One the most read stories ever on Talk of the Sound was Son of Police Detective Sues New Rochelle PD Following Arrest for using Dave Chappelle's "White Person Voice". It was widely linked from blogs around the country: Ripclawe and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.
I never did hear what happened in the case when I asked I did not get any information. A New Rochelle police officer asked me how come I never wrote that Hazelton lost his case in criminal court. When I tried to confirm that I could not get any information. Now I know why. Hazelton was convicted on most of the counts, all related to "disorderly conduct" but the case was sealed. So, Hazelton was arrested and convicted but officially has not record. Not sure what happened with the civil lawsuit but obviously a conviction in court will not help him.Read more
Former New Rochelle DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang plead guilty this morning in a Westchester County courtroom to the top count of tampering with public records. Fevang was charged in June with 66 counts of fraud.
"We are seeking jail time," said Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney's office.
Fevang appeared before Judge Albert Lorenzo to enter his guilty plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced sometime in January, 2012.
The guilty plea ends a decade-long series of investigations into fraud by Fevang, first reported to the DA's office in 2001 by DPW mechanic Pat Papallardi and other municipal workers.
The recent investigation began after allegations against Fevang were first published on Talk of the Sound in 2009. New Rochelle City Council Member Louis Trangucci played a critical role in advancing the investigation when he delivered boxes of DPW invoices to Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureaus in early 2010.
"I am pleased to know that Mr. Fevang is no longer working for the City and will pay for his crimes against the people of New Rochelle", said Council Member Louis Trangucci. "Now we can move forward on a more positive basis for the Department of Public Works."
Trangucci singled put Papallardi for praise.
"I want to extend my sincere appreciation for Pat Papallardi who took to the initiative to come forward with information that led to the 66-Count indictment against Fevang," said Trangucci. "Pat is an example of how one person can make a difference. I would hope his brave actions will inspire others to come forward knowing it is possible to have a positive outcome in a case like this.
The Westchester County District Attorney is expected to issue a statement shortly.
Messages left for City Manager Charles B. Strome and City spokesperson Kathy Gilwit were not returned.
Conway and Assistant District Attorney Shara Abraham of the Investigations Division worked with Conway in prosecuting the case.
Laurell Smith, the man convicted of murdering Kevin Blank during the infamous “broad daylight stabbing”, has been transferred out of the Westchester County Jail, sources say.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith (DOB 02/12/90) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was sentenced today to 20 years in state prison on his conviction after a jury trial of:
one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.
In addition, the defendant was sentenced to an indeterminate term of one to three years in prison to be served concurrently on a violation of probation resulting from his arrest and conviction in this case.
Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to:
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony
and was sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Former New Rochelle City Judge Preston, Scher, 71, drove his car into two vehicles parked on the shoulder of I-684 in Connecticut near Danbury,CT on Monday night sending a Tennessee woman flying off an overpass into a swamp below. The two parked vehicles had collided previously and were parked on the shoulder of the interstate when Scher came upon the scene, lost control of his vehicle and struck the two vehicles.
Elaine Staggs,23, of Oak Ridge, TN was standing on the should when the collision occurred. She was thrown from the overpass, landing in a marshy area 25 feet below. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY where she is listed in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle, Richard Heaton, 52, of Glendale, Queens was in his car at the time of the collision was not seriously injured. All three vehicles sustained significant damage.
Scher, who retired as New Rochelle City Judge last year, sustained minor injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.Read more
This is Part VII in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.
Judge Anthony Carbone today sentenced Suzanne Ribando to Conditional Discharge, a highly unusual and light sentence based on an equally unusual recommendation from the Westchester County Department of Probation. Carbone also vacated an unconstitutional Order of Protection imposed on Suzanne Ribando by Judge Gail Rice in 2008, lifting a ban on Ribando entering or enjoying the use of her own backyard. Patrick Hickey, one the complainants in the case, glared at Ribando as he stormed out of the courtroom.
"I am happy," said Ribando's attorney John Mangialardi about the sentence, "Given the fact that she was convicted of what she was convicted of this was a good outcome."Read more
(New York, NY) -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of Marque Gumbs, 32, for stealing more than $1.5 million worth of printing toner cartridges from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (“MSK”) in Midtown Manhattan. Gumbs is charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the First Degree. The theft occurred between September 27, 2007 and August 27, 2010.
“More than $1.5 million intended for the operation of a world-renowned health care facility was instead squandered on the defendant’s pursuit of a luxurious lifestyle,” said District Attorney Vance. “To victimize an organization dedicated to saving lives is deplorable. I commend our Special Prosecutions Bureau for its swift work on this case.”Read more
This is Part VI in a series. To read from the beginning, go back to Part I.
Days before her trial on eight criminal counts of harassment, contempt and criminal mischief -- just two days before a pre-trial conference on October 29th -- Suzanne Ribando stepped out her front door and found Detective Jeff Wilson lurking in the shadows across the street from her house.
Standing stock still on her front porch, Suzanne Ribando watched as Detective Jeff Wilson got out of a car parked along the street near her house on Stephenson Boulevard. Wilson walked into the street and stood under a street lamp. She could just make out an object in his hand. It appeared to be a video camera. Ribando said Wilson looked directly at the front of her house, right at her, then turned around, went back to his car and drove away. Having been told previously to call if anything unusual happened, Ribando called Michael Galluzzi who told her that if he came back again to try to get the license plate number of the vehicle.Read more