State news in brief

21 people charged in NYC shootings

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say 21 alleged members of a street gang have been indicted on charges in connection with several shootings in Brooklyn that left two young men dead and four others injured.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s offices said Tuesday the suspects are members of two subsets of the violent Folk Nation street gang that operated in and around the East Flatbush and Flatbush neighborhoods.

Charges include murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, robbery and weapons possession.

Authorities say one of the victims killed was an innocent 15-year-old boy mistaken for a rival gang member.

GOP courts veteran for congress seat

BUFFALO (AP) — A group of western New York Republicans is courting Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia to run for Congress.

The Iraq War veteran ran in 2012 and lost to Rep. Chris Collins in the Republican primary. Now, Collins is facing trial on charges of money laundering and hasn’t said yet whether he’ll seek re-election next year. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Bellavia supporters launched www.draftbellavia.com on Tuesday. Led by political consultant Michael Caputo, organizers say the campaign-style website is meant to show Bellavia the level of support for a possible candidacy.

Bellavia, who received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump last month, hasn’t ruled out a run. But he’s said he is not interested in using the award to bolster his chances of getting elected.

Woman arrested in subway stabbing

NEW YORK (AP) — A 20-year-old woman has been arrested in the stabbing death of another woman following an argument on a subway train in Brooklyn that spilled out onto a station platform.

Police say Mia Simmons, of Brooklyn, was arrested Tuesday on manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon charges in connection with the death of Latanya Watson. The 30-year-old mother from Brooklyn was found with stab wounds to her face, neck and arm at the Sutter Avenue 3 Line subway station around 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say Simmons was cut in the attack and was taken into custody after officers followed a “trail of blood” to a nearby apartment. Information on her lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Friars Club exec. avoids jail time

NEW YORK (AP) — The former executive director of New York’s legendary Friars Club who pleaded guilty to filing false income tax returns will not be going to prison.

Michael Gyure was sentenced on Monday to one year of supervised release.

Prosecutors say he failed to report roughly $433,000 in compensation between 2012 and 2016.

The New York Times reports that prosecutors had asked Gyure be sentenced to 12 to 18 months in prison, saying he sought to enrich himself at the expense of the club and its members.

Defense lawyers say the 51-year-old Gyure didn’t deserve prison time and noted that he was given a new five-year employment contract with the club, but with no oversite of the club’s finances.

Gyure started working at the Manhattan club known for celebrity roasts in 2008.

By Kerry Minor

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