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“A New York man coughed on FBI agents and claimed he has the coronavirus on Monday as they arrested him for allegedly lying about the sale of $12,000 worth of medical supplies. Authorities say Baruch Feldheim, 43, of Brooklyn allegedly sold much-needed supplies such as N95 respirators and other personal protective equipment to a New Jersey doctor at 700% markup of their original price. When federal agents confronted him Monday at his home, he lied and said that he worked for a company that bought and sold PPE, according to the U.S. Attorney District of New Jersey’s Office. Prosecutors say Feldheim also falsely said that he didn’t possess large quantities of PPE and that he never sold them directly to individuals. The arrest comes just a few days after NBC New York reported that a desperate New Jersey primary care physician had turned to the black market to get medical supplies he needed in order to protect healthcare workers who are treating COVID-19 patients from the virus. The current shortage of supplies triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic had forced Dr. Alexander Salerno and a growing number of hospitals and other care facilities to turn to untraditional suppliers.” – CNN

The New York Police Department released surveillance video on Thursday showing four suspects – two of them wearing surgical masks – walking down a hallway at Hotel Ninety Five in Queens.

For our amusement Gravity got the best of one of the would-be robbers fleeing the scene of a crime, but he did not let a two-story fall hinder his escape.

When a police officer in Staten Island was caught by his own body camera in the apparent act of planting marijuana in the car of a group of young men, the video evidence against him was strong enough to prompt prosecutors in the resulting case to throw out the marijuana charge in the middle of a pretrial hearing. A judge cut short his testimony, and prosecutors recommended he get a lawyer. But an internal review by the New York Police Department found that no misconduct had occurred.

Now a new video — published exclusively by The Intercept — shows the same officer again seemingly planting marijuana during a different traffic stop just a few weeks after the first. On both occasions, two officers — Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, of the 120th Precinct — stopped cars for minor traffic infractions, then claimed the vehicles smelled like marijuana. In both instances, body camera footage shows the officers extensively searching the cars for several minutes and finding nothing. In the first incident, in February 2018, Erickson’s body camera is then suddenly switched off and then back on just as he discovers a marijuana cigarette that did not appear to be there when his partner was first searching the car.

The new video raises questions about the credibility of internal review processes and highlights the lack of transparency in cases of police misconduct. The video, which didn’t emerge for nearly two years, also underscores the limited information available not just to the public but also defendants, and validates criticism by police accountability advocates that body cameras are of no use if the evidence they capture remains inaccessible.

A Brooklyn mother-of-two was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison for drowning her two-year-old daughter by holding her head underwater in a storage bin nearly four years ago.

Lin Li, 28, was convicted in June 2019 of manslaughter and two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child in the death of her daughter, Melody Zheng, but was acquitted of second-degree murder.

A jury also found Li guilty of first-degree attempted assault for holding her four-year-old son’s head under water a day before Melody’s killing.

During Li’s sentencing, her defense lawyer spoke of his client’s ‘tough upbringing’ in her native China, and her deplorable living conditions in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, where he said the mother, her husband and their two young children lived in an apartment where they had to share a bathroom with a dozen other people.

Attorney Mario Romano described Li as a ‘loving, caring’ mother and said she ‘blames herself every day’ for what happened.’

He added, ‘I did not see the actions of a monster in what I read.’

When given a chance to address the court before learning her fate, Li, dressed in light-brown jail garb, broke down in tears as she spoke through a translator.

‘I would like to say being a mom, it is my duty to take care of my children, and I really regret my daughter’s death,’ she said through tears. ‘It was my mistake…losing my daughter is very, very painful to me.’

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Dramatic footage shows a 55-year-old man being attacked in a Manhattan street by an unidentified stranger who knocked him to the ground in an unprovoked assault in broad daylight. The stranger is seen rubbing fast food in the victims’s face and lifting his leg to stomp on his head in New York’s Upper West Side. NYPD officers have asked the public to help track down the suspect, who is wanted for assault. The incident is the latest in a spate of random attacks in the city.

A Peekskill police officer was arrested Saturday for alleged sexual abuse, stalking and burglary of a woman he was investigating.

His accuser, whom News 12 is not identifying, spoke exclusively with News 12’s Samantha Crawford. She apparently recorded an encounter with 33-year-old Officer Michael Agovino.

The audio of the recording includes what she says is Officer Agovino demanding sexual favors. She also says Agovino sexually assaulted her twice and stopped by her home unannounced four times since last summer.

She told News 12 that he was in uniform and on-duty during those alleged encounters.

According to a felony complaint, Officer Agovino was investigating a larceny “allegedly perpetrated by the victim.”

