Press Releases for 2009

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Number & Date Brief details for cases in December Click below for Press Release
50. 12/23/2009

ANTHONY BASTONE AND PINE TAVERN (P.G.: to one count of Filing False Returns, a Class A Misdemeanor under Administrative Code 11-4004 Subsection a.  Pine Tavern Parking, the corporate entity, pled guilty to one count of Filing False Returns, a Class E Felony under Administrative Code 11-4004 Subsection b. Under terms of the plea agreement Bastone turned over a check in the amount of $499,135 and also forfeited $820,865 which was seized during the execution of search warrants on May 1, 2007.  Bastone and the Corporation will also pay an additional sum of $1,930,000 on or before March 23, 2010.)

49. 12/04/2009

CARVETTE GENTLES, ROHAN FRANCIS, DWAYNE TAYLOR, CLEVE SMITH AND CLIVIE SMITH (IND.: for “acting - in - concert” with intent to cause the death of  Tyrone Creighton, 19, shot and seriously injured Creighton and a second victim, Vada Vasquez, 15, an innocent bystander who was walking home from school. The shootings occurred in the vicinity of 818 Home Street on November 16, 2009.)

48. 12/02/2009

CHEYENNE CHERRY (P.G.: to one count of Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree, a Class D violent felony offense, as well as Animal Cruelty as a misdemeanor. On May 6, 2009, Cherry and an alleged accomplice, a juvenile, entered an apartment in a New York City Housing Authority building on Tinton Avenue and damaged some of the contents by pouring bleach on a couch before cutting it with a knife and cutting the wires on a television set. Cherry’s alleged accomplice is believed to be the person who actually put the crime victim’s kitten, “Tiger Lily,” in the oven and turned it on before fleeing, leaving the kitten to burn to death.)

47. 12/02/2009

KEVIN SPELLMAN (IND.: for allegedly driving while intoxicated and causing the death of a 70-year-old Bronx woman. Drane Nikac, 66, of the Bronx, was struck and killed while walking across the intersection of West 232nd Street and Kingsbridge Avenue at approximately 6:40 a.m. on October 30, 2009. )

Number & Date Brief details for cases in November Click below for Press Release
46. 11/25/2009

LLOYD FARQUHARSON (SENT.: to 20 years in prison for a home invasion burglary in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx in October 2007. The crime for which he was found guilty on November 6th, occurred on October 19, 2007 in a multiple family dwelling on East 222nd Street when Farquharson entered a first floor apartment through a rear doorway, confronted his victim and demanded money.)

45. 11/18/2009
PEDRO CORNIEL (P.G.: to a single count of Perjury in the 3rd degree. Corniel, a former New York City Police Officer, pled guilty to lying under oath during his testimony before a grand jury. The incident occurred on August 18, 2008.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in October Click below for Press Release
44. 10/30/2009
TIMOTHY MUNROE (INDICTED: on 2 counts of Assault in the 3rd degree, 1 count of Attempted Assault in the 3rd degree, 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st degree and 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree. Munroe, a New York City Correction Officer has been charged with assaulting inmates at a City jail facility on Rikers Island on two separate occasions.)
43. 10/28/2009
JAMAL BLAIR (INDICTED: on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree, one count of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree and one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd and 3rd degrees. Blair is charged with the shooting death of 92-year-old Sadie Mitchell.)
42. 10/23/2009
ROBERT SYMONDS (CONV: on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of 43-year-old Louis Muscatelli. Symonds was found guilty of the stabbing death of a Bronx man 15 years ago, in February 1994.)
41. 10/09/2009
MIGUEL MATIAS (P.G.: to one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of Ana Matias. Matias is charged with the strangulation death of his 14-year-old daughter who was pregnant with his unborn fetus. The incident occurred on February 16, 2008.)
40. 10/06/2009 DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT T. JOHNSON announced the hiring of 25 New Assistant District Attorneys.

