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The Bobster
09-19-2017, 07:38 PM

Butcher who gave black delivery driver a noose pleads guilty
By Elizabeth Rosner and Natalie O'Neill
September 19, 2017 | 4:33pm

Joe Ottomanelli
Steven Hirsch

The West Village butcher who handed a black delivery man a noose as a twisted “present” pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct for pulling the threatening stunt.

Joe Ottomanelli, of Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market on Bleecker Street, got off with a slap on the wrist in the form of three days of community service, according to Manhattan Supreme Court sources.

In April, the 60-year-old meat hawker gave delivery driver Victor Sheppard, 36, a makeshift noose made out of yellow rope at his shop, law enforcement sources said.

“You can use it when you’re stressed and need to end it all,” he said, according to Sheppard’s account to cops.

Ottomanelli was first booked on aggravated harassment charges in May. :mad: But prosecutors offered him a plea deal due to his lack of criminal record, court sources said.

If he completes community service at a soup kitchen or food pantry , undergoes a restorative justice program and stays out of trouble with the law, he has a shot at getting his record wiped clean, according to the court sources.

The Bobster
09-19-2017, 08:08 PM

Demoted EMT boss says he was branded a racist for no reason
By Julia Marsh
September 19, 2017 | 6:47pm

An EMS supervisor says he’s been falsely branded a racist and is suing the city for demoting him after a first responder under his command hung a noose in an ambulance.

Capt. Vincent Walla was off duty when the rope was found in the ambulance at a Staten Island EMT station on Aug. 15, he says in a new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit challenging his demotion.

Two weeks later, while Walla was on vacation, union rep Keisha Brockington discovered a threatening, racially-charged letter in her locker after she tried to help the EMT who said he’d put the noose in the ambulance as a prank.

The EMT, John Thornton, was suspended for 10 days then put on probation for six months. :mad:

Authorities are still investigating the letter incident.

When Walla, 45, returned from vacation he learned he was being transferred. He was sent out of his home borough to Brooklyn and docked $700 of weekly overtime, according to court papers.

“Moving him implies he is guilty and labels him as a racist” when “he did nothing” wrong, his suit says.

He wants to be reinstatement to his Staten Island post plus back wages.

A city Law Department spokesman said, “These claims will be reviewed.”

An FDNY rep added that “no permanent transfers have been made.”

“Five supervisors were temporarily reassigned due to serious incidents at Station 22, which are currently under investigation by the NYPD,” the spokesman said.