National briefs: Pharmacist tied to theft

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NEW YORK — A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital’s vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law.

For more than five years before his firing this spring, Anthony D’Alessandro exploited his access to the drug supply of what is now Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital to grab oxycodone and other pills by the hundreds and then fudged records to cover his tracks, city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan’s office said.

Prosecutors are still investigating what became of the drugs, but believe the medications ended up on the thriving black market for prescription narcotics, where the more than 193,000 missing pills could fetch a total of about $5.6 million.

Drone leads to arrest

NEW YORK — Two men were arrested this week after flying a small drone near the George Washington Bridge that came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said Tuesday. The men were charged with reckless endangerment.

On Monday, shortly after midnight, the helicopter pilot notified officers at the 34th Precinct that an unmanned aircraft had gotten in the way of his helicopter as he flew near the bridge. The pilot said the drone then landed on a vehicle parked on the ground nearby. When the officers reported to the scene, they arrested two men found in possession of two drones and two remote controls.

Baby left in subway

NEW YORK — Police on Tuesday charged a North Carolina woman they say abandoned her baby Monday in a crowded Manhattan subway station.

Frankea Dabbs, 20, did not appear to have a residence in New York, and the police described her as homeless. It was not immediately clear when she arrived in the city from Raleigh, where she had been living. Police charged Ms. Dabbs with child abandonment, a felony, and acting in a manner injurious to a child, a misdemeanor.

Police did not release the name of the 11-month-old girl, who is in the custody of the city’s child welfare agency.

Russian held in hacking

WASHINGTON -- Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of violating a bilateral treaty and “kidnapping” a Russian accused of hacking into U.S. retailers' computer systems to steal credit card data.

The Department of Homeland Security arrested Roman V. Seleznev, the son of a Russian lawmaker, on Saturday for what it said were crimes carried out from 2009 to 2011. The 30-year-old's father, Valery Seleznev, a deputy in Russia's lower house, said in a statement he intends “to take all necessary steps to protect his lawful interests.”

Crash site landmark

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash killed all 128 people aboard the two planes in the deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history at the time. A nation already struggling with increasingly busy skies pressured Congress for major changes to improve air traffic control and radar systems in response to the tragedy.

About 200 people gathered Tuesday for a ceremony overlooking the gorge where the wreckage was scattered over 1.5 square miles. Some of the wreckage still remains in the canyon but is not visible from the overlook.


— Compiled from news services


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