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WEEK IN NEWS: Career criminal, retiring the robe, cops in crosshairs, love in the headstones


Added 02-16-20 08:13:02am EST - “Here are some of our top stories from the last week.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “WEEK IN NEWS: Career criminal, retiring the robe, cops in crosshairs, love in the headstones”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

No one covers the city like the Daily News. For more than a century, New York’s Hometown Newspaper has been your eyes and ears — and your voice.

Do you have a story you think we should tell? Call us at (212) 210-NEWS or email us at [email protected] This is your paper, and we are committed to covering the issues that matter to you. Here are some of our top stories from the last week:

Bail bungle: Career transit thief Charles Barry can’t be stopped — and he knows it. He has been busted 138 times in the past, and in the first five weeks of 2020 has added five new crimes to his rap sheet. After his Feb. 4 arrest for allegedly robbing two women 20 minutes apart, Barry, 56, was back on the street following his arraignment, The News exclusively reported on Wednesday. He was sprung because of new bail reform laws that require judges to free people charged with for non-violent crimes. Thursday night, Barry was picked up again, this time for turnstile jumping.

Retirement ready: Brooklyn Judge Jack Weinstein — the longest-serving federal jurist in the country — is giving up the bench at 98 years old. Weinstein told The News on Tuesday that he’s retiring after 53 years. "I love my colleagues. And the ability to work with them on a daily basis was one that I treasured,” said the judge, who was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson and appointed in 1967.

Attempted assassination: An angry man with a grudge and a gun shot two police officers over a 12-hour period in the Bronx — and vowed to try for more. “I aim to shoot one of you when I get out," Robert Williams, 45, told police after he was arrested for shooting one cop in a van late Saturday and then opening fire inside the 41st Precinct stationhouse Sunday morning, wounding a lieutenant. Both cops suffered minor injuries. Williams, an ex-con who served 15 years for attempted murder, was held without bail Friday.

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