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During the single-digit temperatures in winter 2015, the family, with five children, had no heat and no hot water. That, the authorities say, was not even the worst of conditions the tenants endured as the last rent-stabilized holdouts in a building undergoing renovations so the landlord could attract higher-paying tenants in East Harlem.

...The neglect, the hazards and the threats were outlined on Tuesday by prosecutors, who said the family was subjected to “a campaign of intimidation and harassment.” At a news conference with city officials, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, detailed an indictment charging the building owner, his manager and a contractor with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses.

DA Vance, DOI Commissioner Peters, Public Advocate Letitia James, DOB Commissioner Chandler, and HPD Commissioner Been announced criminal charges against landlord and building owner Ephraim Vashovsky, property manager and contractor Adam Cohen, and contractor Shaoul Ohana for endangering the lives of tenants of 21 East 115th Street in Harlem by purposefully creating hazardous living conditions through ongoing illegal construction and renovation, and for coercing them to vacate their rent-stabilized apartment through a campaign of harassment and intimidation. The New York State Supreme Court indictment against them charges 20 counts, including Reckless Endangerment in the First and Second Degrees, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Coercion in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third and Fourth Degrees, Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, and Unlawful Eviction, among other charges. 

The man who fatally struck a beloved East Village vendor when he plowed his car into the worker while high on PCP and methamphetamine was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges. Shaun Martin, 35, was high on drugs while speeding down Second Avenue on the morning of June 19, 2013, when his Nissan Altima suddenly cut across three lanes of traffic, and struck three workers at the Village Farm and Grocery, including Mohammed Akkas Ali, 62, at the corner of East Fourth Street and Second Avenue, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

DA Vance announced the trial conviction of Shaun Martin for killing 62-year-old Mohammed Akkas Ali and seriously injuring two of Ali’s coworkers by crashing his car into the East Village Farm and Grocery Store while under the influence of drugs. Martin was convicted following a bench trial in New York State Supreme Court of all of the charges against him, including Murder in the Second Degree, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Assault and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degrees, among other charges. He is expected to be sentenced on September 21, 2016.  

DA Vance, NYPD Commissioner Bratton, and Waterfront Commissioner Goldstock announced the indictment of more than 20 individuals for multiple schemes involving the distribution of marijuana and oxycodone pills, an illegal gambling operation, and tax fraud. The defendants are charged in multiple New York State Supreme Court indictments with crimes including Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second and Third Degrees, Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the First Degree, Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree, Promoting Gambling in the First Degree, and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, among other charges.