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Brooklyn Daily Standard Union
1 APRIL 1931
JURY DISAGREES ON MAN'S GUILT
A jury after long deliberation failed to agree on the quilt
of Louis PAULELO, 22, of 84 102d avenue, Woodhaven, who was
tried before Judge Frank ADEL in the Queens County Court in
Long Island City on the charge of being one of two men who
held up and robbed John PRANZO, manager of a gas station,
at Eighty-eigth street and Liberty avenue, Woodhaven.
The night before the robbery PRANZO declared PAULELO was present
in the station when he removed money from four hiding places
in the office. Next night, he said, a masked man entered,
pointed a revolver at him and locked him in a washroom after
he had removed $10 from his trousers. He said that he saw
PAULELO when he unmasked.
PAULELO testified he was elsewhere on the night of the robbery.
ALIMONY BLUES FOR VIOLINIST IN SEPARATION
Musician's Wife Alleges He Came Home Late and Beat Her
Mrs. Nellie VALDEZ, wife of Hubert
VALDEZ, first violinist in the orchestra at Fox's Brooklyn Theatre,
is given $20 a week alimony and $15? counsel fee by an order signed
by Justice Mitchell MAY in Queens Supreme Court, pending trial of
her action for separation. The musician also has filed a
counter-claim for separation.
Mrs. VALDEZ declared the violinist many times came home at
early morning hours and choked and punched her when she remonstrated.
She alleged the beatings took place while they were living at
1445 Ninetieth avenue, Richmond Hill, since their marriage on
July 21, 1914. VALDEZ said his wife was cruel to him. On
one occasion, he said, Mrs. VALDEZ slapped his face while they
were riding in an automobile along side of a canal in Wantaugh, L.I.
The musician says that, as a result, the machine was steered
into the water. The couple have a daughter, Rita, eight.
Justice MAY has granted Mrs. Erna L. PAPEN, of 101-11 116th street,
Hill, $15 a week alimony and $125 counsel fee pending trial of
her action for separation from her husband, John Henry PAPEN.
Mrs. PAPEN claims that her husband has treated her in a cruel manner.
The defendant is an assistant manager of an insurance company.
BELIEVES DOCTOR WILL FACE CHARGE
RIVERHEAD, L.I., April 1 - District Attorney Alexander G. BLUE
of Suffolk County said to-day he believed Dr.
Edward L. PRATT, a throat specialist of Sound Beach, Conn., will waive
extradition there and come here to answer a charge of grand larceny, second
degree, as the result of an alleged bogus check for $153.70, which it is
claimed was given to a garage owner in West Hampton Beach some time ago.
Dr. PRATT was arrested in Sound Beach yesterday and bail was fixed at
$1,500. District Attorney BLUE said he was informed.
Michael PARLATTO, the complainant, says Dr. PRATT had repairs made to his
automobile and gave the garage man the check in payment. PARLATTO says the
check was returned to him by his bank, and then he took the matter up with the
authorities here and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Dr. PRATT.
District Attorney BLUE says his information is that Dr. PRATT will not
He squeezed her in no uncertain way and certainly not
romantically, Mrs. Mary GERNETT, of 266-1/2 Nineteenth street,
told Magistrate CURTIS in Fifth avenue court when she charged her
husband, Nicholas GERNETT, 28, with third degree assault.
The man appeared with a bandaged head, and told the magistrate
he had been struck with a club by his brother-in-law after his
wife screamed for no good reason. When GERNETT promised to
be careful in the future, Magistrate CURTIS permitted the
woman to withdraw her complaint.
ACCUSED OF THEFT
Charged with having held up John MICHAELS, proprietor of
a restaurant at 713 Fourth avenue, and with having taken
cigarettes and $16 from the cash register at the point of
a gun, Frank WHELAN, 19, of 170 Seventeenth street,
was held in $10,000 bail for a hearing next Tuesday after
arraignment on a robbery complaint in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. WHELAN was arrested by Detective O'KEEFE, of
Fifth avenue station. His record shows convictions on charges
of attempted forced entry and petty larceny.
Frank MONTANA, 30, of 4850 Tabor court, who was recently
released from Sing Sing, was held without bail for the
Grand Jury when he came before Magistrate CURTIS in Fifth
avenue court yesterday on a fun charge. Because of a
previous conviction the charge is listed as a felony.
Patrolman Albert WALKER, of the Tenth Division, testified he
found a .38 calibre Army revolver, fully loaded, in MONTANA's
pocket at 4722 Third avenue. According to police records,
the man received a suspended sentence on a burglary charge in May,
1920, and was sent to Sing Sing on an assault and robbery charge
for from seven and a half to fifteen years by Judge
MCLAUGHLIN in March, 1924.
HELD FOR GRAND JURY
Joseph MARROW, 23, of 627 Fifty-eighth street, and
Frank KING, 23, of 5517 Fifth avenue, who were arrested
by Deputy Inspector MCCARTHY as they were carrying cigarettes
and cigars valued at $79.10 into a house at 7421
Fifth avenue, were each held in $5,000 bail for the
Grand Jury after they waived examination in Fifth avenue court
yesterday on a burglary charge. The pair were held on the
complaint of James ILAND, of 833 Seventieth street, manager
of an A. & P. store at 5822 Fourth avenue.
SON WILLED $1, FILES PROTEST
Objections are filed against the probating of the will
made by Selina POWERS of Richmond Hill by her son,
William POWERS, of 146-01 115th avenue, Jamaica, who was
cut off from her estate with only a dollar. POWERS told
Surrogate John HETHERINGTON he made the objections also in
behalf of his wife and three children who also are left
only one dollar bequests.
Mrs. POWERS in her will dated Jan. 31, 1931, orders
that her entire estate of $9,000 real and $7,000 personal
property, with the exception of the smaller bequests, is
to be given to her daughter, Mrs. Celia BOSSE, of 101-23
115th street, Richmond Hill. Prior to her death on
Feb. 23 last, Mrs. POWERS for some time made her home at that
address with the daughter.
Mrs. POWERS said nothing in her will as to why she was
giving the son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren
the dollar gifts.
"It is for reasons best known to myself," was her only explanation.
Surrogate HETHERINGTON has ordered the question of the
legality of the will to be submitted later this month to a
jury in his court.
2 April 1931
HOSPITAL BARBER ORDERED RETRIED
RIVERHEAD, April 2 - After deliberating five hours, a jury which
heard evidence in the case of Guy ALLEN, 23, a barber, charged with
criminal assault in the first degree, reported to Judge George H.
FURMAN in Suffolk County Court yesterday that it was not able to
reach an agreement.
Last July, when ALLEN was a barber at the United States Veterans
Hospital, at East Northport, he is alleged to have attacked Miss Ida
May CONKLIN, 23, of Middletown, N.Y., a nurse at the hospital, the
alleged attack taking place on the hospital grounds.
Last December ALLEN was acquitted in the United States District
Court in Brooklyn of a charge growing out of this same incident.
The jury here to-day is said to have been evenly divided between
conviction and acquittal. When the disagreement was reported, the
jury was discharged and Judge FURMAN immediately set retrial of the
case for April 8.
SISTER ALLOWED TO START SUIT
Mrs. Mary PHELAN of Lambert street, Roslyn Heights, has been
given limited letters of administration from Surrogate John
HETHERINGTON, of Queens, in the estates of her late sisters,
Katherine SMITH and Nellie SMITH, so that she may start an action
against August HARMS, of 782 Union avenue, the Bronx, as provided by
the State law.
Katherine SMITH, 42, and her sister, Nellie, 50, were nurses
living at 272 Main street, Stamford, Conn. On Sept. 19, 1929, they
were riding in a private ambulance which had brought their brother
to an Astoria sanitarium for medical treatment, when at Second and
Webster avenues, Long Island City, the ambulance collided with a
sedan owned and operated by HARMS.
The nurses were taken to St. John's Hospital for medical
attention, but died later in the day. The nature of the action or
the amount to be sued for by the sister was not made public in the
application for the letters. Besides the sister, there survive
another sister and three brothers.
"I'm so strong, I don't know how strong I am," John WEISS, 36,
of 365 Fourteenth street, said when arraigned in Fifth avenue court
yesterday on a third degree assault charge brought by his wife,
Dora. The woman alleged he threw her to the floor and then punched
and kicked her. She was treated at the Methodist Episcopal Hospital
for her bruises and had to be aided getting to court.
HEARING APRIL 15
Mrs. Rose GARFINKEL, 45, of 306 Brighton Beach avenue, was
before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday in
answer to a complaint made by a tenant, Mrs. Fannie SHAPIRO, of the
same address, who alleged she failed to supply sufficient heat in
her apartment. This was denied by Mrs. GARFINKEL. The case was set
down for a hearing on April 15.
JOHN MANGRAVITE, 43, of 200 Union street, whose police record is
a serious one, was held without bail for a hearing April 10 after
being arraigned on a felony gun charge before Magistrate CURTIS in
Fifth avenue court yesterday. The complaint was made by Detective
PETROSINO, of the Main Office Division, who alleged he found the
weapon in a closet in MANGRAVITE'S home and that the latter admitted
it was his. MANGRAVITE, according to the record, was sent to Elmira
Penitentiary in March, 1910, for attempted burglary after conviction
before Judge FAWCETT. The same judge sent him to Sing Sing for
twenty years on a felonious assault charge in May, 1913.
GUN FOUND IN STORE
Guns and pastry don't mix, and George FINELLI, 45, proprietor of
a pastry shop at 391 Court street, was held in $1,500 bail for a
hearing next Tuesday after he was arraigned in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. FINELLI was arrested by Detective EGGOLT, of the Main
Office Division, and is said to have admitted keeping the weapon for
Four men, who were accused of peddling without licenses, were
arraigned before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in Coney Island court
yesterday on charges of violation of the city ordinances. They
pleaded guilty and each paid a fine of $2 imposed by Magistrate
BLANCHFIELD. They were
Morris SCHMUCKLER, 24, of 1681 Forty-second street;
Elias MARKOWITZ, 35, of 2438 East Twenty-third street;
Benjamin KATZ, 30, of 540 Forty-eighth street, and
Louis MILLER, 19, of 530 Greene avenue.
Charged with receiving stolen shoes valued at $100, Benjamin
GOLLEMBEK, 48, of 496 Hinsdale street, was held in $1,000 bail by
Magistrate CURTIS after arraignment in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
GOLLEMBEK, who has offices at 92 Union street, was held on the
complaint of Morris ZACHAROFF, president of the Champion Shoe
Manufacturing Corp., of 104 Bleecker street, Manhattan. A former
employee, Nat NEWMAN, of 480 Concord avenue, Bronx, is alleged to
have admitted shipping the shoes to GOLLEMBEK under an agreement
where the former received $20 for them.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Nathan SPITZER, 40, of 285 South Fourth street, denied a charge
of violating the city ordinance in Bridge Plaza court yesterday and
was paroled for a hearing to-day. It is alleged he put handbills in
several letter boxes in the vicinity of his home.
HELD FOR TRIAL
In Coney Island court yesterday Michael ZAMPELLO, 43, of 944
Union street, was held by Magistrate James A. BLANCHFIELD in $100
bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of having policy
slips in his possession. He was arrested in his shoemaking
establishment at 6322 New Utrecht avenue by Patrolman George
Cavanaugh, of Borough Headquarters staff.
When he pleaded guilty in the Coney Island court yesterday to a
charge of disorderly conduct, Victor ANCONA, 19 years old, of 273
Avenue P, received a suspension of sentence from Magistrate
BLANCHFIELD. He was taken into custody by a patrolman of the Bath
Beach station when he demanded to be arrested after refusing to move
his bicycle from in front of the Bay Parkway National Band, 6614 Bay
parkway, where depositors were withdrawing their money in large numbers.
When the case of Joseph EVANGELIST, 30 years old, of 66 Ten Eyck
street, charged with disorderly conduct, was called yesterday in
Bridge Plaza court, the complainant, his wife, failed to put in an
appearance and the charge was dismissed by Magistrate EILPERIN.
3 April 1931
LACKED A LICENSE
Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday
imposed a fine of $5 upon Meyer RABINOWITZ, 23 years old, of 154
Sumner avenue, who was charged with violation of the city ordinances
in peddling without a license. Patrolman Clement DRUMMONDO, of the
Sheepshead Bay station, who summoned him to court, told the
magistrate that the man had been thrice previously convicted on
similar offenses. RABINOWITZ argued that he has a family and must
feed them and took to peddling when he could find no other
CONEY ISLAND CENTER
Mrs. Henry ADLER has been elected for the tenth executive (typed
as written) term president of the Coney Island Center, 559 Neptune
avenue. Other officers who will serve with her during the ensuing
Maurice W. MONHEIMER,
Mary E. DILLON,
Mrs. James E. EUSTIS,
Dr. Alexander BOECKER,
John J. LOFTUS,
Leon G. KAISER, vice-presidents;
Charles WEICKMAN, corresponding secretary;
Mrs. Robert G. Ward, treasurer,
and Meyer MILLER, recording secretary.
Dora DISSAK, 35 years old, appeared before Magistrate James A.
BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of
Edward D. MERNAGH, of 1562 West Fifth street, who alleged that an
unmuzzled dog, owned by her attacked and bit him. She pleaded
guilty and was fined $5.
HELD FOR HEARING
Thomas COX, 33, of 216 Eckford street, was arraigned yesterday
before Magistrate SABBATINO in Bridge Plaza court on a charge of
receiving stolen goods. He entered a plea of not guilty and was
held in $3,000 bail for examination on April 16.
Jack Carney, 37, and homeless, admitted to Magistrate SABBATINO
in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday, that he has no home when arraigned
on a charge of vagrancy. But he was certain, if given a chance, he
would find a job and a place to live. Sentence was suspended.
HELD FOR GRAND JURY
Found guilty of possessing burglar's tools, Alfred BENSON, 30,
of 8011 Ninteenth avenue, Woodhaven, was held in $3,000 bail,
yesterday, by Magistrate SABBATINO in Bridge Plaza court for the
action of the Grand Jury. He was arrested by Patrolman George GEHR
and police Sergeant Charles MARZ of the Herbert street station.
WRONG MAN SHOT
Charged with felonious assault Nicholas VALENTI, 34, a taxicab
driver living at 1314 Seventy-second street, was arraigned yesterday
before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court on complaint
of Detective Louis WHITE of the Bath Beach station, who said VALENTI
shot Jack DAWER, 35, a chef of 16 Bay Eighth street, in the right
leg at Eighty-third street and Eighteenth avenue last Wednesday.
WHITE who investigated the shooting, received information that
VALENTI fired at another man and the bullet accidentally struck
DAWER. VALENTI pleaded not guilty and was held in $2,500 bail for
hearing on April 8.
HELD IN $500 BAIL
Henry McNAIL, 23, of 102 Sullivan street, was held in $500 bail
for the Court of Special Sessions on a dangerous weapon charge
brought in Fifth Avenue court by a patrolman and was given a
suspended sentence by Magistrate CURTIS yesterday on a disorderly
conduct charge brought by his wife, Gertrude, whom he was chasing
with a carving knife when arrested. According to the woman, McNAIL
ran through the street in front of their home until stopped by
Patrolman Sylvester SUTTON, of the Hamilton avenue station.
On condition that he return to his home in Virginia, Hary (typed
as written) DOBBINS, 32, who was found guilty of vagrancy in Fifth
Avenue court, was given a suspended sentence by Magistrate CURTIS
yesterday. DOBINS (typed as written) a former soldier, was arrested
near the Army Base by Detective Frank RAUCHUT, of the Fourth avenue
station. Money forwarded by his father was given to DOBBINS to
finance his trip home.
4 April 1931
A raiding squad of detectives from the main office division
found a small quantity of alleged hashish in the possession of
Domingo ORTIZ, 20, no home, and John BAPTIST, 56, of 27 Hamilton
avenue, who were in a poolroom at 36 Union street. Arraigned in
Fifth avenue court yesterday on narcotics charges, both admitted
possession of the drug and were held in $500 bail each for the Court
of Special Sessions by Magistrate CURTIS.
COURT PITIES JOBLESS MAN
Henry SMITH, 30, jobless, whose wife a short time ago gave birth
to a child, received a suspended sentence from Justices KERNOCHAN,
HERBERT AND VORHEES in Queens Court of Special Sessions on a charge
of stealing 75 cents worth of coal from a Far Rockaway concern.
Inspector Brown of the Long Island Railroad told the court that
for many months past coal has been stolen from a freight car owned
by the Conerty Coal Company of Far Rockaway in its yards. He said
that on March 10 SMITH was arrested when he took the small bag of
coal from the car.
SMITH, who lives at 812 Bayview avenue, Inwood, told a sorrowful
story of being in need for the fuel. The probation officer of the
court checked on the story and learned his statements were correct.
LIGHT SENTENCE FOR POLICY MAN
A wife and eight children, the oldest 16 years old, are awaiting
the release of Carmello SASSO of 3548 Thirty-first avenue, Astoria,
from the City Workhouse.
SASSO was sentenced by Justices KERNOCHAN, HERBERT AND VORHEES
in Queens Court of Special Sessions, yesterday, to serve a ten-day
sentence. SASSO was arrested on Oct. 10 by Plainclothesman MULBERRY
of the Nineteenth Division, who at the trial claimed he found
thirty-four policy slips in the prisoner's home.
MULBERRY further testified that because of the evidence found in
SASSO's home it was his belief that the defendant was a collector in
the policy slip gambling game. The usual sentence in this type of
case is thirty days in the City Workhouse, but because of SASSO's
large family a lighter term was imposed.
CHARGE ALLEGES INTOXICATION
William G. HERMS, 35, of 58-54 Claremont avenue, Maspeth, was
held in $5,000 bail for a hearing April 8 when arraigned yesterday
before Magistrate Peter M. DALY in Ridgewood court on charges of
homicide and driving while intoxicated. Bail was fixed at $2,500 on
HERMS is said to have been the driver of a truck that collided
March 20 at Jamaica avenue and Eightieth street, Woodhaven, with a
taxicab operated by William ANTHONY, of 16-28 Admiral street, Middle
Village. Mrs. Ida GUTZLER, 55, of 86-12 Seventy-ninth street,
Woodhaven, a passenger in the taxicab, died of internal injuries
March 26 in Jamaica Hospital
GIVES LETTERS TO SAVE ESTATE OF MISSING MAN
WINGATE Sets Precedent for Wife of Abraham LEVY
For the first time in the history of the Surrogate's Court,
letters of administration were granted to-day of the property of a
missing person, so that the interests of the missing person might be
preserved and the value of his property maintained.
Surrogate WINGATE to-day granted to Mrs. Marie LEVY, of 1510
Ocean avenue, letters of administration of the property of Abraham
The petition of Mrs. LEVY to Surrogate WINGATE recalled the
sudden and still unexplained disappearance of her husband on Feb.
14, last. In her petition Mrs. LEVY has asserted that her husband
disappeared under circumstances that have led her to believe that he
is either dead or being held against his will and kept from his
family and friends.
Mrs. LEVY last saw her husband at 1:30 on the afternoon of Feb.
14, she says. He was then apparently well. They made an
appointment to meet at 3:30 the same afternoon in Manhattan.
When after a wait of several hours at the appointed place in
Manhattan without her husband putting in an appearance, Mrs. LEVY
got in touch with friends and relatives of her husband, but could
find no trace of him. Her husband's brother, Matthew LEVY, of the
law firm of PANKEN and LEVY, had a country-wide search made for the
missing man through the policy of every State.
LEVY was a diamond merchant with offices at 17 John Street,
Manhattan. It is known that, at the time of his disappearance, he
had in his possession loose, uncut diamonds of a value of $25,000.
In her petition Mrs. LEVY says the value of her husband's
property, outside of the $25,000 in diamonds, is about $10,000.
Mrs. LEVY has asked for the letters so she may, during her
husband's absence or pending definite news of his death, or a
decision declaring him legally dead, hold control under supervision
of Surrogate WINGATE, over this estate.
6 April 1931
JAIL SENTENCES FOR BIG SPREE
William CARSEN, 38, of 271 Eighteenth street, invited two
friends on a spree to spend money received on his World War bonus,
with the party ending in Fifth Avenue court, where the friends were
given stiff jail sentences for disorderly conduct and CARSEN fined
$10 by Magistrate CURTIS on a similar charge.
Joseph O'TOOL?, 29, of 355 Sixth street, was sent to prison for
fifteen days and Lester WAKEFIELD, 29, of 500 Eleventh street, for
All three were arrested on the roof of a house at 408 Eleventh
street by Patrolman John ESPOSITO, of the Fifth avenue station,
after a chase which started when they ran from the cab of Louis
DORFMAN, of 478 Bushwick avenue, without paying the fare.
CARSEN also pleaded guilty on this charge and received a
suspended sentence when he paid DORFMAN. He said the trio were on
the roof looking for another speakeasy.
SPENDS DAY IN JAIL
Found guilty of calling his wife harsh names and attempting to
strike his son, John O'HARA, 61, of 372 Eighth street, was fined $10
or given one day in jail after hearing on a disorderly charge in
Fifth avenue court before Magistrate CURTIS. The complaint was
brought by his wife, Mrs. Daisy O'HARA. O'HARA took the jail term.
HELD IN BAIL
Charged with leaving the scene of an accident, Austin WASLEY,
39, of 4707 New Utrecht avenue, was held in $500 bail for a hearing
to-day after arraignment before Magistrate CURTIS in Fifth avenue
court. The complaint was made by William KALBFELD, of 911 Fiftieth
street, into whose automobile WASLEY is alleged to have collided.
STILL OPERATION CHARGED
John WARD, 26, of 437 Flushing avenue, was to appear in the
Bridge Plaza court to answer to a charge of conducting a fire
hazard. It is alleged a still was found in his home.
Mrs. Mary RUSSELL, of 69 Beadle street, told Magistrate EILPERIN
in Bridge Plaza court, Saturday, that her husband, George, 39,
punched and kicked her. When the Magistrate threatened to send
Russell to jail, the wife said it wouldn't be the thing to do for
Easter. The charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.
7 April 1931
OWNER OF STILL IS SENT TO PRISON
Joseph PERRONE, 34, of 5414 Seventeenth avenue, who was found
guilty on Thursday of violating the Volstead act, was yesterday
sentenced to a year and three months in the Federal Penitentiary and
fined $100. Sentence was imposed by Judge CAMPBELL in Federal
PERRONE was arrested Jan. 8. It was charged he had a still in
his house and that the still was turning out illegal liquor.
COURT LENIENT TO TAXI RIDER
Thomas WILLIG, who secured employment through the Prosser
Committee and was arrested Saturday for failing to pay a taxi bill,
received a suspended sentence from Magistrate MARVIN in Long Island
City yesterday, WILLIG, who lives at 98-09 Astoria boulevard, East
Elmhurst, admitted he had started out with his week's pay on a round
of "visits" and was unable to pay a bill of $3 when the trip was
Mrs. WILLIG and her three children were in court yesterday.
Magistrate MARVIN expressed himself as not being willing to place
any more hardship upon WILLIG's dependents than the man had already
done by his own act.
NEGRO, HEADWAITER AT NIGHT, WINS MURDER CASE FOR CLIENT
Columbia Law School Graduate Praised in Court
Headwaiter at the Forest Hills Inn by night and a forceful,
persuasive lawyer by day, James Stephen GLOVER, middle-aged Negro
lawyer, won an acquittal on a charge of second degree murder for his
client, Reginald HAYWOOD, 25, a Negro, of Philadelphia, Pa., in
Judge Frank F. ADEL's County Court in Long Island City last night.
GLOVER, employed at the Inn for the past fifteen years and
highly respected by guests and co-workers, pleaded self defense for
his client. HAYWOOD was charged with stabbing to death James MACK,
26, a Negro, on the night of Nov. 16 after a party in South Jamaica.
HAYWOOD admitted on the stand that he stabbed MACK but pleaded that
he was forced to do so to protect his own life.
Attorney GLOVER presented his case with an experienced air and
won the praise of spectators and court attaches. The jury took the
case at 4:30 P.M. and returned three hours later with a "not guilty"
At the Forest Hills Inn it was said last night that Glover did
not practice regularly although a member of the bar for almost
twenty years. It was also learned that he is a graduate of the
Columbian Law School.
His work at the Inn it was pointed out, did not permit him to
practice regularly but he took cases occasionally. Judges
throughout Queens know that GLOVER works at the Inn and arrange for
his appearance at such times where his two vocations do not
GLOVER is married and lives at 146-57 105th avenue, Jamaica.
QUEENS GRAND JURY INDICTS TWELVE IN BUSIEST SESSION
Four U.S. Soldiers Charged With Many Holdups
Four United States soldiers have been indicted by the Queens
Grand Jury on robbery charges. Eight other true bills were returned
and four defendants were dismissed in one of the busiest sessions
the investigating body has held. The cases were presented by Chief
Assistant District Attorney Charles P. SULLIVAN.
The four dismissals are believed to have been brought about by
County Judge Frank F. ADEL who, in charging the Grand Jurors, asked
them to use greater discretion in returning their findings.
Andrew ORZYBOSKI, 19; George DIETRICH, 28; George BAILEY, 25,
and George LANE, 25, all of Fort Totten, Bayside, are the soldiers
indicted. They are alleged to have committed a series of holdups at
the expense of Flushing and Bayside storekeepers.
A joint indictment charging robbery was returned against Philip
MISTRATTA, 193 Stanhope street; Angelo D'ANDRES and Steve MANNE,
all of Brooklyn. They are alleged to have held up and robbed Max
EPSTEIN, a tailor, of $175 in his shop at 1731 Myrtle avenue,
Joseph HAGGERTY, 133-16 119th street, Richmond Hill, was
indicted on a charge of robbery in connection with the holdup of
George SPRINGER in his delicatessen at 86-07 110th avenue, Richmond
Hill, on Jan. 31. The latter was forced to surrender $30 at the
point of a gun.
Another robbery indictment was returned against Andrew CACAVELO,
of 28 102nd road, Ozone Park. He is alleged to have held up and
robbed Harry SHAPIRO in his chicken market at 95-74 102nd street,
Ozone Park, of $100.
William ROWLAND, of Blue Point, L.I., was indicted on a charge of
grand larceny. He is alleged to have obtained merchandise valued at
$115 from Harry Rubin, of 227-04 Merrick road, Laurelton, by
presenting a spurious check.
An indictment charging forgery was returned against Fred DURFIN,
of Rosedale. He is charged with having cashed a bad check for $54
at a Rosedale grocery store on Jan. 24.
John VONEZIA, of Woodside, was indicted on a charge of grand
larceny. He is alleged to have stolen $700 he collected in rents
while he was superintendent of the apartment house at 6005
Forty-fourth avenue, Woodside.
BOYS ALSO HELD
Three 16-year-old youths were indicted on a charge of burglary.
They are John BAUER, 1535 First avenue, Manhattan; Michael
OTTAMANELLI, 2461 Fourth avenue, Astoria, and William SAVINO, 1567
First avenue, Manhattan. They are alleged to have broken into a
grocery store at 82-64 Queens boulevard, Rego Park.
Frank SUTTON, of 847A Monroe street, Brooklyn, was indicted on a
charge of grand larceny in connection with the theft of a diamond
ring valued at $125 which belonged to Morris RASKIN of 60-67
Flushing avenue, Maspeth.
The defendants dismissed were charged with homicide, assault,
grand larceny and receiving stolen property.
AUTO THEFT CHARGE
Charged with grand larceny Sylvester BOWEN, 34, of 594 Third
avenue, and Clarence VAN DERREE, 34, of 1952 Fifty-first street,
were arraigned before Magistrate HUGHES in the Coney Island court
yesterday on complaint of Mrs. Ann GOLDEN, of 66 Dover street. She
alleged that on Feb. 12 last her automobile, valued at $600, was
stolen from where she had parked it at Surf avenue and West
Fourteenth street. Patrolman Gustav HUBNER, of Fifth avenue
station, stated he found the automobile in the possession of the two
men at Sixteenth street and Third avenue. BOWEN told the magistrate
that he knew nothing about the theft of the car and was merely in
conversation with VAN DERREE when both were taken into custody.
BOWEN was held in $1,000 bail and VAN DERREE without bail for
further hearing on April 15.
Charged with entering an apartment at 679 Sixtieth street while
intoxicated and with having attempted to strike the owner when he
ordered them from the premises, Bernard SMITH, 25, of 315
Fifty-eighth street, and Patrick LAMBE, 29, of 316 Fifty-eighth
street, pleased guilty to disorderly conduct in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. They were given suspended sentences by Magistrate
BOYS HELD IN BAIL
Charged with the theft of an automobile owned by Lawrence
NELSON, of 1411 Troy avenue, two youths were arraigned on a grand
larceny complaint in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Frank TULLO, 13,
of 317 Fifty-ninth street, was held without bail, and Henry SELLERS,
17, of 429 Fifty-ninth street, in $1,500 bail for a hearing Friday
by Magistrate FOLWELL. The boys were caught after a short chase by
Patrolman Harold RIKER, of the Fort Hamilton station. TULLO is on
probation after being convicted of a similar charge in June, 1930.
Before Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island Court yesterday, Jane
BLUNDELL, 45 of 48 Bevy court, Gerrittsen Beach, pleaded guilty to a
charge of permitting her dog to roam the streets unmuzzled. The
complaint was made by Mrs. Marie McMULLEN, of 40 Fain court, who
testified that the dog is a menace to the community. Mrs. BLUNDELL
received a suspended sentence and was ordered by the magistrate to
keep the animal muzzled.
In the Coney Island court yesterday Joseph KEEGAN, 22, of 2749
East Twenty-third street, was sentenced to sixty days in the city
prison by Magistrate HUGHES, who found him guilty of a charge of
disorderly conduct. The complaint was filed by KEEGAN's sister,
Grace, of the same address, who testified that he called her names
and upset furniture in the house.
PAYS $1 FINE
Sanitary Inspector Theodore MONACO was the complainant in the
Coney Island court yesterday against Tony JORDAN, 40, of 1704
Eighty-sixth street, whom he charged with placing garbage in a
wooden receptacle. Jordan pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $1
imposed by Magistrate HUGHES.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Alexander FISHKIN, 46, of 2912 West Second street, appeared
before Magistrate HUGHES in the Coney Island court yesterday in
answer to a charge of disorderly conduct preferred by his wife,
Gussie. She stated that he struck her several blows in the face
during a quarrel. He pleased not guilty and was paroled for further
hearing on March 31.
PIGEON ROOST BRINGS $5 FINE
Making his sixth appearance in Coney Island court on charges of
keeping pigeons without a permit, Julius De NARO, 18, of 2045 West
Eleventh street, was fined $5 by Magistrate HUGHES to-day and
ordered to comply with the rulings of the Health Department or face
a probably jail term.
De NARO's last appearance on charges of keeping pigeons without
a permit was March 10. Magistrate SABBATINO allowed him to go with
the order that he must have a permit to-day. He didn't have it.
In court De NARO told the magistrate that he had tried to get a
permit from the Health Department but that he had been refused
because he kept his pigeons on the roof. He said his pigeons are
carrier birds and are very valuable.
DOUBLE JEOPARDY MIXUP PREVENTED
Charges of assault and robbery made by the police against David
BLUESTEIN and Harry S??RNMAN were dismissed by Magistrate SABATINO
in Flatbush court to-day when detectives informed the court that the
two men were indicted by the Grand Jury, the indictment superceding
the policy charge.
BLUESTEIN and Nathan HOFFMAN were arrested by detectives lying
in ambush after they entered the Kings County Housing Corporation
office at 1870 Fifty-second street, on April 1, and attempted to rob
the place of $7,000 which had just been sent to the bank. WALLMAN
and HOFFMAN were shot and badly wounded. Both are still in Kings
APPRAISE ESTATE OF MRS. HARRIS
An appraisal of the estate of Gertrude LOEB HARRIS, sister of
William HARRIS Jr., theatrical producer, filed with Surrogate John
HETHERINGTON of Queens, shows assets amounting to $122,155 gross and
The largest part of the estate is to be given to her daughter,
Phyllis LOEB HARRIS, 21, of West Eleventh street, Manhattan. By the
will she is to receive the income from an investment of $92,486
until her thirtieth birthday, when she is to be given the principal.
Mrs. HARRIS left a gift of $10,000 to her brother, William
HARRIS Jr., of 139 West Fortieth street, Manhattan. Her attorney,
Joseph UP. BICKER Jr., of 220 West Forty-second street, Manhattan,
receives $5,000, Marie SEE of Philadelphia, Pa., is to be given
$2,000 for her services as nurse; Dr. OR. FINLEY GAYLE of 212 West
Franklin street Richmond, Va., received $1,500, and a bequest of
$200 is left for Dr. Howard OR. MASTERS of that address.
Mrs. HARRIS made her home in Forest Hills but died on Nov. 29,
1929, in Richmond, Va. She was fifty years old. Her estate
includes $34,745 in mortgages and notes, and $85,580 in stocks and bonds.
EX-DOPE DEALER FOUND GUILTY IN COP SHOOTING
Bullet Fired at Patrolman Reed Missed Vital Spot
Justice proved slow, but sure, for Tony CHIRON, former dope
peddler, who was convicted to-day by a jury before County Judge
CONWAY on a charge of assault in the second degree.
CHIRON, who was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Samuel
GOLDSTEIN, was fortunate in not finding himself on the way to the
death house to-day, for had the bullet he fired at Patrolman William
REED, of Hamilton avenue station, gone a little below or above it
would have killed REED.
On the night of Aug. 7, 1929, Patrolman REED, on duty at First
place and Henry street, saw an automobile coming the wrong way on
Henry street. REED stopped the car which carried three passengers
and the driver. He ordered the four out of the car. Two stepped
out, and then a shot rang out, and REED fell with a bullet in his
jaw. He rolled over and discharged his revolver at his fleeing
Almost two years later the policy arrested CHIRON and REED
identified him as his assailant. To District Attorney GEORGIAN,
CHIRON made a confession of guilt three weeks ago. Mr. GEORGIAN
immediately submitted the evidence to the Grand Jury and an
Chromate's defense was that he had never been in Brooklyn, and
that his confession was made after he had been beaten by the policy.
The jury convicted him after less than a half hour's deliberation.
Judge CONWAY remanded him to Raymond street jail for sentence.
CHIRON admitted that, in 1927, he was sentenced to the Federal
Prison at Atlanta for fifteen months for selling narcotics. He gave
his age as 29, and his address as 228 East 109th street, Manhattan
ACCUSE COOK OF HOMICIDE
District Attorney James TO. HALL is preparing to submit to the
Queens Grand Jury all evidence in the complaint of homicide as
lodged against Ernest NIETZSCHE, 30, a cook, living at 115-41 217
street, Queens Village.
NIETZSCHE is being held without bail to answer police charges
that he was the one who hit his father-in-law, Gerard FREDERICK, 45,
on the head with a furnace grate shaker. FREDERICK died in Jamaica
Hospital on March 19, two days after the assault.
According to the police, NIETZSCHE went to Frederick's home at
219-09 114th road, Queens Village, and asked to see his estranged
wife. The cook is alleged to have attacked FREDERICK when the man
disputed the request.
NIETZSCHE left the city soon after the assault, but a week later
was located by the police in Detroit. The cook waived examination
when brought before Magistrate Thomas IF. DOYLE yesterday in the
8 April 1931
BROTHERS DENIED BAIL IN ROBBERY
Eugene (Red) CONNELLY, 38, and his brother, William, 36, both of
397 Fourteenth street, were held without bail for the action of the
Grand Jury when arraigned yesterday before Magistrate George H.
FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court on a charge of grand larceny.
The complainant was Fred FORSCRON, a seaman, of 8 Putnam street,
Boston who said that the two men took him to their home March 28 and
robbed him of $83, subsequently recovered by the police. William
CONNELLY's wife, Helen, awakened by the men, called the police and
Patrolmen George BARBIERI and Peter MAHON, of Hamilton avenue
station, captured the brothers after a chase.
ROBBER, HIS LAST HOPE GONE, ENTERS FIRST DEGREE PLEA
Admits Daring Holdup While Armed With Revolver
With his last hope shattered of getting away from the full
weight of the indictment against him, Amerigo MATTEO, 19, of 888
Myrtle avenue, to-day before County Judge McLAUGHLIN pleaded guilty
to a charge of robbery in the first degree.
MATTEO was indicted for robbery in the first degree committed
while armed with a revolver. He had sought to enter a plea to a
degree of robbery below that charged against him in the indictment.
But Judge McLAUGHLIN and District Attorney GEOGHAN refused to listen
to any plea to a crime less than robbery in the first degree,
because the evidence showed MATTEO had been engaged in several
robberies and was the fellow who toted the gun.
MATTEO decided to take his chance with a jury. The trial was
started, with Assistant District Attorney John J. KEAN in charge of
the prosecution. During the trial, MATTEO realized his cause was
hopeless and pleaded guilty to robbery in the first degree while
armed. Judge McLAUGHLIN remanded him to Raymond street jail for
On March 6, MATTEO, with another fellow still at large, entered
a dairy store at 385 Tompkins avenue and, holding at bay with drawn
revolver Morros FRIEDMAN, the proprietor, and his clerk, Jacob
BODENSTEIN, stole forty dollars from the cash register.
Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court yesterday fined George
LANDER, 31, of 1323 Avenue R. $1 when he pleaded guilty to
encumbering the sidewalk in front of his store at 1319 Kings Highway
with boxes and barrels. The complainant was Patrolman Frank BERGEN,
of the Sheepshead Bay station.
HELD IN BAIL
Before Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court yesterday Sam
DLUGO, 22, a butcher, of 1312 West Sixth street, pleaded not guilty
to a charge of forgery and was held by Magistrate HUGHES in $1,500
bail for further hearing on April 15. DLUGO was arrested by
Detective HOGAN, of Empire boulevard station on complaint of Max
KAMINSKY, who conducts a meat market at 877 Franklin avenue.
KAMINSKY alleged DLUGO, who was in his employ, forged his signature
to a check for $45. The detective stated that DLUGO admitted the
forgery, explaining he gave the check to his landlord as rent.
$5 FINE IMPOSED
John SWEEDAL, 24 years old, of 179 Wythe avenue, was fined $5
yesterday in Bridge Plaza court by Magistrate LIOTA when he was
found guilty of violating the health laws.
When David O'SHATZ, 21, of 51 Varet street, was told to move on
by Patrolman John KEMPF, of Stagg street station, at Bushwick avenue
and Staff street, instead of doing so O'SHATZ disputed with the
officer and was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. He was
given the option of paying a fine of $2 or spending one day in jail
by Magistrate LIOTA in Bridge Plaza court. He paid the fine.
George FINELLI, 29, of 391 Court street, cashier in a pastry
shop at that address, was held in $500 bail for the Court of Special
Sessions after he waived examination on a gun charge before
Magistrate FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court. FINELLI was arrested when
a .32 calibre revolver was found at the Court street address by
Detective EGGOLT of the Main Office Division. He said he kept the
weapon for protection, according to policy.
AUTO THEFT ALLEGED
Charged with grand larceny, the theft of an automobile, John
GIALLANZO, 17, of 177 Twenty-eighth avenue and Anthony MEOLA, 22, of
2917 West Sixteenth street, were arraigned yesterday before
Magistrate HUGHES in the Coney Island court. Irving TAFFET, of 974
Montgomery street, alleged his automobile, valued at $800, was
stolen from 2942 West Second street on April 4. It was found in the
possession of GIALLANZO and MEOLA at Kent and Park avenues by
Patrolman FORTUNATO, of Classon avenue station. Pleading not
guilty, GIALLANZO, because of a previous conviction, was held
without bail and MEOLA in $3,000 bail for hearing on Friday.
YOUTH DENIED BAIL
Charged with stealing $16 from the cash register of a
restaurant at 713 Fourth avenue, owned by John MICHAELS, Frank
WHELAN, 19, of 170 Seventeenth street, was held for the Grand Jury
without bail when he waived examination before Magistrate FOLWELL in
Fifth avenue court yesterday.
There was a time when Thomas STALZER, 65, of 240 Cook street and
George SCHEUERMAN, of Aldermer street and Sixty-third drive, Forest
Park, were friends. But a loan of $25 broke the friendship.
Yesterday STALZER appeared in Bridge Plaza court to answer a charge
of assault in the third degree. SCHEUERMAN said that STALZER struck
him with a cane. This the latter denied, saying SCHEUERMAN struck
him when he asked for the $25.
STALZER was held in $100 bail by Magistrate LIOTA for the Court
of Special Sessions. His personal bond was accepted.
9 April 1931
QUEENS BRIBE CASE RESUMED
Deputy Controller Frank J. PRIAL was preparing for another
hearing in the case of Irving KLEIN, Queens highway superintendent,
again whom Fritz BRIEGER made charges of receiving a bribe for
aiding in the award of a city contract. At a hearing held last
yesterday KLEIN testified that the IRGERSTAN Realty Corporation,
which he said he controlled, had paid no Federal income tax this
Among those at the hearing was Paul BLANSHARD, of the City
Affairs Committee which filed charges against Mayor WALKER, who said
the committee was interest in the BRIEGER charges (as written),
which concerned three checks amounting to $950 made out to KLEIN in
1929 by Fred LEDER, who had been KLEIN's attorney. Checks were
produced by KLEIN in support of his statement that he had lent money
to LEDER and that the three checks represented the return of the loan.
MOTHER SURRENDERS BOY, 13, FOR MURDER OF MERCHANT;
THREE OTHERS IMPLICATED
Bronx Prosecutor Lays Action to Crime Movies
District Attorney Charles B. McLAUGHLIN, of the Bronx, is faced
today with the problem of deciding if a thirteen-year-old boy whose
mother surrendered him to the policy must be tried for murder.
Mrs. Elsie HARRIS telephoned policy yesterday that her son,
Milton, was a bandit and a killer. She said he had confessed to her
that he was one of the boys who shot down Solomn BALOWITZ while
robbing his tailor shop at 1265 Findlay avenue, the Bronx, last
No, she told the policy, Milton would not run away. She knew he
probably faced the electric chair, but there seemed no other course,
so would they send for her boy? He would be at his home, 15 Marcy
place, the Bronx.
DRESSES WITH CARE
While waiting for the detectives to arrive, Milton dressed in
his new suit of long trousers, slicked down his hair, and had his
mother tie his new necktie.
Milton is a student at P. S. 64. He said he had accompanied
Myron HESS, 15, a serious looking, bespectacled junior at Evander
Childs High School, to the tailor shop where the tragedy occurred.
They wanted money to buy cigarettes and attend the movies, he said.
GUN IS BORROWED
The gun ? (as written) that was borrowed from James BONAROS, 15,
of 1701 Elder avenue, the Bronx, he said. So detectives brought in
Myron and James. The boys did not attempt to emulate tough
gangsters. They seemed not to realize the seriousness of the
charge. They answered questions quietly and politely.
Then they told that Alvin BRAVERMAN, 12, of 108 Clark place, the
Bronx, had been with them on the fatal day. HESS pleaded for Alvin,
saying he was "just a little fellow," and the younger boy was
paroled in his parents' custody when the others were placed in
Myron, Milton said, shot BALOWITZ when the tailor laughed after
being told to stick up his hands.
District Attorney McLAUGHLIN blamed the boys' actions on the
movies, charging that directors are paid high salaries to place a
halo around the heads of gangsters and gunmen.
HELD FOR GRAND JURY
When he waived examination in the Coney Island court yesterday
on a charge of felonious assault, Salvatore FRISTACHI, 32 years old,
of 1551 Sixty-eighth street, was held by Magistrate HUGHES in $2,500
bail for the Grand Jury. It was alleged he slashed the face of his
wife, Bianca, 18, when she threatened to leave him.
Found guilty of disorderly conduct after he refused to leave a
Y.M.C.A. building at 57 Sullivan Street, Caesar BERENTSON, 31, of 82
Sullivan street, was given a suspended sentence. BERENTSON spent
three days in jail because he could not secure the $500 bail fixed
when he was arraigned.
LONG BLADE FOUND
A blade ten inches long, which he did not use for shaving, was
allegedly found in the barber shop of Peter MOLINARO, 68, at 5719
Second avenue by Detective Thomas Kenny of the Fourth avenue
station, and the barber was arraigned in Fifth avenue court
yesterday as a result. He was held in $500 bail by Magistrate
BLANCHFIELD for a hearing on Tuesday.
It may be spring, but tenants assert the nights are still
chilly, for Mrs. Mary MUNRO, 55, of 261 Ninety-first street, was
brought to Fifth avenue court yesterday on a charge of failing to
furnish adequate heat in that house. The complaint was brought by a
tenant, John D. McDOWELL. Magistrate BLANCHFIELD paroled Mrs. MUNRO
for a hearing to-morrow.
PAYS $3 FINE
A fine of $3 was imposed by Magistrate LIOTA in Bridge Plaza
court yesterday when Joseph ZUCKER, 42 years old, of 60 Havemeyer
street, was found guilty of violating the sanitary code. The fine
After an examination in Coney Island court yesterday, Mrs. Helen
McNULTY, 38, of 26 Lincoln terrace, Sheepshead Bay, was held by
Magistrate HUGHES in $1,000 bail for the Grand Jury on a charge of
felonious assault. The complaint was made by the woman's husband,
William, a laborer in the Department of Sanitation, who testified
that during a jealous rage on March 31 she struck him on the left
side of his head with a hatchet and hit him on the right side with a
flower pot stand.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Charged with wife-beating, Jacob SUFIAN, 37, of 3002 Neptune
avenue, was arraigned in the Coney Island court yesterday before
Magistrate HUGHES on complaint of his wife, Becky. She stated that
during a quarrel he seized her by the throat, struck her in the face
and knocked her down. He pleaded not guilty and was paroled for
further examination on April 14.
Joseph FARELLA, 24, of 2415 Stillwell avenue, was held by
Magistrate Hughes in the Coney Island court yesterday in $500 bail
for the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of possessing a
revolver for which he had no permit. The complaint was made by
Patrolman Joseph MAYO, of Inspector Joseph THOMPSON's staff, who
found the weapon in a restaurant conducted by FARELLA.
FILE NO. 2676-1931,--THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, by the
grace of God free and independent.--To Attorney General of the State
of New York, and to any and to all the unknown heirs at law and next
of kin, if any there be, of Hermann C.O. HUSS, deceased, if living,
whose names, places of residence and relationship to and with the
deceased Hermann C.O. HUSS are unknown, wheresoever situated and
howsoever known, the heirs at law and next of kin of Hermann C.O.
HUSS, deceased, Public Administrator of the County of Kings, send
Whereas, Richard WEBER, who resides at No. 1014 Bushwick Avenue,
Brooklyn, New York, has presented a petition praying for a decree
that a certain instrument in writing bearing date the 24th day of
November, 1930, relating to real and personal property, be duly
proved as the last Will and Testament of Hermann C.O. HUSS, lately
residing at No. 267 Quincy Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City
of New York.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show
cause before our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be
held at the Hall of Records, in the County of Kings, on the 4th day
of May, 1931, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree should
not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness. Hon. GEORGE ALBERT WINGATE, Surrogate of our said
County, at the Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County the 1st day
of April, 1931.
