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Keep an eye out for neighbor Natan “Nate” Gorelik, a 28-year-old graphic designer last seen in Brighton Beach.

Gorelik left his grandmother’s home Tuesday in Brighton Beach Tuesday evening, wearing black rolled up pants. Friends and family have reached out to Sheepshead Bites about his disappearance, and are posting fliers around the neighborhood.

Police have been notified and are assisting in the search. On Thursday, some of Gorelik’s belongings were found on Plumb Beach, including his wallet, a phone, book bag, guitar, shoes and jacket.

If you have information about Gorelik’s whereabouts, or have seen him since Tuesday night, please call 911.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Avenue U and Stuart Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue U and Stuart Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Two women have been hospitalized and two police officers were injured after a routine traffic stop turned into a police chase yesterday, ending when the suspect’s van collided with another car on Avenue U and Stuart Street.

Officers stopped what appeared to be a white dollar van on Flatlands Avenue and East 42nd Street at approximately 3pm. They suspected the vehicle had been connected to a robbery pattern.

When the cops approached the vehicle, the driver slammed on the gas, clipping one officer and running over the other one’s foot.

Neither were seriously injured, reports CBS Local.

The outlet reports:

Police pursued the driver in the van for several miles, but the chase was called off. The driver ended up crashing into a civilian vehicle at Avenue U and Stuart Street in Marine Park, Brooklyn, police said.

Three women were in the small gray car – all from the same family, source said. They were pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated, according to the FDNY.

Police said two of them were taken to Kings County Hospital Center, and one of them – a 19-year-old who had been a front-seat passenger – was in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle — the mother of the 19-year-old — was also hospitalized, while the back seat passenger was not injured, police said.

NBC adds that the driver of the civilian vehicle was an off-duty sergeant, and said his car was T-boned. Video sent to Sheepshead Bites by reader Jennifer Ginter, seen above, shows that the van jumped the curb and was partially in the grass of Marine Park after the accident.

Witnesses told ABC News that the suspect attempted to flee on foot after the crash, but was quickly apprehended.

Charges were still pending as of yesterday evening.

Source: Hupu2 via Wikimedia Commons

Source: Hupu2 via Wikimedia Commons

“…Legalize it, yeah yeah, that’s the best thing you can do” – Peter Tosh, “Legalize It,” 1975

BETWEEN THE LINESStart spreading the news — the times they are a-changing and New Yorkers will soon be a little less anxious about getting high with a little help from their friends.

After more than 40 years, the winds of change have a distinct hint of marijuana blowing across the nation with legalization and decriminalization slowly taking effect. Though federal legalization is still a pipedream — soundly opposed by diverse pockets of resistance — on Election Day, Oregon and Alaska became the third and fourth states to legalize and regulate the commercial production and sale of marijuana for adults. What’s more, voters in the nation’s capital and in several cities nationwide decided to eliminate marijuana possession penalties.

New York City is set to join the expanding list of municipalities liberalizing archaic drug laws, which could end most arrests for low-level marijuana possession, with police officers directed to issue summonses without detaining the suspect.

As a matter of fact, New York City will now conform to the state’s 1977 Marijuana Reform Act, signed into law by then-Governor Hugh Carey. The statute calls for possession of up to 25 grams of pot as a violation, punishable up to a $100 fine for the first offense.

New York is actually one of eighteen states, including a few Republican strongholds like Nebraska and Ohio, that have decriminalized marijuana possession — with no prison time or a criminal record — for first-time possession of small amounts for personal consumption.

After 37 years, New York City cops will be directed not to exploit a segment of the act specifying the weed must be in public view to qualify as a violation. (Under the controversial stop and frisk policy, NYPD officers routinely demanded individuals empty their pockets. When they saw a joint, the concealed pot was suddenly “in public,” and, therefore, a crime.)

But don’t expect this subtle change to transform The Big Apple into The Big Reefer.

