COPS, COURTS AND CALLS

Section: Capital Region,  Page: B9

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Suspect in teen's killing arraigned on indictment


ALBANY -- A 19-year-old city man charged in the deadly stabbing of 17-year-old Tyler Rhodes in Hoffman Park last month was arraigned Tuesday on a murder indictment that can send him to prison for life.


Dhoruba Shuaib of Jefferson Street was held without bail at the Albany County jail following his appearance before acting Supreme Court Justice Dan Lamont in Albany County Court. He pleaded not guilty.


Shuaib and Jah-Lah Vanderhorst, 16, were indicted Friday on second-murder charges, which carry sentences of 25 years to life in prison, in the killing of Rhodes, an Albany High School student and member of its track team.


Police said Vanderhorst, who allegedly had a long-running feud with Rhodes, plunged a knife into his chest about 7 p.m. April 30.


Shuaib is accused of standing behind Rhodes to make sure he could not get away.


-- Robert Gavin


Thruway motorist charged with having marijuana


BETHLEHEM -- A New York City man was arrested early Tuesday on the Thruway after State Police said he had 28 ounces of marijuana in his car.


Edgar L. Roa, 32, of 327 E. 24th St., was charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance after police said they arrested him during a traffic stop.


Roa was driving south on the Thruway with the headlights of his 2006 Cadillac turned off, police said.


Police said Roa also had some hashish in his car.


Roa was sent to Albany County Jail on $20,000 bail and will be in Bethlehem Town Court May 13.


-- Dayelin Roman


Woman charged with thefts hires Albany lawyer


MILTON -- Deborah Thompson, the woman who was charged with stealing more than $38,000 from a resident of the Maplewood Manor Nursing Home, hired Albany lawyer Fred Ackerman to defend her, Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said Tuesday.


Murphy has recused himself from the case. A special prosecutor has not yet been named. Thompson, 62, is expected in Malta Town Court at 2 p.m. Thursday.


She is married to to Supervisor Frank Thompson, R-Milton.


-- Leigh Hornbeck


Colonie accident sends 2 to hospital, snarls traffic


COLONIE -- Traffic was snarled for several hours Tuesday afternoon after a crash knocked down a utility pole and lines fell across Albany Shaker Road.


Three vehicles crashed at 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Albany Shaker and Old Wolf roads, closing the intersection just west of the Northway overpass and the southbound off ramp at Exit 4.


Two patients were taken to local hospitals with injuries police said were not life-threatening. One motorist not involved in the crash was trapped for a time in the vehicle by the falling wires.


The lines involved were mostly phone, cable and fiber optic, police said.


-- Tim O'Brien