Volume 75, Number 14 | August 24 - 30, 2005
Arrests in OD deaths
Alfredo Morales, 33, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses apartment on E. Houston St. where two women college students, both 18, had collapsed on Aug. 12 and later died of apparent heroin overdoses, was arrested Aug. 17 on drug charges in connection with the incident, police said.
The victims, Mellie Nichols Carballo, a Hunter College student from the Upper East Side, and her friend Marta Pesantez, of Queens, a student at New York University, were guests of Morales, a resident of the ninth-floor apartment on E. Houston St. and Avenue D, and his friend, Roberto Martinez, 41, also an East Village resident.
Martinez, who has a record of arrests for drug-related offenses, was arrested the day before on Aug. 16 on drug charges unrelated to the two deaths and was still in custody on Tues. Aug. 23, police said. Charges against Martinez related to the deaths of the two women are pending, according to police. Morales is charged with providing the victims with cocaine.
Arrest in L.E.S. murder
Seventh Precinct detectives arrested Kelly McTiernan, 46, on Mon. Aug. 22 and charged him with stabbing a man to death on Wednesday morning Aug. 17 near Teany, the restaurant at 90 Rivington St., owned by the techno rock musician Moby.
The victim, George Drescher, 40, of 80 Delancey St., confronted a man rooting through garbage cans on the Rivington St. block between Ludlow and Orchard Sts. at about 9 a.m., police said. Witnesses described the suspect as a thin white man with long blond hair who pulled a knife, stabbed the victim once in the chest and fled.
Drescher stumbled several yards before he fell in front of the restaurant and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead at 9:30 a.m. McTiernan, described as a homeless man who frequented the neighborhood, was charged with first-degree murder.
Witnesses said several passersby were in such a hurry on Wednesday morning that they stepped over Dreschers bleeding body, while others stopped and stared, according to published reports.
Cleared in 90 murder
State Supreme Court Justice Roger S. Hayes last week overturned the conviction of Olmado Hidalgo, 40, who served 14 years in prison for the Thanksgiving 1990 shooting death of a bouncer at the Palladium, the former E. 14th St. disco.
Hidalgo, however, is still in custody facing a federal immigration proceeding to deport him to his native Dominican Republic in connection with a separate 1990 gun-possession conviction.
Prosecutors recommended that Hidalgos murder conviction be overturned but have not changed their minds about the conviction of his fellow defendant, David Lemas, who is also in prison for the 1990 murder. Justice Hayes is considering a plea to overturn the Lemas conviction.
The city Department of Investigation for schools issued a report on Wed. Aug. 17 charging Dorit Matson, 51, a teacher at Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in Chelsea, with falsely calling in sick in order to conduct concerts by the New York Scandia Symphony. At the same time, city Department of Cultural Affairs records indicate that the nonprofit Scandia Symphony asked the department for and received $9,000 over the past three years for expenses connected with free lunchtime concerts at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan.
D.O.I. recommended legal action to compel Matson to repay the school wages she earned during the days she took off to conduct the concerts.
Sliwa describes shooting
Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angles, the anticrime youth group, testified at the federal racketeering trial of John A. (Junior) Gotti, 41, in Manhattan on Aug. 22, telling how he was shot inside a taxi cab on Avenue A in June 1992.
Sliwa, who has publicly spoken about the shooting before, told his story for the first time under oath in the trial, in which Michael Yannotti is also charged with shooting him in the incident. Junior Gotti is accused of ordering Sliwa to be kidnaped to avenge Sliwas denunciations on his radio show of John J. Gotti, Juniors father and Gambino crime family kingpin.
Sliwa came to court on Monday dressed in a black suit rather than his Guardian Angels red uniform and beret. He also told of being beaten outside his home on Avenue A at St. Marks Pl. sometime before the 1992 shooting.
Union Sq. bank robber
A man who walked into the Independence Bank branch at 251 Park Ave. S. near Union Sq. shortly before 10 a.m. Mon. Aug. 22 passed a note to a teller demanding money and fled with $9,101, police said. The robber, whose image was recorded by the bank surveillance camera, was described as a black man in his late 40s, about 5 7 and 270 pounds, wearing a blue baseball cap and white shirt with a Mecca logo, blue trousers and dark shoes.
Baruch Pl. stabbing
An 18-year-old youth who got into a fight with unknown adversaries around midnight Mon. Aug. 22 at the corner of E. Houston St. and Baruch Pl. was stabbed in the abdomen, side and back, police said. The attackers fled and the victim was taken to Bellevue in stable condition.
Chelsea graffiti party
Federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday ordered the Bloomberg administration to reinstate a permit for a Wed. Aug. 24 Chelsea block party featuring the painting of graffiti on mock subway cars.
In a written decision, Rakoff rejected the citys argument that the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. event on W. 22nd St. between 10th and 11th Avenues by the designer Mark Ecko would incite people to deface property.
The city last week had granted the street-closing permit for the event involving a group of people spraying graffiti on metal panels simulating subway cars. However, the city rescinded the permit at the end of the week, saying Ecko had failed to state the particulars of the event.
Rakoff, however, dismissed the argument that the public performance would incite illegal action, saying, By the same token, a street performance of Hamlet would be tantamount to encouraging people to revenge murder. As for a street performance of Oedipus Rex, dont even think about it.
Bag gone in Soho
A woman dining at Woo Lae Oak Soho, 148 Mercer St., hung her bag on the back of her chair and lost it to a thief sometime before midnight Sat. Aug 20, police said. The victim, 27, of Manhattan, told police that the bag had $100 in cash, credit cards and a cell phone.
Canal St. dip
A visitor from Minnesota invited to see the wares of a street vendor on Canal St. at Broadway at 6:30 p.m. Sat. Aug. 20 was the victim of an unknown pickpocket who managed to lift $250 in cash without jostling her, police said.