My overnight TV: January 28th and 29th

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to watch tv during the overnight hours between friday night and sunday morning. Here’s what I watched overnight

Saturday the 28th, I was watching Long Island’s WLIW 21
1.30 The Vicar of Dibley
2a Spooks
3a New Tricks
4a The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Sunday the 29th, I was watching Adult Swim
12a and 4a Bleach
12.30 and 4.30 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
1a and 5a Durarara!!
1.30 Kekkaishi
2.30 Big O
3a Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig
5.30 InuYasha

Body of missing woman found

The body of Laura Garza, a young woman last seen leaving a Manhattan nightclub with a sex offender on Dec. 3, 2008, has been found in Pennsylvania, police said.

DNA analysis of bones found April 11 in Mount Cobb, near Scranton, confirmed her identity.

Garza, 25, a dancer from McAllen, Texas, who had moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, five months earlier, was last seen with Michael Mele, 24, leaving Chelsea’s Marquee Club. He was questioned but never charged in her disappearance.

Authorities searched Mele’s condo and found that pieces of carpeting had been cut out. Yesterday officials noted he hasn’t cooperated with investigators.

Mele has a history of exposing himself and masturbating on girls and women in malls — in Paramus, N.J., and at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County. He was arrested in 2007 and required to register as a Level 1 sex offender.

The son of a retired MTA assistant deputy police chief, Mele was convicted of parole violations unrelated to Garza’s disappearance including failing to tell state authorities he had moved from his parents’ home to his Wallkill condo. He was denied parole last month.

L.I. Firefighter Gets 25 To Life For Murder, Arson

BreakingNews A young Nassau County volunteer firefighter who started a fire that killed a mother and three of her children — all so he could be a first responder and come off as a hero — was sentenced to 25 years to life on Friday. Caleb Lacey, 20, was found guilty in February of murder, manslaughter, arson and reckless endangerment.

Health Aide Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Patients

A 64-year-old Long Island health aide is accused of sexually abusing six mentally disabled women at group homes in both Bay Shore and Southold.

Pervez Mahmud, of Manorville, who worked as an aide at an East end group home for developmentally disabled adults, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to a 20-count indictment, including second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller said in court Mahmud had sex “several times” with one victim. Mahmud is accused of touching the breasts and buttocks of several victims – between the ages of 45 and 71.

A probe conducted by Southold police and the district attorney’s office, found Mahmud assaulted five woman at a group home in Southold between June and November. H was arrested in November and is currently free on $50,000 bail.

Christian Killoran, Mahmud’s attorney, said his client is weak and deficient.

Mahmud, who is married with three children and two grandchildren, is due back in court April 21.

Murder in subway adds to crime rise

Hot on the heels of news that New York City’s murder rate is 22 percent higher this year than last, two men were stabbed to death on the subway early yesterday morning.

The killings occurred on a downtown 2 train at 5 a.m. Sunday; a brawl broke out on the train when a man accidentally hit another with a bag of garbage he was tossing out the door at a local stop north of 14th St. The train pulled into Houston Street with two men dead in a bloody train car. A third man was stabbed in the neck and arm.

The city may layoff 3,150 cops as part of budget cuts, even as violent crimes, like murders, rapes and burglaries, are on the rise. In Manhattan alone, the murder rate rose 78 percent from this time last year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who bragged one week ago “there is no crime on the subway,” admitted he’s worried there are too few cops.

It’s gotten so bad that the NYPD held an emergency meeting last week to speak to detectives at each precinct with a crime spike, the New York Post reported.

“This violent and deplorable incident makes it all the more clear that we cannot jeopardize safety by cutting the NYPD budget,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

NYC Cops on the Hunt for Suspected Rapist in Brooklyn

New York City police are on the hunt for a man wanted in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in Central Brooklyn.

The alleged attacks occurred on March 16 and 23, when the suspect allegedly assaulted both victims at gunpoint early in the morning. The man is accused of dragging the women into isolated areas on the border of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, raping them and then fleeing the scene on foot.

During the first assault on March 16, police say a 56-year-old female was approached by the suspect, who was armed with a firearm. The suspect apparently took the victim to John Hancock Park where he sexually assaulted her and struck her on the head with a gun, causing a laceration.

The suspect allegedly struck again on March 23, when he approached a 42-year-old female near Franklin Ave., dragged her into an alley way and proceeded to rape her before striking her on the head with a gun.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’8″-5’11”, 160-180 pounds, and was last spotted wearing a green jacket, dark pants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477. All calls will remain confidential.

Suspect Poses As Another Prisoner, Escapes from Bronx Court

A suspect escaped from the Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday after he posed as another prisoner, even attending the other man’s arraignment.

Michael Bautista, 22, pretended to be another prisoner, Marcial Sosa, who was due to be released on a lesser charge of driving with a suspended license.

Believing he was Sosa, authorities inadvertently released Bautista around 10 a.m. from the 44th Precinct at 215 East 161 St.

Bautista is accused of going to his girlfriend’s Castle Hill apartment on Aug. 14 and breaking down the door, punching her in the face and proceeding to destroy items inside. He then allegedly returned later and threatened his girlfriend when police were called to the scene. In addition, Bautista reportedly resisted arrest and assaulted a cop.

Phone calls to the Office of Court Administration were not immediately returned.

New York City police are currently on the hunt for Bautista. He is described as a 22-year-old Hispanic male, roughly 6’0″ tall and 180 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. He also has a tattoo of a red scorpion holding a heart with letters on the left side of his neck, and a tattoo of a star on the right side.

Anyone with information in regards to the suspect is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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