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COURT NEWS..1931..January- February- March
Brooklyn Daily Standard Union
2 January 1931
TWO STABBINGS ON CARROLL STREET
Two stabbings on Carroll street were aired before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD
in Fifth avenue court to-day, as both defendants charged with felonious assault
waived examination and were held for the Grand Jury.
The first occurred when HORTENSIA PENA,25,Negro,of 60 Front street,got
out of a taxi early yesterday with NICHOLAS COLON,also a Negro,to go to a New
Years party at 74 Carroll street.
There her husband,ADELINO MARCUES,29,white, waiting for the
couple,stabbed his wife on the right and left thighs,and slashed COLON"S
jaw.She required thirteen stitches given by Dr.DAVIS of M. E. Hospital,while
COLON refused aid.
The second stabbing occurred at a New Years party at 71 Carroll street
when DETMETRIO ROSACI,39 of 77 Carroll street,stabbed his wife,CARMELA and slashed
the face and hands of JOSEPH ACCIARELLO,of 7 Garnet place, who attempted to
intervene.Both were attended by Dr.HOLLIS,of M. E. Hospital.
Hit by Bullet
While walking at Myrtle and Irving Avenue's,Ridgewood,Queens,at 1:30A.M.
yesterday,CHARLES KNAPFEL,24 of 1894 Stockholm street,Ridgewood,Queens, was
struck in the left side by a stray bullet.He was taken home after being
treated by Dr.COLLETT,of Wyckott Heights Hospital
Held In Bail
SAMUEL DANKER,43,of 403 Graham avenue,was held in $1,000 bail on a charge of
grand larceny,in Bridge Plaza Court for examination on Jan 15.
A charge of disorderly conduct made against HYMAN SALSLONSKY,57 of 56 Graham
avenue,was dismissed by Magistrate FOLWELL in the Bridge Plaza Court.
JOSEPH MARTIN,40 of 293 Kingsland avenue,received a suspended sentence by
Magistrate FOLWELL, when arraigned on a charge of disorderly conduct.
3 January 1931
Margaret Murray Lawyers Deny She Killed Sweeney
Was Asleep At Home Of Sister At Time Is Claim.
Margaret MURRAY,the 17 year-old girl accused of the murder of Stephen
SWEENEY,whose bullet-riddled body was found near the Motor Parkway at Central
Park,L.I., by aviators Dec 21, is to see her mother in Nassau County Jail at
Mineola,to-morrow, is announced by her attorneys, Charles HALSTED and Charles
At that time,the attorneys said, newspaper men will be permitted to see
the girl and may submit a list of questions which will be answered Monday.The
time fixed tentatively for the interview is 4PM.
HALSTED and FOLTZ to-day issued a denial that their client was
responsible for the murder,or that she was,as charged, a ''gun ??oll for a
gang of bandits. The attorneys declared that, at the time of the
murder,Margaret was asleep at the home of her sister,Stella MURRAY,325 West
The MURRAY girl has been formaly charged with the murder and is to have
a hearing before a justice of the peace next Thursday. In the meantime the
case is to be presented to the Grand Jury.
The lawyers said to-day that their client would appear before the Grand
Jury on Monday and tell all she knew about SWEENEY. They predicted she would
be exonerated by the Grand Jury.
In addition to the charge against the girl warrants have been issued
for her brother,John, and for the two men known only as ''Freddy'' and ''Handsome''.
HUSBAND ACCUSED AS WIFE-BEATER
When Rose DiMICIELI,wife of Charles DiMICIELI,23 of 2536 West Sixteenth
street,returned to the home of her husband's mother yesterday to get her
wearing apparel following a separation of two months, she allaged she
received a severe beating from her husband and brother,Angelo,20. The quarrel
was a result of husband's insistence to live at his mother's home, and wife's
insistence to build one of their own.
Husband and brother pleaded not guilty in Coney Island Court today and
were paroled for a hearing on Jan 16.
CLERK ACCUSED BY DYING WIFE OF FIRING SHOTS
Court Denies Bail and Sets Hearing for Wednesday
Smiling and clad in ammaculate attire, John CASSIERI,31 a grocery clerk,
of 3903 Avenue P. to-day insistently denied he killed his wife, Yvonne,28,
comely Millner's model, but was held without bail for a hearing Wednesday in
Flatbush court on a short affidauit charging him with murder.
The woman was found dying of bullet wounds last night on a porch at
2029 East Fortieth street.She died a short time later in Kings County
Hospital. Detectives who questioned her before she died alleged she told them
her husband shot her.Police found her automobile parked in the street near
the porch on which she had sought refuge from the barrage of bullets that had
riddled her body. DENIES FIRING SHOTS
''I am not guilty of this'' CASSIERI declared when brought before
Magistrade STEERS ''I was home in bed when the police came and took me to the
scene of the accident''. ''Well,'' the jurist replied, ''will it be all
right with you if I adjourn this case until next Wednesday''.
''I will be satisfied with anything you do'',CASSIERI said, ''but I'm
'' You are not very much downcast'', Magistrate STEERS observed.'' If
me wife had been killed I would feel pretty bad''. '' I do'', CASSIERI
replied,'' but you see I have never been in court before and don't know how
Information was given police that CASSIERI, a hard -working young man
who cared little for ammusements,had quarreled with his wife on New Year's
day and that she vanished.CASSIERI had remained away from home since the quarrel.
The couple and their daughter,Fernande,8, lived with Mrs CASSIERI's mother
Mrs.Louis DeCORSELLAS,at the Avenue P. address. Mrs DeCORSELLAS,speaking in
French and English told police that her daughter,who possessed her own
automobile,left the house about 7;30 last night and said she was going first
to Millinery store to see about some work and then went to meet her husband.
John,Mrs.DeCORSELLAS said,came home between 10 and 10;30 o'clock in the
evening without his wife and went to bed.''That'' MrsDeCORSELLAS said,was all
she know about the matter.
''Who do you suppose shot your wife?'' the detectives asked him.
''Probably one of her gentleman friends'', After some further
questioning, in spite of his protestations of innocence he was booked on a
charge of homicide. He will be taken to the lineup in Manhattan and may be
brought to Flatbush court to-day, in as much as the Homicide Court is not in session.
6 January 1931
HELD FOR JURY
Charged with grand larceny,Joseph MIGDALSKI, 38 years old, of 179 Green
street, was held in $1,000 for the action of the Grand Jury yesterday when
arraigned before Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza court. He was arrested by
Detective BARRON, of Greenpoint station, on complaint of August PATERAK,of 93
Blanos MENDOS, 39 of 95 Cook street, faced arraignments to-day in Bridge
Plaza court on a charge of disorderly conduct made against him by Benjamin
ZIMMERMAN, a taxicab driver, of 438 Madison street,Manhattan.
GUN CHARGE ALLEGED
On a charge of violating the Sullivan law, Sab?o PRIZZO, 67 of 215 North
Seventh street, was held in $500 bail, yesterday,in Bridge Plaza court by
Magistrate STEERS for examination on Jan 19.
When the complainant, Matthew MALDOW,a post office clerk living at 2836 West
Twenty-second street, failed to appear in the Coney Island court yesterday to
prosecute a complaint he had made against his landlord, Michael YULES, 28, of
the same address of failing to supply sufficient hot water in his apartment,
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD dismissed the case.
PLEAD NOT GUILTY
In Coney Island court yesterday,Louis SIEGEL 16, of 172 Eldridge street, and
Sam SILVERMAN,13 of 176 Forsythe street, both Manhattan, were each held in
$200 bail for further hearing to-morrow when they pleaded not guilty to a
charge of malicious mischief. They were arrested by Harry STENNES, a special
patrolman employed by the Collier Service Corporation, 347 Astreet, who
alleged he observed SIEGEL trying to force open a chewing gum machine at the
New Utrecht avenue station of the Sea Beach subway line while SILVERMAN acted
Four Bensonhurst meat market men appeared in Coney Island court yesterday to
answer summonses served by Patrolmen COOK and McGUIRE of Bath Beach station,
charging violation of the Sabbath law last Sunday. The defendants pleaded
guilty and received suspended sentences from Magistrate HIRSHFIELD. They
were; Jacob KUGELMAS,40,of 1930 Sixty-fourth street; Henry STROH, 29, of 6801
Nineteenth avenue; Barney ABRAMSON,34, of 6923 Twentieth avenue; Hyman
GELMAN, 29 of 6109 Twentieth avenue.
QUARREL OVER RENT
Her husband threw her out of bed on Jan 2, after punching her, and then
attempted to choke her, Mrs.Gertrude JEROSCH, of 6623 Fort Hamilton parkway,
declared in a third degree assault complaint she made against, William
JEROSCH, 49, of the same address. JEROSCH,on being arraigned in Fifth avenue
court before Magistrate FOLWELL, yesterday,said that he had defended himself
and that he had not hit his wife "much". He said the quarrel was over rent
money.JEROSCH was paroled for a hearing to-morrow.
7 Janaury 1931
Held For Hearing
Patrolman James CLARK, of Inspector Thompson's staff, appeared as
complainant in Coney Island court yesterday against Peter BADAGLICCA,33,of
349 Linden street,and Michael CARIANTA,43,of 1215 Voorhies avenue, whom he
charged with the possession of policy slips.They pleaded not guilty and
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD held each in $300 bail for hearing on Jan 16.
SENT TO WORKHOUSE
Ciro DeGAETANO,35, of 34 Third place,was sentenced to twenty days in the
workhouse yesterday after being found guilty of a disorderly conduct charge
brought in Fifth avenue court by his wife,Rose. According to the woman,
DeGAETANO called her names and struck her.
FIRE HAZARD ALLEGED
Charged with having a hazard in his home, due to the operation of a still,
John WARD,33, of 437 Flushing avenue, pleaded not guilty yesterday before
Magistrate STEERS. He was paroled for examination on Jan 13.
Charged with annoying girls at Flushing and Evergreen avenues, Joseph
BARGA,24, a chauffeur, of 162 Evergreen avenue, was held in $1,000 bail
yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court by Magistrate STEERS for examination to-morrow
He was arrested by Detcetive WAAG, of Stagg street station.
8 January 1931
KNIFE-WIELDER GETS 10 YEARS
He has a famous military combination for a name,but the pseudo valor of
Napoleon GREENE,of 184 South Elliott place,was limited to wielding a knife on
those who displeased him.For this reason Napoleon GREENE was sent to
Sing-Sing for ten years today by County Judge Conway. In a jealous
rage,because he believed she was accepting the attention of another
man,Napoleon just "craved"
Gertrude BROWN,of 169 South Elliott place, inflicting wounds on her neck,arms
and legs.He has already served one term for assault.
Vincenzo RANNARZISE,22,of 24 Morgan avenue,and Ignazio GENNAZZA,23 of 327
Howard avenue,on a charge of robbery in the second degree were sent by Judge
Conway to Sing- Sing for from three to seven years. On Oct 3, they held up
Eugene LUPIA,presedent of the Lewis Credit Union, in his office,427 Grove
street,and stole $180 and a watch and chain.
Salvatore PATERNOSTRO,39,of 195 Bay 46th street,today faced a probable
prison term after clemency had permitted him to spend Christmas with his wife
and seven children. PATERNOSTRO, on Christmas Eve tried to rob Herman KELLER,
grocer of 2931 West 7th street,in an effort to obtain food for his starving
family.The pleas of an attorney sent him home for Christmas.
Charged with coercion in that they threatened to kill Anthony DiGIORO unless
he quits his coal and ice business at 136 Meserle avenue,Louis
16 Conselyea street; Vito DEVITO,40,of 290 South First street and Ralph
VALENTINO,33,of 35 Havermeyer street,were held in $500 bail each yesterday in
Bridge Court for examination on Jan.15.
A charge of disorderly conduct made against Louis DAVIS,33, of 27 Newell
street, was dismissed yesterday by Magistrate STEERS when DAVIS was called
for arraignment in Bridge Plaza Court.
When neither appeared in Fifth avenue court yesterday, a charge of third
degree assault brought by Sam HELMERSON,oof 857 Fifty-seventh street, against
Mrs.Elizabeth HELMERSON,30, of the same address,was dismissed by Magistrate
Folwell.The man charged his wife threw a glass pitcher at him on Dec 30.
PLEAD NOT GUILTY
Mrs.Reisel GOLDFARB, 50,and her son,Max,27, of 4215 Third avenue,pleaded not
guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in Fifth avenue court yesterday and
were paroled by Magistrate Folwell for a hearing Monday. According to Abe
278 Forty-third street, he entered a grocery store conducted by the GOLDFARBs
early yesterday in order to ask them to stop visiting his home,when the woman
called him names while her sn struck him in the face.
9 January 1931
BLOOM IS PAROLED
Charged with operating a still in his home and possessing a fire hazard,
Leopold BLOOM,24,of 241 Moore street,entered a plea of not guilty when
arraigned yesterday in Bridge Plaza court.He was paroled for examination on
Jan 20 by Magistrate STEERS.
SLEEPS IN PARKS
In spite of the cold,Edward CLIFFORD, 27, of 438 Eagle street, insisted on
sleeping on a bench in McCarren Park,Driggs avenue and Lorimer
When Patrolman George FAULS f Herbert street station tried to chase him from
the park he became abusive to the officer. Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza
court gave him the option of paying a fine of $1 or spending a day in city
prison when he found him guilty of a disorderly conduct charge.He went to jail.
''BABY FACE'' JAILED
'Baby Face' Joseph ROSALIA, 17, of 31 McKibbin street,was sent to the
workhouse for thirty days yesterday by Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza
court on a charge of jostling.He was arrested at the Broadway Theatre by
Detective TRAVIS of the Pickpocket Squard of Manhattan, charged with trying
to open the handbags of three women in the showhouse.
Charged with burglary, Joseph PASKOVICS, 19, of 319 Reed avenue,waived
examination in Coney Island court and was held without bail for the action of
the Grand Jury. It is alleged he burglarized the home of Mrs.Mary THOMPSON,at
1477 East Thirteenth street,and was captured in it by Patrolman William
OKEEFE, of Parkville station.
In Coney Island court to-day Peter LARKIN,18, of 7015 Fort Hamilton
parkway, will be given a hearing on a charge of grand larceny, the theft of
an automobile. The machine,according to Patrolman David FRANKENBERG,of the
Parkville station, was stolen from Rothman's garage n Jan 6, and found in the
possession of LARKIN
the following day.When LARKIN was arraigned before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in
Coney Island court he pleaded not guilty and was held without bail.
GIRL WHO KIDNAPED BABY BREAKS DOWN AT HEARING
Held in $2,000 Bail - Did It to Win Mate, She Sobs
Mrs.Angelina SCHIRON, 19, of 966 East Frty-third street,was arraigned on a
charge of kidnaping before Magistrate DALE in Adams street court to-day. As
she was brought into the court she wrung her hands and cried: ''I didn't hurt
the baby. I didn't hurt the baby.''
She was charged with kidnaping the six-week-old daughter of Mrs.?oretto
ROTUNDO,of 154 Navy street, on Tuesday.
As the complaint was read to the girl her mother,Mrs.Lea MAROZZA,became
hysterical and was carried to the corridor by half a dozen policemen.Then she
fainted and Angelina broke into renewed tears. Mrs.ROTUNDO stood cool and calm
ignoring these manifestations.
Dective John DILLION of the Poplar street station was asked by Magistrate
DALE what the circumstances of the case were.DILLION explained that
Mrs.SCHIRON had told him that she was separated from her husband,Max, a
butcher and that she believed if she could let him know she had a baby they
would become reconciled.
She was held in $2,000 bail for a hearing Monday.
An intensive search of the entire city for the last five days ended last
night when detectives of the Poplar street precinct found the 19-year-old
woman with the baby at the home of her father at 966 East Forty-third
street,where the ROTUNDO baby was contentedly drinking milk in a new crib
that Mrs.SCHIRON had provided for her.
As the detectives charged through the door opened by the father,Mrs.SCHIRON
was seen dashing upstairs with the baby in her arms.The detectives grabbed
her skirt just as she was about to jump out a second-story window.
10 January 1931
WIFE OBTAINS AN ANNULMENT
Claiming her husband,John Leroy BOWERS,misrepresented himself when
proposing to her,Mrs.Blanche BOWERS, of 33-57 164th street,Flushing,received
anannulment from Justice HUMPHREY in the Queens Supreme Court yesterday.
Mrs.BOWERS said BOWERS spent their first evening together,and many more
after that,telling of his home in Montana, his dealings in securities and of
his ''comfortable income.''
After the wedding,on Nov.20,1930, a month after I first met John, I learned
my husband's remarks were exaggerated. Mrs.BOWERS said. ''The following day
heasked me for my rings, claiming they were old-fashioned,and that he wanted
to exchange them for a later style. This, of course,I refused to do.''
Mrs.BOWERS further declared BOWERS asked her for $200, due on a watch he
purchased for her for a wedding present,and that he asked her to give
him$2,000 so that he could ''buy up some good stocks,'' but this she so
refused to do.
''He thought probaly that you were a rich woman and you believed him to be
a rich man.''Justice HUMPHREY said after the trail.Mrs.BOWERS said she didn't
think her husband was rich,but believed he had money to provide her with a
12 January 1931
POLICY SLIPS ALLEGED
Charged with the possession of two policy slips,Peter BARBERA,35, of 151
Union street, was held in $500 bail for a hearing Friday after being
arraigned before Magistrate FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court. BARBERA was
arrested at 258 Hamilton avenue by Patrolman MORAN of theEleventh Division.
BROWN TO WORKHOUSE
For soliciting alms,James BROWN,45,of 15 Moore street,was given thirty days
in the workhouse by Magistrate STEERS in the Bridge Plaza court on
Saturday.He was arrested at Broadway and Graham avenue by a detective of
Inspector Edward QUINN's staff.
TO GET HEARING
John BELINSKY,36,of 325 Oakland street was to be given a hearing today in
the Bridge Plaza court, on a charge of petty larceny. He was arrested on
Saturday by Patrolman William REAL of the Greenpoint station, after it was
alleged he stole a pair of trousers from the clothing store of Jacob
PERSCHARSKY at 1000 Manhattan avenue.
BABY KIDNAPER HELD FOR JURY
Mrs.Angelina SCHIRON, who took the six-week-old daughter of Mrs.Loretta
ROTUNDO from the ROTUNDO home at 154 Navy street last week, in the hope that
she might thereby win back her husband,from whom she was separated, waived
examination and was held for the grand jury to-day on a charge of kidnaping.
Magistrate HUGHES, in Adams street court, asked the girl if she had taken
''Yes,'' she answered.
The court fixed bail at $2,000.
13 January 1931
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charged with failing to provide heat in an apartment house at 6915 Fort
Hamilton parkway,of which he is the agent,Morris HASSAN,55,of that address
was arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday. He was paroled by Magistrate
SABBATINO for a hearing on Jan 22. The complaint was brought by a
tenant,WilliamMERZ, a special officer employed at the North German Lloyd
Steamship Co.,pier at the foot of Fifty-eighth street.
AUTO THEFT ALLEGED
Charged with grand larceny,the theft of an automobile,Eugene RUSSO,22, of
5812 Seventeenth avenue was arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in the
ConeyIsland court yesterday on complaint of Detective F.MULLADY,of the
Vanderveer Park station.The detective said RUSSO was taken into custody last
Sunday while in an automobile said to be the property of Sebastian MANCINO,of
1821 Bay Ridge avenue,which was stolen from Eighteenth avenue and
RUSSO pleaded not guilty and was held in $3,000 bail for hearing Jan 16.
BAIL PLACED AT $1,000
Charles SMITH, 27, of 19 Flushing avenue had a dispute with his wife,Edith,
yesterday, and it is alleged,stabbed her in the side and face.She was
attended by an ambulance surgeon from Cumberland Hospital and remained at
home. SMITH was arrested and arraigned in Bridge Plaza court and held
in$1,000 bail for examination on Jan15.
GUILTY OF FIGHTING
Charles PALTING,42,and Willie ROSE,32, tenants at 384 Twelfth
street,received suspended sentences from Magistrate SABBATINO in Fifth avenue
court,after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. They were arrested by
Patrolman SHARP,of Fifth avenue station on complaint of Mrs.Anna
SALNOFSKY,landlady,when they refused to cease fighting.
PAIR OF PANTS
John BELINSKY,56, of 325 Oakland street,has been held in $500 bail for the
Court of Special Sessions by Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaza court on a
charge of petit larceny. He is charged with stealing a pair of trousers from
a clothing store at Manhattan avenue and Clay street. The value of the
trousers were placed ar $5.
When Morris REINFELD,26,of 164 Wilson street, pleaded not guilty to a
charge of disorderly conduct before Magistrate DALE in the Bridge Plaza
court, he was paroled for examination on Jan 15.
ALLEGED BANDITS HELD
Charged with assault and robbery,in that they beat up Paul KRIPITIS and
stole seven cents from him in the hallway of his home at 654 Grand
street.Solomon LEDERMAN,25, of 1320 East Ninth street,and Abraham WEISINGER,
21, of 107 Attorney street, were held with out bail for examination on
Jan 15 in Bridge Plaza court. They were arrested by Patrolman THORNTON
of Herbert street station.
Alleged to have sold non-kosher products in a butcher shop at 512 Avenue U,
which displayed signs which indicated that it was a strickly kosher store,
Max BERNKLAU,of 2830 West Second street, was before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Coney
Island court yesterday on complaint of John H.LENT,an inspector in the
Department of Markets. BERNKLAU pleaded not guilty and was paroled for
further hearing on Jan21.
When he pleaded not guilty in the Coney Island court yesterday to a charge
of violation of the Sullivan law, Jacob FREY,47, of 2881 West Seventeenth
street, was held by Magistrate MAGUIRE in $1,000 bail for hearing on Jan 23.
He was arrested by Patrolman Timothy DOWNING of Coney Island station.
FACES TWO CHARGES
On two charges, felonious assault and violation of the Sullivan law,Howard
NUGENT,22 , a shipping clerk,living at 120 Frank court,Gerrittsen Beach, was
arraigned before Magistrate MAGUTRE in Coney Island court yesterday.
John J.O'BRIEN, a milkman,living at 521 East Fifty-first street,alleged
NUGENT,under the influence of liquor clambered into his milk wagon and
brandished a revolver. Dectective J.HARRINGTON,of Sheepshead Bay station,
lodged the charge of violation of the Sullivan law.NUGENT pleaded not
guilty and was held in$ 4,000 bail for hearing on Jan 16.
NEW YORKERS GET DIVORCES IN RENO
John Jay SCHIEFFELIN, of New York, son of William SCHIEFFELIN,prominent
chemist, was divorced in Reno,Nev.,by Eleanor BIGGS SCHIEFFELIN on grounds of
Other decrees were granted to Dr.Albert HARRIS,of New York,who alleged
that his wife urged him to move to a more aristocratic neighborhood and then
humiliated him by sweeping and scrubbing the sidewalks in front of their home.
Annie MILLIKIN CULLUM,of New York, who was awarded $2,500 annual alimony from
James Barlow CULLUM,Jr.
14 January 1931
ASTORIA BRIDE CHARGED WITH CASHING $1,200 BOND OF BROOKLYN WOMAM
A young bride of two months was held in $2,000 bail for a hearing
Jan.19, when arraigned yesterday before Magistrate DOWNS in Long Island City
on a charge of grand larceny.
The bride,Mrs.Catherine E.DUPRAS,21, of 28-05 Twenty-third
street,Astoria, Queens,was charged with the theft of a negotiable bond,valued
at $1,200, which was the property, according to the police,of Mrs.Joseph
HAUPT,of 930 Montomery street,Brooklyn.
Police say that the bond was cashed and the sale traced to Mrs.DUPRAS.
The latter,in denying any connection with the theft,declares that she received
the bond from a woman named Wanda DALY and that she turned the money received
over to the DALY women. Mrs.DUPRAS was given till Jan 19 to produce Wanda DALY.
ELMHURST MAN'S ESTATE IS LEFT TO 13 CHILDREN
Thirteen sons and daughters of the late John J.SHEA, Elmhurst accountant
and real estate operator,will receive the greater part of his estate,
according to the appraisal submitted to Surrogate John HETHERINGTON of
Queens. The gross assets total $454,834, and there is $425,579 net.
SHEA was the principal stockholder in the Harshe Realty Corp, and also
in the Martin SHEA,Inc, of 96 Main street,Flushing. He was retired when he
died on Nov 24,1928, in his sixty-third year. A life interest valued at
$24,393 is left to Rosemary, a daughter, of Central Islip.
Bequests of $16,594 are to be given to remainder of the children,
Martin SHEA, of Bayside; John SHEA, Bayside; Agnes HARTIG,Elmhurst; Thomas
J.SHEA Central Islip Hospital and Walter, Lawrence,Vincent, Sarah, Florence,
Margaret,Doris and James SHEA,all of Elmhurst.
The assets in the estate include $117,244 in real estate,
$277,549,mortgages and notes, $53,928, stocks and bonds,and $4,312,cash.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Her husband attempted to strike her,causing her to remain away from home for
three weeks,Mrs.Helen BYRNES, of 412 Fifty-ninth street,declared in bringing a
disorderly conduct charge against Patrick BYRNES,34,of the same address,in
Fifth avenue court yesterday.BYRNES pleaded not guilty.He was held in $500
bail by Magistrate SABBATINO for a hearing on Jan22.
YOUTH HELD IN BAIL
Joseph FICHERA,20,of 5221 Seventh avenue,was held in $1,000 bail for the
action of the Grand Jury after a hearing on a grand larceny charge before
Justice SABBATINO in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Two other youths arrested
with FICHERA were discharged.They are Pasquale CAUPTO,18 of the Seventh
avenue address, and Nicholas ANDREOZZI,26, of 206 Hamilton street,New Haven.
All were accused of the theft of an automobile owned by Anthony BOROWITZ, of
536 Third avenue.
On a charge of felonious assault,Alfred G.SMITH,33, and homeless,an ex-city
fireman,was held in $2,500 bail for examination to-morrow in Bridge Plaza
court. It is alleged he struck Patrolman John O'BRIEN,of Stagg street
station,over the head with a blunt instrument while O'BRIEN was calling the
station house from a phone at Morgan and Johnson avenue.
On a plea of not guilty, Joseph WEINICK,44,of 27 Montieth street,was held in
$500 bail on a charge of possessing dangerous weapons, for a hearing to-morrow in
the Bridge Plaza court. When arrested he had a billy imitation revolver, pair
of handcuffs,two flashlights, three police whistle and a number of keys,it is
Charged with disorderly conduct after he fell against a window pane of a
store at 459 Fifth avenue,while intoxicated, Michael RYAN, 45,of 385
Forty-fifth street,pleaded guilty in the Fifth avenue court yesterday. He was
paroled for investigation and sentence Friday by Mgistrate SABBATINO.
