QUEENS/Owners of Bell shooting site charged in fraud case
The mother-and-son owners of the defunct strip club made infamous by the shooting of Sean Bell have been charged in a mortgage fraud case in Queens.
Martina Duran and Robert Arias were each ordered held on $250,000 bail on Tuesday after being charged with larceny, identity theft and other crimes. The pair owned Club Kalua, where Bell's bachelor party ended in tragedy in 2006.
Undercover detectives investigating reports of prostitution at the club killed the unarmed Bell and wounded two friends in a 50-shot barrage after following them outside. Three officers who claimed they believed the men had a gun were later acquitted of manslaughter.
Prosecutors in the fraud case allege Duran and Arias, along with Aldo Bussi of Levittown, Percy Randall of Westbury and one man still at large, were part of a $2-million scheme to use stolen identities to buy and sell three properties. There was no immediate response to a phone message left with Duran's attorney. Her son's lawyer declined to comment.- AP
MANHATTAN/Cops: Man held girlfriend hostage after beating
A Patchogue man has been arraigned on charges of kidnapping, assault and criminal mischief after beating his girlfriend and holding her hostage in her Manhattan apartment for nearly five hours, New York City authorities said Tuesday.
Christopher Fenimore, 24, of 34 Lakeshore Dr., brutally beat his girlfriend, 20, in her East 81st Street apartment last Wednesday, breaking her wrist and bruising her face, according to sources.
Fenimore held his girlfriend captive for about five hours before fleeing, according to police reports. After he left the apartment, the woman called police.
Police said Fenimore surrendered on Thursday at the 19th Precinct on East 67th Street. He posted $2,500 bail and was released.- GARY DYMSKI
MANHATTAN/Bribery, extortion case has mob, WTC ties
Eight people linked to the Colombo organized crime family have been charged in a federal case involving bribery and extortion at the World Trade Center site.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn alleges that a mob-controlled trucking company paid kickbacks to win a subcontract with a demolition company working at Ground Zero. Prosecutors also say the defendants threatened employees with the demolition company when it failed to pay on time.
Authorities say the case is part of a campaign to bring down the Colombos. In 2007, former acting boss Alphonse Persico Jr. was convicted of murder in aid of racketeering.- AP
EAST MEADOW/Bouncer stabbed after refusing man's entry
After being denied entry to an East Meadow bar because he was underage, a Lynbrook man slashed and stabbed the security employee who turned him away, Nassau County police said Tuesday.
Thomas L. King Jr., 20, of 46 Treadwell Ave., Lynbrook, has been arrested on charges of assault and possession of a dangerous weapon after the incident on Feb. 26, according to First Squad detectives.
Police said King and three friends tried to enter RC Dugan's Bar on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow around 1:53 a.m. on Feb. 26. A man, 40, who was working security at the bar denied them entry, police said.
King became upset, fought with the victim and slashed him in the face, head, throat and abdomen, police said. King then left the scene with his three friends in a dark-colored auto.
Police arrested King Tuesday at home.- GARY DYMSKI