JOHN R. McDONALD,
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
N.B.--This citation is served upon you as required by law. You
are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will
be assumed that you consent to the proceedings, unless you file
written objections thereto. You have a right to have an
attorney-at-law appear for you.
FILE NO. 2766--1931,--THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, by the
grace of God free and independent,--To
Elizabeth SPAULDING, also known as Sister Dolores,
Antoinette MANNING, and
James SPAULDING, a brother of decedent, if living, and if he be dead,
his executors, administrators, widow, issue, heirs at law and next of kin,
whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot be ascertained,
Whereas, Frank E. SPAULDING and John F. DOLAN, who reside at 131
Atlantic Ave. and 345 Sackett st., Brooklyn, N.Y., respectively,
have presented a petition praying for a decree that a certain
instrument in writing bearing date the twenty-seventh day of
January, 1931, relating to real and personal property, be duly
proved as the last Will and Testament of Kate SPAULDING, also known
as Catherine M. SPAULDING, lately residing at No. 135 Atlantic
Avenue, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show
cause before our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be
held at the Hall of Records, in the County of Kings, on the 27th day
of April, 1931, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree
should not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. GEORGE ALBERT WINGATE, Surrogate of our said
County, at the Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County the 25th day
of March, 1931.
JOHN R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court.
This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are
not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be
assumed that you consent to the proceedings unless you file written
objections thereto. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law
appear for you.
SUPPLEMENTAL--FILE NO. 100055--1930--The people of the State of New
York by the grace of God free and independent.--To May PHILLIPS,
send greeting: Whereas, Annie DALY, who resides at No. 1309
Sterling Place, Brooklyn, New York, has presented a petition praying
for a decree that a certain instrument in writing bearing date the
sixth day of October, 1930, relating to real and personal property,
be duly proved as the last will and testament of William John DALY,
lately residing at No. 1809 Sterling Place, in the Borough of
Brooklyn, City of New York.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show
cause before out Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be
held at the Hall of Records, in the County of Kings, on the fifth
day of May, 1931, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree
should not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. GEORGE ALBERT WINGATE, Surrogate of our said
County, at the Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County, the 31st day
of March, 1931.
JOHN R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
FILE NO. 7145--1928,--THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, by the
Grace of God, free and independent--To
Kathleen O'NEILL (typed as written)
Margaret Mary O'NEILL,
George W. CORNELL,
Theodore E. NOONAN,
John J. CURRY,
Mary A. CURRY,
Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland,
American Employers Insurance Co., send greeting:
Whereas, Lillian MULCAHY, who resides at No. 5011 Glenwood
Avenue, in the city of Chicago, State of Illinois, has presented her
account as Administratrix d. b. n. of the Estate of George H.
O'NEILL, deceased, lately residing at No. 85 Dikeman Street, in the
Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York,
and a petition praying that her account may be judicially settled,
and why an order should not be made directing the sale of the real
property of the said decedent for distribution, and why the petition
of the attorney for the petitioner for an allowance should not be
fixed and determined pursuant to Section 231-A of the Surrogate's
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show
cause before our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be
held at the Hall of Records in the County of Kings, on the 12th day
of May, 1931, at ten o'clock in the forenoon why such settlement
should not be had, and why an order should not be made, directing
the sale of the real property of said decedent for distribution, and
why the petition of the attorney for the petitioner for an allowance
should not be granted pursuant to Section 231-A of the Surrogate's
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. GEORGE ALBERT WINGATE, Surrogate of our said
County, at the Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County, the 6th day
of April, 1931.
JOHN R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are
not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be
assumed that you consent to the proceedings, unless you file written
objections thereto. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law
appear for you.
10 April 1931
NAIL IN CAKE; AWARDED $1,950
A jury before Justice Harry LEWIS in the Queens Supreme Court,
Long Island City, has awarded Mrs. Bertha GRAYWIN, of Eighth street,
Whitestone, $1,950 in the damage action she brought against DUGAN
Brothers, Inc., of Manhattan.
Mrs. GRAYWIN charged she received an infection from a nail which
was lodged in a cake purchased from the DUGAN company, a bakery
concern, in February, 1927.
Mrs. GRAYWIN said the nail pierced the roof of her mouth and
poisoned her blood. She added that she has been undergoing
treatment ever since.
WOMAN'S WILL LEAVES FUNDS FOR CHURCHES
Margaret KLEIN Directs Bequests Become Null and Void if Contested
The will of Margaret KLEIN, of 878 Bushwick avenue, who died on
March 28, has been filed in Surrogate's court bequeathing the
greater part of the estate to Roman Catholic churches and
To a niece, Lulu JOHNS, and a nephew, John DATTER, she leaves
$10,000 each with the statement that if either one contests the will
the bequests become null and void. She also leaves $60,000 to
Albert J. HIGHLAND, one of the named executors of the estate. It is
stipulated that these legacies be paid first.
The other bequests include $5,000 to the Roman Catholic Church
of the Epiphany, South Ninth Street.
$10,000 to St. Anthony's Hospital for Consumptives, Woodhaven,
$25,000 to the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
to be used in the education of young men for the priesthood.
$5,000 to the Rev. Father SCHNEIDER, St. Anne's Mission,
$3,000 to St. John's Cemetery of Brooklyn for the celebration of
mass in the mausoleum.
$10,000 to the Home for Blind, Crippled and Defective Children,
Port Jefferson, S.I.
$10,000 to the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer,
Hawthorne, New York.
$500 to St. Joseph's Female Orphan Asylum of Brooklyn and $500
to the Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist in Brooklyn.
Other bequests are $5,000 to Mrs. Elizabeth NYHOLM of Jamaica
and smaller sums to friends and relatives.
The remainder of the estate is left to the executors to be used
for religious and charitable public purposes, without view of
private gain, and to include the poor and needy of Roman Catholic
parishes and churches in Brooklyn, but not to be limited to them.
HELD FOR HEARING
Alleged to have sold a gas range on which a $600 mortgage is
held by the Built-Well Store Equipment Co., Inc., Sam NIKITO, 45 of
2 Judge street, Spring Valley, N.Y. was arraigned in Fifth avenue
court yesterday by Magistrate BLANCHFIELD and held in $500 bail for
a hearing Wednesday. According to Joseph COHEN, treasurer of the
equipment firm, he called at NIKITO's restaurant at 5711 Fourth
avenue and was there, told the latter had sold the range.
PAROLED IN COURT
Edward McGUIRE, 52, of 246 Prospect avenue was paroled by
Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in Fifth avenue court yesterday after being
arraigned on a third degree assault charge by Morris LEVITT,
proprietor of a cigar store at 6102 Eighth avenue. According to
LEVITT, McGUIRE punched him and then broke the glass panel of a door.
Alleged to have forged the name of Jacob MELNICK, of 1190 East
Ninth street, to a $38 check, Morton BERNSTEIN, 22, of 946 Fourth
avenue, was arraigned before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in Fifth avenue
court yesterday. He was held in $500 bail for a hearing to-day on a
short affidavit by Detective Frank RAUCHUT, of the Fourth avenue station.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Bail was fixed at $1,000 for John RUFFIN, 27, of 957 Myrtle
avenue, when he pleaded not guilty to a charge of burglary in Bridge
Plaza court, Yesterday. He is charged with breaking into a coal bin
in the cellar of his home and stealing two 100-pound bags of coal.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Albert KOKOSZKA, 48, will appear in Bridge Plaza court to-day to
answer a charge of assault in the third degree and intoxication.
His wife, Josephine is the complainant. She alleges he kicked and
punched her. Her screams brought Patrolman Frank BRADY, of Bedford
avenue station who arrested KOKOSZKA.
Found guilty of violating the SULLIVAN Law, in being in
possession of a .32 calibre revolver, Peter PECORELLO, 30, of 163
Roebling street, was held yesterday in $500 by Magistrate LIOTA, in
Bridge Plaza court, in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
11 April 1931
MAN DEFIES THE STATE TO FORCE REMOVAL OF HIS CHILDREN'S TONSILS
Church and State clashed to-day over the issue of removing
William H. ALLEN, of Port Washington, refused to allow his three
children to undergo tonsillectomy, because he belongs to the Pillar
of Fire Church, which, he said, forbids "cutting the human body."
Judge Lewis SMITH, to whom welfare workers had taken the case,
warned ALLEN the State would have the tonsil operations anyway if
the children grew worse. He ordered them examined periodically.
MAID GETS THREE YEARS AS THIEF
Antoinette GRALLA, alias Jean GRAY, 26, a domestic, 89-11 166th
street, Jamaica, was sent to Auburn by Judge Frank F. ADEL in Queens
County Court yesterday to serve a three-year term.
She is a second offender, having been convicted of grand larceny
in Hartford, Conn. She pleaded guilty in Queens to the theft of a
diamond ring from the home of Mrs. Martha BUYER, 84-59 162nd street,
Jamaica, on February 4, two hours after she had obtained employment
as a maid.
William BATES, nineteen, 161 West Thirty-sixth street,
Manhattan, was sent to Sing Sing to serve a term of from five to ten
years for robbery. He admitted holding up and robbing Alfred
GINSBERG in his delicatessen at 21-61 Steinway avenue, Astoria.
A term of two and one-half to five years was given Stanley
TOMKALSKI, twenty-five, 231-166th street, Flushing Heights. He
confessed to the theft of an automobile. His record shows four
MAN INJURED; BAIL REFUSED
Although Joseph PRECOURT, of 261 Fifty-fourth street, refused to
sign a felonious assault complaint against James McNAMEE, 53, of the
same address, in Fifth avenue court yesterday, Magistrate
BLANCHFIELD held the latter in no bail for the Grand Jury. PRECOURT
was taken to the Kings County Hospital after McNAMEE allegedly
struck him on the head with a blunt instrument. At the time,
PRECOURT testified, he was arguing with Mrs. PRECOURT in their
apartment and did not see McNAMEE hit him.
McNAMEE, who was held on a short affidavit made by Patrolman
Christopher M-Enery (as written), of the Fourth avenue station, was
arrested for felonious assault and fined $25 in April, 1922,
according to the police record.
13 April 1931
WOMAN SUES BORO DOCTOR FOR $100,000 HEART BALM
Charges BALLARD Is Father of Her Love-Child
Naming him the father of her love-child, Helen HULL, of 477
Central Park West, Manhattan, has begun an action seeking $100,000
from Dr. Thomas Franklin BALLARD of the Hotel St. George for alleged
breach of promise, it became known to-day.
Dr. BALLARD has posted $1,000 bond in Supreme Court, Manhattan,
to guarantee his appearance in the forthcoming action, and must file
his answer by April 20, according to Miss HULL's attorney, Samuel W.
ESKOWITZ, 331 Madison avenue, Manhattan.
Miss HULL charges Dr. BALLARD promised to marry her in February,
1930, that, confiding in his love, she gave him hers, and that he is
the father of her child born Oct. 30 last.
Dr. BALLARD, married last February to Phoebe William UNDERHILL,
daughter of ex-Congressman UNDERHILL, of Massachusetts, figured in
the strangle murder of the pretty young nurse, Virginia Hurley
McPHERSON, who was found dead in her apartment in the exclusive Park
Lane section of Washington in September, 1929.
Dr. BALLARD admitted acquaintanceship with the murdered nurse,
but denied he has been the girl's fianc�, as was reported at the
time. The mystery surrounding her murder was never solved.
Dr. BALLARD could not be reached this morning at the St. George.
NOT A CASE ON DOCKET OF CONEY ISLAND COURT; FIRST SUNDAY IN 15 YEARS
For the first time in fifteen years Coney Island court failed to
have a case on its docket yesterday.
Magistrate George M. CURTIS, Jr., reported at the court on the
dot of 10 A.M., only to find the attendants grouped about the
clerk's office, and the courtroom and detention pen empty.
This brought on considerable discussion, for the season is
beginning to get under way at the Island, and with the advent of
spring days the job of being a policeman becomes an active one.
So to settle the argument which immediately started, Complaint
Clerk John STUER checked back through musty files of the court.
There were green-back, blue-back or yellow-back affidavits for every
Sunday for the past fifteen years.
But there was none for yesterday.
14 April 1931
BISHOP ESTATE LEFT TO COUSINS
RIVERHEAD, L.I., April 14--The will of Mrs. James A. BISHOP, who
died at Greenport, Feb. 23, last, leaving an estate valued at more
than $7,000, has been filed for probate with the Surrogate here.
Mrs. BISHOP leaves the bulk of her estate to two cousins, Bertha
K. CORWIN, of Greenport, and Mac K. REEVES, of Shelter Island. The
following bequests are made: Emanuel Episcopal Church, of
Somerville, Mass., $1,000; Somerset Home for the Aged, $1,000;
Methodist Episcopal Church, of Greenport, $500; Eastern Long Island
Hospital, of Greenport, $500, and Grace FARRELL, of Quincy, Mass, a
CHARGE UNDUE INFLUENCE IN $50,000 WILL
Nephews of Aged Woman Protest, and Trial Date Is Set
Surrogate George A. Wingate has set May 11 for trial of the
contest of the will of Jean H. TOMPKINS, who died in the Hotel
Margaret Feb. 4 at the age of 83, leaving an estate of more than
Two sisters of the testatrix, Maria H. RIDER and Harriet H.
SMITH, were left the bulk of the estate and the contest was brought
by John C. HALLIDAY and Kenneth M. HALLIDAY, sons of the late John
T. HALLIDAY, a brother of the testatrix, who died thirteen days
before the will was drawn.
It is claimed by the contestants that in 1926 when the will was
drawn the testatrix did not have testamentary capacity and that
undue influence was used upon her.
PLAY'S BALL; $2
In Coney Island court yesterday David BRENNER, 19, of 200 Bay
Twenty-second street, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly
conduct and was fined $2. He was arrested last Sunday by Patrolman
Andrew J. LOVITO, of the Bath Beach station, for playing ball in the
street at Bay Twenty-second street and Cropsey avenue and refused to
desist when ordered to do so.
REMANDED TO JAIL
Found guilty in the Coney Island court yesterday of a charge of
disorderly conduct Alex FISHKIN, 46, of 2982 West Second street, was
remanded to Raymond Street jail pending investigation and sentence
next Friday. FISHKIN's wife, Gussie, from whom he has been
estranged nearly three years and who lives at 2874 West Nineteenth
street, alleged he called her names when she refused to sign a paper
releasing him from the support of one of their two children for six
Mrs. Mollie MOSKOWITZ, 48 of 2929 West Third street, was found
guilty by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday of a
charge of disorderly conduct preferred by her mother-in-law, Mrs.
Celia SOLOFF, of 3003 West Third street. Sentence was suspended
upon her. Mrs. SOLOFF testified that her daughter-in-law on March
16 met her on the street and threw sticks and bottles at her in
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday found
Maurice BROWN, 33, of 1633 Sterling place, technically guilty of
failing to have a license to operate a motion picture theatre at
1648 Sheepshead Bay road and suspended sentence upon him. Patrolman
EISELE, of Sheepshead Bay station, said he visited the theatre on
April 10 and learned there was no license for it. BROWN produced a
license which he received subsequently to the issuance of a summons
by the policeman.
CRUEL TO ANIMALS
When he pleaded guilty in Coney Island court yesterday to a
charge of cruelty to an animal, Vito GATTO, 46, of 2618 East
Seventeenth street, Sheepshead Bay, was fined $5 by Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD. GATTO was arrested by Patrolman MURPHY, of the
Sheepshead Bay station, on complaint of William FRIEDLANDER, of 1582
East Thirteenth street, who stated that he observed the defendant
kick and punch a horse betached (as written) to a commercial vehicle
because the animal could not pull the vehicle out of a rut.
Kasper MIETHE, 45, a chef employed by Alexander KORN at 90
Bushwick avenue, told Patrolman DOUGHERTY, of Herbert street
station, the bundle under his coat was merely food for his dog. The
patrolman was suspicious when he discovered a leg of veal. KORN,
however, refused to press a complaint in Bridge Plaza court.
A drive is being made against violators of the city ordinance in
Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Six persons, in Bridge Plaza Court
before Magistrate HAUBERT, yesterday were warned and given suspended
sentences. Most of the defendants were accused of blocking the
sidewalks with either packing cases or building material.
TWO ARE FINED
For acting in a boisterous manner, disturbing the peace and
failing to move on when instructed to do so by Patrolman Boyle, of
Bedford avenue station, Joseph McGRATH, 28, of 58-13 Sixty-ninth
street, Maspeth, and Joseph MARTIN, 32, of 146 North Sixth street,
paid fines of $5 each yesterday before Magistrate HAUBERT in Bridge
Plaza Court. They were found guilty of disorderly conduct.
SENT TO HOME
Vinecent STARTITA, 75, who said he had no home, was sent to the
Home for the Aged by Magistrate WALSH in Fifth avenue court
yesterday after he pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy. STARTITA
was arrested by Patrolman COHN, of the Hamilton avenue station.
Counter charges of disorderly conduct were made in Fifth avenue
court yesterday by Abe KUNTZ, 37, of 312 Sixty-eighth street, and
his wife, Margaret KUNTZ, 29, of 1262 Seventy-eighth street. The
woman declared her husband drove her from her home after a quarrel
over their children. The man alleged his wife called him harsh
names. Both were paroled by Magistrate WALSH for a hearing on April 27.
Domenick SALVEMINI, 35, of 1048 Sixty-second street, and Carmine
DIODATO, 33, (article cut off)
15 April 1931
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island court this afternoon will
hear a case of assault against Salvatore CALIFANO, 53, of 6912
Twentieth avenue. CALIFANO's wife, Angeline, alleges he struck her
across the back with a piece of iron pipe during a quarrel. When
CALITANO faced Magistrate HIRSHFIELD yesterday he pleaded not guilty
and was held in $300 bail for the hearing.
Morris DRESHMAN, 3?, of 1525 Kings Highway, paid a fine of $3,
imposed by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday
for violation of the city ordinances in maintaining a fruit stand in
front of the address given without the required permit. Patrolman
John HADFIELD of Sheepshead Bay station appeared against DRESHMAN.
When the complainant failed to appear in the Coney Island court
to prosecute, Magistrate HIRSHFIELD dismissed a charge against Max
PATRON, 40, of 70 Lancaster avenue, of failing to supply heat and
hot water in the apartment of a tenant, Mrs. Gussie HOFFMAN.
In the Coney Island court yesterday George RUBIN, 30 years old,
of 3201 Mermaid avenue, was fined $2 when he was found guilty by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD of violation of the city ordinances in
obstructing the sidewalk in front of his produce store, at the
address given, with fruits and vegetables. The complaint was made
by Patrolman Sidney FISHBEIN of the Coney Island station, who also
charged RUBIN with disorderly conduct, alleging that when he served
him with a summons for blocking the sidewalk the man became abusive
and threatened to have him transferred. The disorderly conduct
complaint was dismissed.
Bernard BLATT, 22, of 1932 East Fifth Street, appeared in Coney
Island court yesterday before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in answer to a
summons served upon him by Mrs. Sara AIBEL, of 1952 East Fifth
street, who charged him with permitting his dog to roam the streets
unmuzzled. She further stated that the animal attacked her while it
was unmuzzled. BLATT pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further
Insufficient evidence moved Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in the Coney
Island court yesterday to dismiss a charge of being a wayward minor
against Raymond LOUGHLIN, 18, of 60 Florence avenue, Gerrettsen
Beach. The youth's mother stated he was willfully disobedient, but
was unable to give a specific instance of misbehavior.
16 April 1931
DOCTOR LOSES IN GOOD DEED
Susie LYNCH, 26, Negro, is behind bars and headed for the
Flatbush court to face a larceny charge to-day, all because Dr. John
COLSON, driving home from an early morning sick call, played the
part of the good samaritan and lifted her out of the gutter, and
immediately thereafter missed $200 from his overcoat pocket. Later
detectives found $180 on the fire escape just outside Susie's room.
Dr. COLSON, who lives at 6 South Oxford street, after making a
call, saw the girl lying in the street at Hanson place and Fulton
Stopping his car, Dr. COLSON got out, and picking her up, asked
if he could send for an ambulance or a taxicab. She insisted that
she was all right, that she didn't need medical aid, and started
off. Re-entering his car once more the doctor porceded on his
homeward route. Feeling in his coat pocket, he became aware that
$200 which he had been carrying was gone.
At Bergen street station where he entered a complaint,
Detectives ENGLISH and BONANO heard his story. A taxicab driver,
the police learned, had taken the Negro girl from that point to 285
At that address the detectives found Susie and what they
believed to be $180 of the missing $200, and despite her indignant
protests, placed her under arrest. Dr. COLSON identified her
immediately as the girl he had tried to help and the charge was
booked against her.
FIGHTING COSTS $5
Because Charles SINKOWITZ, 36, of 124 North Fifth street,
insisted on fighting with those who came near him at North Fifth
street and Wythe avenue, yesterday, he was arrested by Patrolman
RICHARDSON of Bedford avenue station, on a charge of disorderly
conduct. He was found guilty by Magistrate HAUBERT in Bridge Plaza
Court and fined $5 and paid the fine.
After being freed on an attempted robbery charge in County
Court, Joseph NAPPA, 17, of 1225 Sixty-first street, and John
CAPUANO, 18, of 1325 Sixty-first street, were re-arrested by
Patrolman Edward ENTWISTLE, of the Parkville station, and arraigned
in Fifth avenue court yesterday on a charge of grand larceny. In a
short affidavit, ENTWISTLE alleged the youths stole the automobile
of Joseph CUSMANO, of 1536 Seventy-first street, on March 2.
Magistrate WALSH held them in $1,000 bail each for a hearing Monday.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Charged with admitting two children under age of sixteen years
old to a motion picture performance at the Lakeland Theatre,
Brighton Beach avenue and East Fourth street, Sylvia LIEBOWITZ, 19,
of 316 Sea Breeze avenue, and Meyer WEISBERG, 69, of 43 East Seventh
street, Manhattan, were yesterday held by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in
the Coney Island court in $300 bail for the Court of Special
Sessions. The complaint was made by Lester M. ROCKOVER, of the
Children's Society, who testified he observed the children and that
WEISBERG took the tickets at the door.
In Coney Island court yesterday George CRUMBLY, 16, of 141
Cumberland street, was arraigned before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD on a
charge of petty larceny made by Herman LAKS, who alleged that the
boy stole candy valued less than $1 from his stand at West
Twenty-third street and the Boardwalk. Young CRUMBLY pleased not
guilty and was paroled by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD for further hearing
on April 20.
After an examination in Coney Island court yesterday, Mrs. Eda
MALIN, 35, of 1012 Avenue H, was held by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in
$200 bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of issuing a
worthless check for $26. The complaint was made by Mrs. Rose
KOLODNY, of 6 Roberg place, who alleged Mrs. MALIN tendered her the
check in payment of a debt and it was returned from the bank upon
which it was issued marked "insufficient funds."
When they waived examinations in Coney Island court yesterday to
charges of violation of the Sullivan law in possession revolvers for
which they had no permits, Amedeo GIAMETTEO, 29, of 1620
Seventy-fourth street, and Angelo PUCCIO, 24, of 1332 Eightieth
street, were each held by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in $1,000 bail for
the Court of Special Sessions. They were arrested on April 8 by
Detectives Joseph BANER and John MEEHAN, of the Gun Squad, who found
the weapons on the men while in GIAMETTEO's home.
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday discharged
Richard ESTES, 32, a collector for the Brooklyn Edison Company
living at 2064 Nostrand avenue, who was charged with assault on
complaint of Mrs. Sophie LURIE, of 3068 East Third street. The
woman testified that ESTES on April 8 struck her in the face with a
small searchlight when she sought to prevent him from shutting off
the electric current in her home. ESTES denied striking the woman.
He stated that when he told her that he would have to shut off the
current unless she paid a bill that was overdue, she followed him to
the cellar and attacked him.
On a charge of grand larceny, Clarence VAN DERREE, 35, of 1952
Fifty-first street, was held by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney
Island court yesterday without bail for the action of the Grand
Jury. The complainant, Mrs. Ann GOLDEN, of 66 Dover street,
Manhattan Beach, alleged that on April 7 last her automobile was
stolen from where she had parked it at Surf and Stillwell avenues
and was subsequently found in the possession of VAN DERREE by
Patrolman Gustav HUBNER, of Fifth avenue station.
PAROLED IN DISPUTE
Michael O'BRYAN, 60, a retired fire captain now in the window
cleaning business, and his son, Lincoln O'BRYAN, 19, both of 924
Seventy-ninth street, were arraigned before Magistrate WALSH in
Fifth avenue court yesterday on a simple assault charge brought by
Herman MARCUS, of 544 East Ninety-sixth street. According to
policy, the O'BRYANS declared they were not permitted to conduct
their business by union delegates, MARCUS among them. MARCUS
alleged that both father and son punched him about the face and body
at Sixty-ninth street and Fort Hamilton parkway on Monday. The
O'BRYANS were paroled for a hearing Monday.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Alleged to have called Mrs. Rose SABELLI, of 940 Sixty-second
street, harsh names, Mrs. Angela RINALDI, 45, of the same address
was arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday on a disorderly
conduct charge. She pleaded not guilty and was paroled by
Magistrate WALSH for a hearing next Wednesday.
FILE NO. 2676--1931--THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, by the
grace of God free and independent.--To Attorney General of the State
of New York, and to any and to all the unknown heirs at law and next
of kin, if any there be, of Hermann C. O. HUSS, deceased, if living,
whose names, places of residence and relationship to and with the
deceased Hermann C.O. HUSS are unknown, wheresoever situated and
howsoever known, the heirs at law and next of kin of Hermann C.O.
HUSS, deceased, Public Administrator of the County of Kings, send
Whereas, Richard WEBER, who resides at No. 1014 Bushwick Avenue,
Brooklyn, New York, has presented a petition praying for a decree
that a certain instrument in writing bearing date the 24th day of
November, 1930, relating to real and personal property, be duly
proved as the last Will and Testament of Hermann C.O. HUSS, lately
residing at No. 267 Quincy Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City
of New York.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show
cause before our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be
held at the Hall of Records in the County of Kings on the 4th day of
May, 1931 at ten o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree should not
In testimony whereof, we have caused (Seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. GEORGE ALBERT WINGATE, Surrogate of our said
County, at the Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County the 1st day
of April, 1931.
JOHN R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
N.B.-This citation is served upon you as required by law. You
are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will
be assumed that you consent to the proceedings, unless you file
written objections thereto. You have a right to have an
attorney-at-law appear for you.
17 April 1931
HELD IN PERJURY
William WAHLE, 62 of 88-31 103rd street, Jamaica, is being held
in $5,000 bail for the action of the Grand Jury following
arraignment before Magistrate Harry Howard DALE in Fifth avenue
court on a charge of perjury.
WAHLE, a process server, is alleged to have testified falsely
before Justice George J. JOYCE in the First District Municipal
Court, Feb. 9, that he had served a summons on William AUMILLER, of
50 West Eighty-fifth street, Manhattan, in a civil suit instituted
by the Colonial Discount Company, Inc., against AUMILLER.
WAHLE had testified that he served the summons on AUMILLER at
the latter's home. He was arrested on complaint of AUMILLER.
GUN CHARGE DISMISSED
Frank DAVID, 29, of 123 Cook street, was discharged in Bridge
Plaza court, yesterday, by Magistrate HAUBERT in a hearing for
violation of the Sullivan law. He was arrested after, it was
alleged, he left a fully loaded .32 calibre revolver at the home of
a girl friend. He convinced the court he never had the weapon.
HELD FOR JURY
William KUHL, 17, of 133 Harrison avenue, waived examination
when arraigned yesterday in Bridge Plaza court on a charge of
burglary. Magistrate HAUBERT held him in $1,000 bail for the action
of the Grand Jury.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
William HOXWORTH is 75 years old but not too old to have marital
difficulties. He was arraigned in Fifth Avenue court yesterday on a
disorderly conduct charge on the complaint of his wife, Mrs. Ellen
HOXWORTH, of 237 Fifty-seventh street. He was paroled for a hearing
next Thursday by Magistrate DALE after he pleaded not guilty.
According to the woman, HOXWORTH punched and choked her while he was
Declaring that she gave them $80 from time to time so that they
might make her a fur coat, Miss Susan WILLIAMS a stenographer, of
215 Ninety-seventh street, charged Abraham SHEIR, 45, of 1057
Fiftieth street, and Michael KOPLOW, 45, of 867 Fifty-first street,
with petty larceny in Fifth avenue court yesterday. The woman said
the men refused to return the money or to give her the coat when she
asked for them. The men were paroled by Magistrate DALE for a
hearing next Thursday.
Alleged to have cut Edward JOHNSEN, of 467 Forty-second street,
with a knife during a quarrel. Andrew LARSEN, 25, of 761
Forty-ninth street, was held without bail on a felonious assault
charge when arraigned before Magistrate DALE in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. Hearing was set for to-day. LARSEN was found guilty of
criminally receiving stolen goods and given a suspended sentence by
County Judge McLAUGHLIN in June, 1922.
Declaring that they took fixtures valued at $90 from an
apartment at 8422 Fifth Avenue, Mrs. Regina Hoffman, of 638
Eighty-fourth street charged Sidney WALKER, 24, and Richard KESIN,
30, both of 8314 Fifth avenue, with petty larceny in Fifth avenue
court yesterday. Magistrate DALE paroled them for a hearing April 30.
HELD IN ASSAULT
Charged with simple assault, George OLANDER, 34, of 4015 Seventh
avenue, was arraigned before Magistrate DALE in Fifth avenue court
yesterday on the complaint of John SNELL, 14, a schoolboy, of 4005
Seventh avenue. According to the boy, he was punched and kicked by
OLANDER. Magistrate DALE paroled the latter for a hearing next
18 April 1931
LONG SENTENCE IN GANG DEATH
Andrew RUSSO, 19 of 66 Snediker avenue, East New York gangster,
was sent by County Judge NOVA to Sing Sing to-day on a charge of
manslaughter in first degree for from two to twenty years with an
additional term of five to ten years under the Raumes Laws for using
a deadly weapon.
Commenting on the recommendation of mercy by the jury Judge Nova
said, "My view of that is hat the jury felt that the dead fellow
would have handed out just what he got himself, had he had the
opportunity. Undoubtedly that is true. But the court can take into
consideration only the fact that the law was violated, and serve
notice on all gangsters that their code of vengeance will draw
During a fight between rival gangsters in a pool room on Pitkin
avenue, near Sheffield street, Russo fatally stabbed Edward SULINSKY.
JURIES SPEED 2 ACQUITTALS
In record speed before County Judge CONWAY two cases were
disposed of yesterday with William W. KLEINMAN, Assistant District
Attorney in charge of the prosecution and Attorney John J. RIORDAN,
counsel for the defense in both cases. In each case the verdict was
one of acquittal.
Joseph MORLEY, 32, of 268 Ninety-second street was charged with
manslaughter in the first degree. On Sept. 19, last year, it was
alleged, he drove against the red lights at Utica avenue and Eastern
parkway, running down and killing 12-year-old Arthur SHERMAN of 1408
MORLEY contended he had not crossed on the red lights, and
moreover that the SHERMAN boy met his death when he darted from
behind a taxicab into the path of MORLEY's car.
In the other case the jury declared Carrie BALL, Negress, 31, of
27 Irving place, was not guilty of the charge that she had helped a
Negro man at 374 Hudson avenue rob Jack TANOFF, an insurance agent
of 900 Dumont avenue, of $92.
SHEEPSHEAD BAY MATRON GUILTY IN ICEMAN'S DEATH
Pleads to Manslaughter as Jury Weighs Fate
Mrs. May PERRY, 36, once prominent in the social set of
Sheepshead Bay section, is a felon to-day.
While a jury before County Judge TAYLOR was deliberating her
fate on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree, she brought
proceedings to a close by pleading guilty to assault in the second
degree. Judge TAYLOR allowed her to remain at liberty under bail of
$1,500 and notified her to return to court on April 27, next, when
her finger-prints will be taken and sentence passed. In the
meantime she was notified that she had forfeited for life her right
to a license to drive an automobile.
It was alleged that it was her reckless and speedy driving of an
automobile that cause the death of Giuseppe SAITTA of 1734 Nostrand
On Nov. 22, last, a sport model car, driven by Mrs. PERRY with
another woman and a man as passengers, collided with the ice wagon
of SAITTA, overturning the ice wagon and crushing SAITTA. This
collision occurred at 4:15 in the morning at Lincoln road and
Nostrand avenue after Mrs. PERRY and her party, on a return trip
from Washington, had spent two hours in a club restaurant on
On May 24, 1929, Mrs. Perry was the driver of the car that on
Atlantic avenue near Brooklyn avenue, ran down and killed Louis
RUCKELMAN, of 39 Brooklyn avenue. The Grand Jury dismissed that charge.
In the days when the Bedford Rest at Bedford avenue and Eastern
parkway was most popular, Mrs. PERRY was well known in the Bedford
section. She first married a man named McGOWAN. He divorced her,
and later she married PERRY, owner of a cabaret at Coney Island, but
she is separated from him.
A staunch friend Mrs. PERRY had in her latest trouble was her
eighteen-year-old daughter by her first marriage who lives with her
father. This girl, very pretty, remained to comfort her mother to
LIVED WITH WOMAN 20 YEARS, DENIES SHE WAS HIS WIFE
Decorator Ordered to Guarantee $50 Weekly Alimony
Thomas M. BLACK, a decorator, denied being married to Mrs. Emma
BLACK the past twenty years when she appeared before Justice CROPSEY
in Queens Supreme Court and asked for a separation decree and
alimony. He admitted Mrs. BLACK lived in his home all that time,
but claimed she was just a housekeeper and nursemaid to his three
Mrs. BLACK told Justice CROPSEY that she first became acquainted
with the decorator in 1908 and went to his Brooklyn home to work as
a housekeeper. Two years later, she said, Black took her to
Westwood, N.J., and obtained a certificate of marriage from a clergyman.
REFUSED TO SPEAK
The couple moved to 98-16 Morrell avenue, Howard Beach, and
because of a joint ownership of the property have lived there since.
In seeking the separation, Mrs. BLACK accused the decorator of
threatening her numerous times. She further charged that for a
period of six years BLACK refused to converse with her. BLACK made
a general denial of her claims.
Besides BLACK's income tax report, Mrs. BLACK showed insurance
policies, election records and other papers which named her as the
"wife" of the decorator.
COURT IS DOUBTFUL
Justice CROPSEY questioned BLACK as to his income, and BLACK
said he is not employed. BLACK swore that he lost his job with
Doudera & Co., of Brooklyn, Oct. 1, after twenty years of service.
In accounting his holdings, BLACK said he had been earning $75 a
week, and when he ended his work was given $29,000 in cash and four
notes worth $100,000.
At the end of the proceeding, Justice CROPSEY made it clear he
was not satisfied with the accounting by saying: "He couldn't tell
the truth if he tried." The separation was granted and BLACK was
ordered to give a surety bond which would guarantee Mrs. BLACK fifty
dollars a week alimony for the next two years.
JURY TO DECIDE ON SLEEP IN CAR
On the night of April 10 Stanley ROBKO, 16, of 641 Third avenue,
found himself locked out. Not wishing to disturb his parents he
slept in an automobile which was parked in front of 98 Eighteenth
street, but he selected a stolen automobile for his slumber and was
rudely awakened by Patrolman Albert ADINOLFI of Fifth avenue
station, who knew from the registration plates that the car was
reported as stolen from Avenue N and Ocean avenue earlier in the
The boy was arrested and charged with theft.
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD, who heard the case in the Coney Island
court yesterday, stated that the defense was a matter for the Grand
Jury to deal with and held the boy in $1,500 bail for that body.
The automobile was the property of Mrs. Rose BRONIN, of 1372 East
FIRE HAZARD CHARGED
Joseph INGRAHAM, 45, of 354 South Second street, will be
arraigned before Magistrate HAUBERT in Bridge Plaza court to-day on
a charge of conducting a fire hazard in the basement of the South
Second street building. Patrolman Edward DUNNE, of Bedford avenue
station, says he found him operating a still.
When the driver of a taxicab failed to appear, a charge of
disorderly conduct made against Stephen RAY, 36, of 243 Heyward
street, was dismissed in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday. RAY was
arrested on complaint of Arthur BAER, of 230 Second avenue,
Manhattan, for alleged failure to pay a fare of $4.15.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday held
Herman ADELMAN, 35, of 3058 East Sixth street, charged with
disorderly conduct, in $100 bail for a further hearing next Monday.
ADELMAN, a chauffeur, was arrested by Warrant Officer Nathaniel
HEUTTE, of the Coney Island court, on complaint of his wife, Betty.
Mrs. ADELMAN told the magistrate that he husband, who was
shell-shocked during the World War, called her names and threatened
to kill her. He pleaded not guilty.
Lack of evidence prompted Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Coney Island
court yesterday to dismiss a charge of felonious assault against
Nicholas VALENTI, 34, a chauffeur, living at 1314 Seventy-second
street. He was arrested by Detective WHITE, of Bath Beach station,
accused of having shot Jack DOWER, of 16 Bay Eighth street, in the
right leg. DOWER told the magistrate that VALENTI did not shoot
him, but that he was accidentally shot when a bullet went wild
following an altercation in which five other men participated.
MONEY FOR RUM
"Although it is hard to get employment there seems to be plenty
of money for liquor," it was observed in Bridge Plaza court
yesterday when three men appeared before Magistrate HAUBERT to
answer charges of intoxication. Sentence was suspended in each
The defendants were Joseph WILLET, 45, of 369 Hooper street;
Thomas JOHNSON, 65, and Thomas GORMAN, 54, both of 393 Broadway.
Charged with violation of the health law in possessing a small
quantity of hasheesh, James CONDLES, 37, of 316 East Forty-seventh
street, and Anarcyros VELOTAS, 30, former steward on the S.S. Byron
were held in $500 bail each for the Court of Special Sessions after
a hearing in Fifth avenue court yesterday. CONDLES was arrested by
George McDERMOTT, U.S. Customs official, as he was leaving the
Byron, then docked at the foot of Fifty-eighth street, Bay Ridge.
He is alleged to have implicated the steward in his confession.
When he pleaded guilty in the Coney Island court yesterday to a
charge of violation of the city ordinance in peddling fish within
500 feet of a public market at Twentieth avenue and Sixty-fourth
street, Harry RUBIN, 42, of 155 Herzl street, was fined $2 by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD. RUBIN was summoned to court by Patrolman
Abraham GOLDSTEIN, of the Bath Beach station.
In Coney Island court yesterday Joseph MORAN, 38, of 2538 West
Eighth street, was held after an examination by Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD in $200 bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a
charge of permitting a nickel slot machine to be operated in his
home. MORAN was arrested by Patrolman George MUSKEWITZ, of
Inspector Joseph ROBINSON's staff, who testified he played the
machine and got seven nickels for the one he deposited in the
ALLEGED 'RED' TO STAND TRIAL
Because the Communists plan a mass meeting in Madison Square on
May 1, Maria GALVEC, a Guatemalan, living in the Bronx, will face
the Queens Special Sessions Court to answer a charge of malicious
mischief. He waived examination in the Long Island City
magistrate's court yesterday.
He was arrested Wednesday when Patrolman GATTO of the Astoria
station objected to the twelve-inch lettering on the fence of the
East River Gas Company at Thirty-fifth avenue and Thirty-sixth
street, Astoria. The sign, freshly smeared across the plank wall
red: "All out, May 1, Madison Square, 12 M."
GALVEC was found near the wall, the patrolman said, with a can
of red paint and a paint brush. He denied the charge and said he
was only a passerby. Magistrate Benjamin MARVIN lectured him on
property rights and held him for Special Sessions when he waived
BRIDGE OF SLAYER SEEKS FREEDOM
Mrs. Elizabeth MANGAN MOSER, 17, of 21-77 Thirty-third street,
Astoria, will seek to have annulled her marriage to Lawrence MOSER,
who was yesterday sentenced to serve from 10 to 20 years in State's
prison for having killed John MANGAN, 22 year-old brother of Mrs.
MOSER. The MOSER's were married about two weeks before the night of
the killing, January 23. Mrs. MOSER left her husband the same day
as the marriage and has been living apart from him since then.
Annulment proceedings will be started soon the bridge said. The
matter is in the hands of attorneys and the action will be filed
within the next ten days or two weeks, she added.
20 April 1931
SPOT' MURDER SUSPECT GOES ON TRIAL HERE
Cousin of Victim, Himself Shot, Jailed in Fear of His Life
The first "On the Spot" murder trial in Brooklyn since the
conviction six years ago of "Tony the Shoemaker," a leader of the
once notorious Navy street gang, will be started to-day by District
Attorney GEOGHAN before County Judge George W. MARTIN and a jury to
be selected from a special panel of talesmen.
The defendant at the trial is James SANGAMINO, 22, of 2545 West
Seventeenth street. It is alleged that on October 29, last, he shot
and killed John RIGGIO, 24, of 6509 Eleventh avenue. Assistant
District Attorney Harry S. SULLIVAN will be in charge of the
prosecution, and Attorneys David PRICE and David MALBIN will be
counsel for the defense.
According to the story of an alleged eye witness, RIGGIO was put
"on the spot" by SANGAMINO and a .......(the rest of the article has
the left hand side cut off, will show missing parts with........) of
the latter, who is still at ........ This witness, Joseph DENTISE
..... Milwaukee, alleges that he not ..... witnessed the murder, but
fell ..... to it.
FOUGHT HIS RELEASE
....., on the motion of District Attorney GEOGHAN, has been held
..... material witness in Raymond ..... jail. Fearful of the gang
that ..... RIGGIO, DENTISE fought a plan ..... about his release.
When ..... was made before Supreme Court Justice DUNNE for his
release, DENTISE pleaded with District Attorney GEOGHAN to see to it
that he ..... not released.
Then District Attorney GEOGHAN ..... Justice Dunne of DENTISE's
..... to be allowed to remain in .....
Justice Dunne fixed the bail DENTISE at $50,000 and served
..... that if this bond were provided ..... would increase the bail
to $100, ......
"They want to get me out so they can kill me," SANGAMINO is
alleged ..... pleaded with District Attorney GEOGHAN, "keep me here,
or I'll ..... put 'on the spot.'"
DENTISE would not leave the jail ..... before Justice DUNNE
until District Attorney GEOGHAN and Sheriff JACOBY had provided him
with a special bodyguard, that included Deputy Sheriffs SHORTELL and
GABY, Police Sergeant Martin CANNON and Detective Charles PRITTING.
TRAPPED BY RUSE
According to his story, DENTISE drove from Milwaukee to Brooklyn
where he met his cousin, RIGGIO. He was introduced by RIGGIO to
SANGAMINO and another man. This was on Oct. 26, last. The four
agreed to meet in a restaurant at Coney Island on the following
Wednesday night. The appointment was kept, and the four started out
to commit a robbery. SANGAMINO sat beside RIGGIO, who drove the
car, and DENTISE sat in the rear seat with the other man.
At 100 Bay Forty-sixth street, SANGAMINO, according to DENTISE,
ordered RIGGIO to stop the car. SANGAMINO got out, went into a
house, returned, and ordered RIGGIO to turn off the engine.
"What for?" RIGGIO asked.
"You know what I brought you here for, Johnnie," SANGAMINO is
alleged to have answered, and then pulled out a revolver and put
four bullets into the body of RIGGIO.
In the meantime the fourth man in the rear seat pulled out a
revolver and shot DENTISE twice. When DENTISE recovered
consciousness, he found RIGGIO slumped over the wheel of the car.
He died on the way to the hospital.
SOUGHT FOR YEAR AS STABBER, MAN IS FOUND IN CONEY ISLAND
Detectives Recognize Face on Police Circular
The long arm of the law reached out and nabbed Edward MILLER, a
man of many aliases, yesterday at Coney Island, one year to the day
after he stabbed and nearly killed a man in Schenectady, N.Y.,
according to police charges.
MILLER, who is also known as Edward RICKER and as "Yosh," is 27,
and gave his address at 247 Kings highway. He was arrested by
Detectives John McCARTHY and John BAKER, of Acting Captain John J.
McCARTHY and BAKER had been studying the circulars sent to
police stations by out-of-town departments. One of the circulars
from Schenectady described MILLER, stating he was wanted for
stabbing Frank PERRONE of 142 Broadway, Schenectady, during a
quarrel, and showing MILLER's finger prints.
A short time later the detectives saw a man who answered the
description in the circular. They had the paper with them and
questioned him. He denied it, but the likeness was so great they
took him to the station where the fingerprints identified him as
The man then is said to have admitted his identity and to have
said he stabbed PERRONE because PERRONE had cut his brother a few
MILLER will be given a hearing today in Coney Island court.
HELD FOR ASSAULT
Michael MORRIS, 23, of 553 Morgan avenue, has to be given a
hearing to-day in Bridge Plaza Court on a charge of felonious
assault. He denied the charge before Magistrate HAUBERT on Saturday
and was held in $1,000 bail until today.
HELD WITHOUT BAIL
Three men, Benjamin AGUGBAR, 35 years old, of 48 East
Twenty-first street, Manhattan; Rosaaro NAPOLI, 32, of 2032 West
Sixth street, and Tony FODELKA, 48, of 101-04 Northern Boulevard,
Astoria, are being held without bail for examination Thursday on a
charge of robbery. It is alleged the captured Alexander POGOZELSKY,
of 136 North Third street, threw him into a lot and escaped in an
automobile with $7,700 he had withdrawn from the bank on March 10.
POLICY SLIP CHARGE
Arraigned in Fifth avenue court before Magistrate DALE on a
policy slip charge, Frank DEFEDA, 45, of 630 Fortieth street, was
held in $500 bail for a hearing Friday. He was arrested by
Patrolman BROWN, of the Tenth Division, in a store at 886 Fifth
HELD IN BAIL
Believed by police to be one of the two companions with Thomas
FOX, 18, when the latter was caught after a chase on Feb. 26, Nunzio
SALVATORE, 17, of 2318 Sixty-first street, was arraigned on a grand
larceny charge in Fifth avenue court and held in $1,000 bail by
Magistrate DALE for a hearing Friday. FOX, who is awaiting trial on
a similar charge, was captured after several shots were fired by
Patrolman John BARRETT, of Fort Hamilton station. SALVATORE and
another youngster escaped. The trio are alleged to have stolen the
automobile of John LUND, of 354 Seventy-fifth street.
PAROLED BY COURT
On his promise to remain away from his home, John REILLY, 34, of
84 Fourteenth street, was paroled by Magistrate DALE after Mrs.
Dorothy REILLY charged him with simple assault in Fifth avenue
court. According to the woman, her husband struck her on the hand
with a glass bottle, cutting her wrist.