A substantial majority of baby boomers have either smoked or sampled pot. It could also be taken for granted that some of that generation’s politicians did a doobie now and then. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York State Governor George Pataki, former New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to name a few, have admitted smoking pot in their youth. Former President Bill Clinton did, too, but, without a smirk or a wink, noted he never inhaled.

One presumption hostile to legalization is that marijuana, which is much more intoxicating today than when it was the choice of trendy young adults years ago, leads to harder drugs. That’s as preposterous as proclaiming regularly consuming beer may lead to drinking more potent potables!

There was an unsubstantiated anecdote circulating in the freewheeling 60s that a major American university had conducted research in which lab rats were fed their body weight in marijuana over a 30-day period. Consequently, the drugged rodents showed a multitude of problems, leading to the conclusion that cannabis could result in similar effects to humans. The research seems scientifically questionable and patently unrealistic. Nonetheless, anyone capable of smoking their body weight in marijuana in a month would experience a relentless case of the munchies, not to mention likely turn acutely sick and impaired!

Anyone consuming their body weight of anything in a brief period, whether it’s water, broccoli, tofu, potato chips or Twinkies, would probably risk adverse side effects.

I’m not aware of any conclusive research asserting that smoking an occasional joint does more harm to the human body than a daily shot of liquor. Nonetheless, marijuana is criminalized, while alcohol supports multi-billion dollar businesses, from agricultural to advertising to your local saloon. On the plus side, if pot were legal, it could be a major source of sorely-needed revenue at all levels of government.

Even when comprehensive marijuana legalization was a long shot in the early 1970s, American tobacco companies supposedly seized an opportunity that was too good to miss. Big tobacco reportedly registered a bunch of brand names, such as “Acapulco Gold” and other pot-related monikers, so, if and when the substance was legalized, they’d be set to commence production.

More than a decade ago, a national substance abuse group reported that underage drinking accounted for one-fourth of all alcohol consumed in this country. Predictably, the alcohol industry rejected that estimate as “absolutely wrong.”

While continuing to preach “No” to illegal drugs, that message should similarly repudiate any addictive substance, including prescription drugs. After all, excessive abuse, in any form, is irresponsible behavior.

It is also time to admit the “war on drugs” was a disaster that was mostly waged domestically. Fighting the cartels that transport illegal substances to our communities may seem effective, every now and then, when there’s a major bust, but, by and large, the drug pipeline has scarcely been clogged. It has also damaged countless lives, overtaxed the criminal justice system and led to numerous incidents of corrupt law enforcement agents, excessive police tactics and exploitation of civil forfeiture laws.

Besides, you don‘t need a sociology degree to realize that criminal enforcement has disproportionately targeted minorities and low-income neighborhoods.

According to NYPD statistics, 86 percent of those arrested for marijuana possession through August 2014, were black or Latino. Yet, the 2010 census indicated those ethnic groups just comprise about 60 percent of the city’s population.

After the repeal of prohibition, America didn’t turn into a country of alcoholics. Consequently, modernizing marijuana laws would not result in the nation going to pot. On the other hand, it would end the inequitable imprisonment of tens of thousands for a minor offense, as well as boost federal, state and local treasuries.

With that in mind, toke ‘em, if you got ‘em. But, don’t Bogart that joint.

Neil S. Friedman is a veteran reporter and photographer, and spent 15 years as an editor for a Brooklyn weekly newspaper. He also did public relations work for Showtime, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. Friedman contributes a weekly column called “Between the Lines” on life, culture and politics in Sheepshead Bay.

Disclaimer: The above is an opinion column and may not represent the thoughts or position of Sheepshead Bites. Based upon their expertise in their respective fields, our columnists are responsible for fact-checking their own work, and their submissions are edited only for length, grammar and clarity. If you would like to submit an opinion piece or become a regularly featured contributor, please e-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

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Two men are wanted by the police for allegedly mugging an elderly man on Avenue U and Batchelder Street on Monday.