Officer Michael Agovino was arraigned Saturday at Peekskill City Court. He’s being held at the Westchester County Jail on $100,000 bond.

The Peekskill Police Department says it is fully cooperating with the investigation into the allegations by the Westchester County DA’s Office, and says Agovino has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 25-year-old Port Richmond man may be his own worst enemy after he allegedly walked into a bank, screamed “this is a robbery” and posted video of the incident to Instagram. District Attorney Michael E. McMahon upgraded charges to include attempted robbery for Augustin Nadreau, 25, of the 100 block of Treadwell Avenue, in connection with the bizarre incidents that happened minutes apart last Thursday afternoon in West Brighton at Northfield Bank and Victory State Bank.

The new charges affected the status of a case where Nadreau allegedly threatened in 2018 to bomb a bank if he didn’t receive $1 million in cash. Last Thursday, Nadreau entered the Northfield bank at 519 Forest Ave. at 1:24 p.m., according to the criminal complaint and police. “This is a mother f—–g robbery,” Nadreau said before leaving without any loot, according to the complaint. Nadreau then went to Victory State Bank at 755 Forest Ave. at about 1:28 p.m. He spoke to a teller and then walked away while allegedly screaming, “This is a mother f—–g robbery. Everyone put your hands on the floor.” The suspect left Victory without stealing anything, police said. Nadreau apparently took a selfie during the Victory incident and posted the video on his own Instagram page.

A Cheektowaga woman was arrested three times Tuesday, each on different charges, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office says 28-year-old Sarah Szymanski was arrested first by a “local police agency” and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. She was processed and released.

Szymanski was then arrested by Lancaster police for obstruction of governmental administration, reckless driving, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation and failing to stop at a stop sign. She was processed and released on appearance tickets.

The third arrest was by the sheriff’s office after a victim stated Szymanski was selling discounted Best Buy gift cards on a social media app.

The victim stated he gave Szymanski $1,450 to buy a laptop, she went into the Clarence Best Buy and purchased a printer and fled in a waiting vehicle.

Szymanski was located by the sheriff’s office later Tuesday and charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle as well as a vehicle and traffic law violation.

The man who admitted to shooting three people at a Denny’s in Salina has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Justus Holmes pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Last February, police said that Holmes had been arguing with his ex-girlfriend, who was inside the Denny’s, along with several other people.

Holmes then opened fire on a group of guests and employees.

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New York police have shared a shocking video that shows a Bronx man violently assaulting his girlfriend at their job before he was eventually released under the state’s new bail reform.

The Harriman Village Police department said that 20-year-old Jay Vasquez-Paulino attacked the woman he had been dating for about a month on Tuesday.

The assault took place at the Superior Packing company in Harriman, where the duo had been employed.


Horrifying video shows Vasquez-Paulino repeatedly punching and kicking at the woman.

At one point, he even throws his phone at the woman. A bystander can be seen sitting in a chair while the man assaults his girlfriend, but he fails to break the two up.

A woman notices the commotion and tries to put some distance between Vasquez-Paulino and the woman, able to get the man to exit.

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A Queens landlord trying to collect $200 in back rent was shoved down the front steps by a deadbeat tenant. The landlord, whose head slammed into the sidewalk, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Medics took him to Elmhurst Hospital, where he died. Police charged the tenant with manslaughter, though the Queens district attorney’s office has yet to formally charge him

A video filmed on a New York subway train shows a shocking brawl between a man and a woman that ends with him dragging her off the train by her hair.

The pair were caught mid-fight in the video, posted to Twitter on Thursday, on the Bronx-bound 6 train.

The brief clip starts in the middle of the brawl, with the man knocking the woman to the ground as she repeatedly kicks him.

It was by chance that two brothers who own a smoke shop in Queens found video footage in a smashed video recorder when they returned to their store after spending more than a month in jail.

At the brothers’ arraignment in late August, prosecutors said in court NYPD cops had recovered 40 pounds of cocaine during a raid and search warrant by the Queens north gang unit. The DA’s office provided no documentation and asked for the two suspects to be held without bail.

“It was the worst day of my life,” said one of the brothers, who asked not to be identified by name. “We never had drugs in the store,” he added.

When police lab tests for cocaine came back negative, prosecutors dismissed the felony drug charges. What was never brought up at the arraignment is that the gang unit members left field drug test kits at the scene which also tested negative for cocaine.

What cops also left: that destroyed recorder. The brothers took it to a friend who is a computer engineer and he recovered footage from two cameras. The video shows two different angles, one from an external camera and the other an internal camera. Officers are seen handcuffing the two owners. A few minutes later, a captain gestures to the location where the camera is located. He gets a step ladder and pulls the cords. Eventually, the camera goes blank.

