he has no problem continuing to play his new position — or some other one.

“I’m a basketball player,” Kellier said. “I don’t really look at it as playing the 5.”

“He wants to play,” Maciariello said. “I don’t got to sell him on anything. He wants to get on the court.”

Kellier said he wants to “win at all costs.” While center is “not a role that many guys my size want to play,” Kellier said he’s different.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about being locked in and understanding that you’re doing something much, much bigger than yourself,” Kellier said.

EDITORIAL: Be prepared for winter hiking or stay home

This is an actual dispatch from state Department of Environmental Conservation about a rescue last weekend:

WILDERNESS SEARCH: On Nov. 25 at 4:50 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County about three hikers on the summit of Mount Marcy requesting a ride off the mountain. The hikers were wearing regular sneakers and complaining of frozen feet with at least eight inches of snow near the peak. Rangers Black and Evans responded. The hikers could not read a map properly, making it more difficult for Rangers to pinpoint their location. At 8:45 p.m., Rangers reached the hikers and helped them to Marcy Dam and then to their vehicle. Resources were clear at 10:36 p.m.

After you get done shaking your head over the fact that three people, at least one of whom is old enough to drive a motor vehicle, wandered up the state’s highest mountain through eight inches of snow wearing only sneakers and having no idea how to get back down, you should get angry.

Their stupidity and carelessness put lives at risk.

They put their own lives at risk. They put the lives of rescuers at risk. They put at risk the lives of other hikers who might have legitimately been in need of rescue through no fault of their own.

Hiking in the winter in the mountains is especially dangerous and requires special preparations and abilities.

The weather can change drastically in a blink. It’s easy to get lost in a snowstorm. It takes longer to get where you’re going. It’s easier to become injured on ice and snow. And frostbite and hypothermia can hit you quickly.

Each year, forest rangers, police, firefighters, ski patrols, EMS workers and volunteers are forced to go into the Adirondacks and other remote areas, often at night, to rescue someone who wasn’t prepared for winter conditions in the wilderness.

Sometimes, these rescues involve hundreds of people and last for days, often facing dangerously cold temperatures and winds and snow and ice. Not only are these hikers risking others’ lives, they’re also costing taxpayers a lot of money. Rescues are costly in terms of manpower and equipment.

There’s no reason not to be prepared, especially for anyone old enough to tie their sneakers.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation website has a guide for winter hiking at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112826.html.

It tells you what you need to hike in the mountains during the winter, as well as advice on how to traverse trails, what to do should you get lost and how to get information about weather and trail conditions.

If you’re not willing to follow these guidelines, then take your winter walks on a paved municipal bike path close to home.

There’s nothing more refreshing and beautiful than winter hikes in the mountains. But don’t put your life, the lives of your companions, and the lives of potential rescuers in danger by being unprepared.

These people were lucky. They got home safely.

Not everyone does.

Outdoor Journal: New York State DEC clarifies use of Air Arrow Rifles

I recently contacted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its rules using Air Arrow Rifles.

It sent me the following: “Under current Environmental Conservation Law and regulations (New York Code of Rules and Regulations — 6NYCRR Section 180.3 Definition and use of firearms, guns, and air guns), air bows do not meet the specifications of a firearm or gun or longbow or crossbow. Therefore, the use of an air bow to take (or not) animals and wildlife in New York is restricted to those instances where taking animals may be done so in “any manner” without further restriction(s). In accordance with Environmental Conservation Law, air bows may be used to take squirrel, skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink and muskrat. They can also be used on licensed shooting preserves in some instances.”

I am going to take a few of these with my six-inch barrel l Heritage-like, Matt Dillon-used rifle.

HUNTING REPORT
William Schwerd III, 15, of Saratoga Springs was hunting with his father Bill Schwerd Jr. when he took down, at a range of 175 yards, a deer with a 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle. The deer dressed at 140 and carried a non-typical 8-point rack. This was his first buck.

ILLEGAL TAKE OF 10-POINT BUCK
A DEC press release stated that on Nov. 2, Environmental Conservation Officer Lucas Palmateer received an anonymous tip about a subject shooting a deer in the town of Catskill.

In response, the ECO interviewed the hunter, who admitted to shooting the 10-point buck in the woods next to his house. The hunter showed Palmateer the untagged deer hanging in his garage, and Palmateer noticed a kernel of corn in the gut pile of the deer in a garbage can nearby. The Officer requested to be shown the location where the deer was shot and noticed a feeder with corn attached to a nearby tree, in addition to a large bin of pears in the hunter’s driveway used to feed deer.

Palmateer seized the deer and the hunter’s tag and ticketed him for unlawful feeding of whitetail deer, hunting deer with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, failure to tag deer as required, and the illegal take of whitetail deer. The venison was donated to the Venison Donation Coalition.

FREE HUNTING LICENSE FOR GETTING COVID SHOT
According to a post on the New York State website, there is a new incentive for those who love to hunt and fish in New York State to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Kathy Hochul announced a program that would put you in the running to win a free outdoor adventure with your shot.

The first 2,000 New Yorkers who receive the first vaccine dose between now and the end of the year are eligible to enter the random drawing. Grand Prizes include a choice of lifetime fishing and bowhunting licenses and deluxe equipment. All entrants receive a subscription to the DEC’s Conservationist Magazine and a tree seedling.

This is great news for anyone on the fence about getting a vaccine in New York State. New York is a great place to hunt and fish. We are blessed with so many great resources that offer great fishing and great hunting around New York State.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

Western Athletic Conference’s annual “Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic” set for this weekend

The Western Athletic Conference’s annual “Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic” is set to take place this weekend at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown.