Number & Date Brief details for cases in September Click below for Press Release
39. 09/22/2009
CHRISTOPHER PERINO (SENT: to concurrent terms of four months in jail along with 5 years probation on each of three felony counts of Perjury in the 1st degree and three years probation on one misdemeanor count of Perjury in the 3rd degree. Perino, a former New York City Police Detective, was convicted for lying under oath at the trial of a man whom he had arrested for attempted murder.)
38. 09/15/2009
MARC RIOS (INDICTED: on one count of Attempted Assault in the 1st degree, a Class C felony offense, and one count of Assault in the 2nd degree a Class D felony offense. Rios, a New York City Police Officer, is charged with allegedly assaulting an unarmed civilian in an unprovoked attack.)
37. 09/11/2009
Assistant District Attorney Amy Litwin is one of 11 New Yorkers, including firefighters, lawyers, midwives, bartenders and musicians, who’ve been selected to spend a week on the job with their counterparts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
36. 09/03/2009
CELESTINO ORTA (ARRAIGNED: on 1 count of Grand Larceny in the 1st degree, 3 counts of Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree, 1 count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 1st degree and 3 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree. Orta and his co-defendant, Mario Tolisano, are charged with bilking three people out of more than $1.3 million dollars in an alleged scam involving the sale of property that the defendants did not own and were not authorized to sell.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in August Click below for Press Release
35. 08/26/2009
MARIO TOLISANO and CELESTINO ORTA (INDICTED: on 1 count of Grand Larceny in the 1st degree, 3 counts of Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree, 1 count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 1st degree and 3 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree. Tolisano and Orta are charged with bilking three people out of more than one point three million dollars ($1,300,000) in an alleged scam involving the sale of property that the defendants did not own and were not authorized to sell.)
34. 08/25/2009
RODNEY HOWARD (INDICTED: on 3 counts of Rape in the 1st degree, 2 counts of Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree and 1 count of Robbery in the 1st degree. Howard is charged with alleged rape and robbery of a woman in December 1993.
33. 08/18/2009
MARK ST. PIERRE (INDICTED: on charges of murder, manslaughter and some 48 other criminal acts in connection with a deadly ‘hit and run’ vehicular assault that killed a Miguel Colon and injured six other people. The incident occurred on July 12, 2009.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in July Click below for Press Release
32. 07/15/2009
CHEYENNE CHERRY (P.G.: to one count of Attempted Burglary in the 3rd degree and one count of Agriculture and Markets Law 353. Cherry pled guilty to attempted burglary and animal cruelty in the brutal death of her former roommate’s cat. The incident occurred on May 6, 2009.)
31. 07/07/2009
GENE CONTI (ARRESTED: on charges of grand larceny and other offenses following a year long investigation into the alleged misappropriation of school funds at Cardinal Hayes High School totaling $67,000.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in June Click below for Press Release
30. 06/25/2009
TYSHON CATES (SENT: to six years imprisonment for manslaughter in the death of Matharr Cham. Cates pled guilty for his part in the brutal beating and strangulation death of a 21- year-old Bronx man in June 2006.)
29. 06/24/2009
CHRISTOPHER PERINO (CONV: on 3 felony counts of Perjury in the 1st degree and 1 misdemeanor count of Perjury in the 3rd degree. Perino was found guilty of perjury for lying under oath at the trial of a man whom he had arrested for attempted murder.)
28. 06/11/2009
CARLOS CRUZ (P.G.: to one count of Murder in the 1st degree in the shooting death of Chelsea Frazier. Cruz pled guilty to paying a hit-man to kill his 18-year old girlfriend.)
27. 06/11/2009
RAFAEL LORA (SENT: to a maximum term of up to three years in prison for the fatal shooting of Fermin Arzu, a 41- year-old Honduran immigrant. Lora, a former New York City Police Officer, was found guilty of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree on April 3, 2009. The incident occurred on May 18, 2007.)
26. 06/01/2009
BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT T. JOHNSON announced that 25 law school and college students will begin an eight-week summer internship program.

