Free Bon Jovi Concert Tickets Scalped for 1500 Dollars

July 8, 2008


Bon Jovi is givign a free concert in New York’s Central Park this Saturday, which is being billed as a prelude to the July 15th All-Star baseball game, which will highlight the final season at Yankee Stadium. Some scalpers are selling tickets for as much as $1,500 a pair, even though they were warned not to sell the tickets. The city has distributed 60,000 tickets, with each person limited to two freebies. The performance

The New York Post reports that it found 267 listings for tickets on eBay Monday. Prices ranged from 99 cents to $1,500 a pair.

Kimberly Spell, a spokeswoman for NYC Marketing, says lawyers will be contacting eBay officials to make them aware of the situation.

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Tatum O’Neal Busted For Buying Crack

June 2, 2008

Actress Tatum O’Neal best known for winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “Paper Moon”, was busted Sunday while buying crack cocaine in New York, police said.

The 44-year-old actress, whose penned autobiography in 2004 served as memoir about her long road to sobriety, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after police saw her making a purchase from a drug dealer, police said.

Investigators charged her with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday
She is the daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal, and the ex-wife of tennis star John McEnroe, and together they have thre children.

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Groom’s Killers Found Not Guilty

April 25, 2008

A judge acquitted three New York Police Department detectives of all charges Friday morning in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a 50-bullet barrage, hours before he was to be married.

Detectives Michael Oliver, left, Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper were accused in the 50-bullet barrage.

Detectives Michael Oliver and Gescard Isnora were found not guilty of charges of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Sean Bell, 23, and the wounding of two of his friends.

Detective Marc Cooper was acquitted of reckless endangerment.

Justice Arthur Cooperman said he found problems with the prosecution’s case. He said some prosecution witnesses contradicted themselves, and he cited prior convictions and incarcerations of witnesses.

He also cited the demeanor of some witnesses on the stand.

As the judge read his decision, Nicole Paultre Bell — Sean Bell’s fiancee before his death — ran from the courtroom, saying, “I’ve got to get out of here.”

The announcement immediately sparked anger among some in the crowd outside the courthouse, but the protests were generally orderly.

One woman shouted at a black police officer, “How can you be proud to wear that uniform? Stand down! Stop working for the masters!”

Patrick Lynch, president of the New York Police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said “there’s no winners, there’s no losers” in the case.

“We still have a death that occurred. We still have police officers that have to live with the fact that there was a death involved in their case,” Lynch said.

But, he added, the verdict assured police officers that they will be treated fairly in New York’s courts.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been advising Bell’s fiancee and family, left the courthouse about an hour after the verdict without making a public statement. He had called for calm Wednesday.

Bell, 23, was killed just before dawn on his wedding day, November 25, 2006. He and several friends were winding up an all-night bachelor party at the Kalua Club in Queens, a strip club that was under investigation by a NYPD undercover unit looking into complaints of guns, drugs and prostitution.

Undercover detectives were inside the club, and plainclothes officers were stationed outside.

Witnesses said that about 4 a.m., closing time, as Bell and his friends left the club, an argument broke out. Believing that one of Bell’s friends, Joseph Guzman, was going to get a gun from Bell’s car, one of the undercover detectives followed the men and called for backup.

What happened next was at the heart of the trial, prosecuted by the assistant district attorney in Queens.

The rest of the story can be read @ CNN.com

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