HUSBAND TRAILED, WIFE GETS DECREE
Mrs.Lillian LONGBARD,27 of Pelham Manor,was granted an interlocutory
decree of divorce from her husband, John B.LONGBARD,insurance agent, at 15
St.Marks place,Brooklyn, to-day by Supreme Court Justice MORSCHAUSER at White
The decree was granted after John B.McCORMACK,former traffic officer at
Pelham Manor, testified he had been employed by Mrs.LONGBARD to trail her
husband and that on Jan 25,1930, he found LONGBARD and a woman in the Times
The LONGBARD were married March 19,1925.LONGBARD made no defense and no
alimony was asked.
15 January 1931
NO BAIL FIXED
Charged with grand larceny; Michael COLEMAN,32,of 37 Ross street,was held
without bail yesterday in Bridge Plaza court by Magistrate Harry DALE for
examination on Jan 19.
STRUCK WITH PIPE
Charged with felonious assault George PLATELAS,30, of 1516 Mermaid avenue,
was arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Coney Island court yesterday on
complaint of Spero VENTSIS, 46,of 2831 West Second street.The complainant
alledged PLATELAS struck him under the right eye with a piece of pipe during
a quarrel at Surf avenue and West Fourteenth street last Friday night.
PLATELAS, who pleaded not guilty,was held in $1,500 bail for
examination on Jan 23.
Accused of bookmaking, Edward STARKS, 38, of 2733 Ocean avenue, pleaded
not guilty when arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Coney Island court
yesterday and was held in $500 bail for hearing on Jan 21. Parrolman Arthur
BENDIX, of Inspector THOMPSON'S staff, arrested him Tuesday in front of 9
Coney Island, for taking wagers from four men on horse races.
SAVING A NICKEL; TALKED TOO SOON
Squeezing through a turnstile at the Morgan avenue station of the B. M. T.
subway early today, Abraham JACOBS,29, a taxicab driver, of 6801 Nineteenth
avenue, turned gleefully to stranger and remarked,'' Well, I beat them out
of five cents more.''
The cabman spoke out of turn, for the stranger turned out to be Special
Officer Arthur HAGERMAN, of the B. M. T. So Jacobs was to face a charge of
disorderly conduct later in the day in Bridge Plaza court.
16 January 1931
12 Bandit Suspects,Alleged 'Gun Molls' Go On Trail Jan 20
Arraigned in Queens County Court at Long Island City to-day on indictments
charging them with assault and robbery, two reputed ''gun molls''and twelve
alleged members of a bandit gang pleaded not guilty and were held without
bail to await trail.
Police revealed the two girls and their companions confessed to more than
100 robberies of chain stores, small shops and restaurants inBrooklyn and
Queens following a series of raids in which they were captured after six of
the bandits shattered the windows of a building with bullets because they had
obtained only $7 in loot.
One of the bandit ''queens'' identified herself as Virginia WRIGHT,22,
alias Billie BATES,or more familiary known to gangland as ''Bobbie'',of 524
Bedford avenue.She is a comely blond.
Another indictment identified the second ''gun girl'' as
Helen BAKER,27 of 43-18 40th street,Woodside,Queens,a pretty brunette.Police
disclosed she has sullenly refused to answer questions since her arrest.
Besides the girls those arraigned to-day included;
William FEY,22 of 25 Borrum street
John WOOD,20, of 437 Broadway
Frank SUMMERS,19, of 156 Manhattan avenue
Peter HENDRICKSON,28, of 8 Sholes street.
Alfred ZEMIATIS,19, of 73 Meserole street
Salatore GIANNONE,22, of 235 Leonard street
Frank OLIVERI,26, of 96 Stagg street
Tony SANTORILLO,23, of 179 Eldridge street.
August WENGER,32, of 25 South street,Manhattan
John WALTER,37,of 43-18 40th street,Woodside
Samuel AUSTIN,28, of 199-03 Thirty-third ave,Bayside,Queens
Samuel GIAMBONE,24,of 9817 Thirty-third ave,Corona.
One of the indictments specifically charged the BAKER girl,WENGER. WALTER
and AUSTIN with having robbed Lucian VANDERHOECK,of 42 Derby street,Valley
Streams,L.I..of his automobile, $6 in cash and a watch.The holdup is alleged
to have been staged New Years Eve.
Another indictment accused the others,with the exception of GLAMBONE, wwith
having raided Haber's store onJan 6.GIAMBONEwas charged with possession of a pistol.
ASSAULT CASE ADJOURNED
The case of Alfred G.SMITH,35 and homeless,was put over until Jan19 by
Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday. SMITH is charged with
felonious assault, alleged to have struck Patrolman John J.O'BRIEN, of Stagg
street station with a blunt instrument.O'BRIEN is confined to his home,bail
was fixed at $1,500.
Solomon LEDERMAN,25 of 1320 East 9th street, and Abraham WEISINGER,21 of 107
Attorney street,Manhattan, denied a charge of assault and robbery when
arraigned before Magistrate Harry Dale yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court. They
were held without bail for examination on Jan 22.
Henry LINK,20,of 87 Johnson avenue and William LONE,19, of 128 Graham
avenue, waived examination when arraigned yesterday in Bridge Plaza court on
a charge of burglary.They were held without bail for the action of the Grand Jury.
Found guilty of possessing a revolver without a permit,August SAVINO,30 of
302 Throop avenue, was held in $2,500 bail by Magistrate Dale in Bridge Plaza
court yesterday for the Court of Special Sessions.
HELD IN ASSAULT
Alleged to have struck James DONEGAN,of 819 Sixty-ninth street, during
fight on the Eighth avenue station of the Sea Beach subway line, as a result
of which DONEGAN was taken to the Harbor Hospital with a possible fracture
of the skull, Joseph ACCARDI,19, of 1938 West Eighth street, was arraigned on
a felonious assault charge in Fifth avenue court yesterday.He was held in
$1,000 bail by Magistrate Sabbatino for a hearing Tuesday. According to
Patrolan Herman SCHNIBBE, of the Poplar street station. DONEGAN'S head struck
the stone platform in falling.
E.D.WIDOW IN DESTITUTION THINKS ONLY OF HER PETS
Accepts Court Shelter With Proviso for Dog and Cat
Homeless and penniless,Mrs.Catherine KOONEY,a 60-year old widow, was
less concerned about her own unfortunate plight when she appeared in Bridge
Plaza Court on a charge of vagrancy than she was about the welfare of 'Dash',
her little black and tan dog, and her poker-tail cat,'Dot'-constant
companions and almost her only friends in the world.
Magistrate DALE told Mrs.KOONEY he would send her to jail until Saturday,
pending an investigation and arrangements to have her taken care of.
Whereupon she exclaimed;'I don't want to go anywhere,unless you give me your
personal assurance that my dog and cat will be well taken care of while
they're away from me!''
The magistrate promised that Dash and Dot would be well looked after and
that he would make sure that they wanted for nothing.
Unable topay her rent,Mrs.KOONEY said, she was dispossessed.Dash under
one arm and Dot under the other, she sought the counsel of the patrolman on
the beat.He advised her to apply at the Salvation Army in Greenpoint.
At the Army headquarters, however, according to Mrs.KOONEY,she was told
there were so many cases ahead of her that nothing could be done, and she was
sent to the Greenpoint police station.Kind hearted policemen provided food
for her and the pets, and then she was booked on a charge of vagrancy.
19 January 1931
CHARGE CASATI WITH KILLING CASIERI'S WIFE
Fugitive Surrenders--Shot inShoulder--Holdup His Alibi.
Having had a bullet removed from his left shoulder after his arrest,Cosmo
CASATI,32,a shoemaker of 1948 Troy avenue, was to-day to re-enact the manner
in which he alleges Mrs.Yvonne CASIERI,of 3909 Avenue P,was murdered by
bandits on Jan3, before being arraigned ona charge of slaying the woman.
Confronted at the Vanderveer Park police station by Mrs.CASIERI'S husband
John, and her mother,Mrs. Louise de COURSELLES, the alleged slayer cowered
behind detectives. The husband according to police,made a lunge toward the
suspected murderer but was restrained.CASIERI was first charges with slaying
his wife but the charge was dismissed in Homicide Court.
''I frequently saw CASATI loitering int he vicinity of my home'',the
police.Despite the prisoner's claim that he was shot in the shoulder by the
bandits who riddled his alleged affinity, police believe CASATI attempted to
commit suicide after he killed the woman durning anargument. Jealousy on
CASATI's part was said by detectives to have inspired the murder.
Surgeons at Kings County Hospital removed the bullet from CASATI's left
shoulder,above the heart, late yesterday, after he surrendered to police. The
bullet had been fired from a .32-calibre pistol and was of the same size and
type as those which riddled Mrs.CASIERI'S body.
Further examination of the wound was to be made by surgeons to-day to
determine wheather the bullet had been lodged in CASATI'S shoulder for any
length of time. He was held in the prison ward at the hospital under heavy guard.
20 January 1931
''He Got All My Cash and Sold The Furniture'', Says 7th Wife
Boasted He'd Have as Many Wives as Pins in Pin Cushion
Mrs.Rose BALOGH applied to Supreme Court Justice STRONG to-day for $20 a
week temporary alimony and $300 counsel fees pending trail of her separation
suit against Joseph BALOGH, an interior decorator, of 418 Prospect
place.Justice STRONG reserved decision.
Mrs.BALOGH asserts that her husband had six wives before she became his
spouce, but she does not explain what became of them. She was a widow when
she married him Nov 16,1929,she says.
On Dec 4,1929, she says, her husband asked her togive him $50 to purchase
supplies for his business.This was followed, she asserts, by the following demands,
with which she compiled;
Dec 6,1929- $150
Dec 31,1929- $161
Jan 9,1930- $200
On Jan 15,1930,she asserts, her husband asked for, and she gave him the last
$205 of her savings which she had earned as a masseuse, following her first
husbands death. ''He told me it was my duty to hand over to him all my
possessions. When I remonstrated and told him I had given all my money
to him., he said he had had no such difficulty with his other six wives
and I was no longer of any use to him,'' Mrs.BALOGH's affidavit reads.
''The next day he pointed to a pin cushion that was full of pins and he
said to me;
'I'm going to have as many wives as there are pins in that cushion and they
are all going to support me''. I threatened to divorce him and he said,
'Fine, I'll get a new wife''.
Last Aug 30, Mrs BALOGH says, her husband brought a man to their house
and informed her that he had sold their furniture to this man. BALOGH denies
his wife's charges, declaring he never was cruel to her. He claims she
Lewis BERKO, of 521 Fifth avenue, Manhattan, is counsel for Mrs.BALOGH.
Paul ORZAG, of 1128 Lexington avenue, Manhattan, is counsel for BALOGH.
In Coney Island court, John BRUSA, 43, of 4836 210th street,Bayside, and
Joseph MONTAGNA, 25 of 5756 Granger street,Jamaica, received suspended
sentences from Magistrate SABBATINO to a charge of violation of the city
ordinance on dumping a load of rubbish in Shell road, between Avenue X and
Neptune avenue.They were summoned to court by Kalman LENTZ, an inspector of
the Department of Sanitation.
For soliciting alms and being without a home, William JONES, 43, was given
ten days in the workhouse by Magistrate LIOTA yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court
when found guilty of a charge of vagrancy.
Adrian O'DOWD, 24, of 169 North Eighth street, pleaded not guilty to a
charge of grand larceny yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court and was held in
$1,500 for examination on Jan 29 by Magistrate LIOTA.
TWO MEN HELD
Sabata PRIZZO, 60, of 215 North Seventh street, was held without bail for
the Grand Jury yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court on a charge of felonious
assault and Ralph RESCIGVO, 31, of 114 Skillman avenue, was held for the
Grand Jury without bail on a charge of grand larceny. PRIZZO shot
RESCIGVO on Dec 23, when the latter failed to, as alleged, turn $1,000
he had taken on the promise to secure a job.
ORDERED TO LEAVE
Charged with disorderly conduct to which he pleaded not guilty, Frank De
GENIO, 37, of 312 Avenue W, faced Magistratrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court
yesterday. De GENIO's wife, Jennie, the complainant, alleged he threatened to
kill her. Believing that time would heal the breach between the two the
magistrate adjourned the case until Feb.26. De GENIO was paroled but was
ordered to leave home for the present.
Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday suspended sentence
upon Irving KATZKE, 24,of 2238 East Twenty-fourth street, and Sarah ZIPPER,
42, of 2226 East Twenty-fourth street, who pleaded guilty to charges of
violation of the city ordinances. They were summoned to court by Patrolman
John CURLEY, of the Sheepshead Bay station, for parking their automobiles in
the rear yard of their homes.
FREES MAN WHOSE AUTO KILLED COP
John TESSEYMAN,28, of 242-26 135th avenue,Rosedale, after trail before
Magistrate Thomas F.DOYLE yesterday in Jamaica Court was acquitted of a
charge of automobile homicide. On Dec 18 last, TESSEYMAN drove an automobile
which struck and killed Patrolman Howard BARROWS of Queens Village as he was
directing traffic at Merrick road and Springfield boulevard,St.Albans.
RESSEYMAN maintained a green traffic light gave him the right of way, and
that the officer stepped into the path of the automobile. Mrs. Helen
T.BARROWS of 105-20 Van Wyck boulevard, Jamaica, widow of the patrolman,
testified as to his length of service with the police department.
21 January 1931
Boro Mother's Will Provides For Long Missing Children
John BIENZ Absent Forty Years- Sister Anna Twenty
In her will on file in the office of Surrogate WINGATE, Mrs.Mary WILHELM,
of 481 Evergreen avenue, has left bequests for her two missing children
whom she had not seen or heard from for many years before her death.
To these two children, a daughter,Anna BIENZ, and a son, John BIENZ, she
left gifts of $500 each from her estate of less than $5,000. Mrs.WILHELM died
on Jan 3 last.The clause in the will stated:
'' The whereabouts of both have not been known to me for many years.
In case my said children schould not appear or be located within five years
from the date of my death, then these legacies with accumulated interest
shall be paid to my daughter,Mary SMITH.''
Mrs. WILHELM has further directed in her will that if within five years
the missing children are located but are dead, then the legacies shall go to
their children, if any have survived them.
In her petition for the probate of her mother's will, Mary SMITH has
stated that her brother,John BIENZ, left home forty years ago at the age of
nineteen. Since that time the only word from or about him was that in a
letter he sent home in 1894 in which he said that under an assumed name he
was trying his luck in the gold fields of Western Australia.
As to her sister,Anna BIENZ, Mary SMITH has stated that twenty years
ago she left home after a disagreement following her divorce from a man named
BORST. Anna BIENZ went away with the announcement that her family would never
see or hear from her again.
Mrs.WILHEIM bequeathed $500 to her grandchild,Helen SMITH; $1,000 to her
son,Williams FELS,of 327 Avenue K, and the rest of her estate to her
daughters, Mary SMITH and Katherine COLVER, both of Evergreen avenue.
LETTERS ASKED IN BIG ESTATE
Mrs.Helene Ann Meise DAVIS, who either fell or jumped from her
apartment in the exclusive Holland House at 73-37 Austin street, Forest
Hills, last Nov 20, jeft an estate valued at $65,000 personal and $150,000
real property, it was revealed yesterday, when her husband,Herbert J.DAVIS,
manager of a lithographing firm in Long Island City, applied to surrogate
HETHERINGTON of Queens for letters of administration.
Mrs.DAVIS,only 24 years old,wore nearly $25,000 worth of jewelry at
the time her body was discovered.
DAVIS, in making the application for letters of administration, said
he could find no will. He and their son, Herbert J.DAVIS,Jr., both of the
Holland House, are to receive the estate.
Failing to keep his taxicab books up todate,Samuel RUSKIN, 30, of 1564
Longfellow avenue, the Bronx, owner of a fleet of taxicabs in
Williamsburgh was fined $1 by Magistrate Liota, yesterday in
Bridge plaza court. He paid the fine.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
When Reginald WASHINGTON, 34,of 183 McKibbin street, was arraigned before
Magistrate Liota yesterday in Bridge plaza court, he pleaded not guilty to a
charge of disorderly conduct and was paroled for examination on Jan 27.
Thomas GUERRERA, 17,of 9025 221st place, Queens Village, was in Bridge plaza
court yesterday, to answer to a charge of grand larceny. It is alleged he
stole an automobile belonging to Dr.Jack MANDELOWITZ,of 319 Hooper street. He
denied the charges and was held on $1,500 bail for examination tomorrow.
Jose Lago ESTEIRO, 32. of 926 Sixty-third street, was held in $1,000 bail
for the Grand Jury by Magistrate Dale in Fifth avenue court yesterday on a
gun charge. Since ESTEIRO has previously been convicted for violating the
navigation laws, the charge was a felony.ESTEIRO was arrested after a loaded
revolver was found in a clothes closet in his home.
22 January 1931
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
On counter charges of felonious assault Mossino RUSSO, 20, of 460
Metropolitan avenue, and Albert SALKIN, 30, of 311 South Fifth street,
were arragned yesterday before Magistrate Liota in Bridge Plaza court
and held without bail.
DENIES LARCENY CHARGE
When Mrs.Anna MAVEWITZ, 30, of 305 South Third street, entered a plea of
not guilty to a charge of grand larceny in Bridge Plaza court yesterday she
was held in $500 bail for examination on Monday by Magistrate Liota.
Because of insufficient evidence Magistrate Sabbatino in Coney Island Court
yesterday dismissed charges of bookmaking against John HARTIGAN, 29, of 2350
East Thirteenth street, and Edward STARKS, 38, of 2733 Ocean avenue. HARTIGAN
was taken into custody by Patrolman Joseph LAWLESS of Borough Headquarters
staff, and STARKS by Patrolman Arthur BENDIX, of Inspector Joseph THOMPSON'S
staff, for accepting wagers on horse races.They pleaded not guilty.
HELD FOR TRAIL
Joseph CALLUZZO, 31, of 1862 West Third street,waived examination in Coney
Island Court yesterday to charges of attempted burglary and possessing a
burglar's tool and was held by Magistrate Sabbatino for trail. On the
attemped burglary complaint he was held in $1,500 bail for the action of the
Grand Jury and on the other charge in $500 bonds for the Court of Special
Sessions. GALLUZZO was arrested on Jan 8 last, by Patrolman Dominick
SPINELLI, of Bath Beach station, who testified he saw the man trying to force
open astore at 212 Avenue S.
Accused of selling non-kosher products in butcher stores advertised as
selling kosher meats only, Max BERNKLAU, of 2830 West Second street, and
Samuel BELLER, of 7408 Eighteenth avenue, were each held by Magistrate
Sabbatino in the Coney Island court yesterday in $500 bail for the Court of
Special Session. BERNKLAU maintained that he was simply an employe and not
responsible for the actions of his employer.The complainant against the men
was Inspector John H.LENT,of the Department of Public Markets.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Arthur DeLIA, 18, of 1172 Sixty fifth street was paroled for a hearing Jan
30 after being arraigned on a slot machine charge in Fifth avenue court
yesterday before Magistrate Dale.
WANTS HIS LADDER
Charged with unlawfully with holding a ladder owned by Hezekiah THOMAS of
93 Fourth street, Zeno HOWE,33, of 49 Lafayette street, was arraigned in
Fifth avenue court yesterday and paroled by Magistrate Dale for a hearing
Tuesday. THOMAS said his ladder was worth $60.
Charged with violation of the city ordinance in abandoning a wrecked
automobile in Sixty-seventh street, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth
avenues, Diago De
STEFANO,52 and Louis FRANZBLAU, 31,both of 1825 Seventieth street, were
arraigned in the Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of Patrolman
Raymond LANGAN,of the Bath Beach station.They pleaded guilty and after being
reprimanded received suspended sentences.
23 January 1931
WIELDED HAMMER ON WIFE'S HEAD
Mrs.Rose BURKE, of 212 Eckford street, was in her home, on Christmas Day,
waiting for her husband,James,50, to come in. When he arrived she saw he had
been drinking.He demanded more money for liquor.When it was refused, it is
charged, he picked up a hammer and struck his wife twelve times over the head
with it. As she crumpled to the floor,he fled.
At Greenpoint Hospital thirty stitches were put in the wounds and
Mrs.BURKE remained at the hospital until Jan 15. In the meantime BURKE was
arrested and charged with felonious assault.Yesterday Mrs.BURKE was able to
get to Bridge Plaza court to press a charge of felonious assault against her
husband. He was held in $1,500 bail for the Grand Jury.
PAYS $3 FINE
For obstructing a fire hydrant with building material,in Greenpoint,Hyman LEVINE,
50,of 2314 Twenty-seond street,was given the option of paying a fine of $3 or
spending a day in the city prison by Magistrate Liota,yesterday in Bridge
Plaza Court.He paid the fine.
Because he tried to strike Mrs.Helen KRUCHULIS,of 52 Marcy avenue, near her
home,on Jan 14,Nicholas GENILE,23, of 236 NorthTwelfth street was sent to
jail for ten days yesterday by Magistrate Liota in Bridge Plaza Court when
found guilty of disorderly conduct.
FREED IN ASSAULT
Joseph LEMANSKI, 25, of 28 Scholes street,was freed of a charge of assault
and robbery yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court when Frederick FARINA, of 662
Flushing avenue,was unable to positively identify him as the man who held him
up and robbed him at the Flushing avenue address on Dec 28.
He threw crockery at her,Mrs.Emily TORRE,of 454 Seventh avenue,charged in
bringing a complaint of third degree assault against her husband,
AngeloTORRE,38 in the Fifth avenue court yesterday.Magistrate Walsh
paroled the man for a hearing Tuesday.
SAVED FIVE CENTS
Joseph GREEN, 31,of 1025 Forty fifth street,was held in $200 bail for a
hearing to-day after being arraigned in Fifth avenue court on a charge of
using a washer to pass through a B.M.T. turnstile at the Fort Hamilton
parkway station of the West End Line.GREEN was arrested by Edward SPELLMAN,a
special officer employed by the B.M.T.
27 January 1931
SIX PAY FINES
Five men and women appeared in the Coney Island court yesterday in answer to
summonses served them by Inspector Joseph LANGHAMER, of the Health
Department, charging them with violation of the sanitary code infailing to
properly cover foodstuff in their stores. They pleaded guilty and Magistrate
Alfred E.STEERS impose a fine of $1 in each case. The defendants were: John
POULOS,1301 Surf avenue- Jacob WOLSK, of 2935 West Fifth street- Fannie WROTZ
253 Brighton Beach avenue - Anna GETZEL,of 615 Brighton Beach avenue, and
Alex SOBOL, 2909 Stillwell avenue.
Charge with cruelty to animals because they allegedly did not furnish proper
bedding for the twenty-nine horses in their stable at 265 Forty-fifth street,
Meyer ABRAMOWITZ,45, of that address, and Harry SCHWARTZ,40,of 214 Hull
street, were arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday. They were both
paroled by Magistrate MAGUIRE for a hearing Friday. Complaints were made by
Harry LESTER,an agent for the A.S.P.C. A.
HELD IN AUTO THEFT
Four hours after an alarm had been broadcast for the automobile stolen from
Jacob BRAUNHEIM,of 2352 Sixty-third street, Joseph RAGUSE,18 of 142
street, was seen driving the car by Patrolman Tolvo TAIKIMA,of Fifth avenue
station, who recognized the license plate.The boy was followed to his home
where he parked the car and where he was arrested. In Fifth avenue court
yesterday before Magistrate MAGUIRE,he waived examination on a grand larceny
charge after being arraigned and was held in $2,500 bail for the Grand Jury.
WOMAN FINED $2
Magistrate STEERS in Coney Island court yesterday imposed a fine of $2 on
Mrs. Anna WEBER,35, of 6908 Sixteenth avenue, when she pleaded giulty to a
charge of being disorderly in having two penny slot machine for operation in
her store. Patrolman Lawrence KING,of Tenth Inspection Division,said he
played the machines and received nothing for his pennies.
CAUGHT UNDER TAXI
Thomas GRADY,19,of 4221 Judge street,Elmhurst,will have a hearing before
Magistrate STEERS in the Coney Island court tomorrow on a charge of grand
larceny, the theft of a taxicab, Charles TITUS,of 1557 East Twenty-third
street, alleges that after he parked his car at Kings highway and East
Sixteenth street,last Sunday GRADY drove off with it. At Coney Island avenue
and Neck road the taxicab skidded and turned over and GRADY was pinned
underneath.Arrested by Patrolman BRANAGAN,of Sheepshead Bay station,he is
being held in $1,000 bail for the hearing.
HELD FOR TRAIL
Bail of $500 was fixed on Joseph MARINO,39,of 65 Broadway, when he was
found guility in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday of possessing a revolver
without a permit. He was held for the Court of Special Sessions.
HELD FOR NARCOTICS
Shun CHOW,24,of 159 Bridge street, a Chinese laundryman, was held in $500
for the Court of Special Sessions yesterday by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in
Bridge Plaza Court on a charge of possessing narcotics.It was alleged a large
quantity of opium was found in CHOW'S laundry.
28 January 1931
SAY ACCUSED BOYS CONFESS HOLDUP
John PEPE,17, of 672 Second avenue, Manhattan, and John CAPUANO, 20,
of 107-13 New York avenue, Jamaica, waived examination when taken before
Magistrate DOYLE in Jamaica Court yesterday on a charge of felonious
assault and robbery, and were held without bail to await further
action by the Grand Jury.
PEPE and Orizeo DACHILLO, 19, no home, were stopped and questioned by
Patrolman NEVINS of Queens Village station on Monday night. The officer
searched PEPE and says he found a .32-calibre revolver.
PEPE, police say, confessed he and CAPUANO held up Matthew GRUBERT
in his delicatessen store at 116-17 Sutphin boulevard,Jamaica.
DACHILLO was accused before Magistrate DOYLE as a vagrant and held in
$500 bail for a hearing Friday.
George ANTOINALLELO,52,of 201 South Fourth street was paroled yesterday in
Bridge Plaza court by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD when arraigned on a charge of
assault in the third degree.He will be given a hearing on Feb.2.
$5 FINE IMPOSED
Charged with violating the Sunday labor law,Albert MAFFICCI,31, of 993 Lee
avenue,Queens, was found guilty yesterday before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in
Bridge Plaza court and fined $5, which he paid.
When he pleaded guilty to two charges of disorderly conduct in Fifth avenue
court yesterday, John FISCHETTI, 32,of 89 Coffey street was remanded to jail
by Magistrate MAG??RE for investergation and sentence Friday.According to
FISCHETTI wife Mary, the man while intoxicated threatened her with bodily
harm.Patrolman William McLAREN of Hamilton avenue station made other charge,
declaring that FISCHETTI broke in windows and was kicking in a door when
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charge with having made loud noises while placing bets on horse races at
5120 Fourth avenue, four men were arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday
for disorderly conduct. They pleaded not guility and were paroled by
Magistrate MAGUIRE for a hearing Tuesday. They gave their names as: John
OIEN, of 4612 Fifth avenue:
John OLSEN,of 354 Seventy-fifth street: Ina HALPERSON,of 348 Fifty-fifth
street, and John THOREN, of 662 Fifty-third street.
