Assault Leads to Traffic Death Near Columbia

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Last night, shortly before 9 p.m., Minghui Yu, a 24-year-old Columbia University graduate student, was assaulted by two unidentified men. Surveillance cameras show that when he reached the northeast corner of West 122nd Street, he crossed Broadway to the median and was in a violent struggle with at least one of the assailants, police said. [&hellip
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Somebody’s Always Watching You

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Many reported that the Giants parade on Tuesday went off without a hitch. But a Newsday.com video showed rowdy revelers dancing on two cars, bashing out windows. Turns out those cars were actually unmarked police vehicles (one painted to look like a yellow cab). Now, those guys have been arrested. But what we really want [&hellip
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WEST SIDE SPIRIT EXCLUSIVE: Burglarized In considerably less than 60 minutes, thief makes off with diamonds and watches from CBS reporter Lesley Stahl’s West Side penthouse

Written by Kimberly Thorpe on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Tick, tick, tick…. That’s the sound that may lead police to the burglar who ransacked Lesley Stahl’s Upper West Side penthouse last Friday, and made off with, among other things, a Bulova watch commemorating the CBS reporter’s weekly series, 60 Minutes.

At 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 25, a burglar entered the apartment of the longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, located off Central Park West in the West 70s. In minutes, the thief snatched the Bulova, another diamond watch, a ruby and gold antique bracelet, a string of pearls and a diamond broach.

According to a police report filed with the 20th precinct, a woman identified as an employee of Stahl’s had cleaned the master bedroom earlier that morning. (Stahl was not home at the time of the burglary; her office told West Side Spirit that the reporter was traveling last week on assignment for the show.)  Later, Stahl’s husband, the journalist/novelist Aaron Latham, let two contractors into the bedroom and left them there.

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Priest Arrested For Stalking Conan

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Even though they’re still fucked up, the clergy is finally showing some maturity: Instead of harassing adolescent altar boys, they’ve graduated to talk-show hosts. Last week, Father David Ajemian, a priest from Boston, was arrested at NBC Studios here in New York when he tried to attend a taping of NBC’s “Late Night With Conan [&hellip
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Don’t Badmouth Dirty Laundry

Written by Josh Heerter on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Evan Coyne Mahoney produced and directed a new documentary about free speech on American campuses, Indoctrinate U.  The documentary is largely a critique of what Mahoney perceives as a malignant liberal bias in college classrooms across the country. But wait, there’s more. Recently, the New York Post ran a piece detailing how Mahoney, unsatisfied with [&hellip
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Hate Crime At Columbia

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

If you thought we as a city (if not a country) had moved beyond your average “cracker” variety racism and onto “let’s kill all the bin Laden look alikes” brand of racism, you’d be wrong. Just a couple of weeks ago, Brooklyn residents awoke to find two synagogues, homes, stoops, sidewalks and vehicles vandalized with [&hellip
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Jury Awards Sanders $11.6 Million

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

The New York Knicks haven’t exactly been known for spending their money wisely over the past decade, and yesterday’s punitive damages verdict in the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment suit won’t help that image or their wallets. The jury ordered that the Knicks must pay the defendant, Anucha Browne Sanders, $11.6 million for harassment and for [&hellip
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Hate Bait

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

In response to the anti-Semitic graffiti found in Brooklyn this week, several bold-faced Jewish groups are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the perpetrators’ arrests. The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Community Relations Council are united in outrage over what has been deemed a hate crime. According to [&hellip
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