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2 brothers face drug charges after traffic stop

On Aug. 15, two brothers were accused of drug possession after New York State Police stopped them in Schaghticoke. The incident began when the 30-year-old brother was driving along Route 40 with his 39-year-old brother in the passenger seat. Troopers in the area pulled the vehicle over after allegedly witnessing the driver commit a traffic infraction in his pickup truck.

When the driver brought his vehicle to a stop, he reportedly exited the truck and ran into the woods. The man's brother stayed behind in the truck. A subsequent search of the vehicle led authorities to find a number of small packages of heroin. As a result, the 39-year-old man was taken to the State Police Brunswick barracks and charged for seventh-degree criminal drug possession. Authorities released him on a written promise to return to court.

20 alleged New York gang members in custody

Officers claim that the 20 people they arrested on Aug. 20 were members of a drug gang called the River Park Towers Young Gunnerz. The gang was allegedly dealing mostly crack cocaine and marijuana in their Bronx housing project.

Five more suspected gang members were still being sought at the time of the report. Some of the alleged members were to be charged with additional crimes. Three are facing charges related to carjacking, firearms and murder.

New York student opts for treatment in drug possession case

A woman who was charged in relation to a drug probe that resulted from the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in court on Aug. 19 to report on her progress in receiving drug treatment. The woman agreed to plead guilty to a charge of misdemeanor cocaine possession in April; in exchange for her plea, she was allowed to enter a drug treatment program scheduled to last for six months. If the woman is able to successfully complete the program, she will be permitted to plead to disorderly conduct rather than to the drug charge.

The woman, who is a student at The New School in New York City, was detained along with her boyfriend at the time after police searched their building on Mott Street. Police had been investigating whether their neighbor had sold the drugs that led to Mr. Hoffman's death. The woman's boyfriend was accused of possessing more than 300 bags of heroin with the intent to sell although he was not connected to Mr. Hoffman's death.

New York gubernatorial candidate detained for menacing cop

Randy Credico, an activist and comedian who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the upcoming New York gubernatorial race, has been detained by police in relation to an incident during which police claim that he menaced an officer with an umbrella. Credico says that he spotted a group of plain-clothes officers talking to an African-American man, and he believed that they were harassing him. He took out his cell phone to begin recording the incident, at which point he says police approached him.

According to Credico, an officer came towards him and told him to move back. Police claim that he pointed an umbrella at the officer's face when he was approached and that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Police then detained Credico on a variety of charges, including obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and felony menacing a police officer.

4 people charged for drug crimes after early morning raid

Search warrants executed by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Amsterdam Police Department led to the arrest of four individuals on Aug. 7. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office also helped to execute the 5:30 a.m. raid of two Amsterdam homes where they suspected drug activity was taking place.

According to police, the four arrests were the result of an investigation that had been going on for six months. Police detained a 30-year-old woman, 30-year-old man, 31-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man during the operation. The defendants were brought to Amsterdam City Court to be arraigned. According to reports, an additional arrest warrant is still active for a person suspected of committing a drug offense, and the larger investigation is still ongoing.

New York woman wears snake, slams into firehouse; DWI suspected

An Albany woman has been accused of numerous crimes in the aftermath of a suspected drunk driving incident in which she crashed her Toyota Prius into a Long Island firehouse. According to police, the accident began when the woman crossed the median on the Jericho Turnpike and struck a Nissan Maxima headed eastbound. The Prius then rammed into the garage door of the nearby New Hyde Park Fire House. The crashes occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on August 4.

Fire personnel attempting to provide first aid to the 22-year-old woman reportedly discovered that she had been wearing a small ball python around her neck at the time of the accident. Police claim that the driver had stolen the snake from a nearby pet store and returned the animal to the store. Police also claim to have discovered a quantity of marijuana inside of the Prius.

Police accuse man of selling heroin

New York authorities report that they have taken a 54-year-old man into custody on suspicion of selling heroin. He has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Authorities say that the charges stem from an investigation that was conducted by the Essex County Sheriff's Office and state police.

The man was previously detained on a drug charge in June after being pulled over in Elizabethtown. At that time, he was allegedly found in possession of heroin and marijuana, and he was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Man arrested on drug charges

On July 31, New York police arrested a man suspected of selling and possessing heroin. Local reports claim the man may also face other charges that include possession of weapons and stolen property as well. The Essex County Court issued charges to the 54-year-old man on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The investigation was headed by the sheriff's office and state police.

Police claim that an unrelated investigation led to the man being issued fourth-degree charges of possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon as well as private disposal or sale of a firearm. The man was actually incarcerated at the Essex County Jail at the time he was arrested on the heroin charges. The man was initially arrested after police pulled him over for a traffic stop on June 3.

New York man facing charges in car accident that killed 2 people

A 20-year-old Fort Covington man is facing charges connected with a motor vehicle accident that killed two people and injured a third person. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on July 24 in Ray Brook. According to reports, the suspect was driving a pickup truck while being chased by police. He allegedly failed to maintain his lane and collided head-on with a compact car being driven by a 42-year-old Potsdam man. The driver of the compact car and his 38-year-old wife were killed in the crash. Another passenger, their 11-year-old daughter, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Vermont hospital.

Eyewitnesses had earlier reported the man driving erratically in Lake Placid, where he allegedly swiped the side of an officer's car. According to reports, three children were riding in the pickup with the suspect, but he stopped at a fast-food restaurant to let them out before state police began pursuing his vehicle.

New York City HR employee accused of stealing aid funds

A City Human Resources Administration employee has been charged in relation to an alleged fraud involving the theft of funds earmarked for the assistance of low-income and homeless New York City residents. Both the HR employee and an individual who was allegedly a part of the scheme to defraud the city were charged on July 23. Officials claim that the HR employee stole more than $500,000 in the course of the fraud while the other man is accused of involvement in the theft of more than $100,000.

Authorities allege that the employee abused his position of more than 20 years with the City Human Resources Administration in order to execute the fraud; the man was supposed to have issued rent checks to landlords to assist people in need of housing. He is accused of instead sending the checks to phony property owners, including the other man facing charges, who would then give most of the money back to him. The New York City Department of Investigation claims that the swindle ran from 2006 until 2009.

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