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NYT reporter cyclist scofflaw busted(2 posts)

NYT reporter cyclist scofflaw bustedLuis
Aug 13, 2003 11:06 PM
The punch line is in the fourth paragraph. Anyone ever heard of getting charged for that?

Aug. 13, 2003 | NEW YORK (AP) --

A New York Times reporter and photographer who were following up on a story about lost boaters at Kennedy International Airport were themselves picked up by police near the airport Wednesday.

An airport spokesman said reporter Corey Kilgannon and photographer Librado Romero were in a small boat that breached a security zone established by the Coast Guard.

The Port Authority police marine unit picked up Kilgannon, Romero and boat operator Lawrence Seaman in Jamaica Bay off runway 4R, said Pasquale DiFulco, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which runs the airport.

Police released Romero, but held Kilgannon after finding an outstanding warrant charging him with riding a bicycle on a sidewalk in 2002. Kilgannon was taken to Manhattan criminal court for an appearance.

The Coast Guard said it was considering charges against Seaman. Violating a security zone carries a maximum five years in prison.

The Times was cooperating with authorities, newspaper spokesman Toby Usnik said in an e-mail.

Airport security was breached Sunday when three lost fishermen washed ashore and walked undetected for about a mile near a runway. The incident embarrassed the Port Authority, which vowed to increase security.
re: NYT reporter cyclist scofflaw bustedrollo tommassi
Aug 14, 2003 7:35 AM
well, no one will get in trouble for flying an airplane into a building and killing thousands, but BY GOD we CAN'T have people riding BICYCLES on the SIDEWALK!!!!!!!!!