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May 2011 Archives

Cpl. Steve Jorgenson Dies in Traffic Accident on West Side Hwy

Family members of those in the armed services live with the fear that their loved one will be killed in combat. But for the family of 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Steve Jorgenson, the news was in a way, worse. Having survived nine months in Afghanistan and training for a new "dangerous" mission, Cpl. Jorgenson was killed in a traffic accident on the West Side Highway early on the morning of May 26.

It was his first night in New York.

New York Student Krittika Biswas Sues for Cyberbullying Arrest

There have been many stories in the news this past year about bullying and cyberbullying. However, this New York story of cyberbullying has a twist -- the accused bully is the one who is suing. According to the New York Daily News, Indian diplomat's daughter and high school student Krittika Biswas was wrongfully arrested for cyberbullying a teacher at John Bowne High School in Queens.

Legal documents show Biswas plans to sue the city of New York for at least $1.5 million dollars over the wrongful cyberbullying arrest and accusation.

Rosie Perez Files Injury Lawsuit After Extra Shakes Her Too Hard

A bit like the characters in the show "Law & Order: SVU," television crime actress Rosie Perez, 46, has decided to take legal action for the injuries she claimed she suffered during while shooting a scene for the popular NBC drama.

The New York Daily News reported Perez, a Brooklyn native, filed an injury lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court that said she suffered from a herniated disc during a television shoot in September 2009 and had to undergo two surgeries after an extra shook her far too strongly.

"The thing to do was taking someone who knows what he's doing to make it look violent without being violent," said Brian O'Dwyer, Perez's attorney. "This person was not a stuntman, he was just an extra."

Fatal Fire In 'Illegal' Brooklyn Boarding House Kills Two

Residents said a recent fire in “illegal” boarding house in Brooklyn, where nearly 10 people rented rooms, left two men dead. Greg Atkinson, one of the victims who is also known as "Jiggs," fell out of a third-story window after resident Bernard Downes, 39, grabbed a ladder to help Atkinson down "but it was too short - so he jumped."

"It was terrible. Jiggs jumped to get away from the flames," said Downes. But Jim Long, an FDNY spokesperson, contended that Atkinson may have accidentally fallen from the third-story or possibly hopped out of the window to flee from the fire. The New York Daily News reported Frank Edwards, 56, was also killed in the blaze in the Bushwick complex.

Two Tragic Accidents In Bronx Send Two Toddlers To Hospital

Two toddlers were taken to the hospital after two separate disastrous accidents occurred in the Bronx within two hours and two blocks of each other that left one youngster dead, reported law enforcement officials.

According to the New York Daily News, the first accident involved 2-year-old Gianna Almonte, who was dancing and enjoying herself at her grandparent's home in Mount Hope during a visit with her Harlem parents.

"We were all having a nice time," recalled Almonte's grandmother Sandra Velez, 49. But when Velez realized her granddaughter started to choke on a cashew nut she was chewing on, she began to panic.

Timothy White Killed After Getting Hit By TraveLynx Tour Bus

Police reported pedestrian Timothy White, 29, of Philadelphia, was killed in a fatal car accident in Manhattan after a tour bus struck him on a West Side street. Two breath tests from the driver, 57-year-old Steve Drappel, indicated he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, said one law enforcement official.

Authorities also found Drappel had a 1.75-liter bottle of vodka with him when they arrived at the scene, according to The New York Times. Drappel, a West Palm Beach, Florida resident, was eventually charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, although police are still investigating the car accident.

NY Senate Passes Stricter Law Against Texting While Driving

New York state and local law enforcement officials will now be able to stop and ticket drivers for texting while driving under a new legislation recently passed by the New York Senate. The Associated Press reported the Senate voted 57 to 3 on the measure, which entails a $150 fine for violators and penalizes them with two points on their driver's license.

Talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving was already considered a primary offense in the state. However, using a portable electronic device while behind the wheel was initially regarded as secondary offense, which means a person could not be pulled over for just texting while driving. Instead, the act had to be attached to another driving offense, such as speeding.

Irene Morales Sues American Apparel For Invasion Of Privacy

Former American Apparel saleswoman Irene Morales has recently filed a lawsuit against the company and its chief executive Dov Charney for defamation and invasion of privacy, according to Reuters. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims Charney posted nude photographs of Morales and two other women online.

Morales, now 20, initially sued Charney and American Apparel Inc. in New York State Supreme Court on March 4, claiming Charney made her perform sexual acts and threatened to fire her if she did not do so. The former saleswoman also accused the company directors of failing to prevent Charney from behaving as a "sexual predator."