29 January 1931
Girl Jailed Without Trail For Staying Out Late,Dreed After Serving 18 Months
400 Similar Cases, DIKE Told In Court
After she had served eighteen months in Bedford Reformatory- although she
was only sentenced for a year- Lena BURLATT,17, of 174 Keap street, was set
free and a charge of being a wayward minor was dismissed by Justice Norman
S.DIKE, who sat in Supreme Court, today as a committing magistrate.
Lena was one of forty-nine girls taken to the Jefferson Market Prison
from Bedford recently after it had been found that many of them had been sent
there illegally. When the others were taken back her counsel, Bernard AUSTIN,
obtained a writ of habeas corpus, keeping her in the city until a decision on
the propriety of her detention could be made by the court.
COURT MADE NO RECORD
After considering the matter during the night, Justice DIKE decided that he
had the power to sit as a committing magistrate. He expressed astonishment at
the fact that the girl was not only charged with nothing more serious than
being out late at night, but that she was sent to Bedford without a hearing
and that no stenographic record of the procedure conducted by Magistrare Leo
HEALY, who committed her from Adams street court, existed.
Lena was just 16 July 1, 1929, when her mother had her taken to Adams
street court. She pleaded guilty, the commitment showed,and on July
20,1929,was sentenced for a year. At the outset, Assistant District Attorney
Henry J. WALSH said to the court: ''The District Attorney of King County does
not want to do anything to impede justice in this or any similar case and I
state now for the record that if it can be shown, and I believe it can, that
this girl has a home to go to, we have no objection to sustaining the writ and
freeing the girl.''
''I congratulate the District Attorney and you, Mr.WALSH,'' Justice
DIKE said. ''You show a broad minded conception of fair play and justice.I
feel a grievous error has been made by the magistrate who sent this girl
away, so I shall tryt his case now and attempt, if possible,to right it.''
At that point Mrs.BURLATT, Lena's mother,was called to the stand and
questioned by Bernard AUSTIN, Lena's counsel.
''Are you the mother of Lena BURLATT?
''Do you wish to press a complaint against her''?
''Have you any grievance or any complaint against this girl or to make
against her''? Justice DIKE interrupted to ask:
'' You said she kept late hours, did you not, in the magistrate court?
Mrs BURLATT gave a deprecating shrug of the shoulders,and Justice DIKE
asked:''This girl was attending high school''?
'' She was, and she was graduated from Junior High School at fifteen.
Then she went to Textile High School.''
''You don't want to prosecute this girl now, do you''? AUSTIN asked.
'' As a matter of fact you never did intend to prosecute her or have her
imprisoned, did you?''
'' What transpired at the hearing? interrupted Justice DIKE.
'' There was no hearing, may it please the court,''Austin interjected.
Justice DIKE leaned over the bench, and looking over the top of his
''Do I understand you properly? There was no hearing?
''There was none, your honor'' Austin said. '' I now move for a dismissal
of this case. Ther was no evidence before and your honor, of course, has heard
none now, against the girl.
'' It seems to me as though the situation might well be corrected'' the
'' It is the duty of the State to protect its minors and I can do nothing
better than to quote from a recent opinion of my esteemed contemporary and
associate on the bench, Justice HAGERTY, who said; ' The law is not only just
in the protection of civil rights, but has a special regard for the rights of
minors. I shall discharge the prisoner and I again congratulate the
District Attorney on his attitude. If this decision is right, and I hope it is.
I trust that it will have an important bearing on the cases of others who
doubtless are illegally detained and who have been illegally and improperly
imprisoned. Are there many such cases, do you think? Justice DIKE asked,
turning to AUSTIN. ''There are about four hundred'', AUSTIN replied.
'' Pitiful, Pitiful,'' the court said.
SENT TO WORKHOUSE
Manual SANTIAGO,40,of 218 Lawrence street,was sent to the workhouse for six
months when he came before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Fifth avenue court yesterday
for sentence on a disorderly conduct charge brought when he attempted to pick
the pockerts of an unknown sleeping man.SANTIAGO was arrested on the
Fifty-third street station of the Fourth avenue line by Detective Thomas
CATTERSON of the Pickpockert Squad.
30 January 1931
MATE IN SING SING, SHE ASKS DIVORCE
Irene R.FREY, formerly of Woodhaven,appeared before Justice HUMPHREY in
Queens Supreme Court and asked that he annul her marriage to Joseph A. FREY,
now in Sing Sing, serving a sentence of from five to ten years for committing
nearly 100 burglaries in Jamaica, Woodhaven and other Queens communities.
FREY didn't defend the action.
Mrs.FREY said that she became FREY'S bride on Oct 14,1925, not knowing
that there was a grand larceny complaint pending against him. Mrs.FREY,
further said, that he was arrested on March 21, 1927, for burglary and grand
larceny. Sentence on May 18, 1927, to Sing Sing was imposed by Judge ADEL
following FREY'S conviction.
William SUCHINSKY,42 years old, of 31 Diamond street,received a suspended
sentence when found guilty of a charge of intoxication when arraigned
yesterday,before Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court.
Patrolman Harry MORRIS,who has served as clerical manfor several years at
the Bedford avenue station,has been transferred to the office of Deputy Chief
Inspector Vincent SWEENEY in charge of detectives of Brooklyn.
Charged with taking bets on the horse races, Robert BROWN, 35, of 77
Broadway, was discharged yesterday when arraigned before Magistrate
HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court.
AUTO THEFT ALLEGED
In Coney Island court yesterday Thomas SULLIVAN, 23,of Fifty-first street
and Third avenue, and George PIERCE, 21, of 4812 Third avenue, waived
examination to a charge of grand larceny and was held in $1,500 bail for the
action of the Grand Jury.
They were arrested by Dectective DONAHUE,of the Automobile Squad at Mineola
with an automobile in their possession alleged to have been stolen from
Sixty-fifth street and Twenty-third avenue on Jan 24. The machine is owned by
Louis STEINBERG, of 1674 Dahill road.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
On a charge of a serious complaint made by a fifteen-year-old girl,
Peter VIGGIANO 18, of 132 Neptune avenue, was arraigned before Magistrate
STEERS in the Coney Island court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty and
was held in $1,000 bail for hearing on Feb 4.
PAYS $5 FINE
Samuel GUSSITO,41, of 2041 West Seventh street, was fined $5 by Magistrate
STEERS in Coney Island court yesterday on a charge of violation of the
sanitary code in dumping a load of plaster into a vacant lot at Stillwell
avenue and Kings highway.The complaint was lodged by Peter FOGARTY and Frank
REILLY, of the Department of Sanitation.
George JACOB, 36, no home, who pleaded guilty to a vagrancy charge,
was sentence to ninety days in the workhouse by Magistrate MAGUIRE in
Fifth avenue court yesterday. Jacobs was arrested at Fifty-eighth
street and Third avenue.
Alleging she was punched and thrown down a flight of stairs in their home,
Mrs. Alma PEARSON, of 423 Senator street, brought a disorderly conduct charge
against her husband. Charles PEARSON,52,in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
PEARSON was held in $500 bail by Magistrate MAGUIREfor a hearing Monday.
HELD FOR HEARING
Found in a stolen automobile on Henry street,Edward FARRELL,26, of 113
Columbia street,was arrested by Patrolman Frank ESSEN of the Hamilton avenue
station and arraigned ona grand larceny charge in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. He was held in $3,500 bail by Magistrate MAGUIRE for a hearing
File No.1863-1928- The People, of the State of NewYork by the grace of God
free and independent-- To Charles J.STEWART, Whereabouts unknown, If living,
and if dead to his widow,children, helms at law, next of kin, executor,
administrator, legatees, devisees, assignees, grantees, creditors of a person
claiming through or under Belle J.STEWART, or any other unknown person who
may have died after acquiring some interest in the Estate of Belle J.STEWART,
and to any and all unknown person who may be necessary and proper parties to
this proceeding, send greetings: Whereas, the National City Bank of New York,
maintaining an office and place of business at No. 181 Montague Street, in
the Borough of Brooklyn, City of NewYork, has presented it's account as
executor of the last will and testament and codicil thereto of Belle
J.STEWART, deceased, lately residing at No.780 St.Marks avenue, in the
Borough of Brooklyn,County of Kings, City and State of New York, and a
petition praying that its account may be judicially settled; and that it be
instructed as to the disposition to be made of the watch and daguerreotype
now in it's possession.
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 5th day of March,1931, at ten o'clock
in the forenoon, why such settlement and instruction schould not be had.
In testimony whereof, we have caused(seal) the Seal of our said
Surrogate's Court to be hereunto affixed.
Witness Hon.George Albert WINGATE, Surrograte of our said County, at the
Borough of Brooklyn, in the said County the 29th day of January,1931
Clerk of the Surrogate's Court 1-30-4-5
31 January 1931
Parkville Woman Tells of Death Struggle With Strangled Husband
Mrs.Elizabeth TIERNEY, 26, of 862 Gravesend avenue, was held without bail
on a short affidavit charging her with the murder of her husband,Thomas, 37,
in Flatbush court today before Magistrate WALSH
The frail woman, she weighs 100 pounds and is five feet tall- is alleged
to have strangled her husband with his belt strap.She was in tears in the
court room to-day and almost collapsed as she told the magistrate she
understood the charge against her. She said she wanted to procure a lawyer
and the court held her for arraignment on Tuesday in Homicide Court.The
murder is alleged to have occurred early Friday morning.
A story of privation and cruelty at the hands of TIERNEY was told
newspapermen by the slim blonde woman who, police say, admitted having killed
her husband, although she did not realize she had strangled him to death.
Mrs. TIERNEY said that she met and married TIERNEY when she was eighteen
years old. Most of the time since, she said, she has worked to help support
her three children. She declared that her husband had beaten her often,
spanked her like a child with a slipper and lashed her with the same belt she
is alleged to have used to strangle him. She showed reporters bruises on her
legs which she said were the results of her husband's kicking her.
Mrs.TIERNEY said her husband came home in an intoxicated condition at
midnight on Tuesday.She said that she and her three small children had eaten
butterless bread, and tea without milk or sugar. TIERNEY,she said, pulled her
from bed and demanded that she prepare some food.She told him there was no
food, but that she would make him a cup of tea.While the three children lay
in bed crying. Mrs TIERNEY said, her husband beat her with his fists and then
took off his leather belt. She said that she begged him not to beat her and
argued with him that the money he was spending for liquor was badly needed
TIERNEY, she said, hurled a knife at her.She dodged and the knife fell to
the floor.Then, she said, TIERNEY turned to the radio. As he stooped over the
machine she picked up his belt which had fallen to the floor.Quickly making
it into a loop she threw it over her husband's head as he played with the
dial of the radio, she said.Then she pulled the free end of the belt with all
her strength. Her husband struggled, she said, but she kept her grip on the
belt.He collapsed in an arm chair beside the radio.
Mrs.TIERNEY said she shooed her three crying children into her bedroom,
quickly barricaded the door with a bureau and then had her youngsters say
Quieted, they went to bed.
Mrs.TIERNEY said that she awoke at 7 o'clock Friday and went to the living
room.Her husband was still seated in the arm chair.She said that she thought
he was sleeping.Quickly she roused her children, dressed them and took them
to the home of her mother nearby. She told her mother what had happened, and
then the two women returned together to the TIERNEY apartment.
TIERNEY was still lying motionless in the chair.Mrs TIERNEY shook him and
his body fell to the floor, almost hysterical when she realized the man was
dead,shesaid she paced up and down the room, her mother finally insisted that
the police be notified.
Some time ago, police say, TIERNEY was haled to the Coney Island court on
a charge of beating his wife.He was sent to jail for six months. A little
time later he was arrested on a charge of stealing an automobile, the records
show.Police say that Mrs.TIERNEY went to court in her husband's defense and
pleaded that he was the sole support of the family.Her plea caused him to be
given only a thirty-day sentence.
TIERNEY was a coal truck driver, he lost his job several months ago and
lately had been employed three days a week at $5 a day by the Department of
Sanitation, almost all of the $15 went for liquor,Mrs.TIERNEY said.
The three TIERNEY youngsters, all too young to realize what has
occurred, are being cared for by their grandmother.
2 February 1931
BIGAMY CHARGE LOSES IN COURT
A charge of bigamy made against Mrs. Anna KOCH, 30, of 101-14 Ninety-fourth
street, Woodhaven, by her husband, Patrolman William KOCH, of 89 Pine
Street, has been dismissed by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court,
for the lack of evidence.
Mrs. KOCH was arrested on Dec 17 on complaint of her husband who said he
was married to his wife by Deputy Clerk MAHER at the License Bureau in
Borough Hall, Oct 17,1927 when at the time she was the wife of Harry
HARRISON, whom she married in the Assumption Church on June 23,1918.
When the case was called the patrolman failed to produce HARRISON, who, it
is claimed, is still living.
WEDDED 12 YEARS, LONESOME
Following a stay in Raymond Street Jail and an investigation by Probation
officer John KEATING, Joseph HALVORSEN, 32, of the Central Branch Y.M.C.A.,
has been paroled for six months by Magistrate HIRSHFIELD, in Bridge Plaza
Court, for annoying Miss Ida GOLDBERG, of 272 Division Avenue.
"Now I'm only a lonesome lover," HALVORSEN, admitted to being married
twelve years, said when ordered by the court to stay away from girl.
It was stated he met Miss GOLDBERG seven months ago that she learned he was
married. When he refused to cease his attentions she had him arrested for
"I love her and can't live without her," HALVORSEN said as he left the courtroom.
Not The Owner
Charged with possessing a slot machine, Edward CARBIN, 32 years old, of 144
Meserole Street, was discharged when he was arraigned on Saturday before
Magistrate HIRSHFIELD in Bridge Plaza court. He told the court that he did
not own the machine, that he was merely guarding it for a man.
Three E. D. Fires
Patrolman HOWARTH and fireman LENIHER, of Hook and Ladder Company 108,
extinguished a fire in an awning in front of 113 Moore Street. The damage
was slight. A fire in the drug store of Samuel MILLER at 36 Siegel street
did $1,000 damage. Damage estimated at $500 was caused by a fire in the
cellar of a six-story tenement building at 244 Roebling street.
Placed on Probation
Harry HINZ, 36, of 914 Sixty-third street, who was charged with pulling the
hair of his wife Mary and hitting her with a mop while intoxicated was put
on probation for 1 year by Magistrate MAGUIRE in the fifth avenue court.
HINZ pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
Held In $1,000 Bail
Salvatore BARONE, 28, of 25 President street, was arraigned before
Magistrate MAGUIRE in Fifth avenue court on charge of possessing two
dangerous knives and a policy slip, he was held in $500 bail on each charge
for a hearing on Feb. 10. The weapons and policy slip were found behind the
counter of a candy store owned by BARONE at 38 Union street.
14 February 1931
$10,000 BAIL HOLDS WOMAN
Mrs. Nellie DIEFENBACH, 39, of 46 Palmetto sttreet, is in Nassau
County jail in default of $10,000 bail on a charge of forgery,
ordered by Judge SMITH at Mineola.
George LEPPLER, of Middle Village, whom Mrs. DIEFENBACH employed
as a chauffer at $50 a week is being held in $1,5000 bail as
a material witness.
The grand Jury will hear charges on Tuesday that Mrs. DIEFENBACH
is alleged to have forged a number of checks in amounts from $20
to $300 and to have passed them on shopkeepers in Nassau County.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Pleading not guilty to a charge of burglary,
George WALKE, 21 years old, of 328 Eckford street, was held on $1,000 bail
for examination Monday morning by Magistrate HUGHES in Bridge Plaza court.
On an additional charge of possessing burglar's tools, he was held
in $500 bail for the same day.
GUILTY ON QUARREL
Patrolman William COX, of Fort Hamilton station, made an unsuccessful
effort to stop a quarrel between Mrs. Margaret McCARTHY, 34, of
208 Sixty-eighth street, and Edward BLACK, 29, of 106 Hall street,
at Seventy-fourth street and Fourth Avenue, and was also unsuccessful
in getting them to go home. In Fifth Avenue court yesterday he charged
both with disorderly conduct. The woman pleaded guilty and was given a
suspended sentence by Magistrate HAUBERT. BLACK was found guilty and
given a $5 fine or a one-day sentence in jail.
ACCUSED IN THEFT
Because the headlights of the automobile he allegedly stole were lighted,
John CORLISS, 16, of 4206 Eighth avenue, was chased by a police car driven
by Patrolman Frank LUDWIG, of the Fifth avenue station and arrested.
He was charged with burglary in Fifth avenue court and held in $1,000 bail
for a hearing Feb. 24, after arraignment before Magistrate HAUBERT.
According to Edward OLSON, of 451 Thirty-sixth street, owner of the
automobile, CORLISS broke into a garage at 420 Thirty-ninth street
by smashing its lock with an iron bar and then took the car.
Alleged to have received merchandise he knew was stolen, Frank ZENDA,
38, of 5313 Second avenue, was held for the Grand Jury in $1,500 bail
when he waived examination before Magistrate HAUBERT in Fifth avenue
court yesterday. ZENDA is charged with having paid $3.50 for cigars
and cigarettes valued at $60 stolen from a billiard parlor at
5102 Third avenue. Three young men accused of the burglary are
being held for the action of the Grand Jury.
HELD FOR TRIAL
When he waived examination in Coney Island court yesterday to a charge
of possessing policy slips, Tony TOMARO, 25, of 2874 West Twenty-ninth street,
was held in $300 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
Patrolman BENEDIX, of Inspector THOMPSON's staff, alleged he arrested
TAMARO in a restaurant at 2867 West Sixteenth street when he found a
policy book in his possesion.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Charged with disorderly conduct, Mrs. Sylvia KAUFMAN, 25,
of 2268 Sixty-third street, appeared in the Coney Island court
yesterday in answer to a summons served upon her by Mrs. Leah AXELROD,
of 2264 Sixty-third street, who alleged that the former called her an
"old hag." Mrs. KAUFMAN pleaded not guilty and was paroled for
hearing February 24.
15 February 1931
REMANDED TO JAIL ON STABBING CHARGE
Henry C. SUNDERMELER, 46 years old, of 52-82 73rd. st. Maspeth, is
in Queens County jail today awaiting action of the Grand Jury on a charge of
felonious assault. He is held in $5,000, by Magistrate Lawrence T, GRESSER,
in Ridgewwod court yesterday.
SUNDERMELER was arrested by Detective Fletcher VARRELMAN, of
Elmhurst station on Complaint of Edward KUCKUSK, 24 of 52-84 73rd. st, who
charged the defendent stabbed him in the left side in an altercation in the
rear of the premises at 52-82 73rd. st.
16 February 1931
Deserted Bride Detained For Hearing as Kidnaper Of Girl, 4, on Myrtle Ave.
Mary WINTERS Denies Charge-Refuses to Reveal Relatives
A pretty, nineteen-year-old deserted bride appeared in gates ave
court to-day on a charge of kidnapping a four-year-old Brooklyn girl,
while police, convinced she has given a fictitious name, continue
their investigation in an effort to establish her identity.
She pleaded not guilty to a charge of kidnapping before Magistrate
Gasper LIOTA and was held in $1,500. for a hearing Thursday.
She told the court that she had only taken the child because
of love and because of a desire to keep her out of danger, Magistrate
LIOTA asked her if she wanted time to get a lawyer and she replied
that she didn't need one. he asked her if she wanted to get in touch
with relatives, and she answered, "I won't tell you who they are, as
it may cause them shame. I have a rich uncle who will help me.
I'll communicate with him myself."
Efforts by police to connect the woman who c=gave her name as
Mrs. Mary WINTERS, with the strange disappearance of ten-year-old
Rose YASSO, a missing Red Hook girl, failed when Mrs. WINTERS, who
at first answered a few questions, later closed her lips tightly and
ignored all questions police put to her.
She was arrested late Saturday in a Myrtle ave restaurant, where,
police charge, she had taken four-year-old Arlene HAYES after
luring her from in front of her home at 1450 Myrtle ave. It is
claimed she told police she tried to kidnap the girl to "fill
the loneliness in her heart" caused when her husband deserted her
a few days after their marriage.
DESERTED AND LONELY
" I was going to take her and love her. I have nobody,"
Mrs. WINTERS told police.
She explained how she saw Arlene playing in front of her home
and that she felt so miserable and lonely that she decided to take
the little girl with her. She was willing to describe every move
she and the girl made from the time they left Arlene's home until
detective DRUMM of the Wilson avenue station, who knew Arlene,
recognized her eating cake and drinking milk in the restaurant.
But, when questioned about her address, her relatives and the
YASSO case, Mrs. WINTERS refused to answer questions. She said
she lived in a rooming house but would not give the address.
When Arlene's parents frantically phoned that their daughter
had disappeared, scores of detectives and patrolmen, fearing they
had another YASSO case on their hands, started a search. For several
hours after the girl was reported missing, the search went on without
avail. Arlene's playmates told police that a "woman had taken Arlene
away to buy her some candy" and were able to give a fair description
of the woman.
YASSO CLUES LACKING
Less than four hours had passed when Detective DRUMM spied the
pair in the restaurant.
It lacked but one day to being three weeks since Rose YASSO
disappeared from her home. During all of that time police have
searched throughout the Red Hook section and have dragged the
Gowanus Canal and Erie Basin for the body of the girl. In spite
of the frenzied search, no trace of the girl has been found.
Mrs. WINTERS said she knew nothing of the YASSO girl and then
refused to answer any more questions.
INDICT CUTRONE IN YASSO GIRL KIDNAPPING CASE
Second Finding Charges Prisoner With Possessing Dangerous Weapons
Anthony CUTRONE, who has been questioned for more than a week
concerning the disappearance of ten-year-old Rose YASSO, was indicted
to-day on kidnapping charges.
Another indictment holding him for possession of dangerous weapons
was handed up by the Grand Jury at the same time.
CUTRONE is forty-five and lives over a stable at 246 Ellery street.
The indictment charges that on Feb. 1, 1931, CUTRONE took the YASSO girl
front in front of a candy store at 275 Columbia street. (*as written)
She has not been seen since. Her home is at 2 West Ninth street.
Police have combed the Red Hook section, dragged various bodies of
water and made every attempt to locate the child. Further efforts to
find her have been made in New Jersey, where CUTRONE's wife lives and
where a bus driver identified CUTRONE as the man he saw with a little
girl answering Rose's description.
The possession charge alleges that when Detective William COX entered
CUTRONE's room he found a shotgun, two revolvers and a dirk in the place.
CUTRONE, according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Frederick KOPFF,
denied ownership of the two pistols and the knife. He said they belonged
to a friend.
County Judge TAYLOR held CUTRONE without bail when he pleaded not guilty
to the indictments. The defendant had previously appeared before Magistrate
RUDICH in Fifth avenue court on a short affidavit signed by COX.
The only entry in CUTRONE's New York police record is in 1924 when he was
given a suspended sentence on a charge of carrying dangerous weapons.
The man has consistently denied knowing anything about the YASSO girl.
He has eight children of his own In New Jersey.
16 February 1931
Deserted Bride Detained For Hearing as Kidnaper Of Girl, 4, on Myrtle Ave.
Mary WINTERS Denies Charge-Refuses to Reveal Relatives
A pretty, nineteen-year-old deserted bride appeared in gates ave court
to-day on a charge of kidnapping a four-year-old Brooklyn girl, while police,
convinced she has given a fictitious name, continue their investigation in
an effort to establish her identity.
She pleaded not guilty to a charge of kidnapping before Magistrate Gasper
LIOTA and was held in $1,500. for a hearing Thursday.
She told the court that she had only taken the child because of love
and because of a desire to keep her out of danger, Magistrate LIOTA asked
her if she wanted time to get a lawyer and she replied that she didn't
need one. he asked her if she wanted to get in touch with relatives,
and she answered, "I won't tell you who they are, as it may cause them
shame. I have a rich uncle who will help me. I'll communicate with him myself."
Efforts by police to connect the woman who c=gave her name as Mrs.
Mary WINTERS, with the strange disappearance of ten-year-old Rose YASSO,
a missing Red Hook girl, failed when Mrs. WINTERS, who at first answered
a few questions, later closed her lips tightly and ignored all questions
police put to her.
She was arrested late Saturday in a Myrtle ave restaurant, where,
police charge, she had taken four-year-old Arlene HAYES after luring
her from in front of her home at 1450 Myrtle ave. It is claimed she
told police she tried to kidnap the girl to "fill the loneliness in her
heart" caused when her husband deserted her a few days after their marriage.
DESERTED AND LONELY
" I was going to take her and love her. I have nobody," Mrs. WINTERS
She explained how she saw Arlene playing in front of her home and that
she felt so miserable and lonely that she decided to take the little girl
with her. She was willing to describe every move she and the girl made
from the time they left Arlene's home until detective DRUMM of the Wilson
avenue station, who knew Arlene, recognized her eating cake and drinking
milk in the restaurant.
But, when questioned about her address, her relatives and the YASSO case,
Mrs. WINTERS refused to answer questions. She said she lived in a rooming
house but would not give the address.
When Arlene's parents frantically phoned that their daughter had disappeared,
scores of detectives and patrolmen, fearing they had another YASSO case on
their hands, started a search. For several hours after the girl was reported
missing, the search went on without avail. Arlene's playmates told police
that a "woman had taken Arlene away to buy her some candy" and were able to
give a fair description of the woman.
YASSO CLUES LACKING
Less than four hours had passed when Detective DRUMM spied the pair
in the restaurant.
It lacked but one day to being three weeks since Rose YASSO disappeared
from her home. During all of that time police have searched throughout
the Red Hook section and have dragged the Gowanus Canal and Erie Basin for
the body of the girl. In spite of the frenzied search, no trace of the
girl has been found.
Mrs. WINTERS said she knew nothing of the YASSO girl and then refused
to answer any more questions.
17 February 1931
INDICT CUTRONE IN YASSO GIRL KIDNAPPING CASE
Second Finding Charges Prisoner With Possessing Dangerous Weapons
Anthony CUTRONE, who has been questioned for more than a week
concerning the disappearance of ten-year-old Rose YASSO, was
indicted to-day on kidnapping charges.
Another indictment holding him for possession of dangerous
weapons was handed up by the Grand Jury at the same time.
CUTRONE is forty-five and lives over a stable at 246 Ellery
street. The indictment charges that on Feb. 1, 1931, CUTRONE
took the YASSO girl front in front of a candy store at 275
Columbia street. (*as written) She has not been seen since.
Her home is at 2 West Ninth street.
