NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say the key to get into a Brooklyn affordable housing complex was bribery — about $875,000 of it.
Two Luna Park Housing Corp. board members and an office manager...
NYC man walks free after conviction for 2001 murder vacated
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who was convicted of murder in 2002 has been freed from prison after prosecutors determined that he did not get a fair trial.
Mom arrested in video that sparked outrage freed from jail
NEW YORK (AP) — A mother jailed after police violently pulled her toddler son from her arms in a videotaped encounter in a crowded waiting room of a New York City social services office was released Tuesday night.
"I'm just so grateful to everyone and I'm just happy to be free and I just need to see my boy," Jazmine Headley said following her release from the Rikers Island jail facility.
The Latest: Mom in video that sparked outrage leaves jail
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a mother at a New York City social services office (all times local):
A mother who was violently separated from her toddler son by New York police in a videotaped encounter at a city social services office has been released from jail.
Jazmine Headley said she was happy to be free and thanked everybody for their support following her release Tuesday night.
Pot prosecutions plummet in parts of NYC after policy shifts
NEW YORK (AP) — Marijuana prosecutions have plunged in two of New York City's five boroughs as their district attorneys stopped pursuing most pot cases and police changed their approach to marijuana enforcement.
The Latest: Plan could erase 20,000 pot convictions in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a Brooklyn prosecutor's plan to help people get low-level marijuana convictions dismissed (all times local):
Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn's top prosecutor.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced a plan Friday to invite people to ask courts to dismiss pot possession misdemeanors or violations. He expects prosecutors will assent in the great majority of a potential 20,000 cases just since 1990.
NYC prosecutor’s plan could wipe out 20,000 pot convictions
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn's top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses no longer being prosecuted in parts of the nation's biggest city.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals. He expects prosecutors will consent in the great majority of a potential 20,000 cases since 1990 and an unknown number of older ones.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest. (all times local):
Judging errors cast widespread confusion over Joey "Jaws" Chestnut's record-setting 11th title at the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.
Chestnut took home the Mustard Belt after downing 74 franks and buns in 10 minutes — two more than he did last year. Second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti ate 64.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three New York prosecutors are backing a national push to change parole and probation.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Albany County DA David Soares — all Democrats — have signed onto a statement published by Columbia University researchers that concludes a lack of funding and a focus on technical violations hurt the effectiveness of parole and probation.
NYC man pleads guilty to promoting prostitution
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man pleaded guilty to promoting three teenage girls as prostitutes on Backpage.com, a website later seized by the federal government.
Prosecutors say 46-year-old Whetsel Wade posted photos of the girls, ages 13, 15 and 17 on the website, and would set up meetings in apartments or hotels for the girls to have sex with men for money.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a driver in a fatal crash that killed the child of a Broadway star (all times local):
Prosecutors in New York say a woman who had a seizure behind the wheel and then drove into a crosswalk striking and killing two children had been told by doctors not to drive.
Dorothy Bruns was charged Thursday with manslaughter and other crimes in the March death of 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew. She pleaded not guilty.
New Jersey driver gets prison for NYC fatality
NEW YORK (AP) — A drunken driver from New Jersey who caused a woman to fall to her death from an elevated highway in New York City has been sentenced to prison.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says Vladimir Menin of Fort Lee got the 5 to 15 year sentence on Wednesday.
The victim, Aissatou Diallo of Staten Island, died in August 2016.
Man convicted of rape, robbery freed over faulty witness ID
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who spent more than 25 years behind bars for rape and robbery has been set free after prosecutors on Wednesday asked to vacate his conviction because he had been falsely identified.
Charges: On-duty detectives handcuffed woman, then raped her
NEW YORK (AP) — Two detectives threatened an 18-year-old woman with arrest over a bottle of prescription pills, handcuffed her, drove her around in their police van and then raped her, authorities said Monday in announcing charges against the two.
The detectives, Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, were arraigned Monday on a 50-count indictment that included rape and kidnapping counts, said acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. He said DNA recovered from the woman matched both defendants.
Deaths of California couple, 2 children was murder-suicide
BLOOMINGTON, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a man who was found dead in a burning home along with his wife and two children shot them and then killed himself.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department also says the fire in Bloomington, 50 miles east of Los Angeles, was deliberately set.
Firefighters were called to the home Wednesday morning and found smoke pouring from a corner bedroom. They pulled 35-year-old Karina Gonzalez from a front room but she died at a hospital.
9 reputed gang members charged in New York City crackdown
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors have charged nine reputed gang members with murder, weapons and other charges in seven shootings that left one person dead and 13 injured.
Prosecutors say the Loot Gang used private Facebook messages and FaceTime to communicate about obtaining weapons. Prosecutors say they boasted publicly online about violence, flashed gang signs and posted music videos meant to antagonize rival gang members.
Pueblo police arrest woman suspected in hit-run homicide
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado police have arrested a woman in connection with the death of a Pueblo man who was struck and killed by a vehicle.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2xkStRr ) the county coroner identified the deceased man as 25-year-old Christopher Piserchio. Police say Piserchio was killed Saturday as he was attempting to intervene in a fight happening inside the car that ran him over. The driver fled the scene.
If you're a customer of Taco Jardin Restaurant you'll be happy to know the accused weekend robber has been caught.
San Benito Police say Eric Gonzalez was arrested on Wednesday. He was arraigned today by Municipal Judge Benjamin Yudesis who set a bond of $75,000.
Police say Gonzalez walked into the restaurant on Stenger Street Sunday morning at 9:45 to buy a soda and then refused to pay for it. They say he assaulted a cashier and reached into the cash register and took a handful of money.
HARLINGEN — Two men wanted for crimes that occurred over the weekend are still being looked for by two different policy agencies.
Harlingen police are looking for a Brownsville man they say assaulted a Harlingen woman.
Officers were called at 5:30 p.m. Friday to the 900 block of South Palm Court Drive where a 31-year-old woman said she was assaulted by her ex-husband, according to a police press release. Isaias Valdes, 35, has been on the run since then.
SAN BENITO — San Benito Police are looking for a man they say robbed Taco Jardin Restaurant Sunday morning.
Police say they identified the suspect by surveillance video as San Benito resident Eric Gonzalez.
They say he walked into the restaurant at 9:45 a.m. to but a soda and when he refused to pay for it, he assaulted the cashier and reached into the cash drawer and grabbed an unknown amount of bills.
Car thefts on the rise in Pueblo
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The number of automobile thefts in Pueblo this year has already surpassed the total number of car thefts reported for all of 2015.
The Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2gDQIYD ) the Pueblo Police Department says there have been more than 1,000 auto thefts in the city this year, up from about the 900 counted last year.
Eric Gonzalez to serve out Brooklyn DA term
NEW YORK (AP) — Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will continue to head the office for the rest of the term.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Monday.
Gonzalez was chief Assistant District Attorney and has been leading the office ever since former Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson died of cancer last Sunday.
Brooklyn district attorney says he’s battling cancer
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday he will be taking absences from his position to undergo treatment for cancer.
In a statement, Thompson said, "As a man of intense faith, I intend to fight and win the battle against this disease." He didn't specify what type of cancer he had, or any time frame for the treatments.
He said the office would be led by Chief Assistant Eric Gonzalez while he is out.