Retired correction officer who blasted subway harasser questioned and released by cop as slain man’s uncle cries ‘murderer’

The retired correction officer who fatally shot a man in a Brooklyn subway station was questioned and released Wednesday — as the victim’s uncle slammed him as “a murderer.” Willie Groomes, 69, was allowed to leave the 84th precinct stationhouse in downtown Brooklyn after his lawyer showed up, sources said. But the ex-correction officer — who was carrying a licensed pistol — hasn’t been cleared yet. Sources say the police investigation is still in its early phases and Groomes will likely face another round of grilling. ‘People shouldn't go looking for trouble’: Bernie Goetz has little sympathy for man shot dead by ex-jail guard he allegedly harassed on subway "Typically the DA will evaluate cases like these to see if it should go to the grand jury," said a high-ranking police source. "They (the Brooklyn district attorney’s office) don't rush these things." Groomes was caught on video shooting Gilbert Drogheo, 23, during a scuffle near the exit of the crowded Borough Hall station Tuesday night. The fatal confrontation came after Drogheo and his pal, 28-year-old Joscelyn Evering, started harassing Groomes inside a Brooklyn-bound 4 train, police and witnesses said. A man who identified himself as Drogheo’s uncle lashed out at Groomes. Video of retired correction officer following victim before fatal scuffle may hurt self-defense claim: expert “He’s a murderer,” said the uncle who did not provide his name. The distraught man said his nephew was an electrician who was dedicated to his work. “He was a great kid,” the uncle said. “All he did was work.” Evering’s mother, reached Wednesday morning, said she was skeptical over reports that her son and Drogheo provoked the shooting. Paula Livingston said the pair, along with Drogheo’s brother, were traveling home from their jobs as Continue Reading

Ian Beattie is mum on the questionable future of his character Meryn Trant on ‘Game of Thrones’; Raven-Symone has moody hair

He’s managed to survive in the books, but on HBO’s version of “Game of Thrones,” the future of evil Meryn Trant is questionable at best. Going into Sunday’s season finale, Trant, an elite member of the royal Kingsguard, found himself in the city of Braavos and unknowingly being stalked by young assassin-in-training Arya Stark. And because he’s one of the people responsible for the death of her father — she had murder on her mind. “Trant doesn’t have many redeeming characteristics,” says Ian Beattie, the scowling actor who plays the twisted henchman on the show. “Deep down he knows that he’s not really good enough to be a king’s guard, he’s very insecure." In real life, Beattie is almost always all smiles and calls the cast and crew of “Thrones” family. “I love ’em!” roars Beattie, who grew up near Belfast, Northern Ireland where the most of the HBO show is filmed. “Oh my God how I’m gonna miss them when this is all over,” he muses. “One day I know I’m gonna be sitting at home thinking about everyone here,” Beattie muses, seated on the steps leading up to the famed Iron Throne on the show’s Belfast set. Does that mean Trant dies in the finale? “I’m not sayin’,” he snorts, holding back a big grin. “’Cause if I did, I’d probably have to kill ya afterward.” *** It’s been a few weeks, but viewers are noticing that there’s been some changes at WABC Ch.7’s noon newscast. Trant doesn’t have many redeeming characteristics. Dave Novarro and newly hired anchor Shirleen Allicot have replaced Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, who will continue as anchors of “Eyewitness News This Morning.” Allicot joined the broadcast from WABC’s sister station, WPVI in Philidelphia, but is from Ozone Continue Reading

Bill Cosby dodges questions on sex assault allegations in bizarre interview

Bill Cosby has broken his silence in a bizarre TV interview that mystified at least one of his accusers Friday. The embattled comedian ducked direct questions about dozens of sexual assault allegations and gave nonsensical answers during a portion of the interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I am prepared to tell this young person the truth about life," he told Linsey Davis when asked what he’d tell a young person who might confront him about the allegations. "I'm not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, 'Well, you're a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other,'" he said. "My point is, OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you, where, as you’re driving, you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be three inches deep. But, you and your car are going to go down. Now, do you want to go here or do you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?” Cosby said he’s been in the spotlight for 52 years, “and I've never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation, and I can't speak.” Accuser Angela Leslie said the remarks fell far short of what she wants to hear from the embattled comedian. “The man was radically incoherent. He just strung together some words that had no meaning whatsoever,” she told the Daily News Friday. “Cosby just needs to accept that he is a guilty party and he needs to apologize and seek help. He’s trying to move on as if nothing happened, and people know something happened,” Leslie said. “An apology is the only way he can redeem himself and become a better person and change the way he was.” The former model-actress from Michigan stepped forward in a News interview last November, saying Cosby sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas in the Continue Reading