Police have combed the Red Hook section, dragged various
bodies of water and made every attempt to locate the child.
Further efforts to find her have been made in New Jersey,
where CUTRONE's wife lives and where a bus driver identified
CUTRONE as the man he saw with a little girl answering Rose's description.
The possession charge alleges that when Detective William
COX entered CUTRONE's room he found a shotgun, two revolvers
and a dirk in the place. CUTRONE, according to Chief Assistant
District Attorney Frederick KOPFF, denied ownership of the two
pistols and the knife. He said they belonged to a friend.
County Judge TAYLOR held CUTRONE without bail when he
pleaded not guilty to the indictments. The defendant had
previously appeared before Magistrate RUDICH in Fifth avenue
court on a short affidavit signed by COX.
The only entry in CUTRONE's New York police record is in 1924
when he was given a suspended sentence on a charge of carrying
The man has consistently denied knowing anything about the
YASSO girl. He has eight children of his own In New Jersey.
2 March 1931
SLOT MACHINE CHARGED
Charged with the possession of a slot machine in his store, at 134
Thirty-fifth street, Tony BRUNO, 35 of 171 Thirty-fourth street, was
arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in Fifth avenue court and paroled for
a hearing Friday. According to the arresting officer, the machine returned
twenty cents after a dime had been inserted.
Fred PLUNKEET, 31, who told police he had taken to drink after his wife
died, was given a suspended sentence by Magistrate EILPERIN after he
pleaded guilty to an intoxication charge in Fifth avenue court. He was
arrested by Patrolman SHARP of the Fifth avenue station, at Seventh avenue
and Sixteenth street.
HELD ON GUN CHARGE
Dominick PERFA, 35, of 215 Boerum street, is being held in $500 bail for
Special Sessions following the alleged finding of a fully loaded 38 calibre
revolver at his home by Detectives VITALE and MC CARRON, of Stagg street
On complaint of his wife, Tessie, who said that beside calling her names he
kicked her, Alexander PLANKA, 32, of 112 Eckford street, was sentenced to
the workhouse for sixty days by Magistrate FOLWELL in the Bridge Plaza
Court on Saturday.
BOYS FACE COURT FOR $12 ROBBERY
Sidney GREENBLATT, 13, 55 Johnson street and Herman BREENBERG, 14, 69
Walton street, were to be arraigned to-day in Children's Court. They were
arrested last night by Detective Thomas CARROLL, Stagg street station, who
says that they way and escaped with $12 in automobile accessory shop at 607
Broadway and escaped with $12 in auto repair parts. According to police
the boys admit the job.
TWO FACE COURT IN CRASH DEATH
Facing a technical charge of homicide, Solomon ROTHBLATT, 26, 101-43
Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, and Gaetano ALBANESE, 92-10 104th street,
Ozone Park, were to be arraigned in Ridgewood Magistrates' Court this
On Feb. 19 ROTHBLATT, operating a Woodhaven bus, collided with an
automobile operated by ALBANESE. ROTHBLATT was going south on Woodhaven
Boulevard and ALBANESE west on Ninety-first avenue. Seven persons were
injured and Angela CARUBUIT, 17, 87-04 104th street, Ozone Park, a
passenger in ALBANESE'S car, died last Thursday in Mary Immaculate Hospital
from injuries. Both men maintain the traffic light at the intersection was
in their favor.
ESTATE GETS ANONYMOUS GIFT OF $1,282 DUE DEAD WOMAN
First Case of Kind to Come Before WINGATE
Instances are exceptionally rare wherein money is returned unsolicited to
an estate after the death of the lender.
But just such an incident has occurred before Surrogate WINGATE and as far
as could be recalled, it is the first of its kind in the history of the
Surrogate's Court in Brooklyn.
The situation was brought to light through the application of the Rev. Charles
NIETZER, of the Bushwick Presbyterian Church of Peach, 971 Bushwick avenue,
for permission to add $1,282 to his account as executor of the estate of the
late-Frances COSCH, of 1420 Bushwick Parkway.
Under the terms of her will, Mrs. DOSCH had left five dollars each to her two
daughters, $900 to various friends and the rest of her estate tin equal shares
to the Bushwick Presbyterian Church of Peace and the German Evangelical Home
for Aged People. She named the Rev. Charles NIETZER as executor of the estate.
The Rev. Mr. NIETZER had filed in the Surrogate's Court his account as executor
and this showed that the estate amount to $3,730.64.
But to this amount will now have to be added $1,282, which came to the
Rev. Mr. NIETZER through a little boy, but from whom he does not know.
According to the petition submitted by the executor, he was in his home on
Feb. 9 last when his doorbell rang, and he answered it to find a little boy
bearing a package with a covering of manilla paper, which he offered to the
minister. Asked where he got it from, the boy turned toward the other side
of the street to point out a woman who had given him the package. But the
woman had disappeared.
The minister opened the package to find $1,282 with a card stating that the
money belonged to Mrs. DOSCH.
Surrogate WINGATE has granted permission to the Rev. Mr. NIETZER to amend his
account so that this money may be added to the estate.
3 March 1931
Although Grant PECK, 25, denied he mistreated his wife, Anna, of
217 South Ninth street, he is being held in $500 bail for examination in
Bridge Plaza court to-morrow.
MISSING WILL KEEPS ESTATE WITH FAMILY
BESSER'S Intention to Cut Off Wife and Daughter Remains Unproved
The best laid plans go amiss has just been brought out in the contest
before Surrogate WINGATE in the estate of Frank BESSER, of 754 Fifty-ninth street.
From the evidence in the case BESSER had determined that his wife,
Eunice BESSER, should have no share in his estate; that his daughter,
Lillian BESSER, should get only a few dollars, and that virtually all
of his estate should go to Fannie WALDEN-COLLOSIMO, of 754 Fifty-ninth street.
But under a ruling of Surrogate WINGATE the entire estate will go to the
wife and daughter, while Fannie WALDEN COLOSIMO will get nothing.
On may 17, 1928, BESSER drew up his will in which he gave nothing to
his wife; $25 to his daughter and the remainder of his estate to Fannie
WALDEN COLLOSIMO. To make sure nothing should interfere with this plan,
he kept the will on his person in the inside pocket of his coat. But,
despite his vigilance, this will was lost.
Before Surrogate WINGATE a duplicate of this will was offered for probate
with the testimony of witnesses to the will that it was the last wish of
BESSER as to how his estate should be distributed.
Mrs. BESSER opposed probate of this duplicate will and Surrogate WINGATE
sustained her contention, pointing out that since a will had been drawn
and later disposed of, no matter under what circumstances, no other
conclusion could be inferred under the law but that the deceased desired
other distribution to be made of his estate.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Edward CASTELLANO,33, of 2837 West Fifteenth street, pleaded not guilty
when arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island court yesterday
and was paroled for further hearing on March 13. he was arrested by Patrolman
Charles MUSKEWITZ, of Inspector Joseph THOMPSON'S staff, for the alleged
acceptance of wagers on horse races.
HELD IN BAIL
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, William MAJOR, 23, a Negro, living at 148 Bay Nineteenth street, was
held by Magistrate EILPERIN in $500 bail for the Court of Special Sessions.
He was found with the weapon in his possession by Patrolman Charles SUCKOW,
of Bath Beach station, following a disturbance in his home. He is alleged to
have told the policeman that he purchased the revolver in Baltimore for $4 and
intended to sell it here for $12.
Henry BAKLY, 42, an engineer, of 92-14 220th street, Queens Village,
who created a disturbance in the Norwegian Hospital to which his friend had
been taken after an accident, pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge
in Fifth avenue court yesterday and received a suspended sentence by Magistrate
FOLWELL. Detection Edward FITZGERALD, of Fourth avenue station, testified
BAKLY punched him when ordered from the hospital.
LIQUOR FLOWED FREELY
Three defendants charged with intoxication were arraigned yesterday in
Bridge Plaza court. One was given a suspended sentence, one had to pay a
fine of $3 and the other went to jail for thirty days. Mrs. Agnes DALEY,
48, of 215 Boerum street, got the suspended sentence. The fine was imposed
on Albert MC CLOSKEY, 65, of 729 East Fifth street, while John WEBBER, 49,
of 109 South Sixth Street, went to jail.
GETS ANOTHER CHANCE
Alleging that he had struck her and called her harsh names, Mrs. Annie BUXBAUM,
of 2925 West Twenty-fifth street, appeared in the Coney Island court yesterday
against her husband, Elias, 46, whom she charged with disorderly conduct.
Mrs. BUSBAUM told the court that after twenty-five years of wedded life she
was obliged to bring him to court for mistreating her. She said that she
did not want him committed to jail but wanted him to quit the house.
Magistrate EILPERIN told them that separating was the wrong way of
celebrating their silver anniversary. he prevailed upon BUXBAUM to do
better and Mrs. BUXBAUM said she would give him another chance.
The case was dismissed.
4 March 1931
SPEAKEASY DEATH RELATED TO JURY
The story of the murder of Stanislaus SZDKOWSKI in a speakeasy at 99 Nassau
street on April 1, 1929, will be told to-day before County Jedge Albert
CONWAY and a jury at the trial of Michael O'DONNELL, of 16 St. Marks
avenue, who is charged with the crime. O'DONNELL is under indictment for
murder in the first degree.
Late yesterday Assistant District Attorney KLEINMAN and Edward J. REILLY
and John H. MCCOOEY, JR., attorneys for the defense, completed the
selection of a jury.
It is alleged against O'DONNELL that he shot and killed SYDKOWSKI during an
altercation in the speakeasy. O'DONNELL has claimed he shot in self defense
after a group had set upon him in the belief he was a police officer in
search of evidence against the place.
Magistrate EILPERIN, in the Coney Island court yesterday, suspended
sentence upon Harry RISKIN,35, of 117 Brighton Beach avenue, who was
charged by Inspector Joseph LANGHAMER, of the Heath Department, with having
candies in his store exposed to dust and dirt.
ORDERED TO FIND DOG
John PIAZZA30, of 2727 Cropsey avenue, appeared in the Coney Island court
yesterday in answer to a summons served upon him by Patrolman James COONEY
for failure to surrender a dog which had bitten a youth to the Health
Department for examination. PIAZZA told Magistrate EILPERIN that the dog
ran away and he was unable to find it. The magistrate paroled PIAZZA for
further hearing on March 10, ordering him to make every effort to locate
MUST DISCARD PIGEONS
When he stated that he would get rid of the birds, sentence was suspended
upon Julius DENARO, 18, of 2045 West Eleventh street, by Magistrate
EILPERIN, on a charge of keeping and harboring pigeons on the roof of his
home without a Health Department permit. The complaint was made by
Patrolman James COONEY, who is detailed to the department.
Daniel KATZMAN, 28, of 281 Throop avenue, before Magistrate Harry Howard
DALE, charged with violating the sanitary code, was found guilty and given
the option of paying a fine of one dollar or spending one day in the city
prison. He paid the fine.
HOFFMAN IS HELD
On a charge of felonious assault, Peter HOFFMAN,30, of 102 Ten Eyck street,
was held yesterday in $1,000 bail by Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaze court
for examination to-morrow. it is alleged he struck his father-in-law,
Charles STROHM, 50, over the head with a bat. STROHM is in a serious
condition at Kings County Hospital.
John KUBIS, 36, of 45 Broome street, was arrested by Patrolman SMITH, of
Herbert street station, on a charge of attempted felonious assault, made by
his wife, Mary. In Bridge Plaze court she said she was sure her husband
did not mean to hurt her. The charge was reduced to assault in the third
degree. KUBIS was paroled for examination on March 10.
APLOGIZES IN COURT
Iver NELSON, 25, of 4724 Fifth avenue, apologized in Fifth avenue court
yesterday for having broken a showcase in the shop of Samuel LEVANDER, AT
4506 Fifth avenue, and pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct
charge. According to LEVANDER, NELSON was intoxicated at the time he
entered his establishment. Magistrate FOLWELL gave NELSON a suspended
GOES TO JAIL
Charged with disorderly conduct after he attempted to use tinfoil in place
of a nickel in passing through a turnstile on the Fifty-third street
station of the Fourth avenue subway, Michael MORRISSEY, 32, of 25 South
street, Manhattan, was given the alternative of a day in jail or a dollar
fine by Magistrate FOLWELL in Fifth avenue court yesterday. MORRISSEY
chose the day in jail.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Charged with permitting a nickel-slot-machine to be operated in his bowling
alleys at 7424 New Utrecht avenue, Rocco CIANI, 35 years old, of 7721
Sixteenth avenue, was arraigned in the Coney Island court yesterday on
complaint of Patrolman George CAVANAUGH, of Brooklyn headquarters staff. He
pleaded not guilty and was held in $300 bail for further hearing on March 11.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Samuel DICKER, 65, who formerly conducted one of the largest dance halls at
Coney Island and who lives at 2805 Ocean parkway, faced Magistrate EILPERIN
in Coney Island court yesterday on a charge of disorderly conduct preferred
by Mrs. Minnie GOLDSTEIN, of 2980 West Second street. She alleged he
called her names. He pleaded not guilty and was paroled by Magistate
EILPERIN for further examination on March 10.
GUNS IN OLD TRUNK
Vincent FIORE, 20, of 152 Carroll street, in whose home police of Hamilton
avenue station allegedly found three guns, waived examination in Fifth
avenue court yesterday and was held in $2,500 bail for the Court of Special
Sessions by Magistrate FOLWELL. According to Detective John MC GOVERN, of
the Hamilton avenue station, FIORE admitted the ownership of one of the
weapons, which were discovered in a trunk FIORE said had been unopened for
5 March 1931
ONLY A "PAL" FOR HUSBAND, SHE DEMANDS SEPARATION
High Moral Standard Prevented Love, Says Wife
Mrs. Nora V. SCHULLER, of 3447 Bedford avenue, in her suit for separation
against her husband, Robert, which was revealed in Supreme Court to-day,
complained that her husband didn't love her, had never shown any emotion
for her, and had said he had married her "for a pal."
They were married Jan 16, 1879 (?) Mrs. SCHULLER said he failed to provide
a home for her and had taken no interest in her. In hopes that absence
would make his heart grow fonder, she went to Waco, Texas for a brief stay,
but when she returned he was still just a friend, she said. Hies "high
standard of morals" would not permit closer relations, even with his wife,
she said he told her.
Mrs. Mildred DIGNOUX FINE, of 85 Perry street, Manhattan, who had been Mrs.
SCHULLER'S school teacher acted as in???ediary and spoke to SCHULLER,
without effect, Mrs. FINKE testified. He said though that "She is a good
girl and a fine girl."
SCHULLER denied all his wife's charges instituted a counter-suit for
separation and said she had deserted him.
The case came before Supreme Court Justice RIEGELMANN to-day when Mrs.
SCHULLER asked alimony and counsel fees pending trial. Decision on her
application was reserved.
Alvah W. BURLINGAME of 26 Court street, is counsel for Mrs. SCHULLER and
her husband is represented by Amy WREN of 215 Montague street.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
When he was asked to pay a debt he owed, Evangelos PAPAS, 32, of 5804
Fourth avenue, punched Abraham SHAFER, of 250 Sixty-second street, in the
face, the latter charged in Fifth avenue court yesterday before Magistrate
FOLWELL. PAPAS was paroled for a hearing Monday after he pleaded not guilty.
Dora PERSKA, 30, of 127 Harrison avenue, was exonerated of a charge of
malicious mischief yesterday when she was arraigned in Bridge Plaza Court
before Magistrate Harry Howard DALE. She was charged by the Rev. Abraham
WAIGER, rabbi of a synagogue of 123 Harrison avenue, with destroying books
in the synagogue, which he valued at $50.
SENT BACK TO ARMY
When the case of Peter STANKENIS, 22, 352 Broadway, charged with disorderly
conduct was called in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday, the complainant, Albert
GRAHAM of 648 Grand street, was not present. Neither was STANKENIS. The
case was dismissed when it was learned that STANKENIS had been turned over
to army officials to answer a charge of desertion.
REMANDED FOR SENTENCE
He drove her brothers, sister and herself from home after calling them
names, Miss Pauline SKALSKI, of 58 Sixteenth street, declared in charging
her father, Walter SKALSKI , 54, with disorderly conduct in Fifth avenue
court yesterday. After SKALSKI pleaded guilty he was remanded by
Magistrate FOLWELL for sentence Saturday.
6 March 1931
POLICY SLIP CHARGE
Tony CUCCIARDI, 21 years old, of 121 Avenue U, was held in $500 bail for
the Court of Special Sessions, by Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney Island
court yesterday on a charge of possessing policy slips. The complaint was
made by Patrolman Albert WALKER of Inspector THOMPSON'S staff.
EX-COP GUILTY IN AUTO DEATH FACES PRISON
Case Marks Fourth Conviction for Manslaughter in Twenty Years
Since the law was passed, twenty years ago, there had been three
convictions in the Greater New York of manslaughter, second degree, where
an automobile was the means of death, according to the police.
This number has been increased to four by a jury in queens County Court,
Long Island City, with a verdict of guilty of manslaughter, second degree,
in the case of former Detective James J. REARDON, 32, of 159-19 hillside
Assistant District Attorney Leo HEFFERNAN, in court yesterday, said REARDON
had been convicted in Nassau County of a charge of extortion and that he
was given a suspended sentence of from five to ten years in prison.
LANGAN had left a restaurant in Jamaica and was walking to his home, it was
testified, when the car driven by REARDON ran upon the sidewalk at 161st
street and Jamaica avenue and struck him.
LANGAN was dragged a distance of a mile to Hillside avenue and 139th
street, where he was found. He died a short time later in the Mary
Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica.
REARDON denied the charge. He insisted that he reached home shortly after
2 o'clock that morning and was sleeping when the accident occurred. He
admitted he had been in the restaurant and had had drinks with LANGAN. He
insisted he left the place at the hour he mentioned and that LANGAN was
Witnesses, however, told of having seen the accident, and of following the
automobile to the spot where the body was found. One of these witnesses
said REARDON was driving the automobile which ran upon the sidewalk and
REARDON is to be sentenced on March 20 by Judge Nathan TURK, who presided
at the trial.
WIDOW CLEARED OF MURDERING THOS. TIERNEY
Grand Jury Reaches Verdict in Strap Strangle Case
Mrs. Elizabeth TIERNEY, 26, of 862 Gravesend avenue, was cleared of a
charge of murder by the Grand Jury this afternoon. Mrs. TIERNEY was held on
a charge of having murdered her husband, Thomas. She had admitted that on
Jan. 30, last, in their home, she had tied a belt around the throat of her
husband, strangling him to death.
The evidence against Mrs. TIERNEY was submitted to the Grand Jury by
Assistant District Attorney Hyman BARSHAY. It has been learned that this
evidence showed that for the eight years she was married, she had been
continually abused by her husband. Three children had been born to the
couple. For four months, prior to his death, TIERNEY had been out of
work. Whatever few dollars he could earn, he spent on drink and made no
provision for his wife and children.
Shortly after midnight of Jan. 30, TIERNEY came home, compelled his wife to
get out of bed and then beat her with a strap. he then tried to turn on
the radio and as he did so, Mrs. TIERNEY tied the strap around his
neck. TIERNEY sank into a chair and fell into what Mrs. TIERNEY thought
was a drunken sleep. She went back to bed, barricading herself in the room
with chairs against the door. She did not know her husband was dead until
the next morning.
She herself, notified the police. She was released from the Raymond street
jail this afternoon.
HAWKINS GUILTY OF BIGAMY CHARGE
George HAWKINS, 61, of 316 West 115th street, Manhattan, was found guilty
of bigamy to-day by a jury in County Court before Judge TAYLOR. He was
remanded to Raymond street jail for sentence.
Police said this was the forth felony conviction for HAWKINS. One of his
three previous convictions, police stated, was for bigamy in 1914, and he
served five years in Sing Sing for this offense.
On to-day's conviction it was charged against HAWKINS that in 1928 he
married Mrs. Carrie RACE, 0f 1639 Sheepshead Bay road, while he still had a
wife living and then deserted her after taking $900 of her money.
SHOWS HOW 'OTHER MAMMA' SMOKED DADDY'S CIGARETTES
Six-year-Old Boy Figures in Separation Suit
A child's tale of "another mamma who smoked up all daddy's cigarettes," was
unfolded to-day in the application of Mrs. Hazel LAWLER, of 6407 Fifteenth
avenue, for alimony and counsel fees pending trial of her suit for
separation. Mrs. LAWLER is suing her husband, Francis X., a policeman
attached to the telegraph bureau in Manhattan. She asks $150 a month
temporary alimony and $500 counsel fees. Justice RIEGELMANN, in Supreme
Court, before whom the application was made, reserved decision.
Mrs. LAWLER charges cruelty and claims she made no effort to obtain
evidence for a divorce as she has no intention of seeking a divorce, being
a Roman Catholic.
The LAWLERS were sweethearts from childhood, the complaint sets
forth. They were married April 24, 1923, and have a son, Francis X. Jr.,
six years old. Mrs. LAWLER charges that her husband is having an affair
with another woman and that he told her he could not live without the other
LAWLER entered a general denial of his wife's charges. He aid he always
gave her every cent of his earnings except just enough for his bare
expenses for lunches, tobacco and car fare. In spite of this, he said, she
constantly nagged him and on one occasion, when he was trying to get to
sleep after an all night tour of duty, she threw water on him.
"I got down on my bended knees and begged him to give up this other woman,"
the wife said. His mother said to him, "Frank, nobody but Hazel would do
that. No other woman would do it or stand for this."
"our little boy saw me crying and he said; "Mamma, are you crying because
of daddy? I'll show you where the other mamma is. Remember the day he
took me to Coney Island. Well, Daddy met my other mamma there and she
smoked all Daddy's cigarettes. I'll show you what he did to my other
mamma." The child put his arms around her in illustration.
Mrs. LAWLER submitted affidavits signed by her two brothers, William H. and
Eli J. DUCKETT. Each declared LAWLER had boasted of his friendship for
the "other woman."
LAWLER denied his child's story.
Samuel ZANOZK, of 205 Broadway, Manhattan, appeared as counsel for Mrs.
LAWLER. LAWLER was represented by Attorney E.S. MORAN, of 233 Broadway,
BEATEN WIFE GETS COURT AID
After praising her as a "plucky little woman" for keeping her family of
seven children from starving when she claims her husband beat her and
refused to support her, Magistrate DALE yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court,
started a collection for Mrs. Antoinette LAURICH, of 222 Hopkins street, to
which court attendants and newspapermen subscribed. The husband, Anton,
was held without bail for examination Sunday on a charge of assault.
Mrs. LAURICH said that last Saturday afternoon, her husband gave her $14,
but came back that night and took the money away from her and beat her so
badly she had to be treated by an ambulance surgeon. Monday she swore out
a warrant for his arrest but he wasn't located until to-day. Then,
according to officers, he tried to escape through a window when they entered.
FINES GYPSY $50 FOR 50-CENT TALE
Magistrate George M. CURTIS, Jr., in Gates avenue court, fined Margaret
MILLER, 21, A GYPSY, $50 yesterday when she pleaded guilty to disorderly
conduct. Patrolwoman Emma GROSS complained that the girl had accepted
fifty cents for telling her "fortune."
PUTNAM ESTATE LEFT TO FAMILY
The will of Morris Havens PUTNAM, who died Feb. 25 at his home, 523 East
Sixteenth street, has been filed in the Surrogate's office.
A nephew, John H. PUTNAM, is given $10,000, and the same amount is
bequeathed to Lois B. WAITE, a sister-in-law. The balance is divided among
seven nieces and nephews. There was no estimate of the value of the estate
aside from the formal statement that it was "in excess of $15,000."
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Michael RUSSO, 33, of 178 North Ninth street, entered a plea of not guilty,
yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court, when arraigned before Magistrate Harry
Howard DALE on a charge of accepting bets. The case was adjourned until
March 16 and RUSSO was paroled.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Harry RAUSCHER, 35, of 144 Ten Eyck street and Charles WILSON, 31, of 1095
Manhattan avenue, were brought before Magistrate DALE in Bridge Plaza Court
by Detective John SHAUDEL, of the Narcotic Squad, yesterday, charged with
possessing heroin. They waived examination and were held without bail for
the Court of Special Sessions.
Anthony YANICK, 28 years old, of 591 Driggs avenue, was held without bail
yesterday in Bridge Plaza court for the action of the Grand Jury on a
charge of assault and robbery. He was arrested on Monday by Detectives
MURPHY and LEAKE, of Bedford avenue station. it is charged he held up Max
LEVINE, manager of a chain store of the Silver Rod Candy Company, Bedford
avenue and South Fifth street, Sunday night and stole $75.
Joseph MILLER, 18, of 635 Dahill road, and Andrew LELLA, 17, of 794
Gravesend avenue, pleaded guilty before Magistrate EILPERIN in the Coney
Island court yesterday to charges of disorderly conduct and each was fined
$5. They were arrested by Patrolman Frank A. BYRNE, of the Coney Island
station, accused specifically of annoying girl students emerging from
Abraham Lincoln High School, Ocean parkway and West avenue.
PAROLED TO MARCH 12
Max PATRON, 40, of 70 Lancaster avenue, appeared in the Coney Island court
yesterday in answer to a summons served upon him by his tenant, Mrs. Gussie
HOFFMAN, same address, who alleged he failed to furnish heat and hot water
in her apartment. He denied the charge and was paroled by Magistrate
EILPERIN for a further hearing on March 12.
Magistrate EILPERIN, in Coney Island court yesterday, ordered Gus STEIN,
40, of 2249 Eighty-third street, to apologize to Abraham FRIEDMAN, of 2277
Eighty-third street, and when he did so sentence was suspended on a charge
of disorderly conduct. FRIEDMAN alleged that STEIN punched him in the face
without provocation. he said he learned that his son and STEIN'S boy had
had a fight in which young FRIEDMAN was the victim.
7 March 1931
SECOND TIMER GETS 5 YEARS FOR $17 CHECK
Three Others Sent to Sing Sing by Queens Court
Judge Nathan TURK in Queens County Court yesterday sentenced
John PAGANO, 20, 95-01 102d street, Ozone Park, to serve five years in Sing Sing.
PAGANO and Dominick RUSSO, 18, 103-16 Ninety first street, Ozone Park,
both pleaded guilty to cashing a spurious check for $17 in an Ozone
Park store. RUSSO was given a suspended sentence. PAGANO is a second
A flat sentence of five years was given to George RODRIGUEZ, 34, a second
offender, of 182 Lafayette street, Newark, N.J. He and Deneri POIRIER,
alias Denny PERRY, 22, 204 Elm street, Newark, were convicted of attempting
to rob the Oakland Golf Club, in Bayside. POIRIER was sent to Welfare
Peter KANJIAN, 18, 127-05 Eighty-ninth avenue, Richmond Hill, also received
a five-year sentence in Sing Sing. He pleaded guilty to the attempted
burglary of a Woodhaven store.