Number & Date Brief details for cases in May Click below for Press Release
25. 05/29/2009
JAMAAL HOLTON (CONV: on 8 counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree, 3 counts of Robbery in the 1st degree and 3 counts of Burglary in the 1st degree. Holton was found guilty of committing sexual assaults against five young women at knife- point.)
24. 05/22/2009
ROBERT KAHN (SENT: to attend a counseling program for sex offenders. Khan, a 72-year-old attorney was found guilty of sexually abusing a 34-year-old female Law Guardian last August during an appearance in Family Court. The incident occurred on August 18, 2008.)
23. 05/21/2009
JOSEPH BASTONE (P.G.: to charges of evading $750,000 in taxes, including corporate, sales, payroll and personal income taxes owed to the City of New York and the State of New York in regards to Yankee Tavern.)
22. 05/20/2009
TAMAR PEEBLES (SENT: to 3 years in state prison on charges of bribe receiving and the attempted sale of narcotics. Peebles, a former NYC Correction Officer, will be subject to post release supervision for 5 years.)
21. 05/15/2009
BONNIE DAVIDO (SENT: to a maximum term of up to 6 years imprisonment for conspiring to have another woman maimed, raped and killed in 2006.)
20. 05/15/2009
FRANCISCO SANTOS (INDICTED: on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree and one count of Manslaughter in the 1st degree in the shooting death of livery cab driver Roberto Pita. The incident occurred on May 10, 2009.)
19. 05/13/2008
ED BASTONE, LUIGI BASTONE and FRATELLI’S RESTAURANT (P.G.: to one count each of New York City Administrative Code 11-4004 (a), False returns or Reports: Corporate Taxes, (a Class A Misdemeanor). Fratelli’s Restaurant pled guilty to a single felony count of New York City Administrative Code 11-4004 (b), False returns or Reports: Corporate Taxes. Fratelli’s Restaurant and its owners are charged with evading more than $600,000 in taxes and unemployment insurance premiums owed to the city and state of New York.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in April Click below for Press Release
18. 04/28/2009

‘BLOODS‘ GANG MEMBERS (INDICTED: on 54 counts which charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and distribute narcotics in and around the edenwald houses.)

17. 04/27/2009

MARGARET RYAN (P.G.: to evading, approximately, three years of state and city sales taxes, and unemployment insurance premiums. Ryan and Jake’s Steakhouse, at 6031 Broadway, the Bronx, are jointly liable for the payment of a total of some $525,000 in back taxes, fines, and penalties, including back taxes owed to the city and state for 2004 through 2007.)

16. 04/23/2009

JOSEPH BASTONE (Arrested: on charges of evading corporate, sales and payroll taxes owed to the City of New York and the State of New York. The total dollar amount involved in these crimes is approximately $1,000,000 million dollars. Joe Bastone’s Yankee Tavern, the corporate entity, at 72 East 161st Street, the Bronx, was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree, one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st degree, one count of False Returns or Reports; Corporate Taxes, and one count of False Returns or Reports in violation of New York City Administrative Code 11-4004 (b).)

15. 04/23/2009

VICTOR PEREZ (CONV: on 8 counts of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, 5 counts of Rape in the 1st degree, 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree, 5 counts of Incest in the 1st degree, 3 counts of Use of a Child in Sexual Performance, 1 count of Course of Conduct Against a Child in the 1st degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. )

14. 04/17/2009

RAMUNTXO BOSCH (P.G.: to one count of New York State Tax Law Section 1807 (b) a Class E felony offense; aiding or assisting in the giving of fraudulent returns. Bosch, the owner of Bosch Tax Services at 111 West 225th Street in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx filed tax returns for clients which fraudulently claimed a number of foster children as dependents and child care tax deductions for these “phantom” children.)

