Volume 75, Number 46 | April 5 - 11 2006

Police Blotter

N.Y.U. student near death

A New York University student who was struck by a car while running across E. 125th St. and Park Ave. on Saturday evening April 1 was near death in Harlem Hospital on Tues. April 4.

Broderick John Hehman, 20, a junior in the College of Arts and Science, was struck by a car while crossing the intersection at 8:30 p.m., police said. The driver of the car was not charged.
Hehman slipped into a coma on Sun. April 2 and a hospital spokesperson said on Tuesday that his condition had not changed.

Police said they were investigating reports that several young men were chasing Hehman before the car hit him.

Shocked on street

An Emergency Medical Service team brought a 30-year-old man to New York Downtown Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Tues. April 10 after he sustained injury to his feet reportedly caused by stray voltage when he stepped on a metal plate in the street at Broadway and White St., according to a Fire Department spokesperson. Con Edison investigated but found no stray voltage, wire damage or evidence of a fire in the switchbox, according to Alfonso Quras, a spokesperson for the utility.

Police raid clubs

Police raided seven bars and clubs, six of them in Chelsea, on Friday night March 31, after a six-month undercover investigation, arresting 13 people for drug sales. Six of the clubs were ordered closed on Friday under the city’s nuisance abatement law, but one of them, Splash, a bar at 50 W. 17th St., was able to convince a State Supreme Court justice to allow it to remain open. Hearings on the other establishments were scheduled for this week.

The other raided premises are: Spirit, a club that accommodates more than 1,500 patrons at 530 W. 37th St.; Avalon, the successor to Limelight in the former church building at 47 W. 20th St at Sixth Ave.; Deep, a club at 16 W. 22nd St.; View, a bar at 232 Eighth Ave. at W. 22nd St.; Speed, a club at 20 W. 39th St.; and Steel Gym, a fitness club at 146 W. 23rd St.

John Blair, manager of Spirit and former manager of Avalon, is a Chelsea resident and a longtime member of Community Board 4. He and other operators of the raided premises were not charged.

Robert Bookman, attorney for the New York Nightlife Association, said on Monday that the nuisance abatement law raids unfairly penalized club owners for acts committed by patrons. However, four bartenders were among those arrested for selling controlled substances.

Several of the premises cater to a gay and lesbian clientele. However, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Gabriel Taussig, administrative law chief of the city Law Department, said the raids, conducted with State Supreme Court warrants, targeted crimes without regard to sexual orientation.

Rob baby sitter

Police are looking for a gun-waving robber who held up a 61-year-old baby sitter in an elevator in the Jacob Riis Houses on E. Ninth St. and F.D.R. Dr. on Thursday afternoon March 30 and took $4.75 from her while the 11-month-old girl she was minding slept in the stroller, police said.

Carrie Baker, herself a mother of seven children and grandmother of 14, was bringing the baby back to her mother when the robber, a passenger in the elevator, brandished a handgun and demanded money. Baker handed over the money, saying it was all she had. The robber, however went through her handbag and then patted her down looking for jewelry before letting Baker and the baby out at the 17th floor.

The gunman, whose image was captured on the elevator surveillance camera, was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, black, about 200 pounds, wearing a light-colored do-rag and a light-colored down jacket.

Police ‘charities’

Detective Mike Singer, community affairs officer of the Sixth Precinct, which covers the Village, reminded residents and merchants last week that the New York Police Department does not solicit or support solicitation for charitable contributions except for P.A.L., the Police Athletic League. Villagers have been receiving letters from a group that calls itself the Association of New York Police Officers seeking charitable contributions. The association may be operating legally if it gives at least 10 percent of its revenues to charity, but Singer said Villagers should not think it has any connection to the Police Department. Singer last week called the number on the letter and asked for full financial disclosure about their purported charity. He had not received a response as of press time and planned to call again.

Albert Amateau

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