Richard Cohen, 31, from Midwood was arrested for stabbing his mother to death on Saturday night.
His mother, Anne Cohen, 64, went to visit him at his Midwood home on Ocean Avenue. They began arguing and Richard, who has a history of violence and mental illness, stabbed her in the torso and neck.
“There was a record of domestic incidents, domestic violence in that household between the son and the mother,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said to the New York Daily News.
The feuds between mother and son may have stemmed from financial issues. Anne sold her Bath Beach home for $800,000 and her son was not happy about it. She also had money from a medical malpractice suit related to her husband’s death.
The son had been recently hospitalized for threatening his mother. She kicked him out of her home but had apparently made amends with him and went to pay him a visit.
Richard was taken into police custody, arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Anne was taken to New York Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Two men were charged with burglary and arson after they stole $5,000 from a Dyker Heights home, and then set it ablaze to cover their tracks.
Saleh Musa, 22, and a 15-year-old accomplice were said to be behind the 3 a.m. fire early Thursday morning. FDNY fire marshals investigated the Bay Ridge and 12th Avenues blaze and found it suspicious.
No word on how the suspects were apprehended.
The duo was charged with arson, burglary and reckless endangerment. They may be charged with assault because a firefighter was injured fighting the fire, according to the New York Daily News.
At a rally attended by approximately 150 area residents, Assemblyman Bill Colton and heads of various local organizations blasted a Department of Sanitation plan to install a waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay, saying they don’t trust the organization and will continue their fight to halt construction.
But the Sanitation Department said it’s moving ahead with their plans, anyway.
The opponents gathered on Sunday at the Bay Parkway Promenade next to Caesar’s Bay, toting signs of opposition. Assemblyman Bill Colton spoke against the plan, as did Congressional candidate Mark Murphy, State Senate Candidate Andrew Gounardes, District Leader candidate Ari Kagan and local environmental and neighborhood activists.
At issue is the Sanitation Department’s proposal to reactivate an old Sanitation facility on Bay 41st Street off Shore Parkway, turning it into a waste transfer station where trucks will bring garbage, formally known as the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer Station, load it onto a barge, and ship it out. But, according to Colton, the plan will require dredging of the waters around it, which will stir up a toxic blend of chemicals laying dormant on the bay’s floor, a mix he’s dubbed “black mayonaisse.”
“Scientists have confirmed what many in the community feared…There were unsafe levels of mercury and other harmful toxins found at the bottom of Gravesend Bay. The samples were taken by just scratching the surface rather than by digging deep below the surface where the dredging will reach. This leads others and me to wonder: What other dangers lie further below Gravesend Bay?” asked Colton. “And how will this toxic material impact the adjacent beaches of Coney Island and Manhattan Beach?”
The toxic stew formed, in part, with the help of the agency itself. The proposed site is the former location of a waste incinerator. Colton said the department has a bad track record in the neighborhood, as the previous facility operated without proper permits, and did not take precautions to contain environmental damage. Colton, who led the fight to shut down the facility in the 1990s, said toxic ash from the incinerator rained down on nearby homes, senior centers and into the water – and the ensuing years have seen increased reports of cancer and related-illnesses.
Just as in his fight to shut down the incinerator, Colton has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the community to block the agency from going forward with its plans.
But that doesn’t appear to concern the Sanitation Department, which told Bensonhurst Bean that the benefit of getting trucks off the road outweigh any perceived risk of an environmental catastrophe.
“The Department of Sanitation is moving forward with plans to construct this state of the art containerized marine transfer station that will allow waste from south Brooklyn to be shipped by barge to rail centers where it will be moved to landfills out of the state,” a Sanitation spokesperson said. “In doing so, a reliable and environmentally sound system for managing the city’s waste, a fair and equitable distribution of waste management throughout the five boroughs, and a significant reduction in truck traffic through city streets are achieved. The marine transfer station is part of the Mayor’s Solid Waste Management Plan that was overwhelmingly approved by the City Council and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.”
From the offices of Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes:
DEFENDANT ADMITTED HE KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED THE BOY AND WILL BE SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON
Brooklyn, August 9, 2012 – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the guilty plea of Levi Aron, 36, to Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the Second degree. He will receive a sentence of 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on August 29, 2012.
