KNOX — While 5-year-old Kenneth White’s aunt and legal guardian was away for 30 minutes to visit his school Thursday afternoon, he was strangled in his home, police say.

After hours of worries about an abduction, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple made an emotional announcement Friday afternoon, telling the press that, instead, the kindergartner had been beaten, strangled, and left dead in a culvert by his teenage cousin, Tiffany Vanalstyne.

She has pleaded "not guilty" to the murder charge.

Opinion

How you are treated makes a difference in who you are — that's true of dogs as well as people, including prison inmates.

Guilderland

“It is always good when we approve a contract before the end of the year,” Supervisor Kenneth Runion said, "because then we don’t have to do anything retroactively.” He also said some of the changes would result in cost benefits to the town.

New Scotland

The town judge treated them like human beings, say elderly Stannard sisters who have a sense of freedom now that charges stemming from their housing too many stray cats have been adjourned.

Hilltowns

Police knocked on doors in the Rensselaerville hamlet last month after a councilman called and complained about cars parked on the street. The response from residents was called a "small uproar" by the sheriff.

Regional

Dogs that few want to adopt — most of them are pit bulls — get training from county jail inmates, which helps the inmates as well as the dogs.