Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith, 21, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was convicted today 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.
The murder was first reported on Talk of the Sound within minutes of the stabbing. Talk of the Sound was first to report that Kevin Williams had died, turning the case into a murder investigation.
Rico Johnson, 20, 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 and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Johnson will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.
Krista Leggieri,18, 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 and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Leggieri will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that Steven Malkin (DOB 08/11/58) of 29 Chester Drive, Rye, New York was arrested and charged by Felony Complaint with:
In addition, Old Tyme Wine & Spirits, Inc. located at 422 Pelham Avenue, in New Rochelle was charged by Felony Complaint with:
Vito Costa, a former employees of the Buildings and Grounds department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation after keeping his nose clean over the past year and paying $30,000 in restitution at sentencing. Costa had been on interim probation for the past year. Under terms of his guilty plea last fall he was sentenced just on the misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records.
Last year Talk of the Sound reported on Costa's guilty plea.
Costa plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and received Interim Probation. Costa will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records, according to Westchester District Attorney Director of Communications Lucian Chalfen. Costa's conduct over the next year will play a large role in the sentencing.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.
Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011
We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.
Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a Superseding Indictment in the case involving Forest City projects in Brooklyn including the Atlantic Yards project. Forest City is the developer of the Echo Bay Project in New Rochelle.
An eleven-count Superseding Indictment was filed today charging New York State Senator Carl Kruger, New York State Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr., former MediSys Health Network Chief Executive Officer David Rosen, and five other defendants with bribery, fraud, and other federal corruption crimes. Lobbyist Richard Lipsky, real estate developer Aaron Malinsky, health care consultant Solomon Kalish, former Chief Executive Officer of Parkway Hospital, Robert Aquino, and Michael Turano, a Manhattan-based gynecologist are also named. The defendants were originally charged in a three-count Complaint on March 10, 2011, and Rosen was subsequently indicted on March 31. With today’s Superseding Indictment, all eight defendants are now charged in a single Indictment. The defendants will be arraigned before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff on April 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Manhattan federal court.Read more
In a case that set of alarm bells all over Southern Westchester, Paula Izurieta, 30, of 17 Smart Street in Yonkers was convicted yesterday in New York State Supreme Court in New City, NY on all charges stemming from a burglary at the home of Richard Serpico, a Congers resident, 33 years old at the time of his death, who was killed in a motorcycle crash the weekend before the burglary occurred. Izurieta was convicted of two counts of Burglary-2nd Degree, both felonies.
Izurieta was arrested along with Ivan Murat on July 18, 2010 at the dead man's home. According to police they were taking everything out of the victims house including towels and even his bathing suits.Read more
Ten to fifteen supporters of Jose Martinez, the former Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary is scheduled to appear in the New Rochelle City Court today. After waiting for more than two hours to see Martinez, Judge Susan Kettner adjourned until 2:45 p.m.
UPDATE: Martinez' attorney waived his right to appear. Attorney Robert Marcus told Judge Susan Kettner that his client was in holding but did not wish to appear before the Judge. The next appearance date was set for April 15th. Marcus indicated that he was going to see a reduction in bail.Read more
Iona College has issues the following statement:
It is our understanding that Iona College’s former chief financial officer plead guilty today to federal fraud charges. As we have previously stated, the College took all proper actions in this situation when it was discovered almost two years ago and the majority of the missing funds were recovered. New procedures are in place to safeguard against a similar situation.
The court decided today to seek additional information from the individual and to proceed with the sentencing phase at a later date.Read more