Oct 092012

Court Session in Patz Case Is Delayed for 6 Weeks


The New York Times
by Russ Buettner
September 24, 2012

The next public court appearance for the man who confessed to killing Etan Patzin 1979 has been put off for six weeks, a move that has the effect of giving prosecutors and his defense lawyer more time to investigate before the case is presented to a grand jury for indictment.

The delay, which was agreed upon by both sides, speaks to the unique complexities of a 33-year-old case in which a body has never been found and a new suspect with a history of mental illness emerged out of nowhere, according to people briefed on the case and legal observers.

This is the second time a public appearance has been delayed; it will now take place Nov. 15.

Wendy Ruderman contributed reporting.




Dec 172011


After Officer’s Killing, a Focus on a North Carolina Warrant
The New York Times
December 13, 2011


Despite his being wanted for a shooting in North Carolina, the man accused of killing a police officer in Brooklyn on Monday was twice released from jail in New York this fall because the authorities in North Carolina declined to have him extradited, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Tuesday.

The New York police had arrested the man, Lamont Pride, twice since September, first for possession of a knife and a second time for possession of crack cocaine and for endangering the welfare of a child.

Each time, Mr. Kelly said, the police noticed that Mr. Pride was wanted for the shooting in North Carolina, but that the arrest warrant could be served only in that state. A New York police officer called the authorities in Greensboro, N.C., after the second arrest, in November, Mr. Kelly said, because of “a concern about a violent felon going back on the streets of New York City,” though a spokeswoman for the Greensboro police disputed Mr. Kelly’s chronology.

Al Baker, Liz Robbins and Tim Stelloh contributed reporting.

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Dec 062011

Underwater Drones Giving More Eyes to Police Harbor Unit as Searches Grow
The New York Times
December 4, 2011

With President Obama in town last Wednesday, things were busy for the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit. Federal security agents were disseminating lists of city locations that had to be swept for bombs, cleared and guarded.

That meant that coastal areas near touchdown points for Marine One, the presidential helicopter, demanded extra inspection. Police divers splashed down to scrutinize underwater sections of piers and seawalls for improvised explosive devices. Radiological sweeps were done. Each of the bridges spanning waters that Mr. Obama’s motorcade might cross got a top-to-bottom going over.

All of that underwater security has resulted in an increasing reliance on a relatively new tactical weapon for the police: an unmanned submersible drone, often referred to as a remote-operated vehicle, or R.O.V.

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