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SYOSSET / Woman hurt by nail in boot reaches $500G settlement

A Syosset woman who stuck her foot into a new boot five years ago and wound up with a nail in her sole settled her legal case for $500,000 Friday against the manufacturer and the Farmingdale Target store where she bought the boot, according to a court transcript and lawyers in the case.

Shalini Schetty, 45, has been walking with a cane since she tried on the boots in January 2007, said her lawyer, Michael Levine, of Hauppauge. Because of the injury, she now has a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which is likely permanent, Levine said.

Lawyers settled the case minutes before opening statements were to begin before Supreme Court Justice John Galasso in Mineola.

According to a court transcript, the company that manufactured the boots, ITC Trading Co., will pay $400,000, and Target Corp. will pay $100,000.

Lawyers for ITC and Target did not return calls after the settlement Friday.

According to Levine and legal papers, Schetty was shopping at the Farmingdale Target store with her husband and their four young children in December 2006 when she bought the black Mossimo Gardenia boots in size 71 / 2 without trying them on. A few weeks later, when she put them on at home, a nail sticking up in the toe of the high-heeled boots drove into her foot, Levine said.

-- ANN GIVENS


NASSAU /spiring rapper found not guilty of murder

A Nassau jury found an aspiring rapper from Roosevelt not guilty of murder Thursday after deliberating for two days in the case.

Eric Rucker, 29, said he told his lawyer the moment before the verdict was announced that he had faith in the jury.

"I started crying," he said after the acquittal. "I just kept saying, 'Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord.' "

Rucker was charged with killing Dimitri Forde, 18, of Jamaica, Queens, in August 2009. It took police about two years to arrest him.

Police said Forde was at the Garage Productions recording studio when he got into a dispute with Rucker.

Police said Rucker shot Forde once in the head and fled.

Forde's identity remained unknown for two days until a published photograph of a tattoo on his right wrist was recognized by family.

Rucker's lawyer, William Shanahan, of Mineola, said the key witness against his client, a woman who said Rucker had admitted committing the murder, was not believable.

A spokesman for Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice declined to comment.

-- ANN GIVENS

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