Six small and large New York credit unions and their members were victimized in a $100,000 social media check fraud scheme.New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneideman filed a 19-count indictment July 29 against Kevin Lee and Daniel Green for writing fraudulent checks in the name of a bogus business to deceive credit union members. The state’s prosecutor said Lee and Green were the ringleaders in this fake check scam and an investigation is continuing in at least eight counties including Westchester, Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Oneida, Broome and Oswego.The credit unions targeted were the $242 million G.P.O. Federal Credit Union in New Hartford, the $815 million Summit Federal Credit Union in Rochester, the $1.3 billion Capital Communications Federal Credit Union in Albany, the Syracuse-based $40 million Money Federal Credit Union, the $1.5 billion Empower Federal Credit Union in Syracuse and the $176 million SECNY Federal Credit Union. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
State prosecutors have announced they are seeking the death penalty against a man accused of stabbing and strangling his father while he was sleeping in a Boca Raton parking garage last month.A notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Jared Noiman was filed Thursday.The police report states that Noiman was “covered in blood” when officers stopped him in Delray Beach several hours after the murder. He “claimed to have been in an altercation in Boca Raton.”The document continues, “Noiman would not elaborate on who was involved in the altercation and did not wish to report a crime.”He was subsequently arrested on a charge of driving without a license and taken into custody. Investigators said at the time there was no probable cause to charge him with the killing.However, Noiman went to the Boca Raton Police Department the next day and confessed to killing his father.“He said the two lived together out of his father’s vehicle and they slept in the parking garage at One Ocean Plaza,” according to police. “Noiman said he did not like the way his father treated him and he started having thoughts about killing him. Noiman continued his statement with a detailed description of how he stabbed his father and then strangled him while he was sleeping in the parking garage.”The notice of intent cites the crime as being “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.”Read the notice of intent here:
By Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – What began as a “three-ring circus” for Judy McMaster ended more than six hours later as a graceful, elegant showplace filled with holiday décor.The Garden Club of Fair Haven’s Judy McMaster was the coordinator of holiday decorating at the governor’s official residence.McMaster of Rumson was this year’s coordinator of holiday decorating at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey governor’s official residence. As a member of the Garden Club of Fair Haven and a board member of the Garden Clubs of New Jersey, McMaster recruited garden club members from across the state to fill the mansion at 354 Stockton St. (Route 206) in Princeton with gorgeous greenery and sparkling trees.She even suggested this year’s theme: “Drumthwacket Sings the Songs of the Season.”Each of the six first-floor public rooms in the white Greek Revival mansion was dressed to the nines in holiday finery in accordance with popular holiday songs and Christmas carols. The front porch was decorated with the idea of There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. The entry foyer, stairway and landing took on the musical and decorative notes of Deck the Halls. The music room took its cue from The Nutcracker Suite and the library, Winter Wonderland. The parlor was the embodiment of The Holly and the Ivy. Jingle Bells was the song used for the governor’s study and the dining room took on the look of Silver Bells because it is the place where the formal silver service from the battleship the USS New Jersey is displayed year-round.The volunteer job was a joy for McMaster who has loved to decorate since she was a child. As a Fair Haven garden club member, she has been part of the crew several times which has volunteered to decorate the mansion.Each year the workers arrive at 9 a.m. on the Monday after Thanksgiving – this year it was Nov. 26. They spend about 45 minutes unloading their materials – dried, fresh and faux – and then each team goes to work on the room they have been assigned and designed to celebrate the holidays.The decorating of the mansion had a little something special this year, occurring only four weeks after Super Storm Sandy. Among the garden club members who agreed to decorate were members of the Garden Club of Keyport. “They were decimated but they didn’t back out,” McMaster said. They designed and installed the décor in the parlor. The club from Toms River, “also decimated, did the entry foyer.” The other clubs that participated were from Shrewsbury, Warren, Basking Ridge, and Mountain Lakes.The materials used were all donated by the clubs and an event planner who decorated the front porch. Some of the money for the decorations each year comes from the clubs’ treasuries and sometimes from the designers’ pockets. “It’s getting to be expensive,” McMaster said.Because of the duration the decorations are on display, the garden clubs have been using some faux materials along with the greenery and fresh flowers. Among the items used this year were magnolia branches “which dry well,” orchids in pots, birch and white-painted branches along with holly, ivy and evergreens plus pinecones, ribbons and ornaments.The decorating of the governor’s mansion is a longtime service project for the Garden Clubs of New Jersey. As this year’s coordinator, McMaster invited various clubs to volunteer their talents, made sure they understood the perimeters of the job and then organized the decorating day. She also will supervise the dismantling of the decorations on Jan. 2.“The house is used throughout the season for events – political and social events,” McMaster said. “Last year, the Christies used the house pretty much from the time the kids got out of school until they went back. They hosted family and friends and I think that’s the plan again this year.”The dining room of Drumthwacket.McMaster’s favorite Drumthwacket room is the dining room. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m guessing that table seats 24.“I like the whole house,” she said. “I think it’s a gracious home, not overdone. I think it’s a comfortable home.”McMaster was very pleased with the results of this year’s decorating. “I think this was, if not the best, than one of the best ever,” she said. “Every room was really elegant and tastefully done.“I just like doing this,” she said. “I like the planning stages, the concept, in my mind’s eye of what it needs … It’s a lot of fun.“It’s great for all the garden clubs to get together and do something cooperatively,” McMaster said.Construction of Drumthwacket began in 1835. The estate’s name means “wooded hill” in Scottish Gaelic. The property was purchased by the state in 1966 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the New Jersey Historical Society raised the funds to begin converting the property for use as the governor’s mansion.
Maida didn’t want to speculate on how the Leafs would replace McCarthy’s scoring.“To me losing Colton just gives someone else on the team the opportunity to step up and fill that spot,” Maida explained.McCarthy attended the Warriors camp.Moose Jaw management wanted McCarthy to stay, but the skillful sniper felt it was better to develop his game at the junior B level.Then in early November the Warriors put in a call to McCarthy to play for the WHL club during a three-game road trip to Medicine Hat, Calgary and Cranbrook to play the Kootenay Ice.Those three games have McCarthy confident the transition wouldn’t be that bumpy.“It was a great experience to play those games,” said McCarthy, with 20 goals and 10 assists in 25 games.“While I think it may take a couple of games to get comfortable, once I’m there I know I’ll be fine.”Leaf fans get one more chance to see their star in action Saturday when the Leafs host the Kimberley Dynamiters.One more opportunity to see the rookie weave his magic on the ice at the NDCC Arena before leaving for the bright lights of Tier I Junior A.“It was a hard decision,” McCarthy confessed.“I had to think about it a lot before I finally decided this was the right time to go to Moose Jaw.”It’s tough to leave Nelson but hopefully the guys get to the Cyclone (Taylor Cup, Junior B Hockey Championship) and do really well there.”And hopefully their teammate shows what Leaf hockey is all about in the Dub. Fans watching Colton McCarthy weave his way through the Grand Forks defence before setting up teammate Colton Schell for Nelson’s first goal during Wednesday’s 4-1 win at the NDCC Arena may want to file that image into their memory banks.Because there may not be very many more spectacular plays coming from the 16-year-old Salmon Arm rookie in a Green and White jersey after McCarthy accepted an offer to join the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.McCarthy leaves Sunday for the prairies to begin his Tier I Junior Hockey career.“The Moose Jaw GM (Alan Millar) phoned me up Friday while I was in school and told me they’d like to call me up for the rest of the year,” McCarthy said before Thursday’s Leaf practice at the NDCC Arena.“While I’m very excited with the offer I’m sad that I’ll have to leave the boys here in Nelson. . . . I love it here.”McCarthy has been everything Leaf head coach Frank Maida could hope for in a rookie.His gifted hands have made him a threat to score whenever he’s been on the ice.The 6-foot, 170-pound center scored twice in his first game as a junior, and tallied in five of the first six games.McCarthy is second in goals scored in entire KIJHL — two behind Spencer Samuel of Revelstoke — and has scored in 14 of Nelson’s 29 games.“My first concern is this the right move for Colton, but that’s our goal as an organization, to develop players for the next level,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida, who last season saw sniper Patrick Martens leave the hockey team for the BCHL midway through the season.“We’ve always move players up to Junior A, but I don’t think we’ve seen one go to the WHL.”