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Cyrus Vance

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Ricardo Laing Pleads Guilty to Rucker Park Shooting

    Ricardo Laing, a 25-year-old from White Plains, pleaded guilty on Thursday to shooting into a crowd after a basketball game at Rucker Park in July 2012. The shooting broke out during a argument between fans of two teams competing in the annual Entertainment Basketball Classic. Five people were woun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Gale Brewer Elected Borough President, Cyrus Vance Reelected D.A. in Manhattan

    Manhattan voters went with what they know this election. Gale Brewer, who has been a city council member representing the Upper East Side since 2003, will be taking over as borough president when Scott Stringer heads to the comptroller's office in January. Sitting district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Five Blessing Scam Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan

    The pendulum of the "blessing scam" has swung the other way: 2012 will go down as the year the crime swept through the country, from San Francisco to New York; 2013 will go down as the year the con artists behind it were swept behind bars. On Tuesday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Do Big NYPD Drug Busts Just Target the Little Fish?

    A troubling pattern is emerging around the NYPD's recent "big drug busts." Last month, after years of surveillance, the NYPD concluded that gangs on the Lower East Side had sold "$1.2 million worth of coke in two years." On April 12, the NYPD arrested 41 people from the neighborhood, mostly from Ba ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2013

    New York's Condom Bait-and-Switch

    Department of Health hands them out, NYPD arrests people for carrying them. Is this about improving public health—or arrest numbers?

  • News

    March 6, 2013

    New York's Condom Bait-and-Switch

    Department of Health hands them out, NYPD arrests people for carrying them. Is this about improving public health—or arrest numbers?

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Jeffrey Bernstein Sentenced to 3-10 Years in Prison for Screwing Mental Health Nonprofit Out of Millions

    Jeffrey Bernstein learned yesterday that paying your bills with stolen money from your nonprofit organization is not only a crummy thing to do, but it will also earn you at least three years in prison. A Manhattan court judge sentenced Bernstein, 62, to 3 1/3 to 10 years in years in prison yesterd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo: "Extreme" GOPers Will Have To Answer to Voters For Killing "Public View" Marijuana Bill

    As we reported yesterday, State Senate Republicans killed a bill proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would further decriminalize marijuana in the Empire State by closing a loophole that makes having weed in public a misdemeanor, while possessing weed in private is only a violation.No skin off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Weed Fans: Senate Republicans To Blame For "Public View" Marijuana Buzz-Kill

    As we reported earlier, a bill that would decriminalize the "public view" loophole in New York's marijuana possession law appears to be dead in the water -- and weed fans are pissed. The Drug Policy Alliance, one of the many groups pushing the bill, is holding Republicans in the Senate responsible f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Etan Patz Suspect In Custody; Pedro Hernandez Tells Cops He Lured Boy With Candy Before Killing Him

    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced this morning that a suspect in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz is currently in custody.The suspect has been identified as Pedro Hernandez, who was arrested yesterday in Camden, New Jersey.Kelly says Hernandez made statements to police implicating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Michael Pena, Former Cop/Convicted Rapist, Gets Max Sentence. See You In 75 To Life, Officer

    A former New York City police officer convicted of dragging a young teacher into an alley at gunpoint before repeatedly sexually assaulting her learned his fate this morning -- Michael Pena can now look forward to the next 75 years to life in prison.When Pena was convicted in March, Manhattan Distri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Etan Patz Disappearance: Search Of SoHo Basement Suspended, Turns Up Zilch...So Far

    The search for clues in a SoHo basement in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz was suspended indefinitely last night -- and, so far, it's turned up precisely zilch.FBI agents and NYPD investigators spent the last four days tearing up the cement floor of a basement just blocks from where P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Etan Patz Disappearance: Search Resumes, "Target's" Mugshot Surfaces

    The search for new evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz resumed this morning, and a photo of the "target" of the investigation, neighborhood handyman, 75-year-old Othneil Miller, has surfaced.The mugshot to the right was taken several years ago after Miller was arrested in Florida for dri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Etan Patz Investigation: No Body, Lots Of Concrete

    About 40 FBI agents and New York City police officers lugged hundreds of pounds of concrete out of a basement in SoHo today in their search for new evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.As of this writing, authorities have not found a body in the basement of 127 Prince Street, where neighb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Etan Patz Disappearance: Authorities Searching SoHo Apartment Building

    A law enforcement source confirms to the Voice that authorities currently are searching a building in SoHo looking for clues in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz."The search on Prince Street is for new evidence in the Patz case," the source says, declining to go into further detail about what evid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Etan Patz Disappearance: Authorities Dig Up SoHo Basement, Identify "Target" Of Probe

    Law Enforcement officials confirm to the Voice that investigators have dug up the concrete basement of a SoHo building in search of evidence in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz.Additionally, sources say the "target" of the investigation is a neighborhood handyman named Othneil Miller, 75, who wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Puffy-Approved Rapper "G. Dep" Found Guilty Of 1993 Murder

