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Nov 23, 2014
Jim Benson

Pigeons snapped chowing down at Manhattan food cart


Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

New York, NY (WPIX) — Busy New Yorkers aren’t the only ones who stop at a street cart for a quick bite to eat.

Apparently, pigeons are fans of street meat as well.

Sarah Rodich photographed 2 pigeons dining at a food cart in the high 40s and 6th Avenue two weeks ago.

“I’m walking down 6th Avenue, I see a bunch of tourists stop to look at something and I check out to see what they are seeing and I saw two pigeons hanging out and eating on the food cart,” Rodich told PIX11.

“No one was there, they were just feasting. I waited about 10 minutes before I decided to go home.”

Pigeons are known to carry a range of diseases that can be passed to humans.

PIX11 returned to the corner to see if we could track down this food vendor and ask what happened. We didn’t find that cart’s owner, but we did find plenty of sidewalk diners and showed them the picture.

But before you completely lose your appetite, there is one man who says not to automatically judge all carts on one picture.

“That’s something that usually the workers are inexperienced and cant really take care of their location, usually that something that rarely happens it’s very rare,” said vendor Ahmed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim served up his signature dishes and explained that many of his fellow small business owners want greater regulations, and he’s pushing to have food carts get visible grades just like restaurants.

“We follow a little motto here, if you can’t serve it to your mother, you don’t serve it to the customer,” Ibrahim said.

By Ashley Edwards, Ayana Harry

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Nov 22, 2014
Jim Benson

Council notes: Food cart gets approval for downtown Longview

Longview will be getting a food cart downtown in the next few weeks after the City Council gave the final go-ahead at its meeting Thursday night.

The owners of Eaterations will set up the moveable feast in the 11th Avenue and Hudson Street vicinity near Ashtown Brewing.

The council voted unanimously for a permit after the downtown and planning committees did the same in weeks past.

Owner Jon Skreen said Thursday he expects to be open along Hudson in two to three weeks now that this final hurdle has been cleared.

A more permanent location in a private parking lot across the street from the brewery will take a little longer pending utility hookups, Skreen said.

Food carts, or trucks, are vehicles or trailers equipped to cook and sell food; there are more than 500 in Portland and the trend for the mobile eateries there continues to grow in popularity.

Also Thursday, Council spent a great deal of time debating the future of the R.A. Long bust now in R.A. Long Park in the Civic Center.

Design plans for park upgrades include moving the bust to the library to make way for a decorative fountain paid for with a $75,000 donation.

The council was initially split on keeping the city founder’s bust in “his” park, but ultimately was swayed by three residents who spoke in favor of putting the bust in a more visible place — facing the Civic Center below the library steps.

The park designs have gone through years of public meetings and committees to come to the same decision.

Other changes paid for with $300,000 from the Kuntz Family Trust and $100,000 from the city’s capital projects budget include lighting and bench upgrades and the plaza will get wheelchair ramps.

A unanimous vote sent the designs to the final stage. No timeline for construction is set because the city still needs to seek bids.

A faster vote Thursday raised property taxes by $1 for every $100,000 of assessed value.

There will be no City Council meeting next Thursday due to Thanksgiving; the next meeting will be a workshop Dec. 4.

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Nov 22, 2014
Jim Benson

Photo shows Midtown food cart with pigeons eating chicken – WABC

There’s a photo making the rounds that might give you second thoughts about eating at a food truck in New York City.

In this particular case, there were a couple of pigeons that were also dining there.

“I’m actually a food scientist,” Midtown resident Sara Rodich said. “So this kind of freaked me out especially.”

So when 23-year-old saw the two pigeons feasting on their fellow fowl — grilled chicken at a falafel cart — the only thing she could think of was all the bacteria on their feet.

“There’s salmonella…it’s disgusting, the range, what it could do to your system,” she said. “So it’s pretty gross.”

The picture, taken two weeks ago along Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music Hall, shows an unattended foot cart with the unwanted visitors and is a clear health department violation.

“I just hope that vendors who this ever happens to pay more attention,” Rodich said. “Because a lot of people trust the safety of the carts on the street.”

Of all the vendors set up along Sixth avenue, there was a big empty spot Thursday. Eyewitness News is told that after the photo was made public, the owner of that cart was a no show.

“People are supposed are supposed to have good food, have healthy food,” vendo Amin Marey said. “That’s nasty to see it like that.”

Other vendors echoed Marey’s sentiment.

“The pigeon is standing on the grill, that means the grill is off,” vendor Magdy Shahin said. “How is he serving the people with the grill off?”