A term of two and one-half years was given to Victor KOSIBA, alias John
STASNINSKY, 22, 159-16 Academy street, Howard BEACH. He and James MOEN,27,
same address admitted attempting to steal a taxicab. The latter was given
a suspended sentence.
Albert FREUND, 34, 28-20 Forty-ninth street, Long Island City, and Max
FOLBER, 23 32-46 201st street Bayside West, were both sent to the Welfare
Island Penitentiary. FREUND pleaded guilty to burglary while FOLBER
admitted a forgery.
Edwin BERGER, 38, 135 Beach Eighty-fifth street, Rockaway Beach, was sent
to New York City Penitentiary for an attempted burglary.
Suspended sentences were given
Charles SUSSMAN, 22, 324 Sixteenth street, College Point;
Henry BOEHLE, 17, 139 Seventeenth street College Point and
Joseph COLOGRANTE, 71 1/2 Willow street, Astoria.
SUSSMAN and BOEHLE pleaded guilty to an automobile theft while COLOGRANTE
pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary.
9 March 1931
FATHER MUST PAY $10 WEEK FOR SON
Supreme Court Justice FABER today directed Ira L. GRENHAUT, insurance
adjusted employed by the Public Service Mutual Casualty Company, to Pay $10
weekly to his wife, Rose, for the support of their son, Saford, three and
one-half years old. The justice also granted GREENHAUT permission to see
the child Saturday and Sunday every other week.
GRENHAUT said he was willing to pay $3 weekly towards the child's support,
but M. Bernard GREENBERG of 291 Broadway, Manhattan, attorney for Mrs.
GREENHAUT, claimed this was hopelessly inadequate.
During the hearing, GREENBERG said to the court that GRENHAUT was the son
of Maurice GREENHAUT, President and general manager of the Public Service
Mutual Casualty Company. The GRENHAUTS have been separated three years,
and Mrs. GREENHAUT lives at 162 Forty-ninth street.
(Transcriber's note: variations of the name Greenhaut/Grenhaut throughout
(Article's heading missing)
When David DARBY, a Negro, 22, of 1286 Remsen avenue, Far Rockaway, is
arraigned in the Rockaway court on Friday of this week, the charge of
felonious assault under which he is now held may be changed to homicide,
according to Detective George RAEBURN, of the Far Rockaway station.
Otis TWITTY, another Negro, of 119 St., George place, Inwood, is in a
serious condition in the Rockaway Beach Hospital with a fractured skull,
said to have been inflicted by DARBY.
DARBY, it was stated, on Saturday evening in a barber shop at 1504 Remsen
avenue, Far Rockaway, insisted upon being shaved ahead of a dozen men who
were waiting. He was put out of the shop, crossed the street, picked up a
bottle and hurled it toward the barber and the men who were standing in the
doorway. The bottle struck TWITTY on the head.
Magistrate MARVIN yesterday, because of TWITTY'S condition, committed DARBY
to jail without bail.
Fernando MARTINI, 50, of 1017 Sixty-seventh street, was held in $500 bail
for a hearing March 20 after being arraigned before Magistrate, FOLWELL in
Fifth avenue court Saturday on a policy slip charge. According to the
officer, the slip was in MARTINI'S watch pocket.
HELD IN BAIL
Earl SMITH, 20, of 202 East Forth-first street; Charles SMALIKOFF,20, of
156 Seigel street; and Samuel COOPER, 27, of 449 Bushwick avenue, were held
in $1,500 bail for examination on Thursday on a charge of receiving stolen
goods. They were arrested by Detective Charles HEMINDINGER, of Clymer
street station, in possession of 150 pairs of shoes, alleged to have been taken.
GIVEN THIRTY DAYS
On a charge of vagrancy, George MAYWITHA, 29, and homeless, was found
guilty before Magistrate Harry Howard DALE in Bridge Plaza court, Saturday,
and was sentenced to the workhouse for thirty days. He thanked the
magistrate when the sentence was imposed.
10 March 1931
Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday suspended sentence
upon Gaetano CIPRIANO 30, of 2740 Haring street, who pleaded guilty to a
charge of cruelty to an animal in driving a lame horse. CIPRIANO was
summoned to court by Agent Louis W. BAILLAIRGE, of the A.S.P.C.A.
He chased her around the house, calling her names, Mrs. May KENNEDY, of 346
Fifty-sixth street, charged in bringing a disorderly conduct chare against
her husband, Ambrose KENNEDY, 38, in Fifth avenue court yesterday. KENNEDY
pleaded guilty and was remained in jail by Magistrate LIOTA for sentence Thursday.
BROTHERS QUIZZED IN MAN'S DEATH
Firoe GRIMALDI, 37, and his brother, Edward, 28, both of 6711 Seventeenth
avenue, are being questioned by police of Vanderveer Park station, in
connection with the murder of Salvatore FOLANGO, of 2858 West Twenty-fourth
FOLANGO'S body was found Feb. 24 in an ice box at a deserted inn at Bergen
avenue and Avenue W. in the Bergen Beach section. He had been shot twice
through the head.
The GRIMALDI brothers were taken into custody last night by Detectives
Frank MULLADY and William LEAHY.
TWO INDICTED AS SUSPECTS IN VOLPI MURDER
One Brooklynite Held as Police Seek Third Man
Indictments charging first degree murder were returned by the Westchester
County Grand Jury to-day against two men accused of having shot and killed
Giovanni VOLPI, laundry worker, of 1139 Eighty-sixth street, Brooklyn,
whose body was found on a street in Mamaroneck two months ago.
The men indicted are Alfonse CORRATO, 41, of 115 henry street, Manhattan,
and Joseph COWECORRI, 40, of 396 Thirty-ninth street.
District Attorney COYNE also said one of the two men he is seeking for the
murder of VOLPI Sunday morning, a man of several aliases, in the Gretna
Green Inn at North Castle, Westchester, originally came from Brooklyn. He
is Frank BUMOFIGLIO.
The two murdered men, although possessed of the same name, were not
related, the district attorney said.
The other of the two men wanted for the shooting of Lawrence VOLPI, he
said, was wounded twice. The man is Jimmie RAGLIO, alias RAIMO, of White Plains.
11 March 1931
MATE'S CONVICTION COUNTS DOUBLE
Although it was the first time she had been found guilty of possessing a
slot machine and conducting a gaming establishment, Tillie NOVAK, of 6936
Grand avenue, Maspeth, in Special Sessions court was punished as a second
offender because her husband a year ago was convicted of a similar complaint.
Plainclothesman Robert LEVINE, of the Nineteenth Division, told
Justices DIRENZO, CALDWELL and FRE??HI, that he played the device in the
candy store, at 60-32 Grand avenue Maspeth.
The court said in fining Mrs. NOVAK $50, it took into consideration the
technical question as to whether she was as guilty as a second offender. A
suspended sentence or $25 fine is usually given first offenders. Mrs. Novak paid.
HELD FOR ASSAULT
On a charge of felonious assault, Frank FIORE, 36, of 121 Power street, was
held in $5,000 bail yesterday in Bridge court when arraigned before
Magistrate MC GUIRE. He will be given a hearing on March 18. It is alleged
he beat his daughter with a broom and a belt.
SIX PAY FINES
Found guilty of violating the sanitary code, six defendants in Bridge Plaza
court yesterday were given the option of paying a fine of one dollar each
or spending a day in the city prison. They paid the fine.
CHARGED WITH VAGRANCY
Pleading not guilty to a charge of vagrancy, John SUMMONE, 20, who said he
had no home, was held in $300 bail yesterday by Magistrate MC GUIRE in
Bridge Plaza court for a hearing this afternoon.
after Magistrate LIOTA held Magistrate WICK, 37, of 70 Nelson street, in
$300 bail for the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of third degree
assault brought by his wife, Mrs. Ida WICK, in Fifth avenue court
yesterday, the woman sobbed that she did not want to send her husband to
jail and that she could not take care of her three children alone. She
told the magistrate she was willing to withdraw the complaint and was
permitted to do so.
Charged with the possession of policy slips in a house at 155 Hamilton
avenue, Frank GACCENTTOLO, 45, of 18 Mangassett place, was held in $300
bail for the Court of Special Sessions after he waived examination in Fifth
avenue court yesterday before Magistrate LIOTA.
SLAYER, ON STAND, TELLS JURY HE MEANT TO TAKE OWN LIFE
Intended to Remove Sons From Influence of Stepmother
A story of attempting to take his own life so his sons would be moved from
the influence of their stepmother was told to-day when John SCHOEBERL, who
took the stand in his defense before Judge Frank ADEL and a jury in Queens
County Court where he is charged with murder.
SCHOEBERL, accused of killing his wife, Amelia, with a razor, insisted he
has no recollection of attempting to kill her. He said all he recalled was
taking poison and slashing his wrists with a razor.
The defendant after telling a story of meeting Amelia when she was 16, but
being unable to marry her because her father objected, said he married
another woman. After his two sons were born, he said, his wife died and he
Then, he said, she developed psychopathic tendencies which worried him,
particularly in regard to the children, and he decided to kill himself to
get them out of her care.
It is admitted by the State that he made three attempts to kill
himself. He slashed his own throat, drank poison and jumped from the
second floor window of his home. He recovered, however, after a month's
treatment in Mary Immaculate Hospital. So far the State has been unable to
show a motive for the killing of Mrs. SCHOEBERL. The defense does not deny
that SCHOBERL killed her.
Mrs. Florence QUINN, of 408 East Eighty-third street, Manhattan, and Mrs.
Anna O'BRIEN, of 3755 Ninety-first street, Jackson Heights, sisters of the
defendant, and Mrs. Loretta O'CONNELL, of 107-32 107th street, Richmond
Hill, were called in rapid succession. All three testified that SCHOEBERL
was of even temper and sunny disposition and that he never had been known
to fly into a rage.
SCHOEBEL'S two sons, Anthony, 15, and John, Jr., 17, who testified
yesterday as prosecution witnesses, were recalled to-day by the
defense. They testified that several weeks before the killing, their
father told them that if anything happened to him, he wanted them to go to
live with their aunt, Mrs. Lida MAXWELL, of Richmond Hill.
12 March 1931
ASKS FOR DIVORCE ON ANNIVERSARY
Mrs. Anne I. LEWIS, 22, of 1854 Ocean avenue, marked her fourth wedding
anniversary to-day by appearing before Supreme Court Justice FABER, to
testify in her action for a divorce from Arthur L. LEWIS, an engineer.
Two private detectives testified that they followed LEWIS on Oct. 8, last,
to an apartment at Lafayette and Bedford avenues and there discovered him
in a room with a woman. Judge FABER reserved decision.
HELD IN $300 BAIL
Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday held Sol WINKLER, 38,
of 2928 West Thirty-first street, in $300 bail for the charge of
bookmaking. The complaint was made by Patrolman Adrian DONOHUE, of Borough
Headquarters staff, who testified when he place WINKLER under arrest for
accepting wagers from several men on horses racing at various tracks the
man pleaded to be permitted to copy a "pay-off" sheet that was taken as
part of the evidence.
Because of insufficient evidence Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court
yesterday dismissed a charge of maintaining a gambling establishment
against Simon SHAMULA, 28, who conducts a restaurant at 1976 Sixty-third
street. He was arrested by Patrolman Warren D. SMITH, of Inspector
THOMPSON'S staff, on Jan 23 last, after several men had been taken into
custody for "shooting" dice in the place.
In Coney Island court yesterday Magistrate SABBATINO held Rocco CIANI, 35
years old, of 7721 Sixteenth avenue, in $300 bail for the Court of Special
Sessions on a charge of having a nickel slot machine in his bowling alleys
at 7424 New Utrecht avenue. Patrolman George CAVANAUGH, of Borough
Headquarters staff, testified he operated the machine and got twelve
nickels in return for the one he placed in the machine.
Accused of grand larceny, the theft of an automobile, Frank CATANZARO, 16,
of 1667 Benson avenue, was yesterday held by Magistate SABBATINO in the
Coney Island court in $1,000 bail for the Grand Jury. It was alleged he
stole an automobile, the property of Harry MANDELL, 2140 Seventy-eighth
street, Feb. 13. Ten minutes after the car was reported stolen Patrolman
Timothy HOLLAND, of Bath Beach station saw CATANZARO and three other men
whiz by him in it. he commandeered another automobile and gave
chase. During the pursuit CATANZARO was shot in the head by the policeman
and was removed to Kings County Hospital, from which he was discharged a
few days ago.
FOUR MEN HELD
Charged with possessing policy slips for Italian lotteries, four men were
yesterday held by Magistrate SABBATINO in the Coney Island court in $300
bail each for the Court of Special Sessions. They were taken into custody
by patrolmen of Inspector Joseph THOMPSON'S staff. They were Sebastian
PEPPI, 53, of 182 Bay Thirteenth street; Frank FISCHETTI, 61, of 2141 West
Seventh street; Joseph SMERALDI, 30, of 2807 Harway avenue and Dominick
CAMPAGALO, 30, of 2121 West Sixth street.
Miss Tilda LOCK,of 516 Eighty-second street, charged Henry DICKMAN, 24, of
245 Eighty-sixth street, with breaking the lock of the door leading to her
apartment, in Fifth avenue court yesterday. DICKMAN pleaded guilty to a
disorderly conduct charge by the woman, who declared he refused to leave
her home when asked to do so. When he promised not to disturb the woman
again he was given a suspended sentence by Magistrate LIOTA.
PAY $1 FINE
Charged with obstructing the street by parking his car in front of his
home, Nolan SANDERSON, 31, of 370 Fourth avenue, pleaded guilty in Fifth
avenue court yesterday and paid a fine of $1 imposed by Magistrate LIOTA.
Arrested on a charge of intoxication by Patrolman BERRY of Greenpoint station,
George DEMANN, 37, of 69-25 Fifty-first drive, Maspeth and Joseph TOMPKINS,
31, of 100 Carroll street, Corona, were given suspended sentences when they
were arraigned before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Robert PELUSO, 18, of 318 East 116th street, Manhattan, disappointed
suitor, who attempted to kill himself on the Morgan avenue station of the
Fourteenth street subway line when his sweetheart told him she no longer
cared for him, was held in $1,000 bail for the Court of Special Sessions
for possessing a revolver without a permit. PELUSO spent two weeks in St.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Mrs. Katherine CIOFFE, of 736 Leonard street, told Magistrate MAGUIRE in
Bridge Plaza court yesterday that after her husband, James, 21, beat her,
he locked her in the house. She charged him with disorderly conduct. He
pleaded not guilty and was paroled for examination on March 25.
13 March 1931
PAROLED FOR HEARING
In Coney Island court yesterday Mrs. Rose HOFFMAN, 40, of 1703 Mermaid
avenue, answered a summons served upon her by Mrs. Rachel KATZ, of 2849
West Twenty-fourth street, charging her with failing to supply sufficient
heat in her apartment in accordance with the terms of lease. Mr. HOFFMAN
told Magistrate SABBATINO that she is making repairs to the furnace and for
that reason she was unable to supply the required heat to her tenant. She
was paroled for further hearing on March 25.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Santa MANINO, 37, of 198 Arnold court, pleaded not guilty when arraigned
before Magistrate SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday and was held in
$1,000 bail for hearing on March 18. He was arrested by Detectives Albert
DAILY and James HIBBARD, of Sheepshead Bay station, charged with
withholding an automobile, the property of Frank COHEN, of 1430 Ocean parkway.
PAYS $2 FINE
It cost Frank IODDO, 17, a peddler living at 445 Henry street, $2, a fine
imposed by Magistrate Sylvester SABBATINO in the Coney Island court
yesterday for "sassing" Patrolman Charles H. BURNS, of Sheepshead Bay
station. The policeman alleged that IODDO was peddling bananas and when
told that he could not do so without a permit the youth became abusive.
Inspector Frank REILLY, of the Department of Sanitation, was the
complainant in Coney Island court yesterday against Mrs. Mary FELMAN, 35,
of 2975 West Twenty-fifth street, whom he charged with throwing garbage and
rubbish into the street in front of her home. She pleaded guilty and after
being reprimanded by Magistrate SABBATINO sentence was suspended.
SMOKED IN SUBWAY
Accused of violation of the sanitary code, William DEMAREST, 27, and Morris
WALDMAN, 29, of 2869 West Thirty-seventh street, were before Magistrate
SABBATINO in Coney Island court yesterday on complaint of Patrolman Thomas
DWYER, who is attached to the Health Departments quad. The policeman
alleged that the men smoked cigarettes in the West End Terminal of the B.
M. T. They pleaded guilty and receive suspended sentences.
DENIES ASSAULT CHARGE
Herman WEISS, 51, of 220 Ross street, pleaded not guilty to a charge of
felonious assault in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday and he was held by
Magistrate MAGUIRE in Mrs. Cecilia SALIBA, of 7101 Colonial road, charged
in bringing a disorderly conduct complaint against her husband, Ralph
SALIBA, 38, in Fifth avenue court yesterday. Magistrate LIOTA paroled the
man for a hearing next Thursday.
GUN FOUND IN ROOM
Charged with the possession of a gun as well as with bookmaking, Leroy
FERRIS, 35, of 1995 West Thirteenth street, and William WINKLER, 21, of
2836 West Nineteenth street, were held in $600 bail each by Magistrate
LIOTA in Fifth avenue court yesterday for hearings next Friday. According
to Patrolman James CLARK, he found a .32-calibre revolver in the drawer of
a room occupied by both men at 565 Eighty-fifth street. They are alleged
to conduct bookmaking activities at that address.
14 March 1931
BAIL DENIED, KEEPS SMILE
Treating his arrest as a joke, Phillip BRAUTMAN, 20, of 131 Division
avenue, styled by the police of Bedford avenue station as the "Perfumed
holdup man," smiled while he was being arraigned yesterday before
Magistrate MAGUIRE in Bridge Plaza Court, on a charge of assault and robbery.
Even when the court refused to set bail after he had pleaded not guilt,
BRAUTMAN continued to smile. The case was adjourned until March 19 for a
hearing. BRAUTMAN is charged with being one of the three men who, on
Wednesday evening, held up the office force of the Stagg West Wash Laundry,
150 North Fifth Street, and stole $700.
GUILTY PLEA DELAYS TRIAL
Trial of Edward RAGLIA, 37, of 114-17 132nd street, Richmond HIll, and
America MANNELLO, 40, of 2050 East Thirty-ninth street, was postponed until
Tuesday by Judge Grover M. MOSCOWITZ in Brooklyn yesterday, after Frederick
L. BISCHOFF, 38, of 85-39 Ninety-eighth street, Woodhaven, had pleaded guilty.
The men were all accused of having been in possession of plates and
chemicals for counterfeiting ten dollar bills. They were arrested Feb. 3
at the home of MANNELLO. Judge MOSCOWITZ had ordered the trial to go on
yesterday despite pleas of the various counsel for an adjournment when
BISCHOFF pleaded guilty. Then the court consented to adjourn the trials of
RAGLIA and MANNELLO until Tuesday.
16 March 1931
MOTHER LOSES PLEA FOR BOY
Miss Mary POLSKY, 21, of 2846 West Twenty-second street, failed to regain
custody of her love child to-day when Supreme Court Justice FABER handed
down a decision awarding the child, Lawrence, 4, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
ROGOW, who have cared for the child since shortly after his birth.
Miss POLSKY, at a hearing held last week on her writ of habeas corpus,
testified that the child had been born in the Jewish Hospital. She said
that Dr. Sara GREENBURG, of 145 Lincoln road, arranged with the ROGOWS to
take care of Lawrence. Now, Miss POLSKY said, the father of the child is
willing to provide for him financially.
HUSBAND FLAUNTED RIVAL, GLENDALE WOMAN CHARGES
Paraded Girl Before Mutual Friends, SAys Salesman's Wife
Mrs. Florence PLAYNE, 34, of 72-28 Sixty-second street, Glendale, today
filed a cross complaint in Supreme Court in the suit filed by Charles
PLAYNE, 39, a salesman, of 1034 Halsey street. PLAYNE had filed suit for
separation on the ground of cruelty. He charged his wife scratched his
face and was "cold" to him.
In her answer and cross-complaint, in which she also asks for a separation
and requests the court to award her $500 counsel fees, Mrs. PLAYNE charges
that her husband was cruel. She states that she made no application for
alimony because she is now receiving $25 a week on order of the family
court. They were married in 1918 and have two children, Evelyn, 9, and
Raymond, 3 years old.
Mrs. PLAYNE declares in her affidavit that she and her husband were happy
until 1928. In the summer of that year, she charges her husband met one
Marie MEYBOHN, 19, OF 230 Cooper street, and soon there after began running
around with Marie and staying out late at night. On Nov. 1, 1929, he left
home, Mrs. PLAYNE charges.
Regarding PLAYNE'S friendship for the girl, Mrs. PLAYNE states in her affidavit:
"He took her to the Bushwick Republican Club, 425 Wilson avenue, where both
of us were well known. He introduced her as his girlfriend and showed her
off before our mutual friends. He openly admitted going with her and said
I could do nothing about it.
"He would come home with face creams and other articles for adornment,
dangle these before me, gloat and say: "I'll bet Marie will enjoy this. I'm
certainly going to have a good time with her to-night." At other times
when I would ask him to take me to the theatre he would say "I'll do
anything in the world for Marie, but nothing for you."
Mrs. PLAYNE adds that her husband once bought a diamond ring for Marie and
declares that he threatened Mrs. PLAYNE with a knife "when I told Marie his
exact age." Her husband earns $5,000 a year, she states.
Supreme Court Justice RIEGELMANN gave the husband three days in which to
file a reply.
Attorney Earl C. BERGER, 90 William street, Manhattan, appeared for Mrs.
PLAYNE. Jacob B. GERSTEN of 5 Beekman street, Manhattan, appeared as
counsel for PLAYNE.
TWO SENTENCED FOR GAS THEFTS
Michael BUCARIA, of 2562 Pitkin avenue, and Domingo ANDUJAR, 92 Atlantic
avenue, were found guilty of stealing gas and were sentenced to the
workhouse by Presiding Justice MURPHY and his associates, Justices SALMON
and GRESSER of Special Sessions Court. BUCARIA was sent away for fifteen
days and ANDUJAR was sentenced to sixty days.
BUCARIA was convicted of having tampered with a gas meter in such a way as
to prevent it registering the quantity of gas consumed in his
premises. ANDUJAR was charged with having made a connection to a pipe
belong to the Brooklyn Gas Company, in such a manner as to supply his
premises with gas without it first passing through a meter. BUCARIA
received the lighter sentence because he had no previous record.
CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Mrs. Emma SAUNDERS, 28, of 116 Wallabout street, has pleaded not guilty to
a charge of felonious assault and possessing a revolver without a permit
before Magistrate MAGUIRE in Bridge Plaza Court. she is being held on the
assault charge in $2,000 bail. Bail was set at $1,500 on the weapon
charge, and the hearing March 19. Mrs. Grace COLE, also of the Wallabout
street address, is complainant.
HELD IN BAIL
Arraigned in Fifth avenue court for the alleged possession of an unloaded
Mauser pistol, Ralph GULLO, 34, of 6805 Eleventh avenue, was held in $500
bail by magistrate LIOTA for a hearing March 24. The weapon, according to
Detective SKELLY, of the Main Office Division, was found in a bureau in the
rear of a store of which GULLO is proprietor.
17 March 1931
Joseph POTTER, 27, of 1408 East Third street, was held without bail in Bridge
Plaza court, yesterday, on a charge of violating the Sullivan law. He pleaded
not guilty when arraigned before Magistrate Mark RUDICH.
Held For Grand Jury
Waiving examination in the Bridge Plaza Court, Anthony LONGO, 23, of 686 Park
Avenue, was held in $2,500 bail, yesterday, by magistrate Mark RUDICH for the
action of the Grand Jury on a charge of burglary.
Held in Assault
It is alleged that when he failed to effect a reconciliation with his wife
while they stood in front of 254 Wythe avenue, yesterday, Irvine Black, 29,
of 252 Clifton place, struck her in the face with his clenched fist,
splitting her lower lip. He was arrested by Patrolman KAMINSKY, of Clymer
street station. In Bridge Plaza court he pleaded not guilty to a charge of
assault in third degree and was paroled for a hearing by magistrate RUDICH
for examination tomorrow.
Paroled for Hearing
In Coney Island court yesterday appeared Morris LEVITT, 36, who conducts a
candy store at 2075 Gravesend avenue, on a charge of permitting a gambling
device, a penny slot machine, to be operated in his place of business. The
complainant, Patrolman Edward F. LARKIN, of Inspc. THOMPSON'S staff, alleged
that he played the machine.
$3 for Smoking
when the pleaded guilty in court yesterday to a charge of smoking in the West
End Terminal of the B. M. T. at Coney Island three men were each find $3 by
magistrate HUGHES. They were William GOWAN, 37, of West Twenty-ninth street
and the boardwalk; Philip KONTANO, 36, of 2824 West Sixteenth street, and
Frank COSTA, 37, of 1668 Sixty-sixth street.
Pleads Not Guilty
Before Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court yesterday appeared John
RICCIARDI, 40, of 133-28 220th street, Springfield, Queens, on a charge of
failing to supply sufficient heat and hot water in the apartment of a tenant,
Aaron WEISS, law student, who lives at 1724 West Fifth street. RICCIARDI
pleaded not guilty and was paroled for further hearing on Friday.
18 March 1931
DIVORCED WIFE CHARGES REAL ESTATE FRAUD
Former Bay Ridge Man Held in $51,000 Bail for Grand Larceny
With his divorced first wife listed by police as a complainant against him,
Frank E. PIRONE, 42, whose last known address here was 138 Seventy-third
street, is being held in $51,000 bail today on grand larceny charges
resulting from his conduct of a real estate business at 589 Fourth avenue.
PIRONE was arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in Fifth avenue court and
held in $50,000 bail on the complaint of Mrs. Mary TUTONETTI, of 1052
Sixty-second street, and in $1,000 bail on the complaint of Carol DERISO, of
208 Union avenue, for hearings next Tuesday.
More than twenty men and women were in court, including Mrs. Margaret PIRONE,
a school teacher, of 4133 Gleane street, Elmhurst, his first wife, when
PIRONE was arraigned. According to police PIRONE cheated his clients of
$200,000 before he disappeared last June. This total includes $75,000 taken
from his first wife, it is alleged, and $5,000 from an aunt, Mrs. Jenny
PIRONE, of 466 central avenue.
Lieut. Elmer JOSEPHS and Detective Harry FOX, of the Fifth avenue station,
arrested PIRONE in a garage at West Farms road and Boone avenue, Bronx, said
to be owned by his brother-in-law, John MCKENNA, of 336 Seventy-sixth street,
a letter carrier.
