Crime

Gabrielle Giffords Critical After Being Shot in the Head

01/08/2011 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Giffords was outside one of her signature "Congress at your corner" events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head.

The gunman, identified by media as Jared Lee Loughner, shot 17 people, killing six of them, including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge, John Roll. The gunman was tackled and arrested.

Former Israeli President Katsav Convicted of Rape

12/29/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault, more than four years after he was first accused.

The unanimous verdict of the three-judge panel was announced in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.

Checks Stolen From N.J., N.Y. Orthodox Synagogues

12/25/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Checks for donations and membership dues were stolen from several Orthodox synagogues in New Jersey and New York.

The theft has been going on for several months, the New Jersey Record reported last week.

Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. and Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J., filed police reports with the Bergenfield and Teaneck police departments last week, according to the report.

The checks were endorsed with a fake stamp and deposited in a Missouri-based bank. The money was then withdrawn in cash, according to the newspaper.

NYPD Arrests Teens In W’burg Anti-Semitic Attacks

12/06/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing editor

Police in Williamsburg arrested two teens who were apprehended by the volunteer Shomrim Patrol following a violent attack Monday night, the second such attack in two weeks.

Moshe Guttman, 44, was attacked in the same area where Joel Weinberger was brutally assaulted on Thanksgiving Day, near Beer HaTorah yeshiva on Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue around 11 p.m. as he was leaving a Chanukah party. The attackers fled after Guttman started screaming and the Shomrim caught the suspects as they ran.

Smoking Teen Who Started Fire Is Released

12/06/2010 - 19:00

(JTA)—The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.
The teen admitted to smoking a nargila water pipe and dumping its embers into an open area before returning to school last week, the day the blaze erupted, near his Druze village of Ussfiya.

Congresswoman Calls For U.S. Inquiry On Rubashkin Sentence

11/29/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Saying the fraud sentencing of kosher meat king Shalom Rubashkin was disproportionate compared with sentences meted out to others who committed more serious crimes, Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to intervene.

Rep. Yvette Clarke

Hate Crimes Probe In Williamsburg Beating

Assailants said ‘We Hate You,’ chasidic victim reports.
11/29/2010 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Williamsburg’s chasidic volunteer patrol has increased its presence in an industrial area near the spot where a 26-year-old yeshiva teacher was seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night beating. Police are investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.

Isaac Abraham, above, says the victim is recuperating. Councilman Steve Levin says “people are demanding answers.”

Brooklyn Rabbi Convicted of Extortion

11/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- An Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn was convicted in federal court of extortion.

Rabbi Milton Balkany, the director of a Jewish day school, was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of extortion, blackmail, wire fraud and making false statements.

Balkany, 64, was convicted of trying to extort a $4 million donation to his school, Bais Yaakov of Midwood, from billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital, using damaging information he obtained from an inmate at a federal prison where he served as a spiritual adviser.

DC Cops Arrest Israeli Reporter on Pot Charges

10/02/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Washington police arrested a veteran correspondent for an Israeli newspaper and her husband on charges of intention to distribute marijuana.

District of Columbia police arrested Orly Azoulay, the Washington correspondent for Yediot Acharonot, Israel's largest print daily, on Saturday morning, Post Now, the Washington Post's breaking news blog, reported.

Melvyn Weiss’ Quest For Redemption

Disbarred class-action king, after jail stint, wants his good name back. Will society give it to him? A Yom Kippur story.
09/16/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Melvyn Weiss is a busy man these days. He’s active with the Israel Policy Forum and regularly attends the pro-peace process group’s meetings. He’s trying to help kids in earthquake-plagued Haiti express themselves artistically. And he’s hosting a benefit Sunday at his Oyster Bay home for the Aleph Institute, which provides Jewish and social services for prisoners and military personnel.

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