Many incidents of domestic violence are sparked by the pouring out of difficult emotions or even a simple misunderstanding among family members. Each family has its problems, and sometimes those problems swirl into a physical or verbal altercation that results in criminal charges. Most spouses and family members who have experienced this kind of situation do what they can to prevent it from happening again. Still, repeat domestic violence crimes do happen.
Readers in New York may have heard of a recent case involving a high-ranking Morgan Stanley banker who is now facing serious charges following a late-night taxi ride. The 47-year-old has been accused of stabbing a Middle Eastern cab driver and using racial epithets. The banker must now face allegations of second-degree assault, theft of services and intimidation by bias or bigotry.
Recently, in Peekskill, a 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary. The police claim he is responsible for attempting to break into a number of gas stations in the area. However, while an investigation supposedly linked the young man to a number of felony crimes over the past month, exactly how the police came to that conclusion was not made clear in a local news report.
Readers in the White Plains area may have heard of the recent charges against a 67-year-old Bronx woman who prosecutors claim embezzled over $1 million from the New York Archdiocese. The woman was arraigned on a charge of grand larceny -- a felony -- and a charge of falsifying business records.
Two months after being convicted on five of nine domestic violence charges, the mayor of White Plains resigned. Initially determined to maintain his public office, he discovered that the fallout from the trial and lingering appeal were too distracting for the city's needs. He also said he had to focus on personal matters like clearing his name and reputation. The mayoral seat will be filled by the city's Common Council president, and a special election will be held later this year to name a permanent replacement.