In her complaint Mrs. TUTONETTI alleges that she was swindled out of $5,000
which she gave PIRONE in small sums during 1929 and 1930 to pay off the
mortgage on her home. DERISO charged PIRONE with appropriating to his own use
$200 he gave him with which to pay his insurance.
Among PIRONE'S other victims, according to police, was Leopoldo RAPPACCIULO,
60 of 535 Flushing avenue, whose life savings, $20,000, was given to the real
estate man to invest. Others were Fred RAFF, of 348 Eighty-sixth street, who
for $9,000 was given title to a piece of land on Laurel Hill road, Long
Island City, later discovered to be part of Calvary Cemetery, and Francesco
MARESCO, of 918 Seventy-fifth street, who "invested" $9,000 also, according
to police. PIRONE'S second wife lives at 7216 Colonial road, police declared.
They have two children.
JUDGE LENIENT TO MRS. JACOBS
She was born in Ireland and lives at 1274 Greene avenue. When therefore, Mrs.
Mary JACOBS, 54, appeared before Magistrate Jacob EILPERIN in Fifth avenue
court yesterday, St. Patrick's Day on a charge of public intoxication, she
was dealt with lightly although it was the twenty-third time she had been
arrested on the same charge.
"If I suspend sentence," Magistrate EILPERIN asked after the woman pleaded
guilty, "will you do homage to St. Patrick in some other way, so that you
won't come before me tomorrow morning?" The woman agreed.
TWO SENTENCED FOR BAD MONEY
Joseph NATODANO and Joseph GIELLO pleaded guilty before Federal Judge Grove
m. MOSCOWITZ yesterday to a charge that they had made and circulated $10
counterfeit bills. At the same time, a jury before Judge MOSCOWITZ acquitted
Anthony RICCIO, of 321 Ninth street, of a charge of perjury in connection
with the same case.
NATODANO was sentenced immediately to five years and GIELLO to one year at
the Federal Penitentiary at Atlanta. RICCIO had been charged with recanting
his previous identification of NATODANO and GIELLO as the two men who gave
him a counterfeit bill in payment for gasoline while he was working as an
attendant at a gasoline station.
GIRL'S ATTACKER CALLED MENACE
Leo FALLERT, 35, of 1537 Erickson street, East Elmhurst, was declared a
"menace to the community" by Justices DIRENZO, CALDWELL and FRESCHI in Queens
Special Sessions, and then sentenced him to the New York County Penitentiary
for an indeterminate period.
Victoria FRANCOIS, of 94-26 Thirty-fourth road, Jackson heights, said that on
Aug. 9 the prisoner stepped from in back of some bushes and grabbed her by
the throat. The attacker ran away when she began to scream but was caught a
block away by a policeman.
FALLERT testified he drank about three pints of whiskey and "might have
choked the woman".
DENY REVOLVER CHARGE
Six men arraigned before Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza court yesterday on
a charge of possessing revolvers, denied the charge. The prisoners described
themselves as Paul RUSSO, 19, of 252 Hopkins street; Philip MESSINA, 25, of
245 Ellery street; Vito ALBANESE, 25, of 43 Delmonico place; Joseph AMELLO,
25 of 225 Bushwick avenue; Peter MALINO, 25 of 245 Ellery street, and Anthony
CARLINO, 20 of 318 Throop avenue. All but RUSSO were held in $1,000 bail for
tomorrow. No bail was fixed on RUSSO.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Miss Francis GORNEY, 22, of 92 Sanford street, was held in $500 bail,
yesterday, by magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza court for the Court of
Special Sessions on a charge of petit larceny.
Mrs. Tessie GINKUS, of 259 Graham avenue, sister-in-law of Miss GORNEY,
charged that on Washington's Birthday, during her absence, the girl came to
her home, forced open a door leading to a kitchen closet and stole $25 from a
Lawrence B. BERNSTEIN, 29 of 280 Bridge street, who allegedly forged the name
"James BURTON" to a check for $30, given to John T. KNUDSEN, of 1063
Seventy-seventh street, was held without bail for the Grand Jury after he
waived examination before Magistrate ELLPERIN in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. A drug charge against him was dismissed.
SLAIN DRUGGIST BURIED AS WIFE IS SENT TO JAIL
Mrs. DILLER, Protesting Innocence, Held for Examination Friday
Over protests of her attorney, Mrs. Mamie DILLER, 34, was held without bail
today, by magistrate DALE in homicide court for the murder of her husband,
found beaten to death in their home at 580 Empire boulevard Monday. And while
Mrs. DILLER was being taken to Raymond street jail funeral services were
being held for her husband.
Abraham KESSELMAN, Mrs. DILLER's attorney, demanded an immediate examination
on the ground that Mrs. DILLER has been in police custody for forty-eight
hours and was entitled by law to a hearing. Assistant District Attorney John
P. ENO, however, said his office was not prepared for the examination.
Magistrate DALE ruled that the law provided for forty-eight hours after a
prisoner was arraigned and set the examination for Friday.
Mrs. DILLER was held on a short affidavit by Detective John MURRAY of Empire
Boulevard station. She wore a dark veil, a seal coat, new black shoes and
carried a black handkerchief.
Funeral services for the slain man were held this afternoon at the Morris
funeral chapel at Thatford and Sutter avenues.
Another diary is playing a prominent part in the murder mystery, but instead
of containing sordid, complicate notations on scores of love rackets as the
Vivian GORDON diary does, the new diary, written in a childish hand, simply
details the high spots in the life of Martin DILLER, nine-year-old son of the Dillers.
The last paragraph of the boy's diary, it was revealed by police today, may
have an important bearing on the murder. It reads:
"One day I heard my mother quarreling with my father. I did not know what was
the matter. As soon as the fight was over my father went to work and I asked
my mother what was the matter. She said I should swear to tell no one."
The hammer which apparently was used to beat DILLER to death while he was
sleeping, was found beneath Mrs. DILLERS bed. After a microscopic
examination, it was announced that the hammer had been washed thoroughly but
specks of blood remained between the claws.
It also was learned from the elevator boy in the DILLER apartment building at
580 Empire boulevard that Mrs. DILLER did not leave her apartment until 9:40
A.M. Monday, the morning of the murder. Mrs. DILLER told police that she left
home shortly after 8:30 to visit her sister.
19 March 1931
HAMMER MURDER MYSTERY CLUES TURN FROM WIDOW TO THIRD WOMAN IN CASE
Mrs. DILLER Reveals Another Love Affair of Victim
A mysterious Madam X, the third woman to enter the hammer murder of Hyman
DILLER, was being sought by police today after she was named by Mrs. DILLER
as one of the victim's former loves.
At the same time that Mrs. DILLER, who is being held in Raymond street jail
charged with her husband's murder, named the mystery woman, police announced
they believe two person attacked DILLER Monday morning and beat him to death
as he lay in his bed.
Digging deeper into DILLER's past, investigators announced the slain druggist
had many loves with the mysterious Madame X figuring most prominently among
them. His admitted sweetheart, Miss Hannah BERDSHON, 32, 209 Hawthorne
street, openly accused Mrs. DILLER of the murder as soon as the two women
faced each other in the police station Monday night. Miss BERSHON told police
that Mrs. DILLER had threatened to kill both her and DILLER.
With the latest developments in the mystery, police said today they are less
inclined to believe Mrs. DILLER killed her husband in spite of the mass of
damaging circumstantial evidence against her.
They pointed out that the hammer with which DILLER was beaten to death was
found under Mrs. DILLER's bed and expressed the belief that it might have
been put there by the slayer to help turn suspicion toward Mrs. DILLER. Had
Mrs. DILLER used the hammer, they said, she hardly would have placed it under
her own bed.
Working on that theory, investigators announced they have uncovered some
clues which lead them to believe that two persons entered DILLER's bedroom at
508 Empire boulevard and attacked him while he was sleeping. it was pointed
out that DILLER was a powerful man, weighing 225 pounds, and evidence of a
terrific struggle was found in the room.
Her face heavily veiled and weeping hysterically, Mrs. DILLER attended
funeral services for her husband yesterday afternoon after her lawyer,
Abraham KESSELMAN, obtained an order releasing her from jail for the services.
Mrs. DILLER will be arraigned before Magistrate DALE in Homicide Court
tomorrow. KESSELMAN was unsuccessful yesterday in his attempt to have her
examined as soon as she was arraigned.
WOODSIDE MAN LOSES 3 WIVES IN TEN YEARS
Two annulments followed by Divorce in Queens Supreme Court
Lester William WARDEN has had three wives during the past ten ears, two of
whom have had their marriages to him annulled and the third is now free
through a divorce.
Ruth STUMPF WARDEN, wife No. 3, who lives at 1917 Twenty-second drive,
Astoria, today was notified that Justice Edward J. BYRNE, of Queens Supreme
Court, had signed a decree of annulment, based on testimony which revealed
the three weddings.
Mrs. WARDEN 3rd told Justice BYRNE that in 1921 Lester married Elsie VAN AKEN
of Woodside. Lester wasn't satisfied with one wife, Mrs. WARDEN (3rd)
claimed, so he went to Connecticut and married Ruth GRIFFITH.
Having two wives is too much trouble, Mrs. WARDEN 3rd declared when
questioned by her attorney, Henry ALBERT of Long Island City. Someone
evidently talked, because WARDEN, in December, 1924, discovered that Elsie
had divorced him on the grounds that he was married to the Connecticut woman.
Going to his second wife in Connecticut, Lester learned he was not wanted
there. When he argued against Ruth's cold reception, the pretty blonde showed
a decree of annulment, given her after she had told a Connecticut judge he
was still married to the New York woman.
Six years later, Attorney Albert told Justice BYRNE, WARDEN violated the
State laws by marrying a third time without the court's consent. Mrs. WARDEN
3rd testified to this marriage as of June 1, 1930. The couple only lived
together three months when, Mrs. WARDEN testified, she learned of the two
prior marriages and of the annulment and divorce.
WARDEN, who lives somewhere in Woodside, didn't defend the action brought
against him by any of the wives.
LOSES DIVORCE SUIT AFTER RAID
Although he claimed the entire evidence against him was a "frame-up", Andrew
WARMUTH, a blower of glass for Neon signs, as lost the decision, in an action
for divorce brought against him by his wife, Gertrude C. WARMUTH. A temporary
decree of divorce granted her with $20 a week alimony, is to become final in
Mrs. WARMUTH testified before Justice Mitchell MAY in the Supreme court,
Jamaica, that seven months after her marriage she learned from a private
detective that the glass blower had taken a young woman to a Brooklyn theatre
and then to a Quincy street furnished room. A number of friends of Mrs.
WARMUTH accompanied her to the Brooklyn address and claimed that they found
WARMUTH adjusting his collar and tie and the woman wearing boudoir slippers.
WARMUTH told of going from his home at 85-60 Eightieth street, Woodhaven, to
Brooklyn, where he met the unnamed corespondent on a street corner. He
admitted taking her to the show and then to her room.
"Helen TRAVIS was the name she gave me." WARMUTH testified. "After coming
home from the theatre I left her in the hallway of her home. I escorted her
to her room only after she pleaded with me to take her there. She said the
place was creepy and that she was afraid."
WARMUTH said that Miss TRAVIS was in the room "to ensnare me in the divorce
trap." It was only a few minutes after they had gone to her room, he said,
when the raiders knocked on the door. He denied that he was fixing his collar
and tie when his wife and friends entered the room.
"The husband's testimony shows that he had an inclination to meet women and
further that he did." Justice MAY said in granting Mrs. WARMUTH the divorce.
LIFE IN PRISON KEHOE'S FATE AS MURDERER
Chicago Gangster Convicted of Killing in Speakeasy
Roger KEHOE, alias Michael O'DONNELL, the Chicago gangster, may now spend the
rest of his life behind prison walls in New York State, following his
conviction by a jury before County Judge CONWAY on a charge of murder in the
second degree. KEHOE, who was prosecuted by Assistant district Attorney
William W. KLEINMAN, will remain in Raymond street jail until next Monday,
when he will be sentenced by Judge CONWAY. He is now subject to a maximum
term of life imprisonment.
Only through a hard and skilled legal battle on the part of his attorneys,
Edward J. REILLY and John H. MCCOOEY, Jr., was KEHOE saved from the verdict
that would have meant death in the electric chair, at Sing Sing.
District Attorney GEOGHAN and Assistant District Attorney KLEINMAN had built
up a very strong case against the Chicago gangster. The only weakness in the
case was in its setting, for the murder had been committed in a "speakeasy"
at 99 Nassau street. It was by "playing up the atmosphere" of the speakeasy
that his lawyers were able to save their client from the chair.
On April 1, 1929, KEHOE shot and killed Stanislaus SYDKOWSKI. It was charged
that KEHOE had made disparaging remarks about the police which SYDKOWSKI
resented. This led to an argument, during which KEHOE left the place, later
returned with a revolver and shot SYDKOWSKI. KEHOE's defense was that he had
shot only after he had been set upon by those in the "speakeasy" who charged
him with being a cop seeking to get evidence.
KEHOE was convicted as a guntoter in Chicago. He had been in Brooklyn only
four months when he committed the murder.
FOUR INDICTED BY QUEENS JURY
Indictments were handed up today by the Queens County Grand Jury against four
men on charges of grand larceny and felonious assault. All four were bailed
out and will be arraigned in Queens County court tomorrow morning.
The indicted men are
Frank ANSELMO, 28, of 774 hart street;
Paul NAVARO, 70;
Joseph NAVARO, his son 20;
Peter NAVARO, a nephew, 26, all of 24-29 Ninety-fifth street, East Elmhurst.
They are charged with forcing Anthony IMBERGAMO, who conducts a dry goods
store at 98-05 Astoria boulevard, East Elmhurst, to sign a note for $700,
threatening him with a gun, on Jan. 5. Later, it is charged they took over
IMBERGAMO'S store, kept him and his wife a prisoner in the rear, and
appropriated the proceeds of the business until arrested on Feb. 18. Their
defense is that the note was a good one and that they had merely followed
PAROLED FOR SENTENCE
John CAPASSO, 38, of 274 Prospect avenue, who admitted he struck his wife,
Dorothy, with a shoe, was paroled for sentence next Wednesday after he was
arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in Fifth avenue court yesterday.
CAPASSO, who is a stationary engineer, agreed to stay away from his wife.
Henry MCGIVNEY, 27, of 548 Fifty-eighth street, former policeman was charged
with disorderly conduct in fifth avenue court, was found not guilty by
Magistrate EILPERIN yesterday. Patrolman William NEVIN, of Fourth avenue
station, charged MCGIVNEY with kicking an empty can in the streets early
March 7 and with having said, "You're only a rookie; you can't arrest me."
MCGIVNEY in denying the charge stated he is seeking reinstatement to the
HELD FOR GRAND JURY
Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court yesterday held Santa MANINO, 37, of
198 Arnold court, in $1,000 bail for the action of the Grand Jury on a charge
of grand larceny. MANINO was arrested by Detective James W. HIBBARD, of the
Sheepshead Bay station, on complaint of Frank COHEN, of 1430 Ocean parkway.
COHEN stated that his automobile was stolen from in front of his home last
September and was found in the possession of MANINO, who denied he had stolen
the car but admitted taking it to finish some repair work that he was engaged
by COHEN to do.
BOY DENIES GUILT
When he pleaded not guilty in the coney Island court yesterday to a charge of
burglary. Anthony SAURO, 16, of 2979 Coney Island avenue, was held by
Magistrate HUGHES in $1,500 bail for further examination tomorrow. The
complaint was made by Mrs. Anna WEISBROT, who alleged SAURO removed a radio
and tricycle from her home. Patrolman Abraham CORN, of the Coney Island
station, made the arrest at Coney Island and Banner avenues.
DOCTOR WAIVES CUSTODY OF HIS TWO CHILDREN
Wife Testifies to Beatings and of His Threats to Destroy Family.
Dr. Emil F. KOCH, of 936 Bushwick avenue, pathologist, connected with
Greenpoint, Bushwick and Mary Immaculate hospitals, today consented to permit
his wife, Marguerita A. KOCH, to have custody of their two children, Audrey
4, and Robert 2, pending trial of Mrs. KOCH'S suit for separation.
The doctor was given permission by Supreme Court Justice RIEGELMANN to visit
the children at reasonable times. The question of custody was to have been
argued before Justice RIEGELMANN today, but the couple reached an amicable
agreement before the case was called.
Mrs. KOCH charged that on March 11, when she was packing to leave Dr. KOCH,
he took the two children to the home of his parents at 934 BUSHWICK avenue,
next door and has kept them there since.
In her complaint in the separation action, Mrs. KOCH charges extreme cruelty,
saying that the doctor frequently kicked her and once blackened her eyes. On
one occasion, he said, according to Mrs. KOCH: "I have seven plans, any one
of which would enable me to dispose of you and the family, leaving no trace,
and no suspicion could be directed against me."
20 March 1931
Charged with intoxication, James KILEY, 55 years old, of 312 Grand street,
was before Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza court on Saturday. He was given
a suspended sentence.
HELD FOR HEARING
Jack CARNEY, 37, who said he is homeless, was arraigned before Magistrate
STEERS Saturday in Bridge Plaza court on a charge of vagrancy. He pleaded not
guilty and was held in $200 bail for examination tomorrow.
HELD IN BAIL
Robert DE GUISEPPE, 24, of 1134 Fortieth street, was held in $500 bail for a
hearing in Homicide Court tomorrow as a result of an automobile accident at
Thirty-ninth street and Fort Hamilton parkway in which two men were hurt. DE
GUISEPPE was arraigned in Fifth avenue court before Magistrate DALE on a
third degree assault complaint by William E. SANTRY, of 244 Sumpter street,
whose hand and wrist were injured in the collision.
Alderman Walter FARRAR will on Thursday, snap in the switch to put traffic
lights in operation on Manhattan avenue, between Driggs avenue and Ash
street. Joseph JACOBSON, formerly head of the Greenpoint Merchants'
Association has charge of the programme.
GLENDALE WIFE DATES DISCORD TO HONEYMOON
Bases Suit on Beatings Started Two Days after Wedding.
Supreme Court Justice Mitchell MAY in a few days is expected to give a
decision as to whether Mrs. Caroline HILDEBRAND, of Glendale, is entitled to
a separation from her husband, Joseph G. HILDEBRAND, constructing company
superintendent, and also alimony and the custody of their child, Gloria
HILDEBRAND, two years old.
While Mrs. HILDEBRAND claimed that her husband mistreated her two days after
their wedding and many time after that, the superintendent said that his wife
suffered "fits of hysteria," during which period pots, pans and other
implements of household wars were thrown around the rooms and at him.
"During one of the quarrels with my husband he attacked me and blackened my
right eye," Mrs. HILDEBRAND testified. The superintendent had a number of
doctors who testified that they treated Mrs. HILDEBRAND for hysteria but
found no bruises on her body. Mrs. HILDEBRAND and her child left the
superintendent's home at 193-20 Hollis avenue, Hollis, the wife claimed,
after one of the alleged assaults.
M. Bernard BROUNSTEIN, attorney for Mrs. HILDEBRAND, claimed that the
superintendent's earnings were nearly $50,000 a year. The defendant's
counsel, Judge William RASQUIN, Jr., contended it was only $10,000.
While Mrs. Barbara MOTZ continues to live in the same house as her husband,
William MOTZ, a city plumber, at 87-09 104th street, Richmond Hill, Justice
MAY ruled yesterday she is not entitled to alimony. Justice MAY, however,
awarded her $200 counsel fee pending trial of her action for separation, and
also gave her permission to draw from a joint account with her husband, $500
for her personal benefit.
Mrs. MOTZ started the action for separation claiming that her husband on Jan.
23 at the Richmond Hill address was abusive and used vile language and also
knocked out one of her teeth. MOTZ entered a general denial of the charges,
adding that his wife is at present living with him. He claims that he has
properly supported both his wife and father-in-law.
INCREASES BAIL OF THIEF SUSPECT
Magistrate HUGHES raised the bail of Anthony MELOSCI, 16, of 1412 Neck road,
arrested on a charge of felonious assault March 12, from $1,000 to $5,000
when the boy appeared with his attorney in Coney Island court today to ask
for another adjournment until April 2.
The adjournment was granted, and the bail was raised at the request of Louis
JOSEPH, an assistant district attorney.
MELOSCI, it was alleged struck Daniel REYNOLDS, son of John J. REYNOLDS,
custodian of P. S. 206, Neck road and East Twenty-second street, when
Reynolds ordered MELOSCI and four other boys to get out of the school one
afternoon immediately after the reported loss of a purse containing earrings
valued at $1,000. According to the complainant, MELOSCI and his four friends
had returned because of the lost purse, and not because of school work.
COURT CONVINCES DISOBEDIENT SON
Solomon KORNBLUTH, 19, of 1962 Sixtieth street, haled into Coney Island court
before Magistrate HUGHES today, left court feeling a lot happier, and more
firmly entrenched in the belief that all bad luck is only comparative. His
appearance was the result of a complaint filed by his mother, Mrs. Annie
KORNBLUTH, who asserted her son struck her several times, was disobedient,
and sulked around the house because he couldn't go to college.
Magistrate HUGHES told him of his struggles to get an education from the age
of ten to the present day when he holds three college degrees. Solomon was
finally convinced that a night school education would serve the same end as a
college degree, and left feeling that perhaps the magistrate was right and to
put on his rose-colored glasses in the future.
MURDER CONFESSION STIRS COURT IN LITIGATION CASE
Caretaker Enters to Announce He Just killed Employer
A caretaker who walked calmly into an assembly of lawyers in the Bar
Association Building at 42 West Forty-fourth street, Manhattan, and announced
that his wealthy employer, for whom they were waiting to begin arbitration
proceedings over some property, would not be in "because I've just killed
him," was to be arraigned today on a charge of homicide.
He is Mario MORAMARCO, 40. Former Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. PROSKAUER
and several lawyers were waiting in a hearing room for the arrival of
Cornelius KAHLEN; elderly real estate owner, in order to begin the
proceedings. Mrs. KAHLEN was already there.
Suddenly the door opened and MORAMARCO strode in, holding in his hand a screw
driver which had been filed to a sharp point.
"I have a confession to make", he said. "Cornelius KAHLEN won't be down. I've
just killed him." He tossed the screw driver on the table.
Police were called and arrested him. After questioning him they said he had
made a complete confession. KAHLEN was found dead in the bathroom of his
apartment on Amsterdam avenue. He had apparently been surprised while
shaving, and stabbed to death.
AMORAMARCO, who contended that his interest in Mrs. KAHLEN was "purely
sympathetic," said he had worried over what might happen to her if the suit
were settled, against her. He decided the only way out was to kill KAHLEN,
thus leaving Mrs. KAHLEN financially independent.
Police said KAHLEN had made a fortune as a paper stock importer in Berlin
before coming to the United States. He had dealt in real estate here and
became more prosperous.
HELD IN $300 BAIL
Pleading not guilty to possessing policy slips, when arraigned yesterday in
the Bridge Plaza Court, Frank DOTO, 49, of 704 Park avenue, was held in $300
bail by Magistrate RUDICH for a hearing on March 28.
CASE SENT TO JURY
Following a hearing in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday, Herman WEISS, 51 of 220
Ross street, was found guilty of a charge of felonious assault. Magistrate
RUDICH held him in $1,000 bail to await the action of the Grand Jury.
Charged with assault, John SCANLON, 27, and his wife Annette, 26, of 2739
Ford street, Sheepshead Bay, were each held by Magistrate HUGHES in coney
Island court yesterday in $100 bail for the Court of Special Sessions. The
complaint was made by SCANLON's sister, Mrs. Elizabeth KEENAN, of the same
address, who alleged that the two struck her during a quarrel about money
matters. They denied the assault and stated that they merely pushed the
complainant out of their rooms.
In Coney Island court yesterday Salvatore SANTUCCI, 45, of 2501 Hubbard
street, faced Magistrate HUGHES on complaint of his tenant, Albert ELIA, of
the same address, who alleged that the defendant failed to supply sufficient
heat in his apartment. SANTUCCI denied the charge and was paroled for further
hearing on March 25.
Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island court yesterday imposed a fine of $3 upon
Barnet FADER, of 338 Avenue P, who was accused by Patrolman Charles SUCKOW,
of the Bath Beach station, with violation of the city ordinances. The
policeman alleged FADER obstructed the sidewalk in front of fruit store at
378 Avenue P by placing a stand within the stoop line.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Daniel SANCILO, 28, was arraigned before Magistrate HUGHES in Coney Island
court yesterday on a charge of having a penny slot machine for operation in
his candy store at 1906 West Fifth street. He pleaded not guilty and was
paroled for further hearing on March 27.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Accused of issuing a worthless check, Joseph COHEN 33, a druggist at 501
Avenue U, appeared in Coney Island court yesterday in answer to a summons
served upon him by Charles R. LORBER, of 6 May street. LORBER, a chauffeur,
alleged COHEN tendered him a check for $28.62 in payment of a bill of goods.
The check was returned from bank on which it was issued marked "account
closed." COHEN pleaded not guilty and was paroled by Magistrate HUGHES for
further hearing on April 3.
SENT TO WORKHOUSE
Magistrate RUDICH in Bridge Plaza Court yesterday sent Frederick STAMPF, 38,
of 209 Kingsland avenue, to the workhouse for thirty days. STAMPF was
arrested on a charge of assault by Patrolman Otto RENZ, of the Herbert street
station, early Monday morning for punching and kicking Mrs. Catherine STAMPF,
the man's wife.
DIVORCES NO BARRIER
Young Couple in Justice MAY'S Court Wed, Nevertheless
Supreme Court Justice Mitchell MAY, who is daily listening to marital
troubles in Special Term, Jamaica, is seriously thinking of asking the State
to provide a special room where person who come to him to be married, may
bill and coo instead of being forced to wait in his court room and hear
husbands and wives battle for divorces and separations.
Frank CORTESE, 21, and his school day sweetheart, Marie R. AZZARO, 19, about
4 o'clock yesterday afternoon came to the Jamaica tribunal and inquired of
court attendants if Justice MAY would marry them. At that particular time
Justice MAY was concentrating on evidence which was being given in a divorce action.
:Sorry, we can't help you right away," a court attendant told CORTESE. "The
judge is very busy listening to a wife who wants to get rid of her husband."
Frank and Marie talked about going away, but then decided they could 'peek
into the court, anyway.' HOT STUFF
There must be some hypnotic power in Justice MAY'S court room because once
inside the tribunal Frank and Marie decided that they could "stay just a
minute longer." The "minute", however, lasted longer than they expected.
"Hot stuff, eh, keed?" Frank at one stage of the divorce trial said to his companion.
"Don't you think we had better go?" inquired Marie. "We are in the wrong
place. There is no happiness here."
