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August 2018 Archives

Mychal Kendricks admits to insider trading and apologizes

Insider trading scandals typically involve people in the financial sector of New York, but Mychal Kendricks, an NFL linebacker for the Browns, has been charged in a case that allegedly earned him $1.2 million from illegal trades. He issued a public apology concerning his role in investments four years ago that relied on inside information.

Understanding gun control laws in New York

New York has strong gun regulations, and people accused of violations could face arrest and prosecution. While the national debate over gun control has received widespread attention, New York State already has some of the strongest gun control laws across the United States. Little movement has been seen in 2018 on proposed new gun regulations, but in 2013, New York passed the SAFE Act, which put in place a number of new restrictions on firearms in New York.

Rapper pleads guilty to gun charge

Popular rapper Juelz Santana admitted to a court on August 16 that he attempted to board a plane at a New York-area airport with a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage. The 36-year-old New Jersey resident is facing up to 20 years in prison on firearms charges. Santana faces more severe penalties because he is a convicted felon. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for December 12, according to media reports.

Authorities prepare for Labor Day holiday

Police in New York say that they are participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. They will begin enhanced enforcement efforts starting on Aug. 24 through the Labor Day holiday. It is part of a national campaign to reduce the occurrence of drunk driving on roads throughout the United States. The late summer time period tends to see more cars on the road, which authorities say results in a higher number of accidents and fatalities.

Basketball coach could face murder charge after NYC fracas

A coach with the Wake Forest University basketball team could be charged with murder in connection with an incident in New York City on the night of Aug. 5 that claimed the life of a Florida tourist. The coach allegedly fled the scene but later turned himself in to the New York City Police Department. He was originally charged with assault in the third degree, but reports suggest that a manslaughter or murder charge could be leveled against him after a coroner ruled the death a homicide.

Murder charges filed against New York gas station worker

The 71-year-old man accused of killing his co-worker at a gas station on Long Island had been working at the location for 15 years. He entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment, and authorities continue to hold him without bail. Investigators said that he armed himself with a gun the day after he had a disagreement with a co-worker, a 45-year-old man who had been working at the gas station for less than 12 months.

NASCAR chairman and CEO facing drunk driving charges

New York NASCAR fans may be interested to learn that the NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France was taken into custody on Aug. 5 after police conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. According to the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, France failed to stop at a stop sign at about 7:30 p.m.

Several drunk driving arrests in New York state

New York State Police targeted drivers for DWI arrests during a late July weekend. After the weekend concluded, Troop K announced 27 arrests for driving while intoxicated. The accused were arrested in various incidents in several counties, some during traffic stops and others following motor vehicle accidents. One man driving on State Route 9 was arrested in Cortlandt and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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