Archive for the ‘New York’ Category

Croton police

April 27, 2007

Phil Barone, who sells hand-made saxophone mouthpieces at, says he was questioned last week by police at a post office in Croton, N.Y., after he tried to cash what turned out to be three fake $1,000 postal money orders he had received by mail from a customer in Nigeria. Mr. Barone said his car was searched and that detectives visited his house before they were satisfied that he was not involved in the scheme.

“That was very unpleasant,” Mr. Barone said.

Governor Eliot Spitzer wants special treatment?

April 23, 2007

Sanjaya Malakar, the shy, slender, 17-year-old “American Idol” reject, was at his table when a tall, middle-aged man stopped by to ask for an autograph. The boy’s hosts, from People magazine, tried to shoo him away.

“We are trying to let him eat,” they explained.

The man protested: “But I’m the governor of New York.”

And so Eliot Spitzer got his autograph. It was that kind of night. It always is.

anal pain at New York airport

February 7, 2007

US immigration officials insisted the sufferer of an anal infection remove a small piece of medical thread which was being used by doctors to treat the condition. The man required treatment under general anaesthetic as a result.

USS Intrepid

November 12, 2006

World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid

It is also equipped to serve as an emergency operations center for city and federal authorities, and the FBI used it as a base of operations after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

White Plains court house

October 27, 2006

As a freelance photographer, Ben Hider carries his camera with him just about everywhere, and so it was on Friday, as he was heading to the train station in White Plains he stopped to snap some beauty shots on the flags in front of the court house. That’s when his trouble began.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Three police officers ran at me, immediately, telling me to stop where I was.”

And that’s exactly what Ben Hider did. He even showed the court officers the pictures he took and offered to delete them. Moments later they escorted him inside the courthouse for two hours of questioning.

Ben Hider, Photographer: “Emptied my pockets, searched me, frisked me, started telling me about the recent terrorist threats in America over the past five years and ‘haven’t I been watching the news?'”

The 27-year-old is a graduate of SUNY Purchase. He’s lived in the states for eight years and he has a green card, but he says his British citizenship only raised the officers’ suspicion.

David Bookstaver, Office of Court Administration: “Yes, they went too far. Picture taking in itself is not suspicious behavior, detaining someone for two hours for taking pictures was wrong and we’ve apologized to Mr. Hider for what happened.”

The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association strongly disagrees with that assessment and instead blames the office of court administration.

John McKillop, the union president, told us: “There is no policy anywhere in the unified court system, in New York City or Westchester, dealing with this and officers are left to fend for themselves.”

The court officers union president explained to us that in a previous and similar situation, the court officers were berated by an administrative judge for not detaining an individual.

That’s why they want a policy explanation and that’s why today a memo was issued offering very clear specifics on what to do with people taking pictures in public places.

I would like to read the memo.

Lynne Stewart

October 17, 2006

Amid the protests and turmoil, many were turned away from the courtroom, including an NPR correspondent, Margot Adler, who flashed her press pass and explained indignantly that she had “covered this case for two years.” No dice. Behind her stood New York State Supreme Court Justice Emily Jane Goodman, sleek in a black pantsuit and heels, also showing her credentials and asking to sit in as an observer. She wasn’t allowed in either.

It seems like they could have had it in a larger room.

now this is interesting…