Frank, however, said he was getting a "big kick out of the testimony," and
placing his arm around her waist, said he would protect her against any harm.
"DON'T COME BACK"
Both Frank and Marie listened to the proceeding until the end, and, when
Justice MAY went through the formality of divorcing the husband and wife,
shook their hands as though they agreed with his decision. Justice MAY left
the bench and went to his chambers to perform the wedding ceremony.
"I just ended one marriage and now have the pleasure of starting another,
which I am sure will be a happy one." Justice MAY told the couple after
pronouncing them man and wife. Frank gave his address as 177 Miller avenue,
Jamaica, and the bride said she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
AZZARO, of 114-45 142d street, South Ozone Park. Two friends, Arthur CONKLIN
and Gustave SERVATKER, were witnesses.
"Don't come back here again" ordered John D. PEACE, chief clerk of the court,
and his deputy, James W. WINTERS, for they know the tribunal is no place for
a happy couple.
WITNESS IN 3X MURDER DIVORCED.
The marital bonds that joined Elizabeth RING LAUSTEEN and Vincent J.
LAUSTEEN, 22 year old advertising solicitor, have been severed by Justice
Mitchell MAY in the Special Term of the Queens Supreme Court, with the
signing of a final decree of divorce.
LAUSTEEN, on Dec., 2, brought the action before Justice Burt Jay HUMPHREY,
claiming that his young wife was in a wooded section in Creedmore with Noel
SOWLEY on June 16, the night SOWLEY was murdered by the elusive 3-X.
LAUSTEEN testified that while her actions with SOWLEY were not known by him,
he was sure that the pretty brunette was not in a parked car with SOWLEY,
talking about the weather. Justice HUMPHREY signed the interlocutory decree
of divorce, when Mrs. LAUSTEEN didn't appear in court to defend the case.
Throughout the investigation of the murder, Mrs. LAUSTEEN was referred to as
Betty RING, daughter of a policeman. Young LAUSTEEN gave his address as 93-10
206th street, Queens Village.
ONCE FRIENDS, NO ENEMIES
The best of friends several months ago, two newspaper editors, Bert HELLER,
of 248 Hewes street, and Rabbi Louis D. GROSS, 564 Atlantic avenue, also an
editor, are bitter enemies today.
Their grievances have brought them into court. HELLER, styled as editor of
the Williamsburg News, is charged with forgery by Rabbi GROSS, editor of the
The trouble started, so far as the testimony disclosed, over the assignment
of an automobile belonging to Gross to meet a financial obligation to the
Newspaper Trade Press, Inc., of 808 Driggs avenue, where the office of the
Williamsberg News is located.
The forgery charge is based on the allegation that the papers involved in the
transaction are made to appear that the assignment was made on Sept. 20
instead of Sept 21, and, it is charged, they are signed by HELLER.
In testimony that was offered much bitterness was displayed by both sides.
Because of the many witnesses to be heard, Magistrate RUDICH, after listening
to testimony for nearly two hours, put over further testimony until today.
23 March 1931
DADDY' BROWNING TRIAL DELAYED
Trial of the $500,000 damage suit brought against Edward "Daddy" BROWNING by
Mrs. Henry TVRDY, who, as Mary SPAS, was almost adopted by the eccentric
millionaire, was adjourned today until May 4 at the request of counsel for
The attorney said the principal defense witness, Daniel NOBLE, Queens
Surrogate at the time of the adoption proceedings in 1925, was in Florida on
vacation and could not appear. The one time Cinderella girl is suing
BROWNING for money based on alleged misconduct during the summer of 1925.
Technical objections finally resulted in the abandonment of the adoption
BROWNING has entered a general denial of the charges. The action was filed
about two years ago, but due to congested court conditions, did not reach the
trial calendar until last week.
ELOPE SEEKS 'KIDNAPPED' WIFE
Stanley BARON, of 1611 Union street, today applied to Supreme Court Justice
RIEGELMANN for a writ of habeas corpus directed against Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
SCHWARTZ, of 686 Empire boulevard, parents of his wife, Bessie, 18 years old.
In his complaint BARON sets forth that he and Bessie eloped on March 12, to
Suffern, N. y., where they were married by a Justice of the Peace. Five days
later, Baron charges, his wife's parents went to the office at 313 Broadway,
Manhattan, where she was employed and forcibly took her away.
He says he believes her parents plan to take his wife out of the State and
beyond the jurisdiction of the New York courts. Justice RIEGELMANN issued the
writ returnable tomorrow.
WIFE CALLED 'CORRESPONDENT', DIVORCE CASE IS REOPENED
Husband Resents Misconduct Charge Made in Suit
Supreme Court Justice RIEGELMANN today granted a motion to reopen the default
under which Mrs. Jean PARNESS, of 2154 Sixty-ninth street, was granted a
divorce from her husband Samuel E. PARNESS, on August 3, 1929.
Mrs. PARNESS obtained her divorce on conventional divorce testimony to the
effect that her witnesses had found PARNESS, the husband, in a Manhattan
hotel with an unidentified woman. PARNESS entered no appearance.
Recently PARNESS appeared before Justice RIEGELMANN and stated that the
divorce evidence branded him as guilty of conduct of which he was not guilty.
He declared that he was with a woman in the hotel on the night in question -
Jan. 18, 1929, but declared that the woman was none other than Mrs. PARNESS,
his wife. he said that his wife had been "pestering him for a divorce and
that on the night of Jan. 18, 1929, he invited her to go to dinner with him
and later to the hotel."
PARNESS stated, in his petition for a rehearing, that he did not know of the
divorce action against him until some time after the decree of divorce had
been granted to his wife.
Justice RIEGELMANN set no date for retrial of the case but said that
eventually he would inquire into the whole affair.
GRAND JURORS INDICT SLEUTHS FOR FRAMEUP
Charges Grow Out of Story Women Told of Stripping, Beating
William LEWIS and Edgar P. MCFARLAND, two Vice Squad patrolmen from the First
Division who are charged with having stripped and beaten two innocent women
before "framing" them on prostitution charges last September, were indicted
by the Grand Jury today.
The two men also were to go on trial this afternoon in the Police Department
before Fourth Deputy Commissioner Nelson RUTTENBERG.
the indictment against LEWIS charges second degree assault and attempted
criminal assault. MC FARLAND was charged with aiding and abetting the crimes.
The men were supposed to have attacked Mrs. Genevieve POTOCKI, who worked as
a scrubwoman to support her two children and a sick husband, and Ms. Mary
BARRY, a visitor at Mrs. POTOCKI's home on Cedar street, Manhattan.
These were new developments as both inquiries over which Samuel SEABURY is
presiding continued private hearings today.
William FELLOWS MORGAN, president of the Middle Atlantic Fish Dealer's
Association, was the chief witness to appear before Mr. SEABURY and his
counsel, John Kirkland CLARK in their investigation of District Attorney CRAIN.
MORGAN was a witness before the Grand Jury when Mr. CRAIN was conducting his
investigation into various rackets in the city. He is understood to have
repeated what he told the Grand Jury about racketeers preying on fish dealers.
Investigators in the magistrates' court inquiry over which Mrs. SEABURY also
presides were finishing up their questioning of some 1,200 witnesses
concerning practices in the Harlem court. The conduct of this court, it is
expected, will be taken up at the first open hearing either tomorrow or Wednesday.
Meanwhile Samuel UNTERMYER, counsel for Mr. CRAIN, renewed his petition to
Gov. ROOSEVELT to limit the scope of the investigation to specific charges
against the District Attorney made by the City Club and asked for a copy of
specifications against Mr. CRAIN.
He asserted the petition of the City Club was "vague" and "a dragnet" which
would "open up for investigation every transaction and the entire machinery
of the District Attorney's office."
He also charged that newspapers were being given accounts of the testimony
adduced against Mr. CRAIN at the private hearings while the District Attorney
was barred and not allowed to have counsel present or to purchase copies of
It was also learned that Gov. ROOSEVELT is planning a bill in the legislature
which would extend the powers of the Appellate Division's investigation of
magistrates' courts to include inquiry into General Sessions, City Courts,
County courts and inferior courts.
While a constitutional amendment is necessary to give the Appellate Division
power to remove judges in these courts, the bill would suffice for an inquiry
and information obtained could be turned over to the legislature for action.
WENDEL ESTATE IS SCATTERED IN CHARITY GIFTS
Last Surviving member Distributes $100,000,000 to organizations
The maxim, "Buy but never sell New York real estate," on which the vast
WENDEL fortune was built, is to be violated for the first time now that the
last of the family has died and the gloomy, red mansion on fifth avenue,
Manhattan, is vacant.
The will of Miss Ella E. Von E. WENDEL, the eighty year old spinster who held
out to the last against the rush and clamor of an age she did not understand,
was field for probate today. It provided that the Wendel fortune - estimated
at $100,000,000 - shall be scattered among charitable organizations, and that
the family's extensive real estate holdings here shall be liquidated to
facilitate the distribution.
HOUSE TO BE MEMORIAL
The barred red house, an oasis of quiet in the din of New York traffic, at
the corner of Fifth avenue and Thirty-ninth street, becomes a memorial to the
late John G. WENDEL and passes into the possession of New York and
Massachusetts societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It reveals
there was a genuine affection between her and her servants who assisted her
in preserving the atmosphere of a dead age in the red mansion, for all of
them are left money.
Miss WENDEL'S enthusiasm for animals was reflected in the line of poodles she
kept, acquiring new ones as the old ones, died and calling all of them Tobey.
METHODISTS GET BEQUESTS
The Methodist Episcopal Church benefits under the will, and there is a
bequest for a mission in Nanking, China.
The blind and the crippled also will receive aid from the wealth that
accumulated magically as the mushroom expansion of New York City sent real
estate values soaring.
After the specific gifts mentioned in the will are disposed of the residuary
estate will be divided into 200 equal shares for distribution to charitable
There are four claimants-three in Indiana and one in Rhode Island-to share in
the estate, all asserting relationship to the family. They have announced
they are prepared to begin legal action for their shares, but attorneys for
the estate indicate doubt that the claims can be maintained.
Distribution of the 200 shares of the residuary estate, which includes all
the real and personal property not otherwise disposed of, is as follows:
Presbyterian Hospital, New York, two share; American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, five shares; New York Homepathic Medical
College and Flower Hospital, exclusively for the Flower Hospital, thirty-five
The Northfield School, East Northfield Mass., three shares.
Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, N. J., thirty-five shares; St.
Christopher Home for Children, Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., thirty-five shares.
New York Society for the Relief of Ruptured and Cripples, thirty-five shares;
Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the Nanking
Theological Seminary, Nanking, China, thirty-five shares.
SOME OF THE GIFTS
The more prominent gifts include:
Adeleine MARTIN, Irvington, N. Y., $10,000; Dobbs Ferry Hospital Association,
Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., $10,000; trustees of Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y.,
$10,000; Anna HUSTON, Irvington, N. Y., lot of land at Irvington, N. Y.; Dr.
Samuel K. JohnSON, property 561-563 Third avenue, New York; William
LOPEZ-DIAZ, property 573 Third avenue and 567 Third avenue, for life,
remainder to his daughter, Alice; George Stanley SHIRK, property 175
Broadway; Charles G. KOSS, property 1633-1639 (some of this article is cut off)
...will are Charles G. KOSS, George Stanley SHIRK and Isabel G. KOSS.
A statement issued by George Flint WARREN, Jr., as attorney for executors,
said, "Since the sisters of Miss Ella V. Von E., WENDELL (Georgiana G. R.
WENDEL and Rebecca E. D. WENDEL SWOPE) predeceased her, the absolute gifts
and life estates to them lapsed, and the gifts over after life estates or
life trusts for them took effect at once."
The statement also said, "The executors are specifically empowered to sell
all the real estate for the purpose of distribution considering the will of
Miss WENDEL in connection with that of Mrs. SWOPE, it was evidently intended
that the will of the survivors should divide the 'WENDEL estate.'
Charged with the possession of a policy slip in a house at 56 First place,
Frank MAURA, 42, of 56 Sullivan street, was held in $300 bail for a hearing
April 7 after being arraigned before Magistrate EILPERIN in Fifth avenue court.
CLAIMS HUSBAND REWED TOO SOON
Moe SEGAL, 37, of 275 Grafton street, said to be a deputy chief inspector of
the Tenement House Department faced his two "wives" when he was arraigned on
a charge of bigamy before Magistrate James BLANCHFIELD in Flatbush court, yesterday.
Mrs. Shirley LEVY SEGAL, 26, said she was married to SEGAL by a rabbi on Nov.
27, 1929. Soon after that, an anonymous person telephoned to her and told her
that SEGAL was already married and not divorced. She investigated, she said,
and found that on Aug. 17, 1916, he had married a Miss Hazel FAILOWITZ, who
on Nov. 23, 1928, obtained an interlocutory decree of divorce, which provided
that neither party could marry for three years.
Two weeks ago, she instituted suit in Supreme Court to have her marriage
annulled, she said.
SEGAL was held in $500 bail for further hearing April 7 after he had entered
a plea of not guilty.
RIDE' VICTIM TO DESCRIBE SENSATIONS OF GRIM JOURNEY
Took Chance of Death in Leap From Speeding Auto
The sensations of being taken for a ride were to have been told today by one
of the few men who came back from such an excursion in Queens County Court.
But the murder trial of the three alleged gangsters who conducted the ride,
was adjourned until April 20 by Judge F. ADEL at the request of both defense
Joseph DE COMBO, a second hand automobile dealer, and his friend and
employee, Alexander MORRISON, who lived in Elmhurst, were taken for a ride
from DE COMBO's place at 69-13 Astoria boulevard, Astoria, on the morning of
Feb. 5. TOOK A CHANCE
DE COMBO took a chance for his life by leaping from the fast moving car after
it had traveled about half a mile. A shot fired after him as he jumped
wounded him in the face and he was badly shaken up by his fall to the street,
but he recovered after hospital treatment.
MORRISON'S dead body was found in a deserted spot near the juncture of Old
Bowery Bay road and Thirtieth avenue, Elmhurst, less than half an hour after
DE COMBO, in a semi-conscious condition, had give a police sergeant who was
nearby, the information that MORRISON was still in the speeding automobile.
The scene was about a mile from where DE COMBO jumped.
TWO IN DEATH CAR
One of the three men on trial, Frank CERVASI, 33, of 20-14 Twenty-fifth
avenue, Astoria, and Salvatore NATALE, 25, of 230 Twenty-fifth avenue,
Astoria, are alleged to have been in the death car, while James ORAFINO, 28,
of 31-11 101st street, Corona, is alleged to have followed close behind in
another car as a sort of rear guard.
A fourth man, sought since the day of the killing, is still at large. The
defendants, according to the police, have admitted being on the ride, but
have denied firing shots which ended MORRISON'S life. All have entered please
of not guilty to the murder charge.
24 March 1931
SHARP DEALS LAND BROTHERS IN PRISON CELLS FOR 3 YEARS
Judge MC LAUGHLIN Imposes Sentence for Robbery
The three JAFFEE brothers, Nathan, 28, and Jacob, 42 both of 858 Driggs
avenue, and Harry, 33, of 70 Louisa avenue, were sent to the penitentiary
today by County judge Alonzo G. MC LAUGHLIN on a charge of larceny.
Their sharp practices in building operations finally led the JAFFE brothers
to a prison cell, where they may now have to remain for the next three years.
In an effort to get for their victims some of the money the defendants had
stolen, Judge MC LAUGHLIN has held sentence in abeyance for the last ten
months. But, despite their many promises the JAFFE brothers made scarcely a
move toward restitution. Today they pleaded again for further delay of
sentence, but Judge MC LAUGHLIN snapped them short with a sentence to the
It was alleged against the JAFFE brothers that through a false guarantee of
credit they had mulcted the City Masons' Supply co., of Sixty-third street
and Eleventh avenue, out of $5,000 in builders' supplies.
The guarantee of payment given by the defendants was alleged to have been
provided by their mother, Ida JAFFE, who was represented by them as pledging
a lien on her property at 854-6-8 Driggs avenue, to meet their obligations.
The woman knew nothing about the alleged lien on her property, it was brought
out, until her sons did not make the promised payment and the demand was made on her.
ALL FOR 30 CENTS
On a charge of robbery in the second degree, Fred HUTTER, 22, no home, was
sent by Judge MC LAUGHLIN to SingSing for from seven and a half to fifteen
years, and Joseph J. WRIGHT, 29, of 85 Hamilton avenue, for from five to ten
years. HUTTER and WRIGHT admitted that they had help up and robbed Thomas
GOMEZ, of 18 Woodhull street. All they got was thirty cents in cash and a
John J. SHEA, 21, of 439 Hicks streets, was sent to Sing Sing for five years
on a charge of attempted burglary. She operated in the Bay Ridge section.
Among the homes that he ransacked were those of Mrs. Maud FLORENCE at 230
Eighty-second street, and Acting Police Lieut. John J. MC GOWAN, of 638
RADELOFF FREE, IS SEIZED AGAIN
John A. RADELOFF, 36, Brooklyn attorney, who has been held as a material
witness in the Vivian GORDAN murder case, was released today from jail in the
Bronx and immediately arrested on an extortion charge. He was arrested with
Morris ROTHENBERG, of 129 East Ninety-third street, Manhattan.
RADELOFF, who has a law office at 66 court street and who lives at 916
Carroll street, was arrested when his name was linked with the affairs of
Miss GORDON in her diaries.
GIRL ATTEMPTS TO END LIFE
Wanda BRUZOLEWSKI, 23, of 58-61 Hill street, Maspeth, is in St. Catharine's
Hospital today in a serious condition with contusions of the back, a fracture
of the left leg and possible internal injuries.
Police of Stagg street station reported the girl, out of work and despondent,
tried to end her life last night by jumping in front of a westbound train of
the Fourteenth street subway line of the B. M. T. at the Grand street station.
Motorman George RICHTER, of 502 Marion street, in charge of the train,
applied the brakes quickly and passengers in the crowded train were severely
jolted. The train's wheels did not touch the girl.
David BUSCOE, of 221 Schermerhorn street, on the platform at the time, jumped
to the tracks, picked up the girl and placed her on the platform just as the
emergency squad arrived from Herbert street station. Patrolman Paul STORIL,
of Stagg street station, assisted in getting the girl to the hospital where
she told Dr. FINNIAN she had been out of work for some time.
JURY GIVES WOMAN $6,750 FOR ACCIDENT.
RIVERHEAD, L. I., March 24 - Mrs. Clare J. HICKS, of Islip, was awarded
$6,750 by a jury before Supreme Court Justice JohnSTON here today, for scars
on her arms caused by nitric acid. The verdict was directed against Dr. Percy
A. WILLIAMS, of Brentwood. Mrs. HICKS alleged Dr. WILLIAMS cauterized her
arms on July 5, 1927, after she had been bitten by a dog and that due to his
negligence the nitric acid rolled down her arms, searing them. She sued for $10,000.
SAY MAN ADMITS TAKING SCROLLS
Mondehel RASHINSKY, 29, of 24 Herzl street, has admitted, according to
Long Beach police, that although he is one of the faithful he is the
culprit who stole five scrolls worth $1,500 from the Temple Beth El
in Long Beach on March 12. RASHINSKY, the police say, apparently made a
business of stealing scrolls because he is alleged to have admitted
taking some from temples in Belleville, N. J., and Harrison, N. J,
and Torrington, Conn. The suspect was taken back to Manhattan to
identify the man to whom he says he sold the scrolls.
What started out to be a social call on their friend, James WHITE, of 396
Columbia street, ended with the furniture in a "sad" state, WHITE charged in
bringing a disorderly conduct charge against two men in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. They gave their names as Steven HOLOHAN, 21, of 278 Bridge street,
and William MURPHY, 19, of 372 Baltic street. Both were paroled for hearing
next Monday after they pleaded not guilty before Magistrate DALE.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
When she pleaded not guilty to a charge of petty larceny march GUERRA, 16, of
2413 East Thirteenth street, was held by Magistrate BRILL in the Coney Island
court yesterday, in $300 bail for a hearing on April 1. Mrs. Mary CCURNULLO
alleged that while the girl was employed in her home at 2333 East Fourteenth
street, she stole jewelry and clothing valued at $34.
AGREE TO SEPARATE
He tried to choke her, Mrs. Harriet POINTKOWSKI, 27, of 614 Eightieth street,
charged in alleging disorderly conduct on the part of her husband, Stanley
POINTKOWSKI, 35, of 4905 Seventh avenue, in Fifth avenue court. The man, on
the other hand, charged his wife with third degree assault, saying she gave
him a black eye. They finally agreed to withdraw their complaints and to
separate, after both sides told their stories to Magistrate DALE.
After he pleaded guilty to a charge of peddling without a license, Morris
GRAFT, 35, of 20 Clinton street, Manhattan, was given a suspended sentence
yesterday by Magistrate DALE in Fifth avenue court. GRAFT was found peddling
pretzels in front of 7016 Thirteenth avenue.
HELD FOR TRIAL
Joseph LUCAS, 32, of 154 North ninth street, was held for the Court of
special Sessions yesterday in Bridge Plaza court by magistrate STEERS on a
charge of assault in the third degree. It was alleged that he struck Adam
BLOSKI, 30, of the same address, a glancing blow on the head with a hatchet
when the latter refused to get him whiskey.
GAMBLING CHARGE DISMISSED
A charge of maintaining a gambling place was dismissed yesterday against
James BACCILI, 25 years old, of 79 Skillman street, when he was arraigned
before Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza Court.
PETIT LARCENY ALLEGED
Charles DONALDSON, 17, of 211 Greenpoint avenue; Frank MAHALKO, 17, of 67
Meserole avenue, and Edward LEWICH, 18, of 197 Greenpoint avenue, were
charged with petit larceny yesterday in Bridge Plaza Court. They pleaded not
guilty and were held in $300 bail each, for examination on April 18.
Rebecca ARMSTRON, 32, of 355 South Second street, was in Bridge Plaza Court
yesterday on a charge of keeping an unlicensed dog. When Magistrate STEERS
heard the evidence he suspended sentence.
Charged with felonious assault Charles SCIABARRA, 24, of 90 Dooley street,
Sheepshead Bay, was arraigned before Magistrate BRILL in the Coney Island
court on a charge of felonious assault. The complaint was made by Adolph
ALLERDT, a fisherman, living at the foot of Dover street, Manhattan Beach,
who alleged SCIABARRA stabbed him in the left side of the body with a knife
during an altercation last Sunday. This was denied by the accused, who
pleaded not guilty, and was held in $1,000 bail for further hearing on April 1.
FIND FOR SELLING
Magistrate BRILL in Coney Island court yesterday fined Gennaio PELINE, 34, of
2292 Dean street, $1 for selling "hot dogs" within 200 feet of James Madison
High School, East Twenty-fourth street and Quentin road. He was charged with
violation of the city ordinance by Patrolman John W. COLLINS, of the
Sheepshead Bay station.
HELD IN BAIL
Accused of wife-beating John VALENTINO, 46, of 2431 West Second street, was
arraigned before Magistrate BRILL in the Coney Island Court yesterday. His
spouse, Antoinette stated he beat her without provocation. He characterized
her statement as a "lie". He was held in $200 bail for a further hearing on March 30.
GIRL IS ACCUSED
Denying a charge of assault made against him by Mathilda GOODMAN, 16, of 16
Maujer street, James NOSLIN, 25, of 79 Skillman street, is being held in
$1,000 bail by Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza court for examination on
March 30. According to the girl's story, NOSLIN struck her several violent
blows with his first, without justification. He was arrested by Detective
John TUTTLE of Stagg street station.
25 March 1931
PAIR HELD IN BAIL
Harry SEAMAN, 37, of 1865 Fifty-second street, and Joseph PERSICO, 33, of 166
East Fifty-first street, both employes of the Reid Ice Cream Corp., were each
held in $100 bail for the Court of Special Sessions after a hearing on a
third degree assault charge brought against them in Fifth avenue court
yesterday by Isidore WEINER, proprietor of a grocery store at 8101 Seventh
avenue. WEINER told Magistrate DALE he was struck in a dispute over a milk
tub owned by the Reid firm.
JUDGE AIDS MAN
Magistrate Harry Howard DALE sitting in Fifth avenue court yesterday found
Hugh BURNS, 67, not guilty of vagrancy after the latter said his daughter
would give him a home at 309 Eighty-second street, and then gave the man a
dollar bill, with which to reach that address. BURNS was arrested after he
walked into Fort Hamilton station and gave himself up.
WOMAN SENT TO JAIL
Mrs. Julia MARMAN, 33, and homeless pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy
before Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza court and was sentenced to thirty
days on Welfare Island. She was found sleeping in a hallway at 40 Grand
street by patrolman Arthur WARING of Bedford avenue station.
HELD FOR FORGERY
On a charge of forgery made by Jennie DEUTSCH, of 336 South second street,
David SWERDLOW, 39, of 1724 Bedford street, Queens, was held in $1,000 bail
for examination on March 30, when he entered a plea of not guilty before
Magistrate STEERS, yesterday, in Bridge Plaza Court.
PROCESS SERVE IS FOUND GUILTY
In testifying before Magistrate Jeanette BRILL in Coney Island court
yesterday, Mrs. Bessie SHAPIRO, of 1854 West Tenth street, stated Herman
FALK, 46, of 1313 Elder avenue, the Bronx, whom she charged with disorderly
conduct, struck her several times with a strap about the body and arms while
serving a summons on her in a civil suit for $12. She said that the beating
occurred last Saturday night in a candy store in which she is interested at
124 Highlawn avenue. When her husband came to her aid, she added he too, was
walloped with the strap.
In denying the charge FALK was indignant. He said that his manhood would
never permit him to strike a woman. He declared when he served the summons on
the woman she became angered and beat him up. He added that he was glad to
get out of the place alive.
Mrs. SHAPIRO interrupted by telling magistrate BRILL she still had marks on
her arm. The magistrate took Mrs. SHAPIRO into her chambers and personally
examined her. The marks were evident.
FALK was found guilty and received a suspended sentence.
DECLARED SANE, STARTS UPROAR
Although Peter MCKOSKY was pronounced sane by alienists at the observation
ward of Kings County Hospital and sent to Flatbush court on charges of
robbery and violation of the Sullivan Law, he broke windows of his detention
cell and successfully resisted efforts by six policemen to take him from the
cell to the courtroom today.
So, since MCKOSKY wouldn't come to him, Magistrate HIRSHFIELD went to MCKOSKY
and, holding court outside the cell bars, held him without bail for the Grand Jury.
MCKOSKY is 21 and his home, is at 655 fifty-fifth avenue. Two months ago he
was arrested at Fourth avenue and Dean street. Police said they found a
loaded revolver in his possession. He was later accused of having robbed the
home of Russell ANDERSON, 239 Ocean avenue.
