Timelines July 9, 2015

Family member offers reward for information in Chestnut Ridge shopowner’s death 
Chestnut Ridge resident Richard Zarriello, 51, was murdered in April at his South Hackensack, New Jersey chimney and fireplace store in what appeared to be a targeted killing. 
Police have yet to make an arrest in the case. As a result Zarriello’s sister has posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the assailants. She also hired a private investigator to assist. 
Cuomo to refer police-civilian shootings to state attorney general
Reacting to pressure for greater scrutiny into police shootings, Governor Cuomo announced that he will issue an executive order placing police-civilian shootings under the investigative authority of the state attorney general. Advocates have claimed that because local police and district attorneys work closely together, the objectivity of prosecutors in police shooting cases is questionable.
“A criminal justice system doesn’t work without trust,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We will be the first state in the country to acknowledge the problem and say we’re going to create an independent prosecutor who does not have that kind of connection with the organized police departments.”
No prison time for women who helped Nadell attempt to cover up crime
Tanisha Joyner and Eltia Grant will not receive further prison time for their involvement in Diana Nadell’s attempted cover up of the murder of her 80-year-old mother-in-law Peggy Nadell.
Prosecutors said the women will receive conditional discharge and time served after pleading guilty to second-degree hindering of the prosecution.

Ramapo energy company accused of rip off
HIKO Energy LLC, based in Monsey, has reached a repayment settlement of $1.25 million after the state pursued charges that it falsely promised to lower rates to 25,000 customers. The attorney general said that after a low introductory rate, prices soared unexpectedly. The company also enrolled persons without their permission and made it difficult for them to cancel. 
The settlement only works out to approximately $50 per customer in total, if all file for restitution. Some of the $1.25 million settlement will be levied as a fine.  Customers who seek a refund must visit  go.bbb.org/ny-hiko, or call 212-358-2857 by August 15.


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