    Trevell Coleman, a rapper who uses the stage name "G. Dep" -- and who once was signed to Sean "Puffy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records -- was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder for the 1993 slaying of a Queens man during a robbery-gone-wrong in East Harlem.The kicker: the case was cold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Michael Pena, "Rape Cop," Convicted. DA Cyrus Vance Vows "No Mercy" At Sentencing

    ​Former New York City police officer Michael "Rape Cop" Pena was convicted yesterday of three of the top charges against him for the sexual assault of a teacher last summer, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance pledges to show him no mercy when he's sentenced in May. "In this brutal attack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    No Rape Conviction For "Rape Cop" Michael Pena Hardly Means He Beat The Rap

    ​As we reported earlier, former New York City police officer Michael "Rape Cop" Pena has been convicted of several of the top charges against him for the vicious sexual assault of a teacher last summer. However, the jury was deadlocked on whether to convict him of two rape charges -- which is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    DA Cyrus Vance: Beating Your Wife Shouldn't Be Like "Jumping A Subway Turnstile"

    ​Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was in Albany today, where he spoke to the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence as part of the group's "Legislative Awareness Day."His message was simple: beating your wife is "the same crime as jumping the subway turnstile." No, the district ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Innocence Project: Cuomo's DNA Bill Doesn't Include Other Measures to Stop Wrongful Convictions

    The state legislature and Gov. Cuomo are under fire for on the one hand, backing legislation that requires everyone arrested in the state to provide a DNA sample, while at the same time, not taking other steps proven to reduce wrongful convictions. (These other steps relate to how police and prosecu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Luis Martinez Shot In Ass While Fleeing Cops; Charged With Attempted Murder

    ​Alleged would-be cop killer Luis Martinez will have a nice scar to show his new buddies in lock up -- it's on his ass.Martinez, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says, was shot "in his buttock" while attempting to flee two NYPD officers he'd just tried to kill late last month near Columbia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    DNA Databanks: Not Just For Felons Anymore

    ​Big brother just got a little bigger...Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced yesterday their agreement on a bill that would allow authorities to obtain the DNA of anyone convicted of a felony or a penal law misdemeanor and put it in a DNA databank that law enforcement officials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Cops Crack 23-Year-Old Decapitation Case; Murderous Rapist Philip Ward Hit With New Charges

    ​The New York Police Department has linked the 1989 decapitation murder of a pregnant Manhattan woman to Philip Ward, the father of two of the victim's children, who currently is a guest of the state doing a life sentence for rape and murder convictions.According to the Manhattan District Attorney ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Crooked Cop Michael Carsey Convicted Of Lying To Get Search Warrant

    ​It sure is disappointing when the people we trust to keep us safe from the dregs of society turn out to be the dregs of society.Enter New York City police officer/convicted crooked cop Michael Carsey, 31, who was convicted this afternoon of lying under oath in order to get a search warrant for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Renata Shamrakova, Personal Assistant to Hilton Ex, Stole Almost $1 Million: Cops

    Renata Shamrakova is on the hook for bilking her former boss, Nicky Hilton's Ex-Hubby Todd Meister -- out of more than 900,000 bucks, and she has just been indicted in a Manhattan court. The 27-year-old personal assistant is said to have made unauthorized charges on her employer's credit card and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Ceferino 'Papo' Perez, Cocaine Kingpin and Photoshop Aficionado, Gets 20 Years to Life

    Recall Ceferino "Papo" Perez? He's that humble East Harlem coke king who Photoshopped his pic on top of Al Pacino's photo in a Scarface movie poster -- and displayed the masterpiece on his nightstand(!) Perez, 45, pleaded guilty this month to mastermining a massive cocaine ring, which got busted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    James Carter, Convicted Murderer and Gun Trafficker, Gets 16 Years in Prison (UPDATE)

    James Carter, an ex-con with murder on his rap sheet, will spend 16 years behind bars for illegally selling firearms -- including semiautomatic handguns and a sawed-off shotgun, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced today. Carter, 45, was just sentenced. He had pleaded guilty Jan. 23 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Reggie Allen, 'MetroDunce,' Indicted on Weapons Charges

    Reggie Allen is no criminal mastermind. Cops say that 34-year-old Allen brought two loaded firearms -- including a Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun -- into a crowded Times Square subway station on New Year's Day.

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    February 3, 2012

    Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Attempted Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

    ​District Attorney Cyrus Vance has announced that Ramon Lalondriz-Castillo, 26, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision in connection with the shooting of his ex-girlfriend. Lalondriz-Castillo pled guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Gonzales-Alvarez Found Guilty in Fatal Stabbing of Bar's Security Guard

    The District Attorney's office has announced a guilty verdict in the trial of Jonathan Gonzales-Alvarez, who fatally stabbed a security guard in October 2009. The crime occurred in a bar called La Casa del Mofongo in Washington Heights. The bar was hosting a karaoke and dance contest, and Gonzales- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Manhattan DA Launches Criminal Investigation into Elevator Tragedy at 285 Madison

    ​Yesterday DNAinfo reported that the December 14 death of Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in an elevator at 285 Madison Avenue might have been prevented "if elevator repairmen had not violated city rules by rushing the lift back into service without the required O.K. from the Department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Chelsea Elliott to Pursue Civil Case Against the NYPD Over Pepper Spraying

