Recently, the New York Department of State enacted an initiative designed to help the victims of domestic abuse conceal their current addresses from their alleged abusers. The Address Confidentiality Program is offered at no cost, and allows for children, parents and siblings of the victim to sign up as well. Under this program, victims of domestic abuse are assigned a substitute address to which their mail is addressed, and the mail is then forwarded to their actual address by the New York Department of State. The program is designed to benefit victims of domestic abuse who have relocated from their original home, and is intended to protect them from any potential attacks or harassment from their alleged abusers. The program requires that state and local governments accept the substitute address. Program participants are issued an identification card, and the substitute address may be used for court and government records.
Recently, police in New Springville, New York, recovered a .38 caliber revolver, illegal drugs, and measuring equipment used for the sale and manufacture of drugs during a police raid on a local home. Police arrested three people, a 28-year old woman, a 22-year old woman, and a man.
Recently, a federal appeals court reversed a lower court's lenient sentence for conspiracy and money laundering of a chief executive of an Ohio technology firm that collapsed in 2003 due to alleged fraud. This sentence is evidence that defendants convicted of white collar felonies may receive more lenient treatment in the legal system than those convicted of other crimes. The judge in the case received letters of support from those who knew the defendant, and imposed a mere seven-day sentence for the crime of fraud, despite the fact that sentencing guidelines mandate an 8-10 year sentence based on the $18 million loss to the company's shareholders due to the fraud. The appeals court struck down the sentence, stating that the judge abused her discretion by taking into account factors that were not allowed in imposing sentences.
Police in Riverhead are searching for two men that allegedly fired shots at a local home and attempted to break into it. This potentially violent crime was reported to the police by the house's residents, which included two adults, a 15 year-old boy, a twelve-year old boy, and a five-year old girl. They reported that an armed man had broken into the home. Police officers later observed shell casings near the home, and the residents stated that the two men fled on foot before the police arrived. The perpetrators were described as two black men wearing masks who were allegedly armed with an undescribed type of gun. No injuries were reported from the incident, and police are still attempting to apprehend the perpetrators.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating alleged insider trading regarding the $23 billion purchase of H.J. Heinz. The purpose behind the FBI's investigation is to determine whether or not a felony was committed, and if so, who was responsible.