Crime Blotter 10/29

Here's what's happening

L.I. Woman Poisoned; Husband Arrested

Suffolk County police say a man is being held on an attempted murder charge after being accused of putting cyanide in his estranged wife's coffee.

Authorities say 41-year-old Maureen Steeves of Center Moriches, on Long Island, has been on life support since Oct. 18.

David A. Steeves was arraigned Wednesday in Central Islip. Prosecutors said contact information for his attorney was not immediately available.

He was arrested Tuesday with assistance from U.S. marshals in New York and the New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.


Bomb Threat Shuts Down Newark Business School

A bomb threat shut down Drake Business School's Newark campus as police investigated the situation Wednesday.

Police spokesman Todd McClendon says the school, about a block away from the Prudential Center, is being evacuated by the fire department as a precaution.

No dangerous devices have been found.


Belleville Murder Suspects Due in Court

An arraignment is set Wednesday for a father and son suspected of killing and dismembering a relative in their Belleville home.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Peter Toscano gunned down his cousin, Jordan Vorhees.
Authorities say Toscano and his father, Gerald, dumped the remains in the Meadowlands in Kearny. The body has not been found.

The 22-year-old victim had lived with his uncle and cousin for six months.

Toscano is charged with murder and is held on $750,000 bail. His father is free on a $75,000 bond, charged with conspiracy to commit murder and disturbing and concealing human remains.

Newark Drive-by-Shooting Suspects Appear in Court
Two reputed gang members suspected of killing two people and wounding another in a drive-by shooting spree last week in Newark make their first court appearance.
Newark residents Scott Banks and Nashon Brown, both 20, face charges of murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses.

The men are being held in Essex County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

The string of shootings occurred in a span of about 30 minutes in four locations within about a mile of each other. Mayor Cory Booker described the slayings as targeted assassinations.


Fort Dix Defendant Heard Discussing Weapons

Audio and video recordings capture a defendant in an alleged plot to attack Fort Dix talking about buying firearms and photographing the military base.

The tapes were played Wednesday during the trial of five men charged with conspiring to attack the New Jersey military training base in 2007.

The FBI's paid informant, Mahmoud Omar, told jurors he was able to gain the trust of defendant Mohamad Shnewer. During one conversation, Shnewer says one of his alleged accomplices considered Omar being "a man of his word."

Shnewer is heard on tape suggesting the men train in the Pocono mountains during the winter so they won't raise suspicion. He also says he could buy a machine gun for about $400.

A video from inside Omar's car shows he and Shnewer traveling to Fort Dix to try and take pictures of the base.

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