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He's Gotta Have It, She Ain't Havin' It


Viagra's back in the news. This time the little blue pill is being blamed for landing a Park Avenue wife in trouble with the law for the alleged attempted murder of her 72-year-old husband.

Police say Dr. Malcolm Schuey, an ear, nose and throat specialist in New York City, told them his wife rejected his passionate advances after he took a dose of the anti-impotence drug Viagra on Friday night.

According to the complaint, though, his wife didn't just claim she had a headache. Schuey claims his wife, Roberta Bernstein, a 55-year-old high school computer studies teacher, placed a pillow over his face and sat on top of him "with her full body weight" until he was unable to breath.

After a brief struggle, Schuey says he was able to wriggle from beneath her. The following morning, Bernstein again allegedly attacked Schuey, attempting to strangle him with her hands.

Bernstein was arraigned on Monday but did not enter a plea. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in state prison. Schuey did not suffer serious injuries during the alleged attacks.

He's Got Mail, And It Could Be Yours

D E S P L A I N E S, Ill. Tired of those heaps of unsolicited catalogs crammed into your mailbox, weary of throwing away credit card applications you never asked for?

Well, it seems the mailman isn't too fond of all that junk mail, either. Postal inspectors say mail carrier Robert Hudson just couldn't find enough time in the day to sort and deliver it all.

The mail carrier's alleged solution? He just kept much of the mail to himself.

Hudson, 36, was questioned last week after a van full of undelivered mail was found blocking an alley near his house, said Randall Samborn, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

The suspect told postal inspectors he had been storing the mail over the past year to save time while doing his job.

Inspectors found more than 1,700 pieces of first-class mail and more than 13,500 pieces of bulk-rate mail and periodicals inside Hudson's garage and house.

Hudson, who has worked for the past six years out of the Des Plaines Post Office, northwest of Chicago, now faces a felony complaint, a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This Crime Sure Doesn't Pay

C O L U M B U S, Ohio It had the makings of a successful bank heist. The would-be robber remembered his disguise — fake ponytail and a baseball cap — and even a stick-up note.

But he missed one very important detail: The targeted bank never carries cash. Police say Harold Berry, 42, found his alleged bank robbery attempt thwarted last week when he walked into the loan-application only National City Bank, pulled out a note and said to the teller, "Give me all your money, I have a gun."

"Sir, we don't have any cash here," assistant bank manager Kathy Ross responded.

Perhaps in disbelief, the bank robber insisted that Ross open all of the drawers before he fled without loot.

"He obviously didn't do his research," bank employee Tom Louters said.

Forty minutes later, Berry was arrested in a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car. The suspect is a former police officer who was fired in 1996 after an off-duty, New Year's Eve brawl.

Crime Blotter is a weekly feature compiled by Geraldine Sealey at