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March 2014 Archives

New York surgeon prevails in first of more than 250 lawsuits

Doctors, nurses and surgeons are supposed to be on the lookout for infections whenever a patient complains of pain. A doctor's failure to diagnose an infection can have catastrophic consequences, and injured patients or their families need to be aware of their rights under current medical malpractice law.

Police say Queens man had collection of guns, drugs

Police took a man into custody in Queens on Tuesday, March 18, on the suspicion of having illegal drugs and weapons in his residence. When police searched his place of residence in Sunnyside Gardens, they reportedly found drugs, real and imitation weapons and some cash.

Can a recording device help protect against fatal truck crashes?

Many of us in Rockland County have turned on the news to hear about a semitrailer truck causing a fatal accident. Unfortunately, trucking accidents are incredibly common in New York, and often they are caused by overworked, fatigued and dangerously drowsy drivers. Although some may say that it is just part of the job, no job should put profit ahead of their employees' and bystanders' safety and lives. Trying to rationalize pushing truckers to their limits comes up short when their drivers cause fatal accidents.

Attorney General advocates for reduced drug sentences

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission that the federal mandatory minimum prison sentence for certain drug-related offenses should be reduced. In particular, he is endorsing a move to reduce the sentence for federally convicted drug dealers in New York and nationwide by one year, from 62 months to 51 months. His prepared remarks, which were released to the press ahead of his scheduled appearance before the commission, argue that the justice system's overreliance on incarceration for drug offenses is unsustainable and should be curtailed. His statement also argues that the high rates of incarceration have high moral costs that cannot be calculated.

The future of bicycle safety may be quite high tech

There are a number of bicycles in Rockland County and there is a good reason for the bicycle craze. Not only is it a lot less expensive to get from point A to point B by bike, but it also provides a degree of exercise that many people in New City may be too busy to get done. While there are a number of positives about riding a bicycle, there are also a number of risks. Not all of the drivers out there are paying attention to cyclists and it only takes a moment of distraction to cause a serious or fatal accident.

3 face drug charges after New York police raid

A recent New York police raid has resulted in felony drug charges for three Sullivan County residents. On March 5, police raided a home in Glen Spey. Police allegedly found large quantities of oxycodone, crack cocaine and heroin. Eight people were taken into custody following the drug raid. Three individuals, a 35-year-old man, a 43-year-old woman and a 50-year-old woman, were charged with felonies.

House search leads to multiple drug charges 

A 25-year-old man from the New York town of New Lisbon has been taken into custody, and he now faces certain drug charges, according to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's department spokeman said that a tip came in back in December regarding activity commonly associated with drug trafficking. This activity was allegedly occurring near the man's residence. Because the individual was on parole, Cooperstown probation officers and Utica parole officers worked alongside sheriff's department investigators on the case.

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