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"Most Wanted" double murder suspect captured after 16 years

A man accused of murdering his sister and an ex-girlfriend in New York has been captured 16 years after allegedly committing those crimes. United States marshals and local police arrested the 54-year-old man when it discovered that he was hiding in a home in Connecticut. Law enforcement officials believe that the man, who was living in the house with a woman, may have been residing there for a few years.

The man's alleged violent crimes include shooting his sister in the stomach and head in 2002 and abducting a former girlfriend, who was found dead with a gunshot wound two days later. At the time, the man was on parole for other offenses that included attempted murder. Reportedly, the man went to visit another ex-girlfriend to see his daughter several months after the incident in 2002. However, he was scared off when the woman's brother walked in. In 2004, he was added to the U.S. Marshals' Most Wanted list.

Bushwick Crew members facing murder, drug charges

On Sept. 6, federal prosecutors reported that five individuals who were believed to be members of the Bushwick Crew were facing murder charges, racketeering charges, drug charges and weapons charges. The individuals were also believed to have taken part in a conspiracy to bring heroin into Brooklyn.

During an investigation, authorities reportedly seized approximately $1 million in drug proceeds and a large amount of fentanyl and heroin. Authorities also reported seized a number of exotic cars, including a Maserati, a Rolls Royce Ghost and a Lamborghini. Authorities said that the members received the heroin from a Mexican cartel and spent the proceeds on a luxurious lifestyle.

Man charged with DWI for third time

On Aug. 29, a New York man was arrested on suspicion of DWI in Westchester County. It is the third time the defendant has been charged with drunk driving according to the New York State Police.

The defendant, a 45-year-old Putman resident, was driving on Route 22 in Somers when an officer reportedly observed him commit a moving violation at around 11:35 p.m. He was pulled over, and the officer says that the man was driving while impaired. It was also determined that he was driving on a suspended driver's license and did not have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle, which violated a previous court order.

Couple charged with murder, dismemberment of woman

On Aug 29, New York authorities charged a Bronx couple with the murder and dismemberment of a 25-year-old woman. Pieces of the victim's body were discovered inside plastic bags strewn throughout the borough in the days leading up to the defendants' arrest.

According to media reports, the female defendant, age 30, called the victim on Aug. 21, saying she was having a fight with her boyfriend, the 31-year-old male defendant. The victim reportedly rushed to the couple's Longfellow Avenue home to offer support. When she arrived, she allegedly found the couple engaged in a domestic dispute. The male defendant left, and the women called the police to make a domestic complaint. Once the officers left, the male defendant allegedly returned to the home and struck the victim twice in the head with a hammer, killing her. He and the female defendant then used a machete and meat clever to dismember her body. Bags containing parts of the body were discovered by members of the public on Aug. 24 and 28.

Football player admits to insider trading

Football fans in New York may know Mychal Kendricks as the former Cleveland Browns linebacker who was released by the team after admitting to insider trading. According to prosecutors, he made $1.2 million on four investments made between July and November 2014. According to the U.S. Attorney for the District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, Kendricks could face a substantial prison sentence if he is convicted.

The former football player was tipped off to the investment opportunities by a man who works as a television writer. In exchange for the information, the man received $10,000 from Kendricks and other items such as tickets to Eagles games. In a statement, Kendricks apologized to his family and teammates from both the Browns and Eagles. He played for Philadelphia prior to his stint in Cleveland. The Browns signed Kendricks knowing about the case, but the team said that the circumstances had changed since signing him.

New York celebrity chef facing DWI charges

Police in New York have reported that the head chef of two popular upscale Italian restaurants in Suffolk County was taken into custody on drunk driving charges during the early morning hours of August 20. The 52-year-old Suffolk County man, who also is a partner in the Sag Harbor and East Hampton eateries, is facing aggravated DWI charges, according to reports, because breath tests allegedly revealed his blood alcohol level to be .24 percent. Motorists with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 percent or above are considered intoxicated in New York, and a BAC of .18 percent is the state threshold for aggravated DWI charges.

According to a Suffolk County Police Department report, the man fell asleep behind the wheel as he headed northbound on Route 114 near East Hampton. Officers say that his 2017 Ford struck a mailbox and telephone pole before coming to a rest facing south on the northbound shoulder. Officers are said to have come across the man standing next to his badly damaged vehicle.

Release of 3D blueprints for guns blocked

People in New York might have heard about the man who sued the government in order to be able to publish blueprints of guns online. The blueprints showed how people could use 3D printers to print firearms. While the state department had initially fought to block the release of the blueprints, the Trump Administration reversed course earlier this year and settled with Defense Distributed, the man's company.

The settlement would have allowed Defense Distributed to release the blueprints for the 3D-printed guns on the internet. In response, a number of states filed a lawsuit against the federal government to block the release of the blueprints. The states argued that the settlement agreement violated states' rights under the 10th Amendment and the Administrative Procedures Act.

Unsolved murders on the rise nationwide

Unsolved homicides continue to be a major concern in Brooklyn and across the country, putting renewed pressure on police to identify suspects and clear cases. Law enforcement experts and others say that some of the largest cities in America have a crisis of cold cases, long-unsolved murders and other major crimes with no suspect identified. Across the country, the murder clearance rate declined to 59.4 percent in 2016. This represents the lowest figure since the FBI began tracking the rate and indicates that over 40 percent of the homicides in the United States remain unsolved. A case is considered cleared when a suspect is arrested or identified if it is impossible to arrest him or her.

Because thousands of murders are going unsolved, public criticism of police investigations is mounting. The crisis of gun violence and unsolved homicides in Chicago has drawn particular attention to the issue while other large cities like New Orleans, Detroit and Memphis also have significant numbers of uncleared cold cases. In 2016, Chicago solved only 26 percent of the murders that happened in the city. The problem is continuing; in August 2018, one weekend was marred by 70 shootings, including 12 murders. However, only one arrest was made in all of the cases that weekend.

New York woman charged in stabbing death of British tourist

A 66-year-old New York woman was arrested on Aug. 13 for allegedly stabbing to death a British tourist who was visiting her home. Apparently, she claimed the killing was an attempt to vanquish "evil" from her house.

According to media reports, the defendant was introduced to the female tourist by a mutual friend on the day of the attack. After the three had lunch together, they went to the defendant's Great Neck home to listen to the mutual friend play the piano. Shortly before 4 p.m., the defendant said that she didn't like the tourist and that she had to "rid the house of evil." She then allegedly went to the kitchen, picked up a knife and stabbed the tourist in the chest.

Understanding an accusation of money laundering in New York

In a bid to track down criminal activity and to prevent funds gained from criminal activities to be used successfully, the crime of money laundering is in place in the state of New York. Money laundering can be a difficult crime to define, and it is possible for innocent people to be accused of the act.

If you have been accused of engaging in money laundering in the state of New York, it is important that you take the time to understand the nature of the crime and the associated implications. By doing so, you will be equipped with the knowledge you will need to adequately defend yourself against the accusation.

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