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2 Teens Held in Heist of Golf Cart

"Two 13-year-old boys from Staten Island have been arrested and charged with robbery for hijacking a golf cart in Huguenot on Monday, police said."

A father and son duo were just hanging out on the 11th hole when these two kids jumped from behind some trees and stole their cart. Dad started chasing them and had a heart attack.

"The elder Ulanich chased them down, and grabbed onto the speeding cart. In an attempt to shake him off, the boys sprayed him with a fire extinguisher, creating what looked like a trail of thick smoke, witnesses said. As the father slowed the vehicle, the son caught up to them. The teens then abandoned the cart and ran away."

Then... "The elder Ulanich chased after one of the boys with a golf club, but eventually turned around and sprinted back to the cart, where he suffered an apparent heart attack."

Staten Island is a different world to me. This kind of stuff never happens where I live.

- posted by matt @ 11/21/2003 04:39:00 PM



Breaking: Michael Jackson Mug Shot

I may be the first to have the Michael Jackson mug shot.

(Ok, fine. That's not really him. Here. Not as good as I think we all thought it would be.)

- posted by matt @ 11/20/2003 04:06:00 PM



2 Teens Stabbed In Subway Melee

"A melee broke out aboard a Manhattan subway yesterday, leaving two teenagers stabbed and another slashed in the face, police said."

Here's a little bit of advice... when this sort of thing happens -- I've seen episodes more times than I can count -- get off the train if you can. Even if you have a seat or whatever. Waiting an extra 3 minutes for another train is the best route to go.
- posted by matt @ 11/20/2003 02:54:00 PM



NYPD to Have Access to Interpol Data

"The NYPD will be the first police department in the United States to plug into a Interpol database that allows access to fingerprints, passports and pictures."

Man, if I actually listened to Interpol, I'd be concerned about privacy. I didn't know they kept tabs on their fans like that. Nuts.

- posted by matt @ 11/20/2003 02:51:00 PM



National ID Card, Please

This just occurred to me, I'm might be the last. But the crazy security in London right now is probably only 1/100 what New York will see for the Republican National Convention next year. Everyone complains when the UN General Assembly is in session in the fall. What a friggen mess the RNC will be. Should be a real blast.

- posted by matt @ 11/19/2003 10:39:00 PM



The Bull's-Eye Versus the Pork Barrel

"In the end, 50 cities were blessed last week with allocations from a program called the Urban Area Security Initiative. The New York region received the largest amount, $47 million, but city officials were not happy. Was New York only six times more likely to be attacked than Sacramento ($8 million)? Or just four times more likely than Pittsburgh ($11.9 million)?"

Mmmm... pie. Someone's cooking up Homeland Security Pie and every mayor in the country wants a piece.

- posted by matt @ 11/19/2003 10:36:00 PM



Qns. driver catapults onto railroad tracks

"A 66-year-old man owes his life to luck and a pair of good Samaritans who pulled him out of his burning car after it plunged off a Queens highway to railroad tracks 15 feet below."

The car was burning and a train was bearing down on it. Crap.

- posted by matt @ 11/19/2003 10:30:00 PM



Fordham security guard discusses his job

"Rain, sleet, snow or sun, he stands patiently next to the security desk waiting for you to find your I.D. in the mess at the bottom of your backpack. Four hundred students pass by him every day, but most could not tell you his name. His name is Matthew Burney and he has been at the desk for three years now."

A fascinating profile of a security guard at my old school. Ok, fine... it's not fascinating at all.

"He actively watches C-SPAN and spends his time channel surfing between CNN and the History Channel."

You don't say.

This is nuts: "Security officers are not permitted to spend time during their shifts talking to one another."

John Carroll, Director of Security apparently thinks Matthew Burney and his fellow security guards are idiots: "'The guards are good guys — good ladies and gentlemen; they understand the policy, but don’t know how to articulate it.' Carroll said. Carroll was concerned that mistakes would be made on the part of the guards if I asked specific questions. Carroll even suggested that Burney’s direct supervisor, Henshaw, sit in on our interview."

When I was going to school, I had a lot respect for the security guards, but absolutely none for their bosses. Can you hear me now, John Carroll? The boss folks were over the top back then. I can't imagine what they're like now with the whole of homeland security thing.

Anyway, while I'm talking about Fordham, read about how those bastards from Harvard stole our school colors.

- posted by matt @ 11/18/2003 01:33:00 AM



Subway service restored after police investigate suspicious package in the BX

"Service was halted on the Number 2, 4 and 5 lines Monday after someone called 911 about a suspicious package."

Turns out it was a box with a lot of tape on it.

