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  • DA Vance Invests in Domestic Violence Intervention Program From Harlem to Houston

    Harlem World Magazine

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of a $1.475 million grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI), a leading provider of domestic violence programs and services in New York City, to plan and implement an abusive partner intervention program (APIP) from Harlem To Houston.

  • PAGV Co-Chairs to State Department: Block Release of Downloadable Blueprints for Do-It-Yourself, 3D-Printed Guns

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    In a matter of days, the State Department is preparing to allow unlimited online access to schematic designs that enable 3D printing of untraceable guns. In a complete reversal of longstanding regulatory oversight, the State Department has decided to provide a special exemption to a private company, Defense Distributed, to post its gun blueprints online.

  • Boss of firm in deadly construction worker fall pleads guilty

    New York Post

    The company overseeing a luxury Manhattan construction project where a worker fell 29 floors to his death pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday — as the victim’s sister sobbed in the gallery.

    SSC High Rise admitted that its shoddy oversight created an unsafe environment and caused the death of worker Juan Chonillo Sept. 21, 2017, according to the Manhattan DA’s Office.

    The prosecutor read a letter written by the victim’s distraught sister, Angela Chonillo, as she tearfully looked on.

  • ID Thieves Indicted For “Card Cracking” Scheme Involving Snapchat, Rent Checks

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of six individuals for participating in a scheme involving identity theft, check forgery, and bank fraud. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Identity Theft in the Second Degree, among other charges.[1]

  • Queens Man Convicted In 25-Year-Old Chelsea Murder Case

    Patch

    A trail of blood that ran down several flights of stairs and out the front door of a slain Chelsea man's apartment complex led police to a convicted rapist in Queens who, nearly 25 years later, would be found guilty of the murder.

    Gordon Francis, 60, was convicted on Wednesday in the brutal 1993 murder of 50-year-old social worker James Hawkins, who was discovered in his apartment after he was stabbed more than 25 times in the neck, chest and stomach, authorities said.