Volume 18 • Issue 18 | September 23 - 29, 2005

Police blotter

Dark Room reopens
The Dark Room, a bar and lounge at 165 Ludlow St. that was padlocked on the night of Sept. 2 in a Nuisance Abatement civil action for selling alcohol to underage patrons, re-opened Thurs. Sept. 8 after agreeing with the city Law Department on conditions of operation.

The bar agreed to make every effort to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors, including checking patrons’ identification, according to Gabriel Taussig, administrative law chief for the 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 a party on 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.

Lost bag
A woman visiting the South St. Seaport on Thursday night Sept. 8 put her bag on a bench at the corner of Fulton and South Sts. at 11:30 p.m., and discovered the bag had been stolen in the few seconds that she had turned away from it, police said.

—Albert Amateau


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