He allegedly used bedding and towels to set fires at two New York City boutique hotels where he worked as security director for four years total. By Thomas Tracy , Vera Chinese AND Mark Morales / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7:33 PM Comment FDNY officials claim Mariano Barbosa set fires in New York City hotels so that they would temporarily shut down and he could go to a free hotel room and drink the afternoon away. Conflicting pictures emerged about a hotel security director in New York who allegedly set fires to get out of work, with a co-worker calling him a normal person as authorities gave new details about his four-year spree. Mariano Barbosa, 26, is being held on arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges and prosecutors revealed how he committed the crimes. Frank Franklin II/AP The Yotel Hotel in New York offers a luggage robot. Too bad a security director can’t also be replaced by an automaton, or the Yotel could have avoided several fires allegedly set by former security chief Mariano Barbosa. Barbosa lit up bedding materials in his first fire in February 2009 while heading security at the Soho Grand Hotel, according to court documents. Barry Winiker/Getty Images The Soho Grand Hotel in downtown Manhattan has the dubious distinction of being where former security director Mariano Barbosa allegedly set his first deliberate fire. At the Yotel Hotel, Barbosa used a towel in three separate incidents and bed sheets in two others from October 2011 to this month, court documents show. RELATED: CITY CORRECTION OFFICER WHO TORCHED BROOKLYN BUILDING CHARGED WITH ARSON Kendall Rodriguez Mariano Barbosa was arraigned Sunday morning in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges that he allegedly set series of arson fires in New York City hotels where he worked. A Yotel co-worker was stunned. He was a normal person, I was surprised, just like any one else, the worker said.
Richard Parrinello, of Brookhaven, New York, kept the snakes in his detached garage, all neatly stacked in containers and at the right temperature, according to Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA. Burmese pythons are illegal in New York, and Parrinello’s were taken from the house to a reptile sanctuary in Massachusetts while the rest of the snakes are still in his garage, according to Jack Krieger, communications director for the Town of Brookhaven on Long Island. Gross said all the snakes appeared to be in good health and there was no animal abuse or neglect. “It was a well-maintained facility, it was very clean and organized, it was a business,” Krieger said. By the numbers: Pets Parrinello kept an online website, “Snakeman’s Exotics,” which advertised a collection of pythons, boa constrictors and hognose snakes available for sale both domestically and internationally. After weeks of investigation into alleged workers compensation fraud, the town of Brookhaven, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Suffolk County Police and the SPCA executed a search warrant in Parrinello’s home, where he lives with his wife and 10-year-old son, according to a news release from Brookhaven. Undercover investigators spoke to Parrinello, who claimed to have $500,000 in inventory stored on the premises, including snakes, turtles and turtle eggs, the news release said. Authorities also say they found a few tarantulas and a couple of freezers with frozen mice and alligator carcasses. Krieger said Parrinello wasn’t arrested or charged with any criminal activity, but he was running a business out of his residence in a residential area, which is a violation of the town code. Town Law Department officials are still investigating and will likely issue numerous violations in the coming days. When reached by telephone, Parrinello declined to comment. “What makes this case especially egregious is that this individual was allegedly operating this reptile business out of his home, posing an unknown threat to the neighbors of this community,” said Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine. Peter Constantakes, spokesman for the DEC, said Parrinello was interviewed and issued two summonses for possessing wild animals without a permit and for possessing alligator parts without a permit, each one carrying a maximum fine of $250. The U.S.
Metta World Peace Returns to New York with Fresh Perspective on & off the Court
Now, 17 years later, the longtime friends have teamed up together againthis time as co-writers for World Peace’s first children’s book in a series, Metta’s Bedtime Stories. The aim of the book, which is designed in the New York Knicks ‘ blue and orange colors, is to “show readers how to have a better day tomorrow with a hopeful heart and positive thoughts.” That message inside the book’s cover was inspired by McBride, who has, remarkably, published 21 children’s books in the past 18 months. With Metta’s Bedtime Stories, he wanted to raise awareness for World Peace’s community work and clouded public perception. “I had the thought to let him show people his good sidehis human sidebecause a lot of people don’t know him or only know him for the (NBA) brawl (in November 2004) and negative things,” McBride said this past week at a signing for the book at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York City. “I also saw that he had the foundation (Xcel University) geared towards mental health, so I thought that was really cool. We wanted to uplift kids, inspire kids. And what’s the best way to read to a younger kid? Bedtime stories.” World Peace, who changed his name from Ron Artest in September 2011 in an effort to encourage dialogue in place of physical violence and promote good will toward all, said it was “impactful” to work with McBride. World Peace called the writing and editing process “unique,” as it was the most fun and challenging project he’s worked on for kids. Photo courtesy of Krystle Mendoza “This is a collaborative effort of Heddrick realizing that I’ve been giving back to communities for a long time,” World Peace said at the book signing. “He’s trying to become a lawyer; he majored in political science. So it’s a great thing for both of us in our career. He’s in a transition and I’m in a transition. We’ve got a chance to kind of pause, take a break and do something for some kids.” Now that the Queensbridge-born World Peace has returned to New York, he’s had a chance to reflect more on two local heroes who influenced his life off the court. One is Hank Carter”A big-time role model,” he saidwho has served paraplegic and quadriplegic patients for more than 30 years, and started the Wheelchair Charities Basketball Classic.