Retired corrections officer arrested after shooting 2 men in Queens bowling alley scuffle

A retired city correction officer working security at a Queens bowling alley was arrested Saturday after he shot two rowdy customers during a wild fight, police said.

Michael Iavecchio was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after the confrontation just outside the AMF Bowling Center in Woodside, police said.

Iavecchio, 54, ejected Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donaghy – both 29 – from the lanes at 1:45 a.m. after they refused to stop smoking cigarettes inside, police said.

Once he escorted them outside to 34th Ave., the two men turned and attacked him, the guard told investigators.

As he struggled with the men, Iavecchio broke free and pulled out his .380 Ruger and opened fire, cops said. He hit Hourigan in the chest and Donaghy in the stomach. Both men were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and were expected to survive, police said.

Iavecchio, a former captain with the Correction Department who had a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun, was arrested after hours of questioning, stunning his Rockaway Beach neighbors.

“He’s a wonderful person, he helps everybody,” said neighbor Roma Ciofalo, 77. “Everybody likes him.”

Hourigan and Donaghy were later charged with menacing, police said.

A longtime patron said violence was out of the ordinary at the “family-oriented” bowling alley.

“It’s a very safe place,” said Nancy Jimenez.


New York Correction Officer Arrested; Agreed to Transport 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

MAR 04New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and New York City Commissioner of the Department of Correction Martin F. Horn announced today the arrest of correction officer Edinson Rosales, who was apprehended last night in upper Manhattan. Continue reading

Corrections Officer Jailed for Letting Inmates Smuggle Drugs

HILLIARD | A Nassau County corrections officer has been arrested after authorities say he let inmates smuggle drugs into the county jail.

The Sheriff’s office says surveillance video shows Deputy Cody Wayne Flint-Davis allowing inmates to place a bag of drugs into a mop bucket which they brought into facility. The sheriff’s office says he also tipped inmates off about shakedowns and distributed illicit photos.

Sheriff Tommy Seagraves said inmates tried to bring in about 50 ecstasy pills. Only 19 were recovered.

Twenty-one-year-old Flint-Davis was arrested Friday on several charges including official misconduct and failure to perform the duty required by an officer.

His bail was set at $55,010. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.


Sing Sing Correction Officer Indicted on Top Narcotics Charges

MAR 03 New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan and New York State Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer announced yesterday the indictment of 47-year-old Ashley Harris on six counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Third Degrees. The charges against Harris, a correction officer assigned to the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum security State prison in Ossining, New York, were the result of a three-month investigation conducted by investigators from the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA agents and the New York State Department of Correctional Services’ Inspector General’s office. Continue reading

Guards, inmates face charges in NYC jail death

NEW YORK (AP) – Jail guards and several inmates are facing criminal charges in the beating death of an 18-year-old prisoner at New York City’s Rikers Island.

Prosecutors in the Bronx are expected to announce an indictment Thursday afternoon in the slaying of Christopher Robinson.

Robinson’s family, which has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claims the guards did nothing while inmates beat and stomped the victim to death last October.

It was the first homicide in city jails in four years.


AuSable Forks couple found dead

AUSABLE FORKS — An AuSable Forks couple are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

State Police troopers swarmed to the home of Otis and Fredricka Collins at 3 French Village Road just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Officers found “a deceased male subject near the side door of the residence. His injuries were consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to a new release sent late Monday afternoon with limited information.

“During a check of the residence, a deceased female was located in the first-floor bedroom.” Continue reading

Queens jail guards face assault rap

Four guards at a jail in Queens for federal prisoners were indicted Thursday for beating and humiliating an inmate after he complimented a woman guard about her appearance, authorities said.

The attack in April on the unidentified inmate at the Queens Private Detention Facility in Jamaica was in retaliation for telling guard Krystal Mack that she looked good, according to court papers.

“It may have been said in a leering way,” a source said.

A supervisor, Marvin Wells, and two other guards marched the inmate to the shower room and ordered him to strip naked, according to court papers.

Wells allegedly struck the inmate repeatedly in the neck causing his head to slam against the wall. There are no surveillance cameras inside the shower room.

After the inmate dressed, “Wells forced him to kneel and made him apologize to Mack,” according to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan.

The guards allegedly conspired to cover up the attack, but two co-workers came forward to corroborate the inmate’s account.

The prison is owned and operated by the GEO Group under a contract with the U.S. Marshal Service.

Mack still works at the jail, but Wells and co-defendants Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray are no longer employed there.

“This prosecution affirms our strong commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals not to be subjected to injustice and excessive force by officers whose duty it is to uphold the law,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.