21 April 1931
WIFE SAYS HE WAS CAVEMAN, BUT HE SAYS SHE HURLED CHINA
Justice CROPSEY Definitely Refuses to Grant Separation
The only love given by Walter SCHMIDT, a chemical engineer of
the International Vitamine Company, in four years, to his wife, Mrs.
Irene SCHMIDT, of 18 Seba avenue, Gerritsen Beach, was of the
cave-man type, she claimed when asking Justice James C. CROPSEY in
the Special Term of the Queens Supreme Court, for a separation and
"She threw bric-a-brac and epithets at me. I always feared what
might come next from her," SCHMIDT said in denying the cruelty.
"The feeling was reciprocal anyway," Justice CROPSEY
interrupted. "You feared your wife, and your wife feared you."
A number of workers in the vitamine firm testified that SCHMIDT
often purchased candy, cake, ice cream and salads for one of his
secretary's, Miss Caroline HAGUE, of 84-76 127th street, Richmond
Hill. A floorlady of the company went so far as to say that she had
seen SCHMIDT pick Miss HAGUE up in his arms, and further claimed she
had seen him in the young woman's home.
SCHMIDT made a general denial of his wife's charges of cruelty,
and added that he was the one on the defensive. The engineer said
he had been to Miss HAGUE's home only five times, once when her
father died and the other occasions for the purpose of giving her
her pay check.
SCHMIDT further denied buying anything for Miss HAGUE. The
young woman also said she received nothing from SCHMIDT, and added
that "he was nothing to me but an employer."
Referring to Mr. and Mrs. SCHMIDT at the conclusion of the
trial, Justice CROPSEY said:
"These two are not as angelic as they each claim to be. They
made their cake; let them make the best of it."
TWO OTHER SUITS
The separation action then was dismissed. Walter SCHMIDT, Jr.,
and Emma SCHMIDT, children of the couple, left the court with their
mother. The engineer later said he would make application to the
court to have the youngsters visit him at his present home, 107-12
134th street, Richmond Hill.
Yesterday's action was the climax to two other suits. Mrs.
SCHMIDT last year was sued for slander by Miss HAGUE, and a jury
before Supreme Court Justice FAWCETT awarded a $500 judgment to the
stenographer. Mrs. SCHMIDT then decided to sue Miss HAGUE for
alienation of affection. She served the summons on the
stenographer, but when an aswer (as written) was made, suddenly
dropped the action.
WAITER FACES MURDER TRIAL
Ernest NITSSCHKE (as written), 28, a counterman, of 115-41 217th
street, Queens Village, was indicted on charge of murder in the
first degree by a Queens Grand Jury yesterday.
He is alleged to have killed his father-in-law, Gerard
FREDERICKS, 48, an inkmixer, of 219-09 114th road, Queens Village,
during an argument over money.
The true bill charges NITZSCHKE (as written) struck his
father-in-law over the head with a furnace shaker in the basement of
the latter's home on the morning of March 16. FREDERICKS died three
The police say that NITZCSHKE (as written) and his wife
separated in February. They have an infant son, Richard who lived
with his mother at the FREDERICKS home.
After the altercation NITZSCHHE (as written) fled to Detroit,
where he was arrested on March 27. He is now in Queens County jail.
ACCUSED YOUTH CREATES TUMULT
Andrew CACAVELLE, 19, 84-23 102d road, Ozone Park, placed on
trial in Queens County Court charged with participation in the
holdup and robbery of the chicken market at 102d street and
Ninety-seventh avenue, Ozone Park, on Feb. 7, caused a commotion
when he hurled a number of oaths at Detective WOODS of the Richmond
Hill station, who had given damaging testimony against him
Then CACAVELLE broke down and sobbed convulsively. Judge Frank
F. ADEL immediately ordered an adjournment until to-day.
Harry SHAPIRO, owner of the market testified that CACAVELLE and
two other men who are still at large entered his place late at night
and after one of them had pointed a revolver at him fled with $150,
his day's receipts.
WOODS told the jury that CACAVELLE admitted his guilt shortly
after he was arrested on March 3. A signed confession offered by
Assistant District Attorney Harry I. HUBER, was also accepted in
When CACAVELLE gave way to the outburst Dana WALLACE, his
attorney, grabbed his head and managed to quiet him after a few
minutes. It came about just after the youth's father, Joseph
CACAVELLE, had taken the stand to testify in his son's behalf.
TWO FINED IN COURT
For abusing Patrolman REILLY, of Bedford avenue station, and
attempting to take his night stick from him when arrested on April
15 on a charge of disorderly conduct, Charles BLADE, 28, of 114
South Third street and Stanley LORRAINE, 24, of 85 North Seventh
street, were fined $5 each yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Driving a lame horse, attached to a light wagon, was costly for
Michael MORELLO, 30 of 183 Eckford street, in Bridge Plaza Court
yesterday. He was fined $10. Magistrate HIRSHFIELD said he would
show no leniency to a driver who fails to take care of an animal
when it is in pain.
HELD FOR JURY
William MANNION, 61, and homeless, who enjoyed a meal of twelve
eggs, donned a new shirt belonging to Frank McCARTHY, of 212 Java
street, and was dressing up in some of McCARTHY's clothes when he
was arrested, waived examination when arraigned yesterday in Bridge
Plaza court on a charge of burglary. He was held without bail by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD for the action of the Grand Jury.
For attempting to force his attentions upon Mrs. Mary LANGE, of
1523 Oriental boulevard, Manhattan Beach, Donald L. McMAHON, 33, a
life guard well-known to bathers at Manhattan and Brighton beaches,
was arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in the Coney Island court
yesterday. Mrs. LANGE, who caused his arrest last Sunday, said that
he was on her lawn and refused to leave. She stated he had a knife
and threatened to kill her if she did not accompany him for a walk.
Found guilty McMAHON was remanded to Raymond street jail pending
investigation and sentence.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Coney Island court yesterday Isaac
ASMAN, 65, of Bay Twenty-fifth street, appeared in answer to a
summons served upon him by Patrolman Gustave BLESSMAN, of the Bath
Beach station, charging him with obstructing the sidewalk in front
of his store at 1982 Eighty-sixth street with a newsstand. ASMAN
pleaded not guilty and was paroled for trial on April 27.
Magistrate MAGUIRE in the Coney Island court yesterday dismissed
a charge of disorderly conduct against Herman ADELMAN, 35, a wounded
veteran of the World War living at 3058 East Sixth street, when the
complainant, his wife Betty, failed to appear to prosecute. When
ADELMAN was arraigned before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD last week his
wife stated that she was in constant fear of him as he threatened to
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Accused of disorderly conduct Minnie GUNNER, 35, of 1944
Seventy-fifth street, appeared before Magistrate MAGUIRE on
complaint of her neighbor, Natalie STEIN, of 1940 Seventy-fifth
street. It was alleged by the complainant that the GUNNER woman
struck her several blows in the face and grabbed her by the neck
during a quarrel. This was denied by the defendant, who pleaded not
guilty and was paroled for further hearing on April 28.
Charges of assault against one another were made by Herman
WEISS, 32, of 1526 East Tenth street, and Sidney GOLDFINGER, 19, of
the same address. WEISS owns the house at the address given and
GOLDFINGER is the son of his tenant. Both families have been at
loggerheads for some time and matters came to a climax last Sunday
when the GOLDFINGERS accused the landlord and his family of making
unnecessary noises. During an altercation which ensued WEISS said
that young GOLDFINGER punched him several blows in the face. The
other charged WEISS with striking him on the left hand with a stove
lid handle. Each pleaded not guilty. Magistrate MAGUIRE paroled
them for further hearings on April 28.
Cries of hold-up brought patrolmen from six different points,
with drawn revolvers, to the center of the Williamsburg Bridge
When they reached the scene of the trouble they saw four men in
a free-for-all fight. The combatants, arrested, at the Bedford
avenue station gave their names as Joseph ROACH, 24, and Joseph
CLEMINTO, 23, both of 556 Wythe avenue; Joseph DOMIGH, 23, of 824
Wythe avenue, and Ferdinand PELUCCI, 23, of 91 Roebling street.
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD, in Bridge Plaza Court, held them in $100 bail
each for examination to-day on a charge of disorderly conduct.
22 April 1931
SPEEDY DRIVER GETS 3 MONTHS
William JACKSON, 28, of 166-14 Bergen place, Jamaica, is in the
workhouse serving a three months sentence which was imposed on him
by Justices HERBERT, CALDWELL and NOLAN in the Court of Special
Sessions, after his conviction on a charge of leaving the scene of
Instead of stopping as ordered by Patrolman John C. FELTZ of the
Jamaica precinct, last March 23, JACKSON speeded away in his
automobile. The officer gave chase and claimed that at Farmers
avenue, near 109th avenue, Hollis, JACKSON forced FELTZ' automobile
into a tree. Another policeman continued the chase and caught
JACKSON a short distance from the scene of the accident.
FELTZ sustained lacerations of the face and body and was on sick
leave several days. In the Jamaica magistrate's court, JACKSON was
fined $10 for improper license plates and $50 for reckless driving.
JUDGE'S DRIVER PAYS $25 FINE
William VANN, colored chauffeur for Magistrate Benjamin MARVIN,
paid a $25 fine after Magistrate Peter M. DALY in the Jamaica court
found him guilty of driving an automobile more than forty miles an
Patrolman Gordon HILL of Motorcycle Squad 3 served the summons
Thursday, after VANN speeded along Foch boulevard, near 220th
street, St. Albans. VANN said he had just taken one of Judge
MARVIN'S children to school and was on his way back to the MARVIN
VANN is 32 years old and lives at 107-37 Union Hall street,
ROEDIGER FACES BIGAMY CHARGE
CATSKILL, N.Y., April 22 (UP)
Marital affairs of George ROEDIGER, which the State claims, were
started largely through matrimonial agencies to-day eclipsed the
accusation that he caused the death of his third wife, Mrs.
Elizabeth SCHMIDT ROEDIGER.
Attorney General BENNETT assigned Harry EPSTEIN, Assistant
Attorney General, to work with John T. CAHILL and August MERRILL,
Assistant Attorney General, already designated to supersede District
Attorney Harrison I. GARDNER in the investigation of Mrs. ROEDIGER's
ROEDIGER has been charged formally with bigamy after Mrs. Martha
STEMGLER ROEDIGER appeared and informed officials she married him in
1927. She came to this country from Germany she said, in answer to
his advertisement for a wife in a German matrimonial paper.
ROEDIGER is reported to have sold his farm at Freehold, where
Mrs. ROEDIGER died mysteriously Jan. 31, and planned to vacate May 1.
JURY BELIEVE YOUTH'S ALIBI
Andrew CACAVELLE, 19, 84-23 102nd road Ozone Park, was acquitted
in Queens County Court yesterday of the charge that he had
participated in the holdup and robbery of Harry SCHAPIRO, owner of a
chicken market at 102nd street and Ninety-seventh avenue, Ozone
Park, on the night of Feb. 11. Although the complainant positively
identified him, the jury apparently believed CACAVELLE when he told
them that he was a home asleep when the crime was committed.
The jury deliberated for one hour. On Monday, CACAVELLE caused
a commotion in court when he loudly cursed Detective WOODS, of the
Richmond Hill precinct, after the latter gave damaging testimony
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charged with obstructing the sidewalk with his automobile
Abraham ROGERS, 28, of 390 Union avenue, Irvington, N.J., was
arraigned before Magistrate David HIRSHFIELD, yesterday, in Bridge
Plaza court. He pleaded not guilty. The case was set down for
April 29. Rogers was paroled.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Waiving examination in Bridge Plaza court when arraigned on a
charge of violating the kosher meat laws, Joseph SPERBER, 31 years
old, of 68-08 Seventy-eighth street, Maspeth and Louis HEYDEN, 31
years old, of 101-67 103rd street, were held in $200 bail each by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD for the Court of Special Sessions.
Found guilty of violating the sanitary code, Edward BERNSTEIN,
3? years old, of 15 Throop avenue, was given the choice of paying a
fine of $10 or spending two days in the city prison by Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court. The fine was paid.
PAYS $5 FINE
A fine of $5 was paid by Vincent WILLIAMS, 31, of 34 Driggs
avenue yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court for swearing at a Patrolman
Edward WURZBACH, of Herbert street station. He was found guilty of
a charge of disorderly conduct by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD.
23 April 1931
WIDOW OBTAINS LETTERS TO SUE
Mrs. Mary Wright, widow of the late Fay A. WRIGHT, circulation
manager for the Daily Star in Queens, obtained limited letters of
administration from Surrogate John HETHERINGTON of Queens, so that
she may start a suit for damages against Saul M. POLSTEIN, of 365
West End avenue, Manhattan.
Mrs. WRIGHT maintained that in her suit she will declare that
POLSTEIN was responsible for the death of her husband on April 5 in
Darien, Conn. In her petition for the letters, she declared that
her husband died as a result from injuries sustained when an
automobile in which he was riding, collided with another owned and
operated by POLSTEIN.
Neither Mrs. WRIGHT or her attorney, August G. KLAGES, made
known how much they will seek as damages. She makes her home at
51-03 Broadway, Woodside.
LIEUTENANT LEFT ESTATE OF $200
An estate valued at only $200 personal property was left by
Charles A. NOYE, who for many years was lieutenant in charge of the
Richmond Hill station detectives. This was revealed when Mrs.
Elizabeth B. NOYE, his widow, applied to Surrogate John HETHERINGTON
of Queens for letters of administration, in absence of a will.
Besides the widow, a son, Charles H. NOYE, 14, will share the
estate. They live at 88-27 Union turnpike, Glendale. Lieutenant
NOYE died on Feb. 20.
HELD IN ASSAULT
Frank SCHEIL, 35, of 546 Dean street, was held in $1,000 bail
for the Court of Special Sessions, yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court
by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD when he waived examination on being
arraigned on a charge of assault in the third degree.
$1 FINE IMPOSED
Mrs. Lena ROSENBLATT, 56, of 258 South First street, was found
guilty of violating the city ordinance when arraigned before
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court. She was fined $1,
which she paid.
A charge of being a wayward made against Aaron ZEWIHAN, 16, of
101 South Eighth street, was dismissed by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD,
yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court when the father of the boy refused
to press the complaint.
It was out again, in again for Walter JOHNSON, 34, who said, he
had no home, and who finished a three-month term for intoxication
Tuesday only to be arrested for intoxication early yesterday while
he was celebrating his freedom at Halleck and Court streets.
JOHNSON pleaded guilty before Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth avenue
court and was sentenced to the workhouse for another three months.
On the night his daughter was married, Tony SCARFIOTI, 54, of
204 Forsythe street, Manhattan, was told by his new son-in-law,
Anthony FIUMERA, to keep away from the latter's home, SARFIOTI
admitted in Fifth avenue court yesterday, where he was charged with
disorderly conduct by FIUMERA. The son-in-law said that the older
man came to his home at 530 Fourth avenue, and called him harsh
names, also threatening him. Magistrate RUDICH found SARFIOTI
(typed as written) guilty but suspended sentence, warning him to
remain in Manhattan.
Charged with issuing a worthless check for $100 Thomas G. LUPO,
44 of 469 Kings Highway, was arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in
the Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of Milton STEINHARDT,
of 1852 Seventy-seventh street. He pleaded not guilty and was
paroled for hearing on May 6.
Jerry DiSCALLO, 32, of 161 Huntington street, pleaded guilty to
a disorderly conduct charge brought against him in Fifth avenue
court yesterday after he demanded that he be arrested by Patrolman
Edward LOWERY, of the Hamilton avenue station. The policeman
obliged him charging him with refusing to move from Columbia and
President street when requested to do so. Magistrate RUDICH
Magistrate MAGUIRE in the Coney Island court yesterday held
Martin ANDERSON, 38, superintendent of an apartment house at 8640
Bay Parkway, in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a
charge of assault preferred by Randolph HUGHES, a son of a tenant in
the house. HUGHES alleged that ANDERSON struck him on the head with
a chair during an altercation on April 9.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
In the Coney Island court yesterday, Peter CAHAN, 39, of 8705
Bay parkway, was held by Magistrate MAGUIRE in the Coney Island
court yesterday on a charge of disorderly conduct preferred by his
wife, Rebecca. She alleged that her husband called her harsh names
and attempted to strike her. He pleaded not guilty and was paroled
for hearing on April 28.
24 April 1931
COAKLEY SUED FOR DIVORCE
Fran P. COAKLEY, prominent in Democratic city politics, has been
names defendant in a suit for absolute divorce sought by his wife,
Mrs. Margaret COAKLEY, of 29 Henry street, before Supreme Court
Justice Mitchell MAY. Justice MAY reserved decision. COAKLEY did
not enter a defense.
The couple married June 24, 1921, in Washington, D.C. Robert
PETTYKO, of the Hotel Lincoln, Manhattan, testified that on
September 8, 1928, he visited COAKLEY in a hotel in Albany, and that
with COAKLEY in the room was an unidentified young woman.
Arthur C. MANDEL, of 110 West Fortieth street, Manhattan,
appeared as counsel for Mrs. COAKLEY.
Accused of defrauding the B.M.T. out of a nickel by forcing his
way through an automatic turnstile at the West Eighth street station
of the Culver line, Louis SKOLSKY, 16, a student of Abraham Lincoln
High School and living at 1741 East Fourth street, appeared in the
Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of Special Policeman
Charles E. JOHNSON, of the traction company. The youth pleaded
guilty and paid a fine of $5.
SIGNS ON SIDEWALK
In the Coney Island court yesterday Frank SCHMIDT, 45, of 2737
Cropsey avenue, paid a fine of $1, imposed by Magistrate MAGUIRE,
when he pleaded guilty to obstructing the sidewalk in front of his
garage at the address given with three signs and an old automobile
shoe. He was summoned to court by Patrolman John DILLON, of the
Coney Island station.
Complaint to the Department of Sanitation concerning a vacant
lot at Seventeenth avenue and Sixty-fourth street being used as a
dumping ground resulted in the appearance in Coney Island court
yesterday of David FEDER, 40, of 773 Fortieth street, on a charge of
violation of the sanitary code. The charge was made by Inspectors
MONACO and TREMONT, of the Department of Sanitation, who alleged
FEDER threw a number of paint cans into the lot. FEDER pleaded
guilty and was fined $2 by Magistrate MAGUIRE.
Charged with assault, Mrs. Jennie FLASKA, 35, of 1845 West
Twelfth street, pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Magistrate
MAGUIRE in the Coney Island court yesterday and was paroled for
further hearing on May 1. It was alleged by Hyman ELKIN that the
woman struck his 10-year-old son, Max, on the head with her hand,
causing him to fall to the ground and receiving a laceration of the
scalp. She pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further hearing
on May 1.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Theodore DAZYENSKI, 21, of 966 Manhattan avenue, was held in
$2,000 bail yesterday in Bridge Plaza court on a charge of felonious
assault. During a fight at New National Hall, Driggs avenue,
Saturday night, it was alleged he struck Frank RAYSZANSKI, of 116
Eckford street, with a blunt instrument, causing a fracture of the jaw.
PAYS $10 FINE
Dominick GUIDANCE, 22, of 447 Graham avenue, fell asleep in his
car while it was parked in front of his home. Patrolman Albert
RATZEL, of Herbert street station, awakened him and he abused the
officer for disturbing him. He paid a fine of $10 imposed by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday, when found
guilty of disorderly conduct.
PLEAD NOT GUILTY
Before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Coney Island court yesterday,
Michael CAMEDECO, 18, of 1465 Seventy-third street, and Harry
NEDUCATI, 17, of 1527 Seventy-sixth street, were arraigned on a
charge of petty larceny. Harry STENNES, a special policeman
employed by the Collier Service Corporation, alleged CAMEDECO forced
open a gum machine at the Seventy-ninth street station of the West
End line and removed from it $1.40. NEDUCATI, according to STENNES,
acted as lookout for CAMEDECO. They pleaded not guilty and each was
held in $500 bail for further hearing on May 1.
HELD FOR HEARING
When arrested in the apartment of Mrs. Esther LARKIN, of 714
Fifty-sixth street early yesterday, Ralph MICHELSON, 17, of 5614
Eighth avenue, told Patrolman Theodore SULLIVAN, of the Fourth
avenue station, he was a roomer in the house. He was arrested on a
burglary charge and in Fifth avenue court was held by Magistrate
RUDICH in $2,500 bail for a hearing Tuesday. It is alleged he
entered the apartment by forcing open a window leading to the fire
25 April 1931
SOLDIERS GET PRISON TERMS IN ROBBERIES
Youngest, 19, Called Ringleader, Sent Up for Fifteen Years
Four Fort Totten soldiers, who confessed to a number of holdups
were sent to Sing Sing yesterday by County Judge Frank F. ADEL in
Long Island City.
Andrew GRZYBOSKI, 19, of Avenue, B Manhattan, said to be the
ring leader of the band was given a flat term of fifteen years as a
second offender, while terms of from four to eight years each were
imposed on his three accomplices. George DIEDERICK, 28, 215 Foster
avenue, Elyria, Ohio; George BAILEY, 26, 610 South State street,
Syracuse, N.Y., and George LAYNE, 25, 288 West Ninety-second street,
The robberies were committed at the expense of merchants in
communities surrounding the fort, where the four were attached to an
Lawrence DE SANDIS, 28, alias Daniel SERENO, 566 West 126th
street, Manhattan, was given a term of from three and one half to
seven years for attempted extortion.
He was convicted on the testimony given by Gabriel TRANTINO, an
ice dealer, of 1j50-32 126th street, Ozone Park, who said that DE
SANDIS threatened him with bodily harm if he did not turn over a sum
of money. The amount was not mentioned, he said.
A term of two to four years in Sing Sing was given Frank SUTTON,
24, 847A Munroe street, Brooklyn. He confessed to the theft of a
diamond ring valued at $500 from the home of Morris RANKIN, at 60-67
Flushing avenue, Maspeth.
Elmira Reformatory indefinite terms were imposed on the
William SAVINO, 16, 1567 First avenue, Manhattan;
Joseph BAUER, 16, 1535 First avenue, Manhattan;
Michael OTTOMANELLI, 16, 24-61 Fourth avenue, Astoria;
Edward FARRELL, 19, 500 West 174th street, Manhattan, and
Bernard ROWLAND, 18, 105 East 104th street, Manhattan.
SAVINO, BAUER and OTTOMANELLI, pleaded guilty to the burglary of
a grocery store at 92-64 Queens boulevard, Rego Park, while ROWLAND
and FARRELL admitted they aided in the planning of a Long Island
PAY $2 FINE
David WEINER, 24, of 232 South First street, was before
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD yesterday in Bridge Plaza court charged with
violating the sanitary code. He was found guilty and fined $2,
which he paid.
On a charge of felonious assault, Charles ZIMMER, 21, of 895
Grand street, is being held without bail in Bridge Plaza court by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD for examination on Monday. Miss Tessie
BABINGTON, of 232 Graham avenue, who fell from an automobile he was
driving is confined to St. Catharine's Hospital in a serious
condition with a fractured skull.
SENT TO JAIL
After a third degree assault against John VASTOLA, 26, of 28
Carroll street, was reduced by Magistrate RUDICH to disorderly
conduct, VASTOLA was found guilty in Fifth avenue court yesterday
and fined $25 or sentenced to jail for five days. He chose the jail
term. According to Joseph TOPKES, proprietor of a restaurant at 252
Columbia street, VASTOLA resented being told not to annoy the girl
cashier of the establishment and punched him in the nose.
HELD FOR JURY
John GIUCA, 43, of 543 Henry street, in whose bedroom a loaded
.38 calibre revolver was allegedly found, Detective Edward MORONEY,
of the Main Office Division, was held without bail for the Grand
Jury after a hearing before Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The charge was a felony because CIUCA has previously
been convicted twice. In February, 1911, he was sentenced to the
penitentiary for one year and fined $500 on a charge not mentioned
in the policy record. In January, 1915, Judge HYLAN sentenced him
to two months in the penitentiary for possession of a dangerous
Because the driver of a taxicab he allegedly took for a joyride
refused to make a complaint against him, Charles FUREY, 19, of 511
Fifty-ninth street, was freed on a grand larceny charge in Fifth
avenue court yesterday. FUREY was arrested at Seventy-fifth street
and Fort Hamilton parkway after a mile chase during which Patrolman
James JENNINGS, of the Fort Hamilton station, fired one shot to half
him. The driver of the cab was Robert CANTWELL, of 129 Ninety-third
After he admitted using a Norwegian coin to pass through a
B.M.T. turnstyle on the Eighth avenue station of the Sea Beach line,
Lew JOHNSON, 26, of 749A Fifty-sixth street, was held in $100 bail
for the Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth
avenue court yesterday. Johnson was arrested by Special Officer
Edward SPELLMAN, of the B.M.T.
27 April 1931
A traffic jam in which the two cars they occupied collided, and
which ended in a free-for-all at Eighty-fifth street and Fifth
avenue, brought three men into Fifth avenue court before Magistrate
RUDICH on a disorderly conduct charge. They pleaded guilty and were
given suspended sentences. They were Frank CANZANO, 57, and John
PRIMAVERA, 51, both of 884 Seventieth street, and Harold DAVIDSON,
27, of 9031 Fort Hamilton parkway.
Arrested on the North German Lloyd liner Bremen after he
allegedly jostled a passenger, Harry CRAMER, 40, of 240 West
Ninety-ninth street, Manhattan, was held in $5,000 bail by
Magistrate RUDICH when arraigned in Fifth avenue court on a
disorderly conduct charge. After he pleaded not guilty, hearing was
set for to-morrow. According to his police record, CRAMER has been
convicted fifteen times and arrested twenty-eight times.
Vincent RYAN, 16, alleged to have taken $13 from the clothing
of his father, James RYAN, of 311 Twelfth street, was sentenced to
the New York City Reformatory on a wayward minor charge after a
hearing before Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth avenue court.
Alleged to have been painting the town red, four youths were
brought before Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth avenue court on charges of
violating a city ordinance in smearing the words "Down Tools May 1."
on the sidewalk at Second avenue and Thirty-ninth street. The
youngsters were arrested by Motorcycle Patrolman John CAPPER. They
pleaded not guilty and an hearing was set for May 4, after they were
held in $100 bail each. They gave their names as Jack KLEIN, 19, of
2944 West Twenty-seventh street; Joseph COHEN, 17, of 823
Forty-ninth street; Israel BERLAMP, 16, of 7804 Thirteenth avenue,
and Mario PETAGNA, 21, of 1534 Benson avenue.
HALLINAN SEEKS INDICTMENT OF MRS. CONLIN AND YOUTH IN SHOOTING OF
Victim Learns That Wife Is Accused of Plot Against Him
District Attorney James T. HALLINAN, of Queens, will go before
the Grand Jury to-day and ask indictments against Mrs. Amy CONLIN,
40 year-old Queens housewife, and her 22-year-old love, James DE
PEW, who are accused of the compact which resulted in the probably
fatal injury to the woman's husband who was shot in an attempted
The county prosecutor will try to show that DE PEW, admitted to
the police he held up CONLIN with the full knowledge and approval of
the victim's wife, in an effort to get funds so she could go to Reno
for a divorce.
CONLIN was shot in the spine by the assailant. Although
surgeons in St. John's Hospital removed the bullet, the middle-aged
Astoria lodge............(end of article cut off)
28 April 1931
MURRAY GIRL FREE AS PAIR ADMIT GUILT
Eleven Other Witnesses in SWEENEY Killing Also Allowed to go
Pleas of guilty by Frederick SCHOENHARDT and "Handsome" Harry
McCORMICK, accused of murdering their gang leader, Stephen SWEENEY,
to-day resulted in the release of Margaret MURRAY, SWEENEY's
sweetheart, and eleven other material witnesses who have been held
for three months.
The pleas which were entered before County Judge SMITH in
Mineola, L.I., will take the two young gangsters to Sing Sing to-day
on sentences of from seven to fifteen years. The gangsters' move
was unexpected, as it was expected they would go on trial again next
month, after a jury in their trial for SWEENEY's death in March had
disagreed. Instead, they appeared yesterday before Judge SMITH, who
presided over their trial.
The twelve material witnesses who were held in connection with
the death of the gang leader have been in Nassau County Jail for
three months, as they were unable to put up bonds totaling $260,000.
YEAR IN JAIL FOR ASSAULT
Joseph M. CARROLL, 38, of 110 Mott avenue, Long Island City,
will have to spend one year in the city prison for cutting with a
penknife the young lady who would no longer tolerate his company
after she learned he was a married man.
The victim of CARROLL's attack was Miss Roberta SPICE, a nurse
attached to United Israel Zion Hospital at Forty-sixth street and
Tenth avenue. They became acquainted a year ago while both were
employed at the Polyclinic Hospital in Manhattan. They kept
company, it is alleged, for six months when Miss SPICE learned that
CARROLL was married, with his wife living.
She advised CARROLL she could not accept his attentions any
longer. She saw no more of him until early March 23 when she awoke
in her room at the United Israel Zion Hospital to find CARROLL
wielding a penknife on her. Her screams brought her help and
CARROLL, under the influence of liquor, was arrested.
'SLEEPWALKER' TO KNOW FATE TO-DAY IN TRIAL FOR SLAYING
Court Intimates Not Guilty Verdict May Be Directed
Decision will be made to-day in the case of Michael FILOSA, 28,
of 20 Carlton avenue, on trial before County Judge TAYLOR and a jury
for the fatal stabbing of his 14-year-old step-brother, Salvatore De
HALL. The attack upon the boy took place Nov. 22, shortly after
midnight. FILOSA, it is alleged, at the same time slashed with a
razor his mother, Mrs. Anna De HALL, and his step-sister, Catherine
It has been claimed for FILOSA, who is being defended by
Attorney Frank R. SERRI, that at the time of the attack he was
walking in his sleep. After Assistant District Attorney Samuel S.
GOLDSTEIN had completed the side of the prosecution, Judge TAYLOR
let it be known that, if he should conclude to give the case to the
jury, he would direct them to bring in a verdict of not guilty, in
the event they found that at the time the alleged attack, FILOSA was
walking in his sleep.
The developments at the trial before Judge TAYLOR have marked
out the case as one of the most unusual in the history of the County
Court. The claim that FILOSA was walking in his sleep sets the case
apart from all others. But added to this fact is the development at
the trial that evidence, as pointed out by Judge TAYLOR, has not
completely wiped out all doubt as to whether FILOSA was the one who
slashed his mother, stepbrother and stepsister.
The mother and step-sister have testified they were awakened by
sharp pains on their face from which they found blood streaming.
The only testimony that points to FILOSA as the alleged
assailant was the presence of FILOSA in the room, which adjoins his
own, and his statement that he awoke to find a razor in his hand.
His mother and sister testified they saw no razor in his hand.
It was FILOSA, the defendant, who called in the police and
telephoned for an ambulance.
Attorney SERRI has indicated he will not put FILOSA on the
SAVED FROM MOB, NEGRO IS JAILED
Joseph CHESTNUTT, 28, Negro, whose life a group of 250 persons
sought in Southern fashion Sunday night in Jamaica, is in the Queens
County jail awaiting a hearing on April 29 in the Jamaica
magistrate's court on a charge of simple assault.
John A. HARTWEIN, of 102 Brisbane street, Jamaica, claims that
CHESTNUTT assaulted him when he protested against an assault on a
Cried of "Lynch him!" were hurled at the Negro as many other men
came to HARTWEIN's aid during the fight at Sutphin boulevard and
Ninety-seventh avenue, Jamaica. Twenty patrolmen from the Jamaica
precinct broke up the melee and escorted CHESTNUTT to safety.
CHESTNUTT pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned before
Magistrate Peter M. DALY in the Jamaica court yesterday. In default
of a $500 bond, CHESTNUTT was led off to jail. The prisoner is a
waiter at the Aqueduct race track.
JURY ACCUSES TRIO IN DEATH OF QUEENS MAN
Also Indicts Youths With Another in Astoria Robbery
Three youths captured last week have been indicted by Queens
Grand Jury for murder, first degree, in connection with the
robbery-killing of Frank PENDLEBERRY, middle-aged Elmhurst grocer.
The same trio, with a fourth youth, were also indicted for assault
and robbery in connection with the robbery that resulted in their
Those indicted for murder are: Walter BOROUSKI, 23, of 19
Sumner avenue; Michael RODICK, 20, of 365 East Eighth street,
Manhattan, and Julius SIRTKA, 24, of 218 Avenue B, Manhattan.
It is alleged that on the night of Feb. 26 they entered
PENDLEBERRY's store at 95-24 Forty-first avenue, Elmhurst, and when
PENDLEBERRY did not immediately accede to their demands to throw up
his hands, shot and killed him.
Mrs. Catherine PENDLEBERRY, his wife, who entered the store just
before the bandits fired, was the principal witness before the Grand
The same trio, with John PLATENCHUK, 19, of 342 East Ninth
street, Manhattan, were indicted for the robbery of Marcel KOHLBAUER
in his store at 25-21 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, on the morning of
When he pleaded guilty in the Coney Island court yesterday to a
charge of violation of the sanitary code in keeping twelve pigeons
without a permit from the Department of Health, Arthur DANIELS, 32,
of 1612 East Second street, was fined $1 by Magistrate STEERS. The
complaint was made by Patrolman James M. ELIATH, detailed to the
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charles ALEXANDER, 28, of 1811 Kings highway, appeared before
Magistrate STEERS in the Coney Island court yesterday in answer to a
summons served upon him by Patrolman Frank BERGEN, of Sheepshead Bay
station, on a charge of violation of the city ordinance in peddling
cut flowers. He pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further
hearing on May 4.
REMANDED FOR SENTENCE
Blaming his spree on the fact that he had lost his job, Thomas
LONG, of 332 Seventy-fifth street, pleaded guilty to a disorderly
conduct charge brought by his wife, Margaret, in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The woman charged her husband struck her. Magistrate
SABBATINO remanded him for investigation and sentence Thursday.
Before Magistrate STEERS in Coney Island court yesterday,
Isidore CANTOR, 29, of 215 Brighton Beach avenue, and Mrs. Sophie
KAHN, 41 of 301 Brighton avenue, were arraigned on charges of
selling uncooked meats last Sunday in violation of the Sabbath law.
They pleaded guilty and each was fined $5.
After declaring that he would send them to jail for a month if
they were ever again found guilty before him, Magistrate SABBATINO,
sitting in Fifth avenue court yesterday, gave suspended sentence to
Daniel HYLAND, 24, of 413 Van Brunt street, and Thomas McGUIRE, 23,
of 110 Dwight street, both of whom pleaded guilty to intoxication
charges. Patrolman Herbert ELDER, of the Hamilton avenue station,
said the men became abusive when he told them to move on from a
corner at Dikeman and Conover streets.
When he promised to remain away from his wife, John CAPASSO, 38,
of 274 Prospect avenue, was given a suspended sentence by Magistrate
SABBATINO on a disorderly conduct charge brought by the woman, Mrs.
Dorothy CAPASSO, in the Fifth avenue court yesterday. According to
Mrs. CAPASSO her husband threw a shoe at her when she asked him to
stay at home over week-ends.
Because of insufficient evidence Magistrate STEERS, in the
county court yesterday, dismissed a charge of disorderly conduct
against Mrs. Minnie GUNNER, 35 years old, of 1944 Seventy-fifth
street. She was accused by twelve-year-old Natalie STEIN, of 1940
Seventy-fifth street, of slapping her in the face and grasping her
by the neck. This was denied by Mrs. GUNNER.
PAROLE FOR HEARING
Pleading not guilty to a charge of assault in the third degree
made by his wife, Anna, Louis AURICK, 36 years old, of 71 Freeman
street, was paroled yesterday by Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaza
Court for examination May 3.
WEEPS IN COURT
Margaret MARSULLO, 30, of 974 Boulevard East, Weehawken, N.J.,
wept in Bridge Plaza court yesterday when she received a suspended
sentence from Magistrate DALE for driving an auto while intoxicated
against a guard rail of the cross-town subway excavation at Grand
street and Union avenue. She was treated for lacerations and then
arrested. "I'm terrible sorry this happened," she said as she left
30 April 1931
PRISON PROSPECT BEFORE ADDICT
Out of one jail and into another is the likely prospect before
Adolfo DELGADO, 28, of 49 Columbia street, following his conviction
to-day by a jury before County Judge Algeron I. NOVA on a charge of
assault in the second degree.
On his release on March 31, last, from the workhouse on Welfare
Island, where he had just completed a term as a drug addict, DELGADO
was rearrested on a warrant from District Attorney GEOGHAN's office
to stand trial on the indictment for assault.
It was charged against DELGADO who was prosecuted by Assistant
District Attorney Hyman BARSHAY, that he had slashed the face of
Frank VALLAES, of 45 Columbia street. It was asserted that DELGADO
had attacked VALLAES in the belief that he had disclosed to the
policy his addiction to drugs.
Declaring that his troubles were due to a boarder whom he did
not name, Michael CONNELLY, 43, of 705 Hicks street, pleaded not
guilty to a disorderly conduct charge brought by his wife, Mrs. Mary
CONNELLY in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Magistrate SABBATINO
paroled CONNELLY for a hearing June 8, and advised the couple to
settle their marital troubles in either the Family Court or the
GUN TOTERS HELD
Charged with possessing revolvers in violation of the SULLIVAN
law, Joseph CALECCI, 41, of 418 Metropolitan avenue; Biago AMARDO,
49, of 2 Havemeyer street; Vicenzo GALLASSO, 40, of 26 Withers
street, and Joseph MADIO, 54, of 5 Withers street, were held in $500
bail each for the Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate DALE in
Bridge Plaza court. They were arrested by detectives from Brooklyn
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Isaac BERMAN, 40, of 304 South Fifth street, a process server,
was in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday, to answer a charge of dropping
an iron washer in the slot machine of the turnstile of the Bedford
avenue station of the Fourteenth street subway line. He was paroled
by Magistrate DALE for a hearing Saturday.
1 May 1931
YOUNG COP ACCUSED IN COURT OF ACCEPTING $16 BRIBE
Garage Owner Paid for Release After Arrest, He Says
Did Robert MULLERY, 25, of 438 Linwood street, married and the father of
an infant child, sacrifice his career in the Police Department for a mere
That question will be answered to-day by a jury before whom and County
Judge CONWAY MULLERY, who does not look his twenty-five years is being tried
on a charge of bribery.
Moreover, the alleged return to MULLERY was not even sixteen dollars
for, according to story told, MULLERY was given only a part of the sum.
On Sept. 2 of last year, MULLERY graduated from a police college and was
appointed a probationary patrolman, working out of headquarters. According
to the complaint of Benjamin VARNOS, owner of a garage at 137 Gold street,
MULLERY went there and quarreled with VARNOS over the whereabouts of
MULLERY's brother-in-law. VARNOS alleged the MULLERY first struck at him
with a blackjack, and then placed him under arrest. According to VARNOS,
another man accompanied him and MULLERY on the trip toward the station
house. It was this third man, VARNOS alleges, who asked for a bribe of $25
to "fix it" up with MULLERY.
VARNOS testified that he told the third man he had only ten dollars,
but, perhaps he could borrow more. He added that he was then taken in a
taxicab by the third man and MULLERY, and that, after he had borrowed six
dollars, he was released when he gave the total of sixteen dollars to the
The next day MULLERY was arrested, and denied that he had been at
On the witness stand to-day MULLERY admitted he lied when he said
immediately after his arrest that he had not been to the garage. He
explained in answer to questions of his attorney, Sol DOUGLASS, that he had
told the lie in fear that his job in the police department was at stake.
As against the charge of VARNOS he testified that VARNOS first attacked
him when he went to the garage in search for his brother-in-law. He denied
that any bribe had been sought, offered or accepted, and further denied that
any ride had been taken in a taxicab. Assistant District Attorney William
W. KLEINMAN is in charge of the prosecution.
FILE No. 39-1930 - THE PEOPLE of the State of New York by the grace of God
free and independent. - To Devotee Admo NOAH, Anton Salim NOAH, Mathilda
Habeeb SHAHOOL, Our Lady of Lebanon Church, St. Peter's Hospital, St.
Vincent de Paul Society, Patrick J. RING, Bertha ROGERS, Najeeb HAKANIC,
greeting: Whereas Kelilia NOAH and Mansour STEPHAN, who reside at No. 96
Atlantic Avenue and No. 295 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, New York, respectively,
have presented a petition praying for a decree that a certain instrument in
writing bearing date the 30th day of December, 1929, relating to real and
personal property, be duly re-proved as the last will and testament of
Alexander NOAH, lately residing at No. 279, Atlantic Avenue, in the Borough
of Brooklyn, City of New York, for errors contained in the original petition
and citation for probate of the same, the original petition for probate
herein having been dismissed by decree dated March 25th, 1930.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause
before our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be held at the Hall
of Records, in the County of Kings, on the 4th day of June, 1931, at ten
o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree should not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused the Seal of our said Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon. George Albert WINGATE, Surrogate of our said County, at the
Borough of Brooklyn, in the County of Kings, the 30th day of April, 1931.
John R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
2 May 1931
ALLOWS FATHER TO START SUIT
Surrogate John HETHERINTON has granted limited letters of administration
to John CARUBIA, of 87-04 104th street, Ozone Park, so that he can bring
suit for damages against the Academy Bus Corporation, and Gaetano ALBANESE,
of Ozone Park, in the estate of his late daughter, Angelina CARUBIA,
Miss CARUBIA was riding with ALBANESE in an automobile on Feb. 19 when
at Ninety-first avenue and Woodhaven boulevard, Ozone Park, it collided with
a bus owned by the corporation. The young woman was one of five injured.
She died four days later in a hospital.
TWO MEN HELD ON GIRL'S CHARGE
Carl ERICKSON, 46, of 364 Fifty-fourth street, and Thura ANDRE, 52, of
265 Seventieth street, were held in $2,500 bail for examination Monday by
Magistrate SABBATINO in Fifth avenue court to-day, charged with molesting
Dinah BAVEAS, 10, of 271 Forty-fourth street.
According to the complaint, ERICKSON and ANDRE, while standing in the
hallway at 4310 Third avenue, called to her, but when she refused to stop,
they chased her. Her father, John, intervened a few blocks away, and was
threatened by the two men, who were arrested just as a large crowd was
threatening them. They pleaded not guilty.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
He showed his penknife only to prove that it was the nearest thing to a
weapon that he carried, Tony MONTEMARANO, 29, of 203 Eleventh street, told
Magistrate SABBATINO in Fifth avenue court yesterday when he was arraigned
on a disorderly conduct charge. According to Mrs. Alberta ZITO, of 248
Tenth street. MONTEMARANO, a friend of her sister-in-law, came to her house
and flashed the knife. MONTEMARANO, said the woman called him a gunman and
that he showed the knife only to prove she was wrong.
Charged with violating a city ordinance in permitting a five-gallon
still to remain on a gas range in his house at 428 Eleventh steet, Dennis
GLEASON, 53, was arraigned before Magistrate SABBATINO in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The still was not in operation, but the complaint contended it
constituted a fire hazard. GLEASON was paroled for a hearing May 20 on his
plea of not guilty.
Vincenzo COLANDRA, 33, of 34 President street, under whose pillow
Detective Prospero PETROSINO, of the main office division, allegedly found a
.32 calibre revolver, was held without bail for a hearing Tuesday after
being arraigned on a Sullivan Law charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
The charge is a felony because COLANDRA has previously been convicted of
second degree assault, according to the police record.
HELD FOR DRUGS
Young TONG, 50, of 377 Broadway, and Lee YOW, 35, of 370 Broadway,
Chinamen, were held in $500 bail each yesterday in Bridge Plaza court on a
charge of possessing narcotics for a hearing on Monday. They were arrested
by detectives of the Narcotic Squad.
3 May 1931
WINS JAIL TERM
Just in a spirit of good, clean fun, Olaf OLSEN, 25, of 1006 East
Thirty-sixth street, tried to have his friend, Einar SORENSEN, of the same
address, jailed as a burglar yesterday, but to-day it was OLSEN who was in
the jail. He had to serve two days when he could not pay the $10 fine
imposed by Magistrate HAUBERT in Fifth Avenue court for intoxication.
OLSEN had been drinking and yesterday he entered the Fourth avenue
police station and told Detective Edward FITZGERALD he knew where he could
find a burglar. He took FITZGERALD home with him and pointed out SORENSEN,
accusing him of robbing an A & P grocery store at 4906 Eighth avenue two
weeks ago. SORENSEN convinced the detective that OLSEN was just joking and
OLSEN was locked up charged with intoxication.
SLAYER ENTERS PLEA OF GUILTY
Joseph ZACKOWITZ pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree in
County Court to-day after a long talk with his wife, Irene, 18, 105 Devoe
street, had changed his intention of standing trial again on a first degree
ZACKOWITZ shot and killed Frank COPPOLA near his home on Nov. 10, 1929,
after his wife had told him she had been insulted by the group COPPOLA was
with. His first trial ended with a disagreement by the jury, his second in
a conviction for first degree murder which the Appellate Division set aside.
He had intended going to trial again until his wife persuaded him to take a
ZACKOWITZ is 24. He faces a probable ten-year sentence.
ONE-MAN TROLLEY HEARING PUT OFF
The hearing on one-man trolley car operation in Brooklyn and Queens
scheduled for to-day before the State Transit Commission was adjourned to
June 4 at the request of the B.M.T. Clarence J. SHEARN, counsel, stated he
wished the adjournment because of a change in procedure in the hearings.
This was agreed to by Philip HODES, associate counsel to the commission.
Commissioner LOCKWOOD, who has been presiding at other hearings on the
one-man cars, was called to Washington to-day. Chairman William G. FULLEN
Mr. SHEARN in asking for the adjournment, said the B.M.T. had hoped to
prove its case for the cars by cross-examination of the commission's
5 May 1931
PRISON SENTENCE FOR BEGGING ALMS
Arrested eleven times for soliciting alms, and convicted each time,
Joseph GNAUSS, 51 years old, of 3 James street, Manhattan, was given a
penitentiary sentence for this offense by Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza
GNAUSS was arrested at Manhattan avenue and Calyer street, on April 30
by Detective Joseph L. CRUISEM, of the Fourteenth Inspection District, when
he stopped the detective and demanded that he give him some money. When
arraigned in court last Friday he was remanded until yesterday for
investigation and sentence. When the magistrate saw the record sheet, he
lost no time imposing the indeterminate sentence.
SENT TO HOSPITAL
Salvatore LOMBARDO, 30, of 230 Varet street, was before Magistrate
RUDICH yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court to answer a charge of disorderly
conduct made by his wife, Rose. She told the court he threatened to kill
her on April 30. LOMBARDO was sent to the observation ward of the Kings
Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island court yesterday suspended
sentence upon Morris SOFER, 41 years old, of 281 Brighton Beach avenue who
pleaded guilty to violation of the Sabbath law. The complaint was filed by
Patrolman Charles CARR, of the Coney Island station who alleged SOFER had he
butcher store at the address given, open for business last Sunday.