Robert Durst questioned for 3 hours without an attorney, lawyer says

Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst’s lawyer claims a Los Angeles prosecutor grilled his creepy client for three hours without him present. High-powered defense attorney Dick DeGuerin made the claim in an interview with CBS. “A prosecutor came out here and took him aside and, you know, questioned him for three hours,” DeGuerin told “48 Hours Presents” in an episode that airs Saturday. “I would have hoped they would not try to trick him without his lawyer present.” DeGuerin, who got Durst acquitted for the 2001 murder and dismemberment of neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Tex., said he was “astonished by the move.” Durst, 71, was arrested Saturday in New Orleans for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman — a day before the finale of an HBO documentary about the New York real estate scion in which he appears to confess he “killed them all, of course.” “I think it was great drama," DeGuerin said of the snippet. “But it’s not the truth.” DeGuerin said he understands why the public is fixated on the cross-dressing scion of a Manhattan real estate empire. “I think people are fascinated by wealth, by strangeness and by mystery,” he said. “And I think that this case has all of those things.” But, the lawyer added, “I think the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an Emmy.” The case against Durst is based on a “junk science letter and a bathroom confession,” DeGuerin said. In addition to being a Durst confidante, Berman was a Las Vegas mobster’s daughter. And at first Los Angeles police detectives suspected it might have been a mob hit. The case was cold until the LAPD learned what Durst said in Andrew Jarecki’s film. Cops also resurrected an anonymous “cadaver” note tipping them off about Berman’s death that an Continue Reading

Indian bride dumps groom on wedding day after he can’t answer simple math question

This marriage did not compute. An Indian bride dumped her groom on their wedding day Wednesday after he failed to answer a first-grade-level math question, police said Friday. The rejected New Delhi husband-to-be was asked to add 15 and six. When he answered "17," his fiancée, Lovely Singh, walked out of the Rasoolabad village wedding ceremony and refused to return. The mathematically challenged man, identified as Ram Baran, misled the bride's family about his lack of education, her father said. They later learned he was illiterate, according to BBC News India. "The groom's family kept us in the dark about his poor education," said Mohar Singh. "Even a first grader can answer this." The marriage was arranged, and the couple knew little about each other, according to reports. Both sides returned all exchanged gifts and jewelry after the wedding was called off, Kumar said. With News Wire Services Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Shucks Zuck! Mark Zuckerberg says he asks one question before each Facebook hire (VIDEO)

Are you a Zuck or a schmuck? That’s the question Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg asks when he considers hiring someone to work for him at the $222 billion social network. The 30-year-old Zuckerberg, in Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress 2015, told a crowd at a town hall-style meeting Wednesday that he looks for one key factor when he interviews someone for a job. "I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person," Zuckerberg said. "It's a pretty good test." His decision-making has been spot-on so far. Facebook is highly profitable and had nearly 1.4 billion monthly active users at the end of 2014. So are you like Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s highly-popular COO? Or are you a Winklevoss boss? Only Zuck knows for sure whether or not he’d “like” you. Follow on Twitter @jmolinet Continue Reading

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather diary: No more questions, please

I've never seen such disdain for the media as I have this week in Las Vegas by the boxers and trainers. And I can't really blame the boxers and trainers. I also sympathize with the reporters. There's just so much you can ask these guys since the fight was announced in February. Floyd Mayweather Jr. actually complained openly to his publicist on Wednesday when he realized he had another round of questioning to go through after the final press conference. "They ask the same questions, over and over," he said before sitting down for the same questions he received the night before. RAISSMAN: PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER BROADCASTERS MAY PULL PUNCHES His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., who trains his son, was even more dismissive. During his session with the media on Thursday morning, he literally laughed at a reporter he thought had asked a silly question. I couldn't hear what was asked, but it couldn't have deserved what he got in response. Mayweather Sr., a rough-and-tumble sort, looked at a public relations official a few feet away. Feeling the gaze of Mayweather Sr. on him, the official chuckled. "He's laughing at you man," Mayweather Sr. said to the reporter, who muttered something back again that no one heard. The fight is drawing closer and the crowds are getting bigger. But I still haven't seen that many celebrity types yet aside from the fighters. Mike Tyson held court with some reporters following Wednesday's press conference at the same time when Mayweather Jr. was scheduled to talk to the media. In separate locations, I foolishly chose to attend Mayweather's gathering instead. Just my luck, Tyson had the quote of the day, saying he felt Mayweather was "small" and a "scared man." Note to self: Never miss an opportunity to hear Mike Tyson speak. MOBILE USER? WATCH THE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO PREVIEW Continue Reading