“With this guilty plea, I hope the process of healing and hopefully closure can begin for the Kletzky family and community,” said District Attorney Hynes. “No one should ever forget what happened to Leiby Kletzky but we can all take solace that Levi Aron will never, ever be able to hurt anyone again.”
On July 11, 2011, Aron abducted Kletzky from the vicinity of 18th Avenue and Dahill Road, in Brooklyn. Aron then took the child to Aron’s apartment, at 466 East 2nd St., also in Brooklyn, where Aron killed him.
The case is being handled by Counsel to the Homicide Bureau Julie Rendelman and Unit Chief in the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Division Linda Weinman. Kenneth Taub is Chief of the Homicide Bureau. Rhonnie Jaus is Chief of the Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children Division.
Musician James Taylor, not to be confused with the famous guitarist, attempted to end his life by jumping from the Verrazano Bridge.
Taylor, 24, moved here from Philadelphia to pursue music, but has not had any luck. Thursday evening, he was kicked out of his friend’s home and then got into an argument with his girlfriend, who told him to “jump off a bridge.” He took her advice.
He walked the lower level of the bridge with his saxophone case in hand. Drivers who saw him immediately called 9-1-1 to report a man with a suspicious package.
“He said he was trying to make his girlfriend happy because she told him to jump off a bridge,” a source said to the New York Daily News.
Police caught up with him and took him into custody.
“Forbidden Fruit,” a Feature, to be filmed on Saturday, August 12 mostly in Borough Park.
There is no film currently in production titled “Forbidden Fruit” on IMDB. There is an older film directed by Cecil B. DeMille of the same name. It was, however, a silent film made in 1921. Sounds like an implausible remake, but then again there was “The Artist.”
DeMille was best known for “The Ten Commandments.”
The filming schedule and locations are below. Either avoid due to possible traffic or go and gawk at the forbidden fruit.
5121 16 AVENUE between 52 STREET and 51 STREET, Brooklyn (Exterior)
Description: Two girls chat outside of a shoe store while a garbage man throws trash into the back of his truck. Boy and girl talk in moving garbage truck as it drives with normal traffic flow from this location to Location #2.
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Street Control: 1/4 Street
42nd St. Truck
42 STREET between 16 AVENUE and 17 AVENUE, Brooklyn (Exterior)
Description: Boy and girl talk inside parked garbage truck. They get out and stand on back of truck as it pulls out of parking spot.
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Dahill at Park
DAHILL ROAD between 38 STREET and 37 STREET, Brooklyn (Exterior)
Description: Boy and girl sit in parked garbage truck, get out and talk on sidewalk near truck.
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DAHILL ROAD between 38 STREET and 37 STREET
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Street Control: 2 Truck Length
Congressman Michael Grimm accounted for a trip to Israel on his Congressional financial disclosure filing in May, but did not file a required report about a subsequent visit to Cyprus, according to the New York Times.
But in June, Grimm updated the paperwork to reflect the Cyprus trip – just a day after the lobbyist who paid for Grimm’s visit was arrested on federal corruption charges.
Records show that in June, Grimm modified his financial disclosure to include his trip to Cyprus (pdf). Whether it was intentional or a mere coincidence, Grimm made this change one day after Peter Papanicolaou, the president of the Cyprus Federation of America and the individual who funded Grimm’s trip, was arrested on federal corruption charges, said the Times.
Papanicolaou was charged with providing an official of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development with a free trip to Greece in order to obtain city contracts for his construction company in Brooklyn.
William McGinley, Grimm’s attorney, said that the filing had nothing to do with Papanicolaou’s arrest. He said Grimm filed the report when he did because the House Ethics Committee informed him that the Cyprus trip was not reported in his files just five days earlier.
Grimm’s trip was not a complete secret. Grimm submitted information about it to the Ethics Committee before booking it, and the committee approved it.
The Times also notes that, about a month before the Cyprus trip, a news release from Grimm’s office stated that he would co-sponsor a bill to assist American owners of property in “Turkish-Occupied Cyprus” seek restitution for the “illegal use and occupation of their property.” The news release said Grimm would travel to Cyprus in August 2011.
It remains unclear whether the timing of the release his report is connected to Papanicolaou’s arrest, though Grimm’s camp insists it’s just coincidence.
CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.