Attorney Marvyn Kornberg, a criminal attorney who represents the brothers, said, “It’s a unit gone wild, that’s what it says to me. They think they’re above the law. They’re ripping out cameras. What are they afraid of the public seeing?”

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The Rochester teacher arrested after she overdosed inside her school exactly one week ago, has been arrested three times in the past five months, and drugs were a factor in each one.

News10NBC obtained the police reports in every instance.

We wanted to know if the Rochester City School District was aware of the arrests that we found Wednesday. We also wanted to know if it tests its teachers for drugs.

Special Education teacher Tracy Lewis, 35 was arrested by RPD last week.

Lewis was arrested by New York State Police in September.

Lewis was arrested by Irondequoit Police in August.

Every single time she was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

When Lewis was found overdosed inside Franklin High School last week, RPD says it found 13 bags containing the lethal drug fentanyl.

I contacted the RCSD Superintendent’s spokesman today.

I asked three core questions:

1. Was the district aware of these earlier arrests?

The District says it was not aware.
2. Does the district randomly test teachers for drugs?

The District says it has a “reasonable suspicion drug testing policy for teachers not a random testing policy.”
3. Is Tracy Lewis still an active teacher in the district?

The District says she is “on an indefinite leave of absence.”
I reached Tracy Lewis on the phone today. Before she hung up she said, “I’m all set man.”

When she was arrested by state police, the police report says Lewis told troopers she had three bags of heroin three days earlier, a school day in the city. But she’s also said she had “numerous operations” since she was a child and developed an “addiction to painkillers” as she “lives in constant pain.”

When Lewis was arrested by state police, the report says she asked to be taken to rehab.

The city school district does not randomly test teachers, but when every teacher gets hired they have to take one.

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Yesterday aa teen was ‘kidnapped’ while walking down the street with her mother in the Bronx at around 11:30 pm and this afternoon the same 16-year-old who has been identified as, Karol Sanchez, turned herself over to police in the same location she had been taken. Many in the New York metro area woke up this morning to an Amber Alert of her kidnapping and just hours ago police reported that she had been found safe and well. However, she has since confessed that it was a staged kidnapping in order to get away from her overbearing mother and in doing so has made herself a household name, etched into hoax anthologies right next to Jussie Smollett.

The dude got arrested once before this for using a painter’s extension rod to point the stoplight cameras into the sky instead of cutting the wires. He didn’t cut the wires until AFTER he got out after being arrested the first time-which he did after posting on Facebook videos that proved that the stoplights are intentionally rigged to trick drivers into citations. The yellow lights at intersections with cameras only last THREE SECONDS, opposed to five seconds they last at other stoplights without cameras in the same county.

When he cut the camera cords, he reported his deeds to the news HIMSELF and then politicians pressured the local police into arresting him. The local police and sheriff deputies actually SUPPORT him for his actions because the lights have been killing people! During his most recent arrest, one of the Sherriffs Deputies actually offered to bail him out.

When he got home after these incidents, there was a surveillance camera planted at his house BY THE GOVERNMENT to watch him! His reaction to being surveilled? He painted over the camera in one of the flat out ballsiest “Fu*k You” to the Gubmint I’ve ever heard of.

And it gets EVEN CRAZIER. After painting over the camera, suddenly this guy (BTW, his name is Stephen Ruth) started GETTING ATTEMPTS ON HIS LIFE. He reports that a car intentionally tried to hit him in a head-on collision, and after talking about the car to his neighbors, they confirmed that the car in question (Or at least, one that was visibly identical, its’ occupants included) had been staking out his house! Somebody was out there trying to MURDER him over is discovery and actions.

As a final insult to injury, Ruth pointed out the VAST majority of the cameras were found SPECIFICALLY in lower-to-middle class neighborhoods. The victims of these rigged stoplights tried to go to the local news station to talk about the deaths of their family members that occurred from the rigging … Annnnnnndddddddd…. The local station “NEWS12”, never aired their interviews.

Remember how I said that, after cutting the cables and calling the local news station, Rugh was arrested because of pressure by Politicians? GET THIS: News12 is actually owned by CableVision, who provides INTERNET SERVICES TO THE CAMERAS! .Whereas Mr. Ruth was only trying to help people and save lives, he’s been caught up in a full-blown government conspiracy that is out for his blood.

Stephen Ruth is a full-blown HERO!

People who annoy an officer in one upstate New York county could find themselves facing jail time under a measure recently approved by a county legislature.

Under the Monroe County proposal, a person who annoys, alarms or threatens the personal safety of an officer could be punished with up to a year behind bars and up to a $5,000 fine.

