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Trinity Copeland takes the stand, both sides make closing arguments

TROY - Trinity Copeland, 18, testified in her own defense on Tuesday, admitting to the jury that she shot her father. Closing arguments wrapped up around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, jurors will decide her fate.

Copeland wiped and rubbed her eyes many times during the testimony, and her voice was composed as she answered questions about the early morning hours two years ago when she shot and killed her father. She told the court she was pleading and in fear for her life and she killed her father at his insistence.

Copeland testified her relationship with her father went bad when he became out of control and belligerent about three months earlier – and that he drank frequently.

She testified that when she admitted at 3:30 a.m. that she took out cash with his debit card, her drunk father took out his gun, said he was sick of her lying, and told her to kill him or he would kill them both.

3 Troy homes struck by fire, 10 people displaced

TROY - Flames devoured a house in Troy last night.

The fire broke out on Stowe Avenue.

The house at 223 is gutted.

Two homes next to it are also damaged.

 “We had heavy fire condition in the rear. We knocked it down quickly. These guys did a good job getting inside and getting the fire out,” Says Chief Tom Garrett of the Troy Fire Department.

The fire department says 10 people have been displaced.

Red Cross is helping them.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Prosecution rests in Trinity Copeland trial

TROY - The prosecution wrapped up its case on Monday in the trial of a Troy teen accused of killing her father.

Trinity Copeland is accused of shooting and killing her father, Harlan Copeland, to avoid being caught stealing from him.

In court, the jury continued listening to a transcript of Trinity Copeland’s testimony in front of the grand jury. She explains she was terrified her father was going to shoot her – and the shooting was for her own self-defense.

She also says she got gloves and a towel before going to shoot him.

Copeland herself is expected to take the witness stand at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

State police: Stillwater man ties his shoes while driving drunk

SCHAGHTICOKE – A Stillwater man is under arrest for DWI after police say he was driving in the wrong lane in Schaghticoke.

Troopers say 35-year-old Joshua Lesson was trying to tie his shoes while driving and ended up in the wrong lane on State Route 40.

Lesson failed sobriety testing and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .12 percent.

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Troy City Engineer Russ Reeves resigns

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TROY – City Engineer Russ Reeves has resigned.

Reeves was engineer in Troy for almost a decade.

His office says it was over a “life safety issue” that involved a demolition site in South Troy where there was a gas line.

NewsChannel 13 is continuing to follow this story, and will bring you updates as they become available.

STEM Career Expo for teens set for May 7

Recruiters are always looking for new people interested in STEM jobs – that’s science, technology, engineering, and math.

A STEM career expo for 8th-10th graders is scheduled for May 7 in the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy – 126 Campbell Avenue.

The expo is scheduled to run from 4:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m., with presentations on technology at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation on healthcare at 6:00 p.m.

More information on the career expo can be found here.

McDonald's employee accused of stealing from restaurant safe

BRUNSWICK – A Troy woman is accused of stealing money from the McDonald’s where she worked.

A manager of the McDonald’s in Brunswick noticed a discrepancy in the amount of cash that was unaccounted for.

After checking the restaurant’s security camera, the manager saw 43-year-old Erica Rokjer taking more than $200 from the safe early Friday morning.

Rokjer was arrested and charged with petit larceny.