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Thursday, August 07, 2014 - Updated: 10:18 AM

Two cops rescued two women in flood

ALBANY (AP) -- Two Albany police officers are being credited with rescuing two women from their vehicle after it became submerged when torrential rains flooded city streets earlier this week.

The Albany Police Department says officers Christopher Stiles and Philip Durand responded around 6 p.m. Tuesday to reports of flooding along Hackett Boulevard. The officers shut down an intersection to keep motorists from driving into the rising water, but a vehicle pulled out of a nearby parking lot and entered the flooded street.

As the vehicle began taking on water, to women climbed out and stood on the trunk.

The officers entered the chest-high water and carried the women to a nearby yard that was on higher ground. Police say both women were in their 20s, and one of them was six months pregnant.

Man survives fall from waterfalls

NAPLES (AP) -- Authorities say a 46-year-old man is hospitalized with serious injuries suffered when he fell about 40 feet while hiking near waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Office tells local media that Philip Defranco of Farmington was hiking with friends Wednesday afternoon in Grimes Glen in the town of Naples.

Deputies say Defranco lost his footing at the top of the waterfall and fell some 40 feet, landing on a ledge and injuring his head and chest. He then fell into the water and began drifting downstream before his friends pulled him out.

FBI says couple extorted $60K

MONROE (AP) -- The FBI has charged an upstate New York couple with extorting $60,000 from a developmentally disabled man through a bizarre scheme involving alcohol, drugs, cross-dressing and fabricated threats of violence from organized crime.

Federal agents on Wednesday arrested 28-year-old John Naudy and his 27-year-old wife, Nicole, at the couple's home in the Orange County town of Monroe.

Authorities say the couple befriended the 26-year-old man two years ago through social media, then began withdrawing funds from his bank account after getting him drunk and injecting him with drugs. Officials say the Naudys also got the victim to dress in women's clothing and convinced him the mafia would kill him and his family if he didn't give the couple money.

     

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