This year’s showcase of high school boys’ basketball games features 11 varsity games, as well as one JV game. The following schools are scheduled to participate: Schalmont, Loudonville Christian, Galway, Bishop Maginn, Madrid-Waddington, Richfield Springs, Canajoharie, Northville, Sharon Springs, OESJ, Edmeston, Middleburgh, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Wells, Salem, Mayfield, Fonda-Fultonville and Fort Plain.

All proceeds from the event, which includes a raffle of donated items, will benefit the American Cancer Society; Northville athletic director and boys’ basketball head coach John Karbowski said that the event raised more than $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2018 and 2019. The event did not occur in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Action starts Saturday at 10 a.m. with a JV game between Galway and Richfield Springs, and six varsity games follow. The next day, five varsity games take place; the first is at 11 a.m., and then the next four take place following a 1 p.m. men’s basketball game between Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Finger Lakes Community College.

SATURDAY

Galway vs. Richfield Springs (JV), 10 a.m.; Galway vs. Richfield Springs, 11:30 a.m.; Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons vs. Bishop Maginn, 1; Duanesburg vs. Wells, 2:30; Middleburgh vs. Madrid-Waddington, 4:15; Fonda-Fultonville vs. Schalmont, 5:45; Schoharie vs. Loudonville Christian, 7:15.

SUNDAY

Madrid-Waddington vs. Mayfield, 11 a.m.; Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville vs. Salem, 2:30; Fort Plain vs. Edmeston, 4; Northville vs. Sharon Springs, 5:30; Wells vs. Canajoharie, 7.

The Parting Schotts Podcast: Talking FireWolves lacrosse, RPI football, Kelly leaving Notre Dame

On the latest edition of “The Parting Schotts Podcast,” I preview the opening of the Albany FireWolves National Lacrosse League team’s season with head coach and general manager Glenn Clark.

College football talk follows. Schott speaks with RPI head coach Ralph Isernia as his team prepares to play top-ranked North Central in the NCAA Division III football tournament quarterfinals on Saturday. Gazette sportswriter and Notre Dame sports fan Mike MacAdam gives his thoughts on head coach Brian Kelly leaving the Fighting Irish to take over the LSU program.

“The Parting Schotts Podcast” is available wherever you get your podcasts and at https://dailygazette.com/category/sports/parting-schotts.

Feds: Halfmoon man given nearly four years for firearms, threat convictions

ALBANY – A Halfmoon man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Wednesday in connection with weapons and threat convictions, federal prosecutors said.

Romano McCain, 49, of Halfmoon, received a total of 3 years, 10 months in prison after a jury convicted him of federal charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person and two counts of interstate transmission of threats to injure.

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The federal jury found McCain and another man had a dispute over the man’s failure to pay $65 for a motorcycle vest in January 2020. Then, in demanding payment, McCain sent the man threatening Facebook messages saying “Bro..just have my money….i play with guns..no fighting….and i always have one on me…you on that bs….pay me pay money,” followed by, “i will blow your [expletive] head off,” prosecutors said.

McCain then sent a second man a threatening message later that month after a falling out with that man over money McCain owed, prosecutors said. In that incident, McCain sent that man a message reading “I will kill your dauther..bro..i dont know me….we at the strip in morning..be there…me and my girl…with the heat..see you there.” The man had an infant daughter at the time and “heat” was slang for a gun, prosecutors said.

“The Strip” was an area on River Road in North Greenbush frequented by motorsport enthusiasts. On Feb. 23, 2020, McCain went there, got into a fistfight and soon fired a rifle in the direction of a crowd of people, prosecutors said.

Finally, Feb. 28, 2020, agents executed a search warrant at his girlfriend’s house in Latham, where he had spent the previous night. Agents found a loaded .38 special caliber revolver and ammunition. He was accused of possessing those while the subject of a domestic violence restraining order, officials said.

The case was investigated by the ATF, North Greenbush Police Department and the Colonie Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus P.W. Rieck and Rachel Williams prosecuted.

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Police: Wanted passenger took control of car at Schenectady traffic stop, sped off; Nearly dragged deputy

SCHENECTADY – A city man wanted on arrest warrants took control of a car from the passenger side during a traffic stop and nearly dragged a Schenectady County Sheriff’s deputy as he sped off, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident, officials said.

Bernard L. Alexander, 38, of Bridge Street, was arrested a short time later, after he stopped the car and fled on foot, authorities said.

The incident happened Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m. in the area of Howard Street and Main Avenue, authorities said.

Members of a Schenectady County law enforcement task force were out on Bridge Street and saw two people in a vehicle. They recognized one of them as Alexander, from a previous incident, and knew he was wanted on a bench warrant, police spokesman Officer Pat Irwin said.

The task force members then stopped the car. Alexander refused to give his name and was asked to get out of the car, Irwin said.

Once he was told he was under arrest, then “did physically wrestle operational control” from the driver and “did take control of the vehicle from the passenger side of the vehicle and accelerate at a high rate of speed on city streets,” according to allegations filed in court.

In doing so, Alexander created a grave risk of death to both the sheriff’s deputy at the driver’s side and to the driver, according to the allegations.

Alexander faces first-degree reckless endangerment counts for both the deputy and driver.

Alexander then abandoned the car two blocks away on Crane Street and was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and struggle, according to the allegations.

Alexander was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

On the warrants, Alexander faces one count of second-degree assault, a felony, along with misdemeanor petit larceny and child endangerment, records show.

He is accused of hitting a woman in the head with a bottle at a Bridge Street address in June, causing her to lose consciousness, and doing so in the presence of a child, according to police allegations filed in court.

Alexander was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail. He remained in custody Wednesday.