Father Charged in Brooklyn DWI Crash

March 25, 2014

Every time we think the news of the consequences of alleged drunk driving couldn’t get any worse, another tragedy emerges. This past Sunday morning, police say that a man, Anthony Pollydore, was driving with his two stepchildren and his toddler on Eastern Parkway in Brownsville. At some point, his car skidded at a red light and slammed into a median and then into a light pole. Police report that none of the children was wearing […] Read On

Club Drug “Molly” Fuels New York Party Scene

February 10, 2014

If you’re told that some young adults are about to spend the evening with Molly, you might picture one of their girlfriends, or an actress (Molly Shannon or Molly Ringwald), or maybe you expect them to be reviewing a book on the revolutionary war, featuring Molly Pitcher. But the name today has nothing to do with actresses or historical figures. It’s supposedly a “pure” form of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine), a stimulant that is the primary ingredient […] Read On

Ty Warner Sentenced to Probation in Multi-Million Dollar Tax Evasion Case

January 15, 2014

The billionaire creator of the “Beanie Babies” craze was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Chicago to two years of probation and 500 hours of community service for tax evasion. Prosecutors had argued strenuously for a prison sentence for defendant Ty Warner, but United States District Judge Charles Kocoras rejected the argument in favor of a non-custodial sentence. Warner had entered a guilty plea in the case last year. The tax evasion charge emanated from […] Read On

Theft of Apple Products Continues to Soar in NYC

January 14, 2014

Back in mid-2012, we reported on what then appeared to be a relatively new phenomenon, that is, the increase in the number of iPhones and iPads being stolen. We noted in that article (Grand Larceny Increase Tied to iPhone and iPad Thefts) that the theft rate for these items was so high that it was the driving force behind an overall increase in grand theft in New York City. We concluded our report with the […] Read On

New York DWI News

December 24, 2013

A number of recent stories involving alleged instances of driving while intoxicated have been reported in and around New York City in the past several weeks. The first, which occurred on Long Island this past Saturday, involved a pedestrian who was struck and seriously injured while walking across the street in Huntington Station early in the morning. Police say the man was hit by a vehicle that left the scene, and they eventually arrested a […] Read On

Plea Bargain in Staten Island Home Crash

December 13, 2013

Imagine being home asleep at 4:00 a.m. and having a car crash through the front of your house. That is apparently what happened last year on Staten Island, when Charles Trainor lost control of his car and slammed into a residence on Arthur Kill Road. The woman inside the home, and her young daughter, were trapped underneath the front end of the car, and both were seriously injured. The child’s skull was fractured, and the […] Read On

Court of Appeals Rejects Intoxication as Murder Defense in DWI Cases

November 26, 2013

In a 5-2 decision, the New York Court of Appeals upheld on Thursday the murder convictions of defendants in three separate DWI cases. The specific facts in the cases were similar, although not identical: Martin Heidgen, while intoxicated, drove his pickup truck on the Meadowbrook Parkway in the wrong direction. After traveling for miles, his vehicle struck a limousine, killing the driver and a seven-year old passenger, and injuring another five people. He was sentenced […] Read On

Appeals Court Blasts District Judge in Stop and Frisk Case

November 13, 2013

We reported in our blog this past August (Judge Rules NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy Unconstitutional) about the recent court decision regarding the New York City Police Department’s stop and frisk policy. Federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin had ruled that the practice was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment. In the process of rendering her opinion, Judge Scheindlin made some statements that angered city officials, including Mayor Bloomberg. In fact, the Mayor stated after the ruling […] Read On

DWI #12 Leads to Numerous Charges against Lynbrook Man

October 15, 2013

A Lynbrook, New York man pled guilty last week to his twelfth charge of driving while intoxicated. Sean Crane built up that resume over more than thirty years of driving on the streets of Long Island. In fact, the convictions were evenly divided, six in Suffolk County and the other six in Nassau. He previously served prison time for two of the prior convictions, but his current problems appear to be even more significant. The […] Read On

Fortune Telling Plea in Manhattan Supreme Court

October 1, 2013

It’s not as if we haven’t heard about fortune telling scams before. They have been the subject of books, articles, plays, movies, and documentaries for as long as any of us can remember. But did you know that fortune telling is a crime in the State of New York? Under § 165.35 of the Penal Law, it is a class B misdemeanor to solicit or receive a fee for telling (or pretending to tell) fortunes, […] Read On

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