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Friday, March 12, 2010

03/12/10 Norwalk man sues Port Chester police officers for brutality

A Norwalk man is suing three Port Chester, N.Y., police officers, claiming that one of the officers brutally beat him during a dispute about a parking violation while the other two watched and did nothing to stop the assault.

James Graves, 27, claims he suffered severe head injuries and permanent brain damage as a result of the beating, and he is seeking an undisclosed amount of compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants, Port Chester Officers Anthony Rivera and Aaron Conetta and Sgt. John Teneyck.

The incident occurred on Dec. 4, 2008, and he filed the lawsuit U.S. District Court in White Plains on Feb. 25.

Graves' attorney Philip Russell said it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the matter because he is preparing for trial.

Port Chester Police Chief Joseph M. Krezeminski said he could not comment on the matter, as per the request of the department's attorney Tony Cerreto. Cerreto did not return calls for comment.

The lawsuit alleges that Graves was arguing with Frederick Alderman because Alderman had just placed a wheel wedge on Graves' friend's vehicle. Alderman told Graves and his friend that they would have to pay a $75 fine to have the boot removed, the lawsuit said.

Admittedly intoxicated, Graves was demanding to see a rate card or another indicator of Alderman's authority to enforce parking laws, according to the lawsuit. Graves believed the charges were excessive and questioned why Alderman would not accept a credit card, according to the lawsuit.

Rivera, who the lawsuit claims is Alderman's close friend, observed the argument and told Graves to leave the scene, but Graves continued to argue with Alderman. Rivera reached out his hands and choked Graves, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Conetta parked his vehicle near the spot where Rivera was assaulting Graves and he did not intervene.

Rivera subsequently walked away, and Graves yelled an obscenity at him, the lawsuit said. Rivera subsequently grabbed a billy club out of his patrol car and smacked Graves in the head "with enough physical force and violence to crack the plaintiff's skull," according to the lawsuit.

Graves was charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest. He was unconscious when he was taken to the Port Chester Police Department and placed in a holding cell, the lawsuit said. The officers did not take a mug shot of Graves, and the lawsuit claims that they refrained from taking the photo because of Graves' visible injuries.

The lawsuit further alleges that Teneyck was in charge of supervising Conetta and Rivera, and he failed to do so.

Graves spent four-and-a-half hours in a holding cell, bleeding from the head and going in and out of consciousness, he said.

He was not taken to the hospital until the officers on the day shift arrived and saw his condition, the suit said.

He stayed in the hospital for several days and underwent brain surgery for his injuries, according to court documents.

The incident was investigated by supervisors in the Port Chester Police Department, and the lawsuit claims Conetta, Rivera and Teneyck corroborated together and made false statements. The lawsuit further states that surveillance footage of the incident was erased.

Graves' criminal trial is set to begin April 1 at Port Chester Justice Court.


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

03/11/10 The Raw Port Chester News Feed

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

03/10/10 Port Chester homes evacuated in explosive acid scare

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Port Chester News - March 10, 2010
Port Chester homes evacuated in explosive acid scare (LoHud)
A deteriorating bottle from the 1940s caused the evacuation of Betsy Brown Road homes for several hours Monday, but whether it contained an explosive acid will never be known.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

03/03/10 The Port Chester Briefing - Recent Port Chester News

Father of slain student rails at wife in court... could assist her attorney, Allan Focarile of the Legal Aid Society. Focarile also represented Maria Amaya, a Port Chester woman who admitted that she cut the throats of her four children in 1990. Amaya, who also tried to kill herself, was sentenced ...


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Grand Jury Indicts Pair Of SLU Football Players... in their dorm room were indicted Monday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury. Charges against John Calero, 19, Port Chester, and Oscar M. Rodriguez, 20, Palm City, Fla., were dismissed last week in village court because St. Lawrence County Assistant ...


Port Chester cabbie flees after being handed robbery noteposted PORT CHESTER - A taxi driver jumped out of her cab and screamed for help after a passenger gave her a robbery note on a paper towel.


[dddb] Judge Says Ny Can Steal Homes For Bruce Ratner... abuses, and the stand other citizens have taken in West Harlem, Willets Point, Downtown Brooklyn, East Harlem, Port Chester, Syracuse and so many other cities and neighborhoods across the State of New York."The judge's decision to transfer ownership ...


Rye Brook candidates seek simpler rules for homeowners... at Blind Brook High, 840 King St., for a forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester. The election is March 16.


Q&A with Rye Historical Society President Sheri Jordan... from the local Native Americans. This land eventually encompassed what is now the City of Rye, the Village of Port Chester, the Village of Rye Brook and the Town of Rye. Our annual Walking Tour will focus on the colonial history of Purchase Street. ...


Port Chester leather craftsman follows time-worn traditionposted PORT CHESTER - It's hard to find a more humble-looking business than Occhicone Fine Leather Goods Inc., on North Main Street next to the Salvation Army store.


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Ed Sullivan book review: Anatomy of a'really big shew'... his career as a sports reporter, and then a gossip columnist, for his hometown paper in New York State, the Port Chester Daily Item.) Not that the Fab Four, Barbra Streisand or the Rolling Stones wouldn't have become household names without him. ...


Mother strangled daughter..... to get on and off campus, and visitors have to show photo identification to enter. Sara Morabito, a senior from Port Chester, debated whether to go to the campus gym with her friend at 3 p.m. after receiving the vague text message about "an ...


Westchester briefing... in his holster. The incident is under review by plant owner Entergy Nuclear and the New York State Police. PORT CHESTER: Schools Superintendent Donald Carlisle said during a budget presentation Wednesday night that he will give back a $9,000 ...


Port Chester man charged with molesting 4 year old acquaintanceposted PORT CHESTER - A man caught with his hand down a 4-year-old boy's pants faces a felony sexual abuse charge, police said.


Spring Valley rallies past Port Chester... prove it was a fluke. The Tigers moved into a surprising all-Rockland Class A final by rallying to defeat No. 4 Port Chester 52-39 in a semifinal last night at the County Center. Senior guard Nikolas Perez led Spring Valley with 22 points. His five ...


Nino Sechi: Don't take Greenwich's many jewels for granted ... and so do other beautiful sites in town like Byram Shore, Island Beach and Greenwich Point, to name a few. My Port Chester friend made an observation that we longtime town residents too often take such jewels for granted. We were traveling on I-95, ...


This week, 'Urinetown'... in several excellent high-school productions and on the stage at Rye Country Day last summer, courtesy of the Port Chester Council of the Arts - this is one of only two chances this season. (Ardsley presents 'Urinetown' March 18, 19 and 20.) Rye ...


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