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‘Cannibal cop’ denied bail

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The accused “cannibal cop” from Forest Hills has been denied bail, according to published reports.

Gilberto Valle, 28, landed in hot water last month after feds busted the six-year NYPD veteran’s alleged plot to kidnap, cook and eat at least 100 women, according to a criminal complaint.

Valle was arrested by the FBI on October 25 and was held without bail in Federal District Court in Manhattan. His request to be released on bail was rejected by a federal judge on November 10, reports said.

The officer allegedly had plans to “kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women,” according to the FBI. He is charged with accessing the federal National Crime Information Center database to gain information without authorization and agreeing to kidnap a woman to sell her to a co-conspirator for no less than $5,000, court documents said.

According to federal prosecutors, Valle — who told his fellow schemer he was “aspiring to be a professional kidnapper” — said his oven was “big enough to fit one of these girls” if he “folded their legs.”

He also detailed his plans then to tie his first victim’s body “onto some type of apparatus” and “cook her over a lot heat [and] keep her alive as long as possible,” the complaint said.

Barbara Sheehan free on bail

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Barbara Sheehan may not be out of the woods, but she is out of prison.

According to published reports, the 50-year-old mother of two was released from Rikers Island on October 24 after a Queens judge reinstated her $1 million bail.

Barbara was in prison awaiting sentencing for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree for the shooting death of her husband, retired NYPD sergeant Raymond Sheehan, on the morning of February 18, 2008.

The Howard Beach resident surrendered to authorities on October 12.

As of press time, repeated calls to Barbara and her attorneys regarding her release went unanswered.

Barbara’s defense was centered on the roughly two decades of physical and emotional abuse that she claims she suffered at the hands of her husband, including an argument the day before the slaying which ended with Raymond allegedly breaking his wife’s nose.

She was acquitted of second degree murder for her husband’s death on October 6.

“It’s sad what happened, but I had no choice,” said Barbara, who claims she was trying to escape from her house when her husband confronted her. “He aimed a gun at me. He tried to kill me, and I had to defend myself. I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t allow me to. At the time I thought that if I had a gun maybe he wouldn’t come at me, but that didn’t work.”

Barbara is reportedly due back in court for sentencing on November 10, and she could serve between two- and-a-quarter to 15 years behind bars.

Niall MacGiollabhui, one of Barbara’s attorneys, said an appeal of the conviction is imminent.

“Our opinion is that the jury’s verdict is inconsistent as a matter of law,” said MacGiollabhui. “If you act in self defense, then that is not unlawful. It is lawful to act in self defense, and it is lawful to use a weapon in self defense even if it is not licensed to you because your intention is not to use it unlawfully, but in self defense.”

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011: Queens foster care abductors held on bail

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The Round Up

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011


Abductors held on $75,000 bail

Two weeks ago Shanel Nadal, and her husband Nephra Payne were arrested in Harrisburg, PA after abducting their 8 children from a foster care facility in Queens. Presiding judge Ira Margulis, has issued and order of protection for the children and held both parents on $75,000 bail each. Nadal claims she took the children because one of that had been sexually abused in the home of the foster parents. Read More: New York Times


Calling all nerds, NYC Comic Con kicks off in Manhattan

New York Comic Con started yesterday at the Javits Center on Thursday and runs all weekend. Day passes have already been sold out for the four day event but weekend passes are still available. Read More: WNYC


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor drugs… well, maybe drugs

Lori Allen a worker at a post office in Rosedale has been charged with stealing drugs from a package that was being shipped illegally. Allen was caught on tape Sept. 10 opening a parcel left on a supervisor’s desk, removing the contents, and replacing them with bubble wrap. Allen says she was paid $2,000 for stealing the drugs, by whoever tipped her off about the package. The ex-postal employee was released from jail on $25,000 bail. Read More: New York Post


What’s Happening in Queens this Weekend

Our editor collected a list of everything that is going on in Queens this weekend. Check it out at: Queens Courier


‘Holiday Bandit’ pleads guilty to bank robberies

Marat Mikhaylich, 35, became known as the “Holiday Bandit” after committing a spree of bank robberies in the New York area last Christmas. Mikhaylich robbed 9 banks in order to support his addiction to heroin. The bandit was finally tracked down to an apartment in Kew Gardens after a police investigation. Mikhaylich pleaded guilty to nine bank robbery counts and one count of brandishing a firearm and faces up to 205 months in prison and. Read More: New York Post