When the complainant, Hyman FINKELSTEIN of 7820 Eighteenth avenue,
withdrew his charge of disorderly conduct against Jack GRAZIANO, 36 years
old, of 1419 Sixty-eight street, Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island
court yesterday dismissed the case. FINKELSTEIN, on April 17 last, sought
to serve a summons on GRAZIANO's wife, he testified when the man called him
names and threatened to strike him.
Harry FIELD, 20, of 6601 Eighteenth avenue, was delivering an order of
groceries, which included a dozen eggs, when Bernard FALK, 15 years old, of
1740 West Twelfth street, accidentally ran into him while playing. The eggs
were smashed and according to Bernard, FIELD became angered and punched him
in the face. As a result of the alleged blow, the boy appeared in the Coney
Island court yesterday against FIELD on a charge of assault. The defendant
pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further hearing on May 29.
On two charges, one of violation of the city ordinances and the other of
disorderly conduct, Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island court yesterday
suspended sentence upon Charles ALEXANDER, 28, of 1810 Avenue U. Patrolman
Frank BERGEN, of the Sheepshead Bay station, alleged that ALEXANDER
obstructed the sidewalk at East Sixth street and Kings highway with a stand
containing cut flowers for sale and also became disorderly when he tried to
serve him with a summons.
GOES TO JURY
Waiving examination to a charge of burglary, John HELLMER, 25 years old,
of 235 Graham avenue, was held in $2,000 bail for the action of the Grand
Jury by Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza Court. HELLMER was arrested by
Patrolman O'KEEFE, of Stagg street station, after, as alleged, breaking into
the grocery store of Benjamin WILHELM, at 197 Graham avenue.
HACKMEN IN FIGHT
Two hackmen were held in $100 bail for the Court of Special Sessions
after a hearing before Magistrate HAUBERT, on a third degree assault charge
in Fifth avenue court yesterday which was brought by a third cab driver,
Marco CLAVARELLA, of 3?7 Fourth avenue. They were Edward BARR, 45, of 713
Fourth avenue, and George MEYERS, 30, of the same address.
HELD IN $1,000 BAIL
Charged with having stolen the proceeds of a $300 check with which he
was to have bought machinery for the Frantex Corp., of Seventh avenue and
Twelfth street, Herman FREMDER, 44, of 332 East Fifty-fourth street was held
in $1,000 bail for a hearing next Tuesday after being arraigned before
Magistrate HAUBERT in Fifth avenue court yesterday. FREMDER, however,
brought a counter charge of third degree assault against Melvin FISHMAN of
2017 Caton avenue, president of the firm, whom he alleged punched and kicked
him. FISHMAN was paroled for a hearing on the same date.
Carl ERICKSON, 46, of 346 Fifty-fourth street, was found guilty of a
disorderly conduct charge brought by Dina BAVEAS, 10, of 271 Forty-fourth
street, after a hearing in Fifth avenue court yesterday and was fined $10 by
Magistrate HAUBERT. The girl said that ERICKSON and Thura ANDRE, 52, of 265
Fiftieth street, called her from a hallway at 4310 Third avenue and then
chased after he. ANDRE was found not guilty.
6 May 1931
COURT HALTED TO SETTLE ROW
Magistrate LIOTA left Pennsylvania Avenue Court to-day with litigants,
clerks and reporters and drove to Avenue K and East Ninety-second street, in
the Canarsie section, to see for himself just how two owners of property
there had set up barriers to prevent traffic entering Avenue K. Finally, he
adjourned the case to June 4 and suggested that the complainants try to
solve their problem through injunction proceedings.
Henry MAURER, of 1305 East Ninety-third street, and Gustave KERN, of
1303 East Ninety-third street, who own the property concerned, had caused
railroad ties to be set in the ground at the street entrance, and signs
reading "Private, Keep Out" to be posted on the ties. George H. MACBETH, of
the Canarsie Board of Trade, speaking for the complainants, declared the
obstruction to be a fire hazard and demanded that the ties be removed.
BOY REDS' CASES PUT OFF IN COURT
Two Brooklyn youths who were arrested in connection with Communist May
Day demonstrations were in Coney Island court yesterday and their cases were
put over until Friday, when the charges of disorderly conduct against them
will be heard. Six others will be in court to-day.
The two, who were among the eight youngsters taken into custody last
Friday for attempting to induce school children to stay away from school on
that day, are Jack KLIED, 19, of 2944 West Twenty-seventh street, and Leo
GENZELOFF, 17, of 2119 Sixty-eighth street. They were arrested outside P.S.
100 at West Second street near Sheepshead Bay road, Coney Island.
DENY LARCENY CHARGE
Clifford PARKER, 28, of 128 Wallabout street, and William PERKINS, 35
years old, of 994 Myrtle avenue, Negroes, denied a charge of grand larceny
when arraigned in Bridge Plaza Court before Magistrate RUDICH. They were
held without bail for examination to-morrow. If convicted PERKINS will be
sent away for life as a fourth offender.
Charles TANENBAUM, 70, of 1797 Rockaway boulevard, Woodhaven, received a
suspended sentence by Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza Court when found
guilty of violating a city ordinance.
WIFE BEATER JAILED
Determined to put an end to wife beating in Williamsburg, Magistrate
RUDICH in Bridge Plaza Court, yesterday sent Joseph GIBLER, 33, of 170
Johnson avenue, to the workhouse for six months. On Monday two wife-beaters
were sent to the workhouse for ten days each. Mrs. Margaret GIBLER told the
court her husband broke down the door when she locked him out and then beat
her with a broom.
Nicholas TORATORA, 24, of 345 Hoyt street, in whose store at that
address a .32 calibre revolver was allegedly found by police, was held in
$500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate HAUBERT in Fifth
avenue court yesterday. TORATORA is said to have admitted ownership of the
weapon which was found under the counter.
SLEEP-WALK MURDER VERDICT FAILS TO CONVINCE JUDGE
TAYLOR Orders Child Witness Held for Inquiry
Catherine De HALL, 14, is in the custody of the Children's Society
because District Attorney GEOGHAN believes that she is the key to the
mystery surrounding the murder of her brother, Salvatore De HALL, 15, on the
night of Nov. 24, last, at their home, 20 Carlton avenue.
Michael FILOSA, 28, step-brother of Catherine and the dead Salvatore De
HALL, is in the Raymond street jail following his conviction by a jury
before County Judge Franklin TAYLOR on a charge of manslaughter in the
second degree based on the killing of the boy.
From the moment of his arrest at the scene of the tragedy Michael FILOSA
claimed that he was sleepwalking. He never admitted that he had any part in
the killing either in his sleep or otherwise. His contention has been that
he does not know what happened.
JUDGE TAYLOR SKEPTICAL
He has maintained that he became conscious and found his step-brother
fatally stabbed, his step-sisters, Catherine De HALL, with ugly gashes on
her cheek and across her nose, and his mother, Mrs. Anna De HALL, with two
slight cuts on the throat.
After the jury had announced its verdict, Judge TAYLOR said: "I want
the truth, and I do not believe the truth has been brought out here. I want
the mother and step-sisters of this defendant to think seriously on the
gravity of this situation."
Frank R. SERRI, FILOSA's attorney, who skillfully and capably defended
his client with the facts as they had been given to him, said: "There is
not the slightest doubt that Michael FILOSA did not do this slashing."
On motion of District Attorney GEOGHAN, Supreme Court Justice James C.
CROPSEY last night held Catherine De HALL in $10,000 bail as a material
witness and remanded her to the care of the Children's Society in the
proceedings of "The People vs. John Doe."
GIRL DENIES TALKING
For two hours yesterday afternoon District Attorney GEOGHAN and Chief
Assistant District Attorney Frederick L. KOPFF questioned the girl as well
as five other people from the neighborhood of the De HALL home, whose
identities were not disclosed. Through an investigation by several
detectives whom GEOGHAN has assigned to the work, it was learned that
Catherine De HALL had made allegedly a number of significant statements that
would shift the killing of her brother from the shoulders of FILOSA to
The girl yesterday denied she had made the statements attributed to her.
It was learned, however, that she has admitted that in very important detail
she lied at the trial of FILOSA.
Moreover, the girl had promised District Attorney GEOGHAN to return to
his office on last Friday for further questioning. She failed to return
Friday, Saturday or Monday. GEOGHAN had to send a detective out to bring
her in yesterday.
District Attorney GEOGHAN has had the girl placed in the care of the
Children's Society pending the outcome of his investigation, so that she
might be free of any possible hostile influences and also be available when
he needs her.
MASON LEAVES FUND FOR HOME
Three children of the late Christian C. GERHARDT, active Mason and brush
manufacturer, are to receive the largest part of this estate by wording of a
will filed with Surrogate John HETHERINTON of Queens. GERHARDT left
property valued by the court at "more than $10,000 real and more than
$10,000 personal property."
The German Masonic Temple Association, of which he was a past president,
is left $1,000 for its home at Tappan, N.Y.
A son, Charles C. GERHARDT, of 302 Park lane, Douglass Manor, receives
all right, title and interest held in the brush business.
A bequest of $5,000 is to be held in trust by the daughter, Dora GROLL,
of 150-18 Thirty-fifty avenue, Flushing; the brother-in-law, Gustave ZERBST,
of 883 Boulevard East, Weehawken, N.J. and the son-in-law, Charles GROLL, of
150-18 Thirty-fifth avenue, Flushing, for the benefit of the grandson,
Harold GRALL (as spelt in article), of the latter address.
7 May 1931
HELD FOR HEARING
Charged with felonious assault on complaint of his wife, Minnie, who
alleged that he pointed a rifle at her and threatened to shoot her, Frank
GAREY, 34, a chimney inspector, living at 2237 Eighty-first street, pleaded
not guilty when arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island
court yesterday and was held in $100 bail for hearing on May 18. Mrs. GAREY
said that the action of her husband followed a quarrel over financial
Magistrate EILPERIN in Coney Island court yesterday held Thomas G. LUPO,
44, of 469 Kings highway, charged with issuing a worthless check for $100,
in $300 bail for the Court of Special Sessions. The complainant was Milton
STEINHARDT, of 1853 Eeventy-seventh* street, who alleged he cashed the check
*as spelt in article
MAN IS FINED
For calling Millie HAAS, of 256 South Fourth street, names and
threatening to strike her, Herman GOLD, of 347 South Third street, was given
the option of paying a fine of $5 or spending one day in jail when found
guilty of disorderly conduct in Bridge Plaza Court, yesterday.
When the complainant, Mrs. Jeanette MARINO, of 2215 Stillwell avenued,
failed to appear in the Coney Island court yesterday to prosecute a charge
of disorderly conduct she had lodged against her husband, Charles, 33, the
case was dismissed by Magistrate EILPERIN. In her disposition she had
stated that her husband struck her a number of blows in the face and body
with his fists.
Angelo MIGLINO, 30, of 230 Twenty-first street, was held in $500 bail
for the Court of Special Sessions after a hearing on a policy slip charge in
Fifth avenue court yesterday before Magistrate HAUBERT. The slip was
allegedly found in MIGLINO's possession at 184 Twenty-first street.
Informed by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas SELVAGGI that the man
has already been indicted by the Grand Jury, Magistrate EILPERIN in Coney
Island court yesterday dismissed the charge of arson against Harry BLEEFELD,
57, of 2075 East Twenty-sixth street. BLEEFELD was arrested on complaint of
Assistant Fire Marshal William E. COLES, who declared that he investigated a
fire in BLEEFELD's home on March 20 and learned that it was deliberately set
ablaze by the man. BLEEFELD denied the charge.
Although their defense was that they were fares in a taxicab and that
the driver fled after a mishap, Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island
court yesterday held Frank Rivers, 22, of 2917 West Twenty-second street,
and Clyde MORAN, 26, of 2775 West Thirty-fifth street, (end of article ....)
MEDAL COP's BANDIT ROUNDUP JUST DRUNK BRAWL, COURT TOLD
GRIFFO Only One With Gun, Says Defendant
Further charges that there was no justification in the awarding of a
police department hero medal to Patrolman Dominick GRIFFO for his arrest of
four alleged robbers in a speakeasy at 212 Twenty-second street in which
several people were shot, came to-day from County Court when Frank MARANO,
24, of 97 Williams avenue, one of the four youths arrested, took the stand
before Judge McLAUGHLIN.
MARANO, who is being defended by former County Judge Reuben L. HASKELL,
said that there was no robbery or attempted robbery on his or his
companions' part and that the fight was the usual speakeasy "brawl."
"We got in the place," said MARANO, "because they knew us and we wanted
to buy a drink. We were drinking at the bar and there was an automatic
piano playing at the time. GRIFFO was dancing with a girl. The piano
stopped and I put a nickel in it to start it again and went over to ask the
girl with GRIFFO for a dance.
"GRIFFO gave me a shove when I asked her for a dance, and then reached
for his hip pocket. At that time 'Chick' MORIANO, who is the brother of
'Joe,' the guy that owns the place, picked up a beer bottle and struck me
over the head four or five times. I had to have sixteen stitches taken for
"A free-for-all started and GRIFFO began to shoot. The four of us were
fighting to try and get to the door and get out of the place and that is how
all the trouble started and some people got hurt.
"There was no attempt to stick up the place and GRIFFO was the only guy
with a gun. He just got mad because I wanted to dance with the girl."
ONE POLICE CASE ANOTHER RECORD
The one police case in the Bridge plaza court yesterday was brought in
just before the court closed for the day.
When Magistrate Mark RUDICH arrived at the court he found that there
were but eleven cases on the calendar and most of these were withdrawn by
There was not an arrest in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint districts
until 3 P.M., when Detective Raymond STUDWELL arrested a young man on a
charge of criminal assault.
This is the second time in two weeks that there has been but one police
case in the court.
TEACHER TELLS OF BLONDE AND GAINS FREEDOM
Final Decree Against Banker Effective in Three Months
In three months, Mrs. Hildegarde ASHDOWN, Nassau County school teacher,
living in Hicksville, L.I., will be given a final decree of divorce and
freedom from her husband, Charles E. ASHDOWN, officer of the Roosevelt, L.I.
Mrs. ASHDOWN before Justice Leander B. FABER in Special Term of the
Queens Supreme Court yesterday declared her husband divided his time between
his banking affairs and an attractive blonde woman. On March 7, she and
es testified they raided an apartment at 285 Boulevard, Roosevelt, and found
the banker entertaining the blonde.
ASHDOWN did not defend the action. At the conclusion of the hearings,
Justice FABER signed the interlocutory decree of divorce, which becomes
final in three months. The couple had resided in Hicksville since their
marriage on April 6, 1925.
WERNER OBTAINS WRIT APPEAL
John C. JUDGE, of 44 Court street, attorney for William H. WERNER, head
of the American Bureau of Chiropractic, yesterday obtained from Supreme
Court Justice Charles J. DRUHAN an order directing the Queens County
District Attorney to show cause next Wednesday why a certificate of
reasonable doubt should not be issued to permit release of WERNER in bail
WERNER was convicted on Tuesday in the Court of Special Sessions at
Jamaica on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The complaint
was made by Miss Marie KROEMER, of Freeport, who testified she paid WERNER
for X-ray pictures and for testing of the bone temperature as part of a
treatment for pains in her back and neck.
WERNER was sentenced to serve six months in the workhouse.
FEAR OF BEING 'PUT ON SPOT' KEEPS ACCUSED MEN SILENT
Lawyers For Two on Trial for Robbery Stress Point
Alleged fear that they will be "put on the spot" if they testify in
their own behalf, may keep Louis ROMANELLI, 22, of 271 Third avenue, and
Frank GRANESE, 23, of 272 Third avenue, off the witness stand at their trial
before County Judge McLAUGHLIN and jury on a charge of attempted robbery in
the first degree.
This was told to Judge McLAUGHLIN by their attorneys, Samuel S.
LEIBOWITZ and Ben ARON. ROMANELLI and GRANESE are being tried with Raffaele
De STIO and Frank MARANO as the four who attempted to rob Joseph MORIANO in
an alleged "speakeasy" at 212 Twenty-second street. Patrolman, now
Detective, Dominick GRIFFO was in the place when the alleged attempted
robbery occurred. GRIFFO arrested the four, three of whom, with MORIANO,
received bullet wounds during the fracas.
"My client, ROMANELLI," said Attorney LEIBOWITZ, after Assistant
District Attorney Samuel GOLDSTEIN had completed the case for the
prosecution, "believes it would cost him his life were he to take the stand
and tell the truth in this case. he has told me that he would not live long
before he would "be put on the spot" for testimony he would give on the
"The same situation attaches to my client, GRANESE," said Attorney ARON.
In his testimony at one point, GRIFFO sought to provide a coat of
whitewash for ROMANELLI and GRANESE. On his direct examination he testified
they were the ones who searched the patrons of the place. On his
cross-examination he testified that he did not see them search anybody, but
only saw them get up from their places under threat of De STEIO that he
would blow their brains out if they did not do so.
Attorney LEIBOWITZ and ARON, because of the alleged fear of their
clients to testify as co-defendants with De STIO and MORANO, asked for a
separate trial for them, Judge McLAUGHLIN denied this motion.
As the trial got under way to-day Attorneys LEIBOWITZ and ARON were
uncertain whether ROMANELLI and GRANESE would take the stand. It is the
contention of ROMANELLI and GRANESE that they had no intention of taking
part in the alleged robbery, but were compelled to do so by De STEIO.
MUCH MARRIED TAXI DRIVER'S WOES INCREASE
Perjury Added to Charges Against Man With Three Wives
"I'm Peck's bad boy," sighed Joseph May, 37, taxi driver, of 442 Atlantic
avenue, as he sat in his cell to-day in Raymond street jail with the enmity
of three women, all his wives, turned upon him.
For bigamy May is probably facing a long term in prison. To this
charge, according to Assistant District Attorney GEOGHAN, will likely be
added one of perjury. In as much as the alleged perjury was committed in
the Surrogate's Court and Surrogate WINGATE is known to deal severely with
such cases, it now looks as if MAY will have quite a stay as an involuntary
guest of the State and where the company of the ladies is not to be had.
MAY, before County Judge Albert CONWAY, pleaded guilty to two
indictments for bigamy. On the motion of District Attorney GEOGHAN, Judge
CONWAY held the defendant in $20,000 bail for trial.
Back in 1917 MAY, at the age of 23, he married his first wife. She died
in 1921. That same year MAY married Rosa DeVAULT, and of this union one
child was born. Toward the end of 1923 he deserted this wife, and in
September of 1929 he married Elizabeth BRIGGS, of 442 Atlantic avenue.
On April 22 last, he felt the urge for another new face in his
matrimonial picture, and went and married Helen FILLO, of 107 Sixth avenue.
Of course he did not bother about getting free of one wife before he married
another, and all three wives are living. Further than that District
Attorney GEOGHAN said to-day that he has been informed that somewhere on
Warren street there is another Mrs. MAY.
The expose of MAY did not come through any of his wives, but only after
he deserted his own child and then, with the connivance of a woman, whom he
represented to be his wife, although she was not, legally adopted a child
whom he later abused, it is charged.
The abuse of this child, a 4-year old youngster, brought the Children's
Society into action. According to evidence gathered by Superintendent
Charles WARNER and Agent Charles HARSTED of the Children's Society, MAY,
before his third marriage, took up with another woman whom he did not marry.
To Surrogate WINGATE MAY declared himself married to this woman, and offered
what was the certificate of his first marriage as proof of his marriage to
this woman. MAY commited this perjury in seeking the adoption of a child.
After all the legal requirements had been met, Surrogate WINGATE permitted
the adoption of the child by MAY and his alleged wife.
The parents of this adopted child are separated, the mother living on
Staten Island and the father in Columbus, Ohio.
8 May 1931
BROKER'S ESTATE LEFT TO WIDOW
Thomas F. NELSON, late president of the T.F. Nelson Co., brokers, at 165
Broadway, Manhattan, left an estate valued at "more than $100,000 personal
property," according to his will just filed for probate with Surrogate
HETHERINGTON of Queens. It is all to be given to his widow, Mrs. Ruth S.
NELSON, of 100-33 196th street, Hollis, and she is named to act as
NELSON started in the brokerage business as an office boy when he was 16
years old. He died April 15 last in his fiftieth year. His eldest son,
Thomas S. NELSON, 26, is to take over his father's business. Two other
sons, Raymond and William A. NELSON, attend school.
COOK IS JAILED IN AUTO DEATH
Hermut SCHOENFELDT, 23, a cook living at 409 East Ninety-second street,
Manhattan, unable to secure $5,000 bail, will remain in the Queens County
jail until May 15, when he is to be taken before Magistrate Thomas F. DOWNS
in the Jamaica court for a hearing on a charge of homicide.
SCHOENFELDT, according to the police, drove an automobile late Saturday
night which crashed and overturned another operated by Atwood HAMILTON, of
89-16 184th street, Hollis, at Farmers boulevard and 122d avenue, St.
Albans. The latter's wife, Mrs. Anna HAMILTON, 37, was instantly killed
when thrown from the machine.
SCHOENFELDT pleaded not guilty.
Arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island court yesterday
on a charge of bookmaking Paul CELLOTTO, 32, of 28 Bevy court, Gerrittsen
Beach, pleaded not guilty and was paroled in the custody of his lawyer for a
hearing on May 13. Patrolman Samuel MORRIS, of Deputy Chief Inspector
CUMMINGS' staff, alleged that he observed CELLOTTO in a store at 1507 Avenue
U accept wagers on horse races from three unknown men and that when he
placed the man under arrest an admission was made by him to the effect that
he is a bookmaker.
Patrolman Edward DOOLEY, of the Coney Island station, was the
complainant in Coney Island court yesterday against three men whom he
charged with obstructing the streets at Brighton Beach with building
material. The defendants pleaded guilty and after being reprimanded by
Magistrate EILPERIN sentence was suspended upon them. They were: Simon
LIPOFF, 39, of 3102 Ada court; Meyer SMOOKLER, 52, of 3115 Bunting street,
and Isidore LEHRER, 34, of 3100 Bunting street.
DISPUTE OVER BOAT
On a charge of grand larceny, Carmine FALCONE, 35, of 2615 West
Fifteenth street, was yesterday held by Magistrate EILPERIN in Coney Island
court in $500 bail for the grand jury. The complaint was made by Fred C.
GEHRKE, of 1618 Mermaid avenue, who alleged that last July he left his
houseboat on a float in the Coney Island Creek at the foot of West
Thirteenth street and that it was removed from there and placed on property
in the vicinity owned by Falcone. He said that he did not give Carmine
permission to move the boat and that the man refuses to return it to him.
BAIL SET AT $200
Jack KEARNS, 30, of 488 Fourth avenue, was held in $200 bail for a
hearing Monday after being arraigned before Magistrate HAUBERT in Fifth
avenue court yesterday on a malicious mischief charge brought by Frank
HENNESSEY, proprietor of a roofing establishment at 570 Fourth avenue.
According to HENNESSEY, KEARNS kicked in a glass window valued at $15.
HELD FOR HEARING
Gennaro MENTONE, 28, of 651 Fiftieth street, was held in $1,000 bail for
a hearing to-day after being arraigned on a gun charge in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The charge is a felony because of a previous conviction for
petty larceny against MENTONE. The latter was picked up at Sixty-ninth
street and Eighth avenue by Patrolman John CALLAHAN, of Fort Hamilton
SAY CAR WAS STOLEN
Alleged to have taken an automobile owned by Carl STONE, of 28 Marine
avenue, from its garage at 416 Ninetieth street. Arthur McGANN, 20, of 263
Ninetieth street, was arraigned on a grand larceny charge in Fifth avenue
court. McGANN was held in $1,500 bail by Magistrate HAUBERT for a hearing
next Tuesday. He was arrested after Harold MOYSE, a helper in the garage,
saw him riding in the car at Ninety-first street and Fourth avenue,
according to police.
Found guilty of violating the sanitary code when arraigned in the Bridge
Plaza court, Joseph FRICAICO, 30 years old, of 690 Woodward avenue, was told
to be careful in the future by Magistrate RUDICH. Sentence was suspended.
MAN HELD FOR BEATING RIVAL TELLS OF FLEEING DESERT PRISON
Relates Hardships in Hike to Family Here
A trek across the desert in a flight to freedom, with death from thirst
and starvation dogging his trail, was told to-day to County Judge MARTIN by
James KRAWCZYNSKI, 30, of 328 West Twenty-eighth street, Manhattan.
KRAWCZYNSKI was called before Judge MARTIN by Assistant District
Attorney Harry S. SULLIVAN for trial on a charge of assault. He pleaded
guilty. He admitted that he had struck with some blunt instrument Michael
FURMANSKI, of 63 North Seventh street. He claimed that the trouble between
them arose over attentions be believed FURMANSKI was forcing on his wife.
KRAWCZYNSKI's flight for freedom was from the prison gang of Tombstone,
Arizona. In March of 1928 he was sent away for from 15 to 20 years for
taking part with three others in the hold-up of an automobilist on the
highway. The hold-up brought a return of six dollars. At the prison
KRAWCZYNSKI was made a trusty and put on road work.
TELLS OF ESCAPE
"It was in the afternoon of a very hot day," KRAWCZYNSKI related, "and
as I was out there on the road with nobody near me, I got an awful longing
for my wife and two children back in Brooklyn. With fifteen years in prison
before me all hope seemed lost except in a try for freedom. I thought, "If
I am caught, what difference will it make with fifteen years in jail to stay
"I looked around. Nobody was near. I started for the East. I walked
for thirty miles across the desert. The ongue was burning in my head and I
was weak from hunger. It looked like death was just hanging over me when
three Mexicans came along in an old flivver. I asked them for a ride. I
didn't care where, just so long as I could get to some water. My feet were
covered with blisters, and every muscle and bone in my body ached. I
suffered as I never expect to suffer again for the rest of my life.
"The Mexicans drove, and I didn't know where they were going, but I
figured they would make for Mexico, and I thought that somewhere along the
trail I could pick up the road to El Paso.
DROVE PAST JAIL
"I was stiff with fright when I suddenly found that they were driving
right past the prison from which I had escaped. And not far away they
stopped at a gas station the road alongside of which I had helped to build
as a prisoner, and the woman who owned the station knew me. I slunk down in
the "flivver" and she did not see me.
"At Tucson I left the Mexicans. I picked up with another fellow who was
driving to El Paso. He offered to take me along if I could drive a car. I
told him I could. I drove 200 miles of the way he drove the other 200
miles. He gave me two dollars. I stayed in El Paso just long enough to get
a night's rest and a bath. The next day I started for Brooklyn and
hitchhiked it all the way. I got to my wife and children. I hope I don't
have to go back."
"I hope not, too," said Judge MARTIN.
BOY GETS $10,000 FOR LOSS OF FOOT
An action for $100,000 damages against Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corp.
has been settled for $10,000 by Eustachio SOLCE of 26-40 Ninety-sixth
street, Jackson Heights, after permission was obtained from Supreme Court
Justice Leander B. FABER in the Special Term, Jamaica.
Edward SOLCE, 7-year-old son of the plaintiff in the action, on May 16
last year, was on his way to public school when at Junction avenue, near
Astoria boulevard, Jackson Heights, one of the company's trolleys ran over
his left foot. Several days later physicians in the Flushing Hospital
amputated the foot at the ankle.
SOLCE, through his attorney, Frank GIORGIO, Jr., last September,
commenced the suit for damages. The father and son and lawyer came before
Justice FABER and asked to settle the action because it would take more than
three years before trial.
The boy is now wearing an artificial foot and is able to walk without
the aid of crutches or a cane.
HUSBAND ACCUSES BROTHER IN SUIT TO DIVORCE HIS WIFE
She Names Woman and Says Pair Have Six Children
Charges of misconduct over periods of twenty-four years and twenty-two
years, respectively, were tossed back and forth in affidavits submitted to
Supreme Court Justice DRUHAN to-day by Mr. and Mrs. Peter SADOWSKI.
SADOWSKI, seeking a divorce, lives at 320 Maujer street, and Mrs.
SADOWSKI, who does not ask a divorce but sets up allegations of her
husband's misconduct as a defense, lives at 141 Hillside terrace, Irvington, N.J.
Mrs. SADOWSKI applied to Justice DRUHAN to-day for $1,000 counsel fee to
defend her husband's suit, but asked no alimony.
SADOWSKI charged that his wife has lived with his brother, Joseph
SADOWSKI, at the Irvington address, as man and wife for nearly twenty-four
years. She charges he has lived with Mrs. Helen BERENSDORF, at her Maujer
street house, as man and wife for twenty-two years and has had six children
by Mrs. BERENDORF, the ages ranging from nine to twenty-two.
The SADOWSKIs were married in Poland in May 1905, and shortly afterward
came to the United States.
In his affidavit, SADOWSKI says the records of the County Clerk's office
in Newark disclose deeds made to Joseph H. SADOWSKI "and Antonina SADOWSKI,
his wife," showing that Joseph and Antonina own "hundreds of thousands of
dollars worth of property."
In her affidavits of title, which also are on file, according to
SADOWSKI, his wife swore she was the wife of his brother.
Mrs. SADOWSKI's response to this is that clerical errors were
responsible for her appearance on official papers as the wife of Joseph.
She denies she ever intended to sign anything as his wife.
Mrs. SADOWSKI charges in her affidavit that her husband left her in
1907, and was actuated in doing so by his close association with Mrs.
BERENSDORF. She says she and Joseph went into the bakery business together
in Irvington and made considerable profits. Her mother lives with her, she
says, and she denies any misconduct with Joseph SADOWSKI.
SADOWSKI denies misconduct with Mrs. BERENSDORF, and adds he will answer
that charge fully at the proper time.
WITNESSES WEAK, JURY ACQUITS
George WOLPE, 21, of 320 Eckford street, was acquitted by a jury before
County Judge MARTIN of a charge of burglary in the third degree. It was
alleged against WOLPE that he had broken into a tailoring shop at 924
Manhattan avenue. It was claimed he had admitted his guilt.
Under cross-examination by Attorney William O'DWYER for the defense,
however, witnesses for the prosecution proved very uncertain in their
attempts to link WOLPE with the burglary. The jury spent only ten minutes
in deliberation before they agreed on a verdict of not guilty.
NASSAU INDICTS KILLER; TO TRY HIM IN 10 DAYS
Desperado "Booked" By Police While in Ambulance
Francis "Two-Gun" CROWLEY, the 20-year-old killer wounded in a gun fight
with police yesterday, arrived in Mineola in an ambulance under heavy guard
from New York to-day.
Officials questioned him while he was in the ambulance as it stood at
the curb at Nassau County Police Headquarters in the presence of a large
crowd and while newspaper photographers took flashlight pictures of the
As the big grey ambulance drew up Sergeant Percy PHILLIPS came out with
the big ledger in which the pedigrees of prisoners are entered, and he took
CROWLEY's pedigree as the accused gangster sat propped on pillows in the
CROWLEY said he was 19 on Oct. 31 and at one time was a wire lather. A
reporter asked him: "Do you regret what you did?"
"No," he replied, with an attempt at a smile, "I'm not regretting
He was asked how he had been treated by the authorities.
"Oh, they're treating me fine," he said.
"Are you repentant?" asked District Attorney Elvin N. EDWARDS.
CROWLEY opened his eyes wide, tried to straighten himself up, and almost
A crowd of 2,000 looked on while the ambulance stood in front of
headquarters for ten minutes. With four detectives in the ambulance, it
proceeded to Nassau Hospital. There, CROWLEY was put in a special ward,
where the four detectives remained on guard.
CROWLEY was indicted by the Nassau County Grand Jury for the savage
murder Wednesday of Patrolman Frederick HIRSCH.
Rudolph DURINGER, his pal, ex-truck driver, was indicted by the Bronx
Grand Jury for the heartless slaying three weeks ago of Virginia BRANNEN, a
dance hall hostess, whose body he pitched behind a seminary wall near
Helen WALSH, CROWLEY's girl friend, who was with the pair when 150
police besieged their West End avenue hideout with axes, machine guns and
tear bombs yesterday, is meanwhile in custody of Nassau County authorities.
GIRL TO BE SECLUDED
Following her appearance before the Grand Jury this morning, at which
time she described HIRSCH's slaying, District Attorney EDWARDS announced she
will be taken to a "quiet place" and guarded from reporters until CROWLEY's
trial begins, probably a week from Monday.
Miss WALSH, who wrote farewell notes while police raked the CROWLEY
hide-out with hundreds of bullets is a "good girl," Mr. EDWARDS said to-day,
who has been subjected to a harrowing experience.
It was CROWLEY's infatuation for her, he added, that brought about the
young killer's capture in Manhattan, while the combined forces of Manhattan
and county police sought him on Long Island.
JILTED GIRL GIVES CLUE
CROWLEY had been living with another woman in the apartment where they
were found at 303 West Ninetieth street, and he told this woman he was
through with her, when he arrived with Helen WALSH Wednesday morning,
shortly after the murder of HIRSCH.
The woman left the apartment, went to a dance, had several
"What happened the night of the murder?"
"I, CROWLEY, a man named Robert LeCLAIRE and Mildred MOORE were in an
auto. We stopped in a 'speako' on 125th street for something to eat and a
few drinks. Then we started for a ride. CROWLEY was driving and the MOORE
girl and LeCLAIRE were in the same seat with him. I was sitting in the rear
seat with Virginia.
DECIDED TO KILL HER
"She told me she was through with me and was going to get married to
another man. About three minutes later I decided to kill her. It was
"I'm sorry I killed her. I'm sorry I did it."
"You will be more sorry later." Inspector SULLIVAN said. Then, turning
to the detectives, he said:
"This is the type of man he is. He takes a girl for a ride and then
The indictment of Ralph DURINGER for the murder of Virginia BRANNEN
freed two persons of technical charges of homicide to-day in Yonkers. They
were Mrs. Mildred MOORE, 24, of 1775 Townsend avenue and Robert LeCLAIR, 22,
of 905 Summitt avenue, both of the Bronx, but afterward they were turned
over to city detectives and taken to the Bronx District Attorney's office
for further questioning.
DURINGER said when the police reached the Ninetieth street fortress he
had two guns and CROWLEY had three. He said he three his weapons into the
street. DURINGER also said that the night after the BRANNEN murder the
group were driving on Willis avenue in the Bronx when they were stopped by a
policeman. "But we got away," he said.
CROWLEY's surrender came after a desperate gun battle. With two
revolvers in his hands, weapons which authorities say he took from victims
of his hasty trigger action, the youth held off the blue-coated besiegers
for an hour while 10,000 persons looked on. Only after he had been wounded
three times and his supply of ammunition had become exhausted did he quit.
After the surrender police and reporters burst into the room, which
looked like a sieve. The roof was caved in and the walls, doors and windows
were riddled with bullets and bits of furniture were scattered about the
place. Several letters were thrown about. One, believed to have been
written by CROWLEY, read:
"To whom it may concern - I was born on the thirty-first, she on the
thirteenth. I guess it was fate that made us meet. Put a lily in my hand
so the boys know how I look. Under my coat is a weary heart, but a kind
one - a heart that would do nobody any harm.
SOUGHT NEW SENSATION
"I had nothing else to do, that's why I went around and bumped off cops.
It was a new sensation. Now death is near. There are a couple of bulls
outside saying "Come out here." I am behind the door with three .38's, one
of which belongs to my friend who put on weight suddenly in North Merrick.
(North Merrick, L.I., where CROWLEY killed Patrolman HIRSCH.) He would have
got me if his bullets were good."
Several other notes were found penned by Miss WALSH and told of her life
with CROWLEY and of the shooting of HIRSCH.
11 May 1931
GUNMAN GETS SEVEN YEARS IN BEDFORD HOLDUP ATTEMPT
Judge Moves to End Terror Reign Among Storekeepers
Gunmen and racketeers have so terrorized shopkeepers in the Bedford
section, many of them now use speakeasy technique, and keep their doors
locked to all but customers they know, County Judge Franklin TAYLOR
disclosed to-day when he sentenced a bandit.
The plight of such tradesmen indicates a "desperate situation," Judge
TAYLOR declared, and he handed out a three to seven year sentence to Murray
J. EISEMAN, 24, 674 Eastern boulevard for second degree robbery to impress
it on him.
EISEMAN and David HONICK, 26, of 1625 East Thirty-second street, held up
Lewis LYONS Feb. 24 last as he was leaving his restaurant at 1269 Bedford
avenue, and ran off with $170 intended for Lyons' bank account.
But Lyons pursued, shouting, and Patrolmen William FEELY and Robert
MOYER commandeered a cab and captured the pair. They shot HONICK twice. He
is a prisoner in Kings County Hospital. EISEMAN tried to return the fire,
but his gun jammed.
HONICK, who served a term in Sing Sing for robbery in 1925, will be
BOY BANDITS GET SING SING TERMS
Aurielo TRONGON, 17, and Anthony BONANO, 18, Brooklyn boys who took up
banditry as careers but were caught and confessed twenty-two hold-ups,
to-day were sentenced to spend fifteen to twenty years in Sing Sing by
County Judge McLAUGHLIN.
With James MASSEY, 19, of 494 Myrtle avenue, and Philip JEFFRIES, 17, of
127 Ryerson street, they netted $51 or $12.75 each on the job that undid
them. They took the money from Frances TANCREDI Feb. 16 in his drug store
at 1021 Gravesend avenue.
The long terms for TRONGON and BONANO were based on their hold-up
record - eighteen in Brooklyn, four in New Jersey in recent months.
Judge McLAUGHLIN sentenced MASSEY to five to fifteen years and sent
JEFFRIES to Elmira REFORMATORY.
USES NOVELTY, TRAPS SUSPECT
Detective James DWYER, of Fifth avenue station, introduced a bit of
novelty into the thief-catching business by trailing his man through the
want ads in newspapers, and to-day his quarry, Anthony KRAMER, 59, of 202
East Twenty-second street, was held without bail by Magistrate HIRSCHFIELD
in Fifth avenue court on a charge of grand larceny.
It is charged that as he has a police record extending back to 1896,
studded with burglary and unlawful entry charges, KRAMER probably has seen
his last day at liberty.
Mrs. Dorothea PERRY, of 596 Seventh street, wife of William A. PERRY,
proprietor of the drug store in the Pulitzer Building on Park Row, hired him
on April 23 as a handyman, and on April 28, after she had paid him, he
decamped, she said, with $300 worth of silverware, clothing and jewelry.
She told Detective DWYER about it and explained she had hired him under
the name of Andrew HAUSER from a newspaper advertisement. DWYER watched the
want ads and found one that promised results. He answered it and made a
date with and arrested KRAMER, who is said to have confessed and was
identified by Mrs. PERRY.
HER BEES WERE "FRIENDLY," BUT ONE HAD TO KNOW THEM
Neighbors Complain, So Court Orders Hive Moved
Miss Anna VON LEHN, 39, of 1317 New York avenue, was ordered by
Magistrate FOLWELL in Flatbush court to-day to get rid of a hive of bees
which she maintains near her home, because neighbors complained the bees
buzzed all night, keeping them awake, and that women, children and dogs in
the neighborhood had been repeatedly stung by the bees.
The young woman's father, Emil VON LEHN, explained that the bees were
really friendly bees, and had never stung him. "They have to know you," he
"That's the difficulty," said Magistrate FOLWELL, "most of these people
who were stung were strangers to the bees."
Complaint was made by the neighbors, and Miss VON LEHN was summoned to
court on a charge of violating the sanitary code in keeping the bees. She
explained she kept them so that her sister, who is a biology teacher, could
engage in research work on the bees.
One woman said she had found fifteen bees in her bedroom one morning;
another said he dog feared to leave the house, he had been stung so often.
Magistrate FOLWELL said that, unless Miss VON LEHN got rid of the bees
by May 21, he would entertain a charge against her of maintaining a public
nuisance. She promised to get rid of the bees.
ARABIAN TO FACE ABDUCTION CHARGE
A short affidavit charging Ben ALIX, 28, an Arabian, with abduction was
dismissed to-day in Gates avenue court by Magistrate EILPERIN, and ALIX, in
the custody of detective John DEEGAN, of the Wilson avenue stations, was
taken to Kings County Court where he will plead to an indictment of
abduction handed up last week by the Grand Jury.
ALIX is charged with eloping on Jan. 16, 1930 with Gertrude KARP, 16, of
205 Central avenue. The couple went to Florida and then toured the country
in an automobile. On their return to Brooklyn ALIX was arrested but the
girl refused to make a complaint saying that she loved the dark, handsome
Arabian, who is married to a French girl. Gertrude, who is out on $500
bail, appeared at the proceedings in court to-day.
Charged with bookmaking, Sidney MILER, 32, of 527 Graham avenue was
discharged when arraigned before Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza Court on
After a felonious assault charge against Louis COHEN, 30, of 1322
Forty-fourth street, had been reduced to one of simple assault, he was held
in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate HAUBERT in
Fifth avenue court. Mrs. Sara PUNIC, of 1529 Forty-second street, alleged
that COHEN, a laundryman, punched her about the head and chest when she
asked him to return a $10 bill she accused him of taking from her home.
COHEN denied striking the woman.
ACCUSED OF HAVING GUN
Accused of keeping a gun for which he had no license, in the clothes
closet of his home at 241 Union street, Mattheo VUOLLO, 39, was arraigned in
Fifth avenue court and held in $500 bail for a hearing on May 19. According
to police, VUOLLO admitted the ownership of the weapon.
HELL IN FORGERY
William F. PATRACONE, 25, of 52 Ten Eyck street, was arraigned in Bridge
Plaza court, Saturday, before Magistrate RUDICH on a charge of forgery. He
pleaded not guilty and was held in $1,500 bail for examination on Thursday.
The complainant was Bertha SUFFIN of 325 East Eleventh street, Manhattan,
and the arresting officer was Detective WAAG of Stagg street station.
KIDNAP SUSPECT HELD FOR SHOTGUN
Anthony CUTRONE*, 44, who was arrested and indicted for the kidnaping of
Rose YASSO, 10, who found guilty of illegally possessing a shotgun to-day in
County Court. He was remanded to Raymond street jail to await sentence.
The shotgun was found in GUTRONE*'s home at 246 Ellery street, on Feb.
7, when detectives searched the place in connection with the disappearance
of the YASSO girl. A bus driver had identified CUTRONE as the man he saw in
Elizabeth, N.J., with a child answering the description of Rose, who
disappeared Feb. 1.
The body of the girl was found April 19 in the water off the foot of
Thirty-ninth street, but nothing has been done about the kidnaping
indictment against CUTRONE.
* as spelt in article
File No. 4188-31 - THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, by the grace of God
free and independent. - To
John H. CLEATOR,
Elizabeth MYLESCHREEST KENNAUGH,
Catherine H. C. HUDSON,
Anna Jane BELL COLLISTER, send greeting:
Whereas, Mary A. NEFF, who resides at 744 Macon Street Brooklyn, New York,
has presented a petition praying for a decree
that a certain instrument in writing bearing date the 17th day of December,
1925, relating to real and personal property, be duly proved as the last
will and testament of Ann J. CLEATOR, lately residing at No. 744 Macon
Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York.
Now, therefore, you and each of you are herby cited to show cause before
our Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, to be held at the Hall of
Records, in the County of Kings, on the 11th day of June, 1931, at ten
o'clock in the forenoon, why such decree should not be made.
In testimony whereof, we have caused the Seal of our said Surrogate's
Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, Hon George Albert WINGATE, Surrogate of our said County, at the
Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County, the 9th day of May, 1931
John R. McDONALD
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court
12 May 1931
HELD IN HOMICIDE
On a technical charge of homicide, Hugh GILROY, 31, a motorman, of 694
Lincoln place, was held in $1,000 bail in Bridge Plaza court for arraignment
in the Homicide Court. He was in charge of a Franklin avenue trolley car
which, on Saturday night at Wythe and Division avenues, struck and killed a
Her husband and his friend, who demanded admittance to her home on the
alleged pretext that he was a Federal officer, were brought to Fifth avenue
court yesterday on complaints made by Mrs. Margaret OWENS, of 725 Hicks
street. Mortimer OWENS, 40, who refused to give police his address was held
in $1,000 bail for the Court of Special Sessions when he waived examination
before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD on a simple assault charge, while Harold
CHRISTOPHER, 28, of 15 Garnet street, was held in $500 bail for a hearing
Wednesday on his plea of not guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
Magistrate Thomas F. CASEY in Coney Island court yesterday imposed a
fine of $5 on Abe SCHLECTMAN, 26, of 515 Brighton Beach avenue, who pleaded
guilty to failing to provide proper receptacles for garbage. SCHLECTMAN was
summoned to court by Aaron GOLDENBERG, an inspector to the Department of
In suspending sentence on three young men, who were arraigned before him
in the Coney Island court for playing dice last Sunday Magistrate Thomas F.
CASEY told them they would do better if they played golf. The defendants
were: Frank ROXNANO, 24, of 8611 Eighteenth avenue; Sam BENIGIMO, 19, of
8754 Nineteenth avenue, and Paul DeDOMENICO, 19, of 8792 Sixteenth avenue.
JAMAICA PACER SUES FOR $25,000
Charles M. "Mile-a Minute" MURPHY and his wife, Catherine, of 160-12 Union
turnpike, Jamaica, have started in the Queens Supreme Court a suit for
$25,000 damages against Hervey S. MARTIN, of 76-16 Austin street, Forest
Hills. The action has been placed on the trial calendar, but will not be
reached for several years because of the large number of others still
MURPHY in the complaint alleges that on Jan. 17, on Forest Park drive,
near Memorial drive, Forest Park, MARTIN drove a car at an excessive rate of
speed and caused a collision with another operated by him. Mrs. MURPHY
suffered serious injuries, the complaint alleges, and still is being
attended by a physician.
The suit was revealed when MARTIN appeared before Supreme Court Justice
Leander B. FABER in Special Term, Jamaica, and asked that it be consolidated
with another filed by MURPHY in the Jamaica Municipal Court. MURPHY in this
action seeks $700 damages for personal injuries he suffered in the accident,
and also $300 for property damage. Justice FABER permitted the
MURPHY gained his title by pacing on a bicycle a Long Island Railroad
train many years ago.
PUNZEL ESTATE LEFT TO FAMILY
William J. PUNZEL, for the last twenty-seven years the Metropolitan
Opera Company's wig maker, left an estate valued at "not more than $5,000
personal property" according to his will filed for probate with Surrogate
John HETHERINGTON of Queens. PUNZEL died on April 21 last in White Plains
in his sixty-third year, from injuries he received when he was struck by an
The wigs, material, etc., in the Metropolitan Opera House, and also an
automobile by the will are left to a son, Walter PUNZEL, of 171-47
Forty-fifth avenue, Flushing. A diamond ring is to be given to the son's
wife, Mrs. Madeline PUNZEL. The remainder of the estate is to be given to
Mrs. Lena PUNZEL, the widow, who also lives at the Flushing address.
