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Seventy-one Stuyvesant High School students involved in the cheating scandal discovered in June will have to take their state Regents exams over again. Six of them face suspension from the elite school.
On Mon., July 9, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the preliminary findings of the investigation into the cheating incidents.
Sixteen-year-old Nayeem Ahsan, a Stuyvesant junior, was expelled from the school for using a cell phone to send photos of Regents exams to several friends. Five of the six students facing suspension had ties to Ahsan, and the sixth is in trouble regarding a different cheating incident, according to a Daily News item.
Most of the 71 students who have to re-take the tests, which could be as early as August, are juniors.
Billy set it up
Two women were severely beaten shortly before midnight on Sat., July 7 by four men who fled at Canal and Washington Streets from a limousine in which they were all riding, police said. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital with severe but non-fatal injuries. One of the suspects was described as 5’10” and weighing 200 pounds. The victims told police the ride was organized by a man named Billy.
Game time theft
A man who hid his bag among the weeds in front of Pier 25 at North Moore and West Streets while he joined a sports game on the afternoon of Wed., July 4, caught a glimpse of three strangers who found the bag around 3 p.m., took its contents and fled. The victim was too late to stop the thieves.
A woman shopping at the Food Emporium, at 316 Greenwich St. near Reade Street around 1 p.m. on Thurs., July 5, put her bag on her shopping cart and left it for a while to get some items. The bag, which contained her prescription medication and $240, was gone when she returned.
A Queens woman, 27, was spending the evening of Fri., June 22 at Beekman Beer Garden, 89 South St. in the South Street Seaport, and discovered at 11 p.m. that her bag, which she had placed on the bar, was gone.
A woman patron of Stella, at 213 Front St. in the Seaport, placed her bag on a hook under the bar while she went to dance with a friend shortly before midnight on Sat., June 30 and discovered it was gone when she returned.
An unidentified man was electrocuted when he fell from the platform of the Grand Street ‘B’ and ‘D’ subway station platform at 12:35 a.m. on Sun., July 8. The victim, 28, was apparently drunk when he fell and was declared dead at the scene.
Clinton Street stabbing
Police responded to a stabbing at LaGuardia Houses (250 Clinton St., at Cherry Street) shortly before 6 a.m. on Tues., July 10. The victim, who didn’t immediately cooperate with the cops that were investigating the incident, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one was arrested, and police are investigating the case.
Bicycle truck crash
A rider of a motorbike, who was observed weaving in and out of traffic on Mon., July 9, crashed into a truck at the corner of Rivington and Clinton Streets around 2:25 p.m., police said. The victim, who wasn’t identified, was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a broken leg.
Burglars take the RSVP
Burglars who broke into RSVP, the club at 15 Watts St. near Broome Street, sometime after 2:30 a.m. on Sun., July 8, made off with a safe holding about $800 and computer equipment valued at $3,600, police said.
An employee had locked up and set the alarm when he left the club and discovered the next morning that the alarm was off but that the door remained locked. Police said there was evidence that a rear Thompson Street entry had been forced open.
The management at the Chanel boutique, at 139 Spring St., discovered around 12:33 p.m. on Sat., June 30 that a silver Chanel bag valued at $5,100 had been stolen from a display table.
Two suspects entered the True Religion boutique, at 132 Prince St., around 4:28 p.m. on Wed., July 4, stuffed six pairs of jeans collectively valued at $1,710 into a shopping bag and managed to leave the place — one at a time — without paying for the items.
Three suspects were arrested in S.O.B.’s, the club at 204 Varick St., around 12:45 a.m. Fri., July 6 for punching a victim and hitting him over the head with a bottle. Harvendee Singh, 32, Bhanwar Nayyar, 26, and Milan Singh, 22, were all charged with assault.
A woman told police she parked her car in front of 95 Vandam St. around 10:40 a.m. on Sat., July 7, left her bag and locked the car. She returned at 3 a.m. the next day to find the car still locked, but her bag with her iPhone was gone.
The hunt for the cop shooter
Police are seeking the gunman who shot a fellow police officer while he was on a vertical patrol of the Lower East Side’s Seward Park Houses, at 64-66 Essex St., around 3:45 a.m. on Thurs., July 5.
Officer Brian Groves, 30, a seven-year New York Police Department veteran and the father of two children, was saved by his bulletproof vest, which stopped a bullet that was fired from about eight feet away, police said.
Groves fired four shots at the suspect before he realized he had been hit; it isn’t known if the gunman sustained any injury before he fled. Groves later collapsed from the pain of the impact of the bullet, estimated to be between .25 and .32 caliber.
Groves and his partner, Erick Corneil, both Housing Bureau police, were responding to suspected narcotics activity in the Seward Park Houses stairwells. Such vertical patrols start at the top-floor staircase of a building and end at the ground floor.
Groves saw the suspect with a silver handgun when he opened the stairwell door on the 22nd floor of the Essex Street building, shouted “Gun!” and began chasing the suspect, who turned between the 19th and 18th floors and fired at least one shot. The bullet imbedded itself in the Kevlar vest, less that an inch from Groves’ heart, police said.
In the investigation that followed, two men were seen being led away in handcuffs, but no charges have been filed as yet, police said.
— Albert Amateau