NEW YORK PAYS $7,500 FOR ARRESTING KNIFE OWNER

November 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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The city of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement for wrongfully arresting a sculptor who was carrying a knife for his work.

The arrest came when an officer improperly classified his legal blade as a banned “gravity knife,” which opens with a flick of the wrist and locks, according to an advocacy organization.

“New York City’s outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end,” said Doug Ritter, chairman of the activist Knife Rights organization.

“Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the city until we win,” he said.

The owner of the knife was identified only as Jonathan W., at his request, to protect his identity, the group said.

“Jonathan was carrying a Spyderco UK Pen Knife with a non-locking blade in New York City when he was arrested for possession of an illegal ‘gravity knife.’ After considerable effort the charges…

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Authorities: Home Invaders Targeting Indian Families In New Jersey

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Thursday said home invaders have been targeting families of Indian descent in South Plainfield and Old Bridge, New Jersey.

The robbers have been storming into the homes of South Asian-American families, restraining the family members, and stealing undisclosed amounts of cash, electronics and jewelry, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

In each of the robberies, two or more masked men with handguns entered the homes through rear entrances before tying up the victims and ransacking the homes, prosecutors said.

The most recent home invasion occurred this past Tuesday in South Plainfield, prosecutors said. A family of five was targeted, and the gunmen took jewelry before running off, prosecutors said.

Earlier incidents happened this past Sunday, and on Monday, Oct. 20, prosecutors said.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday, but the investigation was active and continuing. Police and prosecutors would not…

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Police Search For Armed Men Wanted In Home Invasions In Old Bridge Township, NJ

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey are searching for several armed men wanted in at least two home invasions this month.

The incidents occurred in the Oakwood and Country Place sections of Old Bridge Township.

One of the victims spoke to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan off camera. She said she is so terrified that she doesn’t even want to talk about what happened to her and her family, Sloan reported.

Police said three masked gunmen broke into two separate homes, terrorized the families, assaulting at least one person in each household and then taking off with cash and electronics, Sloan reported.

“They entered via the back of the house, they broke their way in, they had handguns and they demanded the money, once they got the money from everyone there and they had searched the house they then left,” said Capt. Robert Weiss, Jr. of the Old…

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Indictment Alleges 4 Edison Officers Planned Retaliation Against Cop

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Four officers with the Edison Police Department have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to retaliate against an officer from a different police department after he arrested an Edison officer’s relative for alleged drunken driving.

According to the indictment recently handed up by a Middlesex County grand jury, the officers are accused of improperly accessing information about the North Brunswick officer in early 2012. They also allegedly performed surveillance on him and his travel habits.

However, no actual retaliation occurred, according to prosecutors.

Among other individual counts, the officers — Michael Dotro, Victor Aravena, William Gesell and Brian Favretto — all face conspiracy and official misconduct charges.

They have all been suspended without pay, and it was not known Sunday if any of them have retained an attorney.

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4 Edison Officers, Officer’s Wife Indicted On Misconduct, Conspiracy Charges

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Four Edison police officers and the wife of one officer have been indicted for multiple charges in two separate incidents, the Middlesex County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Officer Michael A. Dotro, Officer Brian Favretto, Officer Victor E. Aravena and Officer William H. Gesell were charged for plans to “retaliate” against an officer in North Brunswick after having arrested an associate of Dotro on a drunk driving charge. However, no actual retaliation was taken, authorities say. According to a news release, the officers allegedly planned to run surveillance on the officer to gain information on his travel habits and whereabouts.

The identity of the person charged with DWI, as well as that of the North Brunswick officer, has not been disclosed.

WEB EXTRA: Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Charges (pdf)

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N.J. Hunters, Residents Push For Bigger Bear Hunt

October 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –  Seeing a black bear cross your path in northwest New Jersey is no longer unusual—it’s becoming the norm. Bear hunting is held every year to keep the population down.

But CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, some homeowners say with a population of more than 2,500 black bears, it isn’t enough.

Black bears have been caught on camera, like one walking upright in Jefferson Township. Another was spotted in a backyard in Wyckoff and another hanging out in the middle of Ridgewood.

Then, there was a deadly encounter when 22-year-old Darsh Patel was mauled to death while hiking in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford.

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Hunter Eric Bunk lives in West Milford and says a bigger hunt is necessary to bring the numbers back into balance.

“We want them to be viewed as an asset, not a liability,” he said.

He says the six-day-long…

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Prosecutors: Man Charged After Shootout With Cop In Paterson

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Paterson man faces attempted-murder chargers after he allegedly got into a shootout with a police officer early Saturday morning.

Passaic County prosecutors told The Record that Getzmir Robinson also has been hit with weapons charges. They say he was armed with two handguns when the shooting occurred around 1 a.m. on Union Avenue in Paterson.

The officer was responding to reports of shots fired when he encountered Robinson, who allegedly began shooting at the officer, who then returned fire, authorities said.

Prosecutors would not say if anyone was wounded in the shootout or provide further details on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

It wasn’t known Sunday if Robinson had retained a lawyer, and a telephone number for him could not be located.

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