HER NEW LOVE MEANS PRISON
She left the old love for the new and now with the new love she may be
doomed to stay in prison.
That is the situation of Miss Bellita CINTRON, a 19-year old Porto Rican
girl, following her conviction to-day with Jose SANTANA, 27, of 28 West 113d
street, Manhattan, by a jury before County Judge Albert CONWAY on a charge
of assault in the second degree. Both defendants were remanded by Judge
CONWAY to Raymond street jail to await sentence.
As the story was told before Judge CONWAY and a jury by Assistant
District Attorney Charles N. COHEN through witnesses, Miss CINTRON and Ralph
RODRIQUEZ* of 71 Pineapple street, kept company for a little over a year,
with neither interested in anybody else. Then came a quarrel, SANTANA
appeared and Miss CINTRON accepted him as her new sweetheart.
On the night of March 19 all three met at Nassau and Washington streets.
A dispute started between the two men. Fists began to fly and then
RODRIGUEZ* sank to the ground with stab wounds in the back and side. It was
charged that SANTANA did the stabbing with a knife handed him by Miss
* as spelled in article
13 May 1931
GRANTED SEPARATION AND $250 ALIMONY
Supreme Court Justice Leander B. FABER in Special Term, Jamaica, granted
a separation decree to Mrs. Jean ADAMS of 71-50 Austin street, Forest Hills,
from her husband Donald G. ADAMS, and also provided for her $250 a month
alimony. ADAMS didn't contest the action.
Basing her action of abandonment, Mrs. ADAMS said the first two years of
her married life were happy, but after then her husband claimed they were
mismated. She testified to many partings and reconciliations between them,
and claimed that ADAMS never returned after a quarrel three years ago.
Mrs. ADAMS in affidavits submitted at the start of her separation
action, said her husband was employed by the National Surety Company in an
executive position. ADAMS admitted being employed by the company at a
salary of $7,500 per annum, but denied being an officer of the company. The
couple were married June 22, 1921 and had no children.
BEGS COURT TO STOP SPOUSE IN MEXICAN DIVORCE ACTION
Wife States She Is Unable To Travel So Far
An injunction to restrain John W. BETTNER, officer of the Retail Credit
Company, from prosecuting in Mexico a divorce action started against his
wife, Catherine L. McCORMICK BETTNER, is to be asked for by her attorney
from Supreme Court Justice Leander B. FABER to-morrow in Special Term,
BETTNER on May 6 had served on his wife at her home, 107-15 124th
street, Richmond Hill, a summons and complaint which showed he had started
proceedings in the courts of Morelos, Mexico, for an absolute divorce.
RESIDENT OF STATE
Two days later, Mrs. BETTNER secured from Supreme Court Justice Edward
J. BYRNE, in Brooklyn, an undertaking on an injunction. Yesterday, her
attorneys, the law firm of MENGEL and CONROY, filed a full complaint in the
Queens County clerk's office in the injunction proceedings.
Mrs. BETTNER in the complaint states she is unable to travel to Mexico
to defend the action. She further argues that both she and her husband have
been residents of New York State, and, by law, the Mexican divorce would be
The complaint further alleges that BETTNER entered a separation
agreement last Oct. 25, assigning his half ownership in the Richmond Hill
house to his wife, and giving her custody of their two children, John A.,
14, and Marie J., 12. During the alleged time of separation Mrs. BETTNER
claims she is to receive $150 a month for the support of herself and
By the undertaking, BETTNER is restrained from proceeding with the
divorce action. His address last known to his wife was 600 West 187th
street, Manhattan. The couple were married on June 27, 1917 and lived
virtually all the time in the Richmond Hill home.
BAKER LEAVES $5,000,000 FOR EACH DAUGHTER
N.Y. Library Willed $250,000, Secretary Is GIVEN $25,000
The will of George F. BAKER, late chairman of the First National Bank of
New York, was filed in the Surrogate's office to-day. It specified that
property was "more than $20,000" and that George F. BAKER, Jr., had been
Mr. BAKER's two daughters, Evelyn B. St. GEORGE and Florence B. LOWE,
were left $5,000,000 each. George F. BAKER, Jr., his son, and the daughters
were left the beautiful Baker estate at Tuxedo.
Other bequests included:
Protestant Episcopal Cathedral at Washington, $250,000 (in memory of
BAKER's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George P. BAKER)
New York Public Library, $250,000
New York Exchange for Woman's Work, $25,000
Tuxedo Memorial Hospital, $25,000
Frank RYSAVY, BAKER's secretary, $25,000
Michael BIRSCH, an employe, $15,000
Clair CHAPLIN, $10,000
William ELLINGS and wife, $10,000
The residuary estate goes to the son.
JURY EXONERATES DEATH CAR DRIVER
Henry FYFE, 27, of 24-11 Forty-first street, Astoria, was exonerated of
culpable negligence by the Westchester grand jury to-day in connection with
an accident in which four persons were killed when FYFE's car struck two
trees in Yonkers early on the morning of March 22.
FYFE waived immunity and told the grand jury, according to Assistant
District Attorney ALBERTSON, that the accelerator pedal on the car jammed as
they approached a curve and the car, failed to make the turn, caromed off
one tree and crashed into another.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. BYRNES, of 531 West Forty-ninth street,
Manhattan, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick SALLY, of 14-48 Thirty first avenue,
Astoria, were killed.
WOMAN FIGHTS ASYLUM ORDER
Mrs. Isabel D. McHIE, 51, estranged wife of Sidmon McHIE, Wall Street
operator, who escaped from a Baltimore asylum last Saturday, to-day carried
on in her fight to avoid further incarceration.
As a first step. William J. RAPP, her attorney, has asked the court to
name her mother, Mrs. Susan J. MULHALL, special guardian in place of Dallas
S. TOWNSEND, of the law firm of BARRY, WAINRIGHT, THACHER & SUMMERS, and
Stuart S. JANNEY, a Baltimore lawyer, appointed on an ancillary committee by
a Baltimore court to have charge of the estate and person of Mrs. McHIE.
Mrs. McHIE's escape from the Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital in Maryland
Saturday was reported to have been accomplished through the connivance of a
Brooklyn clergyman who drove into the hospital grounds in an automobile
accompanied by a woman wearing a heavy cape and a black veil. The woman was
supposed to have given her cape and veil to Mrs. McHIE who entered the car
and was driven to this city.
REFUSES $500 INJURY AWARD
An award of $500 made by a jury in the Supreme Court, Queens, yesterday
was refused by the plaintiff in an action for money damage growing out of an
alleged attack upon a boy by a grown neighbor. The award was made by a jury
in Part I of the trial term, and when it was announced attorneys for the
plaintiff Lyon T. CARR, 15, of Forty-fourth street, Thomson Hill, Queens,
moved to set the verdict aside as inadequate. Justice Norman S. DIKE, who
was presiding, granted the motion and the case will be placed on the
calendar for retrial at some future date.
CARR brought the action against Jacob HORLICK of Skillman avenue,
Sunnyside, alleging that on October 30, 1926, HORLICK kicked him and broke
his leg. HORLICK testified that the boy with others was on his property,
that he came out of his door, the boys ran and he saw the CARR boy fall down
in the driveway.
CARR's action demanded $25,000 as damages.
14 May 1931
WOMAN DENIED CHILDREN, NOW CONTESTS WILL
Question of Jurisdiction Enters Into $1 Legacy and Dower Rights
Surrogate John HETHERINGTON of Queens on May 19 will decide whether
his court has jurisdication to accept for probate a will left by the
late Joseph PALANK, retired realtor of Bayonne, N.J., who died in Reno,
Nevada on Dec. 18 last.
Miss Helen CEDZUK, general guardian of PALANK's two children, is
fighting to have the will probated in the New Jersey courts, while the
realtor's wife, Mrs. Clara PALANK, of 25 Silver street, Bayonne, N.J.
wants the paper filed in the Queens tribunal.
Seven years ago PALANK took his children, Edward, 13 and Helen, 5,
to the home of Miss CEDZUK at 97-40 Seventy-seventh street, Woodhaven.
Mrs. PALANK on Feb. 17, this year, brought before Justice Edward J. BYRNE
in the Special Term of the Queens Supreme Court, a habeas corpus proceeding
by which she sought to regain custody of the boy and girl.
ONLY FIVE VISITS
Mrs. PALANK pleaded with the court to return her children, saying that
under her husband's will she would receive enough money to support them
in the future. Miss CEDZUK was given back the children by Justice BYRNE
when she told of caring for them for seven years and claimed Mrs. PALANK
came to visit them only five times.
The will contest marks the second legal battle between the two women.
PALANK gave to Miss CEDZUK his will on Dec. 18, 1930, which leaves his wife
only $1, and orders the Bayonne, N.J. Trust Company to hold the remainder
in trust, to use the income in educating the children and to make them
useful citizens, and to give them the principal on their twenty-fifth birthdays.
Miss CEDZUK claims that the New Jersey courts is the proper place for
the probating of the will, and that if probated in Queens Mrs. PALANK may
win a dower right of the "more than $10,000 real property" estate, instead
of only a dollar bequest. Miss CEDZUK points out that the laws of
New Jersey would only give Mrs. PALANK the amount provided for in the will.
STABBER FOUND GUILTY BY JURY
John AMATO, 45, of 719 Flushing avenue, is in Raymond Street Jail to-day
awaiting sentence by County Judge NOVA, following his conviction last night
by a jury on a charge of assault in the first degree.
AMATO, who was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael KERN,
had been indicted and tried for murder in the second degree. The jury,
however, returned a verdict of guilty of assault in the first degree.
It was alleged that on Nov. 4, of last year, he fatally stabbed Carl
ABER, of 98 Ellery street. The two men had been friends for many years
and each took a delight in playing the guitar. On the day of the killing
AMATO and ABER, it is alleged, got into an argument as to which of them
was the better player. The quarrel ended with AMATO stabbing ABER,
inflicting a fatal wound in the back.
QUEENS INDICTS BROOKLYN MEN
An indictment charging robbery in the first degree has been returned by
the Queens Grand Jury against
-Samuel SILVER, 129 Boerum street, and
-Irving SPETTER, 13 Leonard street,
alleged to have held up and robbed Nathan PFEFFER, a taxicab driver of
99 South Eighth street, at 130th street and Sutter avenue, Ozone Park, on April 1.
An indictment, charging the theft of an automobile was voted against
-James MORAN, 116-20 136th street, South Ozone Park;
-John KONRAD, 140-05 123d street, South Ozone Park and
-Vincent GORMAN, 134-13 Ninety-first street, Jamaica.
An indictment charging grand larceny was returned against
-Samuel MEISEL, of 92-07 Boulevard, Rockaway Beach. He is alleged to
have cashed a spurious check for $162.50 at the fruit store at 104-09 113th
street, Richmond Hill, on Jan. 2.
- Leo TRELLI, 46, 41-09 Twenty-first avenue, Long Island City,
was indicted on a charge of unlawfully possessing a revolver.
15 May 1931
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Before Magistrate CASEY in Coney Island court yesterday Harry DORNBERG,
35, of 915 Homecrest avenue was arraigned on a charge of issuing a worthless
check for $35 to Sidney WEINSTEIN, a druggist at 210 Kings Highway.
DORNBERG pleaded not guilty and was paroled for hearing until May 20.
Barnett MILLER, 60, of 1561 West Sixth street, was before Magistrate
CASEY in the Coney Island court yesterday charged with failing to provide a
danger light on building material in the roadway at Seventy-ninth street and
Bay Parkway. He pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
When they withdrew charges of assault and disorderly conduct Magistrate
CASEY in the Coney Island court yesterday dismissed cases against Abe AMRON,
36, of 1847 Sixty-eighth street, and Morris REISMAN, 62, of 70 Orchard
street. REISMAN, a butcher doing strike duty in front of AMRON's shop, at
6815 Twentieth avenued alleged that AMRON struck him a number of blows in
the face with his fists. AMRON retaliated by making the disorderly conduct
charge against REISMAN, alleging that the latter interfered with customers
entering the shop. Both men were arrested by Patrolman Abraham MARKER, of
the Bath Beach station.
Alleged to have cut Vietro COSTA, of 74 Hamilton avenue about the head,
face and nose with a sharp implement of some kind, Gregorio DeSOUSA, 49, of
120 Hamilton avenue, was held in $5,000 bail for a hearing on a felonious
assault charge against him in Fifth avenue court yesterday. COSTA was taken
to the Kings County Hospital. The complaint before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD
was a short affidavit by Detective Walter CURTIS of the Hamilton avenue
station. The attack, according to police, took place in a restaurant at 120
Magistrate CASEY in Coney Island court yesterday imposed a fine of $5
upon Sam DAVIS, 23 years old, of 2349 Benson avenue, who was charged with
using improper receptacles for garbage. DAVIS was summoned to court by
Inspector Aaron GOLDENBERG of the Department of Sanitation.
Frank RYAN, 31, of 821 Fifty-seventh street, was held in $300 bail by
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court yesterday after his father,
William RYAN, charged him with threatening his life and with acting
disorderly in calling him harsh names. Hearing was set for Monday.
A quarrel between neighbors brought Shoie GROPPER, 55, of 1057
Fifty-fourth street, to Fifth avenue court yesterday on a charge of
disorderly conduct, brought by Mrs. Elenore LIPMAN of the same address. The
latter alleged her neighbor broke into her apartment. Magistrate HIRSHFIELD
paroled the defendant and set the hearing for to-day.
HELD IN BAIL
After an examination in Coney Island court yesterday Magistrate CASEY
held Morris BLAKE, 41, of 649 Bradford street, charged with petty larceny,
in $300 bail for the Court of Special Sessions. It was testified that he
stole two vending machines, valued at $25, from in front of a store at 2947
West Thirtieth street. The complaint was made by Louis MARSHALL, of 638
Hawthorne street, the owner of the machines. BLAKE was arrested by
Patrolman Edmund CROWE, of Miller avenue station.
HELD FOR JURY
On a charge of grand larceny, Eugene EDMONDS, 19, of 1012 Manhattan
avenue, was held for the action of the Grand Jury by Magistrate HUGHES in
Bridge Plaze Court yesterday. He was arrested by Detective Robert BARRON of
Greenpoint station after a five-block chase.
SUSPECT FACES MURDER CHARGE
Anthony LEGGIO, 28, of 76 Leonard street, was arrested late last night
at Broadway and Flushing avenues, by Detective Lieutenant George COLGAN and
Detectives CARROLL and WAAG, of Stagg street station, on a charge of
According to the police, LEGGIO is wanted by the police of the Richmond
Hill station in connection with the murder of Vincent SABBATINO, whose
bullet-riddled body was found in an automobile at 107th avenue and
Eighty-eighth street, Richmond Hill, on the morning of Dec. 19.
LEGGIO will be sent to Queens County for a hearing.
COL. FAIRSERVIS IS SUED BY WIFE
Col. Thomas FAIRSERVIS, commander of the 106th Field Artillery, National
Guard, was named defendant to-day in an action for separation filed by his
wife, Mrs. mary DAYTON FAIRSERVIS, in the County Clerk's office.
Mrs. FAIRSERVIS charged cruel and inhuman treatment. She alleged that
five years ago Col. FAIRSERVIS ordered her and their daughter, Jean, now 19,
to leave their apartment in the Standish Arms in Columbia Heights.
Last April, the complaint further alleged, he asked her for a divorce
and, when she refused, declared his intention of going to Reno and securing
one himself. Mrs. FAIRSERVIS declared in the complaint that she believed
her husband now is in Reno.
They were married at Port Jefferson, L.I., on April 22, 1908. They both
occupy important positions in Long Island and Brooklyn society.
HAROLD RUSSELL RYDER GETS TEN YEARS IN SING SING PRISON
Broadway Playboy Pleads Guilty of Theft
Harold Russell RYDER, "Broadway Playboy," who was said to have spent
$500,000 a year in the night clubs along the Great White Way, was sentenced
to-day to from three to ten years in Sing Sing on his plea of guilty to
The specific charge was of stealing $95,000 from the account of John
VANNECK, president of the Equitable Holding Company, who was a customer of
the brokerage firm of Woody & Co., in which RYDER was a partner. The firm
failed for $1,700,000 last fall.
$20 SHOES WORN BY HUSBAND Starts Fight for Alimony
Forest Hills Realtor Said to Have Promised $25,000
Jack A. STULL, real estate broker, living in the Greenway Apartments in
Forest Hills, has been ordered by Supreme Court Justice FABER in Special
Term, Jamaica, to pay Mrs. Albena HANDFIELD STULL, of the Hotel Victoria,
Manhattan, $40 a week alimony and $500 counsel fee, pending trial of her
action for divorce.
Mrs. STULL maintains she and the realtor were married on Sept. 3, 1927,
in Crown Point, Ind., but STULL denied this when he opposed the granting of
alimony. Mrs. STULL alleged they lived in the Homestead Hotel, Kew Gardens,
until Oct. 4, last. His present wife is Mrs. Suzanne RETHERFORD STULL, it
In her application for alimony Mrs. Albena STULL declared a separation
agreement was entered into, by which she was to receive $25,000, in addition
to $55 a week for support. Mrs. STULL said she received the weekly
allowance for six months but didn't get the larger amount.
Albert A. DuPONT, counsel for Mrs. STULL, submitted a copy of the
separation agreement and declared that STULL wears shoes worth $20 a pair,
$140 suits and $20 felt hats. STULL denied he has an income of $15,000 a
In a corroborating affidavit, Mrs. Suzanne STULL said she paid $55 a
week to the other Mrs. STULL, believing the latter was the mother of the
realtor's two children.
QUARTET FREED OF DOPE CHARGE
Two men and two women were acquitted of a charge of violating the
Federal narcotics laws by a jury before Federal Judge Mortimer W. BYERS in
Federal Court last night.
The defendants were Anna MAYNARD, 24, of 1363 Fifty-seventh street;
Pauline CICCARONE, 25, of the same address; Joseph CASTELLANO, 35, of 85
First place, and Louis SERETA, 33, of 260 Forty-third street. They were
arrested March 7 by Secret Service agents at the home of the women, after
some opium had been found in the house. All of the defendants denied
knowledge of the ownership of the drug.
TWO HELD IN BAIL AFTER STILL RAID
Tony BATTAGLIA, 47, of 296 East Forty-sixth street, and Tony VRDINA, 55,
of Oak drive, Huntington, L.I., are being held in bail for further hearing
June 1 by U.S. Commissioner Edward E. FAY on charges of operating a still
and manufacture and possession of liquor. BATTAGLIA is being held in $5,000
and VRDINA in $2,500 bail.
Suffolk County deputy sheriffs said they raided a house at Oakwood
avenue and Jones road, Huntington, recently and seized a 500-gallon still
and a quantity of mash and alcohol in the house, where they arrested the two
16 May 1931
DEATH THREAT CAUSES OFFER TO SELL STORE
Black Hand Demands $1,000 from Judges' Friend in Queens
Detectives of the Hunters Point station are to-day hunting for Gaetano
PAGLINCA, well-to-do shoe repair shop owner and a friend of more than a
hundred judges and city officials, who disappeared last Wednesday morning
after receiving a "Black Hand" threat for $1,000.
PAGLINCA disappeared immediately after the receipt of a telephone call
last Wednesday morning. He was threatened with death if he did not heed the
instructions of the letter. The epistle, written in English, instructed
PAGLINCA to follow the instructions of a man who cam to his store and gave
the key word "money." They were then to go on a ride and the money was then
to be transferred. It was signed with a drawing of a revolver.
PAGLINCA has a shoe repairing shop and hat cleaning place at 24-11
Jackson avenue, diagonally opposite Queens County Courthouse. He appealed
to his official friends and to the police but they all discounted the
sincerity of the letter. They termed it a plot to run him out of business.
Frank FARMARO in charge of the store said he received a phone call from
PAGLINCA Thursday afternoon at which time his boss asked him to sell the
In the meantime PAGLINCA has taken all his belongings from his furnished
room on Tenth street, Long Island City.
FARMARO thinks the man is in Manhattan with friends. He says his boss
is afraid of physical harm but discounts the theory that he has met with any
DROVE WHILE DRUNK, GETS PRISON TERM
James LEWIS, Negro, of Twenty-first street and Broadway, Astoria, has
started to serve an indeterminate sentence in the penitentiary, imposed on
him by Justices McINERNEY, KERNOCHAN and VOORHEES in Queens Court of Special
Sessions, following his conviction on a charge of driving an automobile
DAD GOT $65, FAMILY NEEDY
The fact that the police had to supply his wife and three children with
food while Arthur Rodgers, of Long Island City, was earning $65 a week as a
longshoreman, will be presented to the Queens Children's Court next week
when the case of his children, now in the custody of the Queens Children's
Society, is heard. The children are held as "neglected."
Mrs. Arthur RODGERS, of 141 Fifth street, Long Island City, brought her
husband before Magistrate DOYLE on a charge of non-support. For nearly a
year Mrs. RODGERS has been securing weekly rations from the police, it was
disclosed. RODGERS during that time earning $65 weekly. Magistrate DOYLE
reserved decision pending the action of the Children's Court.
HELD IN ASSAULT
Charged with assault in the third degree, James MIGLIO, 23, of 58 Ten
Eyck street, pleaded not guilty when arraigned yesterday in Bridge Plaza
court. He was held in $500 bail for examination on Monday by Magistrate
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Mrs. Anna BULOTSKY, 40, of 61 McKibbin street, was before Magistrate
HUGHES yesterday in Bridge Plaza court to answer to a charge of disorderly
conduct. She denied that charge and was paroled for a hearing on Tuesday.
Alleged to have knocked down Miss Mildred MARKOWITZ, of 673 Third
avenue, after a quarrel at Nineteenth street and Third avenue, Anthony
ROSSI, 28, and his wife, Mary ROSSI, 27, of 100 Twelfth street, were held in
$200 bail each for the Court of Special Sessions after a hearing on a simple
assault charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Miss MARKOWITZ told
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD that the other woman slapped her and that ROSSI
blackened her eye. On the stand, Mrs. ROSSI defended her husband but
admitted that it was she who done the "blacking." ROSSI denied
participating in the fray.
Arthur McGANN, 22, of 236 Ninetieth street, was held in $1,500 bail for
the Grand Jury after a hearing on a grand larceny charge before Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court yesterday. McGANN was charged with having
stolen the automobile of Carl STONE, of 28 Marine Avenue, from a garage at
416 Ninetieth street.
Peter GELETTI*, 20, of 1865 Cropsey avenue, was held in $3,000 bail for
a hearing Tuesday, May 26, after being arraigned on a grand larceny charge
before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court yesterday. GALETTI* is
charged with stealing an automobile of Walter ORTON from Sixty-eighth street
and Fourth avenue on April 15.
*as spelt in article
HAYDEN ESTATE LEFT TO NURSE
Mrs. Marietta HAYDEN, who was found dead from gas on May 1 last, in her
home at the Tennis Place Apartments, Forest Hills, by a will filed with
Surrogate John HETHERINGTON, of Queens, leaves an estate valued at "more
than $5,000 personal property" to Laura BLACKSTOCK, 328 Rutherford
boulevard, Passaic, N.J. The beneficiary was for more than twenty-seven
years her personal attendant.
The nurse was shopping at the time Mrs. HAYDEN, 64, a widow for six
years, was overcome by gas. The will states that the bequest is left to the
nurse because of her "faithful service." The legal paper is dated May 22,
1930, and names a friend, Thomas HEALY, of 9 Prospect Park West, to act as
FREED BY COURT AFTER THREE DAYS
After spending three days in jail in default of $200 bail fixed when she
pleaded not guilty to an intoxication charge in Fifth avenue court Tuesday,
Mrs. Loretta CARNEY, 25, of 5013 Fourth avenue, was freed after a hearing
before Magistrate David HIRSHFIELD yesterday. The woman said it was she who
had called police to an alleged speakeasy at 451 Fifty-second street after
William SNEE, of that address struck her companion, Miss Frances ROSS, 21,
of 260 Sixtieth street.
Miss Ross pleaded guilty to an intoxication charge Tuesday and was
sentenced to jail for three days. SNEE was arrested on a Volstead Law
complaint, after Miss ROSS was treated by an ambulance surgeon for
laceration of the eye.
C.I. MAN GETS SIX-YEAR TERM IN GOLD THEFT
Other Sentences Meted Out by Judge in Long Island City
Nathan FEGAN, 35, 29-29 West Twenty-fifth street, Coney Island, was
sentenced to serve six years in Sing Sing by Queens County Judge ADEL
yesterday. He was convicted of stealing scrap gold valued at $500 from the
dental office of Dr. Samuel DRELLICH, 34-15 Jamaica avenue, Astoria.
FAGAN's record shows that he served a term in Federal Prison for robbing the
Kal WULFELD, 21, 142 West Ninety-fifth street, Manhattan, and Viggo
ANDERSON, 26, same address were sentenced to serve terms of from two to four
years each. They pleaded guilty to the hold-up and robbery of a taxicab
driver in Jackson Heights.
An indefinite term in Welfare Island Penitentiary was given to John
VENEZI, 45, 171 Clinton street, Brooklyn. He admitted appropriating for his
own use $448 that he collected as rents in a Woodside apartment.
Pasquale PREVETTE, 21, 104-20 Martense street, Corona, was given a
60-day term in the workhouse. He was convicted on an assault charge.
A suspended sentence was given Kar DECKER, 19, 320 Park street,
Springfield, Mass. He confessed to the theft of an automobile belonging to
Herbert KATZWINKEL, of 190-07 Thirty-third avenue, Flushing.
WIFE BEATERS SENT TO JAIL
Three men found guilty of disorderly conduct for beating their wives are
to-day serving jail terms meted out by Magistrate David HIRSHFIELD in Fifth
avenue court yesterday.
John BAIS, 47, of 671 Sixth avenue, received six months in the workhouse
for hitting his wife, Mary, about the head and body with his razor strop.
Frank LONGOBARDI, 55, of 158 Twenty-sixth street, was sent to jail for ten
days because he kicked and punched his wife, Mary, and attempted to strike
her with a sash weight. Although his wife, Julia, pleaded with Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD to let him go home, Walter BRUNNER, 24, of 440 Forty-fourth
street, was given a five-day sentence for slapping the woman and attempting
to choke her.
COL. FAIRSERVIS IN RENO SUED BY WIFE HERE
Couple Parted Since April - Race Begins for Decree
With her husband, Col. Thomas FAIRSERVIS, believed to be in Reno seeking
one of the new lightning divorces, Mrs. Mary DAYTON FAIRSERVIS is plaintive
to-day in a separation action in Brooklyn Supreme Court, charging cruel and
In her papers, Mrs. FAIRSERVIS cites that five years ago after a
quarrel, the Colonel ordered her and their fifteen-year-old daughter Jean
from the apartment. After a reconciliation that lasted until last April,
Mrs. FAIRSERVIS says, her husband asked her for a divorce and when she
refused, anounced that he would go to Reno and get one in spite of her. His
carrying out of this threat is believed to have been the reason for her
hurried action against him.
Col. FAIRSERVIS has commanded the 106th Infantry, one of Brooklyn's
crack guard regiments for nearly ten years and is credited with being
responsible for having his regiment reivewed by more famous people than any
other guard regiment in the State. The late President HARDING, Queen Marie
of RUMANIA, Marshal FOCH, General DIAZ, Italian war hero, and Baron de
CARTIER were just a few of the innumerable celebrities who visited the
Bedford avenue armory as guest of honor of the regiment.
Col. FAIRSERVIS has also been in the public prints under other
conditions as when, in 1922, several officers of the regiment resigned
coincident with his appointment to command because he had not served
overseas, and in 1927, when he was defendant in an action brought by
stockholders of the defunct Union National Corporation to recover $35,000 in
allegedly fraudulently paid dividends.
18 May 1931
SNAKE CHARMER HELD AS DRUNK
Mrs. Mary BRIDGE, 56, a former snake charmer, failed to charm Patrolman
Charles W. CARR, Coney Island station, and as a result was given a hearing in
Coney Island station, and as a result was given a hearing in Coney Island
Court today on a charge of public intoxication. The arresting policeman says
he found Mrs. BRIDGE early today at West Sixth street and Railroad avenue,
unable to take proper care of herself. He placed her under arrest. Before
Magistrate SABBATINO she asked to be sent to Welfare Island.
The magistrate suspended sentence and Mrs. BRIDGE went to her home at 2839
West First street.
THIS HOOVER LOSES TO WIFE
Because she said, she could no longer stand the "nagging" of Herbert C.
HOOVER, his wife, Bertha SMITH HOOVER, brought suit for separation and today
was granted $15 weekly alimony by Supreme Court Justice JOHNSTON.
Mrs. HOOVER lives at 11-A Covert street. Her husband's last know address was
1272 Pacific street, she said.
Mrs. HOOVER said her husband "nagged" her particularly had her friends visit
her in their home. Then he went to her employer ad revealed that she was
married, whereupon she lost her position as a stenographer.
19 May 1931
RENO SETS DIVORCE RECORD IN 'WASHDAY' BARGAIN RUSH
Fifty-five Decrees Won Cases Filed the Same Day
New standards for easy and rapid separation were established today
by the Reno divorce mill through a court order that resulted in 55
decrees being granted during a single afternoon session.
The previous record of divorces at the first "washday" session
under the new six-weeks residence law was broken in the rush yesterday
to Washoe County's two courts. The order of Judges Ben CURLER and
Thomas MORAN that suits field before noon Monday may be heard in the
afternoon made possible many additional cases.
Heretofore only complaints filed by Saturday noon could be heard on
The ruling permits divorce seekers to live in Reno six weeks, file
suite in the morning, obtain a decree in the afternoon and remarry
immediately. Three of the 55 who were divorced yesterday married
again shortly afterward.
While the ten-minute hearings were in progress, the details of a
divorce suit filed by Margaret S. MAY against A. Wilfred MAY,
wealthy retired New York broker, whom she charged with an attempt
to kidnap their three year old son a month ago, were made public.
Mrs. MAY filed suit three days ago, but the action was kept secret
until MAY was served in New York. She charged that after their
marriage in 1926 he became penurious, faultfinding and rude, and
pinched her arms.
She said the child was rescued from kidnapers by neighbors.
WITNESS HELD FOR PERJURY
Max BLUMBERG, 55, of 691 Willoughby street, a retired door and sash
contractor, arrested on a charge of perjury at the order of Supreme
Court Justice STRONG in Long Island City, was to be arraigned today.
A jury yesterday returned a verdict of $1,200 in a civil action
John CONDON, of 39-82 Sixty-fifth place, Woodhaven, a contractor,
sued for $1,500, asserting that BLUMBERG had canceled a contract which
he had made with CONDON for the latter to excavate for a cellar at
Morgan and Johnson avenues.
CONDON said he first met BLUMBERG Nov. 18, 1925, when BLUMBERG gave him
blueprints for the job. He said the contract was signed Dec. 11, 1925,
by William BLUMBERG, son of the defendant, who had been authorized
by his father.
The elder BLUMBERG's testimony was sharply contradictory. He said he had
never seen CONDON until he met him in court and that he knew nothing of
When the jury awarded CONDON $1,200 Justice STRONG ordered a deputy
sheriff to arrest BLUMBERG, saying that the jury and the court were
convinced that BLUMBERG had perjured himself.
BAIL REFUSED 'SOUL' WOMAN
Mrs. Elizabeth MC CLELLAN, 40, of 41-13 Twenty-fifth avenue,
Astoria, is being held in no bail for hearing on Friday when
she was arraigned in the Long Island City Magistrate's Court
on two charges of felonious assault.
On Sunday night she is alleged to have slashed Mrs. Fanny BARNEY,
64, of 41-11 Twenty-fifth avenue, Astoria. The attack is said to
have occurred when Mrs. MC CLELLAN accused her neighbor of persecuting
her and stealing her "soul". Using a knife, she slashed Mrs. BARNEY
about the head and shoulders, according to the pillow.
Mrs. MC CLELLAN was also cut when the knife was wrested from her,
Otto BARNEY, nephew of the injured woman, both of whom make the
charges, dragged Mrs. MC CLELLAN away from his aunt.
MALLINSON DIED FACING BIG SUIT
Thirty minutes before he died suddenly last Tuesday H. R. MALLINSON,
wealthy head of the MALLINSON Silk Co., was served with papers in a
$1,000,000 alienation suit, charging him with influencing his daughter,
who later killed herself, it was disclosed today.
The suit was filed against MALLINSON by his son-in-law Eugene BOWEN,
who made the specific charge of alienation of affections. He accused
MALLINSON and his wife, Mrs. Linda M. MALLINSON, with enticing their
daughter away from him.
He said that his wife, Lorna MALLINSON BOWEN, had been taken to see
an attorney a few hours before she leaped from a twelfth floor room
on Park avenue.
In addition to the alienation of affections suit, BOWEN, a former
army aviator, had started proceedings in Surrogate's Court against
the MALLINSON estate for an accounting of his dead wife's stock accounts.
In this suit he declared he believed these accounts to be more than $200,000.
Failure of Sidney ROSENSTEIN, of 68 Hart street, to press a charge of
felonious assault resulted in the dismissal of the case against Reuben
ROBINSON, 31, of 121 Marcy avenue, yesterday by Magistrate STEERS in the
Bridge Plaza court. ROBINSON was arrested Saturday by Detective Charles
HEMENDINGER, of Clymer street station.
After they pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge brought by Marin
CROWN, of 7920 Fourth avenue, yesterday in fifth avenue court, Miles
ROBINSON, 22, of 330 East Twenty-second street, and James J. MURPHY, 25 of
278 Hamilton avenue, Rockville Centre, were given suspended sentences by
magistrate FOLWELL. CROWN charged the two men with having broken a glass door
after falling against an elevator while they were intoxicated at the Fourth
When he promised to help his wife conduct her boarding house, Daniel OLSEN,
48, of 6017 Fourth avenue, received suspended sentences from Magistrate
FOLWELL on two disorderly conduct charges brought against him by the woman in
Fifth avenue court yesterday. Mrs. Louise OLSEN charged her husband called
her names and drove her from her home. OLSEN pleaded guilty.
Charged with having taken furniture and other property valued at $100 from
his wife, Irving B. GUTHERMAN, 37, of 111 East Broadway was arraigned on a
petty larceny charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday and paroled by
magistrate FOLWELL for a hearing next Monday. According to Mrs. Ina
GUTHERMAN, of 465 Greene avenue. GUTHERMAN took the property from their
apartment at 4600 Ninth avenue.
JURY CONVICTS VICE COPS IN POTOCKI CASE
LEWIS and MCFARLAND Guilty of Assault - Face Five Years
William B. LEWIS and Edgar P. MC FARLAND, former vice squad patrolmen, were
found guilty today of assault in the second degree by a jury before General
Sessions Judge NOTT. They face sentence of from two and a half years to five
years in prison.
The two former patrolmen were indicted on the testimony of Mrs. Genevieve
POTOCKI, of 129 Cedar street, Manhattan, that they entered her home last
September, beat and bit her and then arrested her and a friend, Mrs. Marie
BARBETTI, on framed vice charges.
Mrs. POTOCKI made her charges before Referee Samuel SEABURY in the Appellate
Division's investigation of magistrate's courts. District Attorney CRAIN
placed the information before the Grand Jury and the two officers immediately
Yesterday, Assistant District Attorney James Garrett WALLACE, in summing up
for the prosecution, asserted that police witnesses for the two defendants
constituted "a parade of perjurers."
SISTER, FRIEND JAILED, MRS. HEALY THREATENS TO MAKE COPS 'PAY'
Ex-Magistrate's Kin Again Figure in Court News
The HEALYS of Flatbush are figuring again in police court news. This time it
is miss Estelle CUMMINGS, 32, of 4302 Cortelyou road, sister-in-law of former
Magistrate Leo HEALY, who was arrested in Manhattan early today charged with
using loud and boisterous language.
At the hearing in Jefferson Market court Mrs. Leo HEALY appeared and when the
case was adjourned until May 25 by Magistrate MURPHY she told the two
arresting officers: "This is not the end of this. You'll pay for this."
Later Mrs. HEALY told reporters she thought "the girls," meaning Estelle
CUMMINGS and her companion, Ann DOW, 25, of 951 East Forty-third street,
arrested with her, had "stood up for their rights."
SPENT TIME IN CELL
Miss CUMMINGS and Miss DOW spent the early morning hours behind the bars in
the West Thirtieth street police station.
According to the complaint, Patrolman Frederick BOTIE of the Charles street
station said he found the pair at West Tenth street and Seventh avenue at
1:30 A. M. today, arguing, fighting and interfering with everyone who passed
along the street.
He said he attempted to get them to enter their car parked around the corner
and go home, but they refused. They heaped abuse on him, he said, ordering
him to "mind his own business."
Miss CUMMINGS, he said, told him she would have him put into uniform, and
when he called attention to the fact he was in uniform she threatened to have
him broken. Patrolman Patrick MAGNER, of the Charles street station, came
along then, he said, and both women were placed in a taxi and taken to the
They were booked and removed to the West Thirtieth street station, where
there is a matron on duty. Throughout both trips, he said, the women heaped
abuse on the policemen.
In court today Miss CUMMINGS and Miss DOW asked to have the case adjourned,
and the policemen agreed to May 26 for a trial date. Magistrate MURPHY held
the two women in $100 bail each.
As he signed the papers, the woman who was later identified as Mrs. HEALY
appeared and said:
"I'm her sister (referring to Miss CUMMINGS), I'm a prominent woman in
Brooklyn. Why not go on with this case now?" But the papers had already been
signed, and to two women posted cash bail.
Miss CUMMINGS was one of the women named as participating in a scene in
magistrate HEALY's home which resulted in a statement by Meier STEINBRINK,
Republican county leader, and an investigation of Magistrate HEALY, who was
exonerated. He later resigned from the bench.
Mrs. HEALY figured in another police court case when she was arrested for
parking overtime, and threatened the policeman who gave her the summons.
GRAND JURY HEARS KLEIN EVIDENCE
The Queens County Grand jury devoted today to hearing evidence against Irving
KLEIN, Superintendent of Highways, who is charged with having accepted a
$3,000 bribe last summer.
District Attorney HALLINAN, who is taking personal charge of the case, said
he had about a dozen witnesses, but refused to say who they were, although it
is understood that most of them are employes in the Queens Highway Bureau.
Joseph LONARDO, attorney for KLEIN, last week asked that his client be
permitted to go before the Grand Jury and tell his own story. No attention
was paid to this request, so today, LONARDO arrived with a waiver of immunity
signed by KLEIN. This will be handed up to the jurors and it will be left to
them to decide whether they wish to hear him.
ALIMONY JUMPER INJURED IN FLIGHT
Anton LIEBOWITZ, 30, of 118-02 Liberty avenue, Richmond Hill, who spent the
night in St. John's Hospital suffering from a fractured ankle and abrasions
of the body, was brought to the civil jail in Long Island City today.
LIEBOWITZ was arrested at his home last night by Deputy Sheriff Alex DE
GROOT, on a Supreme Court order secured by his wife, Ida, who alleged that he
was $100 in arrears in alimony. On the way to Long Island City, at Queens
boulevard and Thirty-ninth street, LIEBOWITZ suddenly jumped out of the car
in an attempt to escape which was foiled when he broke his ankle.
20 May 1931
Charged with assault Rose NEWHOUSE, 40, of 2106 Seventy-seventh street, was
arraigned before Magistrate SABBATINO in the Coney Island court yesterday on
the complaint of Alvera BENNETT, 12 years old, of 2102 Seventy-seventh street.
Alvera alleged Mrs. NEWHOUSE, who pleaded not guilty. She was paroled for
further hearing on June 6.
Mrs. Sadie MARX, 35, of 6521 Twentieth avenue, was before magistrate
SABBATINO in the Coney Island court yesterday for sweeping her sidewalk
after 8 A. M.
The complaint was made by Inspector Morris KOOPERNICK, of the Department of
Sanitation. She pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
Acting on a complaint sent to the Bath Beach police about vandals destroying
an unoccupied garage building at West eleventh street and Avenue U, Patrolman
Frank TRANFA arrested Fred CONTI, 21 years old, of 2122 West Eleventh street,
on a charge of disorderly conduct. According to the policeman, CONTI was
loitering about the building and when told to move on became abusive. Magistrate
SABBATINO suspended sentence.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Benjamin HARWOOD, a clerk appeared in the Coney Island court yesterday to
lodge a complaint against Ms. Sarah GELBAUM, 45 years old, whom he charged with
failure to supply sufficient heat and hot water in his apartment. She pleaded
not guilty and was paroled for further hearing on May 29.
HELD IN $500 BAIL
Elmer SMITH, 44 of 437 Sixteenth street, pleaded not guilty to a disorderly
conduct charge brought against him in Fifth avenue court yesterday by his wife,
Margaret, and was held in $500 bail by Magistrate FOLWELL for a hearing
Monday. The woman alleged her husband tried to choke her.
A charge of disorderly conduct made against Irving MILLER, 23, of 13 Stanton
street, Manhattan, was dismissed in Bridge Plaza court yesterday by magistrate
Alfred E. STEERS. It was alleged that MILLER walked up and down in front of a
drygoods store at 143 Havemeyer street, annoying patrons of the place on May 13.
When he waived examination on a gun charge, Mattheo VUOLLO, 39 of 241 Union
street, was held in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate
FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court yesterday. VUOLLO was arrested when a weapon he
allegedly admitted was his was found in a clothes closet at his home.
AUTO THEFT ALLEGED
Charged with the theft of a $2,000 sedan from James MC GEENEY, of 170
Eighty-first street, three youths were held for the Grand Jury when they waived
examination on a grand larceny charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday. They are
Joseph SASONE, 17, of 889 Fourth avenue; Sylvie TODARO, 18, of 363 Eighteenth
street, and Stanley WISNIEWSKI, 17, of 390 Fifty-fourth street. The latter was
held in $2,500 bail and the other two in $1,500 bail by Magistrate FOLWELL.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charged with striking her husband with a flower pot, Mrs. Harriet CHAPMAN,
42, of 182 Prospect avenue, was arraigned in fifth avenue court yesterday on a
disorderly conduct complaint brought by John W. CHAPMAN. The woman was paroled
by Magistrate FOLWELL for a hearing on June 1.
$95,000 GIVEN TO CHARITY IN WILL OF WELZ
Remainder of Million Dollar Estate Divided Among Family
Several large requests to charitable organizations are contained in the will
of John WELZ, member of the brewing firm of WELZ & ZERWICK, who died May 5, at
his home, 27 Prospect Park West. The will has been filed for probate in
Surrogate's Court. The estate is valued at more than $1,000,000.
The sum of $25,000 outright is given to the Wyckoff Heights Hospital. To each
of the following is left, $19,000:
House of St. Giles the Cripple,
Lutheran Hospital Association,
Evangelical Home for the Aged and Industrial Home for the Blind, all Brooklyn;
Ottilie Orphan Asylum, Jamaica;
German Masonic Temple, Tappan, N. Y.
The will, dated November 18, last gives to the widow the proceeds of the sale
of the corporate bonds and shares of capital stock of the firm of WELZ &
ZWERWICK, also of the shares of stock of the Glendale Developing Company, and the
Walter and Arthur SEMAN and John REIMERS, nephews, and Millie BEER, a niece,
are left $100,000 each.
The sum of $25,000 each is left to Bertha RIEMERS and Louisa WIDMAN, sisters;
Louisa NIEDERSTEIN, a niece, and Irma GUGGENHEIMER, a sister-in-law.
Adolph, Henry, Robert, and Otto WIDMAN, nephews, are left $15,000 each.
The same amount is left to Bertha BIERNES, a niece. Maxine HAHN and Lillian MAHLER,
grandnieces, receive $10,000 each.
Rosa WELZJN, a sister-in-law, received $5,000.
A trust fund of $25,000 is established for Emma SPRAGUE, a sister-in-law, the
principal to go on her death to Wyckoff Heights Hospital.
A similar trust fund is set up for Henry KLEIN, a brother-in-law, the
principal on his death to go to Ottilie Orphan Asylum.
21 May 1931
FORMER VICE COP ON TRAIL
The State began presentation of evidence today against Patrolman Walter V.
AMBRAZ, formerly of the upper East Side, Manhattan, Vice Squad, who went on
trial yesterday before Judge NOTT and a jury in General Sessions, charged with
perjury in a vice arrest.
AMBRAZ is the seventh policeman to be tried on perjury or assault charges
growing out of testimony given before Referee Samuel SEABURY in the Appellate
Division's investigation of Magistrates courts.
AMBRAZ is charged with having testified falsely in Women's Court last August
after he arrested Mrs. Rosa Helen RICCHEBUONO on a vice charge in her
apartment at 686 Third avenue.
Judge NOTT, after the jury had been selected from a special panel yesterday,
instructed the jurors to report to him immediately any anonymous letters or
other communications they might receive in connection with the trial.
SUFFOLK JURY GIVES INJURED MAN $18,500
Riverhead, May 21 - A jury in Suffolk County Supreme Court here yesterday
awarded John GEARY, of Ronkonkoma $18,500 for injuries he suffered when he was
struck in the head by a plank thrown from the baggage car of a Long Island
Railroad train in the Ronkonkoma station July 3, 1928. A physician testified that
GEARY's skull had been fractured and as a result he suffered a brain atrophy
which is progressive. GEARY sued the railroad for $150,000.
CHIEF KENLON ACCUSED IN SUIT BY SON'S WIFE
She Describes Attack-Charges Cruelty by Husband, Asks Alimony
Violent love-making on the part of John KENLON, 71, former chief of the New
York Fire Department, with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth KENLON,
27, is described in an affidavit filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Mrs.
KENLON's suit is for separation and alimony of $1,000 a month, with counsel
fees of $10,000, against Edward t. KENLON, wealthy corporation head, with whom
she has not lived for the past two years.
The love-making, Mrs. KENLON swears, occurred four years ago a short distance
from the elder KENLON's home at Englewood Cliffs, N. J., where she and her
husband had been visiting. And although she protested to her husband, the
younger KENLON "remained calm and unperturbed," although her husband and others
found her in a fainting, hysterical condition, she further alleges.
Fire Chief KENLON resigned from the department in March after a brilliant
career as a fire fighter. He and his son have been associated in several
businesses, the younger man being president of Edwin T. KENLON, Inc., of 401 West
Fifty-ninth street, Manhattan, and connected with the Kenlon Mischele Company, the
Stokes Coal Company, the Interurban Petroleum Company and other concerns.
Married in June, 1922, Mrs. KENLON, through her counsel, Kevie FRANKEL of 152
West Forty-second street, declares the attack upon her in the spring of 1927,
climaxed a series of abuses and humiliations from her husband and his family.
