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Driver charged in Brooklyn crash that killed two children

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The driver who police say fatally struck two children in Brooklyn in March 2018 has been charged in their deaths.

The driver who police say fatally struck two children in Brooklyn in March 2018 has been charged in their deaths.

Dorothy Bruns, 44, of Staten Island, was indicted by a grand jury on manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault and other charges. ANC7 New York reported.

Dorothy Bruns was not initially charged following the March 5, 2018 crash at Ninth Street near Fifth Avenue in Park Slope because she had suffered a seizure. But the investigation revealed that she was instructed not to drive after being hospitalized less than two months earlier after crashing her car into a parked vehicle.

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The children, 1-year-old Josh Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein, were killed as they crossed the street with their mom.

The driver who police say fatally struck two children in Brooklyn in March 2018 has been charged in their deaths.

Abigail was the daughter of Broadway star Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, who goes by the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles and won a Tony for her role as Lady Thiang in a revival of the “King and me.” Blumenstein, who is pregnant, was walking with friend Lauren Lew, who had Joshua in a stroller.

Detectives later learned Bruns suffered from multiple sclerosis and had a history of seizures, and that her car had a history of eight violations of school zone speed limits and red light violations.



“The loss of Abigail and Joshua was a horrific and avoidable tragedy that devastated their loved ones and hurt so many of their friends and neighbors,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “After a thorough investigation that started in the hours after the crash, my office indicted the driver for recklessly causing their deaths. Her alleged insistence on driving despite doctor’s orders and serious medical conditions that prevented her from safely doing so was not only irresponsible; it was unlawful. I intend to hold now her accountable and urge all drivers to heed instructions of medical professionals and never drive a car when told not to.

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Her driver’s license was suspended following the crash.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a neighborhood resident, was outraged as details emerged.

“She should never have been allowed to have been driving a car after what we know of these other violations,” he said.

Dorothy Bruns faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top charge.

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Nanny gets life in prison in fatal stabbings of two children

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The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The nanny convicted of murder two children left in her care in their Manhattan apartment was sentenced and will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Yoselyn Ortega murdered 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim inside their Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan on October 25, 2012. She learned her fate after emotional impact statements by the victim’s parents. ABC7 New York reported.

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Mother Marina Krim told a judge that Ortega instead destroyed her own family. She said Ortega had shown no remorse, and no one in her family has ever said they were sorry.



The nanny Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to 25 years on each count of first-degree murder, to run consecutively, meaning she would serve a minimum of 50 years. She was convicted in April 2018 after her lawyers argued she was mentally ill and couldn’t be held responsible for their deaths.

Prosecutor say Ortega knew what she was doing and understood “every stab, every slash” as she slaughtered the children.

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The children’s mother found them in a bathroom. The parent’s testimony made jurors weep during the emotional trial.

Prosecutor said the motive was Ortega’s mounting financial troubles and her deep resentment of the Krims.

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Woman awarded $8 million after wrongful termination from Chipotle restaurant

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A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a woman wrongfully terminated from a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno California.

Jeannette Ortiz was awarded $8 million after she was fired from her managing position in 2015. ABC7 News reported.

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Chipotle accused Ortiz of stealing $636 and claimed there was surveillance video evidence of it, but the company never produced the video.



Chipotle restaurant issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict and planned to appeal the outcome.

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Venezuelan model gets 20 months in prison for extortion plot

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Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Venezuelan model was sentenced to 20 months and 15 days in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot.

Additionally, U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard ordered Venezuelan model to pay at least $841.20 in restitution and prohibited her from using social media and email during her sentence and the term of supervision.

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On February 14, 2018, following a two and a half week Miami jury trial, Brigith Dayana Gomez, 29, of Venezuela was convicted on all counts of the charged indictment.



One count of conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication.
Three counts of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.
One count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gomez and co-defendant Carolina Del Carmen Roldan planned to extort a victim, residing in Broward County in Florida, out of tens of thousands of dollars. If the victim did not comply with the demands for payment, the defendants threatened to damage the victim’s reputation and business prospects.

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Gomez was residing in Los Angeles, California, while Del Carmen Roldan was residing in Miami, Florida, during the extortion conspiracy. Both women, originally from Venezuela, had previously obtained U.S. visas to reside in the United States.

Del Carmen Roldan previously pled guilty to participating in the conspiracy to transmit an interstate extortionate communication and was sentenced to 14 months and 15 days in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.

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