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March 31, 2017 | New York Times

A Georgia man who stole a truck after a night of drinking and rammed into a crosstown city bus, killing the driver, was convicted on Friday of aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter on Friday by a Manhattan jury after a three-week trial in state Supreme Court.

March 24, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

On the first day of the new Congress, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was introduced in the House, and in February a similar bill was introduced in the Senate. The legislation requires New York state and New York City to honor concealed-carry firearms permits issued in other states. This would be a dangerous and unwarranted interference with state and city laws,...

March 22, 2017 | Patch

A Bronx woman was sentenced to serve at least one year in prison after she admitted to stealing customers' credit card information at the SoHo restaurant where she worked as a cashier, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance announced that Aida Matias had been given a 1- to 3-year prison sentence after she...

March 22, 2017 | New York Post

A pair of brothers used Chinatown buses and Uber cars to smuggle guns from South Carolina to areas around the Big Apple, officials said on Wednesday. Shavar Stuckey, 31, and Levon Jackson, 30, who are half-brothers, are both facing a 203-count indictment that includes charges of fourth-degree conspiracy and first, second and...

March 22, 2017 | New York Daily News

Gunrunning was a family affair for two half-brothers accused of shuttling 105 firearms up to New York City along the infamous iron pipeline — with help from a chef at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, authorities said Wednesday. Shavar Stuckey, 31, and Levon Jackson, 30, who have the same father,...

March 22, 2017 | DNAinfo

An Italian sweet shop owner who stole millions of dollars from her elderly former employer to finance her business was sentenced to three to nine years in prison Wednesday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said. Selvaggia Pizzetti, 44, who ran a now-shuttered gelato and pastry cafe called Crave.It on Sixth Avenue...

March 16, 2017 | New York Times

A stolen Etruscan vessel will be returned to Italy thanks in part to the efforts of a hunter of looted antiquities. Last month, Christos Tsirogiannis, a Greek-born researcher who has spent more than a decade poring over auction and antiquities catalogs trying to identify stolen Greek and Roman artifacts, spotted an Etruscan amphora for sale at a Midtown...

March 15, 2017 | The New York Times

[...] We can do better than prosecuting and incarcerating 16- and 17-year-olds charged with nonviolent crimes on the same terms as adults. It is long past time for New York to lead in this area. Our legislators can look to four dozen other states to find that a safer and fairer system of juvenile justice is within reach.

March 09, 2017 | NBC New York

An NYPD officer has been convicted of lying about a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights. Jonathan Munoz was found guilty of all counts in the indictment against him, including two counts each of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and official misconduct, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Thursday.

March 08, 2017 | New York Post

“I’m so sorry,” a sobbing Gabriela Maia told Travis Cook in Manhattan court Wednesday after her fiancé was sent to prison for mowing down Cook’s wife and leaving her to die as he fled the scene. The two embraced and Travis, 34, told her that he had forgiven Samuel Silva for drinking and driving, ramming into wife Olga, 30, as...