PAYS $5 FINE
A fine of $5 was imposed upon Petro CONTI, 35, when he pleaded guilty to
placing a stand in front of his fruit store at 1807 Sixty-third street. The
complaint was lodged before magistrate BRILL in Coney Island court by
Patrolman Charles SUCKOW, of the Bath Beach station.
Theodore BLATT, a lawyer with offices at 50 Court street, withdrew a charge
of violation of the Sabbath law against Israel SALTSBERG, who conducts a
photograph gallery at 1223 Kings Highway. The lawyer, who represents the
Photographers' Association, caused a summons to be issued to SALTSBERG for
keeping his place open for business on Sunday, March 15. In withdrawing the
complaint BLATT stated that he learned since the service of the summons that
SALTSBERG keeps his gallery closed another day each week. Magistrate BRILL
dismissed the case.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Charged with disorderly conduct Robert WILDMAN, 40 of 115 Avenue R, was
arraigned before magistrate BRILL in Coney Island court yesterday on
complaint of his wife, Antoinette, who alleges he called her names and struck
her. He pleaded not guilty and was held in $300 bail for a hearing next Monday.
Magistrate BRILL in Coney Island court yesterday dismissed a charge of petty
larceny against Louis REICH, 45, of 593 Greene avenue, which was preferred by
his wife Rose, from whom he is estranged. Mrs. REICH, who lives at 2080 West
street, testified that he took jewelry from her valued at $100. He stated
that he sold the same ad applied the money to settle bills they jointly owed.
Mrs. Anna WEXLER, of 6015 Twenty-third avenue, complained before Magistrate
BRILL in the Coney Island court yesterday that her tenant, Mrs. Frances
COHEN, who lives at the same address, is "making life miserable for her." She
alleged Mrs. COHEN threatened to throw acid in her eyes. Mrs. COHEN declared
that the allegations were false and were inspired through her failure to pay
the rent promptly. The case was dismissed.
A wagon load of onions and potatoes figured in the complaint of petit larceny
made yesterday in Bridge Plaza court against Harry LOZER, 32, of 196 Floyd
street. Isadore FLUM, of ?? SIEGEL street, says that on March 11, he gave
LOZER a wagon load of onions ad potatoes to peddle. The horse and wagon were
returned by a boy, it is claimed, but the onions and potatoes were missing.
The stock was valued at $87. LOZER denied the charge and was paroled for a
hearing on March 31.
PAYS FOR BITE
Abraham STEUER, 40 of 121 Marcy avenue, has a dog that evidently does not
like street cleaners. It sunk its teeth in the leg of Patsy CONDALORO, of 182
Skillman avenue, at South Fourth street and Marcy avenue. And this incident
caused the appearance of STEUER before Magistrate STEERS in Bridge Plaza
court yesterday, for permitting a dog to roam around the street unmuzzled.
STEUER was given the option of paying a fine of $5 or spending a day in jail.
He paid the fine.
Samuel GARLLIK, 20, of South Third and Havemeyer street, was before
Magistrate STEERS in the Bridge Plaza court yesterday, to answer a charge of
violating the Sanitary code. He was found guilty and given a suspended sentence.
HELD IN BAIL
The quarrel between Edward STAMP, 31, of 18 Montieth street and Giuseppi DE
SATO, a street sweeper, of 109 Skillman avenue, has reached another stage in
court. STAMP pleaded not guilty to an assault charge and was held in Bridge
Plaza court in $300 bail for examination on March 31.
PROBATION OFFICER DEAD IN NASSAU
Francis HAMMIL, 54 years old, probation officer of Nassau County, is dead at
the Nassau Hospital in Mineola following an operation last Friday for
appendicitis. Mr. HAMMIL, whose home is in Rockaway avenue, Valley Stream,
had been probation officer for ten years. Previous to that he served as
overseer of the poor of Hempstead Township. He was Republican leader in his
YOUTH DETAINED AS WOMAN DIES
Robert BOYD, 21, a telegrapher living at 83-64 Talbot street, Kew Gardens, is
being detained in the long Island City Jail without bail pending a hearing in
the Ridgewood magistrate's court on April 1, of a complaint charging him with
BOYD was arrested by Patrolman Henry OSSENFORT, of the Richmond Hill station,
on Monday after his car at Eighty-ninth avenue and 119th street, Richmond
Hill, struck Mrs. Theresa HERTEL, 64, of 89-20 121st street, Richmond Hill.
The woman yesterday died in the Mary Immaculate Hospital from a fractured skull.
BOYD pleaded not guilty to the homicide charge when arraigned before
Magistrate Benjamin MARVIN in Jamaica court yesterday.
27 March 1931
Michael CAVALLO, 46, of 678 Grand street, prominent real estate broker and
politician, pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand larceny before Magistrate
STEERS, yesterday, in Bridge Plaza court and was held in $2,500 bail for
April 2. Psquale DURANTE, 70, of 296 north Eight street, is complainant.
THIS RIDE COSTLY
For squeezing his way through a turnstile at the Lorimer street station of
the Fourteenth street subway, of the b. M. T., yesterday to save a nickel,
Michael LUBENSKO, 26, of 122 East Eleventh street, Manhattan, was given the
option of paying a fine of $5 or spending two days in the city prison. He
paid the fine.
WORKED LAME HORSE
Abraham KUPERMAN, 22, of 233 South Third street, was fined $5 yesterday in
Bridge Plaza court when found guilty of cruelty to animals. Officer Thomas
MIDWINTER, of the S. P. C. A., said he found KUPERMAN driving a lame horse at
Bedford avenue and Hewes avenue. The fine was paid.
PAROLED FOR HEARING
Mrs. Genevieve WILLIAMSON, 35, of 8416 Thirteenth avenue, was arraigned on a
disorderly conduct charge brought by her brother-in-law, Fred WILLIAMSON, of
849 Fifty-seventh street, in Fifth avenue court yesterday. She was paroled b
magistrate DALE for a hearing next Thursday. According to WILLIAMSON, the
woman called his mother names and hammered at the door of his residence
although she was refused admittance. Mrs. WILLIAMSON pleaded not guilty.
PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Alleged to have called on his son-in-law, Anthony FIUMERA, of 530 Fourth
avenue, and to have attempted to strike him, Tony SARFIOTI, 54, of 204
Forsyth street, was arraigned in Fifth avenue court yesterday on a disorderly
conduct charge. SARFIOTI was paroled by Magistrate DALE for hearing next
Thursday, after he pleaded not guilty.
BIG 6' VETERAN LEFT FORTUNE; SISTER HIS HEIR
John MCNAMARA died Intestate, Kept Wealth Secret
John MCNAMARA, of 550 Eightieth street, veteran member of Big Six and for
many years employed as a printer on New York papers, did not die penniless.
Instead he left a sum estimated at $50,000.
This fortune was disclosed in part through the petition submitted to
Surrogate WINGATE by Jennie MCMAHON GILLIGAN, sister of MCNAMARA's dead wife,
in which she has asked Surrogate WINGATE to appoint her administratrix of the
estate, as MCNAMARA left no will.
But the fortune, which in his lifetime MCNAMARA kept a close secret, may pass
to one fro whom he was reported to have entertained a deep dislike. This
person is a sister. If this sister is alive and will come forward and
establish her identity to Surrogate WINGATE; every cent of the fortune of the
brother who disliked her so deeply, will become hers under the law.
In the absence of this sister of any other immediate surviving relative of
MCNAMARA, Public Administrator Frank KELLY is contesting the right of Jennie
MCMAHON GILLIGAN or any other immediate surviving relative of Mrs. MCNAMARA
to administer the estate. It is KELLY'S contention that, with no immediate
relative on MCNAMARA'S side surviving, the estate must be turned over to the
Public Administrator and not to relatives of the dead wife.
In legal circles the opinion was expressed today that the forthcoming
decision of Surrogate WINGATE in the matter will show that Public
Administrator KELLY is making a protest that the law sustains. Should the
estate by turned over to the Public Administrator, the heirs recorded in the
petition of Jennie MCMAHON GILLIGAN will have to get their proved share of
the estate from that official. In her petition Jennie MCMAHON GILLIGAN has
listed as sole heirs with a right to share in the estate nephews and nieces
who were children of brothers and sisters of MCNAMARA'S dead wife.
MCNAMARA died Feb. 8, of a fractured skull suffered when he was struck by an
automobile. Friends, especially those associates in Big Six, believed him to
be penniless. But in a trunk, which MCNAMARA guarded closely in his life,
were found after his death negotiable securities of a reported value of
$50,000. Moreover, it was also disclosed that he had money on deposit in
At the time of his death, MCNAMARA had for several years been retired on a
small pension. His apparently poor condition won him the deep sympathy and
attention of old associates in Big Six. At one time when he was ill, Big Six
had him taken to a sanitarium at Monticello, where for thirteen weeks it
maintained him in comfort and saw to it that his every need and desire were
satisfied. Big Six believe him penniless and even returned money MCNAMARA had
paid to the organization.
GRIMALDI MOM, YALE DISCHARGED
Angelo YALE, brother of the slain Frankie YALE, and Gatano SORRENTINO,
arrested in connection with the shooting of Catello GRIMALDI in front of 1443
Sixty-sixth street, were discharged today, by Magistrat BRILL in Coney Island
court. Neither of the men appeared in court, both having received writs of
habeas corpus from Justice RIEGELMANN of the Supreme Court.
YALE, who is 32 and lives at 1407 Sixty-sixth street, and SORRENTINO, 34, of
2858 West Twentieth street, were arrested shortly after GRIMALDI had been
shot down by four gunmen in an automobile, after he had been lured to the
Sixty-sixth street address by a telephone call.
Assistant District Attorney Nicholas SELVAGGI, informed Magistrate BRILL that
GRIMALDI, seriously wounded and fighting for his life at United Zion
Hospital, refused to identify either YALE or SORRENTINO when they were taken
to the hospital. GRIMALDI is the only known witness to the shooting.
SISTER LEAVES BROTHER, LONG ABSENT, $1,000
Spaulding Trust Fund to be Kept Seven Years - BEARNS Will Filed
If James SPAULDING, formerly of 133 Atlantic avenue, is alive and will
establish his identity to Surrogate WINGATE, he will get the income of $1,000
trust fund established by his sister, Catherine M. SPAULDING, of 135 Atlantic
avenue, in her will filed in the Surrogate's office.
In 1910 James SPAULDING disappeared from his home, and nothing has been heard
of him since. Under the terms of the will of his sister, this trust fund of
$1,000 will be maintained for seven years. If he is not located in that
period the fund will go to another brother, Frank SPAULDING.
>From her estate of $18,000 Miss SPAULDING has directed that $250 each be
given St. Peter's Hospital each be given St. Peter's Hospital in Brooklyn and
St. Anthony's Hospital in Woodhaven. Other bequests are $1,000 and lots in
Patchogue to a sister, Annie FOSTER; $1,000 and lots in Florida to Elizabeth
and Edward J. LINEHAN; $250 each to Antoinette MANNING and John MCNAMARA, and
$1,000 and the residuary estate to Frank E. SPAULDING.
James S. BEARNS, of 585 Third street, bequeathed his estate of more than
$10,000 to his adopted son, Bertram Robey BEARNS. He also directed that the
trust fund created for him by his father, the late Joseph H. BEARNS, be kept
in trust for this adopted son, until he reached the age of 35, when the
principal shall be turned over to him. In the event that Bertram Robey BEARNS
dies before his thirty-fifth year, then the trust fund is to be divided in
equal shares between Lillian and Eleanor BEARNS, of 154 maple street, nieces
of James S. BEARNS.
Joseph H. BEARNS, a liquor merchant, died in 1914, leaving an estate of
$850,000. One-third of this estate he left in trust for his son, James S.
BEARNS, the testator whose will has now been filed in the office of
28 March 1931
BROOKLYN WIDOW AWARDED $60,000
A verdict of $60,000, one of the highest ever awarded in a death case in this
district, was unanimously affirmed today by the Appellate Division of the
Brooklyn Supreme Court in the case of Mrs. Jennie THOMPSON, who had sued the
contracting firm of George COLON & Co., Manhattan, as result of the death of
her husband. THOMPSON fell through an elevator shaft from the eleventh floor
of a building under construction.
WORKMEN FIND STRANGE TUNNEL UNDER STREET NEAR NATIONAL CAPITOL
Washington, March 28 - A 200 foot tunnel under B street Northwest, near the
Capitol has perplexed District of Columbia authorities the past few days.
The tunnel was discovered by workmen excavating in connection with the
development of Capitol Plaza, north of Capitol building. It has been
ascertained that the underground passage never had any connection with
It is known, however, that both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil
War did their share of tunneling, and the theory has been advanced that
Northern troops, for some reason now forgotten, did this bit of burrowing
during the storm and stress.
GIRL AND AUNT HELD IN STORE FRAUD CHARGES
Obtained $2,000 Clothing by Using Fictitious Names, Police Say
Miss Olga BRUNO, 16, of 2048 East Fifth street, is being held in $1,000 bail
and her aunt, Mrs. Josephine BRUNO, 33, of 1260 Seventy-seventh street, in
$5,000 bail today for the action of the Grand Jury, following an alleged
attempt to defraud a department store of merchandise valued at $101.40. The
women waived examination in Fifth avenue court yesterday before Magistrate
DALE on a grand larceny charge brought by Thomas O'NEILL, who
delivered the merchandise.
According to O'NEILL, he brought clothing to an apartment at 806 Sixty-ninth
street, which had been purchased C. O. D. from James MCCREERY, Inc., by a
"Mrs. ESPOSITO." He said he received a check from Mrs. BRUNO, who said she
was Mrs. ESPOSITO, but becoming suspicious he telephoned his superior. He
returned to the house to find the two women leaving and held them until the
arrival of Detectives CUNNINGHAM and DWYER, of the Fort Hamilton station.
Approximately thirty drivers for various department stores throughout
Brooklyn and other boroughs were in Fifth avenue court yesterday to identify
the pair. According to police, they have made away with $2,000 worth of
clothing and other material in the past year by using fictitious names,
renting furnished apartments for a few days, issuing bade checks and then
30 March 1931
HELD FOR HEARING IN BOY'S DEATH
Martin STOUGARD, 30 of 945 Post avenue, Port Richmond, Staten Island, said to
have been the driver of a truck which Saturday ran over and killed Francis
SHELLEY, 11 of 262 Twelfth street, at Twelfth street and Fourth avenue, was
arraigned on a technical charge of homicide before Magistrate David
HIRSHFIELD in Fifth avenue court, and is being held in $1,000 bail for
hearing in Homicide Court today.
The boy was roller skating down Twelfth street when he ran into the rear of
the truck, fell under the rear wheels and was crushed to death. STOUGARD,
surrounded by a large crowd of irate citizens was rescued by Patrolman WORST,
of Fifth avenue station.
ALIEN BOOKED ON GUN CHARGE; $100,000 BAIL
Entered Country Illegally - Said to be Wanted for Other Crimes
After being held in $100,000 bail by magistrate EILPERIN today in Bridge
Plaza court on a charge of violating the Sullivan law, Rosario FRANCINO, 35
of 97 Scholes street, was rushed to Stagg street station for questioning in
connection with the finding early today of the left half of a man's torso
lodged between two lumber piles in the Newton Lumber Company's yard, Stagg
street and Varick avenue.
FRANCINO was arrested today by Detectives CARROLL and WAAG, of Stagg street
station, following receipt of an anonymous letter Saturday by Police Captain
James GEGAN, in command of detectives of the Thirteenth Inspection District.
The letter stated that a man would be found at the Scholes street address who
had been smuggled in from Italy and who was wanted for murder in Italy and
for the killing of two men in New jersey. The letter was signed, "A Friend."
Capt. GEGAN turned the letter over to CARROLL and WAAG immediately after
finding of the dismembered body in the lumber yard. They went to the address,
broke down the door and found FRANCINO sleeping in a rear room with a loaded
revolver under his pillow.
He was arrested on a charge of possessing a gun and given a hearing in Bridge
Plaza court. Magistrate EILPERIN asked FRANCIINO what he knew of murders in
Italy and New Jersey.
"Who do you think I am, Al Capone? I may be as good as him but I am not him",
Detective CARROLL investigated to learn whether the man had been smuggled in
from Italy and reported to the station house that he had. He will, as a
result, have a warrant placed against him by the Immigration officials on
April 6 when he appears in Bridge Plaza court again.
In view of the finding of a human thigh, believed to be part of the
dismembered body and torso of which was found in the lumber plant, on Friday
night on the south roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge, combined with the
anonymous letter received Saturday night and FRANCINO'S statements, in the
magistrate's court, police placed him under suspicion and decided to hold him
SHOWS WORK OF EXPERT
After viewing the torso Medical Examiner Emmanuel MARTEN announced that
apparently life had been extinct for the past forty-eight hours.
The body appears to have been dismembered by someone who is acquainted with
slaughterhouse work. The legs, arms, and head were severed with the exact
precision as is beef in a market. The right side of the torso is missing.
On the back a long, clean incision was found. It appears, police say to have
been done with a hatchet.
Besides the two newspapers, one smeared with blood, found near the body,
police also located a canvas glove such as is used by lumber handlers or on
The torso was taken to kings County morgue and all of the employes of the
Newtown Lumber Company were ordered to the Stagg street station for
One of the members of the firm was sent with a policeman to find the night
watchman, whose name as yet is unknown. He will be asked if he saw anyone
loitering about the yard during the past two nights.
Chief Inspector Thomas CUMMINGS remarked on the ideal location of the yard
for disposing of such a gruesome object. The plant is entirely surrounded by
factories, loft buildings, and empty lots, tending to greatly diminish any
chance of some nocturnal visitor being detected.
FOUR IN QUIZZ ON WAGNER DEATH
No Hint as to Whether DUNN Held as Witness, gave Testimony
District Attorney GEOGHAN today had four witnesses before the County Grand
jury in his investigation of the murder of Robert WAGNER, in his coal office,
March 23, but beyond admission that evidence was being given, there was no
hint that James DUNN, WAGNER's business partner who is held on his own
confession, was called as a witness. The witnesses occupied the Grand jury
for the greater part of the day.
Mr. GEOGHAN also gave considerable time to conference with Mrs. James DUNN,
after which she went to Raymond street jail to visit her husband. The grand
jury adjourned until tomorrow morning.
The assertion has been made that James DUNN is taking the blame that should
rest on the shoulders of his brother, David DUNN, a court attendant at the
Gates avenue magistrates court, but now under suspension through an order of
Chief magistrate Joseph CORRIGAN.
Both District Attorney GEOGHAN and Chief Assistant District Attorney KOPFF
believe, it is know, that sufficient will be presented today for the return
by the Grand Jury of an indictment charging murder in the first degree
against the one held responsible for the murder of WAGNER. Moreover, nobody
believes that this indictment will be returned against James DUNN.
David DUNN, the brother of James DUNN, is now being held as a material
witness under bail of $25,000, fixed by County Judge MCLAUGHLIN on motion of
District Attorney GEOGHAN. He will not testify today before the Grand Jury.
31 March 1931
CAHILL WAITS THEFT TRIAL
James F. CAHILL, former patrolman, is in Raymond street jail today awaiting
trial on charge of robbery after his indictment by the Grand Jury. CAHILL,
who was trying to be reinstated in the Police Department when arrested on a
robbery charge, was indicted with James T. HICKMAN, 21, of 49 Atlantic
avenue. Neither was able to raise the $25,000 bail set by County Judge Alonzo
G. MC LAUGHLIN.
CAHILL was arrested yesterday at the wheel of an automobile at Vanderbilt
avenue and Dean street, towards which HICKMAN was running. It is alleged that
CAHILL was about to assist the escape of HICKMAN, who is charged with having
robbed a store.
Once cited for meritorious service, CAHILL was dismissed from the force last
year after he had been charged with assault. Last week he captured a youthful
robber, armed with a rifle, who was backing out of a Brooklyn store.
'WHAT! NO JAIL', SAYS HUSBAND
Edward EPSTEIN was so confident today that he would go to jail that when he
didn't he was placed in an embarrassing position.
EPSTEIN, 43, was in coney Island court before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD charged
by his wife, Emily with having called her names and punched her in the face
in their home at 2379 Eighty-fourth street. EPSTEIN admitted the charge.
"We had an argument over money," he told the magistrate. "The whole trouble,
judge, is that she works. I've been sick and couldn't work, but I'm working
now. Since she started working she has tried to dominate me."
Mrs. EPSTEIN insisted she did not want her husband to go to jail. She didn't
want him punished, she said, just instructed to leave her.
EPSTEIN was somewhat surprised. "I had expected to go to jail," he answered.
"If I don't go to jail, I don't know where I'll go."
Magistrate BLANCHFIELD said instructing EPSTEIN to leave his wife was out of
his province, and adjourned the case until April 10 in the hope the couple
will settle the matter themselves. They have two children.
DUNN INDICTED FOR SLAYING OF COAL OFFICIAL
Brother, Dead Man's Partner, Tells Shooting Story to Grand Jury.
David DUNN, formerly captain of court attendants at Gates avenue court, was
indicted by the Grand Jury today for the murder of Robert WAGNER, partner of
DUNN's brother, James in a coal business, after James for the first time told
the Grand Jury the story of the shooting.
According to Abraham H. KESSELMAN, attorney for James DUNN, who instructed
his client to go before the Grand Jury, James was in the office of the coal
company on Skillman street the morning of March 23, when David entered.
David, he said, seemed perturbed, James gave him $25 and offered to drive him home.
AS James started out the door he heard three shots and turned to find WAGNER,
who had been sitting in the office without saying a word, lying on the floor
and David with a pistol in his hand.
District Attorney GEOGHAN appeared personally when DUNN was arraigned before
County Judge MC LAUGHLIN on a charge of second degree murder. DUNN pleaded
not guilty, and the District Attorney asked that he be held without bail.
Mr. GEOGHAN said he had information that DUNN was vicious, dangerous and that
his family was afraid of him. This was granted, and later, Judge MC LAUGLIN
granted a motion by Lawrence MC GOLDRICK, counsel for DUNN to appoint a
commission to examine the defendant's sanity.
(Transcribers note - in the above article MC LAUGHLIN is spelled both ways,
ROBBERY CHARGE DISMISSED
The charge of assault and robbery made against Henry CLAPP, 21, of 1958
Bergen street, when he was arraigned in Bridge Plaza court, yesterday, was
dismissed by Magistrate Jacob EILPERIN, when testimony failed to sustain the
complaint. CLAPP was arrested by Patrolman UHL, of Clymer street station, on
the request of Charles TRUSSE, a fruit dealer of 726 Flushing avenue, who
alleged the youth held him up at the point of a revolver last week and took
$40 from him.
When he refused to accept a summons for violation of the traffic regulations
at Ocean parkway and Avenue P last Sunday night, Harold RENZ, 26, of 248 New
York avenue, was arrested by Patrolman Charles J. BORDEN, of Traffic J Squad,
on a charge of disorderly conduct in causing a crowd to collect. Arraigned
before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday RENZ
pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence.
Patrolman Charles SUCKOW, of the Bath Beach station, was the complainant in
the Coney Island court yesterday against Philip KILMER, 33 years old, of 4504
sixteenth avenue, whom he charged with peddling without a license. KILMER
pleaded guilty and was fined $1 by magistrate BLANCHFIELD.
She chased him out of bed and forced him to sleep in the cellar, Oscar
STENISLAND, 45 of 773 Fifty Seventh street, told Magistrate LIOTA when
charged with third degree assault by his wife, Natalie, in Fifth avenue court
yesterday. The woman said the man punched her. STENISLAND was held in $300
bail for the Court of Special Sessions after a hearing.
Sentence was suspended upon Mrs. Lena WINE, 50 years old, of 55 Elgin court,
when she pleaded guilty before magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island
Court yesterday to permitting her dog to be unmuzzled on the street. The
woman declared she had the animal on a leash.
Stanley MALIONSKY, 35, of 2107 Avenue Z, pleaded not guilty when arraigned
before Magistrate BLANCHFIELD in the Coney Island Court yesterday on a charge
of disorderly conduct and was paroled for hearing on April 6. The complaint
was made by Mrs. Helen SCHWARTZ of the same address, who alleged MALIONSKY,
superintendent of the house in which they live, angered when her boy left his
velocipede in the hall, smashed it. When she took him to task, he called her names.
WIFE DISPUTES CLAIM AS 'BOSS'
Arthur OCCHINERI, 55, of 144 Kingsland avenue, was taken before Magistrate
EILPERIN, in Bridge Plaza court yesterday, charged with possession of a
revolver. He was held in $500 bail for trial in the Court of Special Sessions.
Patrolman James SCUDERI, of Herbert street station, told the magistrate that
Mrs. Sadie OCCHINERI, wife of the prisoner, ran from their home yesterday and
informed him that her husband was in the house, announcing himself as the
boss and waving a pistol to prove it. She said, according to the policeman,
that her husband arrived home announcing himself as head of the house, and
she merely entered a demurrer in the form of a statement that there was no
boss in the house.
They drilled holes in the wall, ripped window shades, painted pictures on the
panels and covered the windows with mustard, Abraham LEVINE, of 1746
Fifty-third street, complained in bringing a charge of malicious mischief
against Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEVY, both 35, of 6413 Bay parkway, former tenants
of his in a house at 4623 Eighth avenue. The couple, who conducted a beauty
parlor at the Eighth avenue address, where held in $100 bail each for the
Court of Special Sessions, after a hearing before Magistrate LIOTA in Fifth
avenue court yesterday. They denied the charge.
For keeping twelve pigeons without a permit from the Health Department, Mrs.
Madeline CELOTTO, 30, of 28 Bevy court, Gerrittsen Beach, appeared before
Magistrate BUANCHFIELD in the Coney Island court yesterday on a charge of
violation of the sanitary code. She told the magistrate that she had disposed
of the birds since being served with a summons and sentence was suspended
Magistrate BLENCHFIELD in Coney Island court yesterday fined Jacob GELMAN, 37
years old, of 103 Avenue O, when he pleaded guilty to a charge of violation
of the Sabbath law. He was accused by Patrolman Louis BELLUCCI, of the Bath
Beach station, of selling fruits and vegetables last Sunday.
KNOWS WHO'S MASTER
Anthony ACCHINERI, 55, of 144 Kingsland avenue, whose wife, Mary, is said to
have questioned his title of master of his home, pleaded not guilty in Bridge
Plaza court to possessing a loaded 38 calibre revolver. Alleged to have
threatened the woman, he was held for Special Session in $500 bail. Patrolman
SCUDEN, of Herbert street station made the arrest.
PAYS $1 FINE
Pleading guilty to a charge of permitting her dog to remain on the street
unmuzzled, Miss Mary GUERRIERY, 18, of 1024 Sixty-sixth stret, was fined $1
by Magistrate LIOTA in Fifth avenue court yesterday. The girl was charged
with violating the sanitary code.
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