Describing the particular episode she said her car had broken down a short
distance from the KENLON home, and while her husband and several others started
up the road to see what could be done about it, the elder KENLON, a safe
distance from the house, put his arms about her and started to kiss her. This
affection, she says, was more enthusiastic than filial, and she objected.
"Suddenly," she adds, "he actually assaulted me by grappling with me. I was
fighting him desperately and screaming for help. He changed his tactics by
trying to throw me to the ground in pulling at my dress...He began to strike and
"Mr. KENLON had completely lost his senses and was acting like a madman,
which added to my extreme horror and terror. My screams attracted the attention of
my husband and the others and they came running."
Mrs. KENLON says she was found in a fainting condition, unnerved and
hysterical. her husband, she adds, did not utter a word of reproach, took her to her
mother's home and refused to listen to her.
CALLED NAMES, SHE SAYS
Reconciliation's followed, Mrs. KENLON declares, but these were broken up. On
one occasion, she asserts the former chief referred to her as his son's
mistress, while the elder Mrs. KENLON called her a "dirty bum."
Mrs. KENLON's affidavit described in detail the times her husband tried to
kill her. Stories of all night carousing and a stay in the hospital, when she
was thrown from a taxicab are realistically told.
Finally, she decided she could stand it no longer and got her husband to
agree to pay her $400 a month. But she insists, he has broken the agreement, which
is her reason for bringing the suit for alimony.
George TINGUE, 50, of 77 North Fifth street, was given a suspended sentence
in Bridge Plaza court yesterday by Magistrate STEERS when found guilty of a
charge of intoxication.
A fine of $1 of imposed on Meyer TAINMAN, 50 of 236 South First street,
yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court when he was found guilty of a charge of violating
the sanitary code. The fine was paid.
WOUNDED IN LEG
Sidney COHEN, 18, of 286 South Second street, pleaded not guilty to a charge
of felonious assault yesterday in Bridge Plaza court. He was held in $500 bail
for a hearing Monday. Edward MISSIAK, 13, who lives in the same house,
alleges COHEN threw an open jackknife at him, inflicting a deep laceration in his
leg. Detective James LYNCH, of Bedford avenue station, was the arresting officer.
In the Coney Island court yesterday Frank RUPOLO, 29 years old, of 1357
Sixtieth street, waived examination to charge of violating the Sullivan law in
possessing a revolver for which he had no permit and was held by Magistrate
SABBATINO in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions. He was arrested by
Detective Pasquale CELANO, of the Homicide Squad, who said he found the weapon in the
coat pocket of RUPOLO.
Before magistrate SABBATINO in the Coney Island court yesterday Mario
GIORDANO, 17 years old, of 112 Bay Forty-sixth street, waived examination to a charge
of grand larceny and was held by Magistrate in $1,000 bail for the action of
the Grand Jury. He was arrested by Detective Edward MCNAMEE, of the Empire
Boulevard station, with an automobile in his possession which was the property of
James FERRARO, of 50 Bay Thirty-seventh street, and which was stolen on May 13.
"WANTS TOP BE BOSS"
"The trouble is she wants to be boss," Edward FLEMING, 31, of 204
Twenty-third street, told magistrate FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court after
pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge yesterday. The complaint was
brought by Mrs. Margaret FLEMING, his wife, who alleged he struck her during
a quarrel. FLEMING was paroled for investigation and sentence Monday.
22 May 1931
GRIEF FOR ABSENT DAUGHTERS BRINGS FATAL HEART ATTACK
Court Hears Strange Tale as Abductor Suspect Is Held
A story in which it was charged that a 23 year old Brooklyn girl had been
"spirited" away from home since May 1, resulting in the death of her mother from
heart-break was unfolded today in Coney Island court before Magistrate
SABBATINO, when Nicholas PALAIA, 28, of 1349 Sixty-sixth street,
appeared on a charge of felonious assault.
When the case was called, the magistrate was informed that the complainant,
Blanches MILSNER, 23, of 2359 Sixty-third street, would not be present as she
had been missing from home since May 1.
This information was related to the judge by the girl's father, Martin, and
her sister, Laura, 26. They said they were convinced that either PALAIA or a
friend of his had "spirited" the girl away from home so she could not appear in
court to press the charge of felonious assault she had made against him.
TELL OF MOTHER'S DEATH
They also told magistrate SABBATINO that the girl's mother, Lena, had died
last Sunday of a broken heart, grieving over the absence of her daughter.
Detective Charles FARRELL, arresting officer, told the court that a general alarm
had been sent out by the Bath Beach police for the missing girl and that the
police had received a letter from her saying that PALAIA was not the man who
stabbed her as her complaint alleged. FARRELL said that at the time of the arrest
the missing girl had positively identified PALAIA as the man who stabbed her.
The girl's father also told the court he had received a letter at home
several days ago from his daughter saying she was in good health, working, and not
to worry about her. The letter had no address. He said he believed his daughter
was forced to write both of the letters so as to throw off any suspicion that
might be directed against PALAIA.
CRIME RECORD SHOWN
Magistrate SABBATINO then read from PALAIA's record. He has been arrested
three times for robbery and discharged each time; once for murder and discharged,
and twice for felonious assault and discharged, the magistrate's courts, all
of them none of the cases had gone beyond the magistrate's courts, all of them
having been dismissed by some city magistrate.
"I am no fool sitting up here on this bench," he said, "If I had my way this
case would never be dismissed. It would be adjourned from time to time until
the girl was returned to her home, or the police located her. Why don't you
bring her back home?"
PALAIA denied knowing anything about the girl missing from home. The case was
adjourned to June 5. At the first hearing PALAIA had been held without bail,
but his attorney had bail of $2,500 fixed in County Court. Magistrate
SABBATINO said he would like to fix the bail at $50,000, but that he didn't
care to go over the head of a county Court judge. The bail remained the same.
PRISON LOOMS FOR 7 YOUTHS IN BURGLARIES
Judge ADEL to Mete Out Sentences in Queens, May 28
Felix WASIELWSKI, 19, of 89-05 Ninety-fifth avenue; Anthony DOLICOTTE, 19, of
97-33 Eighty-fifth street, and Louis FELTMAN, 22 of 80-09 101st avenue, all
of Ozone Park were convicted in Queens County Court on a charge of robbery in
the second degree. They will be sentenced next Thursday by Judge Frank F. ADEL.
According to the testimony introduced by Assistant District Attorney Anthony
J. BABIAK, the trio held up and robbed Max KAGAN's clerk in the grocery store
at 132-02 Cross Bay boulevard on Jan. 19.
Four Manhattan youths pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of a Queens
Julius WATKINS, 21, of 508 West Twenty-eighth street;
James BUNBURY, 19, of 220 West Seventeenth street;
Lee A. WALLACE, 21, of 508 West Twenty-eighth street,
Charles GJODESEN, 18, of 308 West Forty-second street.
They will also be sentenced on May 28 by county Judge Frank F. ADEL.
-Patsy CASILLO, of 121-01 114th avenue, Ozone Park, has been indicted by the
Queens Grand Jury on a charge of felonious assault. He is alleged to have
stabbed Michael AVELIA, of 97-17 eighty-ninth street, in a fight on April 15.
An indictment charging grand larceny has been returned against Daniel LUCIA,
of 185 Wyckoff avenue. The true bill accuses him of having stolen an
automobile belonging to Christopher STICKEL, of 114-36 138th street, Richmond Hill.
-Joseph DINES and Benjamin MANGANIELLO, both of Astoria, have been indicted on
a joint charge of robbery. They are alleged to have held up a Brooklyn cab
driver in Astoria on April 11.
ESCAPES CHARGE OF AUTO THEFT
Frank RONZO, 25, of 5936 Palmetto street, wealthy builder and garage owner of
Ridgewood, awaiting extradition to Oklahoma to answer a charge of kidnaping
Juanita ERVIN, Indian Princess and beauty contest winner, beat a charge of
changing the motor numbers on a stolen automobile, yesterday, in Bridge Plaza
RONZO proved to the satisfaction of magistrate STEERS that he bought the
automobile in good faith and never knew that the motor numbers had been changed.
He is held in $1,000 as a fugitive from justice. He was arrested on both
charges by Detective Daniel HART, of Herbert street station.
THREE WIVES LIVING, CLEARS BIGAMY ROCK
Two of May's Spouses Had Legal Husbands, Is Claim
With three wives, all living and young and all claiming legal tie to him,
Joseph MAY, Brooklyn's fearless sailor on the sea of matrimony has clear
nevertheless of the shattering rock of bigamy.
And MAY in his matrimonial ventures is in the same boat as any hard-working,
honestly married man with just one wife to claim allegiance, because two of
MAY's wives had husbands of legal standing, when he married them.
If there is any legal aspect about bigamy that County Judge CONWAY does not
know today, it just isn't in the books and has not been brought out in the law
or decisions. Judge CONWAY delved into every legal recess and still found
himself unable to get away from that rule of law which states that, with a legal
spouse living, one cannot enter into another marriage.
Back in 1921 MAY married Rose Mary DE VAULT, when she was 15 years old. In
1929 he married Elizabeth BIGGS, and in April of this year he married Helen
FILLO. Of course, MAY, a taxicab chauffeur, never bothered to have his matrimonial
ties severed by law. He just walked away from one wife to take another.
MAY was indicted for bigamy. He went to trial before Judge CONWAY and a jury
with Jesse PERLMUTTER as his attorney. Assistant District Attorney Charles N.
COHEN was in charge of the prosecution.
MAY did not deny his three matrimonial alignments. In fact, when he was
questioned as to answers he had made in one affidavit for license to marry he asked
Assistant District Attorney COHEN: "When one was that?" He had lost track of
His defense was that when he married fifteen-year-old Rose Mary DE VAULT, she
then had a legal husband, one Henry E. TUCKER. Therefore when in 1929, he
married Elizabeth BIGGS he did not commit bigamy, because Rose Mary DE VAULT had
no legal right to marry with a husband living, and therefore that marriage was
void. Then, further, when he married Helen FILLO in April of this year he did
not commit bigamy, he argue, because at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth
BIGGS, the latter also had a husband living and therefore his marriage to her
That was the legal barrier to his conviction that MAY, through his attorney,
offered, and Judge CONWAY and Assistant District Attorney COHEN could not get
Miss DE VAULT admitted she had been married before she became the wife of
MAY, but said she had been assured by MAY that her petition to have her first
marriage annulled had been granted. It was on this assurance that she married
MAY. It was not until two weeks ago that she learned, she testified, that the
annulment proceedings had never been completed.
Elizabeth BIGGS, on the witness stand, admitted she had a husband when she
married MAY, but had left him. She said she married MAY because he insisted on
Now MAY is legally joined only with Helen FILLO, but in court she announced:
"I wouldn't live with him if he was the last man on earth. He's just a
MAY on his part, as he was being led from the courtroom, waved his hand to
his three wives.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Martin PETROWSKY, 44, of 365 Eighteenth street, pleaded not guilty to a
disorderly conduct charge brought by his wife, Mary in Fifth avenue Court after he
allegedly tried to choke her while their small children were looking on.
Magistrate FOLWELL paroled PETROWSKY for a hearing June 4.
Acting on a complaint sent by a neighbor to the Sheepshead Bay police
station. Patrolman John CURLEY served a summons upon Nathan HYAMS, 25 years old, of
2263 East Twenty-fourth street, for parking an automobile all night in the rear
yard of his home. HYAMS pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence from
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Before Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday Irving NOVACK, 35
of 1005 Brighton Beach avenue, was arrested on a charge of violation of the
city ordinances made by Patrolman James HANNON, of the Coney Island station.
The policeman alleged NOVACK caused the sidewalk in front of his furniture store
at the address given to be blocked by crates containing furniture. NOVACK
pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further hearing on May 28.
Accused of bookmaking Samuel COHEN, 26 years old, of 2878 West Twenty-fifth
street pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Magistrate SABBATINO in the
Coney Island court yesterday and was paroled for further hearing on May 29. He
was arrested at Coney Island last Wednesday by Patrolman George A. BAILEY, of
Inspector FITZPATRICK's staff for the acceptance of wagers from several men on
horses racing that day.
Lack of evidence moved Magistrate SABBATINO in the Coney Island court
yesterday to dismiss a charge of disorderly conduct against Samuel KALCHINSKY, 43
years old, of 3145 East Fourth street. The complain was made by Patrolman James
of the Coney Island station, who alleged KALCHINSKY called him a "dog" when
he was summoned to the man's house following a complaint made against him by
his wife. Mrs. KALCHINSKY stated that despite the fact that she did not want her
husband arrested he was taken into custody by the policeman.
STREET TOO NOISY
Residents along Franklin street have asked the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce
to aid them in keeping the heavy trucks from the street. "The very
foundations of the houses are being destroyed because of the constant
concussion due to the heavy trucks, the dishes are being tossed from the
shelves and it is impossible to get rest at night," a letter to the
DENIES GUN CHARGE
Frank LAGGEO, 34 of 82 Bartlett street, was arraigned before Magistrate
STEERS in Bridge Plaza court yesterday charged with possessing a revolver. He
denied the charge and was held in $500 bail for examination on Monday. He was
arrested by Detective William BECK, of the Fourteenth Inspection District.
Similar charges were made against Samuel GLORISO, 17, of 36 Montrose avenue,
and Joseph SAITTO, 17, of 78 Leonard street. GLORISO was discharged.
SAITIA was held in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
CONVICT RISKS LIFE TERM FOR 2 BOTTLES RUM
Nova Remands Him to Jail to Investigate Old Timer's Case
For two bottles of "moonshine" whiskey Anthony KRAMER risked life
imprisonment and lost.
But he may not have to pay the penalty, even though on his arraignment today
by Assistant District Attorney KLEINMAN before County Judge NOVA on a charge
of grand larceny, he sought, by pleading guilty to the indictment, to make
compulsory his sentence to life in prison. Of the fifty-nine years of his life
KRAMER has already spent twenty-nine behind prison walls.
Judge NOVA would not let him go through with his plea of guilty of a felony.
Instead he remanded him to Raymond street jail until a complete investigation
of his case has been made to determine whether or not it would be just to send
him away for the remaining years of his life.
The charge that has brought KRAMER into the County Court was the theft of
silverware and wearing apparel from the home of Mrs. Dorothy PERRY, of 596
Seventh street, while he was employed there as a sort of a handy man. The stolen
property was valued at $500, but with what return he got for it KRAMER bought two
pint bottles of "moonshine," according to his story to Judge NOVA.
KRAMER first got into the toils of the law back in 1896 when he was arrested
for burglary. He was then adjudged mentally unbalanced and sent to the asylum
for the criminal insane at Matteawan. Since then his days of freedom have been
few. In prison at Sing Sing and at Trenton, New Jersey, he has spent a number
of years and has also served terms in the penitentiary and the city prison.
He gave his address as 202 East Twenty-second street, Manhattan.
23 May 1931
GROSS ESTATE OVER $100,000
Although a petition attached to the will of the late Max GROSS, retired
realtor of Jamaica, filed with Surrogate John HETHERINGTON of Queens, states his
estates is worth "more than $5,000 personal property," the transfer tax
proceeding is expected to reveal his holdings at more than $100,000. GROSS died on May
2 at Miami, Fla., in his fifty-first year.
The will states that only $10,000 is to be given to the wife, Lottie GROSS,
of 84-20 Avon road, Jamaica, because the dead man had executed an agreement by
which she receives 410,000 a year, $15,000 per annum after Jan. 1, 1931. Two
trust funds of $25,000 each are provided, the income from which is to be used
in educating and supporting the grandchildren, Muriel and Frances BUXBAUM, of
67-11 150th street, Jamaica.
Their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. BUXBAUM, are named as trustees. They
are to give the principal of the trusts to their children when the daughters are
21 years old or at the time of marriage, providing the ceremonies are given
Bequests totaling $32,000 are also made to other relatives in this country
CHILDREN SHARE M'DERMOTT WILL
Mary E. MC DERMOTT, who died May 23, 1930, left a gross estate of $240,797,
of which $220,813 is net, according to the appraisal filed in the office of
Under the terms of her will
Alice and Elsie MCDERMOTT, daughters, will received $26,717 each;
Mary G. SNOWBAR, a daughter, $24,717;
and the following children $22,717 each;
Helen M. MCGRATTY,
Arthur, Gerald R., Frank J., and George MCDERMOTT.
To Edward J. MCDERMOTT, a son now deceased, $26,717 was left in trust, but
his share will now be distributed among the surviving children.
SUSPECT HELD ON CHARGE OF COURT COWING
Paul SUTERA Accused of Intimidating Witness in Murder Case
Detectives of the Brooklyn Homicide Squad today arrested Paul SUTERA, 29 of
1914 West Ninth Street and charged him with intimidating a witness in a murder
case which is scheduled to go on trial in County Court Monday.
Immediately following the arrest the District Attorney's office announced
that it was the first arrest in a campaign which that office will wage against
the intimidation of witnesses, which they maintain has become prevalent in
Brooklyn. Another such charge was made yesterday in Coney Island Court by the
father of a 23 year old girl, who says his daughter has been missing from home
since May 1st.
GIRL KIDNAPED, CHARGE
The father says she was spirited away so she could not appear to press a
charge of felonious assault which she had made against Nicholas PALAIA, 28, of
1349 Sixty-sixth street. As a result of the daughter's prolonged absence, her
mother died of a broken heart.
SUTERA was arrested by Detectives Charles CORBETT and Louis DARDIS as he
stepped from a house at Forty-ninth street which is occupied, police say, by a
witness to the shooting which occurred on March 12 on a houseboat at 230 Bay
Twenty-ninth street in which two persons were killed and two others wounded.
Those killed were Frank ZAPPO, 35, of 581 New Utrecht avenue, and Salvatore
FELLI, 30, of 2710 Harway avenue. The wounded were Mrs. Jennie ISOLDA, 31, of
185 Fifty-second street, and Salvatore MARGIONE, 34, of 1427 Sixty-fifth street.
CASE "BUILT UP"
For the pat six weeks Mrs. Isolda MARGIONE and two other witnesses to the
shooting have been going daily to the District Attorney's office and there
attempting to build up the case against Paul SARDINI, of 1705 Harway avenue, and
Anthony MATERRA, of 2701 Harway avenue, who were arrested for the shooting and
are scheduled to go on trial in County Court Monday on a charge of murder.
According to police the witnesses in the case have been approached and
intimidated several times during the District Attorney's investigation.
SUTERA will be taken to the District Attorney's office for questioning and
probably given a hearing in Fifth avenue court late today on a charge of
violating Section 2440 of the Penal Code which deals with the
intimidation of a witness.
25 May 1931
BROCK INSANE, MAID ASSERTS; WILLED $1,200
No Money to Back His Many Bequests, Witnesses Say
Elizabeth HOFFMAN, employed as maid, has testified before Surrogate WINGATE
and a jury that her former employer, the late Richard R. BROCK, of 806 Quincy
street, was insane when he bequeathed her $1,200. Mrs. Adeline M. BROCK, the
widow, is seeking through her attorneys, HUTTON and HOLAHAN, of 32 Court street,
to break the will on the ground that her husband was mentally unbalanced at
the time he drew his will on July 16, 1930. BROCK died Oct. 16, 1930.
According to Attorney Denis M. HURLEY, trial counsel for Mrs. BROCK, her
husband made a lot of bequests in his will of money he didn't possess. Whatever
money he did leave, BROCK bequeathed in the main to old friends he met at
Schwaben Hall, Myrtle and Knickerbocker avenues, while to his widow he left nothing.
In his will, BROCK named his wife as beneficiary of insurance policies, of a
total value of $30,000. Attorney HURLEY state before Surrogate WINGATE and a
jury that BROCK had made his estate the beneficiary of this insurance and not
his wife. Moreover, BROCK had cashed in on most of this insurance.
According to Miss HOFFMAN, BROCK had the delusion that the Government had
sent him a bag of gold nuggets in appreciation of special service, Miss HOFFMAN
testified that when he could not find this bag, he accused her of stealing it
and throwing it into the furnace. She added that he would sift the ashes in his
search for nuggets.
It was testified by witnesses called by Attorney HURLEY, that BROCK had
claimed he owned a number of race horses and several airplanes, when he possessed
neither. He further had the delusion, it was testified, that he had invented
several articles and had a large business in the brush industry.
Attorney Joseph KEENAN is representing those seeking to have the will
Brother of FILOSA Tips Prosecutor Accused Is Innocent and He Finally Is
Induced to Tell the Whole Story.
The real story of the killing of Salvatore DE HALL and the slashing of his
sister, Catherine, in their home at 20 Carlton avenue, which Michael FILOSA, 28,
claimed he had done in a "dream" has been told. District Attorney GEOGHAN
announced today, and Mrs. Anna DE HALL, mother of FILOSA, has been arrested as
FILOSA has been convicted of second degree manslaughter on his story of
wielding a razor during a nightmare, but sentence has been held off because his
story was doubted.
FILOSA was arraigned today for sentence on the manslaughter conviction, but
County Judge TAYLOR again deferred sentence. He declared he will not do
anything about FILOSA's sentence until official record has been made of FILOSA's
charge that his mother did the killing, lest the whole mixup end with everyone
This afternoon Mr. GEOGHAN was to take Catherine DE HALL, the only other
witness to the slaughter, to confront FILOSA in Raymond street jail. Questioned
again today, she stuck to her original story that when she was woke up that
night she saw FILOSA standing before her in his underwear, but without a knife or
razor. she saw no bloodstains then, she said.
Young FILOSA has told police and the district attorney a weird story of
having awakened from a dream on Nov. 24 to find his razor in his hand, his small
stepbrother dead on the floor and his mother and stepsister wounded. Yesterday
he told the real story for the first time, declaring he had come home to find
the boy dead and his mother stalking about the apartment with a razor in her
hand. He took the razor and concocted the "dream killing" story in the belief he
would get off with a year in prison.
Edward FILOSA, his brother, visited him in Raymond Street Jail yesterday at
the suggestion of Patrolman Frank GREGO, the first policeman to arrive after
the killing. He told Michael he might get fifteen years, and when his brother
remarked that he "couldn't stand that", went to District Attorney GEOGHAN.
Mr. GEOGHAN sent him back to tell Michael he would get the limit on the
manslaughter conviction and Michael decided to tell what he now says is the real
Mrs. DE HALL, when arrested, insisted she was innocent. She kissed a picture
of the slain boy and would have nothing to say to MR. GEOGHAN.
When Michael was convicted April 28, County Judge TAYLOR declared in court
that he did not believe his story, on which he was found guilty, was the truth
and demanded that whoever was actually guilty come forward before Michael was
KIERNAN WILL SPLITS ESTATE AMONG FAMILY
Five Other Wills Field With Surrogate Wingate For Probate
Patrick F. KIERNAN, of 351 Seventh street, who died on May 13, last, has
bequeathed one-third of is estate of $46,000 to his widow, Mary KIERNAN,
under the terms of his will filed in the office of Surrogate George
A. WINGATE. The rest of his estate he has bequeathed in equal shares
among his children, Gertrude, Francis A., William J. and Thomas A. KIERNAN.
Henry WILHELM of 39 Hale avenue, has left his estate of $41,000 to his widow,
Morris REICH, of 615 Lefferts avenue, who died on May 14 last at the Beth
Moses Hospital, has left his estate of more than $10,000 to his brothers, Samuel
and Arthur REICH.
Percy H. JOHNSON, of 376 Jefferson avenue, who died on April 25, last at the
Polyclinic Hospital, has left his real estate at Long Beach to his brother,
Albert S. JOHNSON. The rest of his $30,000 estate he has left in trust, the
income to go in equal shares to his sister, Mary DAVIS JOHNSON, and his brother,
Marion Giles JOHNSON, both of Charleston, South Carolina. On their death the
principal will go to the brother, Albert S. JOHNSON.
Herman PROSSER, of 25 Clark street, has bequeathed his estate of more than
$10,000 to his widow, Hilda; his daughter, Louise PROSSER; his brother, Charles
PROSSER, and a large number of other relatives.
MUST KEEP PEACE
Placed under a personal bond of $100, Benjamin DAWSON, 36, of 312 Maujer
street, must keep the peace for one year. He was found guilty by Magistrate STEERS
in Bridge Plaza court, of a charge of disorderly conduct made by his wife,
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Alleged to have amused himself by shooting at cans with a Winchester rifle
while on the property of the Long Island Railroad, at Sixty-fifth street and
Third avenue, Walter J. MC CARRAL, 24, of 239 Sixty-eighth street, was arraigned
on a disorderly conduct charge before Magistrate ELLPERIN in Fifth avenue
court. MC CARRAL was paroled for a hearing today. The arrest was made by Special
Officer Charles VETTER of the railroad company.
SAYS HUSBAND OWES ALIMONY
Mrs. Isabelle E. ATKINSON, who lives at the Hotel St. George, today
through counsel asked Supreme Court Justice DRUHAN to adjudge her
husband, Blanchard ATKINSON, a patent medicine manufacturer, in
contempt of court for alleged failure to pay her $12,960, representing alimony
for 324 weeks at the rate of $40 a week, which she alleges he has not paid.
Mrs. ATKINSON brought a suit for separation in 1923, accusing her husband
of "inhumanity." On Nov. 14, 1923, while her suit was still pending ATKINSON
sued for annulment of their marriage on the ground that in 1887 she had been
married to Robert H. BOYD and had never obtained a divorce. On June 10, 1924,
Supreme Court Justice DIKE granted an annulment, but the Court of Appeals
reversed that decision and ordered a new trial which has not yet been held.
Meantime, BOYD, who had been a sailor, appeared and announced that when
he married Mrs. ATKINSON he was already legally married to another woman
and that, therefore, the ATKINSON marriage was valid.
HIGH SCHOOL BOY REDS FINED FOR COMMUNISTIC HARANGUE
Parents Pay But Accused Say They Would Prefer Jail
Magistrate RUDICH fined two young communist sympathizers $10 each in
Coney Island Court today for trying to persuade a group of public school
students to skip classes on May Day and listen to harangues in Madison
Square to the "comrades."
It wasn't their ideas, the Magistrate said, but their attempt to influence
children toward communism and their interference with the school classes
which brought the fines. Dr. Alexander BORCHER, principal of P.S. No. 100
at West Third street and Sheepshead Bay road, was in court and agreed with the
The defendants, Jack KLIED, 19, of 2944 West Twenty-seventh street and
Leo GENZELOFF, 17, New Utrecht High School student, of 2119 Sixty-eighth
street, listened without comment to the tempered lecture and their parents
paid the fines, although Jack and Leo said they'd rather go to jail.
"You have your rights to your thoughts and ideals," Magistrate RUDICH told
them,"and within certain limits to give expression to them. I believe in free
competition of thought and free trade of ideas. I believe that no amount
of suppression can prevent the dissemination of your thoughts and ideals
"I suppose you will say that this attempt on the part of the authorities is
one to suppress free speech. However, your thoughts and actions were directed
against little children of 12 and 13 years of age. You have taken unfair
advantage of their youth. You tried to wean them away from the care and
tutelage of their school teachers, principals and parents, and caused the
parents unnecessary worry. That's the real vice in your actions."
26 May 1931
BAIL IS $5,000 IN AUTO DEATH
Albert RIZIORE, 45, of 32-46 108th street, Corona, is under $5,000 bail
pending action of the Queens Grand Jury this week on a charge of homicide
growing out of an automobile accident. RIZIORE is charged with being the
operator of an automobile which on Sunday afternoon, May 3, struck and
fatally injured Albert PFITZMEIER, of 31-63 Forty-fourth street, Astoria,
on Astoria boulevard, near Ehret avenue, North Woodside.
PFITZMEIER at the time was pushing a carriage in which was his two year
old daughter, Clara. He shoved the child to safety, but could not escape
The complaint against RIZIORE was signed yesterday in the Long Island City
magistrate's court by Mrs. Clara PFITZMEIER, widow of the deceased. Magistrate
DALY held RIZIORE for the Grand Jury after the later had waived examination.
WIFE PLEADS SELF-DEFENSE
Self defense was claimed by Mrs. Florence DWYER, 38, OF 23-17 Twenty-third avenue,
Astoria, when arraigned in the Long Island City magistrate's court
yesterday on a charge that she had cut her husband's head open with a blow
from a pitcher. The altercation took place in the DWYER home early
Monday morning. Thomas DWYER, 40 years old, is in St. John's Hospital,
Long Island City, with several stitches in his scalp and a possible
fracture of the skull. Mrs. DWYER claims that her husband had punched her
in the face and was still beating her when, to protect herself, she struck
him. She entered a plea of not guilty and Magistrate Thomas DOYLE adjourned the
case to Friday for a hearing, fixing bail at $1,000.
DAMAGE ACTION SETTLED FOR $450
Maintaining he is ill and unable to work and that money is needed to give
medical attention to his partly deaf and blind daughter, Louis HYER,
of 30-26 Thirty-fifth street, Astoria, has appealed to Supreme
court Justice FABER in Special Term, Jamaica, for permission to settle
for $250 an action for damages against Robert H. WONTLEY and his son, Ernest
WONTLEY. HYER in the suit for damages alleged that as a result of he
accident the girl has a loss of sight in her left eye and lost hearing in
her left ear. The defendants claimed that there was a serious question
as to negligence, as the girl, six years old at the time of the accident,
was unaccomplished. Justice FABERT permitted the settlement, and
also awarded to HYER two hundred dollars for
lost of service.
BANANA FORTUNE LEFT TO WIDOW
Through a banana business which the late Raffaele MASUCCI conducted for
many year in the cellar of a Corona building, he was able to amass a small
fortune. This was revealed when an appraisal on his estate, filed with
Surrogate John HETHERINGTON of Queens showed the banana salesman
left $31,877 gross assets and $23,587 net. MASUCCI directs that his
entire holdings be given to his widow, Raffaela MASUCCI of 58 Alburtis avenue,
The assets include the building at the Northeast corner of Alburtis avenue
and Lake street, Corona, where the banana business was located. This
property was held in joint ownership by MASUCCI and his wife, and
has an assessed valuation of $70,000. MASUCCI died Feb. 10, 1929, at the
George THOMAS, 39 years old, of 1765 Sixty-first street, and Albert
GIORDANO, 48, of 1134 Seventy-fourth street, will be given hearings in
Coney Island Court tomorrow before Magistrate RUDICH on charges of
bookmaking. They were arrested last Friday by Patrolman Andrew KELLERMAN,
of Inspector James FITZPATRICK'S staff, accused of accepting wagers
on horse races.
Max BLUMENFELD, a fruiterer at 3188 Coney Island avenue, paid a fine of
$1, imposed by Magistrate RUDICH in the Coney Island court to a charge
of having a stand six feet from the building line. He was summoned to
court by Patrolman Paul JOHNSON, of the Coney Island station.
SUBWAY SMOKERS FINED
Eighteen subway smokers pleaded guilty to violation of a city ordinance
and were sentenced to pay $3 fines, with the alternative of a day in jail,
after they appeared before Magistrate CURTIS in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The men were found smoking in stations of the Fourth
avenue subway line.
27 May 1931
PAYS $100 FINE FOR FLYING LOW
Credited with the only two convictions in this State in low airplane
flying cases, both resulting in $100 fines, the Police Department Air
Service today was planning to continue its drive against student
aviators who pilot planes at less than 1,000 feet above ground in
Found guilty of the low flying act, section 245 of the General Business
Law, Lois E. ADELS, 19, a student aviator, of 176 Sullivan street,
Manhattan, paid a $10 fine to Justices GRESSER, WALLING AND
SOLOMON in Queens Court of Special Sessions yesterday to escape
serving a thirty day prison sentence.
Sergeant Allan N. VAN HAGAN, of the air service, testified the youth, on
March 27 flew a Curtis fledgling at an altitude of only 300 feet over
Rosedale. The law states that over congested areas planes must be kept
at or above 1,000 feet above ground.
ADELS declared he was making altitude when Sergeant VAN SAGAN
BUTCHER GUILTY OF STRIKING GIRL
A fine of $100 was paid by Bernard KEMP, 52, a butcher, of 476 Broadway
Astoria, in the court of Special Sessions after Justices WALLING, SOLOMON,
and GRESSER found him guilty of assaulting a ten year old girl.
Mrs. Dorothy MALONEY of 31-80 42d street, Astoria, said KEMP on Jan. 31
kicked her daughter, Dorothy, while the child was playing in front of the
shop. She alleged that because of the assault her daughter was compelled to
remain away from school for three weeks.
KEMP denied the charge, saying the child might have been struck by a barrel
of rabbits while it was being rolled into the store.
SHAKEDOWN LAID TO COUPLE HELD ON CAFE MAN'S CHARGE
Plaintiff Called Copy Instead of Paying Over $100
A man and a woman who supposedly represented themselves as
police officials were held in $1,500 bail each today by Magistrate STEERS
in Gates avenue court charged with attempted extortion. They will be given
a hearing tomorrow.
The two defendants are Miss Louise JOHNSON, 28, of 138 West Fifty-eighth
street, Manhattan and William J. TIVOLI, 53, who gave his address as the
Midtown Hotel, 10 West Sixty-first street, Manhattan, and who said he is the
head of the Aster Detective Service at that address.
The couple were arrested on the complaint of Gustave MOLDENHAUER who,
with Albert JARVIS, owns a restaurant at 627 Central avenue. MOLDENHAUER
lives at 302 Covert street.
TIVOLI and the woman entered MOLDENHAUER's place at 2 A. M. last
Sunday, he said, and he served them with food and drinks. They returned at
2 A. M. today, he said, and Miss JOHNSON said to him:
"Whom do you pay your protection money to?" MOLDENHAUER said he
did not answer her, and she added:
"Why don't you see the chief?" and pointed to TIVOLI.
"Slip me a hundred or I'll close you up tight by Saturday night."
MOLDENHAUER said he refused and the couple, with TIVOLI still threatening,
left. He said he followed them to the street, saw Patrolman William SLAVIN,
of the Wilson avenue station, and had them arrested.
FATHER AT SIDE OF BRIDGETTS AS HE IS HELD
Friday Set for hearing in Killing of Dr. LOUGHLIN
Chaulky white under his four days growth of beard, and with his left arm still
in its bandages and sling, Howard V. BRIDGETTS, young customs broker,
was arraigned in Homicide Court today, charged with the murder of his cousin,
Dr. Joseph T. LOUGHLIN, prominent Flatbush surgeon.
Beside the prisoner stood his father, John J. BRIDGETTS, a well-to-do
commission merchant, heavyset, gray-haired, his face as white as his son's.
>From time to time the father spoke up, seeking as best he could to protect the
interests of his son.
The arraignment followed BRIDGETTS' appearance in the lineup at Manhattan
police headquarters, and while final preparations were being made for the
burial of Dr. LOUGHLIN in Holy Cross Cemetery this afternoon.
DELAY IS DENIED
The charge was contained in a short affidavit signed by Detective Albert
DAILY, of the Sheepshead Bay station, which accused BRIDGETTS of the murder on
"investigation and admissions" by the prisoner, Magistrate Frederick HUGHES
read the charge to young BRIDGETTS, who said nothing at that time, but his
father spoke up and asked the court for a delay of a half hour to permit
George LEISURE, young BRIDGETTS' lawyer, to reach the courtroom.
Assistant District Attorney John T. ENO pointed out to the court that the
arrangment (sic) had taken place by the reading of the charge and that is was
merely a formality anyway, the District Attorney would like the case put over
for 48 hours before holding a hearing. The magistrate agreed, and it went
over to Friday. Young BRIDGETTS, speaking for the first time, said:
"Your Honor, Dr. DONOVAN of the Police Department said I should ask
medical attention for my arm. I would like to go to a hospital."
ENO, to whom Magistrate HUGHES turned for assent, said that medical
treatment was a matter jail authorities to attend to, whereupon the older
BRIDGETTS interrupted to ask that some consideration be shown for his
son's wounded arm. Magistrate HUGHES held BRIDGETTS without bail and
then ordered ENO to see to it that steps were taken to given the prisoner
From time to time throughout the proceedings, the older BRIDGETTS plainly
under a heavy strain, mopped his brow with a handkerchief.
FUNERAL PLANS SECRET
Plans for the LOUGHLIN funeral were kept a secret as possible. The body was
sent from the Kings County Hospital morgue to the Boyertown funeral parlor,
at 38 Lafayette avenue, from which it was planned to take it to the funeral
chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery where the services were to take place.
Monsignor John B. GORMAN is in charge of the cemetery chapel, and also is
pastor of the Church of St. Catherine of Genoa, which the doctor and his
While the assistant medical examiner who performed an autopsy on the doctor's
body fixed the time of death as about 3 A. M. Sunday, the police apparently
placed some credence in the story which District Attorney William F. X.
GEOGHAN quoted BRIDGETTS as telling yesterday during a re-enactment of
the killing on the Flatlands meadows. In his affidavit, Detective DAILY
placed the time of the
killing at about 11:30 P. M. Saturday.
The doctor's body was found Sunday under construction some distance away at
East Thirty-third street and Fillmore avenue. District Attorney GEOGHAN
announced yesterday that BRIDGETTS admitted, goaded by frequent quarrels
into a fight with the doctor, he shot the latter as he was being beaten.
COMPLAINANT AWAY, ACCUSED GOES FREE
A charge of burglary against Fannie ROTH, 34, of 21 Clinton street,
Manhattan, accused of having entered the home, of Mrs. Rae
TURGEN, at 2491 Sixty-fifth street, on April 27 last was dismissed
by Magistrate RUDICH in Coney Island court today, when Mrs.
TURGEN did not appear.
Patrolman SPLETZER, of Bath Beach station, informed the court he
had been attempting to induce Mrs. TURGEN to appear for the hearing
but was informed by her husband that Mrs. TURGEN is in Dallas,
Texas, and did not wish to press the complaint.
SISTER TO FACE FILOSA IN JAIL
District Attorney GEOGHAN, it has been learned plans to take
Catherine DE HALL to Raymond Street Jail today to be confronted
there by her step-brother, Michael FILOSA, now under conviction for
manslaughter as the slayer of her brother, Salvatore DE HALL.
FILOSA has denied any part in the crime, and last Saturday night at
Raymond Street Jail told a story that led to the arrest of Anna DE HALL
mother of FILOSA and the DE HALL children. Catherine DE HALL
herself was slashed across the nose and the cheek on the night her
brother was slashed to death.
Michael FILOSA has not said that his mother did the slashing. His
statement has been that he found his mother with a razor in her hand,
and that he had to struggle with her to get the razor from her grasp. It
is admitted that Catherine DE HALL is the only one, outside of the
mother, who can tell just what took place at the DE HALL home on
Carlton avenue on the night of Nov. 24 last.
DENIES ALIMONY IN NEGLECT CASE
Supreme Court Justice FABER in Special Term, Jamaica, has denied an
application for alimony and counsel fees made by Mrs. Mary HARBAUGH
CAMPBELL, 28, of 224-11 133d avenue, Laurelton, in a separation action
she has started against her husband, Charles Gilbert CAMPBELL, buyer
for a Manhattan furnishing store, Mrs. CAMPBELL asked for $60 a week
alimony and $500 counsel fee.
Mrs. CAMPBELL, who told the court her father is employed by the
government in the bureau of Budget, was married Feb. 21, 1928, following
a short romance in Baltimore, Md. She bases her suit for separation on
allegations which state that the buyer does not pay any attention to his
son, Charles Gilbert CAMPBELL, Jr., two years old, and that he spends
whole evenings without saying a word to his wife.
"Upon the facts disclosed the probability of the plaintiff's (Mrs. CAMPBELL)
success in her action is very doubtful," Justice FABER wrote in his decision.
CAMPBELL has entered a general denial to his wife's complaint.
INSURANCE MAN IS JAILED FOR $800 DUE WIFE
Four Deputies Arrest Him in Corona After Long Search
Sylvester E. DEVERAUX, an insurance agent of 1598 East Twenty-eighth
street, is in Queens Civil Jail, Long Island City, for failure to pay back
alimony totaling nearly $800 to his wife, Mrs. Kay DEVERAUX, 26, of
175 Joralemon street. The latter formerly resided in the Park Slope section.
DEVERAUX was taken into custody at 108th street and Forty-fifth avenue,
Corona, after a five month search by Deputy Sheriffs Ralph KLEYMAN,
Philip NAMACK, Rudolph BLICKMAN and Harry BURDEN.
Mrs. DEVERAUX trailed her husband for three days and when she found him
in Corona she notified the deputy sherifs and his capture followed.
According to the papers in the case Mrs. DEVERAUX obtained a separation
from her husband three years ago and was awarded $10 weekly alimony.
Last year she brought a divorce action against him and in March was awarded
a final decree of divorce.
The DEVERAUX have one child Geraldine, 5, who resides with her mother.
SLEUTH FACES PRISON TERM FOR BEATINGS
Lichtblau Found Guilty of Attacking Young Socialists
Detective Harry LICHTBLAU, of 793 Utica avenue, faces sentence to the
penitentiary today after having been found guilty of beating two young
Socialist he had arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
LICHTBLAU, found guilty by Justice NOLAN, RAYFIEL and DIRENZO, in
Special Sessions, will be sentenced May 29. His bail of $20 0 (sic) was
continued until that date.
The Brooklyn detective was arrested on two charges brought by Bernard
RIFKIN, 19, of 35 Veronica place, and Jesse GROSS, 23, of 108 East
GROSS was arrested at Socialist headquarters, 55 Snyder avenue, on
March 31, and charged with distributing Socialist pamphlets in front of
Erasmus Hall High School.
RIFKIN was arrested at the same time on the ground that he attempted
to interfere with LICHTBLAU in performance of his duty. GROSS was
find $50, while Magistrate SABBITINO in Flatbush court dismissed the
charge against RIFKIN.
LITCHTBLAU is the father of two children and was a member of the Police
Department for four years. He denied striking either of the youths and
was corroborated by four other policemen. But the court upheld the
argument of GROSS and RIFKIN that they were beaten by the policeman
in the Snyder avenue station.
Mrs. Pearl FOX, 28, of 3209 Mermaid avenue, paid a fine of $3
imposed by Magistrate RUDICH in Coney Island court yesterday
when she pleaded guilty to placing garbage in a wooden recept-
acle in violation of the sanitary code. The complain was made by
Jack RACHMELER, an inspector of the Department of Sanitation.
Magistrate RUDICH in Coney Island court yesterday issued a warrant
for the arrest of Mrs. Emma GRIDELLI, of 8714 Twentieth avenue,
when she failed to obey a summons directing her appearance to
answer a charge of failing to surrender to the Board of Health for
examination, he police dog, which had bitten Alfred J. SMITH, 72 of
8634 Twentieth avenue, on both legs. The complainant was Patrolman
James COONEY of the Health Department.
When neither of the principals appeared Magistrate RUDICH in Coney
Island court yesterday dismissed a charge of disorderly conduct which
was brought against Thedore SCHNEIDER, 35, of 2662 Ocean avenue,
by his wife, Helen. In her deposition she stated that her husband struck
her on the nose during a quarrel in their home on May 10.
Before Magistrate RUDICH in Coney Island court yesterday appeared
Harry BOSLOW, 32, one of the owners of the Brighton Laundry, West
Sixth street and Sheepshead Bay Road, who was charged by Patrolman
Vito LA ROSSA, of the Coney Island station, with obstructing the side-
walk in front of his place of business with boxes and barrels. BOSLOW
pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
"It is a tough time to make a living and I don't want to hurt anyone, who
takes to peddling to make things go, but at the same time I must uphold
the law," Magistrate Jacob EILPERIN, yesterday in Bridge Plaza court,
told ten men brought before him for peddling without a license. The
defendants promised to obey the instructions of the court. Sentences
AUTO PLATES CHANGED
Although Walter L. ORTON, of 1405 Seventy-third street, refused to
sign a complaint of grand larceny against Peter GALLETI, 20, 1865
Cropsey avenue, the latter was held in $3,000 bail for a hearing to-
morrow, before Magistrate CURTIS in Fifth avenue court. GALLETTI
was arrested and charged with stealing ORTON's automobile, which
was allegedly found in front of the former's home. According to police
the serial numbers and license plates of the car had been changed.
AWAITS GRAND JURY
On a charge of felonious assault, Michael CASSESE, 24, of 213
North Fifth street, was held in $1,000 bail for the action of the Grand
Jury, yesterday, in Bridge Plaza Court by magistrate EILPERIN. The
complainant was John JAULE, of 370 Hooper street, and the assault
is alleged to have taken place at Keap and Grand streets on Jan. 31.
For beating his way on the Morgan avenue station of the Fourteenth
street subway line, Steve REPELIA, 19, fo 137 Melrose street, was
fined $2 with the option of spending a day in the city jail. He paid the
fine. He was arrested by Special Officer Charles JOHNSON, of the BMT.
HELD WITHOUT BAIL
Charged with stealing the automobile of Charles HADDAD, of 138 Seely
street, from in front of 8122 Third avenue, Martin GULBRANDSEN, 37,
of 304 Eighty-sixth street, was arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday
and held without bail for a hearing Friday. GULBRANDSEN was
arrested by Patrolman John INCAO, of Fort Hamilton station at Eightieth
street and Fourth avenue. He told Magistrate CURTIS he received a
suspended sentence for third degree arson in Nassau County last
Anthony PONSIGLIONE, 20, of 43 President street, a saxophone player
was held in $1,000 bail for a hearing next Friday after being arraigned
before Magistrate CURTIS' in Fifth avenue court yesterday on a gun
charge. PONSIGLIONE, according to Detective PETROSINO, of Main
Office Division, was the owner of a revolver found in the bureau drawer
of his home.
31 May 1931
FOUND GUILTY IN MURDER OF BROOKLYN MAN
Two Convicted in White Plains - Victim's Widow and Lover Held
Giuseppe CARICARI and Alfonso CARRATO, found guilty on a charge of
murder, first degree, by a jury before Supreme Court Justice CLOSE in White
Plains late yesterday, will be sentenced Monday.
The two men were convicted of having fatally shot GIOVANNI VOLPE, of
1139 Eighty-sixth street, Bay Ridge, in Mamaroneck on the night of March 25
The jury was out seven hours and 35 minutes.
A short time before the verdict was returned, the jury asked Justice
CLOSE whether a verdict of guilty of first degree murder might be returned
with a recommendation of mercy, but Justice CLOSE explained such a verdict
was not permissible under the State law.
VOLPE's widow, Mrs. ROSINA VOLPE and Joseph CARBONERI, with whom she was
friendly, are held in the county jail on a similar charge of first degree
murder. It was the contention of the State that CARBONERI offered CARICARI
and CARRATO $500 to kill VOLPE. This the defendants denied.
