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June 2015 Archives

Prison guard hit with felony charges in New York prison escape

It is unusual to see prison employees assisting convicted murderers to escape from prison. In the case of the two escaped felons from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, the rare situation exists where two persons are now charged in connection with the escape. Felony charges were just announced by authorities against the second employee, a 57-year-old male prison guard. He was charged with promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.

Complex drunk driving laws require seasoned defense counsel

Significant jail sentences are on the books in New York for persons convicted of DUI. The penalties for drunk driving for those under the age of 21 are a bit more relaxed but still serious enough to cause substantial disruption of the person's life. New York also has an Implied Consent Law which requires a mandatory suspension of a person's driver's license for at least one year where that person refuses to cooperate in allowing a blood alcohol test.

Annual FolkFest marred by numerous arrests on drug charges

Oswego County authorities and the New York State Police cooperated in busting at least 14 persons for possessing and/or selling various illegal drugs at the annual FolkFest music festival held May 21 through May 24. Those arrested were mostly New York residents who ranged in age from 20 through 55. The county district attorney held a news conference to inform the public and the press regarding the several different drug charges that were filed.

Biggest heroin bust nets 70 kilos; 2 men held on drug charges

The evidence seems to be mounting that the use of heroin is growing by epidemic proportions in New York City. That warning has been repeated by numerous drug enforcement officials recently. But actual proof of the extent of the problem was allegedly revealed by DEA officials and others on May 17 with the arrest and filing of drug charges against two men after a year-long investigation in the Bronx. Authorities seized 70 kilograms of heroin with a purported street value of $50 million.