Accused drug dealers had delivery service
NEW YORK (AP) -- Narcotics investigators said Friday that two men brazenly touted their cocaine and marijuana home delivery service in Manhattan by distributing business cards with a fake Coca-Cola logo and a cell phone number.
Another not-so-subtle card called the 24-hour service -- apologies to Prince -- "Purple Rain." It also read, "Up in smoke."
The special narcotics prosecutor for New York City said Friday that the cards were found tucked under doors at a Tribeca high-rise.
Other cards had been clipped inside copies of the Village Voice.
Investigators believe the service had about 200 steady customers. Some were students and bar patrons in the East Village and the Lower East Side.
Undercover officers bought cocaine from the pair in a sting operation before arrests Thursday night. They face multiple drug dealing counts.
Ex-juvenile worker guilty of molesting
NEW YORK (AP) -- A former juvenile-justice worker accused of brazenly using his job to prey on underage girls inside a courthouse was convicted Friday of molesting two teens but acquitted of raping a third.
Tony Simmons' case had sparked protests from women's advocates, prompted a judge to rescind a plea deal and brought sometimes uncomfortably frank testimony from Simmons' three accusers. After being poised to emerge from the case with probation this fall, Simmons now could face up to four years in prison at his sentencing, set for Feb. 1.
His accusers testified that Simmons, 47, abruptly began fondling them after taking them aside in the Manhattan Family Court building in separate incidents between 2005 and 2008. Simmons' lawyer depicted them as troubled girls who made the allegations hoping to get out of custody or get a lawsuit payout.
The case had sparked an outcry from NOW and the district attorney after Simmons pleaded guilty to rape and other charges in September and was promised a no-jail sentence. A judge nixed the deal in November.
Tax preparer charged with not paying his
WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Regulators said Friday that an accountant who owns several tax-prep businesses neglected to pay his own state taxes for six years.
The state Tax Department said Eric Fecci, 44, of Katonah has been charged with tax fraud and failure to file from 2003 to 2008. It said he filed his returns only after the department's investigation began.
If convicted, Fecci could be sentenced to up to four years in prison on each of four counts.
The department said Fecci also owes the state nearly $21,000 for other tax liabilities dating back to 2001.
Defense attorney William Aronwald would not comment.
The department said Fecci owned and operated several accounting and tax preparation businesses in Somers.