13. 04/14/2009

BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT T. JOHNSON (announces a gun buy-back program in an effort to get illegal hand guns and other weapons off the streets and out of circulation. Participants will receive a $200 pre-paid cash card for each eligible weapon surrendered, No Questions Asked. The gun buy-back program will take place on one day only - Saturday, April 25, 2009 - between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at six drop-off locations.)

12. 04/08/2009

VICTOR GONZALEZ (CONV: on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death and dismemberment of Wilfredo Pinto Jr. The murder occurred on May 9, 2006 and was the culmination of an argument that escalated, became physical, and ended with the defendant striking the deceased in the head multiple times with a hammer.)

11. 04/03/2009

RAFAEL LORA (CONV: on one count of Manslaughter in the 2nd degree in the death of Fermin Arzu, 41, in May 2007. Justice Clancy found that Lora  “recklessly caused the death” of Arzu when he shot and killed the victim, who was driving near the intersection of Longwood Avenue and Hewitt Place shortly before midnight on May 18, 2007.)

10. 04/03/2009

ANTHONY PEREZ (INDICTED: on two counts of Conspiracy in the 2nd degree, two counts of Criminal Facilitation in the 2nd degree, and two counts of Criminal Solicitation in the 2nd degree. It is alleged that Perez agreed to pay an undercover detective whom he believed to be a killer for hire, $100,000 to kill the woman he is accused of raping and a second witness who was in the apartment when the alleged sex crime occurred in April 2006.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in March Click below for Press Release
9. 03/24/2009

THOR CORBIN (SENT: to 14 years imprisonment for shooting in a dispute over sharing a litter of Pit Bull puppies. Corbin was found guilty last month of Assault in the 1st degree for shooting and seriously wounding Malcolm Scott, 20, on August 27, 2007.)

8. 03/23/2009

DEBRA EAGER (INDICTED: on three counts of Perjury in the 1st degree, a Class D felony offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment on each count.)

7. 03/18/2009

ANGELO VANTERPOOL (P.G.: to one count of Manslaughter in the 1st degree in the death of Vision Reddick. Vanterpool admitted to beating the child, causing bruising on his body and face and recklessly causing his death.)

Number & Date Brief details for cases in February Click below for Press Release
6. 02/27/2009

ROBERT FLEMING (INDICTED: by a grand jury on 11 counts of Murder in the 2nd degree in the deaths of Selina Cooper and her daughter Joi Little.)

5. 02/18/2009

CESAR RIOS (CONV:on two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a Class E felony offense, and one count of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd degree in the deaths of Lt. John Bellew and Lt.Curtis Meyran and injuries to Lt. Joseph DiBernardo, and Firefighters Jeffrey Cool, Eugene Stolowski and Brendan Cawley.)

4. 02/17/2009

MICHAEL LENNON (P.G.: to one count of Robbery in the 1st degree and one count of Assault in the 2nd degree in connection with a home invasion that occurred on October 16, 2007.)

 

Number & Date Brief details for cases in January Click below for Press Release
3. 01/22/2009
MICHAEL MCKIE, KHALID NELSON and DENISE ALBRIGHT (INDICTED: three New York City Correction Officers and twelve adolescent inmates on charges ranging from manslaughter, conspiracy, enterprise corruption and other offenses stemming from an investigation into the death of an 18-year-old inmate, Christopher Robinson, at a Rikers Island detention facility.)
2. 01/09/2009
LILLO BRANCATO (SENT: to ten years imprisonment after being found guilty of one count of Attempted Burglary in the 1st Degree in an attempted break-in at the home of an acquaintance on Arnow Place in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. The incident occurred in December of 2005.)
1. 01/05/2009
DEXTER ROMAN (SENT: to two terms of life imprisonment for the murders of Carlos Arauz and Laurice Arthur. The shooting deaths occurred in a three week period on December of 2005.)

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