The subway vigilante who shot four panhandling youths on a New York City train in the 1980s is accused of selling marijuana to an undercover officer.
Bernhard Goetz, 65, was arraigned on misdemeanor drug charges Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court next month. His lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
A criminal complaint said Goetz was arrested Friday evening in Union Square after giving an undercover police officer a napkin with loose marijuana in exchange for money and that he had more pot in his pocket.
On Dec. 22, 1984, Goetz rose from his seat on the No. 2 train in Manhattan and shot four black teens with an illegal handgun. The teens had sharpened screwdrivers and were asking him for $5. Goetz, who is white, said it was self-defense and that the youths intended to rob him.
The shooting brought to the surface long-smoldering urban issues of race, crime and quality of life in the city.
Goetz was cleared of attempted murder charges in 1987 and spent 250 days in jail the same yearfor a weapons conviction in the case.
— Associated Press
Two male graduates were married at West Point on Saturday in the first gay wedding ever held at the military academy.
Larry Choate III, 27, married Daniel Lennox, 28, in an afternoon ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel.
Both men are out of the Army and both wore tuxedoes for the ceremony. About 20 guests attended, some in uniform.
West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in 2012, more than a year after New York legalized gay marriage. But Saturday’s wedding was the first between two men at West Point.
— Associated Press
Criminal charges in Halloween gun prank: A Colorado man who police say pointed a toy gun at a police officer and laughed it off as a Halloween prank is facing criminal charges. Police say Patricio Preciado, 29, pointed a toy gun in the face of Grand Junction police officer Cody Kennedy early Friday. The Daily Sentinel reports that Kennedy said he drew his police handgun as Preciado laughed and said it was a joke.Preciado was charged with attempted robbery and felony menacing and released on bond Friday. His attorney did not return a request for comment.
Serial killer dies in Tennessee hospital: Death row inmate Paul Dennis Reid, who killed seven young people in a series of attacks at Tennessee fast-food restaurants in 1997, died Friday in a Nashville hospital, a prison official said. The cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner, said Dorinda Carter, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction. Reid, 55, was taken from Nashville’s Riverbend Maximum Security Institution to General Hospital about two weeks ago, Carter said. Officials declined to say what he was being treated for. Reid was sentenced to death in 1999 for the first-degree murders of seven fast-food workers in the Nashville area. The killings took place at a Captain D’s, a McDonald’s and a Baskin-Robbins shop.