Rodich didn’t report the incident, but Eyewitness News did. And as a result, the Department of Health issued a statement, saying, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will investigate this incident, and New Yorkers are reminded to call 311 to report unsanitary mobile food vending conditions.”

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Nov 21, 2014
Jim Benson

Portland police: Satay Indonesia food cart employee accused of dealing heroin …

Portland police arrested a 40-year-old man accused of dealing heroin from behind the Satay Indonesia food cart in downtown Portland.

Christopher David Bartz was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday.

View full sizeChristopher D. Bartz, 40 

Bartz is accused of possession, manufacture and delivery of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

An informant set up the deal by phone. Then Portland police arrested Bartz as he stepped out of the food cart, located at Southwest Ninth Avenue and Alder Street, and walked behind it to complete the deal, police and prosecutors allege in court records.

Bartz had 5.3 grams of heroin on him, and a small amount of methamphetamine, deputy district attorney Jonathan Rue wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Police also seized metal knuckles from Bartz.

Following his arrest, Bartz told authorities that he gets up to an ounce of heroin at a time, and turns the powder heroin into tar heroin before selling it, the affidavit said.

Bartz was on probation for a prior heroin delivery conviction at the time of his arrest, according to court records.

He told police he worked at the food cart 20 hours a week.

The cart’s owner Derek Kindschuh said he has no employees, but that he has paid Bartz in the past about $40 a day for Bartz to help throw out trash or clean some dishes at the cart. Kindschuh said Bartz is homeless, and he befriended him and tried to help him get shelter.

He’s being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center. His next court date is Nov. 28.

–Maxine Bernstein

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Nov 21, 2014
Jim Benson

Food cart employee arrested for dealing heroin

Christopher David Bartz shown in a jail booking photo (MCSO)
Christopher David Bartz shown in a jail booking photo (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – An employee of the Satay Indonesian food cart at Southwest 9th and Southwest Alder was arrested this week on allegations of unlawful delivery, manufacture, and possession of heroin, prosecutors and police said.

Christopher David Bartz plead not guilty Thursday to the allegations presented by the district attorney’s office.

Deputy district attorney Jonathan Rue wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed this week that the employee, later identified as Bartz, dealt heroin directly behind the food cart, something police discovered on an undercover mission involving an informant.

The officers arrested Bartz as he walked around the back of the food cart, according to the affidavit.

Police found a methamphetamine pipe along with a small amount of meth on Bartz’s person, court records show.

The officers also found two small scales and a plastic bag cut into smaller pieces, possibly to package small amounts of controlled substances for sale, Rue wrote.

Officers discovered 5.3 grams of heroin on Bartz’s when he was searched, court records show.

In 2012, Bartz was convicted of delivery of heroin, records show.

When police interviewed Bartz, he reportedly told them “that he gets up to an ounce of heroin at a time and that it is ‘good powder heroin’…(and) that he applies heat to the powder heroin that he buys to turn it into ‘tar’ heroin before selling it,” Rue wrote.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28, 2014.

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Nov 21, 2014
Jim Benson

Photo shows Midtown food cart with pigeons eating chicken

There’s a photo making the rounds that might give you second thoughts about eating at a food truck in New York City.

In this particular case, there were a couple of pigeons that were also dining there.

“I’m actually a food scientist,” Midtown resident Sara Rodich said. “So this kind of freaked me out especially.”

So when 23-year-old saw the two pigeons feasting on their fellow fowl — grilled chicken at a falafel cart — the only thing she could think of was all the bacteria on their feet.

“There’s salmonella…it’s disgusting, the range, what it could do to your system,” she said. “So it’s pretty gross.”

The picture, taken two weeks ago along Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music Hall, shows an unattended foot cart with the unwanted visitors and is a clear health department violation.

“I just hope that vendors who this ever happens to pay more attention,” Rodich said. “Because a lot of people trust the safety of the carts on the street.”

Of all the vendors set up along Sixth avenue, there was a big empty spot Thursday. Eyewitness News is told that after the photo was made public, the owner of that cart was a no show.

“People are supposed are supposed to have good food, have healthy food,” vendo Amin Marey said. “That’s nasty to see it like that.”

Other vendors echoed Marey’s sentiment.

“The pigeon is standing on the grill, that means the grill is off,” vendor Magdy Shahin said. “How is he serving the people with the grill off?”

Rodich didn’t report the incident, but Eyewitness News did. And as a result, the Department of Health issued a statement, saying, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will investigate this incident, and New Yorkers are reminded to call 311 to report unsanitary mobile food vending conditions.”

