Mayor Bloomberg Doesn't Have Much to Say on OWS Police Tactics, But Still Criticizes Protests

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Occupy Wall Street in March, when more than 70 occupiers were arrested.
Mike Bloomberg doesn't have much to say about what he and the New York Police Department are doing to prepare for Occupy Wall Street's big day of action on Tuesday, but he didn't miss a chance this morning to criticize the protests.

At a press conference outside City Hall today, the Voice asked the mayor what the city and the NYPD is doing in advance of May Day -- a full day of protests and demonstrations that is aimed at breathing new life into the movement that began last fall.

In our question, we also asked him about rumors that several hundred NYPD officers were training on Randall's Island with riot gear and mock protesters.

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Renata Shamrakova, Personal Assistant to Hilton Ex, Stole Almost $1 Million: Cops

Renata Shamrakova is on the hook for bilking her former boss, Nicky Hilton's Ex-Hubby Todd Meister -- out of more than 900,000 bucks, and she has just been indicted in a Manhattan court.

The 27-year-old personal assistant is said to have made unauthorized charges on her employer's credit card and bank accounts, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

From what the D.A. says, it sounds like Shamrakova had quite a bit of fun with Meister's Amex. From March 2011 to January 2012, she added her name to his credit card, and then opened a platinum account in her own name. She then used the plastic to pay for trips Aruba, Canada, Italy, India and France, cops say.

She also had a lot of food delivered to her with one of these accounts.

The charges include grand larceny in the second and third degrees, identity theft in the first degree, and possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

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Anthony Smith, Michael Smith, and Melvin Peters Get Prison for Murder of Roy Huntley

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Roy Huntley died at the hands of a gang of thugs during a grisly robbery-turned-slaying that took place on Sept. 28, 2008.

Michael Smith, Anthony Smith, and Melvin Peters roughed up the 24-year-old husband and father of two in 2050 Eighth Avenue, stealing his watch and other small property before dragging him outside, where Anthony then shot him in the head. Two other men are said to be involved in the crime.

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Stealing from Non-Profits Is the Hottest New Trend

Looks like the hip thing to do is to make non-profits even less profitable.

For the third time in a week, a New Yorker has been accused of illegally pocketing megabucks from a non-profit.

The Manhattan District Attorney says that Jeffrey Bernstein swindled more than $2,500,000 from the Albert Ellis Institute, a psychotherapy charity, between January 2010 and February 2011.

Bernstein, 62, worked as director of administration at the org, which offered affordable therapy to the public.

The D.A. indicted Bernstein today, claiming that he conned the group out of money by sending some 80 unauthorized wire transfers to his own business accounts.

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Bronx Man Shot for iPhone

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Cops want to find the two thugs who shot a Bronx resident in the back Wednesday -- after he refused to hand over his iPhone.

Police say that the 23-year-old victim was walking with a friend along West 190th street, between Aqueduct and Grand Avenues, around 6:30 p.m. when the perps accosted them, demanding the costly gadget.

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Robert Caballero and Gordon Jenkins Face Charges of Stealing $310,000 From the Poor

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What's worse than stealing money?

Why, stealing from poor people, of course!

And that's exactly what Robert Caballero and Gordon Jenkins are accused of doing, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.

Vance indicted 53-year-old Caballero and 72-year-old Jenkins today on felony charges of stealing from low-income homeowners. He says they pocketed more than $310,000 from two separate Housing Development Fund Corporation co-ops.  

The specs? Caballero got stuck with felony charges of second-degree grand larceny (1 count), second-degree forgery (18 counts), second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (18 counts) and falsifying business records (8 counts).

Jenkins's tally? He faces one count of second-degree grand larceny.

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Armed Bronx Jacket Thief on the Loose

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A man was robbed at gunpoint for his orange Marmot jacket in the Bronx recently, cops say.

The sartorially minded scumbag (pictured here) approached a man on the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard on Dec. 14, pulled out a gun, took the victim's coat and nothing else, and then fled the scene, cops report in a just-released statement.

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Rikers Island Jailer Wanted to Feed Prisoners Spoiled Meat

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One jailer at Rikers Island gave new meaning to the term jail bait when he suggested that the jail could have served spoiled meat to the prisoners. On July 11, 65,000 pounds of rotten meats were discovered in two malfunctioning freezer trailers on Rikers Island after one supervisor complained about the nauseating odor. The meat, which was valued at $130,816, was disposed of, but one official allegedly complained that instead of stretching the prison's budget even further, the meat could have been washed with cider vinegar and sodium bicarbonate and served to the prisoners. Official spokeswoman Sharman Stein, however, insisted that it was "absolutely incorrect that [the Correction Department] considered serving the spoiled food."

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'East Coast Rapist' Tried to Hang Himself in Jail

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Aaron Thomas, the "East Coast Rapist" accused of raping 17 women in four states over the last 13 years, tried to hang himself in his jail cell last night. Thomas was arrested on Friday and held on a $1 million bond in New Haven, CT.

The East Coast Rapist's most recent crimes were in October of 2009, when he kidnapped three girls coming home from trick-or-treating and raped two of them. Which is just about the most ghoulish shit I've ever heard. Authorities have been hunting him for more than a decade and finally nabbed him on DNA evidence from a cigarette butt. Maybe we shouldn't recycle those after all.

[Daily Intel via ABC News]


Eric Adams, Brooklyn State Senator, Teaches Parents to Spy, Narc on Kids

Eric Adams, who was an NYPD officer for 22 years before becoming a state senator (you may remember him from the campaign to end saggy pants), has released a video instructing parents on how to find potential drug and gun paraphernalia in their kiddos' rooms and backpacks. There are many places your sneaky children may be hiding drugs, or bullets -- from inside doll clothes to perfume bottles to cameras, and even behind framed photos. Adams will release the video to churches and schools to try to help reduce street violence.

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