In other subway news, I was waiting for the N/W this evening at 42nd street when I saw more puke on the platform than I've ever seen in my life. It looked like it was a rice dish of some sort, yellow in color with chopped veggies. I was trying to do the calculations while waiting for the train. It absolutely could not have come from one person. There was just too much of it, and it was spaced out farther than the average barfer can cover. I came to the conclusion that it was a class trip of some sort that went horribly wrong. Train service was not disrupted.

- posted by matt @ 11/17/2003 10:37:00 PM



Man, 8-year-old boy fatally shot on Brooklyn street

"An eight-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man were fatally shot while standing on a Brooklyn street Monday evening, police said."


- posted by matt @ 11/17/2003 10:29:00 PM



Special Report: Some mean streets deadlier than others

"Your odds of dying prematurely - whether from heart disease, AIDS or a bullet - has a lot to do with which neighborhood you live in, according to a new study that measured the city's health in unprecedented detail."

Get all the details of your 'hood from the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. More data about premature death than you can shake a stick at.

[As pointed out by The Morning News]

- posted by matt @ 11/17/2003 09:00:00 AM



It's 'The Sixth Fence'

"Carl Reid must have the most unlucky address in the city. A careening car smashed into his Queens home yesterday - for the sixth time in the last two decades."

This guy lives on the Van Wyck Expressway.

"Both cars smashed into Reid's brick lawn barrier, knocked down his wrought-iron fence, wiped out a 15-year-old tree and chewed up his lawn. The Lincoln then slammed nose-first into his decorative steel door, busting the brick and wood frame."

What this guy needs is a moat.


- posted by matt @ 11/17/2003 08:43:00 AM



Machete "Mugger" from Family of Mob Killers

"A suspect nabbed last week for committing 10 Brooklyn muggings in 61 minutes is the son of a convicted murderer and related to two mob killers who were rubbed out after bungling a Mafia hit by mistakenly killing a judge, The Post has learned."

The story goes on to explain, "Between 5:56 a.m. and 6:57 a.m. Thursday, the younger Carini - who was a toddler when his father was sent up the river - and Opperisano drove through Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Gravesend in a white van, approaching strangers and threatening them with either a machete or a bat, police said."

Machetes are really scary. When I was a kid, a friend of mine who was a little nuts used to have one. We'd walk through thick brush in the woods and he'd whack the shit out of things. I always made every effort to be nice to that kid.

- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:58:00 PM



Not Smart

"A maritime college student was still fighting for his life yesterday when he was critically injured and his buddy killed 'subway surfing' after a booze-filled night in Manhattan."


- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:46:00 PM



Lured to sex-slave hell, says teen

"A Mexican teen who came to New York looking for her mother tearfully told a Brooklyn jury yesterday that she was beaten, raped and forced into prostitution by a man she thought would help her."

The guy's defense? "His attorney has argued the teens could have left at any time and were testifying against Perez so they could stay in the country."

Good luck.

- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:44:00 PM



Unsolved, and Unsettling

"One night last January, a young man about to start his first job in New York City was shot dead on the Lower East Side as he returned home after a night out with friends. On Sept. 9, a young woman and three elderly relatives were found dead in bloody tableaux throughout their two-story house in Jamaica, Queens. On two consecutive days later in September, a Hunter College student was fatally shot on a Harlem corner, and a Mexican immigrant was stabbed to death as his subway car neared Times Square."

None of these crimes have been solved. But...

"With homicides in the city at a 40-year low, the thought of murderers on the loose does not infect the public's imagination as it once might have."

Go figure.

- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:40:00 PM



Car Strikes Queens Woman, 90

"A tough-boned old lady miraculously survived a run-in with a Lincoln Town Car in Queens yesterday - winding up in stable condition in Elmhurst Hospital after being hit by the vehicle while trying to cross a street."

Jesus, you'd think she'd just turn to dust. The story goes on to say the woman wasn't wearing a jacket, socks or shoes.


- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:35:00 PM



BX. Slay Suspect is Busted in Belguim

"One of the NYPD's most wanted, accused killer Robin Valentin, was captured in Belgium after a two-year hunt, police said yesterday."

From the NYPD Most Wanted Page on this guy:

"On April 22, 2001, Robin Valentin stabbed Jose A. Gutierrez once in the neck causing his demise. At the time of his death Mr. Gutierrez was driving a livery cab and was being chased by Valentin who was driving a motorcycle. Mr. Gutierrez who was a student at John Jay College was also a NYPD Auxiallary Police Officer assigned to the 44th Precinct."

- posted by matt @ 11/16/2003 05:30:00 PM


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