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4 arraigned on charges for alleged penny stock scheme

Four people who were accused of being involved in a New York penny stock scheme were arraigned on associated charges on Sept. 11. According to the report, authorities believed that four others were also involved in the scheme, but it was not stated if they were facing arraignment at the time the report was released or if they had already been arraigned.

Authorities claimed that the two of the accused individuals and a third person sent out emails to potential investors from websites that were owned by the defendants. During this time, they were also accused of merging private companies into public shell companies as they took control. It was believed that the defendants would then transfer shares of these companies to themselves, which resulted in an increase in the price of the stocks. It was stated that the defendants would increase the price of the shares by sending out the emails to promote the companies; however, they allegedly cashed out their shares before the price decreased.

Woman faces domestic violence charges

A 44-year-old New York woman was detained on charges of domestic violence after she allegedly attacked a man with a grate from a gas stovetop. According to police, the attack occurred around 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Ithaca.

The incident was reportedly in violation of an order of protection already against the accused woman. Police responded to a report of an alleged domestic dispute taking place on S. Geneva St. that afternoon. Following the attack, the injured man had a broken rib, bruises on his face and a cut on his head. He was treated at Cayuga Medical Center while authorities took the woman to Tompkins County Jail where she was held on $100 cash bail.

Man and woman accused of multiple drug offenses

New York State Police charged a man and a woman with several drug crimes after the pair was taken into custody on Sept. 4. The 32-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were reportedly found in the Town of Wellsville with an unknown quantity of drugs and hypodermic instruments.

After detaining the accused individuals on Bolivar Road, police charged both of them with one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and 11 counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. They also each received a drug charge for unlawful possession of marijuana.

David Cassidy has felony DUI charge reduced to misdemeanor

On Sept. 3, actor and musician David Cassidy pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge he received in New York in August 2013. Cassidy's guilty plea was reportedly part of a plea deal he had worked out with the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office. As part of the plea deal, Cassidy's felony DUI charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Following the court appearance, Cassidy offered a few public statements outside of the courtroom. He was reportedly smiling as he confirmed that he was not going to prison. Cassidy went on to say that although he had been in denial about it for many years, he was now in recovery for his admitted problems with alcoholism. Previously, Cassidy had received two separate DUI charges for incidents that took place in Florida and Los Angeles.

Drugs found during traffic stop

On Aug. 24, a man received several drug charges after a traffic stop in upstate New York. At the time of the incident, the 25-year-old Ossining man was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Brooklyn man. Troopers had pulled the driver over for speeding when they allegedly noticed that the passenger in the vehicle smelled of marijuana.

According to New York State Police, the marijuana smell led troopers to conduct a search. During the search, the accused passenger was allegedly found to have marijuana, cocaine, LSD and MDMA in his possession. The driver was also accused of committing a drug offense when he was reportedly found with cocaine in his possession. The exact quantity of the drugs that were discovered is unclear.

Charges against musician dropped in Philip Seymour Hoffman case

A letter dated Aug. 14 and sent to a New York judge from the Manhattan district attorney dropped charges against a 58-year-old jazz musician who was accused of selling the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman the heroin that led to the man's overdose. According to the district attorney, when the man was initially questioned, he was not read his Miranda rights. As a result, his statements from that questioning were inadmissible.

The man was detained a few days after Hoffman's death. It was his first arrest despite the fact that he had been using heroin for about 30 years as well as selling it occasionally. In his apartment, police allegedly found around $3,000 worth of heroin. He denied having ever sold Hoffman drugs in later accounts, though reports claim that he initially said that he rarely did so.

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.

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