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Sheriff's officials search for missing Westerlo woman

Irina Mockute-Savyer - Albany County Sheriff's Department

WESTERLO – The Albany County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help finding a missing Westerlo woman.

Irina Mockute-Savyer, 47, was last seen leaving her Route 1 home on Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office says she never returned a loaner vehicle, and also left her 15-year-old daughter home with little food and no phone.

They also say she was planning a trip with her daughter to Florida.

Right now, there is no reason to suspect foul play.

Savyer is described as a white female, 5 ft. 7 in. 150 pounds with dark brown shoulder length hair, blue eyes, and glasses.

The loaner car is a 2005 gray Chevrolet Cavalier, with license plate AFN 6784.

Anyone with information should call the Albany County Sheriff’s Department at (518) 765-2351.

Berne accident kills six cows

Emergency crews respond to the accident scene. - Mark Szpylczyn / WNYT

BERNE - Six cows are dead after a trailer overturned on Route 443 on Tuesday morning.

The truck was carrying about 100 cows at the time.

Two people in the cab of the truck were not hurt.

The accident also shut down roads in that area as crews investigated.

Three appointed to Appellate Division of NYS Supreme Court

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of several new judges to the State’s Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

They include Christine Clark in Schenectady County and Eugene Devine and Michael Lynch in Albany County.

All three are graduates of Albany Law School.

More information on the appointees can be found in the official release by the governor’s office below:

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Albany County remembers crime victims

ALBANY - Crime victims from across New York State were remembered on Friday in Albany.

The annual ceremony was held at the Empire State Plaza, as part of Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Family members, loved ones and survivors all helped dedicate 20 new bricks that are part of the Crime Victims Memorial and Walkway.

More than seven hundred victims are remembered at the memorial which was established in 1996.

Albany County remembers crime victims

Albany County leaders joined victims of crime to honor National Crime Victim Rights Week.

Every April since 1981 communities across the nation have come together to remember crime victims and their families.

The ceremony honors survivors and remembers those who lost their lives to criminal acts.

'Don't Take Chances, Take Two Glances' campaign launched in Albany Co.

April is distracted driving awareness month.

It is a dangerous epidemic.

In 2012 alone, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.

The Albany County Sheriff's Department Friday morning announced a new campaign to help motorists be more aware of their surroundings.

It is called "Don't Take Chances, Take Two Glances."

As the weather gets warmer, more people will be out on their motorcycles.

“We live in a time right now where distracted driving is one of the major reasons for crashes. Don't take changes, take two glances,” says Sheriff Craig Apple.

The campaign is part of Albany County's Stop-DWI program.