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Volume 19 • Issue 14 | August 18-24, 2006

Police blotter

Teen charges rape
A 17-year-old Queens girl, a student at Aviation High School in Long Island City, told police that she got drunk at Don Hill’s, a music club at Greenwich and Spring Sts. on Sunday night Aug. 6 and was taken by three young men to an apartment where she was raped.

The girl first reported the incident the next day to a drug counselor at Aviation High School, saying she recognized one of her assailants as a former Aviation student.

The victim later told police that she came to the club at 8 p.m., smoked marijuana and got drunk, whereupon her three attackers put her in a car where she passed out in the back seat. She told police she woke up when she was being raped in an apartment somewhere near the Brooklyn-Queens border. She said she fled from the apartment at 4 a.m. and went home.

Don Hill, a partner in the club that opened 13 years ago, said underage patrons are never admitted and security guards are at the door at all times. “I spoke to a police officer last week who wanted information about the bands playing here,” Hill said in a telephone interview. “He couldn’t tell me much about the case. It is still pretty cloudy,” said Hill, adding that there were no incidents in the club on the night of Aug. 6-7.


Canal St. pickpocket
A woman visiting from Uniontown, Ohio told police she was walking on Canal St. at Mercer at about 4 p.m. Sun. Aug. 13 when someone bumped into her. A short time later, the victim, 36, discovered her bag was open and her wallet missing. She lost $20 in cash; a driver’s license and credit cards.


Church St. holdup
Two men walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts at 130 Church St. near Warren St. at 1:45 p.m. Sun. Aug 13, ordered coffee and a roll. When the counterman turned his back, one of them pulled a black handgun and demanded money be placed in a bag, police said. The two robbers, described only as white males about 20 years old, fled on foot.


Wall St. suit settled
LaBranche & Co., Inc., One Exchange Pl., a New York Stock Exchange specialist, settled a $500,000 lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a disabled employee charging discrimination and harassment.

The suit charged that LaBranche supervisors and traders created a hostile environment for Peter Servido, a trading assistant, on the exchange floor because of his bipolar disorder/manic-depression. Servido was subject to being called psycho, crazy and “ready to go postal,” the suit said. When he complained about the harassment LaBranche officials threatened him with dismissal and threats that they would prevent his ever working on Wall St. again, according to Servido’s lawyer, Mark Stumer.


Subway searches upheld
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 11 unanimously upheld the city’s subway bag inspection program as a lawful counter-terrorism measure. Ruling that the random search program might well stymie a terrorist attack or disrupt the timing of multiple attacks, the three-judge panel affirmed a U.S. District Court non-jury decision dismissing a suit that charged the random subway bag search was unconstitutional and not a deterrent against terrorism.

—Albert Amateau



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