5 things you should know this Thursday, June 16

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Douglas Adams, the famous author, screenwriter and comedian, once said, “This must be Thursday. I could never get used to Thursdays.” Apparently, according to Meteorologist Matt Mackie’s latest Storm Tracker Forecast, neither does the weather! We are seeing steady rain and some thunderstorm threats tonight.

The five things to know today include a search near Albany International Airport that led to a pair of arrests, the arrest of a New York State employee who allegedly stole unemployment benefits, and details of a new Siena survey.

1. 2 in custody after search near Albany airport

Two people are in custody after a search for a suspect near Albany International Airport on Wednesday. The search focused on the area behind the Albany County Hockey Facility on Albany-Shaker Road.

2. New York State Employee Allegedly Stole Unemployment Benefits

A New York State employee has been arrested for allegedly claiming unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled. New York Attorney General Letitia James said Johnny Neal, of Troy, submitted false documents to the state to obtain benefits.

3. Poll: New Yorkers Strongly Support Gun and Abortion Laws

More than 75% of New Yorkers think a new law requiring a permit to obtain a semi-automatic rifle will be good for the state, according to a Siena College poll released Thursday. In the poll, nearly 80% of respondents said they want the Supreme Court to uphold New York State’s decades-old law requiring a concealed carry license.

4. Dump truck crashes into empty homes in Greene County

A dump truck carrying asphalt crashed into two homes in Greene County on Wednesday afternoon. The buildings were empty, but authorities confirmed they believe one person was killed in the crash.

5. Federal Charges: Accused Tops Shooter Could Face Death

Federal charges are being filed against the 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting 10 people at the Tops store on Jefferson Avenue. The US District Court for the Western District of New York has filed a 26-count criminal complaint against Payton Gendron.

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