1 JUNE 1931
KNAPP in Mineola Jail Awaits Trail As ''Thrill Slayer''
Philip Knox KNAPP, alleged ''thrill killer'', who deserted the Army Air
Corps because there wasn't enough excitement in flying, was arraigned before
Nassau County Judge SMITH to-day and pleaded not guilty to having murdered
Louis PANELLA,a Hempstead taxi driver,in 1925.
KNAPP, for whom a six-year search extending over several countries was
made, was returned to Mineola to-day from West Orange,N.J., where he was
captured last night.He hd been living quietly there as an humble,married
District Attorney Elvin N.EDWARDS told Judge SMITH that KNAPP had asked
for sufficient time before trail to get in touch with his parents, said to be
proinent in Syracuse, and to arrange for lawyer to defend him.
Judge SMITH said he had no objection to reasonable delay so that KNAPP
might retain counsel.In the meantime,he remanded him to Nassau County jail
without bail.KNAPP appeared tired and slightly nervous as he was brought to
the court handcuffed to a deputy sheriff.
KNAPP, living under the name of Allen Kingsburg KNAPP, is an army
deserter, former Cornell University student and said to be the son of a
prominent Syracuse family.
PANELLA was killed shortly after the Loeb-Leopold trail and authorities at
that time attributed the murder to a search for a thrill, although robbery
also was given as a motive when it was discovered that nearly $100 had been
taken from the dead cab driver. PANELLA was killed by a 45 calibre bullet
through the head. Two wounds were found in his body when it was discovered
under some debris on the site of old Camp Mills.
Several days elapsed before Major William N.HENSLEY, at that time
commandant at Mitchel Field, was able to determine the name of the slayer.
The taxi driver was killed shortly after pay day at the arm post and Major
HENSLEY was hampered by the fact that a number of the soldiers were absent
JAMAICAN HELD ON WIFE'S CHARGE
Robert MOXLEY, 31, of 145-05 Ninety-seventh street,Jamaica, was before
Magistrate Marvin, in Jamaica Court to-day,on a chrge of abandonment and
non-support on the complaint of his wife, Anna.
MOXLEY was arrested yesterday at St.Elizabeth's R.C.Church, Atlantic avenue
and Eighty-fourth street,Woodhaven, ten minutes before he was to marry Miss
Barbara STARCK, a telephone operator,of 91-32 Eightieth street,Woodhaven.
MOXLEY, who until a week ago had a butcher shop at 87-27 Eightieth
street,Woodhaven, was confronted by his wife who charged he had abandoned her
and their two small children.
Magistrate Marvin released MOXLEY in the custody of Richmond Hill
detectives so he might be taken before Magistrate Girgio in Ridgewood Court
on a charge of attempted bigamy.
HIT WITH CHAIR BY WIFE, HE SAYS
Natalie RATNER, 22, of 2834 West Twenty-seventh street, was in Coney Island
court before Magistrate Sabbatino,to-day, charged with assault by her
husband, August, of 2820 West Twenty-seventh street.
The couple, who have been married two years and separated six weeks, have
an eight-month old baby.
RATNER told the magistrate his wife came to his house and hit him across
the nose with a chair. The wife said she hid in a closet in her husband's
house and saw him come in with a woman and do things she didn't approve of.
The magistrate told them they ought to find some way to patch up their
troubles and paroled Mrs.RATNER until Sept 14.
2 June 1931
NET CLOSING AROUND MOTHER IN DE HALL MURDER CASE
An indictment charging her with murder is expected to be returned to-day
by the Grand Jury against Mrs.Anna De HALL, 54, of 20 Carlton avenue.
Distric Attorney GEOGHAN has planned to go before the Grand Jury with the
evidence, which, it is alleged, marks Mrs.De HALL out as the murderer of her
sixteen-year old son, Salvatore.
Michael FILOSA, son of Mrs.De HALL by a prior marriage, is under
conviction for the murder of the boy. But a new, although expected, story of
the killing was told by FILOSA to District Attorney GEOGHAN six weeks after
his conviction by a jury before County Judge TAYLOR.
After his arrest and at his trail FILOSA had asserted that the killing
was done while he was walking in his sleep.He did not admit guilt of the
murder and he did not charge it to anybody else. But after six weeks of
investigation by District Attorney GEOGHAN and Chief Assistant District
Attorney KOPFF, FILOSA admitted that the
''sleep-walking'' story was a hoax, and that he had entered the kitchen of
his home to find his mother holding a razor; his step-sister,Catherine De
HALL, 15,slashed across the cheek and the nose: and his
step-brother, Salvatore De HALL,lying dead on the floor from a severed jugular
GIRL CONFIRMS STORY
To this story has now been added the damaging assertions of Catherine De HALL,
made last evening to District Attorney GEOGHAN and KOPFF.
''I have kept quiet,'' said the girl,''because my brother,Michael, asked me
to.But, when I saw him going back to his cell to-day, I just had to tell what
The girl was referring to a meeting with her brother yesterday afternoon
in the office of Warden HONECK at Raymond street jail, at which District
Attorney GEOGHAN and KOPFF were present.
''Don't open your mouth,Kitty'', said FILOSA as he entered the warden's
office and saw his step-sister in the company of GEOGHAN and KOPFF, '' I have
said too much now.They want to frighten you. I'm fed up on this and I'm
''Very well'' declared GEOGHAN, ''if that is the way you feel about it, we
also are through. The book is closed.''
FILOSA walked back to his cell, while GEOGHAN and KOPFF left in company
with the girl. The latter was taken back to the Children's Society. A few
minutes after he had returned to his desk in the municipal building, word
came from the Children's Society to District Attorney GEOGHAN that the girl
wished to speak to him. She was ....... sorry rest is missing
DEATH SENTENCE FOR SANGAMINO
James SANGAMINO,24, of 2545 West Seventeenth street, who was convicted on a
charge of murder in the first degree, was sentenced to-day by County Judge
MARTIN to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing during the week of July 13
On Oct 29 last, it was charged, SANGAMINO shot and killed Joseph RIGGIO
outside the premises at 100 Bay Forty-sixth street. According to the story of
Joseph DENTISE, cousin of the murdered man, and a witness of the murder,
SANGAMINO had persuaded RIGGO to accompany him on an automobile ride. When
the car arrived at Bay Forty-sixth street. SANGAMINO ordered RIGGIO, who was
driving, to stop the car and turn off the engine. When RIGGIO asked why he
should turn off the engine.SANGAMINO answered, ''You know why I brought you
here.'' SANGAMINO then, DENTISE testified, put four shots in the body of
AWAIT SENTENCE FOR BAD CHECKS
Manny TARTASKY, 28, and his brother, Al TARTASKY, 26, are free in $500 bail
each, awaiting sentence on June 8 in the Court of Special Sessions, having
been found guilty after trail in that tribunal of two separate charges of
Jack SHIFRIN, hay and feed merchant, of 66-10 Grand street, Maspeth, at the
trail before Justices HEALY. FEATHERSTONE and SALOMON, claimed that on Dec 22
last he went to the hay and grain store of the brothers at 162 Tieman avenue,
Corona, and received from Manny TARTASKY, a check for $17.85 for corn and
mash. Nine days later, SHIFRIN said, the other brother gave him a check for
$22.35 worth of goods. SHIFRIN said he sent the checks to a bank, and that
both were returned to him marked ''insufficient funds''. He deposited the
checks several times and, after they again were returned, took legal action.
GIRL DESCRIBES FATAL HOLDUP
Geraldine SHERRY, of Bellaire,L.I., to-day was a witness before County
Judge CONWAY and a jury against Peter SARDINI and Pietro MATERA on trail for
murder in the first degree. It is alleged against them that on the morning of
April 12, during a robbery in a ''speak-easy'' at 230 Bay Forty-ninth street,
they shot and killed Frank ZAPPO and Salvatore FELIE.
ZAPPO was shot and killed when he attacked the bandits.FELIE,one of the
bandits, fell with a bullet in his heart that was intended for a patron,
According to the story of the SHERRY girl in reply to questions by
Assistant District Attorney John J.KEAN, she was seated at a table when the
bandits entered and ordered all to ''stick up'' their hands. She testified
that SARDINI held one revolver and MATERA levelled two revolvers at all in
FELIE, she said, demanded a ring she was wearing, and, when she refused to
give it up, slapped her on the face. On orders from SARDINI she then gave up
When the shooting started, she said that she dropped to the floor and
sought refudge under a table.
BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER
Jury Impressed at Lawyer's Recital of Cain and Abel Story in Rockaway Court
The Biblical story of the slaying of Abel by his brother,Cain, was
narrated by a lawyer in the Rockaway Beach municipal court yesterday at a
hearing on an ejectment suit brought by a man against his brother.
Henry PINCUS, owner of a two-family house at 324 Beach Sixty-ninth
street,Arverne, was the complainant. He sought to have his brother, Harry
PINCUS, ejected from the house which he shares with him so that he could turn
it over to another tenant who would be willing to pay a higher rental. Harry
had refused to move, claiming that he had an oral lease with his brother
which will not expire until November.
Abner H. PIKE, attorney for Harry PINCUS, asked the jurors if they had read
the story of Cain and Abel. One of them replied that he had not, whereupon
PIKE related the Old Testament story of the tragedy in Adam's family.
Wheather influenced by telling of the story or not, the jurors found for the
defendant, deciding that he was entitled to retain possession of the
apartment until his oral lease expires in November.
The case was tried before Justice William P. WIENER.
A charge of assault and robbery against Mariano SEVERINO, 20, of 19 Stanton
street; Anthony FONTANO 20, of 103 East Second street,and William KARY,21, of
220 East Third street, all of Manhattan, was dismissed in Bridge plaza court
by Magistrate LIOTA. SEVERINO and FONTANO were placed in $2,000 bail each for
trail in the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of violating the Sullivan
HELD ON GUN CHARGE
Arthur DEPEW, 39, of 945 Forty-second street, a full-blooded Navajo Indian,
is being held for the Court of Special Sessions in $1,000 bail. He waived
examination on a charge of possessing a loaded .25 calibre automatic gun
before Magistrate CASEY in Fifth avenue court yesterday on the complaint of
Detective GAFFNEY, of the Borough Park station who allegedly found the weapon
in a dresser drawer in DEPEW'S home.
A fine of $2 was imposed on Vincenso DEVITO, 33 yearsold,of 2981 Essex
avenue, the Bronx, when he was found guilty of violating a city ordinance by
Magistrate LIOTA in Bridge plaza court yesterday. The fine was paid.
After he was given a suspended charge before Magistrate CASEY in Fifth
avenue court yesterday, Albert ANDERSON,37, of 193 Ninth street,was taken
into custody again by Patrolman KELLY, of Fort Hamilton station, for
investigation of his right to be in this country.ANDERSON,a sailor, told
police he ''jumped'' ship two years ago. He was arrested after he slapped
Walter PIERZ, proprietor of a drug store at 7623 Third avenue, when the
latter would not give him medicine he demanded.At that time he was arrested,
ANDERSON had no money.
BAIL PLACED AT $1,000
Ben WANNES,34,an Arabian, living at 1715 Mermaid avenue, pleaded not guilty
when arraigned before Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday
afternoon on a charge of felonious assault preferred by Mrs.Antonia
PROTOPAPAS,37,of 410 West Forty-fourth street. She caused his arrest in a
restaurant at West Eighth street,and the boardwalk after he had hurled
several pop bottles durning a fight, one of which struck her on the left arm.
He pleaded not guility and was held in $1,000 bail for further hearing on
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Mrs.Pauline SCROT, of 1312 West Sixth street, appeared in Coney Island court
yesterday in answer to a summons served on her by Mrs.Yetta TANZER,of 59 Van
Sicklen street, charging her with disorderly conduct. Mrs.TANZER alleged
Mrs.SEROT called her a gambler and other uncomplimentary names.This was
denied by Mrs.SEROT, who pleaded not guilty and was paroled by Magistrate
SABBATINO for further hearing on June 29.
3 June 1931
FIGHTS WITH COP, REPENTS IN JAIL
Arrested last night after a struggle with Patrolman John J.MULLINS of the
Coney Island station, Jack JEURGENS, 41, of 2861 Cortland street, Coney Island,
was given three days in jail this morning by Magistrate Sabbatino in Coney
Island court when he pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.
According to the arresting officer, JEURGENS, after chopping furniture in
his home last night with an axe, chased his wife into the street witth a knife
and attempted to stab the policeman as he tried to arrest him. JEURGENS told
the magistrate that he had been drinking.
SLAYING SUSPECTS GET TRAIL DELAY
Three youths charge with the murder of Frank PENDLEBURY in his grocery
store in Elmhurst were to have gone on trail in the Queens County Court but were
granted an adjournment after Judge Frank F.ADEL had granted motions made by
defense attorneys that the State provide the defendants with bills of
particulars. The defendants who are indicted for murder first degree are
Walter BROSK, 23
Michael ROADICK, 20,
Julian SIRATKI, 24.
The trio are alleged to have entered PENDLEBURY's store at 95-24
Forty-first street,Elmhurst, on February 26 and demanded that he throw up his hands.
PENDLEBURY is said to have argued with them and one of the trio is alleged to
have fired a shot that killed PENDLEBURY.
AUNT DEFENDS ''FAT'' DURINGER
Rudolph (''FAT'') DURINGER, 23, on trail for murder of Virginia BRANNEN,
dance hall hostess, is ''just a big overgrown boy and always had a splendid
Aunt testified to-day.
The relative, Mrs.Catharine KRAMM, 12 Broad avenue, Ossining, said
DURINGER had lived with her five years.Edward MARTIN and Arthur BELL, neighbors of
Mrs.KRAMM, echoed her sentiments as character witnesses.
The defense of DURINGER, who repudiated yesterday his alleged confession
of having killed the girl while riding in an automobile with Francis(''TWO
GUN'') CROWLEY, sentenced to death for murdering a policeman, is expected to sum
up this afternoon.
It is believed the Bronx County jury will get the case late to-night or
CASATI ENDS MURDER TRAIL BY GUILT PLEA
Admits Killing Woman-- Gets Off With Manslaughter
Cosmo CASATI, who had insisted that a stranger set upon him and Yvonne
CASSIERI, of 3909 Avenue P, while they were riding in her automobile on Jan 3 last
at East Forty-first street near Troy avenue, shooting her dead and wounding
him, brought his trail for murder to a sudden close to-day in County Court by
pleading guilty to manslaughter in the first degree.
His trail for first degree murder before Judge McLaughlin was almost ready
to be given to the jury when he entered the plea of guilty to the lesser
The State claimed he killed Mrs.CASSIERI when she told him she would not
see him no longer, and that the bullet wound in his chest was received durning
Mrs.CASSIERI'S struggle for her life. Mrs.Mary COURCELLES the slain woman's
mother, had testified that during a quarrel between her daughter and CASATI last
August, she heard him threaten to kill Mrs.CASSIERI.
'' READY TO TAKE MEDICINE'', SAYS THRILL SLAYER
Tired of being the object of a world-wide hunt, Philip Knox KNAPP,
''thrill slayer'' of a Long Island taxicab driver and son of a wealthy
Syracuse family, was in Mineola jail to-day, only a short distance from the
scene of the crime, ''ready to take my medicine''.
KNAPP, a former Cornell student, army deserter and object of a six year
man hunt which took detectives into many foreign lands, was brought here by
airplane yesterday after his capture in West Orange, N.J., where he had been
living in a small bungalow with his second wife as Allen Kingsbury PHILLIPS.
Freely admitting the slaying on July 2,1925, of Louis PANELLA, whose body
was found buried two days later under slabs of concrete on Hempstead
Plains,L.I. KNAPP for more than three hours last night dictated an account of the
murder and of his subsequent movements.
''I don't know why I did it- unless it was for the thrill'', he said.
He told police he had hired PANELLA to drive him from Mitchel Field, where
he had enlisted in the airservice, and was examining a revolver which he had
stolen when it exploded. '' I don't know whether I was just handling it or
whether I pointed it,'' he said.
He then described how he sold the taxi after stopping at a service station
and a house to get water to wash the blood from his hands and the car and his
flight to Albany and then to Watertown, Mass, where he married Eleanor HILL,
divorcee and daughter of a Watertown school superintendent, under an assumed
name. He then came to New York where he enlisted in the Coast Guard at the
Staten Island base.
He said he had previously married Miss Fannie TAUB in Baltimore in 1925,
but deserted her after a few days.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charles SCHRIEFER,46, of 178 Meserole street, was before Magistrate LIOTA in
Bridge Plaza court yesterday after it was alleged he tore up a summons given
to him by his wife, Catherine, for his appearance in court and then beat her,
bruising her arms and blackening both eyes. Arrested by Patrolman McDOUGAL,of
Stagg street station, SCHRIEFER was paroled for a hearing.
On a charge of malicious mischief, Mrs.Emma BERNHARDT, 40, of 629 Wythe
avenue, was before Magistrate Liota in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday. Max RUBBIN,
of 76 Ross street, alleged in an affidavit that a wooden fence in the rear
yard was wrecked by the woman, who denis the charge. The case was
set down for June 9 for a hearing.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Max VALINSKY, 43, of 30 East First street, Manhattan, was charged
with petty larceny in Bridge Plaza Court, yesterday. He denied the
charge and was paroled by Magistrate Liota for a hearing on June 30.
4 June 1931
''FAT'' DURINGER SENT TO CHAIR IN GIRL'S DEATH
Jury Finds Dance Hall Hostess' Slayer Guilty After Nine Hours
Rudolph C.DURINGER, 220-pound truck driver, was found guilty of
murder in the first degree for the slaying of Virginia BRANNEN, Harlem
dance hall hostess, with a mandatory sentence of death in the electric chair.
The jurors, who deliberated for nine hours before bringing in the verdict
at 1:40 A.M., had four possible verdicts under consideration- first and
degree murder, manslaughter and acquittal. Two hours previous to finding
the Ossining truck driver guilty, the jurors had consulted Justice Albert
COHN on the distinction between first and second degree murder.
Miss BRANNEN'S bullet-pierced body was found behind the wall of
St.Joseph's Seminary nearly two months ago. DURINGER was accused
of the murder by two youths and was arrested with Francis(Two Gun)
CROWLEY, now awaiting execution in the death house at Sing Sing
for the murder of a policeman, on May 7, after a police siege of nearly
two hours on their apartment stronghold.
DURINGER immediately confessed the slaying, stating that he had
killed the girl because she loved another. On the stand he repudiated
this statement, claming it had been secured under duress. His defense
was that he shoot her accidentally, while ''dead drunk''.
Judge COHN, who will sentence DURINGER Monday, told the jurors
in his charge that voluntary drunkeness was no excuse for committing
a crime and left it to them to decide whether the confession was true.
CROWLEY was sentenced last week to die for the murder of
Policeman Frederick HIRSCH in Mineola. He was to go to the chair
on July 5, but obtained an automatic respite until fall when his lawyer
filed an appeal against CROWLEY'S will.
Jury Indicts Mrs.De HALL In Sleep-Walk Murder Case
Faces Trail for Death of Son on Filosa's Repudiation
Mrs.Anna De HALL,mother of Michael FILOSA who last week
repudiated his sleep-walking story and confession of the murder
of his half-brother, Salvatore De HALL, was indicted to-day by
the Grand Jury on a second degree murder charge.
It was alleged that Mrs.De HALL,who is 54 and lives at 71
Waverly avenue,was the one who slashed the throat of young
Salvatore, then 16, Nov 24,1930,in their home at that time at
20 Carlton avenue. Filosa, a son by the previous marriage, was
arrested for the killing and convicted. He is now awaiting sentence
for first degree manslaughter.
According tothe story he maintained until last week,
he said he awoke from a sleep-walking trance to find Salvatore
lying on the floor in a pool of blood and his step sister, Catherine,
bleeding from slashed cheeks and nose. Mrs.De HALL testified
at FILOSA'S trail that she awoke to find herself confronted by FILOSA
after the slashing.
FILOSA was convicted two months ago, but subsequent to his
trail's end, District Attorney GEOGHAN investigated further because
of a belief supported by County Judge Franklin TAYLOR, before whom
FILOSA had been tried, that he was covering up some one else.
A week ago, FILOSA changed his story and admitted the sleep-
walking alibi was a hoax. He said when he entered the house he saw
SALVATORE lying on the floor surrounded with blood and Catherine
bleeding from slash wounds, while his mother was standing by
holding a razor. He said that he had to struggle with her to get
the razor away.
Catherine also changed her story, saying that she awoke to find
a woman bending over her,and then, when she turned on the light
saw FILOSA struggling with Mrs.De HALL and found herself bleeding.
It was this testimony that moved the Grand Jury to hand down the
indictment. Mrs.De HALL pleaded not guilty and was held without
bail for trail. Mrs.De HALL was remanded to Raymond street jail
by County Judge George W.MARTIN for trail.
PORTRAIT FIGHT SETTLED FOR $200
Carl B.ELY, president of the Tanning Corporation of America, and Leon
KIRSCHNER, of 834 Central avenue, Far Rockaway, came to an agreement
yesterday just as a Municipal Court jury was about to be given the
artist's suit for $1,000 against Mr.ELY. He claimed that he had painted
a portrait of Mr.ELY and the latter refuse payment on the grounds that
he didn't like KIRSCHNER's depiction of his nose and mouth. Mr.ELY
admitted his refusal to pay but asserted that he had stipulated that he
was to be the sole judge of the portrait and added that the artist had
refuse to alter the nose and mouth.
They settled the matter for $200 with the consent of Justice William P.
WEINER, who presided at the trail.
LASS WITH 35 DRESSES PROVIDED BY DAD, TOLD SHE MUST RETURN HOME.
Possession of thirty-five dresses, four hats and many pairs of silk stockings
is sufficient reason for a 14-year old girl to remain home with her father,
Supreme Court Justice DUNNE has ruled in Special Term,Jamaica.
Up until three weeks ago,Beatrice SCHNEIDER, the girl, lived with her
father, Herman, at 5433 Metropolitan avenue, Ridgewood. Then she visited her
sister, Mrs.Irene RUPPELL at 174 Engert avenue,Brooklyn, and failed to return
home. Unable to win her back his daughter, SCHNEIDER decided to go before
Justice DUNNE to gain custody of the child on a writ of habeas corpus.
Beatrice told Justice DUNNE of her many fineries, and admitted it was
''not so bad to live home.'' The court directed her to return to her father
as she had been given proper care since babyhood.
BAD LANGUAGE ONLY ''TEMPER''
Mr. and Mrs.Arthur RODGERS,of 141 Fifth street,Long Island City,appeared
before Justice Peter D.HANSON in Jamaica Children's Court yesterday, where
their two children were taken as neglected minors.RODGERS,who says he is
a writer and lecturer, is a brother of the late John J. ''BUM'' RODGERS.
RODGERS was summoned to the Long Island City Magistrate Court on the
complaint of the Queens Borough Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Children that he used vile language before his children and had neglected
He was directed by the Magistrate there to appear in Children's Court.
RODGERS told Justice HANSON that he had prospects of a $150 a week job.
He said he had a quick temper, but never intentionally used bad language
before the children, whom he said he loved. Justice HANSON placed the
children on probation directing that a probation officer visit them
frequently to see that RODGERS made good his promise.
Before Magistrate Sabbatino in Coney Island Court yesterday,William AYE,
27, of 1844 Bath avenue,appeared in the Coney Isand Court yesterday on
a charge of burglary on complaint of Harvy BERKOWITZ, a tailor at 1835 Bath
avenue. Detective John FITZSIMMONS of the Bath Beach Station, alleged that
he was standing in front of the station-house early yesterday morning
watching the dirigible Los Angeles pass by when he heard a crash of glass.
Investigating, he said, he found the front window of BERKOWITZ store
smashed and AYE emerge from the place with twenty suits of clothes
valued at $100. AYE pleaded not guilty and was held in $2,500 bail for
hearing June 10.
HELD IN AUTO THEFT
Accused of grand larceny, Howard CATALDO, 16, of 1665 Fifty-eighth street,
was held by Magistrate Sabbatino in the Coney Island court yesterday in
$ 1,000 bail for the action of the Grand Jury. He, Harold WEINSTEIN, 17 of
1747 Sixty eighth street,and Milton LANDER,17,of 334 Foster avenue,were
taken into custody at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues on May 26 by patrolman
Charles O'CONNOR, of the Bergen street station,when they were found in an
automobile, the property of Godfried JONES, 31, of 217 West 115th street,
which was stolen from him in front of 8118 Bay parkway.WEINSTEIN and
LANDER were freed when it was testified that they were invited for a ride by
CATALDO and had no knowledge that the car was stolen.
When he waived examination in the Coney Island court yesterday to a
charge of violation of the Sullivan law in possessing a revolver for which he
had no permit, Henry MADIGAN, 18, of 5010 Nineteenth avenue, was held
in $1,000 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.Patrolman Frederick A.
PULSIFER, of Borough Park station,took the youth into custory when he
found the weapon in his possession while acting suspiciously at Twenty-first
avenue and Dahili road, MADIGAN told the magistrate he found the revolver.
PAROLED FOR SENTENCE
Found guilty by Magistrate Casey of twisting the arms of his mother,
Mrs. Anna GORDON, of 415 Seventy-third street, and of calling her harsh
names while intoxicated, Joseph GORDON,Jr., 30,of the same address,
was paroled yesterday for investigation and sentence Saturday in Fifth avenue
Court. GORDON denied the charge.
5 June 1931
DEATH IN CHAIR IS FATE OF TWO BORO SLAYERS
The father of four children turned bandit in Brooklyn, and now he
will be sentenced to death.
The prisoner is Peter SARDINA, 29,of 2705 Harway avenue. With
him will also be sentenced to death Peter MATERA, 30, of 60 Twenty-
SARDINA and MATERA, who were prosecuted by Assistant District
Attorney John J.KEAN, were found guilty early to-day by a jury before
County Judge Conway on a charge of murder in the first degree. Judge
Conway fixed next Monday, June 8, for sentence. The jury deliberated
almost six hours before they agree on a verdict.
From the time the trail got under way a week ago last Monday, there
was no half-way mark possible for SARDINA and MATERA. On the
evidence that had been marshaled against them by District Attorney
GEOGHAN and Assistant District Attorney KEAN, it was either death
or liberty for the two. In his charge to the jurors, Judge CONWAY in-
structed them that their verdict must be either guility of murder in the
first degree or not guilty.
Assistant District Attorney KEAN proved the murder was committed
during the robbery. Judge CONWAY pointed out to the jurors that, if
they were convinced the defendants had committed murder during a
robbery staged by them, in their verdict of guilty they were limited under
the law toone of guilt of murder in the first degree. Their only other
Judge CONWAY told the jurors, could be one of not guilty.
Early on the morning of April 12, last, three men, two with drawn revolvers
entered the boathouse ''speakeasy'' at 230 Bay Forty-ninth street, and
ordered all in there to ''stick'em up''. The three bandits were alleged to
be SARDINA, MATERA and Salvatore FILI. While the robbers were at work
Frank ZAPPO, a patron inthe place, leaped at one of them.His life was
quickly snuffed out by a bullet from a weapon of one of the bandits. It
was testified that ZAPPO leaped on SARDINA,but a bullet from the weapon
of MATERA killed him.
Salvatore MRGIONE,another patron,gave fight to the bandits, using
Salvatore FILI, one of the bandits as a shield.He got a bullet in the
hand, and another bullet meant for him went through the heart of FILI.
MATERA made his getaway, but SARDINA was held until the arrival
of the police. MATERA claimed he never was in the speakeasy. SARDINA
claimed he was the victim of circumstances. He testified he was only a
patron in the place when the bandits arrived, and that he became involved
in a general scuffle and was mistaken for one of the bandits.
The trail proved a hard and skillfully fought one with Assistant District
Attorney KEAN in charge of the prosecution and Ex-Judge Francis X.
MANCUSO and Frank S.SERRI as attorneys for the defense. Every
inch of the way was hard fought.
Jury Acquits Borough Man
Riverhead,L.I., June 5.-- Raymond GLIDDEN, of 7517 Tenth avenue,
Brooklyn, formerly an attendant at the Long Island Home, a private
sanitarium, at Amityville, has been acquitted by a jury in the Suffolk
County Court of the charge of assault. The jury deliberated only fifteen
minutes before handing up their verdict to County Judge George FURMAN.
It was alleged by the State that on Dec.18. Henry KEALE, 70 a
patient in the home,was so severely assaulted that he died within a
few days. The State held GLIDDEN, he was the last person known to
have been with KEALE before he was attacked. There had been a
rumpus at the dining table and the aged patient was removed from the
place by other attendants and left with GLIDDEN in an upstairs room.
The others went for a straightjacket, after it was said the patient had
broken the nose of one of the attendants.
GLIDDEN disclaimed all knowledge of the matter in which KEALE
was injured.He denied striking the aged patient.
GUILTY OF THEFT IN AIDING PARROT
James NEAL, claming that he had taken a parrot home to protect it
from boys who were throwing stones at it, reluctantly pleaded guilty in
Special Session Court, Jamaica, yesterday to a charge of the theft of
the bird. He will be sentenced next Thursday.
NEAL, who lives at 204th street and Forty-fifth road, Bayside, was
accused of stealing the parrot from the backyard of the home of
Mrs.Eve KANE, 46-47 Two Hundred and Fourth street, Bayside, on
April 26. He was recognized by Mrs.KANE and another neighbor and
arrested at his home later the same day. The parrot was recovered, and
the specific charge against NEAL was petty larceny.
HELD FOR JURY
On a charge of burglary, Charles DROZD, 17, of 246 Grand street,
was held without bail for the action of the Grand Jury yesterday by
Magistrate LIOTA in Bridge Plaza court. It is alleged, he broke into
the auto repair shop of Max FEINER at North First street and Bedford avenue,
forced open the coin box of a telephone box and stole $5.10.
FREED AFTER HEARING
Charged with accepting bets on horses,Charles KATZ,27, of
278 South First street, was discharged after a hearing before
Magistrate LIOTA in Bridge Plaza court yesterday.
6 June 1906
Used Flattened Pennies in Slot
Instead of using slugs to get onto the platform of the
Lorimer street station of the Fourteenth street subway.
Ernest HUGHES flattened out a score of pennies.Twice, it
was stated, he had been caught putting the coins into the slot
and was warned each time.
Yesterday he gain put a flattened penny in the slot and as he
entered the station he was placed under arrest by Special Officer,
Ralph W.LERMAN, of the B. M. T. In court he was given the option
of paying a fine of $1 or going to jail for one day. He paid the fine.
Will Cuts Off Ex-Husband With 'Legacy' of Ten Cents
At first she thought she would leave her husband one dollar of
her $6,000 estate, but then that amount seemed too much to the
late Blumma SCHWARTZ, of 88 Louisianna avenue, and she
reduced the legacy to ten cents.
This was disclosed in the will of Mrs.SCHWARTZ on file in the
office of Surrogate WINGATE. The will was drawn by Mrs.SCHWARTZ
three days before her death on Nov 1, last year, onthe record sheet
of an interne of Brownsville and East New York Hospital.
The one dollar bequest was originally written in the will, but she
later scratched that out and wrote over the one dollar ''ten cents'',
which she directed was to go to her ''former husband'', Isaac
SCHWARTZ, of Chicago. Except for a bequest of $2,500 to the
Hebrew Ladies Day Nursery of Brooklyn she left the rest of her
estate toher four children, Bessie GORDON, Alice KWITTKEN,
David and Abraham SCHWARTZ.
WOMAN ACCUSES UNION SECRETARY
Moe GREENBLATT, 29, of 446 Kingston avenue, who said he was
secretary of the Plasterer's Union, was held in $1,000 bail by
Magistrate CURTIS in Coney Island Court for Special Sessions
today, on the complaint of Irene GREENBERG, 25, a stenographer
living at 389 East Second street, who charged he had attempted to
attack her in his car while driving home from a party on April 26.
She said she resisted his advances, despite her knowledge that
he had a revolver in his possession as he had confided to her
previously in the evening. She attempted to get out and walk
home in the rain but she said GREENBLATT forced her back
into the car.
ALL IS HARMONY HUSBAND LENIENT
Charges of assault against Mrs.Florence DWYER, of 23-13
Potter avenue, Astoria, were dismissed by Magistrate Thomas
DOWNS in Long Island City yesterday when the husband,
Thomas DWYER, refused to press the complaint.
Released last week from the St.John's Hospital where he had
been since May 24, when he was struck by a water pitcher wielded
by his wife, he became reconciled with his wife. He told Magistrate
DOWNS everthing had been patched up and he did not care to
appear against his wife.
HUSBAND GONE, WANTS DECREE
Mrs.Dora N.DWYER, of 137-12 Ninety-sixth street,Ozone Park,
applied to Supreme Court Justice James A.DUNNE in Special Term,
Jamaica, yesterday for an Enoch Arden decree dissolving her
marriage with John N.DWYER. She testified that he left her and their
two children in August of 1922 and she did not see him again until
1925, when she visted him in a Bronx apartment after she had been
informed that he tried to commit suicide there.
Six days later,she said, when she went back to visit him he had
left and he has not been heard from since.
FIVE-YEAR TERM FOR NIETZSCHKE
Ernest NIETZSCHKE, 25, was sentenced yesterday to serve from
five to ten years in Sing Sing prison for killing his father-in-law,
Girard FREDERICKS, in the latter's home at 219-09 114th road,
Queens Villiage, on the morning of March 16.
NIETZSCHKE was indicted for murder, first degree, was found guilty
of manslaughter, second degree, after trail by a jury in the Queens
County Court on May 27 and was sentenced yesterday by Judge
Frank ADEL in the County Court in Long Island City.
With the approval of Nichola SELVAGGI, Assistant District Attorney,
Magistrate CURTIS in Coney Island court yesterday reduced a charge
of felonious assault against Benjamin WANNES,34 years old, of
1715 Mermaid avenue, to assault in the third degree and held him
in $1,000 bail for the Court of Special Sessions. Durning a fight in
a restaurant at West Eighth street and the boardwalk, last Sunday,
it was testified that he hurled several bottles, one of which struck
Mrs.Antonino PROTOPAPAS, 37, of 410 West Forty fourth street,
on the right arm.
8 June 1931
FINDS HE WAS A BIT TOO BELLIGERENT
John BATCHEE, 36, of 36 Johnson avenue awoke painfully to-day,
to remember he had had his wife Anna, put in jail charged with beating
him last night with a flatiron, and his son,Edward, 8, sent to the
Children's Society shelter for stabbing him in the leg. He remembered,
too, dimly, that there had been considerable belligerence on his own
part. So BATCHEE went to Stagg street station, withdrew the charge
against Mrs.BATCHEE, collected his son at the children's shelter and
took them home again.
HOTEL VISIT WINS DIVORCE FOR WIFE
Mrs.Margaret B.MACKEY, of 73 St.Paul's place, to-day was granted
an interlocutory decree of divorce from Augus Shaw MACKEY, a sales-
man. MACKEY put in no defense.
They were married May 8,1915. Mrs.MACKEY charged that MACKEY
was in a hotel in Manhattan on June 8,1930, with a woman she was
unable to identify. She stated she tried to raid the room but was not
permitted to do so by the hotel management. Corroborating affidavits
were offered by a detective who stated that he had followed MACKEY
and the unidentified woman to the hotel, but was unable to get into
the room.The decree was granted by Supreme Court Justice REIGELMA
COURT SPEEDS MURDER TRAIL; GIRL A WITNESS
Former Servant of Slain Doctor Offers to Plead Guilty-Balked by Law
Gavino DEMIAR, also known as George DAMICO, ex-pugilist and
Filipino house servant, indicted for the brutal murder last Tuesday
of Dr.George E. DEELY prominent Brooklyn physician, this afternoon
tried to enter a plea of guilty before County Judge George MARTIN,
the plea being changed to not guilty on order of the court.
DEMIAR, according to District Attorney William F.X.GEOGHAN,
will go to trail one week from to-day,and Mr.GEOGHAN himself will
have charge of the prosecution.A blue ribbon panel will be called.
The grand jury found an indictment against DEMIAR after hearing
the stories of seven witnesses, within twelve hours after the Filipino
was caught on the way to Philadelphia around midnight last night
and was brought back by Detective John O'HAGAN,who clapped
handcuffs on him as soon as the train crossed the line into
New York State.
The witnesses who appeared before the Grand Jury were Mary DEHON,
with whom DEMIAR was living at 55 Concord street, and for whom he is
reported to have told the police, he killed DEELY to get money;
Ruth CALLAHAN, a nurse in the employ of Dr.DEELY, Mrs.Norma
LINDARS, the doctor's housekeeper, Edmund McCARTHY, nephew
of the dead man and son-in-law of John F.CURRY,leader of
Tammany HALL,who identified the body; Dr.M.Edward MARTIN,chief
medical examminer; O'HAGAN and Detective Henry SENFT, the first
detective to arrive at the scene of the murder after it was discovered
and the one who searched the premises as well as the Concord street
room where the bloody sock's and hat was found. The DEHON girl is
being held in $50,000 bail as a material witness.
When DEMIAR was asked how he pleaded, he replied ''guilty''.
Judge MARTIN ordered ''not guilty'' entered in the record explaining
that the court is forbidden to accept a plea of guilty in first degree
He then ordered O'HAGEN brought before him and congratulated
him on his work and his promotion from a second- to first-grade
detective, and paid a compliment to the entire Police Department
for their work in clearing up this crime.
Dr.DEELY was found dead in his apartment last Tuesday morning.
He had been stabbed in the neck and abdomen and his body had been
tied with wire. On learing he had discharged DAMICO following a
quarrel, police sought the latter in all places frequented by Filipinos
in the city.
DAMICO had been sought ever since shortl after the murder was
discovered, when his partner,Seneca SIMPLICIO, another Filipino,
was arrested, established an alibi and gave police information
pointing towards DAMICO as the man who did the killing.
Prasing his capture of DAMICO, Police Commissioner MULROONEY
today promoted Detective John A.O'HAGAN from second to first grade
after the line-up.
O'HAGAN, who is 34, and who lives at 116-16 South Fortieth street,
South Ozone Park, was appointed to the force June 17,1926. He be-
came a third graduate detective Dec 1,1927, and advanced to second
grade Dec 6,1928. His latest pomotion brings an $800 salary increase
to $4,000 annually.
9 June 1931
Edward GRIFFIN,16, of 30 Humbolt street, charged with assault
and robbery in Bridge Plaza court pleaded not guilty yesterday,
and was held in $3,500 bail by Magistrate RUDICH for examination
of June 18.He was arrested by Dectective VITALO of the Stagg
When swimming off the foot of Lakeland place, Brighton Beach,
Forest McLEAN, 26, of 1865 Fifty second street, suffered a
dislocation of the right shoulder yesterday.He was attended by
mbulance Surgeon KORNBLUM, of the Coney Island Hospital.
Magistrate HAUBERT in the Coney Island Court, dismissed a
chrge of petty larceny gainst,Mrs.Anna KIMMLE,35 of 2850 W.
Twenty ninth street, yesterday when the complainant, Harry
BASSEWITCH, of 2850 W. Thirtieth street, failed to appear.
BASSEWITCH alleged the woman wrongfully withheld from
him tools valued at $20.
Stephen WHALEN, 21, of 593 Park place, when arraigned
before Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza court yesterday
on a charge of assault and robbery, denied the charges and
demanded that he be given a hearing.He was held without
bail for examination on Thursday.It is alleged he held up
Morris TOBACK, druggist of 160 Harrison avenue, and stole
$500 from him.He was captured after a chase by Patrolman
Edward NOLAN of Clymer street station.
YOUTHS SENTENCED FOR AUTO THEFT
John MALIK, 17,of 39-65 Forty-sixth street,Woodside, was
sent to the House of Refuge, and John PARLEY, 19, of 3978
Fifty-first street,Woodside, to the city reformatory, from Special
Session yesterday,after Justice HEALY, FEATHERSTONE and
SOLOMON found them guilty of stealing an automobile.
The youths on May 21 stole an automobile owned by Michael
SERCO of 580 Eleventh street,Long Island City, from in front of
a Woodside theatre.They were arrested by Patrolman FEEDER of
the Eighty-seventh precinct, after their refusal to stop on signal.
Edward GUIMELA 17, and Joseph SEPANSKI, 17, also of
Woodside, who were riding in the rear of the car,were acquitted.
TWO BROOKLYNITES, CONVICTED, ENTER DEATH CELLS
Peter SARDINI,29,of 2705 Harway avenue, and Peter MATERA, 31,
of Twenty-Eighth avenue, are now inmates of the death house at
Sing Sing. They are the first prisoners from Brooklyn to enter the
death house this year.One other prisoner,James SANGAMINO, was
sentenced to death by County Judge MARTIN, but his entry to
''the big house'' has been delayed pending the outcome of an
appeal for a new trail on the ground of newly discovered evidence.
SARDINI and MATERA, who were prosecuted by Assistant District
Attorney John J.KEAN, were sentenced yesterday by County Judge
CONWAY to be ''put to death in the manner prescribed by law''
during the week of July 20.
MATERA accepted his fate calmly,but SARDINI, the father of
four children,was plainly agitated.
''You were fairly prosecuted and ably defended,'' said Judge
CONWAY to the two defendants. '' I can recall nothing that was
left undone to assure you a fair,honest trail.''
MATERA and SARDINI were convicted of murder in the first
degree, growing out of the killing of Frank ZAPPO on April 11,
last,in a speak-easy at 230 Bay Forty-ninth street,conducted
by Jennie ISOLDE.
MATERA and SARDINI had gone there with Salvatore FILI to
carry out a robbery.ZAPPO attacked SARDINI and was shot and
killed. Salvatore MARGIONE, a patron, also showed fight, using
FILI as a shield. MARGIONE was shot in the hand and another
bullet meant for him went through the heart of FILI. SARDINI and
MATERA were also indicted for the murder of their confederate,FILI.
Ex-Judge Francis X.MANCUSO and Frank R.SERRI,attorneys
for the defendants, will file an appeal,which will serve to stay
electrocution until the Court of Appeals has rendered its decision.
10 June 1931
ACCUSED AS PHONE ROBBER
Casmir SYZENSKY, 19 years old, of 358 Broadway, charged
with burglary by Dective William MURPHY, of Bedford avenue
station, pleaded not guilty,yesterday, in Bridge Plaza Court,
Magistrate RUDICH held him in $3,000 bail for a hearing
tomorrow. It is alleged he broke into the garage of Max
FEINER, 170 North First street, June 4 and stole $5.10
from a telephone coin box.
Edward CURCIO, 28, of 1473 Sixty-eighth street,faced Magistrate
HAUBERT in the Coney Island Court yesterday on a charge of
assault preferred by Mrs.Louise De FRANCSCO, 22, of 1814
Sevety-seventh street.She alleged he grasped her about the body
and kissed her against her will while he was visiting at her home
on May 29 last.He denied the charge and was paroled for further
hearing on June 17.
FIRE HAZARD COST $25
For conducting a fire hazard in his apartment, operating s still,
Abraham LORD, 58, of 488 Flushing avenue, was fined $25 with
the option of spending two days in jail, by Magistrate RUDICH in
Bridge Plaza Court when found guilty of the charge. He paid the fine.
CLEARED OF CRUELTY
A charge of cruelty to animals made against Joseph GOLDSTEIN,
55, of 465 Bedford avenue, by Mrs.Pearl STAMPLER,of the
same address, in Bridge Plaza Court, yesterday, was dismissed by
Magistrate RUDICH for lack of evidence.GOLDSTEIN was discharged.
TOO MUCH FRUIT
Before Magistrate HAUBERT in the Coney Island Court yesterday
Max GREENBERG,29 ,of 1317 Brighton Beach avenue, pleaded
guilty to a charge of violation of the city ordinances in obstructing
the sidewalk with a stand in front of his fruit store at the address.
He was fined $5 by Magistrate HAUBERT.
HELD IN FIST FIGHT
In the Coney Island court yesterday Magistrate HAUBERT held
Andrew MULDOON, 30, a rigger,living at 168 Bay Twenty-sixth
street, in $100 bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a
charge of assault preferred by Bernard KLEIN, 27, of 2107
Cropsey avenue. It was testified by KLEIN that he was met in
front of his home last Sunday by MULDOON who accused him
of making disparaging remarks about his(MULDOON's) wife
and followed it up by punching him several times in the face.
MULDOON was arrested by Warrant Officer Nathaniel HEUTTE
of the Coney Island court squad, denied the attack. He said he
simply defended himself when KLEIN grasped him by the throat.
BARBER OBLIGES FRIEND, PAYS $5
To oblige a friend, it cost Orlando FARINA, 36, of 261 Powers
street,$5 in Bridge plaza court yesterday. Sunday he opened
his barber shop at the Powers street address for a friend, who
needed a haircut. Patrolman Frank GABRIEL, of Herbert street
station, gave him a summons for violating the Sabbath law.
FARINA was fined by Magistrate RUDICH.
COP TRIO FIRED FOR ''FRAMING''
Three plainclothesmen were dismissed from the Police
Department to-day for their part in the vice ''framing'' uncovered
by Referee Samuel SEABURY's investigators. All had been
convicted in departmental trails before Fourth Deputy
They are Louis M.EISNER, Arthur H.KNOTT and Frederick REGER,
formerly attached to the Fourth Inspection District in Manhattan.
A fourth accused plainclothesman Albert ANDELMAN,was
reinstated on the force to-day, in view of his acquittal at the
departmental trail.Commissioner MULROONEY in added
explanation said ANDELMAN was shown to have been ignorant that
the other three had made improper reports of arrest to him.
In their case it was charged they had reported a man named
Charles COLLINS as present in the apartments of women
arrested when the records showed it was Chile ACUNA,vice
informer, who had testified as the ''unknown man''.
WRECKED FENCE COSTS MOTHER $5
Mrs.Emma BERNHARDT, 40, OF 629 Wythe avenue, is hard
of hearing. She didn't notice shouts of her children and their
playmates in the backyard.But Max RUBIN,opposite in the
rear at 76 Ross street, did. And to keep children out of his
yard he put barbed wire on the separating fence.
Mrs.BERNHARDT pulled the fence down.
Yesterday she was arraigned before Magistrate RUDICH
in Bridge Plaza court on a charge of malicious mischief. The
charge was reduced to disorderly conduct and Mrs.BERNHARDT
was fined $5 which she paid.
SLEUTHS POINT TO MAN AS SLAYER
Two detectives testified before County Judge ADEL and a jury
in Long Island City that one of three men on trail on a charge
of first degree murder had admitted taking part in the crime and
had implicated his two co-defendants.
The men on trail are Walter BRODSKY, 23,of 19 Summer avenue;
Julius SIRATKA,24, of 218 Avenue B, Manhattan and Michael
ROADICK, 20, of 365 East Eighth street,Manhattan. They are
accused of having shot and killed Frank PENDLEBERRY during
a holdup in PENDLEBERRY's grocery store, at 92-54 Forty-
first avenue,Elmhurst, on the night of Feb 26,last.
