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High-speed chase in Clarkstown results in criminal charges

Seeing the flash of red and blue police lights in your rearview mirror can be a scary experience. You may not even know why you are being pulled over until it happens. However, ignoring those signals and fleeing the scene will only result in negative consequences.Recently, New York State Police were involved in a high-speed chase during the early morning hours of December 20 in Clarkstown. The driver allegedly involved was reportedly traveling at speeds of 127 miles per hour for three miles. The posted speed limit in that area was 55 miles per hour, according to police. The male driver at issue was 26-years-old and was driving a 2016 Audi. There was a female passenger in the car with him.According to authorities, the male driver and the female passenger [...]

High-speed chase in Clarkstown results in criminal charges2015-12-31T00:00:00+00:00

The risks faced by health care workers

New York residents may not think of nursing as being particularly hazardous, but nursing assistants are injured on the job almost as often as police officers, firefighters and construction workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The problem is made more serious by the type of injury often suffered by nurses and medical orderlies. The back injuries and muscle strains suffered while moving heavy patients can lead to long layoffs, and they can also become persistent problems that may end health care careers.The high rate of injury among health care workers has prompted action in the nation's capital, and proposed federal legislation introduced in December 2015 would require hospitals to follow policies designed to protect workers while patients are being moved. The U.S. Department of Labor would [...]

The risks faced by health care workers2015-12-28T00:00:00+00:00

Consider help if facing drunk driving charges this holiday

This holiday season, whether it is the office holiday party, a family get-together or a New Year's eve celebration, people across New City, New York, will celebrate with alcohol. Most people handle these situations responsibly, and will not get behind the wheel of a car when drunk. Unfortunately, even those who drink responsibly can still be wrongfully accused of drunk driving.Whether or not you have had a single drink at a party, you could still be accused of drunk driving. Unfortunately, sometimes these accusations can be unfounded. Subjective field sobriety tests or the improper administration of a breath test could cause an individual to be charged with drunk driving even if his or her blood alcohol content level was not above the legal limit. These situations are understandably frightening. After [...]

Consider help if facing drunk driving charges this holiday2015-12-23T00:00:00+00:00

Minor accidents have occurred involving self driving cars

Safely navigating New York highways can sometimes be difficult for motorists, but self-driving cars attempt to do it by mechanical means alone. These new vehicles have no drivers, which makes them a challenge both for humans who must learn to share the roads with these robots and authorities who must learn how the law applies to cars without drivers.Self-driving cars are programmed to be extraordinarily cautious in their operations on the road. They tend to drive more slowly than a human driver might, and there have been isolated cases where they have gotten into minor accidents that are caused by their slow speed.In a November 2015 California incident, a self-driving car that attempted to make a turn in an intersection too slowly was hit from the rear by a human [...]

Minor accidents have occurred involving self driving cars2015-12-21T00:00:00+00:00

Visual inspection of skin cancer

Health practitioners in New York are generally aware of the dangers of skin cancer. Melanomas and other cancerous growths on the epidermis were once among the most feared diseases. Research has been conducted into common methods of early detection of skin cancer, especially visual inspection. However, the data assembled was found to be insufficiently conclusive, and experts have called for further study.Most skin cancers do not result in fatality. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 74,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, but only about 10,000 of them will die from it.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has decided to look more closely into the practices by which these cancers are detected. It studied cases where medical professionals used visual inspection of the patient's entire body to detect [...]

Visual inspection of skin cancer2015-12-17T00:00:00+00:00

New City Library employee accused of grand larceny

Certain types of larceny charges fall under the umbrella of white collar crimes, particularly when the alleged victim is not an individual but a business entity. While these may seem like victimless crimes, in actuality they will be aggressively prosecuted.A former New City Library employee is facing grand larceny charges. In addition, she is also facing charges of falsifying business records. The 48-year-old woman reportedly made alterations to checks and stole over $123,800 from the library. Back in May, two library officials became aware of what they allege were certain inconsistencies in the library's books and notified the police.According to the prosecution, the 48-year-old woman opened a bank account in June of 2013 under the guise of a fake corporation, placing herself in the position of the only signatory on [...]

New City Library employee accused of grand larceny2015-12-16T00:00:00+00:00

ADT treatments and Alzheimer’s risks

When men in New York and around the country are diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is likely that they will undergo androgen deprivation therapy. ADT reduces androgen and testosterone levels in patients in an effort to reduce the growth of tumors, which is something that testosterone is associated with. However, new research indicates that ADT treatments may not be without a cost.Low levels of testosterone can lead to reduced cognitive function as well as the development of Alzheimer's disease. In an effort to see if there is a connection, researchers looked at patients who had received ADT treatment and checked to see if they had also developed Alzheimer's disease. Researchers discovered that people who underwent ADT were 1.88 times as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's within an average of [...]

ADT treatments and Alzheimer’s risks2015-12-10T00:00:00+00:00

Do police always need a warrant to perform a search New City?

Residents of New City may be aware that they have certain rights when it comes to a police search and seizure, but they may not know what these rights are. In general, a search warrant is needed for police to perform a search of a person or a location in order to uncover evidence of a crime. However, there are some exceptions to the warrant requirement that should be understood.For example, one exception to the search warrant requirement is consent. If a person gives police permission to perform a search, the police may not need to obtain a warrant to do so. In addition, if evidence of a crime is in plain view in a location where the police are allowed to be per law, the police need not obtain [...]

Do police always need a warrant to perform a search New City?2015-12-09T00:00:00+00:00

Certain theft crimes in New York have affirmative defenses

Previous posts here have mentioned that the two types of theft crimes in New City are the crimes of larceny and embezzlement. In New York, there are various levels of larceny, ranging from petit larceny to grand larceny in the first degree. Being accused of these crimes is a serious matter, since there can be harsh consequences upon conviction. However, it may help to know that under New York law there are some affirmative defenses to the crimes of embezzlement or larceny committed by trespassory taking.First of all, if the property at issue was taken under a good faith claim of right, this may be used as an affirmative defense argument. After all, theft crimes are crimes of intent and if a person has a good faith reason to believe [...]

Certain theft crimes in New York have affirmative defenses2015-12-02T00:00:00+00:00

OSHA fines and citations linked to improved workplace safety

Employers in New York and around the country are more likely to make efforts to improve workplace safety after they have been cited and fined following an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Work and Health. IWH researchers also say that the mere threat of an inspection is far less effective at reducing accidents and injuries in the workplace.The IWH researchers looked at the number of work-related injuries that occurred prior to and following an OSHA inspection that resulted in citations being handed down and fines assessed. The results of the study were in line with previous research that has linked workplace safety inspections with a reduction in accident and injury rates. An OSHA representative said that the findings [...]

OSHA fines and citations linked to improved workplace safety2015-12-01T00:00:00+00:00
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