Accused Cat-Killer Indicted

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

Joseph Petcka, the ex-Met minor leaguer and “Sex and the City” actor charged with killing his girlfriend’s cat, was indicted yesterday on charges of animal cruelty and harassment. The 36-year-old strong-arm pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to fatally beating Norman the cat on March 27. Court papers reveal that Petcka told the ASPCA [&hellip
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Police Harassment, The Segway Way

Written by David Callicott on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

If you ever feel like cops take themselves too seriously, then now is a good time to go to Long Beach. The LBPD just purchased two $6,200 Segway personal transporters for officers to patrol the boardwalk this summer. If you aren’t familiar with the name Segway, you might be familiar with the sight—Segways are those [&hellip
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Spider-Man Goes To Jail

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

The ex-con dubbed Spider-Man for his habit of crawling up fire escapes and into women’s apartments was convicted of raping a third woman yesterday. The first victim to testify accused Reginald Swinton, 49, of climbing a construction scaffold on June 14, 2004, and entering her brownstone duplex on W. 87th St. through a second-floor window, [&hellip
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Dirty Cop, Clean It Up

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

The New York Post reports that a 12-year NYPD veteran who was collecting disability after sustaining a shoulder injury in the line of duty was ordered back to work after being caught on tape doing heavy-lifting construction work. Oh the shame! Officer James Seiferheld, 43, was collecting three-quarters of his final year’s salary, tax-free, until [&hellip
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What’s A Mets Fan To Do?

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

Sure, we could report on the fact that a school bus carrying special education children overturned in Queens this afternoon when a man driving a stolen SUV collided with it leaving at least eight students injured—just like the movies, right?—but this is far more interesting: A hopelessly devoted New York Mets fan must spend 15 [&hellip
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Bomb Threat Prankster Pleads Guilty

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

Yesterday, a man pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats on three separate occasions last year. Miguel Reyes, 32, of Newark called 911 on Oct. 18, 20 and Nov. 2, claiming there would be an explosion at the PATH station in Hoboken. When Newark U.S. District Judge William Walls asked him why, Reyes explained, “It [&hellip
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Vallone’s Fight Against Flashers

Written by John DeSio on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

You might be uneasy if a Google search of your name associated you with perverts. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Queens City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who is getting his name associated with such words in a good way. Today Vallone, chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, held hearings on [&hellip
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Empty Police Cars Are Scary

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

Wow, the city’s finest really are low on manpower. Apparently, the NYPD is using unmanned cop cars to scare speeders on major highways. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch wisely pointed out, “You cannot train an unmanned radio car to fight terrorism.” Wait, hold the phone, you can’t? But an anonymous NYPD spokesman told the [&hellip
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