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Parishioners gather in Albany for Bishop Scharfenberger's first Easter Mass

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger celebrated Easter Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. It's his first Easter following his ordination and installation as Bishop of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese a little over a week ago.

“To me I'm doing what a priest does on Easter Sunday. I'm celebrating with my flock and I'm doing basically the same thing,” said the Bishop.

Scharfenberger was installed and ordained on April 10th, replacing Bishop Howard Hubbard. He says other than a few different faces, celebrating mass here is like being at his old parish back in Brooklyn.

A significant and special day for Christians around the world, they believe Easter Sunday is the day Jesus was resurrected. People like Diane Piegare, who lives in Glenmont, specifically came here to be a part of the celebration.

Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

Jefferson Awards honor community service participants

Each year, NewsChannel 13 joins the Times Union and St. Peter’s Health Partners in presenting the Jefferson Awards.

Ten people from the Capital Region were honored on Thursday evening for their community service. One of them, Mary O'Keefe, has been selected to represent the area at the national level.

A reception was held for the five medalists and five finalists Thursday evening at the Century House in Latham.

Police investigate possible drug overdose at Colonie hotel

Colonie Police and EMS are on the scene of a possible drug overdose at Cocca's Inn and Suites. - Duffer Kendrick

COLONIE – Officials are investigating a possible overdose at Cocca’s Inn and Suites in Colonie.

Colonie Police say the 29-year-old woman was found dead in bed at the hotel Friday morning.

There was blood around her nose and mouth.

After conducting some interviews, police tell NewsChannel 13 they think it may be a drug overdose.

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Two Albany men under arrest for making, distributing counterfeit currency

COLONIE – The Albany County Sheriff’s office has arrested two Albany men for their role in making and distributing counterfeit cash in the Capital Region.

David King, 44, and Levar Vanhosen, 37, are facing charges after a seven month long investigation into fake currency.

Investigators were conducting surveillance on the two men and stopped their vehicle on Central Avenue in Colonie for a traffic violation.

That’s when they found more than $1,400 in counterfeit $10, $20 and $100 bills.

Officials also found receipts for gift certificates believed to have been purchased with the bogus money.

The U.S. Secret Service was notified and a search of the two men’s homes uncovered a quality printer and printing supplies.

King faces 30 counts of possession of a forged instrument as well as conspiracy.

Vanhosen, who is on parole for a similar 2007 conviction, faces a conspiracy charge.

Is this spring?

Paul Leo says this is what spring looks like in Colonie.

Hopefully warmer weather is on the way!

State police: Colonie man tries to pass as state trooper

ALBANY - A Colonie man is under arrest after police say he pretended to be a state trooper.

They say 20-year-old Anthony Chandler pulled his car over as officers were conducting a traffic stop in Albany.

He asked the troopers if they needed any help and said he, too, was a trooper out of Latham.

The troopers weren’t convinced and asked Chandler some basic questions about his station assignment.

After answering several questions incorrectly, Chandler admitted he lied and was not a trooper.

They arrested him and charged him with impersonating a public servant.