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Yellow Taxi Jumps Curb, Kills Man

"Gerold Sadesky had big plans for the end of the year. The 62-year-old elevator operator, who was planning to retire in December, had his eyes set on a $51,000 Cadillac, his friends and co-workers said yesterday.

"But Sadesky's plans were cut short yesterday afternoon when a yellow taxi jumped a curb on East 71st Street in Manhattan — on the same block where he worked for 29 years — and struck him."

Do you ever think this kind of thing will happen to you when you're walking down the street? You just feel safe on the sidewalk, don't you?

- posted by matt @ 11/01/2003 10:28:00 PM

Serial Sex Offender Is Sought in Killing of Homeless Woman

"When Anthony Jones, a serial sex offender, was sentenced to just two to four years for attempted assault instead of 25 to life for rape in 2000, Howard Safir, then the police commissioner, predicted, 'We'll see him again,' adding, 'Unfortunately, there will be another victim.'"

Well, he probably was right.

"Last night, the police circulated a picture of Mr. Jones, saying he was wanted for questioning about the killing of a woman whose body was discovered this month under the boardwalk in Coney Island."

This guy is a real mess.

"Mr. Jones, 46, has been arrested nine times. Three of the cases involved rape, sodomy or other sexual offenses, the police said. He was sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison in Arizona in 1978 after raping a woman and stabbing her repeatedly, and he sodomized an elderly woman in the basement of a Manhattan church in 1990. The police believe he was also arrested in Wyoming. He is a registered sex offender in New York."
- posted by matt @ 11/01/2003 02:27:00 PM

Queens dad stabbed by teen ghouls

"A gang of costumed teens jumped a Queens dad trick-or-treating with his wife and baby daughter last night, nearly stabbing him to death after he asked them not to throw eggs near his little girl, cops said."

Update: Teen Admits Halloween Stabbing

- posted by matt @ 11/01/2003 02:12:00 PM

Man stabbed to death in Chinatown bus transaction

"A fight over a bus route operating out of Manhattan's Chinatown section ended in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old man, police said."

This is just the latest in a long list of violent incidents between these Chinatown bus companies. Nuts.

- posted by matt @ 11/01/2003 02:02:00 PM

Hasidism Clash in Brooklyn

"A holy war between two feuding Brooklyn Hasidic groups erupted outside a religious school in Williamsburg yesterday as more than 150 students tried to storm the building, which had been closed by a rival faction. "

I really need to read a book about Hasidism or something. The whole thing is a mystery to me, which is probably why I find it fascinating. For some reason, though, I just can't get into The Hasidic Rebel. I tried. Can't do it.

- posted by matt @ 10/30/2003 11:41:00 PM

Homeland security money doesn't match terror threat

"At issue is how to divide the biggest grant for homeland security: $2 billion a year to help equip and train firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers. In keeping with how Washington often spreads the wealth — whether for highways, education or emergency preparedness — Congress last year instructed Ridge's department to guarantee every state a share. That allows members of Congress to boast about bringing home the bacon. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who insisted on the formula, touts his small state's haul: more than $20 million for emergency workers, rising to $37 million by the end of 2004."

There's $5.05 of federal funds for each New Yorker devoted to the prevention of and reaction to terrorism in New York state. There's $35.51 of federal funds per resident doing the same in W(h)yoming.

"A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll reveals that while 68% of Americans think a terrorist attack is likely in the USA during the next year, only 17% think it's likely in their community."

Like nuclear power plants, people seem to have a NIMBY mentality about terrorism. Not in my back yard. Sure, it's a little different... "I don't mind a power plant, but not in my back yard." You never hear, "A little terrorism never hurt, but just not in my back yard." But you catch my drift.

- posted by matt @ 10/30/2003 11:34:00 PM

Screwdriver Head Stab a Gory Gay Slay

"A Brooklyn man who claims he plunged a screwdriver into the head of an off-duty city bus driver while fending off a gay advance has been charged with murder, police sources said."

The guy is claiming self-defense, but that's tough to believe when he stole the guy's credit card, phone card and Social Security card.

Describing the accused, one source was quoted as saying, "He's not the sharpest tool in the shed."

There are probably some better comparisons to use in this case. Just a thought.

- posted by matt @ 10/30/2003 11:18:00 PM

Google Search: NYPD Central Booking address

For the person who just arrived at ScaryNY through this search string, I feel for you. I can only imagine that a loved one has been wrongly arrested by the NYPD and called you to bail them out and you're frantically looking for the address of Central Booking. Either that, or the bastard is guilty as sin and deserves to rot there. Not sure which.

- posted by matt @ 10/29/2003 02:55:00 PM

Laundromat Worker Killed in Queens

"There is a murder mystery in Queens where police say an employee of a laundromat has been found murdered."

Employee returns to work one morning only to find a co-worker dead. I have a lot of respect for people who work the overnight shift of 24-hour [Fill In Blank]s. They really put their lives on the line more than most.

- posted by matt @ 10/28/2003 12:54:00 AM

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Murders

"A Brooklyn man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal slashings of his roommate and the woman's 11-year-old daughter."

- posted by matt @ 10/28/2003 12:49:00 AM

(Literal) Hipster Bashing in Williamsburg? @ Gawker

"It seems Craigslisters are foaming at the mouth over an alleged series of beatings of chops-and-trucker-hat-sporting hipsters in Williamsburg."

Lots of lazy ScaryNYing by me lately. Letting other blog people do my dirty work. I've been busy. But anyway...

I guess there's this: Bat Attack Victim Still Critical... not in Williamsburg at all. But one of the kids was from Williamsburg. Revenge?

- posted by matt @ 10/28/2003 12:37:00 AM

Gothamist: Shots in a Brooklyn Apartment

"Next time you're lying in bed, pray that your upstairs gun-wielding neighbor decides not to shoot a round into the floor, the way Herbert Livingston's neighbor shot through the floor-ceiling and pierced Livingston's shoulder."

Bullets going through walls/floors happen more frequently than you would think.

- posted by matt @ 10/27/2003 01:40:00 PM

6 Die In 10 Hours

"Six men were shot dead in a 10-hour span ending early yesterday, police said."

This comes via the National Incident Notification Network. What's that? "NINN provides Breaking News Stories in the Police, Fire and EMS Services, as they Happen, long before they're shown in the local newscast or in the newspaper." Basically, it's a network of people listening to their local police scanners. When they hear something, they let readers (and local media outlets) know about it. Kind of neat in a sick way, although, who am I to talk?

- posted by matt @ 10/27/2003 12:04:00 AM

Jealous Fury Prompts Queens Murder

"A Queens man, in a jealous fury upon learning his former girlfriend was seeing another man, broke into her Long Island City apartment early Saturday and fatally shot her new boyfriend, police said."

This happened at the Ravenswood Houses, conveniently located around the corner from my home. This isn't the first time I've written about this place. Most events there seem to be domestic in nature. Not so much random violence.

- posted by matt @ 10/26/2003 11:57:00 PM

Crash Tail of Whoa

"Four people got the scare of their lives yesterday when a hansom-cab horse suddenly bolted down a Central Park road and barreled into another carriage, causing both cabs to flip over, police said."

The horse just had enough.

"Stack said the runaway horse 'will be suspended from duty, pending a veterinary exam.'"

What a nice way of saying... "this fucker's glue."

- posted by matt @ 10/26/2003 11:50:00 PM

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