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Raul Barrera, Alleged Clinton Street Murderer, to Appear in Court; Evacuation Zone Expanded in Japan; Today: Highs in the 70s


Sarah Coit, 23, from Riverside, CT, was fatally stabbed (and “nearly decapitated”) by her boyfriend, 33-year-old Raul Barrera, at 63 Clinton Street — where they’d lived together — early Sunday morning. Coit had reportedly been trying to break up with Barrera, who later confessed to officers “I did something bad.” He’ll have his first court appearance today, facing 2nd degree murder charges. Coit had worked at the Lacoste store in Rockefeller Center and studied advertising and marketing at Hunter College. [The Lo-Down]

• Aftershocks continue in Japan, including one today, a month after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Sendai region, causing a tsunami. Japan plans to expand the evacuation zone around Fukushima Daiichi “to address concerns over long-term exposure to radiation.” Residents of five towns near the plant — Katsuo, Kawamata, Namie, Iitate and parts of Minami Soma — have been asked to leave within a month. [NYT, CNN]

Former State Senator Hiram Monserrate, who lost his position after being accused of slashing girlfriend Karla Giraldo, is now working at a pizza place in Queens that sells slices for $1.25 apiece. [NYP]

• A downed wire is causing 30- to 60-minute delays on Amtrak and commuter trains traveling the Northeast Corridor from Trenton to New York City. [NBC NY]

• A Staten Island man tried to steal a basket of shampoo from a CVS and then escape by hijacking a cab. Two EMTs chased him in an ambulance and apprehended him. [SILive]

• Happy Monday! It will be in the 70s today, with fog and wind, and thunderstorms later tonight. We’ll go ahead and call this spring. [Weather]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 11, 2011

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