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Nov 20, 2014
Jim Benson

12-year sentence in savage slashing of halal food cart worker – Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Brooklyn man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for viciously stabbing a halal food cart worker earlier this year in Grasmere during a snowstorm, as well as mugging two other victims.

Eric Peterson, then 20, was among three suspects charged in the savage Jan. 3 attack.

Authorities allege that Peterson, Keith Young, then 21, and Christopher Daniels, then 17, assaulted the victim at about 1:55 a.m. during the height of a raging storm.

Peterson is also known as Steve Anderson and Young also goes by Kenneth Young. The three hail from Brooklyn but have ties to Staten Island.

The suspects saw the victim standing by his food cart at the corner of Hylan Boulevard and Old Town Road, authorities allege.

They rushed and robbed him, knocking him to the ground and stabbing him repeatedly with two knives and a box cutter, police sources said.

After taking the victim’s cash, the three fled, but they apparently didn’t know the neighborhood well and were caught by patrolling police officers, one NYPD source said.

Police initially thought the 50-year-old victim would not survive, but his internal organs weren’t punctured, said sources.

Twenty-five minutes before the near-fatal attack, the suspects allegedly mugged a 29-year-old man at knifepoint at the Old Town station of the Staten Island Railway. They snatched his cash, said prosecutors.

Peterson admitted to the two attacks and to a third incident on Dec. 20 on Bay Street near Virginia Avenue, in Rosebank.

Police said Peterson knocked a man to the ground, slashed his back and face with a box cutter, and stole his phone and cash.

In September, Peterson pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, to three counts of first-degree assault to cover charges in each case. First-degree assault is a “B” felony, the same classification as attempted second-degree murder, one of the charges on which the defendants were indicted.

Peterson was sentenced to 12 years behind bars and five years’ post-release supervision for each conviction, according to information from District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s office.

The sentences will run concurrently.

His lawyer, Paul A. Capofari, has declined comment on the case.

Daniels’ and Young’s cases are pending.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Silberlight is prosecuting.

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Nov 20, 2014
Jim Benson

Portland police: Satay Indonesia food cart employee accused of dealing heroin … – The Oregonian

Portland police arrested a 40-year-old man accused of dealing heroin from behind the Satay Indonesia food cart in downtown Portland.

Christopher David Bartz was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday.

View full sizeChristopher D. Bartz, 40 

Bartz is accused of possession, manufacture and delivery of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

An informant set up the deal by phone. Then Portland police arrested Bartz as he stepped out of the food cart, located at Southwest Ninth Avenue and Alder Street, and walked behind it to complete the deal, police and prosecutors allege in court records.

Bartz had 5.3 grams of heroin on him, and a small amount of methamphetamine, deputy district attorney Jonathan Rue wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Police also seized metal knuckles from Bartz.

Following his arrest, Bartz told authorities that he gets up to an ounce of heroin at a time, and turns the powder heroin into tar heroin before selling it, the affidavit said.

Bartz was on probation for a prior heroin delivery conviction at the time of his arrest, according to court records. He told police he worked at the food cart 20 hours a week.

He’s being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center. His next court date is Nov. 28.

–Maxine Bernstein

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Nov 20, 2014
Jim Benson

Pigeons snapped chowing down at Manhattan food cart – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Busy New Yorkers aren’t the only ones who stop at a street cart for a quick bite to eat.

Apparently, pigeons are fans of street meat as well.

Sarah Rodich photographed 2 pigeons dining at a food cart on 49th Street and 6th Avenue two weeks ago.

“I’m walking down 6th Avenue, I see a bunch of tourists stop to look at something and I check out to see what they are seeing and I saw two pigeons hanging out and eating on the food cart,” Rodich told PIX11.

“No one was there, they were just feasting. I waited about 10 minutes before I decided to go home.”

Pigeons are known to carry a range of diseases that can be passed to humans.

The pigeons were photographed dining at a food cart at 49th Street and 6th Avenue. (Photo: Sarah Rodich)

The pigeons were photographed dining at a food cart at 49th Street and 6th Avenue. (Photo: Sarah Rodich)

PIX11 returned to the corner to see if we could track down this food vendor and ask what happened. We didn’t find that cart’s owner, but we did find plenty of sidewalk diners and showed them the picture.

But before you completely lose your appetite, there is one man who says not to automatically judge all carts on one picture.

“That’s something that usually the workers are inexperienced and cant really take care of their location, usually that something that rarely happens it’s very rare,” said vendor Ahmed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim served up his signature dishes and explained that many of his fellow small business owners want greater regulations, and he’s pushing to have food carts get visible grades just like restaurants.

“We follow a little motto here, if you can’t serve it to your mother, you don’t serve it to the customer,” Ibrahim said.

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