The murder of a woman leads to drug charges; Skype Sex Bomb Probe: SI’s Best Crime Stories of the Week


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Here’s a look at some of the most important criminal justice headlines from the past seven days:

A compilation of footage from the Tashawn Beckford trial, including victim Christine Dahlstrom, right.

THE LAWSUIT LIES IN A MURDER TRIAL IN A CAR CRASH

Prosecutors rested in the Tashawn Beckford murder trial on Thursday after showing jurors a 15-minute compilation video they say depicts the sequence of events leading to the deadly wreckage of Annadale two years ago. which cost the life of a young mother.

The defense began presenting its case Friday in the St. George State Supreme Court.

Defense attorney Thomas Mirigliano did not say whether Beckford, who denies the allegations, will testify.

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Steven Molinaro appears in this Facebook photo.

STEVEN MOLINARO, 2ND MAN, FACING DRUG CHARGES

The grandson of a former borough president and a second man have been arrested on drug charges following a shooting in which a 22-year-old woman was injured at a Fort Wadsworth home.

The young woman was shot in the chest and rushed to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze following the gunshot incident around noon Wednesday on Lyman Avenue.

Steven Molinaro, 33, who lives at the home where the shooting took place, and Almir Ramic, 34, of the 700 block of Nugent Avenue in Midland Beach, have both been charged with criminal possession of marijuana, according to a carrier. NYPD word. .

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Police responded in March to a shooting in the 200 block of Broad Street in Stapleton. (Staten Island Advance/Kyle Lawson)

5 WEEKS AFTER SI’S SHOOTING, COPS ARREST 23-YEAR-OLD MAN

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in a shooting at a Broad Street shopping block in Stapleton in March.

Elyjia Travis of Gordon Street in the Stapleton Houses was arrested on April 22, about five weeks after the assault, and he faces attempted murder and other charges in the March 13 incident at 2 p.m. 19, according to the criminal complaint and the police.

Travis, “with [the] intent to cause the death of another,” discharged a firearm at the 24-year-old male victim in the 200 block of Broad Street, according to the complaint.

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The defendant was accused of disseminating digital images depicting the sexual abuse of children. The Staten Island Courthouse in St. George is shown in this file photo. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

28 YEAR OLD ANNADALE MAN ADMITS CHILD PORN CHARGE

A 28-year-old man from Annadale has admitted possession of child pornography.

Stephen Pandolf was arrested on June 22 based on an investigation by the NYPD’s Computer Crimes Special Investigations Division.

A criminal complaint alleged that the defendant distributed at least two digital images depicting child sexual abuse on the peer-to-peer network BitTorrent from his home on Detroit Avenue on May 20 at 9:10 a.m.

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The exterior of the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex is shown Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Paul Liotta)

SKYPE-BOMBARDED SEXUAL CONTENT DURING SCHOOL WORKSHOP

The Department of Education (DOE) and police are investigating an alleged incident of Skype-bombing inappropriate sexual content during a remote workshop for a Staten Island school, Advance/SILive.com has learned.

The incident allegedly happened during a virtual workshop designed for adults, parents, coaches and teachers at Michael J. Petrides School, 715 Ocean Terrace in Sunnyside, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Police have been told someone posted an inappropriate video during a Skype meeting, the source said.

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Ladoria Watkins allegedly told cops a ‘mysterious force’ pushed her into a Brighton Heights home in August 2019. She was arrested at nearby Haven Esplanade.

PRISON WAITING IF WIFE, 34, IN BREAK-IN

It’s debatable whether “a mysterious force” forced an Elm Park woman, as she claimed, to break into a Brighton Heights home three years ago.

But what is not in question is that Ladoria Watkins returns to prison.

Watkins, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday following the August 11, 2019 burglary.

The events unfolded when Watkins illegally entered a house in the 300 block of Castleton Avenue through the unlocked front door, prosecutors said.

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Gilberto Suero, 52 years old

Gilberto Suero, 52, a convicted sex offender, faces a six-year prison sentence after he admitted to sexually abusing the victim. (Staten Island Advance)

FORMER THERAPIST PLEADS TO CHILD SEX ACCUSATION

Former psychotherapist Gilberto Suero, 54, based in Dongan Hills, was deported to the United States last year after fleeing to the Dominican Republic while awaiting determination of sexual abuse charges against him involving a young girl in Staten Island.

It turns out that Suero won’t be leaving New York State anytime soon.

He now faces a six-year prison sentence after admitting to sexually abusing the victim.

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