Jamie Anthony, chief of staff for the Monroe County Legislature majority office, said county lawmakers passed the measure on Tuesday in a 17-10 vote. The county executive will hold a public hearing on the legislation and decide whether to approve it, she said.

The legislation also applies to first responders.
Some called the measure unconstitutional.

Iman Abid with the New York Civil Liberties Union said it will have a chilling effect on complaints against police. Abid said she is also concerned over what the legislation could mean for communities of color.

“Members of the community have every right to challenge police officers, particularly those that engage in unnecessary behavior,” she said in a statement. “At a time when more accountability of police departments is needed, this law takes us incredibly backward.”

In a statement last month, County Legislator Kara Halstead said she was proud to support legislation that “looks after those who look out for us.”

“This local law aims to crack down on behaviors of disrespect and incivility toward law enforcement and first responders in the hopes that these smaller incidents do not escalate,” she said in the statement.

A news release on the legislation also gave a mention to people dousing uniformed New York Police Department officers with water.

Delores Jones-Brown, professor emerita at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said courts have found that the use of the words annoying or alarming in statue is overbroad and unconstitutionally vague.

The legislation, she said, could create a situation where people are scared to exercise their First Amendment rights. An officer could be annoyed by a person who asks them their badge number or who records them with a cellphone while on the job, Jones-Brown said.

“This statue definitely has the capacity to make people afraid to do that,” she said.

Jones-Brown added that a portion of the measure could survive a legal challenge — a section tied to conduct that threatens the personal safety of a police officer. Courts have found threats easier to define, she said, but they are not completely beyond interpretation.

Under the legislation, a prosecutor would have to prove that it was a person’s intent to threaten an officer’s personal safety, she said.

Jacob deGrom of New York Mets wins second straight NL Cy Young Award.

In the video, the victim is seen stepping into the elevator immediately after the suspect. Once the door closes, the suspect starts punching the 67-year-old man until he falls to the floor of the elevator. The apparently unprovoked hostilities happened Friday in an apartment building along Southern Boulevard in the Belmont neighborhood, the NYPD said. The victim didn’t want to be identified but told NBC New York that he’s a veteran. He says he lives with his elderly mother in the building and they are now both terrified to leave their home following the brutal attack. He also said he had seen the suspect in the neighborhood before, and described screaming for help but receiving none. (When NBC New York arrived at the building Monday morning, a single security guard appeared to be asleep in the building’s lobby.) When the beating was over, the suspect appeared to wipe down the elevator door with his sleeve to get rid of his finger prints. Police say the suspect fled the building and jumped in a dark colored minivan and took off. The NYPD said a motive for the attack is still unknown, but the victim is expected to recover.

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Police are looking for a man who walked into a Brooklyn gym in September and threw bleach at an employee, according to authorities. Saturday, Sept. 21, at around 8:30 p.m., an unidentified man walked into a Planet Fitness on Broadway, near Sumner Place, in the Bushwick neighborhood, police said. He approached a 20-year-old employee behind the gym’s front desk and threw bleach in his face before fleeing in an unknown direction, according to officials. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for burning and irritation to the face, police said. The NYPD has released the above shocking surveillance footage of the incident.

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ELMIRA, N.Y. – A Steuben County grand jury indicted two brothers on charges of second-degree murder in connection with a May fire that killed their grandmother. The blaze broke out May 14 in the Village of Riverside and claimed the life of 82-year-old Gladys Ann Willow. Willow died from injuries she suffered while trapped inside the burning structure, according to New York State Police at Painted Post. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told WETM that the brothers allegedly saved their meth-making equipment, but left Willow inside the home. After saving the equipment, they went to get cigarettes and did not report the blaze, the station reported.

A 15-year-old girl from Rochester is accused of stabbing a woman to death in Massachusetts on Oct. 6.

Fall River Police responded to an apartment for a reported medical emergency. They found Ana Vazquez, 68, suffering from multiple stab wounds in a second-floor unit.

Vazquez was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, where she was later pronounced deceased.

Heavenly Arroyo, 15, who had recently been living in the residence with the victim and her grandson, was charged with murder early Monday.

Investigators believe Arroyo has been living in Fall River for the past two weeks and was from Rochester.

Fall River Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives and Homicide Unit prosecutors are investigating the homicide.

Arroyo is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 15.

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Terrifying home video has captured a thief impersonating a Fed-Ex worker as he bounds a Brooklyn family with duct tape before robbing them in a brutal heist. The brazen thieves, one wearing a Fed Ex uniform, entered the Bay Ridge address around 3 p.m. on Monday, tying up two women and one man at the home before stealing $50,000 in cash and $80,000 in jewelry, according to law enforcement sources