If you didn't know better, you would think we live in the crime capital of the region based on last week's news.
Four murder or attempted murder cases were scheduled for court appearances, as well as a major drug case. And then Friday brought a bank robbery in Lake George.
It started with the man accused of killing his grandmother in court on Tuesday as a possible plea deal was negotiated, followed by a plea in a big cocaine case Wednesday. Thursday brought guilty pleas in the Glens Falls double murder case from last summer, an emotional proceeding with family members sobbing throughout.
The local man who shot a store clerk also pleaded guilty the same day, admitting with shockingly little emotion that he fired four bullets into an innocent store owner.
Thursday afternoon I got a call from a grieving father who was offering a reward for information in his daughter's suspected drug overdose death. We met Friday morning at 7:30, because I had to be in Ballston Spa for the sentencing of a Hadley man who killed his wife at 9 a.m., followed by sentencing in the Hudson Falls arson murder case in the afternoon.
As I was headed out the door to that case shortly after 1 p.m., I caught a mention on the police scanner that a bank robbery had just been reported in Lake George. So I confirmed some basics and got a story started for the website, hurrying into the courtroom in Washington County just as Judge Kelly McKeighan was taking the bench.
The day didn't end Friday. Big flooding problems had developed Friday night in some parts of the area, and then I got a head's up early Saturday that police had located a suspect in the bank robbery. Thankfully the weather was crappy Saturday morning and I was stuck in the house, so we got those stories up online.
This week has to be quieter, right?
-- Don Lehman