Police Watch: Terrorist threat to Bellevue, Heroin deal at First and East 14th

MAN ARRESTED FOR TERRORIST THREAT TO BELLEVUE
Police arrested 63-year-old Laron Vinson last Friday morning after he allegedly threatened to “blow up” Bellevue Hospital. Vinson called Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday, August 3 inquiring about his missing property. An employee informed him that his case was closed due to lack of evidence and Vinson allegedly became enraged, stating, “This is why people get shot, because property is stolen. I am coming tomorrow. I am going to blow the place up.” Vinson was charged with making a terrorist threat, aggravated harassment and harassment.

MAN BUSTED FOR HEROIN DEAL AT FIRST AND EAST 14TH
Sixty-year-old Mark Serrano was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of First Avenue and East 14th Street last Saturday at 1 p.m. Serrano was seen allegedly making a hand to hand transaction exchanging a quantity of heroin for cash with another person who fled on foot. Police said that Serrano was found in possession of cash, heroin and a gravity knife, and he was also charged with possession of a weapon.

ARREST FOR HEROIN USE ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested 25-year-old Christopher Burns for possession of a controlled substance in front of 25 East 15th Street last Tuesday at 6:40 a.m. Police said that Burns was injecting heroin into his left forearm and was also in possession of several decks of alleged heroin.

THIEF BUSTED WITH 50 CONTAINERS OF ICE CREAM
Police arrested 36-year-old Daniel Hernandez for petit larceny inside 10 Union Square East, home to the Food Emporium, last Monday at 1:29 p.m. Police said that Hernandez took 50 containers of Haagen Daz ice cream from the freezer and put them into his book bag. He then allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for any of them.

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Opinion: Winning at any cost

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

There are things said in the heat of a political campaign battle that you shrug off. There are other things which are said that can be taken as hyperbole. But Donald Trump twice crossed a line last week that is both dangerous and distorted and entirely unprecedented in modern American political campaigns.

First Trump claimed (incorrectly) that Hillary Clinton wishes to abolish the Second Amendment which provides protection for gun ownership. He then went on to say that if Clinton is elected president and appointed justices to the Supreme Court who concur in her point of view, the Second Amendment would be done away with “and there will be nothing that you can do about that, but maybe the Second Amendment people can… I dunno.”

This “joke” about people who possess weapons “doing something about it” can surely be interpreted and processed by sick minds as a call to take action against Hillary Clinton to preserve the Second Amendment and their guns. The Trump people say that their candidate was only talking about voting. But the candidate did not actually say that but rather implied something much differently. Responsible and mature people don’t even joke about things like that. We have witnessed too many mentally disturbed people taking cues to commit violence and we have seen too many American politicians slain in our own lifetimes to be so cavalier about that. Oh and by the way, a president cannot repeal the Second Amendment. That can only happen with a 2/3 majority vote in both houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then the approval by at least three quarters of the individual states. But details, details, details.

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