Volume 18 • Issue 16 | September 09 - 15, 2005

Police blotter

Identity theft
The receptionist of a Downtown physical therapy service was arrested last week and charged with grand larceny and identity theft from therapy patients of the service, police said. Margaret Williams, of the Bronx, was charged with using credit card numbers from patients at Joint Effort Physical Therapy, 7 Dey St., from July 1 to Aug. 19 and making at least $3,000 in unauthorized purchases, according to the district attorney’s office. She was released on her own recognizance pending a Jan. 6 court appearance and a restitution agreement.

Dark Room goes dark
A nuisance abatement action by the police’s Civil Enforcement Division resulted in the padlocking of The Dark Room, a bar and lounge at 165 Ludlow St. at about 10 p.m. Fri. Sept. 2 for selling alcohol to underage patrons.

A temporary restraining order, secured by police remains in effect until a Civil Court hearing on Sept. 8, according to Gabriel Taussig, administrative law chief of the city’s Law Department.

The Dark Room, between Houston and Stanton Sts., is where Mellie Nichol Carballo, 18, became acquainted with Roberto Martinez, who invited her to an apartment in the Lillian Wald Houses where Carballo and her friend, Marta Pesantez, 18, were found unconscious on Aug. 12 and died a few hours later of heroin overdose. Martinez and his friend, Alfredo Morales, a resident of the Wald Houses apartment where the women had passed out, were later charged with drug violations.

Brooklyn Bridge rescue
Police rescued a distraught man who climbed the cable on the south side of the Brooklyn Bridge at the Manhattan tower at about 7 p.m. Mon. Sept. 5, and threatened to jump. “We told him to think of his kids, how they’d feel if they heard how their father died,” one of the six officers who climbed up after the man told the New York Post.

—Albert Amateau


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