Newsday from New York, New York on August 18, 1978 · 5
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Newsday from New York, New York · 5

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Friday, August 18, 1978
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w'Wrfr-TtoB‘T ' iu-X- ' ‘fcjffl m ewes 500 Pounds of Pot Part of the 500 pounds of marijuana found by police ' By Michael Arena and John Cummings Bayside — The quiet of Little Neck Boulevard u nattered early yesterday by a man an ap- - parent crime victim who ran acreaming from hia ' house When police arrived they didn't find the - man— hut they laid they did find evidence at a crime: more than 600 poundaof marijuana in ' die — The man later surrendered to authorities! It was the second bixaire happening on that street in little more than a month On July 16 a man living across the street had been murdered in gangland fashion But police said that the atUl-unaolyed murder waa not related to the marijuana' caae Capt James Hennessy of the Queens Narcot- ics Squad said that the mm arrested on the marijuana charges identified aa Charles Stephan 32 of of 28-26 little Neck BlvtL — waa apparently running a wholesale operation at the house which ' police say he had rented since January Police said that they found $58000 m cash in - the residence "We aren’t sure since he Stephan isn’t talking" Hennessy said "but we think be ' was being held up when be ran fins the house” Hia acreama awakened neighbors including - the widow ofthe man killed in July— Carl Arena of No 28-40 — and police were called The Arena hoiiae-ia directly across the street One neighbor ’ who asked not to be identified said: "He came " screaming out ‘of the house He waa screaming fin- his life” -- - " He vanished but police acid surrendered lat- er in the day accompanied by an attorney to Sterling Johnson the special city prosecutor for narcotics cases Johnaon said only that Stephan - had given himaelf up at Johnsons office and re- ' bntd all other-questions to police - ’ Police said that when they went to the door and no one answered they went in through a 'side window They uid they found $1000 in cash on this kitchen table and more than 600 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $200000 in huge plastic garbage bags in the basement Police said that further searches of the house turned up another $57000 in cash bringing the total to $58)00 Police also said that a car with keys in the rtion and a street map of New York City on front seat was found in front if Stephan’s house The owner was not identified They said that Stephan’s ear wo in the garage Hennessy said police believed that -Stephan wo a narcotics wholesaler but o of last night he said they had been unable to find any previous criminal record in his-name - Stephan wo charged with felony possession of drugs a charge that could bring him a 20-year sentence Police said they had obtained a search warrant and were going through the house there Hennessy s find any lime between Stephan and the murder of Arena who wo described by neighbors to police o " a oint" Arena wo murdered by a gunman who apparently hid in a nearby wooded area and shot him o be wo waiting for a ride to work with a co-worker who picked him up each morning: Asked yesterday whether the gunman might have killed the wrong man Hennessy said: Aa of this time we have nothing to connect the two cases” Police said that Stephan wo married but added that they had been unable to find his wife Its Mastropieri Probe By Joseph M Treen - New York— -The City-Council Ethics rjmmittwi nnmimwrf ywtortUy tht it is hiring special counsel to take charge of its investigation of Queens Councu-man-at-Large Eugene F Mastropieri It is the first time that the City Council ho ever appointed an attorney -to investigate one oz its own members 1 Ethics Committee Chairman Samuel Horwitx (D-Brooklyn) said— because it is in feet the first time that it ho ever had to investigate one of its own mem- : bets "Everyone who’s undo fire either - resigned or wo removed automatical-' ’ ly Horwitx said ' f " Horwitx said that aome committee members have been questioning Mas-tropieri’s credibility "We’re not satisfied with all of the answers” Jie said "and we feel we need an expert We : need somebody who knows how to look j into this thing properly” ' Mastropieri saia yesterday that he thought that' the committee had been'' satisfied by his responses "but it’s ' a question of getting sound advice from an attorney The pedal counsel— expected to be a ’ prominent and respected attorney — : could be named o early u today Horwitx said “We expect that this proceed- 1 ing will looiuJo the calling of witnesses iindr oath at hearings