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In a development that probably surprises no one, local authorities fear that “affluenza” teen and former New Yorker Ethan Couch violated his probation and is on the run with his mother. After video surfaced of Mr. Couch apparently attending a party where alcohol was served – a violation of his conditional supervised release – the … Continued

RIP “Scotty” Conniff

An NYPD officer died seventeen years after he was critically injured in a New Year’s Eve car crash. While in transit between New Year’s Eve duty in Times Square and plainclothes protection for former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Sergeant Donald “Scotty” Conniff was struck by a drunk driver who had apparently run a red light. He … Continued

Uncertain

Police are unsure what caused a fatal Brooklyn car crash. It is known that 64-year-old Marie Beavers, of Canarsie, was in her 2003 Toyota Camry making a left turn from Emmons Avenue onto Nostrand Avenue when she collided with a 2015 Lexus which was traveling in the opposite direction; the name of the other driver … Continued

New York’s Highest Court Expands Legal Duty

The Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit that involves two kinds of negligence: medical malpractice and careless driving. Facts Davis v. South Nassau Community Hospitals involved a woman – Lorraine Walsh – who received an intravenous opioid narcotic painkiller, along with some other drugs. Before she departed, no one warned her that these painkillers would … Continued

Fore!

Ellie Day compared getting unintentionally tackled by LeBron James to getting hit by a truck. Ms. Day, whose husband won the PGA Championship last August, was courtside for a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder. When Mr. James dove for a loose ball in the fourth quarter, he landed on top of … Continued

Watch The Road And Stay In Your Lane

A possibly distracted driver crossed the center line and hit a fully-laden gravel truck head-on in the Hudson Valley. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Edward G. Allen, of Millbrook, crossed the center line in his 2006 BMW while travelling on Route 44 in Washington. The dump truck, which was driven by 47-year-old Richard … Continued

Unsafe Under Any Circumstances

The employer is responsible for a dangerous work environment that resulted in a near-fatal shooting, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. After a lone convenience store worker was shot in the leg during a May 10, 2015 armed robbery, OSHA cited Speedway LLC Inc. for a “serious violation” and ordered it to pay … Continued

Fraud! Fraud! This Man Is A Fraud!

Authorities made three more arrests in an ongoing crackdown against workers’ compensation fraud in New York. Douglas S. Griffen, owner of Fingerlakes Excavating LLC, was charged with multiple felonies, including grand larceny and falsifying business records, for allegedly failing to secure workers’ compensation insurance for his employees and then providing false records to the state … Continued

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Road Rage Incident

Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.

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Hit and Run

Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

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Ferry Disaster

Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.