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Following DWI conviction, man allegedly drives away drunk

An upstate New York man allegedly drove away from the courthouse drunk immediately following being convicted of another DWI offense. According to the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened on April 6 following the man's court appearance in Grand Island Town Court.

Reportedly, courtroom witnesses informed the court that they allegedly smelled alcohol on the man. The court reportedly admonished the man not to drive away from the courthouse. Deputies indicated that despite the judge's warning, the man got into his vehicle and drove out of the parking lot before they could stop him from doing so.

Former investment adviser at J.P. Morgan charged with fraud

An investment adviser for J.P. Morgan faces charges in New York over $20 million he allegedly took from customer accounts. The adviser was taken into custody on April 16 at his home in New Jersey.

He is facing charges that include embezzlement and wire fraud. In addition, he is charged with fraud relating to his work as an investment adviser and securities fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. His wife is considered a nominal or relief defendant.

New York man accused of $7 million Ponzi scheme

New York residents may be interested to learn that the son-in-law of a former New York assembly speaker was accused of being involved in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded its investors out an estimated $7 million on April 13. The investments were made between 2009 and 2014, and he is facing multiple charges, including one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud.

A U.S. attorney claimed that the 37-year-old man assured his investors that their money would be used to trade securities through his investment fund. The investment would supposedly be low-risk and result in double-digit returns. However, it appeared that only some of the money was actually invested; he was accused of using the rest to pay other investors or personal expenses. Additionally, it was believed that he suffered losses but this from the investors.

New York City program provides jail alternative for DUI offenders

New York City operates a program for individuals with substance abuse problems that may allow them to avoid incarceration by entering treatment. The program is known as TASC, and it is available to those charged with drunk driving in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island if they qualify. To be eligible for the treatment alternatives program, offenders must have a history of substance abuse and be facing a minimum custodial sentence of 30 days. They must also be willing to enter a treatment program.

The stated goal of the program is to give offenders the opportunity to get their lives back on track. While many of those participating in the TASC program will be facing drunk driving charges, the initiative is open for any individual facing incarceration for criminal activity related to drug or alcohol use. After undergoing risk assessment screening, offenders are referred to substance abuse treatment programs that will help with their recovery.

3 New York men nabbed in drug raid

Riverhead Town Police arrested three New York men on suspicion of drug crimes on March 31. The arrests took place after a search warrant was executed at a residence in Riverhead.

The East End Task Force, which is funded by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, raided a home on Merritts Pond Road after authorities received numerous complaints alleging drug activity at the residence. The Suffolk County Police Department Emergency Services Unit and the Riverhead Police Department assisted with the operation.

New York man has diabetic emergency, caught with heroin

According to law enforcement officers with the Port Authority Police, a 24-year-old man was found to have heroin on his possession after reportedly suffering a diabetic emergency at a Port Authority bus terminal. The incident happened on March 27 at the Midtown terminal around 4:00 p.m.

Reportedly, officers noticed that the man was sweating and appeared to be ill. When they asked him if he was okay, he told them he had diabetes and needed some sugar. When officers offered to get him some assistance, the man allegedly told them he had some candy of his own. He then reportedly opened a bag that contained heroin in front of the officers.

New York man charged with drug possession after parole search

Police in New York took a 25-year-old man into custody on March 19 during a parole warrant effort. The man is facing drug possession charges after officers allegedly discovered 23 bags containing what was believed to be crack cocaine in his parked vehicle. Court records indicate that the man's bail was set at $5,000 during his arraignment hearing at Stapleton Criminal Court. He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 7.

According to media reports, the drug charges were the latest episode in a series of problems that the man has had with the law. Reports indicate that he was sentenced to a prison term of two and a half years after entering a plea of guilty to charges of assault in the second degree. The charges stemmed from an October 2011 shooting in West Brighton that left two women wounded. The man earned parole in November 2013.

Accused drug trafficker sentenced for murder-for-hire

On March 26, it was announced that a 38-year-old man who was convicted of being involved in two murder-for-hire conspiracies and large-scale drug trafficking scheme in New York was sentenced. According to the United States Attorney, the man was sentenced to life plus 30 years in a federal prison.

The indictment stated that the convicted man was responsible for providing powder cocaine and crack cocaine to multiple drug organizations between 2009 and 2012. He was also accused of illegally possessing and carrying a firearm during this period. He was accused of hiring a co-conspirator to shoot and kill a man who was the leader of another drug trafficking ring in September 2010. He then reportedly hired another co-conspirator to kill a second man in 2011 though another person was shot.

Second-degree murder law in New York

New York criminal law specifies that second-degree murder is a type of homicide that can come in many forms. Generally, the charge of second-degree murder may be classified under five different categories.

First, a person may demonstrate intent that results in the death or another. An individual engaging in reckless conduct and indifference that ends in another's death might also be cited. Any commission of a felony, such as robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, or sexual assault, could classify as second-degree murder as well. With the example of depraved indifference, a person over 18 may cause the death of a person under 11. Lastly, while engaging in a criminal sexual act, a person over 18 can be convicted if they caused the death of a person under 14 years of age.

Man arrested for DUI after allegedly stumbling into cop car

According to law enforcement officers with the New York State Police, a 50-year-old Troy man was detained on allegations of drunk driving after he reportedly stumbled into a police vehicle. The incident occurred on Mar. 14 in New Brunswick, just outside of Albany.

Reportedly, a state trooper had pulled into a convenience store in order to refill the gas tank of his patrol vehicle. While the trooper was pumping gas, the 50-year-old man reportedly pulled in, stopping next to the trooper's vehicle. When the man got out of his vehicle, he then allegedly walked into the trooper's car.