Cops say the men came up behind their 83-year-old victim at approximately 5:10pm on November 10. One grabbed the victim and placed his hand over his mouth. The other rifled through his pockets, snatching $400. The two then ran off.

Thankfully, the victim was not harmed during the incident.

Cops are turning to the public in their search for the suspects, sharing photos from a surveillance camera that filmed them entering a building. They’re described as two black men in their late teens or early twenties.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Police arrested a man Saturday night who they say stabbed his estranged wife multiple times in Brighton Beach.

Ravshan Saibnazarov, 30, approached his 22-year-old victim from behind as she walked to the subway station on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 6th Street on Friday, November 7 at around 2pm and stabbed her, cops said.

The woman, who had a restraining order against her husband, stumbled into a nearby Starbucks (607 Brighton Beach Avenue) and was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where she she was treated for several neck wounds. She remains in stable condition.

Saibnazarov was charged with assault in the first degree. He has past arrests related to domestic violence, according to reports.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

A brawl between students from rival high schools sparked yesterday’s shooting that hospitalized a mom on her way to pick up her son from a nearby elementary school, sources say.

A source briefed by police on the violent outburst said that the fight broke out on Brighton 6th Street between students from nearby Lincoln High School and Grady High School. One of the students opened fire, with the stray bullet striking Safia Bibi, 34, at 2:21pm, as she made her way to pick up her two sons from P.S. 253 (601 Oceanview Avenue), just a block away.

Police confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that two groups were involved in a dispute. The victim heard a shot and felt pain in her arm. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, but the police declined to provide additional information or confirm that students from the high schools were involved..

The victim’s family told NBC New York that fights between the high school students are common.

“She’s scared, everyday scared to get the kids, it’s crazy,” Bibi’s Niece, Kainat Yasin, told the news outlet.

Bibi said the fighting teens Wednesday afternoon filled the block and she couldn’t get around them. Then three shots rang out, one of which hit her. She was treated at a nearby hospital and released with her arm in a sling Wednesday night.

“This is dangerous,” said Yasin. “If there from Grady how come the school doesn’t know they have a gun?”

No other injuries resulted from the shooting.

News reports describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 18 years old, wearing grey sweatpants and with dreadlocks.

“I am appalled by this tragic incident where an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.  I am in contact with the NYPD and I am confident that they will apprehend those responsible,” Councilman Chaim Deutsch said yesterday evening. “My prayers are with the victim and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. “

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Sheepshead Bites received word that a shooting occurred on Brighton 5th Court near Brighton 6th Street, about a block away from William E. Grady High School. 

Initial reports, pulled from police scanners, indicate that the victim is female. EMS is being rushed to the scene, and the NYPD is there setting up the crime scene.

The victim’s identity, condition and potential affiliation with the school is not yet known, nor is the status of the shooter. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30pm. 2:21pm.

The school has been placed on lock-down for students’ safety. The school was placed in lock down, but that has been lifted.

Sheepshead Bites is awaiting additional information from the NYPD.

Update (2:57pm): Officials at Grady High School confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that they did go into lock down at around 2:30pm. At approximately 2:45pm, the lock down ended.

“We do it out of precaution and the safety of our students,” said Assistant Principal Todd Gerber. “[The incident] had nothing to do with our building.” 

School officials had no further information about the incident.

Update (3:05pm): The FDNY confirmed that they responded to a call for a shooting victim at 38 Brighton 5th Court.

The location is a pedestrian street lined with small bungalow homes between Brighton 5th Street and Brighton 6th Street. It’s about a block away from Grady High School.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital with a gunshot wound. Her age, identity and condition are still unknown.

Update (3:40pm): The victim was a white female, age 34, who was shot once in the right arm. She is in stable condition and the investigation is ongoing, police confirmed.

Update (9:00pm): Councilman Chaim Deutsch issued the following statement in regards to the shooting:

“I am appalled by this tragic incident where an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.  I am in contact with the NYPD and I am confident that they will apprehend those responsible. My prayers are with the victim and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. “

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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