Detectives Edward BURKE and John DUST, who arrested the
trio, testified that SIRATKA,following his arrest, had admitted
taking part in the holdup, had re-enacted the crime and had
accused a fourth man, not yet apprehended, of firing the fatal shot.
11 June 1931
Woman Charges ''Frameup'' In Raid of Her Apartment
When a raiding party of two men and a woman detectives entered
the apartment of Mrs.Evelyn Ruth McKENNEE, at Miami,Fla, on
the early morning of May 11,1930, Mrs.McKENNEE screamed,
''Iv'e been framed,'' and ran downstairs, to the apartment of Mr and
Mrs.George PATTERSON,owners of the house, Mrs.PATTERSON
testified before Supreme Court Justice DOBB and a jury in Long
Mrs.PATTERSON,called as a defense witness, asserted that Mrs.
McKENNEE, who is being sued for divorce by Corning G.McKENNEE,
lawyer, of 9016 Rockaway boulevard,Rockaway Beach, was fully
clad when she hurried into the Patterson apartment.In the previous
testimony, the three detectives swore they found Mrs.McKENNEE
and a man unknown to them in a bedroom. They agreed that Mrs.
McKENNEE did not linger in the room after they entered, but rushed
out of the apartment forthwith. Mrs.McKENNEE repeated her scream
of ''frameup'' a second time, as she was leaving the apartment upstairs.
Mrs.McKENNEE, a stout, dark complexioned woman, with horn
rim glasses, is to testify for herself when the trail is resumed to-day.
Her defense, as outlined by Sidney ROSENTHAL, her counsel, is
that she was framed.
AUTO FATALITY SUSPECTS HELD
Joseph SUSSA, 31, of 83 Knickerbocker avenue, and Frank
McCORMICK, 23, of 278 Kingsland avenue, are at liberty to-day
under $3,500 bail each, on a homicide charge, following their
appearance before Magistrate HUGHES in Brooklyn Homicide Court.
Patrolman Michael GRIMES, of Ralph avenue station, alleges they
were riding in an automobile which ran down and killed Mrs.Mary GULL,
60, of 21 Palmetto street, when she was crossing Broadway, at Cornelia
street, yesterday. The woman's skull was fractured and she died
in Bushwick Hospital.
Police claim they found the car was owned by Julius GOLDAPER,
of 1922 Sixty-sixth street,who conducts the Summer Auto Rental
Company, at 75 Summer avenue.GOLDAPER told Detective
John V.GARTLAND,Jr., that he rented the machine to SUSSA. The
latter admitted that he and McCORMICK were riding in the car, but
insisted the machine was driven by a man known to them only as
''Jack''. Magistrate HUGGES set examination for June 17.
Wife Exonerated by Jury Now Plans to Sue Husband
Following exoneration of charges of misconduct by a jury before
Supreme Court Justice DODD, Mrs.Julia WHITE, of 8782 Bay park-
way prepared to-day to start proceedings for a separation from her
husband,Charles R.WHITE, a lawyer,of 9905 211th street,Bellaire,
who is connected with the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Company.
WHITE sued his wife for absolute divorce charging misconduct with
an unidentified man in a Coney Island hotel on January 6. He produced
two witness, Alice M.ANDERSON and John M. WIGGERT, both of
whom swore to having found Mrs.WHITE in compromising circumstances
on the night and at the place in questioned.
Mrs.WHITE produced witness to establish an alibi, including her
landlady, who swore she was home that night and that she did not
receive men there. The defendant herself said that on the night in
question she went to the corner to mail a letter and as she started
to enter her home she was attacked by her husband and two other
men, who knocked her down and carried off the couple's one son,
Charles Jr.,10. Pending the outcome of the husband's divorce
proceedings the child was awarded to the father.
Mrs.WHITE announced she would immediately institute proceedings
to regain the child and also for separation.
SHELDON FOUND GUILTY AGAIN
Joseph SHELDON is awaiting sentence to-day following his
conviction by a jury in the Nassau County Court last night of
the charges of burglary, third degree, larceny and criminally
receiving stolen goods.The jury deliberated about four hours.
SHELDON was convicted last year on the buglary and petty
larceny charges, but the conviction was set aside on appeal and
a new trail ordered.
It is alleged that in February 1930, SHELDON, in company with
Natalie CHADWICK, a former actress, went to the home of
Polly LUX, former Follies girl, at Atlantic Beach, and removed all
the furnishings. Natalie CHADWICK was convicted of grand larceny
in connection with the theft and is now serving a sentence of from
two to four years in Auburn Prison. She was brought here from
prison and was a witness for the State against SHELDON.
12 June 1931
HUSBAND FORGETS ORDERED TO PAY
David CROWLEY started paying his wife to-day at the rate of
$25 per week and $750 counsel fees for his forgetfulness.
CROWLEY was so engrossed in the selection of a jury in
the Vivian GORDON murder trail that he forgot his wife's
separation suit was being tried in another section of the
''Where is your husband?'' the court asked Mrs.Jean CROWLEY.
Her attorney said CROWLEY was in another court.
''If that's the case'', the judge remarked. ''I order him to pay you
$25 a week alimony and $750 counsel fees.
DRUG ADDICTS HELD
Admitting they have been arrested before for using heroin,
William BARLETT, 37, of 5668 Broad street,Maspeth, and
Raymond HAWKINS, 33 and homeless, were held without
bail yesterday in Bridge Plaza court for the Court of Special
Sessions for possessing drugs.
THREE HELD IN BURGLARY
Caught in a Roulston store at 6940 Third avenue after they
all allegedly piled up a quantity of merchandise, Raffael
LAVENUTA, 19, of 108 Bay Thirteenth street, and Roger
SMITH, 16, of 8773 Eighteenth avenue, were charged with burglary
in Fifth avenue court and waived examination before Magistrate
ELLPERIN yesterday.They were held without bail for the
The youngsters were arrested by Patrolman Thomas McNAMARA
of the Fort Hamilton station.They were held on the complaint
of Thomas COONEY, of 423 Fifty-seventh street,manager of the store.
Alleged to have punched Louis LEVIN, a jeweler, of
4818 Eighth avenue, about the face,Paul DILO,20, of
781 Forty-eighth street, was arraigned on a simple assault
charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday and paroled by
Magistrate EILPERIN for a hearing June 22.
Magistrate WALSH in the Coney Island Court yesterday
permitted Mrs.Giuseppa BOSCO,of 2030 Weast Fourth street
to withdraw a charge of disorderly conduct against her husband,
Joseph, 39, and dismissed the case. In her complaint the woman
alleged her husband struck her across the body with a strap;
spat in her face and kicked her.
NO HOT WATER, HELD
After an examination in the Coney Island court yesterday,
Mrs.Rose SPIEGEL, 35, of 2043 Eighty-third street, was held
by Magistrate WALSH in $100 bail for the Court of Special
Sessions on a charge of failing to supply sufficient water in
the apartment of a tenant. The complaint was made by
Mrs.Frances P.MAGAZINER,of the same address.
SHE FINDS FRIEND IN COURT, After Seven Years in Prison
Mary ROSE, 30, learned to-day that there was a kind word for
her along the way and a helping hand too.
She had been brought back from Framingham,Mass by County
Detective Anthony COPPOLA and taken before County Judge
MARTIN on an indictment charging her with grand larceny in the
second degree.Judge MARTIN looked at her thin form and pale,
''Are you ill?'' he asked kindly.
''No, Your Honor,'' she said, ''I just came out of prison and I
thought the only interest in bringing me back here would be in
sending me to prison again.''
''What do you mean, you have just come from prison?'' asked
Judge MARTIN as he called for the indictment.
''I have spent the last seven years in prison and only got released
yesterday.'' said Mary ROSE.
''Well, Mary ROSE'' said Judge MARTIN ''you have paid penalty
enough. I am going to dismiss this indictment and I will take
full responsibility for doing so.Now don't get in trouble again.''
''I'm going right home to my mother in Rhode Island. Your voice
is the first kind one I have heard in years,Judge,'' she sobbed
as she buried her head in the shoulders of Court Attache Mary
BRODERICK and was led away.
Investigation of her case revealed a husband who didn't like
honest labor as a mean of a livelihood had opened up the trail
to prison for Mary ROSE.
13 June 1931
TWO BANDITS, BURGLAR SENT TO SING SING
Joseph CASEY, 26, a bandit from Mahattan, will have ample
time to recover from a shattered jaw, for County Judge NOVA
has sent him to Sing Sing for seven and a half years on a
charge of robbery in the second degree.
On January 9, CASEY held up Nathan ELLMAN, a taxicab
driver, and stole from him three dollars and his taxicab. Later he
stole another taxicab, and, as he was trying to escape in it, he
was brought down with a bullet from the revolver of Patrolman
William J.BAUMAN. The bullet found its mark in the jaw of CASEY.
Frederick STAFFELDT, 27,of 25 South street,Manhattan, on a
charge of robbery in the second degree, was sent by Judge NOVA
to Sing Sing for from seven and a half to fifteen years.
On May 9 last, in the early morning hours, STAFFELDT
entered the Lafayette Hotel at 25 Lafayette street, and robbed
of nine dollars the clerk, Robert HURLEY. As he was making his
getaway Patrolman LAZARRO of the Bergen street station
pursued him. STAFFELDT attempted to discharge his revolver
at LAZARRO, but the weapon would not work.
William SCHILL, 37, of 47 Stockholm street, on a charge of
burglary was sent by Judge NOVA to Sing Sing for five years.
On May 7 last he forced an entrance into the dentist office of
Bernet SHOLK, at 15 Summer avenue, and stole a quantlty of
THREE HOLDUP KILLERS GUILTY
Walter BOROSKY, Michael ROADCHICK and Julius SIRATKA,
who had been on trail all week for the murder of Frank PANDLEBERRY,
Elmhurst grocer, on the night of February 26, were found guilty of
murder in the first degree by a jury in the Queens County Court
in Long Island City last night.
Judge ADEL remanded them to the county jail until June 19, when
he will impose sentence.The verdict carried no recommendation
for mercy. The three defendants showed no emotion and gave
their pedigrees calmly.
16 June 1931
CARELESS WOMAN FINED
Magistrate BRILL, in the Coney Island court yesterday, fined
Mrs.Ida GLICKMAN, 45, of 2925 West Twenty-fifth street, $1
when she pleaded guilty to failing to have a proper receptacle
for garbage.She was summoned to court by Sanitary Inspector
MOTHER IS GIVEN GIRL'S CUSTODY
Mrs.Alice LUDWIG, of 1025 Gates avenue, won a partial victory
when Supreme Court Justice DUNNE in Special Term, Jamaica,
granted her the custody of her daughter,Leonore, 4. Another child,
Robert,5, is to remain with his father,Charles LUDWIG.
After four years of married life, Mr. and Mrs.LUDWIG on July 26,
1929 decided to separate.They reached an agreement by which
the father would keep the son in his home at 111-20 167th street,
Cedar Manor, and the mother was to care for the daughter.
WOMAN BIGAMIST ESCAPES PENALTY
RIVERHEAD,L.I.,June 16- Mrs.Albert BOYD, 45, pleaded guilty to
bigamy here yesterday and was given a suspended sentence by
County Judge FURMAN.
John R.VUNK, counsel for Mrs.BOYD, explained to the court
that her first husband, William BOYD obtained an interlocutory
decree of divorce last March, and Mrs.BOYD believed it was final
married John O'CONNELL, thus inadvertently committing bigamy.
VUNK said that about five days after Justice of the Peace John T.
KUBE married O'CONNELL and Mrs.BOYD at Islip. Mrs.BOYD
learned she had no right to remarry at that time and left O'CONNELL.
Both BOYD and O'CONNELL are employed at the Central Islip
SNORE BETRAY ROOF STOWAWAY
His time in jail will be spent inventing a snore silencer, says
Joseph CURKE, 40, who was arraigned for vagrancy at the
Bridge Plaza court this morning.
CUEKE's residence at a pent house at the top of an elevator
shaft on the five-story loft building at 11? Hope street was brought
to an end when Patrolman David AMBROSE of the Bedford avenue
station paid him a call at 9:30 this morning.
He was traced by his heavy snoring, which annoyed the delicate
ears of girls working in the building.They called the superintendent,
who in turn called Patrolman AMBROSE.
The building has furnished him shelter for about three weeks,
he said.He arose early each morning to visit some doorway and
get him self his daily rolls and milk.
CURKE admitted he had neither permanent home nor money,
and Magistrate FOLWELL of the Bridge Plaza Court remanded
him to the Raymond street jail till Saturday, pending an investigation.
WEATHER TO BLAME
Huge WADE, 30,of 84 Nassau avenue, was before Magistrate
FOLWELL in Bridge Plaza court yesterday to answer a charge
of public intoxication. The arresting officer said WADE blamed his
condition on the weather.He was found guilty, but sentence
Vincent DIMA, 35, of 101 Middleton street, was discharged by
Magistrate FOLWELL in Bridge Plaza court yesterday when
a charge of assault in the third degree failed to stand up.
Another postponement was granted in the case of
Sam WILLIAMS, 31,of 1007 Myrtle avenue, and Herbert
LEWIS, 21, of 451 Gates avenue. They are charge with
felonious assault.They were arraigned on Saturday and
held in $5,000 bail for a hearing yesterday.The case will
come up again on June 22.
17 June 1931
ZUBRITSKY CASE AGAIN ADJOURNED
Mrs.Elizabeth ZUBRITSKY, accused of killing her husband,
cutting him to pieces and distributing the many pieces through-
out Brooklyn, was brought into Homicide Court again today and
again the case was adjourned.
Assistant District Attorney ENO submitted a certificate from
the physicians of the observation ward at Kings County Hospital
stating that the second defendant, Charles OBRIETES, is still
confined to that ward and will not be discharged for four or five
days.Magistrate CURTIS demanded that the physicians them-
selves appear in court to testify as to the condition of OBRIETES,
as he had previously ordered.
GOT WHAT HE WANTED
Angelo SANTORO, 33, of 234 Graham avenue, threw paper on
the sidewalk in front of 241 Humboldt street. Patrolman John HUSS,
of Stagg street station, told him to pick it up, he refused and was
found guilty by Magistrate FOLWELL in Bridge Plaza Court on
a charge of violating the city ordinance. Sentence was suspended.
ASSAULT CASE ADJOURNED
A charge of assault in the third degree was made yesterday
against Jack LEVINE, 33, of 276 Stockton street. He pleaded
not guilty and Magistrate FOLWELL in Bridge Plaza Court
set the case down for a hearing on July 6.
GOES TO JURY
When arraigned before Magistrate FOLWELL in Bridge Plaza
Court, on a charge of burglary, yesterday, Benedict ZENARITIS,
16, of 77 Chestnut street, waived examination and was held in
$1,500 bail for the action of the Grand Jury. He was arrested by
Patrolman Frank MENGEL, of Bedford avenue station, while
prowling about the delicatessen store of Samuel COHEN
at 340 Rodney street.
DENIES ASSAULT CHARGE
James GALLAGHER, 28, of 4002 Eightieth street, Jackson Heights,
who gave his occupation as a soccer player, was held in $500
bail for examination on June 25 by Magistrate FOLWELL in
Bridge Plaza Court yesterday on a charge of felonious assault.
Bail was furnished.Charles HALWORTH of 323 Stockholm street
was the complainant.
ACCUSES HIS SISTER
Charge with petty larceny, Jean DUSHEY, 23, a dressmaker
living at 1960 Sixty-fifth street, appeared before Magistrate BRILL
in the Coney Island Court yesterday on complaint of her brother,
Herman DUSHEY, a jeweler living at the same address. He alleged
she stole a gold watch and $12 in currency from his trousers
pockets on May 20 and refused to return them to him. She denied
the charge and was held in $1,000 bail for hearing on June 24.
TOO MANY FLOWER POTS
Too many flower pots on the fire escape earned Mrs.Agnes MEYERS,
43, of 432 Third street, a $2 fine in Fifth avenue court yesterday
after she pleaded guilty to the violation of the Multiple Dwelling
law before Magistrate WALSH. According to Inspector Patrick
CAUFIELD of the Tenement House Department, Mrs. MEYERS
had eighteen flower pots on her rear fire escape.
STABBED, SAYS WIFE
Magistrate BRILL in the Coney Island court held John MOBLEY,
42, of 3317 Neptune avenue, on a charge preferred by his wife,
Ida. She alleged he stabbed her on the left shoulder with a knife
during an altercation. He pleaded not guilty and will have a
further hearing Friday.
18 June 1931
DEALER IN OPIUM UNDER HEAVY BAIL
Three men, arrested last night after it is alleged, they delivered a
quantity of opium valued at $65,000 to federal narcotic agents who
had rented a room on Bedford avenue, near Keap street, were held
in heavy bail for a hearing July 8 when arraigned before U.S.
Commissioner FAY to-day.
The men and their bail were:
Daniel SPEAR, 38, 1452 Sixty-sixth street, $25,000
Irving BECKER, 34 of 5612 Fourteenth avenue, $15,000.
Irving SCALETTAR, 30, of 337 Grafton street, $5,000.
The agents claim the men are part of a large ring that has been
shipping opium to all parts of the country.
PROPOSES WOMEN FIGHT IN NEXT WAR
Magistrate RUDICH suggested the formation of a women's regiment
from Coney Island to fight in the next war as he dismissed a case
today in the Coney Island Court arising out of a quarrel between
Mrs.Annie MILLER, 28, of 635 Banner avenue, and Mrs.Bessie
TROTSKY, of the same address. Mrs TROTSKY had complained
that Mrs.Miller had slapped her.
'' You Coney Island women are always fighting'', he said.
'' You always find something to scrap about, Why don't you
form a regiment and offer your services to the U.S.Army in the next war?''.
GIRL ACCUSES SWEEPS WINNER
Decision in the case of Edward DOUGHERTY, 21, of 889
Bushwick avenue, winner a year ago of $149,000 in the Irish
Sweepstakes, and Dr.Everett H.WINTER, 56, of 240 Hull street,
charged with acting in concert in performing an illegal operation,
was reserved to-day by Magistrate SABBATINO in Gates avenue court.
Betty FINT, 19, of 166 Meeker street, upon whom it is charged the
operation was performed,tearfully testified she had been DOUGHERTY's
''best girl'' following a dance hall flirtation last fall and that he had
taken her to Dr.WINTER'S office early last February for examination. She
said Dr.WINTER directed her to return Feb.23 and that she did so
and the operation was performed then. She told of questioning by
her mother and her confession to the operation.
Dr.WINTER stated DOUGHERTY had brought Miss FINT to his
office for examination and he said he treated her but denied vehemently
he had ever performed an illegal operation on anyone. DOUGHERTY
waived examination and Magistrate SABBATINO reserved decision until
July 7. He directed Assistance District Attorney Samuel PEASE and
Defense Counsel Joseph A.SOLOVEL to submit briefs before July 1
concerning the law in the case.
MURDER CHARGE DISMISSED, PLEADS GUILTY OF ASSAULT
''Parlor Socials'' is the popular form of entertainment in the Negro
section of Brooklyn and of frequent occurrence that no special one
is long remembered.
But a parlor social that will not be soon forgotten was one held
on the night of Dec 7, last at 862 Myrtle avenue. Of those who
attended two will attend no more, for they have ''gone beyond the
River Jordan'' and one of these two jumped off the roof to get away
from the atending fracas:
Incidentally a ''parlor social'' is one at which each guest pays
for what he or she eats and drinks.
The story of the social at 862 Myrtle avenue, was recalled to-day at
the trail of Shellie CARELOCK, before County Judge McLAUGHLIN
and a jury on a charge of murder in the first degree. While the
affair was at its peak a fight started.Lee WILKINS, of 160 Glenmore
avenue, was the central figure in the fracas with the other guests all
opposed to him. To get away from it all.WILKINS sought refuge on the
roof.But when he heard shots in his wake, he jumped from the roof.
Instead of landing on what he thought was an adjorning roof, he
crashed to the stone pavement four floors below in the rear yard.
It was charged against CARELOCK, who was prosecuted by
Assistant District Attorney Hyman BARSHAY, that he had chased
WILKINS to the roof and frightened him into jumping off. Under
cross-examination by Edward J.REILLY, counsel for the defense,
the witness proved very uncertain in their testimony that
CARELOCK was the one who wielded the revolver and fired the
shots. The result was that the charge of murder against CARELOCK
collapsed. CARELOCK then entered a plea of guilty of assault
in the second degree.
At the trail Attorney REILLY brought it out that a guest at the
party, named Clara HENRY, was the one who owned the
revolver. According to REILLY the HENRY woman was arrested for
possesion of the revolver. In the Court of Special Sessions with
Attorney REILLY as her counsel, she was acquitted. The next
day she died.
Alleging Evangelos PASA, 45, of 5732 Fourth avenue, punched
him while James COSTAKASES, 32, of the same address, held
his hands, Charles SEBEKOS, of 5804 Fourth avenue, charged
the two men with simple assault in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
Magistrate WALSH paroled the pair for a hearing Wednesday.
NEIGHBORS IN DISPUTE
Declaring Mrs.Lizzie MAYER, 50, of 432 Third avenue, disturbed
her sick husband by banging furniture on the floor above and threatening
to throw water on her when she requested quiet. Mrs.Anna GALLAGHER,
of the same address, charged the former with disorderly conduct in
Fifth avenue court to-day. Mrs.MAYER pleaded not guilty and
was paroled by Magistrate WALSH for a hearing Wednesday.
19 June 1931
CLUB AGENT IN COURT
Said to be the manager or agent of the Parkdale Boys, a club
with headquarters at 867 Fifty-second street, Al COHEN, 25,
was arraigned on a disorderly conduct charge in Fifth avenue
court yesterday which brought by a neighbor, John HOLM,
of 864 Fifty-second street. According to HOLM, he and other
residents were disturbed by the noisy celbrations in the club.
He said COHEN refused to stop the parties when questioned
to do so.
After he knocked her to the floor of their home, he also kicked
her,Mrs.Anna DUSBERGER, of 946 Fifty-eighth street, declared
in bringing a simple assault charge against her husband, John, 31,
in Fifth avenue court yesterday.He was paroled by Magistrate WALSH
for a hearing Tuesday.
Accused of being a disorderly person, Rose KASLO, 22,
of 512 Surf avenue, was arranged before Magistrate RUDICH
in the Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of Patrolwoman
Madeline O'NEIL, of the Bureau of Crime Prevention. The
defendant, a Gypsy, was charged by the patrolwoman with
having told her fortune for a fee of fifty cents. She pleaded not
guilty and was held in $300 bail for further hearing on June 24.
WIDOW ACCUSES SON
To all her admonitions, he replied. ''Shut up'', Mrs.Kate GOLLIVER
said in Fifth avenue court when her son, George GOLLIVER, 17,
of 155 Twenty-first street, was arraigned on a wayward minor
charge before Magistrate WALSH. The woman, a widow said
her son refused to work and remained away from home until
late at night.GOLLIVER was paroled for a hearing July 2.
'HACK MURDER' Indictment Returned Against OBRIETE
The Grand Jury made its first return in the ZUBRISKY case
to-day in an indictment for murder in the first degree against
The jury did not return an indictment against Elizabeth ZUBRISKY,
widow of the victim, Anderw ZUBRISKY. She had been arrested
after an alleged confession by OBRIETE in which he said that
he had murdered Andrew ZUBRISKY and that the woman had
planned it and urged him to carry it out. He also said she had
hepled him to carve up the body in the rear of the ''speakeasy''
which the ZUBRISKYs conducted at Harrison avenue and
With no other evidence against the ZUBRISKY woman except
that offered by OBRIETE, the grand jury could not under the law
indict her because OBRIETE is admittedly an accomplice,
and therefore his uncorroborated testimony is insufficient as
far as a charge against another is concerned. His confession
could be used only against himself.
MOTHER OF 11 FORGETS NAMES OF 6 CHILDREN
Of course a mother knows her own children, but even a mother may
sometimes lose track of the names of her children when eleven are
in her flock, not to mention a group of grandchildren well beyond
Just take developments before Surrogate WINGATE in the contest
over the will of the late John REUT, of 3918 Tenth avenue. REUT died
Jan 27,last, and of his estate of $1,800 he left nothing to his widow,
Alvina REUT,of 8314 Eightieth street,Woodhaven. The testator left
all his estate to Grace STEVENIZZI, also of 3918 Tenth avenue. In
his will he stated that he left his widow, the mother of his eleven
children nothing '' because she did not conduct herself as an
Mrs.REUT opposed probate of her husband will. On the stand
Surrogate WINGATE asked Mrs.REUT to name her eleven
children.She could recall the names of five only.
''Are they in court?'' Surrogate WINGATE asked the witness.
''Yes,'' answered the witness.
On the request of Surrogate WINGATE and the eleven children all
stood up and with them stood up also a large group of grandchildren.
Some confusion attended the separation of the children from the
grandchildren, but finally the children alone remained standing and
then the mother called off the names of her children as she pointed
each one out.
The REUTS had been married for thirty-nine years, and it took the
husband all that time to find out that the mother of his eleven children
''did not conduct herself as an obedient wife.''
He had drawn his will three years ago before the new laws governing
estates went into effect. The will was sustained because the widow
could submit no proof that the will was illegal under the laws as
they then existed. Through the efforts of Surrogate WINGATE and
Surrogate FOLEY in Manhattan and other surrogates in New York
State these laws have been change.
20 June 1931
RETIRED POLICEMAN SENTENCED AS DRUNK
Edward BRIODY, 48, a retired city policeman, was sentenced to
serve thirty days in the workhouse by Magistrate DOWNS in
Ridgewood court,Queens, yesterday, on complaint of his wife,
Ethel, who lives with him at 111-08 Jamaica ave,Richmond Hill.
On May 2, he was let off on three months probation with the
injunction that he keep away from liquor. His wife told Magistrate
he had violated that injunction almost every day since then.
JURY FREES NEGRO, GETS SCOLDING
The jury that acquitted Robert SMITH, Negro, of a charge of
grand larceny after ten minutes deliberation, is feeling chastened
to-day.Judge Joseph E. CORRIGAN, sitting in General Sessions,
late yesterday afternoon, said to them; '' If juries are going to
return verdicts of this kind in theft cases, we might just as well
close up these courts. I cannot understand how you arrived at
such a verdict.''
SMITH was charged with participating in the robbery of over
$100 worth of dresses from the Railroad Express at 213 West
Thirty-fifth street, Manhattan. It was testified by Detectives
FORAY and WATSON that they had seen SMITH indicate
the bundles of dresses to his confederates whom they
arrested while starting off with their booty.
22 June 1931
BIGAMIST WINS COURT LENIENCY
Martin FLATHEM, 28, of 103-12 Hillside avenue,Richmond Hill,
was given a suspended sentence after being adjudged guilty
of bigamy in the Queens County Court, on condition that he
properly support hereafter his first and real wife and two children.
When FLATHAM was arraigned before County Judge Frank F. ADEL
in the Queens County Court Jeanette MacKENZIE, marriage to
whom had constituted the basis of the bigamy charge, made a
plea for FLATHAM. She said she did not know he was already
married when she married him, but having learned he does have
a wife and two children, she now felt he schould have a chance
to return to them and support them.
7 ''KIDDIES'' IN COURT FREE FISH PEDDLER
Bringing his seven children to court with him, John CUSAMANNO,
34, of 66 Union street, was arraigned today before Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court on a charge of violating the
Sanitary Code. Magistrate HIRSHFIELD looked at the children,
ranging from 2 to 8 years old, and suspended sentence.
CUSAMANNO had been given a summons yesterday by
Patrolman Charles KEENAN at Summit and Columbia streets.
KEENAN said he was selling fish in a wagon, but was not
keeping them covered.CUSAMANNO pleaded guilty.
FIVE MEMBERS OF 'ONION' GANG ARE SENTENCED
Five members of the ''Red Onion Gang'', a band of youthful
bandits, were sentenced to-day by County Judge McLAUGHLIN.
Amerigo MATTEO, 19 of 888 Myrtle avenue, was sent to
Sing Sing for from fifteen to twenty years, with an additional
term of from five to ten years under the Baumes law for using
James ELMO, 22, of 92 Bleeker street, was sent to Sing Sing
for from seven years and six months to fifteen years. Elmo has
only one arm.While he took part in only three robberies. It is
alleged that he is the one who whipped the others into line.
Michael FLORIO, 17, of 73 Hart street, and James CROCKETT, 23,
of 159 Hart street, were both sent to Elmira.
Thomas CIRO, 16, of 870 Bedford avenue, was sent to the
penitentiary. CIRO was separated from the others so as to
prevent any harm coming to him, because he had informed
the police of the robberies committed by the members of the gang.
23 June 1931
TAKEN TO COURT IN WHEEL CHAIR
Mrs.Kathleen DALY, of 238 Forty-fifth street, was brought into
Supreme Court to-day in a wheel chair, with a steel neck brace
holding her head in position. She was to testify in her suit for
$150,000 for personal injuries against the real estate firm of
Brady, Cryan and Colleran,Inc.,and two chauffeurs,Thomas CORRIGAN
and John Lo FORTE, who were employed by the real estate firm.
She charges that on July 13,1930, while she and her husband were
in an automobile owned by the defendant and driven by CORRIGAN,
another car, also owned by the defendant and driven by Lo FORTE,
crashed into the car in which she was riding causing injuries which
have made her a permanent cripple.
Her husband,James A.DALY, is suing for $100,000 for injuries
he suffered and for medical expenses and loss of his wife's services.
The case is being tried before Supreme Court Justice HUMPHREY
and a jury.
DAMIAR DENIED DEELY MURDER, GIRL TESTIFIES
Dance Hall Employe Says She Quizzed Filipino After Crime
Mary DEHAN, a ''dime a dance'' girl, took the witness stand at the
murder trail of Gavino DAMIAR in County Court to-day, and told
how she had unwittingly taken blood money, and had danced with
the little Filipino pugilist after he allegedly beat to death his ex-
employer,Dr.George E.DEELY,eye and ear specialist.
Mary DEHAN worked in the Roma Dance Hall at Twenty-eighth
street and Sixth avenue,Manhattan, and she had known DAMIAR
intimately for years,she said.
And without telling her he had been discharged, DAMIAR spent
the weekend brfore the doctor's murder in her apartment, she said.
''That Sunday night'', she went on, ''I told him I needed $10 to pay
my rent, and he said he could get some that was due him from
The girl didn't see DAMIAR that Monday,June 1. But he telephoned
her. Tuesday she called Dr.DEELEY'S office-residence at 167
She thought Dr.DEELY had answered the phone, not knowing
police were already in the house, tracing first clues in a brutal
murder which had shocked medical circles here.
''Wednesday morning Marian McCOY, a friend, brought in a
newspaper and it was filled with Dr.DEELY'S murder.It said
DAMIAR was wanted for questioning.
''I took it in and showed it to DAMIAR. He was in bed. I asked
him:'Did you have anything to do with this?' and he said: 'No, I
wouldn't murder anybody. ''Why don't you go down and see the
police, then I told him. ''You said you were working for Dr.KRAEG?''
DAMIAR told her then, the girl said, he hadn't worked for Dr.KRAEG,
but spent Monday night in a gambling house.
After a time, she finished, DAMIAR left the house saying he was
going to see the police and that was the last she saw of him until
after he had been arrested charged with the murder.
The Filipino's own confession was to be offered in evidence at
the trail before Judge CONWAY this afternoon.
The first witness at the trail,Mrs.Norma LINDARS, Dr.DEELY'S
housekeeper, described DAMIAR'S discharge May 28, and the
events the night of June 1. She awoke at 6:30 she said, tidied
the doctor's office, and knocking on his bedroom door at 8:15.
Getting no response, she rapped on the bathroom door, then went
through the dining room on to another door to the bed chambers,
where she found Dr.DEELY dead.
And Seneca SIMPLICIO,Filipino cook, described how he and DAMIAR,
who he knew as George DEMAIR, had hired a room together at
55 Concord street, May 29, when both were let out together,SIMPLICIO
said he paid the $6 rent, and left on June 1.the day brfore the murder.
POLICE CONFER ON 'Third Party' NAMED IN GORDON MURDER CASE
Death Car Driver Says ''Radeloff'' Figured in Slaying
With ''the party we done it for'' named as a RADELOFF, the trail
of Harry STEIN and Samuel GREENBERG for Vivian GORDON'S
death will resume this afternoon before Supreme Court Justice
COHN in the Bronx. Meanwhile, further developments and the
outcome of a conference between Police Commissioner MULROONEY
and District Attorney McLAUGHLIN are awaited to determine future
police action after yesterday's testimony.
Harry SCHLITTEN, confessed driver of Miss GORDON'S death
automobile, testifying yesterday, quoted Harry STEIN as saying
RADELOFF,whose first name was not mentioned, instigated the
murder. He said STEIN showed him a newspaper photograph of this
RADELOFF. A Brooklyn lawyer namer John A.RADELOFF had been
called as a material witness when the investigation began, but it was
not learned whether he was the one described. Police Commissioner
MULROONEY denied before the trail that the ''third man'' said to be
a ''higher up'' and the instigator was John A.RADELOFF.
SCHLITTEN further testified that STEIN said he owed this RADELOFF
$1,500 for defending a case.SCHLITTEN said STEIN called on him the
day following the murder and gave him $212 from the sale of Miss GORDON'S
diamond ring, telling him it was his share in the $600 realized.
The day before STEIN'S arrest,SCHLITTEN said, STEIN came to his
apartment at 33 West Forty-ninth street,Manhattan, and gave him
$100 of $150 he had received ''from RADELOFF'' and told him he
was leaving town for a few days.
Earlier, SCHLITTEN had described the murder in detail as outlined
by I. P. J. ALDERMAN, Chief Assistant District Attorney, in his
opening address.He said he had met STEIN in a Sixth avenue
''tea house'' and that STEIN had asked him if he could get an
automobile. A few days later,SCHLITTEN said, he arranged with
Izzy LEWIS, alias ENGLISH, to get a car, after being approached
again by STEIN.
'' If I don't get a certain party out of the way,'STEIN told me'', the
witness said ''a friend of mine is going to jail''.
SCHLITTEN then said he and LEWIS rented the car on the
evening of Feb 25, and picked up STEIN and GREENBERG. LEWIS
was later dropped, he said, and they drove to the Bronx. STEIN promised
him $1,000 to $2,000 ''out of this tonight'', SCHLITTEN stated. He said
they stopped to get rope and then drove on to ''look for a spot''. After
driving STEIN back to Manhattan, GREENBERG said, ''I know as much
about it as you do''.
Then STEIN brought Miss GORDON to the car,SCHLITTEN said, and
they drove up Sedgewick avenue and he heard STEIN shout:'She got me''.
''Then I heard this awful gasping sound for breath, a kind of cackle''.
SCHLITTEN said. ''And I heard STEIN say, ''She done for now-she's
finished.'' They dumped her body then and returned to Manhattan, he said.
PAROLED FOR SENTENCE
Max GOLDFARB, 25, of 4215 Third avenue, whose brother Herman
called police of the Fourth avenue station to their home by telling
them his brother had a blackjack, was found guilty of disorderly
conduct by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
Detective Francis WATTERSON of the Fourth avenue station said
he found no weapon but that GOLDFARB resisted when he attempted
to search him.GOLDFARB was paroled for investigation and sentence Friday.
TAXI DRIVER FINED
Because another taxicab driver from a different section used
his favorite corner at First place and Court street as a parking
stand, Frank RUSSO, 27, of 131 Summit street, attempted
to chase him away Patrolman David FEFFER of the Hamilton
avenue station, said in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Told to
move on, RUSSO refused, the policeman said. RUSSO pleaded
guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and was fined $5 by
ACCUSED OF THREAT
Anthony GANOLAWSKI, 46, of 223 Kingsland avenue, was paroled
for June 26 by Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaza Court on complaint
of Anthony FOEGERSKI, of 173 Kingsland avenue, who charged
that GANOLAWSKI came to his home on June 21 and threatened
to kill his family. The specific charge was disorderly conduct.
24 June 1931
MAN CAPTURED IN STOLEN AUTO
Captured after a chase through Surf avenue, Coney Island, George CONTI,
a chauffeur, of 32 Bay Eleventh street, will appear today before
Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court on a charge of having stolen
an automobile belonging to Dominick AMENDOLARE, of 2510
Hubbard street, last night.
AMENDOLARE commandeered another car and drove after him,
sounding the horn. Patrolman Adlard CLOUTIER, Traffic J, stationed
at Surf and Stillwell avenues, stopped all traffic. CONTI was forced
to stop and AMENDOLARE had him arrested. A loaded .32-calibre
revolver was found on CONTI.
THREE BOYS HELD IN STAND THEFT
Three youngsters who are alleged to have stolen cigars, cigarettes
and candy from a stand at Huron and West streets last night and then
to have peddled them on Manhattan avenue to obtain money to
go to the movies, were in Children's Court to-day.
They are Michael DOBEES, 13, of 371 Oakland street; John
KASINSKI, 13, of 147 Dupont street and Edward WALKERWITZ,12,
of 179 Huron street. Detective Ralph PRICE, of Greenpoint station,
said they admitted having stolen the articles.The stand is owned by
Benjamin DURICH, of 95 India street.
HELD ON CHARGE OF STEALING AUTO
John NICOLETTI, 18, of 6208 Fourteenth avenue, was held
in $2,000 bail for the Grand Jury by Magistrate HUGHES, in
Coney Island Court to-day, on a charge of stealing an auto be-
longing to Dr.Hyman STRAUSS, of 1133 Foster avenue, on
June 14 in front of the doctor's office. He was arrested in
possession of the car June 19 by Patrolman Ellsworth SPRINGER
of Bath Beach station at Bay Forty-third street and Benson avenue.
Salvatore Di GIORGI, 18, of 46 Bay Forty-third street, charged
with stealing an auto belonging to the Horton Ice Cream Company
in Manhattan June 17, was sent to Manhattan by Magistrate HUGHES
for hearing there on the charge.
COURT HELPS GIRL MAKE FRESH START
Mary ROBERTS, 19, of 14 West Sixtieth street, was an innocent
country girl in a Pennsylvania town two years ago before she met a
well dress young man who promised to make her a Broadway star.
On May 27 she was thrown from an automobile in a street in
Williamsburg and arrested on a charge of intoxication.
Magistrate EILPERIN sent her to the observation ward of the
Kings County Hospital.
''There is still a whole lot of good in you,'' Magistrate DALE told
her. ''Pull yourself together and make a fresh start in life.''
Sentenced was suspended.
Can't Remember Stabbing Dr.Deely, Says Filipino
Denying he had any recoilection of stabbing Dr.George E. DEELY,
for whose murder he is on trail, Gavino DAMIAR,Filipino ex-servant
of the doctor was cross-examined to-day by District Attorney GEOGHAN
for more than half an hour.
According to DAMIAR'S story, he had been drinking heavily at the
apartment of four Filipino friends at 312 West 48th street, Manhattan,
on Monday evening,June 1, the night of the murder. He was badly in
need of money, for he had promised his ''dime a dance'' girl, Mary
HOPED TO BORROW MONEY
Thinking to borrow it from Dr.DEELY, whose employ he had left
May 28, he took the subway to the eye and ear specialist's home
at 167 Joralemon street and opened the door of the house with a key
he had kept after ceasing to work for the doctor. This was about 4
o'clock Tuesday morning, he said.
He stressed the fact that he was drunk, and told how he went up-
stairs to the floor on which the doctor's bedroom was located.There
he turned on the light, intending to wake the doctor. He then told
him he wanted to borrow $25.
''Why should I give you any money? You don't work for me any
more'', he said the doctor replied.
His answer, he testified, was that the doctor was the only one
he could come to, and he needed the money.
FATAL FIGHT STARTS
The doctor called him names, he said, and they started to fight.
Saying that his drunkenness blurred the picture, he described a
struggle, but denied knowing he had hurt the doctor until he saw
him fall to the floor.
''I have no recollection of the stabbing or of using the wire'', he said.
The body of the doctor was found with seven stab wounds and a
wire twisted tightly around the neck.
Dimly he recalled leaving the house, and went on to relate that
when friends in Philadelphia told him he was wanted by the police
he gave himself up in that city voluntarily. After DAMIAR'S questioning
by the district attorney, the case was put over until to-morrow at the
request of counsel for the defense.
25 June 1931
MRS.RUTH SABIN ACCUSES HUSBAND
Mrs.Ruth Ogden SABIN, it was learned to-day has followed up
her suit for a separation, asked on the grounds of abandonment
from Charles H.SABIN,Jr., son of Charles H.SABIN, millionaire
banker and Mrs.SABIN, former Republican national committeewoman
and present leader among women in the fight on prohibition, by a
writ of attachment against her husband's property for $25,000 on
the grounds that she had spent this sum in maintaining herself
and her infant son, Charles,born last September.
Mrs.SABIN charges her husband left her without cause on June 3,
1930, and has not contributed to her support since their marriage in 1927.
TWO WOMEN, MAN ANSWER MURDER CHARGE
Defendants in Three Cases Remanded to Jail for Trail
Three defendants, two of them women, were arraigned this after-
noon before County Judge MARTIN on indictments charging them
with murder in the first degree. They pleaded not guility and were
remanded to Raymond street jail for trail.
Dorothy ARAGIANO, 20,whose last Brooklyn address was
708 Caton avenue, pleaded not guility, through her attorney,
Edward J.REILLY, to a charge that she had murdered Miles C.
PIERCE. According to the evidence gather by District Attorney
GEOGHAN, the ARAGIANO girl on June 1 shot PIERCE in the
apartment which they occupied together on Caton avenue. PIERCE
died a week later in Kings County Hospital.
The girl was traced to Jersey City, where she was arrested a week
ago. PIERCE had been twice married. He was divorced from his
first wife, and was living apart from his second wife. According to
police records, ARAGIANO girl on Dec 27,1930, escapef from the
Clinton reformatory in New Jersey where she was serving a term for
perjury.She came to Brooklyn, and, it is said, met PIERCE during
a visit to a speakeasy.
Mrs.Lydia CACCIAPONTI, 29, of 75 Steuben street, this afternoon
through her attorney former Magistrate Leo HEALY, pleaded not
guilty to a charge that she had shot and killed Michael RUBINO, 39,
of 235 Ainsile street. There had been bad blood between them for
some reason not yet revealed, and it is charged that Mrs.CACCIAPONTI
put two bullets in the back of RUBINO on June 2 while he was
walking along Devoe street.
Louis GOODMAN, no address, today pleaded not guility to a
charge of having shot and killed Alexander PULASKI on Dec 28,1930.
At the time of the alleged murder GOODMAN was living apart from his
wife,Ida, who was then living at 1365 Carroll street. It is alleged that
GOODMAN went to the home of his estranged wife, and when he
found PULASKI there, he put four bullets in his body.
27 June 1931
3 SONS TO SHARE SIEGELMAN ESTATE
An estate described as worth upward of $20,000 in real and
personal property has been left by Sigmund SIEGELMAN, who
died at his home at 858 East Eighteenth street,June 22. His
will was offered for probate to-day at the Kings County Surrogate
Court. The residue is to be distributed equally among his three
sons, Meyer, David and Julius. Julius share is to be held in trust,
and $35,000 is to be held in trust for another son,Abraham. He will
receive the income for life, and on his death the principal will go
to the other three sons.
The Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society is to receive a bequest
of $1,000 and grandchildren are left other bequests.
TWO WOMEN FREED OF DRUNK CHARGE
Two women, said by police to be mother and daughter and who
gave their names as Mrs.Mary BALLOWS, 40, and Miss Mary BALLOWS
20, of 578 Seventy-fourth street, were freed by Magistrate BRILL in
Fifth avenue court yesterday after a hearing on charge of public
Patrolman Raymond CHRYSTAL, of Fort Hamilton station, said
he arrested the younger woman at 3 A.M. June 17 after she
threatened to have him transferred ''to the sticks''. He said the older
woman followed her daughter to the stationhouse where she was
abusive and placed under arrest on an intoxication charge.
Magistrated BRILL sais there was insufficient evidence against them.
MAN FACES CHARGE OF TORTURING DOG
Alleged to have buried a dog alive and charged with cruelty to
animals as a result, George GOFF, 60, of 10011 Fourth avenue,
is at liberty today in $500 bail pending further hearing Aug.22.
The hearing was adjourned in Fifth avenue court yesterday after
testimony was heard by Magistrate Jeanette BRILL.
According to Mrs.Jane JOHNSON, of 418 100th street, she saw
GOFF strike the animal, a bulldog, with a rock and then smash its
body against the ground. The woman said she called Patrolman
William ROSS of the Fort Hamilton station, who was forced to dig
up the dog's body, still alive, in order to shoot it. It was claimed by
GOFF'S attorney that he struck the animal in self defense. The case
was adjourned because Patrolman ROSS is on his vacation.
HARTMAN FAMILY SHARES $100,000
Joseph HARTMAN, whose will was filed in the Surrogate's Court
today left an estate valued at over $100,000.
The residue is to be divided into four parts, of which his daughter,
Mrs.Martha BIRNBAUM, of 74-16 Sixty-second street, Glendale,
will receive 30 per cent or more than $30,000. Another daughter,
Ruth HARTMAN, who lived with her father at 540 Crown street,
will also receive 30 per cent.
Twenty-five per cent will go to another daughter,Mrs.Frances
SUMERGRADE, of 12 Crown street, and a son, Jesse,of 770
St.Marks avenue, will receive 15 per cent.
The money will be left in trust, and will eventually revert to
Five sisters and a brother will each receive $2,500, and $1,000
goes to each of the following institutions; the Wyckoff Heights
Hospital, the Hebrew Home for Aged, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum,
Congregation Shaari Gebek and the Brooklyn Federation of Charities.
29 June 1931
'LOADED' DICE CHARGE FAILS
The charge of disorderly conduct made against Edward SCHWARTZBERG,
20, of 93 East Fourth street,Manhattan and Irving SCHLESSENGER,
21, of 153 Rodney street, was dismissed by Magistrate David
HIRCHFIELD, Saturday, in Bridge Plaza Court.
They were arrested by Patrolman Peter CUSICK, of Clymer street
station, at Hooper street and Kent avenue.He said he found 100
pairs of loaded dice in their possession.The officer kept the dice
after the case was disposed of.
DR. DEELY'S KILLER MUST DIE AUG.10
Gavino DAMIAR, the Fillipino butler who beat to death his former
employer,Dr.George E.DEELY, in his home at 167 Joralemon
street, on June 2, was sentenced to-day by County Judge Albert
CONWAY to die in the electric chair at Sing Sing during the
week of Aug.10.
DAMIAR was convicted by a jury in the record time of seven minutes,
following testimony by his girl, a dance hall hostess, that he had
given her money, presumably taken from the DEELY home in the
robbery DAMIAR has confessed led up to the murder.
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