‘No question about it’: Billionaire GOPer David Koch says Scott Walker can beat Hillary Clinton ‘by a wide margin’ in 2016

Republican Scott Walker would clean Hillary Clinton’s clock in a showdown for the Oval Office, billionaire industrialist David Koch said Monday. Koch, whose network of conservative donors has pledged to spend close to $1 billion on the 2016 election, emerged from a Manhattan event with Walker to pronounce him a “a tremendous candidate” who would have no problem taking down the Clinton juggernaut. “No question about it,” Koch said outside the posh Union League Club on Manhattan’s east side after hearing Walker speak at a New York GOP fundraiser. “If enough Republicans have a thing to say — why, he’ll defeat her by a major margin,” Koch predicted. Walker and 18 other potential White House contenders spent two days busting on Clinton at a Republican leadership summit in New Hampshire last week — and Koch said the amount of attention they’re paying her isn’t a bad thing. As candidates gear up for a GOP primary, “They can be very, very effective in diminishing her points of view,” he said. Koch said he questioned Walker on his views on public education at the closed-press event and found his response “brilliant,” although he declined to provide details. According to a source who attended the event, Koch "made it clear that he would be neutral in the primary from a financial perspective, but that he had a personal preference for Walker." During the stump stop, Walker addressed members of the state GOP’s “Empire Club,” who pay a $1,000 annual membership fee that gives them access to exclusive events like Walker’s speech. Outside the ritzy private club, union protesters taunted the Wisconsin governor for his bitter battles against organized labor in his own state. Huddled in a persistent drizzle, they chanted, blew whistles, and waved signs calling him a “job killer” and mocking him for having said Continue Reading

SEE IT: Robert Downey Jr cuts cringe-worthy interview short after questioned about drug, prison past

He may be Iron Man but that doesn't mean he has an iron stomach. A British reporter's relentless pelting of personal drug and prison questions while interviewing Robert Downey Jr. about his new Avengers film saw the star cut the interview off short and walk off set. The 50-year-old actor, who was visiting the U.K. to promote "Avengers: Age of Ultron," was discussing his Iron Man character in the Marvel sequel when the questions suddenly took a dark turn. It was Channel 4 News reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy's request for him to explain a quote he gave a reporter five years ago that first appeared to get the actor uncomfortably glancing around as if searching for an exit. "You can't go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal," the quote, sourced to the New York Times, read. Though the request clearly left the Hollywood star baffled, he appeared to politely entertain it. "I could pick that apart for two hours and be no closer to the truth than giving you some half-arsed answer right now," Downey replied with a smile. "I couldn't even really tell you what a liberal is, so, therein lies the answer to your question." A determined Guru-Murthy then asked whether it means that when he left prison more than a decade ago for drug charges he came out a liberal. "Um, are we promoting a movie?" the married father of three, who has since famously turned his life around after his conviction and undergoing rehab, asked with a laugh before summarizing that quote as simply how he felt that particular day. It was Guru-Murthy's next question about his relationship with his father, however, that ended up being the straw that broke the camel's back. Before he could finish, Downey was up out of his seat and taking off his microphone — leaving Guru-Murthy sheepishly apologizing after him. "You seem OK, it was just Continue Reading

Appeals court judge questioned the city’s plan to develop Willets Point

A judge for a state appeals court questioned the city’s plan to build a mega-mall on parkland in Queens, raising a concern that developers were getting an overly sweet deal. Officials helped win over the City Council for the $3 billion Willets Point development in 2013 — which is slated to include a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall and a hotel near Citi Field — by upping the amount of affordable housing included in the project. But one of the appellate panel’s judges said Wednesday she feared the relatively modest $35 million penalty that developers would incur if they don’t build the housing isn’t enough to see it through. She said she was concerned that the deal could be a “win-win for developers and owners of malls.” “We have a lot of those,” the judge said. Lawyers representing the city and the developers Sterling Equities, the owner of the Mets, and Related Cos., have argued that the project will revitalize a derelict area of the city. “This is the only way to get out of the intractable mess that is Willets Point,” lawyer Jonathan Frank told the court. Local groups opposed to the project, led by State Sen. Tony Avella, maintain that it is illegal to develop the parkland without having it approved by the state Legislature. A Supreme Court judge dismissed their lawsuit seeking to halt the project in August. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading