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Landlord to Pay in Killings

Dec 20, 2002 @ 08:59 PM — by David Worby

A Bronx landlord was found partially liable yesterday for the 1993 slayings known as the St. Valentine s Day massacre and was ordered to pay the victims families a chunk of a $16.4 million judgment. A Bronx Supreme Court jury agreed that the five murders might not have happened if Dearborne Management and Prospect Union Associates had provided better security at its Mott Haven apartment building. The landlords were ordered to fork over $6.23 million 38% of the megabucks judgment while the five men serving life sentences for the killings must pay the rest. This was justice, said Howard Frederick, lawyer representing one of the victims families. The jury did a good analysis of a complicated case. On Valentine s Day eve 1993, killers looking to settle a drug related dispute with tenant Edwin Santiago entered the Prospect Ave. building through a broken door. No guard was on duty to stop them from killing Santiago Christopher Hernandez, Annette Medina and Julia and

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Former Counselor Describes Beating

May 14, 2002 @ 01:56 PM — by David Worby

Victim s lawyer blames Cottage School for attack WHITE PLAINS Edith Toro s cheeks were coated with red burn marks, and tears poured from her eyes yesterday as she described the night she said eight girls tortured her at Pleasantville Cottage School and threatened, You re going to die tonight. The former counselor, giving her most detailed account of the Feb. 7 attack, said the girls tore off her clothes, poured rubbing alcohol on her face and set it afire, then refused her cries for water. She even lied that she was pregnant in hopes that the girls would back off, but they just started laughing, she said. They didn t want to kill me right away, she said. They kept saying how much I was going to suffer. She described the ordeal during a news conference in the office of David Worby, her attorney, who said he was preparing a lawsuit seeking tens of millions of dollars. Last week, he served notices of claim, the prerequisite to a lawsuit, against three governmental ag

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8th Girl Arrested in Cottage Attack

Mar 19, 2002 @ 02:01 PM — by David Worby

Victim s lawyer lays groundwork for filing civil suit MOUNT PLEASANT The eight girl wanted in connection with a brutal attack on a counselor at the Pleasantville Cottage School has been arrested. Erica Mateo, 14, was picked up shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday in the Bronx, where she was spotted at a pay phone near East 180th Street and Webster Avenue, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno said yesterday. We ve had two officers checking various locations in New York City a few times a week, and we finally found her, Alagno said. He said Mateo was arrested without incident. I think she was resigned to the fact that she had finally been apprehended, he said. She said she had considered turning herself in but just couldn t bring herself to do it. News of the arrest came on the same day lawyers for the 32-year-old victim announced that they have obtained a court order compelling the Jewish Child Care Association, which owns and operates the Cottage School, to provide info

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Widow of man killed in forklift accident files $20M suit

Mar 4, 2002 @ 11:51 AM — by David Worby

Construction crew, companies blamed in wrongful-death case The widow of a Yorktown man who was killed last year when a forklift pierced his car window is seeking $20 million in damages from several defendants. Maureen Korn, whose husband, Samuel was killed Nov. 9, is suing the forklift operator, a dump truck driver who was blocking part of the roadway, both of their employers, and the contractor for the construction site. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in state Supreme Court in White Plains, seeks $10 million in damages for pain and suffering and another $10 million from the defendants for causing the wrongful death, said David Worby of Worby Vecchio Edelman, the White Plains law firm representing Korn. Because of the outrageous conduct of these defendants and the grossly negligent way in which they conducted their business at the construction site on that day, the Korn family has been deprived of a loving husband and father, and the community has been deprived of a selfless in

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