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New York man charged with DWI after striking and killing friend

Police in New York say that a 23-year-old man was intoxicated when he struck and killed a female friend with his SUV in the early hours of July 26. The man's scheduled arraignment on drunk driving charges was postponed after he was admitted to the psychiatric ward of Stony Brook Hospital the following day. Authorities say that he could remain in the Long Island medical facility for at least 72 hours.

According to police, the victim had been sitting in the man's vehicle in a parking lot when she decided to exit the SUV and walk home. She is said to have been concerned about the man's level of intoxication. The woman proceeded to walk for about half a mile. The man then drove and caught up with her. Police say the man struck the 21-year-old as he pulled over his SUV to speak with her.

6 charged for involvement in StubHub ticket scam

New York concertgoers may have heard that six people were indicted on July 23 for stealing account information from StubHub in order to illegally buy approximately 3,500 tickets. Prosecutors charged the accused individuals with 117 counts that included money laundering, possession of stolen property and grand larceny.

The indictment documents stated that a 30-year-old man and a 21-year-old man used accounts that had stored credit card information to buy tickets. They would then give them to fences who could sell them at a discount. However, StubHub added security measures after catching on to the alleged activities. The two accused individuals apparently then began to use stolen credit card information to make the purchases. The 30-year-old man was taken into custody while he was on vacation in Spain and was expected to be returned to the U.S. later.

New York man charged for DWI-Drugs after 2-car crash

A 23-year-old man from West Seneca was charged for DWI-drugs after being involved in a collision in Elma on July 15. In addition to the impaired driving charge, the man was reportedly cited for several traffic violations because of the incident. The man is expected to appear in Town of Elma Court to deal with the charges.

Deputies for the Erie County Sheriff's Office say the incident occurred while the man was driving eastbound on Bullis Road. At about 9:45 p.m., the man crossed over the centerline and entered the westbound lane before hitting a mailbox. When he attempted to drive back into the eastbound lane, the man collided with a second car that had been traveling westbound.

New York man sentenced in child modeling scam

A New York man pleaded guilty to being involved in a child-modeling fraud scheme that defrauded clients out of approximately $236,000 and was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison. According to the report, the 45-year-old Smithtown resident pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree scheme to defraud in addition to one count of fifth-degree conspiracy in May.

The prosecution claimed that the man and his co-defendants approached families with children and unaccompanied teenagers in a number of different malls between January 2011 and November 2012. They would persuade these individuals to purchase a number of modeling-related services, including photographs. Prosecutors claimed that the defendants would then attempt to have clients sign multi-year agreements, claiming that they had relationships with a number of widely known retailers. The defendants would then make statements indicating that if payments were not made immediately, the children and teenagers would lose those lucrative opportunities.

Man detained at New York airport with carry-on firearm

A Connecticut resident has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after Transportation Security Administration agents allegedly detected a handgun in his carry-on baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 7. TSA agents claimed that an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint revealed a .22 pistol packed into the 57-year-old man's bag. According to the Office of Public Affairs, the man, who was en route to Aruba, stated that he had forgotten that his gun was in the bag.

Port Authority Police charged the man with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and confiscated the handgun. The man was eventually released on bail. According to a statement released by one of the man's family members on July 7, his wife had packed his bag and hadn't realized that the bag contained a gun. The statement also noted that the man has a concealed carry permit issued by the state of Connecticut.

Traffic stop results in drug charges for two

According to New York State Police, two residents of Plattsburgh were taken into custody for alleged drug possession following a traffic stop. They are facing drug charges after heroin and other drugs were reportedly discovered in the vehicle. Police pulled their vehicle over in Peru on Interstate 87 for speeding.

During the stop, police discovered that the driver reportedly had 53 bags of heroin in his possession. The female passenger allegedly had a small amount of marijuana and 8 milligrams of Suboxone in her possession. The driver was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and taken into police custody. He was remanded to a local jail in lieu of either a $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail after his arraignment at the Town of Peru Court. The passenger was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was taken into police custody and will return to court after being issued an appearance ticket.

NYC hospital exec accused of multi-million-dollar theft

On July 8, a 47-year-old former director of pharmacy services for New York City's Beth Israel Medical Center was charged with the theft of 200,000 narcotic pills. The pills in question were oxycodone, and the New York City special narcotics prosecutor said that the alleged thefts occurred for more than a five-year period.

The ex-pharmacy director was indicted on drug charges for allegedly operating as a high-level trafficker as defined by New York's Drug Kingpin law. He also faces potentially severe penalties of anywhere from eight years to life in prison for grand larceny and nearly 250 counts of criminal possession of controlled substances. Prosecutors accused him of falsifying records in the hospital's inventory system in order to divert the pills as well as creating false prescriptions.

6 New York teenagers detained on weapons charges

On July 4, officers took six teenagers into custody on charges of felony possession of explosives, according to the New York Police Department. Police allegedly caught the six teenagers, the youngest of whom is 15, making and carrying chemical reactive devices in Staten Island.

Officers allege that they heard explosions occur and traced the sounds back to the teenagers' Great Kills location, near the intersection of Melrose Place and Cleveland Avenue. According to police, officers caught the teenagers in the process of manufacturing a chemical reactive device. Police reported that they also found chlorine tablets and isopropyl alcohol in the possession of the teenagers. An NYPD representative stated that 'mixing together various household chemicals" may result in a chemical reactive device that 'can pack quite a wallop."

New York jewelry store owner admits to role in credit card fraud

The owner of a New York jewelry store has admitted to participating in a massive credit card fraud scheme. According to the New Jersey U.S. Attorney, he one of 19 members of the alleged conspiracy to plead guilty. The man is scheduled for sentencing in September and faces harsh penalties under federal law. He could receive a prison term of up to 30 years as well as a fine of up to $1 million.

The 51-year old man was indicted for his participation in the conspiracy in October 2013. The conspirators allegedly created over 7,000 false identities and then used the identities to acquire tens of thousands of credit cards; falsified credit reports granted the fraudulent cards increased spending power.

Father charged after saving daughter from attack

Police claim that a 45-year-old Long Island man drove his teenage daughter and three of her friends to a park on June 18 for the purpose of engaging in a fight with another girl. It is further alleged that he assaulted a 17-year-old boy who attempted to stop the altercation. The man is facing a charge of second-degree assault and could face child endangerment charges.

The young man reported that he and his girlfriend were in the park when the car arrived. He claimed that the father stood too close to his girlfriend and did not move when asked to stop. It is alleged that in response to the request, the father pulled a crowbar out from under his clothing and hit the boy with it. However the father's criminal defense attorney reported that the man simply moved to protect his daughter while she was under attack.