The Ninth Police Precinct is getting closer to completion on E. Fifth St. The old stationhouse was totally dismantled and then expanded, but the intent was to preserve the original front facade materials.
Villager photo by Clayton Patterson
W. 14th St. holdup
Two robbers, one armed with a handgun, held up Passion Video, 242 W. 14th St., during the early hours of Wed. Dec. 28, police said. One of the thieves menaced the store clerk at gunpoint and grabbed two CD players and an undisclosed amount of cash from the register behind the counter while the other watched at the door. Both men, wearing hooded sweatshirts, fled shortly after 3 a.m., police said. The clerk was not injured.
Police arrested Angelo Marega, 21, of 120 E. 32nd St. on Jan. 1 in connection with a Dec. 27 attempt to rob the Valley National Bank branch at 295 Fifth Ave. Marega was charged with passing a note demanding money to a teller of the bank located between 30th and 31st Sts. and fleeing without taking anything.
Avenue C manhole
Flames erupted from a Con Edison manhole at Avenue C and E. 10th St. shortly after 8 a.m. Tues. Jan. 3. An East Village mother, waiting for a bus at the corner to take her son to school on the first day after the holiday break, said she saw flames shoot out of the manhole and the cast-iron cover fly into the air. A Con Edison spokesperson described the incident as a burnout but not an explosion. There was no power outage and the incident was being investigated, the spokesperson said.
Acquitted in Sliwa attack
Michael Yannotti, acquitted by a jury last year of attempting to kill Curtis Sliwa, founder of the youth anticrime group Guardian Angels, in a 1992 shooting in a cab on Avenue A near Sliwas home, was cleared again last week by Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin as a co-defendant in a related case against John Gotti Jr. John Gotti Jr. had been charged with ordering Yannotti to shoot Sliwa in revenge for Sliwas comments on the radio against John Gotti Sr. but that case ended in a mistrial. Gotti Jr. is awaiting retrial scheduled for next month. While Yannotti has been dropped as Gotti Jr.s co-defendant, he is awaiting sentencing on a previous conviction of racketeering conspiracy.