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Bill Heltzel

Bill Heltzel has covered criminal justice, courts, government and sports – as a beat reporter and investigative reporter – for daily newspapers in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He worked for Bloomberg LP in training and sales. He joined The Business Journal in 2016.

Financial manager stiffs Umberto the Tailor for $27K in custom suits

Men’s Fitness magazine headlined Umberto Pitagora as the “Obi-Wan Kenobi of suit making,” in a 2017 article likening him to the wizened master Jedi from the "Star Wars" films.

Court denies wealth manager Bradley Reifler’s bid to dismiss $50M in...

Reifler reportedly lived a lavish lifestyle and spent a decade and $8 million renovating Sky Blue Farm, a horse farm, including an ice hockey rink, tennis courts, riding ring, shooting range, motocross track and swimming pool.

Frey’s Cleaners in Yonkers cleans up under EPA order

Frey’s has been generating perc sludge since 2006, according to the consent agreement, including tainted water, contaminated lint and spent perc filter cartridges.

Breslin Realty sues Chevron for $1.2M over Yorktown gas station cleanup

“The property contamination arising from your prior operations was not cleaned up and removed,” Yorktown JAZ’s attorney said in a June letter to Chevron.

Sofrito restaurant in White Plains files for bankruptcy protection

The restaurant needs immediate bankruptcy relief to protect it from eviction, Angela Terranova, president of Sofrito Inc., said in an affidavit.

BrioDigital and NestEdge Realty settle $1M dispute over SEO vagaries for...

Theresa Davidson, an owner of BrioDigital, said the problem originated with a faulty Google platform.

Mount Kisco Lyme disease doctor sues blogger for $1M citing libel

Dr. Daniel Cameron claims that an article by Jann Bellamy depicted him as a “predator who preys on Lyme disease patients for his own financial gain."

Convicted White Plains bankruptcy schemer accused of more dubious filings

After a four-and-half-year hiatus while dealing with the criminal charges, Armando Pons allegedly resumed filing questionable bankruptcy petitions.

Luxury developer Michael D’Alessio facing prison for $58M swindle

He commingled investors’ funds in “Ponzi-like fashion,” according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, and channeled the funds through a series of shell companies.

Yonkers Whiskey House sues landlord for $750,000 alleging negligence

The owner of the Yonkers Whiskey House sued Yonkers Shopping Center LLC for $750,000, claiming it thwarted efforts to upgrade the bar-restaurant at 2221 Central Park Ave.

Offer to fix Orange County business owner’s ‘problem’ lands parolee in...

“I also do something else that I try to keep under the wraps. It’s called independent contracting work. You got problems I take care of them,” Martin Hodge said.

Rye-based Global Gold awarded $23.1 million in Chilean mine rights fight

U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel on Oct. 29 ordered Amarant Mining Ltd. of Dubai, U.A.E., and Alluvia Mining Ltd. of Channel Island, U.K., to pay the judgment.

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union to pay $95,000 for illegally repossessing...

“Financial institutions must recognize and honor their responsibilities to our men and women in uniform,” John Gore, an assistant U.S. attorney said in the news release.

Contractor involved in roof collapse sues Mall at Cross County for...

Maarv Waterproofing was using a heavy Bobcat machine on the parking deck when it fell about 30 feet into a National Wholesale Liquidators store, injuring five people.

Faucet Works owner seeks $5M over gas station contamination

Frank Sabia claims that exposure to toxic compounds have “caused him to suffer severe health problems, including heart disease resulting in a heart attack in 2017."