Domestic Violence in New York 2012

November 19, 2012

Many believe that incidents involving domestic violence are often part of a continuing pattern of abuse, which involves the continuation and sometimes the escalation of violence. The New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence reports that over a third of battered women will be subject to additional abuse within six months. Up to this point, most domestic violence cases (that is, cases not involving “serious” injury or death) have generally been prosecuted as […] Read On

New DMV Regulations for Multiple DWI’s

October 18, 2012

New regulations by the Department of Motor Vehicles that took effect late last month will have a significant impact upon drivers with multiple convictions for driving while intoxicated. In a press release issued on September 25, 2012, Governor Cuomo announced that at his direction, the DMV “will issue new regulations that will give New York among the toughest protections in the nation against drivers who persistently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” He […] Read On

Title Insurance Agent Pleads Not Guilty to Larceny

October 2, 2012

A Rockville Centre man has entered a plea of not guilty to charges that he stole $870,000 earmarked for the payment of his clients’ filing and recording fees, taxes and other expenses related to various real estate transactions. Authorities say that Gerard Timoney, an agent who issued title insurance policies on behalf of Stewart Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, accepted customer funds to pay the fees and the taxes in connection […] Read On

NYPD Officers to Troll the Internet Using Fake Aliases

September 28, 2012

In a five-page memo issued this month by New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, guidelines have been issued for the use of social media sites during investigations. The officers will be using Department laptops that cannot be traced to the NYPD. The most controversial aspect of the memo is that it permits the creation of fake aliases to probe alleged illegal activity on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. An attorney for the […] Read On

Social Networking Sites and Teen Prostitution 2012

September 19, 2012

The ring leader of an underage prostitution ring was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week. According to the Washington Post, federal prosecutors called the man the “’CEO’” of the largest underage prostitution ring” in the area’s history. Justin Strom was one of five defendants in the case, all of whom pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges. The other four defendants were previously sentenced to prison terms totaling 53 years. Here’s how the ring […] Read On

Homicide Indictment in New York Harbor Boating Accident

September 17, 2012

A boating accident two years ago in New York Harbor has led to the indictment of a New York investment banker, who is now charged with criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, assault, and operating a vessel while his ability to operate is impaired as a result of the consumption of alcohol. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. The victim was a 30-year old man who had just received his doctorate degree and […] Read On

Socialite Charged with DWAI

September 7, 2012

A traffic collision on September 1st led to a charge of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) on Long Island for the wife of embattled hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone. Based on the report we read in the New York Post, it must have been quite a scene. According to witnesses, Lisa Falcone was driving her Mercedes SUV in Bridgehampton after leaving the Hampton Classic Horse Show when she rear-ended a car and then smashed into […] Read On

Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle

September 1, 2012

Actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested last week in Harlem and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor under New York law. According to reports, Baldwin was pulled over by police after making an illegal U-turn. During the course of the stop, police determined that Baldwin was driving with a suspended license, and made the arrest. A court appearance on the charge is scheduled for October. This provides […] Read On

Grand Larceny Increase Tied to iPhone and iPad Thefts

August 27, 2012

Grand larceny is on the increase in the Big Apple, thanks in large part to a thriving black market for Apple’s iPads and iPhones. According to a story in the New York Post, grand larcenies are running at about 10% above last year’s total, with over 25,000 incidents so far this year. An astonishing 17% of those thefts involved Apple products. The Apple thefts are on the increase, and the number is currently 55% higher […] Read On

Wrongful Convictions in New York 2012

August 9, 2012

The news this week includes the story of Eric Glisson, convicted in 1995 of the murder of a Bronx cab driver, who has spent the last 17 years in prison for a crime he apparently did not commit. During his incarceration, Glisson did some long-distance investigatory work, and turned up evidence that the crime was actually the work of two other men serving time for unrelated crimes, who confessed to the murder of the cabbie. […] Read On

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