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
Marie E. Thornton, 63, pled guilty to embezzlement from an organization that receives federal funds, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The Information also seeks forfeiture of all proceeds of the offense. Thornton is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Kimba M. Wood on May 13, 2011.
Thornton, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, pled guilty today for embezzling more than $850,000 from the college. Thornton pled guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house. Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."Read more
After a wild chase liveblogged on Talk on the Sound involving police from New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Eastchester, and Bronxville police departments and the Westchester County Police as well as helicopters and K-9 units, Lance Baptiste, 32, of Waterbury, Conn., and Eddie Torres, 25, of Davidson Avenue, Bronx, were each charged today in US District Court in White Plains with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute.
The multi-agency Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force has joined the investigation and the two suspects will be prosecuted in Federal Court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Federal agents and local police, including detectives from the County Police, serve on the DEA Task Force.Read more
Rico Johnson, alleged accomplice in the Kevin Williams murder, was released from custody today after he was bonded out. Johnson was one of two people arrested and charged for hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence for helping Laurell Smith, the alleged murderer, hide the murder weapon. Also arrested on similar charges to Johnson was Krista Leggieri.
The Westchester County District Attorney charged Rico Johnson as follows:
Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York with:
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony.
Kevin Williams was stabbed to death near 270 North Avenue on September 18th, 2010.Read more
Susan Kettner was sworn in as the City of New Rochelle's first elected female judge. Jared Rice was sworn in to serve the last year of the unexpired term of James Stowe who passed away in August, replacing Roxy Stowe who was appointed by the City Council in September to serve in place of her husband until the City could hold a special election in November.Read more
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To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the decision you will make on November 2nd will be of lasting importance to yourselves and your families. On this day, you have an opportunity to vote for Cynthia Lobo for New Rochelle City Judge. On this day, you can be assured that you will have a person who will become a judge who represents the diversity that is New Rochelle. She is a talented jurist and defender of the public who has struggled for equity and justice for working class people for over 30 years. Cynthia knows how to work hard because she comes from a blue collar family who worked very hard to provide for their children and their community. This commitment for the common good; for representing voiceless and disposed people has been her mainstay for over 30 years. To be a judge, you must have that diversity of life of experiences. You must be able to understand the people who appear before you. Cynthia understands. New Rochelle is a diverse community that is continuously changing. You need that dynamic person who is intelligent, flexible and brings local knowledge to decision making. Vote for Cynthia Lopo for City Judge in New Rochelle. It is exactly what the community needs! Yes we can!!!!
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