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Teen's sentence in fatal hit ends

A judge decided yesterday that a 15-year-old unlicensed driver who killed a young Mayfair mother in April needs no further punishment now that the girl has completed community service. However, Family Court Judge Richard Gordon gave a stern lecture to Megan Miller's father, who let her get behind the wheel of the family's 1999 Mercury […]

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Rapper's murder charge lessened

A judge refused to hold rap star Cassidy on a first-degree murder charge yesterday and instead ordered the 23-year-old to stand trial on a charge of third-degree murder in an April shooting outside his Cedarbrook home. About two dozen family members and supporters of Cassidy – whose real name is Barry Reese – cheered and […]

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A break for rapper in slaying

A crowd of roughly two dozen supporters of rapper Cassidy – some wearing T-shirts with his picture on it – cheered and clapped yesterday when Municipal Judge Marsha Neifield ruled that prosecutors did not have enough evidence to try Cassidy for first-degree murder. Neifield upheld lesser murder charges against Cassidy, whose real name is Barry […]

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Judge Reduces Murder Charges Against Cassidy, Sets Bail at $2.5 Million

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Father: I tried to stop runaway car

The father who gave his unlicensed daughter a driving lesson that claimed the life of a young mother in April told investigators he tried to reach out with his hands and push the brake pedal as his car raced out of control. Richard Miller, 46, of the 3200 block of Longshore Avenue in Mayfair, is […]

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Cassidy hearing extended

After a key prosecution witness against rap star Cassidy dramatically changed his testimony yesterday, a judge said prosecutors in the performer's murder case could present additional preliminary hearing evidence next month. Cassidy – whose real name is Barry Reese – is accused of opening fire on a van outside his Cedarbrook home on April 15, […]

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Christmas acquitted of last count against him

His wife was crying, his attorney was elated and John Christmas, ex-special assistant to Mayor Street's chief of staff, was thrilled. That was the the reaction yesterday when U.S. District Judge Bruce A. Kauffman acquitted Christmas, 40, of the last count against him – lying to the grand jury about conversations with Muslim cleric Shamsud-din […]

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Acquitted defendant says he felt an obligation to testify

John Christmas doesn't have the look of a gambler. Soft-spoken and with a fashion sense that leans toward bow ties and white, V-neck boating sweaters, the 40-year-old lawyer instead has the look of a conservative, by-the-book government wonk – which many friends and associates say he is.But with his freedom and livelihood on the line, […]

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Father and daughter surrender to police in fatal crash

A father and his 15-year-old daughter surrendered to police yesterday to face charges in a bizarre auto accident last month in Mayfair that fatally injured an 18-year-old woman in a yard – a crash in which the young mother was able to toss her baby to safety before being run down. Richard Miller, 46, of […]

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Girl, dad charged in fatal crash

Flowers and a melancholy note from grieving family members wilted in the rain on a telephone poll at the corner of Nesper Street and Ryan Avenue in Mayfair yesterday, just a few yards from where a young mother was fatally injured last month. Sarah McGinley, 18, was pinned by an out-of-control car on her fiance's […]

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