Volume 74, Number 48 | April 06 - 12 , 2005

Police Blotter

Murder victim in river
The police Harbor Patrol found the body of a pregnant woman who had been shot in the head in the Hudson River off Pier 61 on the Chelsea waterfront on Saturday morning April 4. The victim, Lisa D. Eatmon, 33, of East New York, eight months pregnant with a boy, had not been in the water long and had drifted from an unknown location, police said.

Detectives this week questioned and released members of the victim’s family and friends, including the father of the baby she was carrying, Roscoe Glinton, 42, also a resident of East New York. There are no suspects yet and the case was under investigation, police said.

The skeleton of Glinton’s wife, who had disappeared in 1998 from the couple’s then home in Newburgh, N.Y, was found three years later off the New York State Thruway near Newburgh, according to law enforcement officials. Glinton was also questioned but not charged in that incident, police said.

Fatal Village accident
A yellow cab struck and killed a Chelsea resident while he was crossing Seventh Ave. S. at Bedford St. at 2:45 a.m. Sat., April 2, police said. The victim, Thomas Devine, 48, of 419 W. 19th St., was declared dead at St. Vincent’s Hospital. The cab driver told police he didn’t see the victim crossing the street. The driver also said that another cab ran over the fallen victim but did not stop. There were no arrests and the case was still under investigation.

Arrested for harassment, again
Christopher X. Brodeur was arrested after turning himself in at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office at 1 Hogan Pl. at 9 a.m. on April 5, a week after being notified by a detective from the D.A.’s Office that he should do so.

Jennifer Kushner, a D.A. spokesperson, said Brodeur was arrested and was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon on charges of aggravated harassment and harassment, both in the second degree, for phone calls made to his former landlord, Paul Stallings, and a rent collector for Stallings, Kathleen O’Malley. Bail was set at $3,500.

His campaign manager, Jessica Delfino, said Brodeur was recently evicted from his Pitt St. apartment by Stallings after being on a rent strike for nine months. Delfino said Brodeur initially felt he was being overcharged on rent, then demanded that Stallings repair conditions in the building. Delfino said Brodeur will make bail.

Voicemail messages from Brodeur left for O’Malley earlier this month are cited in the D.A.’s complaint, including: “Remember you made your bed. I can do anything to you…. I wouldn’t want to kill you guys because then you’re free. I wouldn’t ever kill you guys but I will make it a complete hell — whether it’s setting you on fire — no I wouldn’t set you on fire….

“It only takes one anarchist to kill a Paul Stallings. My girlfriend was saying let’s get Paul Stallings and torture him and record his screams and mail that tape to Kathy O’Malley and then kidnap her and torture her and mutilate her but keep her alive. I’m talking peeling her flesh off…. I’m not coming after you. Well, no time before the election.”

In February, Brodeur was charged with aggravated harassment after telling Ed Skyler, a mayoral spokesperson, “If you lie to the people of New York City, you should have your throat sliced.”

However, Delfino said Brodeur found it a coincidence that it was the day that New York Press, containing an article on the “50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers,” in which Stallings — developer of the new Hotel on Rivington — was named, hit the streets last week that Brodeur received the call from a Detective J. Quinn from the D.A.’s Office. Brodeur contributed on the article.

Brodeur hopes to get on the ballot as a Democrat in the upcoming mayoral election and also on another line under a new party he would form, the Angry Taxpayers’ Party, his campaign manager said.

Subway death
A Lower East Side resident waiting on the Downtown A train platform at the W. Fourth St. station on Fri., April 1, lost consciousness, apparently from low blood sugar, and fell into the fourth car of an incoming train, police said. The victim, Alfonso Heywood, 54, of 170 Madison St., was declared dead at the scene.

On the (airborne) beat
A police helicopter shining a searchlight could be seen repeatedly circling over the South Village on Thursday evening around 8:15 p.m. Tim Duffy, community affairs officer at the Sixth Police Precinct, said, he called the Police Department’s Aviation Unit and it apparently was just a routine patrol.

“They do that frequently,” Duffy said. “They have to patrol just like we do. They’re in the air in case something happens. [Or] they could be flying just to fly. That’s all they’re telling me.”

Insurance scam pleas
The group of medical professionals charged on March 22 with grand larceny in connection with an insurance scam involving five clinics in the Village that they control, pleaded not guilty and are due back in court on April 25.

The defendants include Abraham Pustilnik, known as Abraham Post, his mother, Isabella, 57; his wife, Inna, 32; and Galina Novofastofsky, known as Galina Novo, manager of Premier Medical Care at 99 University Pl. Also charged are Victor Barbus, M.D., of 33 Fifth Ave.; and Gerardo Yanayaco, 451 Park Ave. S.

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