Crime Waves: ‘I Hit Him in the Leg With My Coat Like a Little Fly’

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly yesterday outlined a plan to “turn most of lower Manhattan into a heavily-patrolled fortress,” in the words of the Daily News. Security operations for the 9/11 trials in the city will involve a double-layered perimeter including 2,000 “barriers and checkpoints.”

Meanwhile, convicted domestic abuser/former NY1 anchor Dominic Carter may have another court date in his future. But this time, the Post writes, “he’ll be helping a lady out”: he may be called in a witness in a sexual harassment suit against NY1. A former reporter says that she was mocked and ultimately assaulted by coworkers, and her lawyer has Carter on tape saying that she “basically got screwed over by management.” The trial would be in April.

New Jersey legalized medical marijuana this week, and the Daily News takes the opportunity to talk to a New York pot dealer about the business ramifications. He estimated the cost of an ounce in the city at $500; in New Jersey, it will be more like $125.

“It’s going to cut a lot of the bridge-and-tunnel customers,” he told the paper. “I’m just trying to lock down who I have in the city. I have to stay on the grind.”

He added: “As I smoker, I think it’s great. But from a business aspect, it’s going to cut a lot of people.”
While the Daily News chats with anxious pot dealers, the Post talks to old men in Brooklyn. 83-year-old Gersh Gofman apparently beat 99-year-old Steve Pulwers wth a steering-wheel lock over a parking situation. Reports the Post:

The near-centenarian said he was helpless, and tried to use his coat to defend himself.

“I hit him in the leg with my coat like a little fly,” he said.

Gofman, who hadn’t said a word up to that point, then threatened Pulwers in Russian.

“He said he was going to send somebody to cut off my balls,” Pulwers said.

Gofman was charged with assault, menacing, and harassment.

And if you made a Venn diagram of Times and Post crime coverage, there would be no better story to place in the overlap than today’s tale of grammarian strippers.

The prostitution charges against two Manhattan lap dancers state that they “engaged, agreed and offered to engage in sexual conduct with another person for a fee.” However, the anti-prostitution statute defines the crime as occurring when a “person engages or agrees or offers to engage.” 

The defense says that by using “the conjunctive, not the disjunctive,” the prosecution made a larger accusation than they can actually prove, as The Times explains.

Writes the Post of the “$exxxy” case, “Talk about cunning linguists!”

Crime Waves: ‘I Hit Him in the Leg With My Coat Like a Little Fly’