State news in brief
NYPD employees charged in scam
NEW YORK (AP) — A uniformed New York Police Department officer and five dispatchers are among those charged in an insurance scam that authorities say compromised the personal information of 60,000 vehicle accident victims.
An indictment charging 27 people was unsealed in Manhattan federal court. Twenty-three defendants were arrested Thursday morning.
The indictment says that the scheme funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2014 to NYPD employees, 911 operators, hospital workers and medical service providers.
According to the indictment, the confidential information was used to steer victims to medical clinics and lawyers in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere. The providers allegedly paid kickbacks to leaders of the scheme.
3 dead, including child, in apartment
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says three people, including a child, are dead in what’s being investigated as a double homicide and a suicide.
Police responding to a 911 call found a 42-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl dead with neck trauma in a Harlem apartment at around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
The woman was in a bathroom and the little girl was in a bedroom.
A 46-year-old man was dead in a bedroom.
The circumstances were under investigation.
Fentanyl seized in L.I. drug ring bust
MINEOLA (AP) — Authorities on Long Island have indicted 11 people on drug and gun offenses and seized 400 grams of fentanyl.
The Nassau district attorney’s office on Wednesday says the $130,000 worth of fentanyl is the largest seizure of the deadly synthetic opioid in Nassau County history and represents 150,000 potentially fatal overdoses.
Newsday reports the investigation, which targeted drug- and gang-related violence in Hempstead, was launched in April by the DA’s office, the FBI Long Island Gang Task Force and the ATF Long Island Firearms Task Force.
Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas says the leader of the eight-person drug ring ran the operation from a federal prison medical center in Massachusetts. Two of the defendants remain at large.
Man convicted of killings gets 20 years
LYONS (AP) — A man who admitted to killing his girlfriend and her toddler son and burying their bodies on a western New York farm has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Alberto Reyes pleaded guilty on Sept. 11 to two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14-month-old son Owen.
The woman and child were declared missing in May 2018. Over 1,000 people were involved in the search. Their bodies were eventually found buried on a farm in Sodus where she and Reyes worked and lived together.