    Yesterday we reported that Chelsea Elliott, who along with Kaylee Dedrick was pepper-sprayed while protesting with Occupy Wall Street at Union Square on Saturday, September 24, had obtained legal counsel and would be pressing charges against Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, the NYPD officer identi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    NYC District Attorney Busts 25 in Child Porn Ring

    ​Twenty-five people were charged this afternoon with "possessing images or videos showing the sexual abuse of children," the New York Times reports, as announced by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The felony charges include promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Queens Terror Case: Hmm, Sounds a Lot Like the Newburgh 4 'Plot'

    ​Buried in the middle of an article today about the takedown of supposed would-be terrorists Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh by the NYPD is the following: "Federal prosecutors declined to press the case, saying the plan was more aspirational than operational," sources said. And there was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Rodney Alcala Murdered 2 Women Here Before He Was TV's 'Bachelor No. 1,' DNA and New Evidence Indicate

    Rodney Alcala: Then and now.​Rodney Alcala, the "Dating Game Killer" who's already on death row in California, is now a suspect in the murders of two Manhattan women in 1971 and 1977. It looks like the nationally infamous serial killer started his California spree only after killing the two New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Morgenthau Night at the Javits Center

    ​Being Veterans Day eve, it was fitting that past and present employees of the Manhattan District Attorney's office gathered last night to honor their outgoing boss, Robert Morgenthau, who has headed the office since 1975. Morgenthau is a veteran of the Second World War where he served as a L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Hell's Kitchen Neighbors March in Memoriam at Deadly 9th Ave Stretch

    Not all this weekend's parades were as cheerful as the Puerto Rican Day festivities. Because the stretch of Ninth Avenue between 45th and 36th Streets has seen a lot of pedestrians run down by cars -- the most recent being art restorer Susanne M. Schnitzer, killed in a hit and run on April 9 -- th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Endorsements: McCall for Vance, Koch for Snyder

    In endorsements for the Manhattan D.A.'s race, as we noted before, it's been all about Richard Aborn. But the other candidates are starting to grab some big names, too. Cyrus Vance Jr. has just added former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall to his roster, which includes David ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Early D.A. Endorsements: Cops, Clubs, Pols, and Judge Judy

    At PolitickerNY, Azi Paybarah sees Manhattan D.A. candidate Richard Aborn pursuing an "Early-Endorsement Strategy." His office certainly sends out plenty such notices: in the past few weeks we've been alerted to his endorsements by the Broadway Democrats and the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking. Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    DA Candidates Debate; Vance Has Gotbaum, Edge

    We're getting close enough to elections that local political clubs are sizing up candidates. We covered a VID club meet-and-grill earlier, at which Manhattan DA candidate Leslie Crocker Snyder defended her evolution on the death penalty. The subject came up again at last night's debate among the can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Debate: A Closer Look

    Since Mayor Mike Bloomberg's strong advantage has basically rendered the mayoral race uncompetitive, the contest for the powerful Manhattan district attorney's office might be the most interesting in the city. Last night, the Stonewall Democrats held the first "debate" among the three candidates. ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Candidates for Council, Comptroller, DA Pitch at VID

    Democratic candidates for city council seats in districts 1, 2, and 3, district attorney, and comptroller came to the Village Independent Democrats last night to make their cases, under strict time limits and with screened questioning, for the venerable club's endorsement. In District 1: Pete Gle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Detectives Like it Hot: DA Fundraiser Bash at Troubled Chelsea Club

    The Detectives' Endowment Association and a bevy of other local police unions backing ex-judge Leslie Crocker Snyder for Manhattan D.A. are throwing a $50-head fundraiser for her candidacy tomorrow night, and they've picked a place well-known for all the wrong reasons to cops and police brass: Chels ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Aborn gets a Bratton Boost

    Dark horse Manhattan DA candidate Richard Aborn (pictured) picked up an all star endorsement this morning from ex-NYPD and current Los Angeles police commish Bill Bratton. Speaking on a conference call with reporters from Washington where he said he was attending -- what else, a conference -- Bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Mob Expected at DA Candidate's Kick-Off Party

    Cyrus Vance Jr.'s campaign to succeed Robert Morgenthau as Manhattan District Attorney is holding its big kickoff fundraiser on March 31st. Tickets range from $50,000 (event chair level), to $500 (mere guest). The event will be held at an interesting location for an aspiring crime-busting DA: Fr ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Hats In The Ring: Vance for D.A., Liu for Comptroller

    A couple of candidates for local office are stepping up this week: Cyrus Vance Jr. -- aka Cy Vance -- is announcing for Manhattan D.A. at City Hall as we write. He is expected to face Dan Castleman and Lesley Crocker Snyder, who starts the battle early by telling the Post, "While I was in New York ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Au Revoir Morgenthau: D.A. to Retire

    Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau will not run for reelection this year, says the Times. That's too bad. Morgenthau has served in the office since 1975. His skills were forged in an altogether livelier era of New York criminality, and seem not to have declined with age, as was shown in Tom Robbins' r ... More >>

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