Possibly Drunk Driver Crashes Into Shuttle Van Outside Radio City Music Hall

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Racing up Sixth Avenue at 5 in the morning will usually leave you in a heap of trouble, either with the passengers or with the police. Or, in this case, it could lead to disastrous consequences, like crashing into the side of a hotel shuttle van right outside of the famous Radio City Music Hall on 50th Street.

Apparently, a Mercedes-Benz was booking it down Sixth Avenue and steamrolled right through a red light, leading to complete full-on impact with the hotel shuttle bus. Soon after, parts of the avenue were shut down as police investigated the scene. The five passengers in the shuttle bus were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening conditions; however, reports say that two were left in critical condition.

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A Heat Wave, a Crime Wave

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As mentioned on the newspaper front page in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," while Bed-Stuy burned in the 1989 summer heat, it looks like a helter swelter out there. And it's a damn bloody one.

In the past five days, with temperatures averaging well over 90 degrees, New York City has seen a spree of 16 murders - five of which have happened since Friday night. Although 2012 is continuing to attract record-low numbers of homicide, and crime, in general, for that matter, this quick blip on the radar is an outlier that runs parallel with the extreme weather.

We knew that the heat wave could cause our social media and respect for law at the McCarren Park Pool to collapse. But this shocking statistic and the stories behind some of them have convinced us that one thing is for sure: the heat is making New York go insane.
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Henry Hill, Goodfellas Gangster, on Art, the Witness Protection Program, and His Adult Circumcision

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via Hill's eBay account
Henry Hill with Ray Liotta
Henry Hill was best known by Ray Liotta's face. An East New York native famously mentored by the Lucchese crime family, Hill was the Lufthansa-heisting mobster whose 1986 memoir, the Nicholas-Pileggi-shaped Wiseguy, served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's modern classic Goodfellas. As TMZ reported last night, Hill died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 69.

Hill's life consisted of well-documented involvements with the dirty businesses of narcotics, extortion, robbery, and one major point-shaving college-basketball scandal. Eventually he became an FBI informant and entered the Witness Protection Program until he was expelled for, in his words, "being a Goodfella." He then lived openly under his real name, relocating to Topanga County, becoming a recurring guest on Howard Stern, and hawking his paintings through an eBay store. In 2007, the enterprising ex-con opened a mob-themed restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut called Wiseguys. (An attic fire mysteriously broke out shortly after the establishment opened.)

That same year, the Voice spoke with the self-described "bullshit artist" about spaghetti sauce, his artistic muse ("whatever goes through my sick, fuckin' mind"), his Witness Protection Program dismissal, and "learning to fuck again" after his late-life circumcision. Reprinted below is an edited version of Michael Clancy's Runnin' Scared dialogue with the legendary gangster.

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Patrick Alcindor, Harlem Pharmacist, Gets 13 Years in the Slammer

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Patrick Alcindor could spend up to 13 years behind bars for scamming Medicaid -- charging for pricey prescriptions which he never filled, according to the Manhattan District Attorney.

Alcindor, who ran the ring out of a Harlem pharmacy, got caught in March 2010 paying an undercover cop for these scripts, including HIV/AIDS medicines and anti-psychotics. The former pharmacist was convicted of attempted larceny and tampering with evidence charges Feb. 10, but just sentenced today.

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Larry Davis, Accused Granny Killer, Also on Trial for Killing Trans Lover

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There's a lot to process here, but we'll give it our best shot.

Larry Davis took a hooker back to his apartment in April 2011. She noticed that his grandmother was dead and stuffed in the closet, according to cops.

So, Davis got busted for that crime, the Daily News reports, but his DNA appeared to be a match for another grisly offense -- the strangulation of Richard McCoy.

Turns out, the saliva on a cigarette recovered at the Brownsville crime scene was Davis's, police say.

Now, Davis is on trial for McCoy's death. Authorities accuse Davis of asphyxiating McCoy during an "hours-long pot-fueled romp in August 2010."

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Would-Be Granny Rapist Kentrel Whitaker Found Guilty of Attacking 73-Year-Old Woman

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A 73-year-old woman was out for her morning walk when Kentrel Whitaker shoved her to the ground, beat her, and tried to rape her.

The sex-fiend sicko removed her underwear and straddled her, but a nearby pedestrian saw what was happening and rushed to help. Whitaker also broke several of the victim's bones, and she had to be taken to the hospital.

Whitaker fled, but wasn't able to evade justice for long: Today, a jury convicted the 33-year-old perv of attempted rape in the first degree and assault in the second degree for the brutal August 2010 attack, which took place on the East River promenade, near 111th Street.

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Jose Rojas, Subway Pusher, Found Guilty of Shoving Ute Linhart into Oncoming Train

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Ute Linhart was waiting for a northbound train at the West 28th Street N/R Stop on Aug 11, 2010.

As she stood there, a drunk man -- Jose Rojas -- was accosting some other commuters on the narrow platform.

He then walked directly toward Linhart, moved behind her, and shoved her into the oncoming train, sending her flying into the first car.

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Time Pieces Antique Watch Store Attacked by Knife-Wielding Gang

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A thieving trio busted into Time Pieces, an antique watch and clock store, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, robbing the clerk at knifepoint before macing the victim and running off with the costly chronometers, cops say.

The suspected perps fled the shop, located at 115 Greenwich Avenue, on foot.

Nobody was hurt.

Cops describe one of the suspects as between 21 and 25-years-old, with a medium build. He was wearing a white baseball cap, dark jacket, blue jeans, and dark sneakers.

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Gun-Toting Robber Hits Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Jackson Heights

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A man has robbed five Brooklyn and Queens businesses at gunpoint, and cops want your help bringing this jerk to justice.

Police say that he began his crime spree on Sept. 25, around 12:15 a.m., when he stormed into a Greenpoint Dunkin Donuts at 356 McGuiness Boulevard, shot a gun, and fled with cash.

The suspected perp then hit a Williamsburg Capital One Bank, located at 185 Broadway, on Oct. 18.

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Reggie Allen, 'MetroDunce,' Indicted on Weapons Charges

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Reggie Allen is no criminal mastermind.

Cops say that 34-year-old Allen brought two loaded firearms -- including a Tec-9 semi-automatic pistol and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun -- into a crowded Times Square subway station on New Year's Day.

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