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Woman struck, killed by taxi

An Upper East Side resident was struck and killed Friday evening in a Third Avenue crosswalk by a taxicab, police said. The taxi driver was later arrested on charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Barbara Horn, 80, was crossing Third from west to east about 5:40 p.m. when the cab driver, heading eastbound on 70th, turned onto Third Avenue and struck her, police said.

The driver, Syed Ullah, 49, from Brooklyn, stayed at the scene. Police said Horn, of East 73rd Street, had “severe trauma to the body.” She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Cellphone snatched

At 9:10 p.m. on Friday, July 21, a 24-year-old female Upper East Side resident was standing outside 1772 Second Avenue when a bicycle rider swooped by, snatched her iPhone 7 Plus out of her hand, and took off. The stolen cell is valued at $850.


From 11:10 to 11:24 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, a 37-year-old man from Manhattan was inside the Lexington Avenue subway station at 86th Street using a bent MetroCard to give other passengers entrance through the turnstiles in exchange for money. Police arrested the man, a repeat offender, and charged him with forgery and criminal possession of a weapon. Upon his arrest the man was searched and discovered to be in possession of a knife plus ten more bent MetroCards.

Sweet Tweet

Social media enabled a man to be reunited with his twice-stolen bicycle. On Thursday, June 1, a 33-year-old man from Brooklyn reported that his black custom-made bike had been stolen outside of 1501 First Avenue in May. He gave the value of the bike and lock stolen as $4,398.82. Then on Saturday, July 8 at 2:21 a.m., two 18-year-old men were seen at the southwest corner of York Avenue and 78th Street attempting to lift and knock down a New York City street sign to which the very same bike had been locked. They succeeded in their attempt and fled on the bike before police arrived and arrested the pair. Now for the happy ending: police posted a photo of the bike on Twitter, the original owner saw the photo, and he came into the precinct with the key to the bike’s lock, like Cinderella donning the glass slipper.

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