On Jan. 28, two top law enforcement officials made an announcement that two major drug rings had been taken down, and 40 individuals had been indicted. Police conducted two separate investigations, one called Operation TGIF and the other Operation Lockport. Police seized equipment allegedly used in the transport of cocaine, a cache of prescription painkillers, three rifles, $60,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of cocaine in Operation Lockport. All together, 25 people were indicted in connection with the operation.
A car crash is a common occurrence. When an auto accident happens, it's the responsibility of those involved to remain at the scene. Unfortunately, some New York motorists do not adhere to that rule and often try to escape the responsibility.
It was a deadly weekend for pedestrians. Four pedestrians lost their lives after being involved in car accidents. One of the pedestrians killed happened to be hit by a New York City transit bus, while another was hit by an ambulance.
According to police, a drug ringleader and 10 members of the organization are now in custody. The alleged kingpin previously served 20 years in prison after he was convicted of drug charges in 1986. Police went to the Yonkers home of the 59-year-old suspected drug lord on Jan. 16 and took him into custody. He faces multiple charges that include conspiracy and several drug-related charges.
A pedestrian was hit over the weekend. The woman, who was originally in critical condition, died as a result of her injuries sustained in the car accident. The driver possibly faces criminal charges after leaving the scene of the accident. New York authorities have conducted a preliminary investigation into this matter.
The assistant principal of Woodlands High School in Hartsdale was recently charged with second-degree larceny. According to prosecutors, he allegedly stole more than $770,000 from the Greenburgh Teacher's Welfare Fund and the Greenburgh Teacher's Federation, which receives taxpayer money to pay for legal, health and other services for school district teachers and administrators. In their complaint, the district attorney's office accused the assistant principal of stealing the funds over a seven-year period from 2006 to 2013, during which he served as union treasurer. The alleged theft was discovered after his promotion to assistant principal and resignation from his role as treasurer.
A 31-year-old New York man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in the early morning hours of Jan. 5. According to Southampton Town police, he had never been taken into custody for drunk driving in the past. He may face additional charges in relation to the pedestrian death.
Many residents and tourists were ready to ring in the new year with their family and friends. However, New Year's Eve came to a bitter end for one woman when a two-car accident occurred. The violent auto accident claimed the life of the 56-year-old woman and left a 24-year-old man fighting for his life at a New York hospital.
A former high-level employee of Tiffany & Co., one of New York's most prominent jewelers, confessed to swiping and selling more than 160 items, which amounted to roughly $2.1 million. Following a July 2013 guilty plea, the Connecticut woman faced criminal charges for transporting stolen merchandise. On Dec. 23, a federal judge reportedly ordered the woman to serve one year and one day in prison and submit to supervision for an additional year upon release.
Sometimes, a string of fatal car accidents can occur over one weekend. New York was full of deadly car accidents that took place on a recent Saturday, killing four people. Among the incidents was a hit-and-run driver.