Maybe the urge to keep loose change in his pocket was simply too much.
If so, that urge will now cost James Bagarozzo, a Buffalo, N.Y., parking meter mechanic, far more than he ever got from stealing $210,000 from the curbside machines.
On Friday, Bagarozzo, 57, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the thefts, which he got away with for more than eight years between 2003 and 2011 by using his technical skills to rig about 70 city meters so that he could collect from them, then exchange the coins for cash at a local bank during his lunch hours. In total, he rolled more than 10,000 pounds of quarters.
A co-worker, Lawrence Charles, collaborated with Bagarozzo and stole $15,000 in quarters over a five year period, prosecutors said. He is…
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When Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon this past April in the final seconds of a game against the Golden State Warriors, many expected him to be sidelined for up to a year. So it came as a pleasant surprise this afternoon, when the 15-time All-Star NBA player posted a video on Instagram showing him running on a treadmill. As ProBasketballTalk explains, “If you’re unsure of exactly what you’re looking at, that’s Kobe Bryant running on an anti-gravity treadmill that allows the user to run on less than their full body weight. Clearly Kobe is advancing in his rehab and wanted to share that information with his fans.”
The clip itself may be boring, but what it signals about Bryant’s recovery — and his chances of playing in the opening…
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Eduardo Arellano-Felix, the last of four brothers who ran the drug cartel in Mexico known as the Arellano-Felix Organization, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in U.S. federal prison for his role as chief financial officer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Arellano-Felix, 56, was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to charges of conspiracy to launder money and to use and invest illicit drug profits.
A medical doctor known as “El Doctor,” Arellano-Felix used drug-trafficking proceeds to pay members of the drug cartel to commit crimes, buy firearms, pay bribes and purchase drugs, according to the plea agreement.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will make its U.S debut next week in Boston, but today the organizers of the event provided New Yorkers with a show of their own.
In an effort to publicize the competition, high dive world champion Orlando Duque jumped from 75 feet from a helicopter into the Hudson river. Duque only had three seconds to attempt a flying back tuck before reaching the surface of the river.
The World Series had already traveled to 4 other locations around the world before stopping in New York City for just one day.