of the commit-toe” Horwitx said in a statement Those - hearings he added willbe dosed - Mastropieri who attended parts of ' yesterdays two-hour closed-door cbn mittee meeting said that he "welcomed ’ the nidal counsel” and would "cooper- ' ate with him fully" He said: "I just want to bring it the inquiry to a eon -r fjnaimvP null et m-i wnti been badly splintered on how beat to proceed with the' investigation which covers a variety of matters but the decision to hire a special counsel was iinTtimmi according to Councilman Jane Trichter (D-Manhattan) Councilman Arthur Katsman (D-Forest Hills) - added: "In fsimess to him Mastropieri and in fairness to ourselves we want to get a quick disposition to the caae” - Horwitx said that a number of other questions had been resolved at yesterday's session as welL The question of whether hearings should be men or doaed was decided by the City Charter which he said requires doaed hearings And it waa determined Horwitx said that the City Council has the power to ! "do just about anything it wanted— in- eluding suspend fine censure or remove Msstropieri if it should ao desire Horwitx said that the special counsel will be asked to look into all allegations and possibilities of wrongdoing inducting these matters: rV'- ' - Charger that Mastropieri is not a legitimate New York City resident He owns a bomb in Sands Point' in Nassau County but uses a Glendale address aa his official residence 'v" Whether Mastropieri is responsible' ' for at least 135 parking tickets issued to a 1976 Mercedea-Benx that he drove ' rqgulariy Mastropieri paid $1476 on 48 of the tickets -because he said he promised the Ethics Committee that ha tor of that corporation: t Whether Mastropieri accepted two illegal gifts- from persons doing business with New York City The day after -enactment of his bill to repeal the city’s -boa on pintMill machines Msstropieri accepted a free trip to an upstate reeort to apeak to an induatiT convention Hia room was paid for by the industry which had been a heavy contributor to hia 1977 re-election campaign He and hia wife went to the convention in a ini- " vote plane owned by a man with an application before the City Planning Com- mission for permission to moor twp air- - craft carriers in -the Hudson River for use aa a small-plane airport ' -Whether the presence of hia wife Carol on hia payroll constitutes napo-: tiam She ia currently on a maternity - leave of abaence from her $16000--' year legislative assistant’s job Whether Mastropieri was involved in a conflict of interest when ha voted on pertaining to the taxicab industry aft the time ha represented a taxi company in private practice And whether hia actum in obtaining a part-time job for law partner Allen Joseph aa a hearing officer for the Taxi Limousine Commission also presented a core flirt Mastropieri ia also being investigated by City Investigations Commissioner Stanley Lupkin and by a special federal grand jury in Brooklyn Sources close to tiie federal probe have said that the jury is locking for any matters that might involve organised crime The city’s Board of Ethics will also hold hearings on Mastropieri pending the outcome of Lupkin’a investigation 5 ‘OKs’ for Queens By Joy Allen - New York — It was over in - four hours The city's Board of Eati-: mate— known for- its complicated all- day meetings — moved with unusual dispatch yesterday to approve a number of ' resolutions including five that directly af&Ki -Queens? residents and' two that further proposals’ fox a $15-million 1 165 on the ' Hunt's Point truck-stop complex end s remaining 87 tickets however and con- $I7fmillion Times Square hotel' V fawided-rtmt all of the tickets were the ' - via addition' during the relatively £ : ® fault ofothef member of a Delaware thbrt' semi-monthly meeting City konld ullow caaino (mbltng But the boat-chartering corporation that owned - Council President Carol Bellamy’s core “P of Delaware records ' trevCrsial resolution chrnjriMMayor:”7lted Legislature and than wm yesterday showed w Mastropieri was ’Sdward'Koch's a’utKonly a statewida referendum be- atill listed as the sole officer and direc- and other highway projects— which had 1 — Continued on Page 21 been the subject of debate at the board’s executive session Wednesday— draw support from a top city official In the key vote affecting Queens the board—which includes the City Council president the mayor the controller and the presidents of the five boroughs — adopted a resolution $17500 to study the feasibility of casino gambling in' the -Rocka ways The State Legislature has voted in favor of an amend-the state constitution that V 1 1 J 1 f 1 1

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