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August 03, 2011 | Associated Press

A Virginia prisoner admitted on Wednesday that he had raped a 16-year-old girl in New York almost two decades ago. The admission closed a cold case that came to the fore when a DNA sample was matched to him last year.

The prisoner, Alberto Barriera, pleaded guilty to rape as jury selection was about to start for his trial and he acknowledged...

July 20, 2011 | NY Post


Maybe it's the bad economy. Maybe it's people's desire to look past Wall Street and invest with someone they believe they can trust.

But whatever the reason, swindles of friends by friends are on the rise -- so much so, that prosecutors have coined a separate name for it.

"We call these "Affinity...

July 12, 2011 | Reuters

Investigators charged a Bronx man in three separate sexual-abuse incidents aboard New York City subways after linking him to the crimes through DNA testing, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Tuesday.

Prosecutors alleged that in each instance, Darnell Hardware, 26, entered a crowded rush-hour subway car, rubbed his genitals against a female...

July 07, 2011 | New York Post

Cold-case prosecutors cracked a 25-year-old Manhattan murder and arrested a prisoner who was just days from walking free, authorities said yesterday.

Prosecutors say they've linked Steven Carter through semen stains and DNA under the victim's finger nails to the murder of Antoinette Bennett, who was found dead in St. Nicholas Park, a...

June 15, 2011 | Our Town

By Jessica Lappin and Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

At the Amsterdam Nursing Home in Harlem, elderly residents—away from their families and loved ones—look to nursing aides for care and support. Although Jose Ramos was entrusted with protecting the nursing home’s elders, he instead preyed on a helpless victim and violated her in unthinkable ways....

June 15, 2011 | New York Daily News

Jessica Reyes was just 15 when she managed to fight off a rapist who broke her nose, choked her and tried to strip her in the stairwell of an upper Manhattan apartment building.

She spent seven years looking over her shoulder for an attacker who remained on the loose.

"It was like looking for a ghost," said the petite 22-year-old...

June 14, 2011 | New York Times

With the casual flick of a spent cigarette, Lerio Guerrero unwittingly demonstrated recent advances in DNA testing and a heretofore unspoken peril of smoking.

Mr. Guerrero, an ex-convict, was sitting inside a Brooklyn police stationhouse, arrested for trespassing but also a suspect in a sexual assault of a woman in Brooklyn last month. He did not...

June 11, 2011 |

The indictment of a repeat offender on 13-year-old rape charges documents yet again why the Legislature and Gov. Cuomo must force all criminals to surrender a DNA sample upon conviction.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance charged Lerio Guerrero yesterday with assaulting a 28-year-old college professor on Orchard St. in lower Manhattan in...

June 04, 2011 | New York Post

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. yesterday urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would turn serial domestic-violence offenders into felons, ideally stopping them before they kill someone.

"This bill will save lives," Vance said, noting that the number of domestic-violence complaints had risen citywide to more than 250,...

May 14, 2011 | Daily News

New York has a new poster boy who shows why the Legislature and Gov. Cuomo must force all criminals, not just felons and a handful of misdemeanants, to surrender a DNA sample upon conviction.

Curtis Tucker is a repeat offender who'd racked up an eight-year string of misdemeanor convictions - for weapons possession, drugs, criminal...