State news in brief
ATV accident leaves 2 dead
WAWARSING (AP) — A couple in upstate New York are dead after they lost control of their all-terrain vehicle and crashed into a shallow body of water.
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office says 83-year-old Filipo Zolli and 84-year-old Johann Zolli were riding tandem on the ATV on their property in Wawarsing Saturday afternoon. The Daily Freeman reports the Zollis lost control of their vehicle and fatally crashed into the water where they were found dead.
The Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the couple’s bodies.
Authorities say the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
SUNY prepares to arm campus officers
QUEENSBURY (AP) — Some security officers at the State University of New York’s Adirondack campus could be carrying guns during the spring semester.
The Post-Star in Glens Falls reports that school officials are drawing up rules for the purchase, training and use of Tasers and handguns by campus officers.
The school’s director of facilities, Anthony Palangi, notes that many of the campus officers are retired police who already have weapons experience.
Palangi says having the proper “tools” will make the officers better prepared to respond. But he hopes they never have to.
School President Kristine Duffy says she doesn’t think arming officers will change the tone of the campus.
Detectives accused of rape quit force
NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police detectives accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman in their van have quit the police force.
Eddie Martins and Richard Hall resigned on Monday before they were to face an administrative proceeding that could have resulted in their firing. They were arraigned last week on kidnapping, rape and other criminal charges.
Prosecutors say the detectives stopped the woman in September for suspicion of drug possession and then handcuffed her, drove her around and raped her. The prosecutors say DNA evidence matches the detectives.
The detectives’ lawyers have said the woman’s account is not credible.
Officer acquitted in fatal shooting
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer charged with killing an unarmed man in an apparent road rage shooting has been acquitted of murder and manslaughter.
WABC reports a Brooklyn jury returned the verdict Monday at the trial of Wayne Isaacs.
Authorities say Isaacs was off duty on July 4, 2016, when he and Delrawn Small got into a traffic dispute that continued for several blocks.
Small got out of his car and confronted the officer. Prosecutors say the officer responded by shooting him through the driver’s side window.
Isaacs said he fired in self-defense.
Kidnapping suspect arrested in Nevada
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A 23-year-old man sought in connection with the disappearance of a woman in upstate New York has been arrested in southern Nevada on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
The Nye County sheriff’s office says they arrested Jon Turner of Elmira, New York after the 25-year-old victim managed to escape Thursday from a motel in Beatty about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
She says Turner allegedly beat and choked her then left her unconscious on a street before taking her back to the motel and handcuffing her to furniture.
Deputies say he eventually injured her with a hatchet. Investigators determined the pair had been reported missing in New York in late August.
Turner was being held Monday in the Nye County Jail on $275,000 bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Lawyer convicted in drug case
NEW YORK (AP) — A disbarred lawyer who once represented Casey Anthony has been convicted of conspiring to fly a plane filled with $13 million worth of cocaine from Ecuador to Honduras.
The office of U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers says Todd Macaluso was found guilty last Friday in Brooklyn of international cocaine distribution conspiracy.
He could get 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Feb. 16.
His lawyer, Michael Gold, tells the Daily News that Macaluso “looks forward to being vindicated in future proceedings.”
Macaluso was on Anthony’s defense team between 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a high-profile Florida case.