Podcast: July 16

A special trouble-with-the-law edition of Suburbarazzi this week: Herbert Hill’s Mount Kisco DUI, DMX’s latest arrest in Miami, and Bill Murray’s divorce settlement.

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Also, this week was our final Suburbarazzi segement with RNN’s Stacy-Ann Gooden. I wanted to give her a big hug and throw together a Best of Stacy-Ann reel, but since her departure wasn’t quite official when we taped the piece, we couldn’t put any of that in there. But as my Chris so eloquently put it in his post yesterday, working with Stacy-Ann has been one of the great joys of our jobs for the last year. Every Tuesday afternoon was a little brighter because of her.

Plus, I’m happy to report, after a string of recent, uncharacteristic wrong answers, Stacy-Ann got her final Suburbarazzi quiz correct!

Can you get this multiple-choice question right, too?

Which Lower Hudson Valley celebrity told Fox News that they’d move to Canada if Barack Obama was elected president?

A. Rip Torn
B. Bonnie Fuller
C. Donald Trump
D. Stephen Baldwin

Answer after the break and at the end of the video clip.

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DMX campaign to get arrested in all 50 states: 4 down, 46 to go

This is beyond ridiculous. DMX was just arrested … again. This time Miami police nabbed him last week trying to buy drugs from an undercover cop.

289-20080056253fembeddedprod_affiliate56.jpgAccording to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald, he asked the plainclothes po-po for ”30 powder and 15 weed,” or $30 worth of cocaine and $15 worth of marijuana. He then gave the officer $45 before being put in cuffs and hauled off to Miami-Dade County jail.

So, what is this, the 6th arrest in the last year for the Bedford/Mount Kisco homeowner? Or is it 7? Ahh, we stopped keeping count sometime inbetween Westchester arrest warrant No. 2 and Arizona arrest No. 3.

The biggest tragedy in all this, of course, is that BET stopped filming “Soul of a Man” — their reality TV show about DMX’s life — way back in 2006, long before things with him really started getting interesting. Just imagine what kind of killer footage they’d have this year if he was still in front of the camera.

“Rapper DMX Arrested on Drug Charges” [Miami Herald]

MORE: Suburbarazzi’s ongoing DMX coverage

Send in the SWAT Teams! DMX arrested for the second time in one week

More than seven months after after the story that DMX had three dead dogs buried behind his Arizona house, and 12 more that were malnourished and possibly the victims of animal cruelty, Arizona law enforcement finally arrested the rapper on Friday. This comes on the heels of yet another DMX arrest earlier in the week, for doing 114 mph in a Chevy Nova.

df3069e5-54e9-45dd-9932-dda2bd261850-df3069e5-54e9-45dd-9932-dda2bd261850.jpgAccording to the Arizona Republic, he tried to barricade himself in his bedroom while the warrant was being served. Eventually he emerged, was hauled down to the Fourth Avenue Jail, and bond was posted at $7,500. Authorities also picked up more marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and weapons on the raid. DMX’s court appearance is scheduled for this Thursday — but, if his Westchester track record is any indication, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he skips town.

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DMX arrested, set free for the umpteenth time

The only thing harder than pushing a ’66 Chevy to 114 mph on a suburban Phoenix freeway? Trying to keep track of how many times rapper/actor DMX has been arrested for pulling such stunts.

His latest run-in with the law took place on Tuesday, when police took him into custody at his north Phoenix tjndc5-5jx45xe7ecz150q0m6nu_layout.jpghome on charges of criminal speeding, public endangerment, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. Apparently the Arizona po-po uses remote cameras to speeders on the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale, and the nabbed DMX — also known to the law by his given name, Earl Simmons — driving at 100, 101 and 114 mph. In a Chevy Nova II, no less. Complete with “DMX” decal on the windshield.

Here, shots of the offending incidents, which were actually recorded back on January 21, 2008:


DMX driving 114 mph on January 21, 2008.


DMX going 100 mph on the same day. In a Chevy Nova!


Remember, DMX, who grew up in Yonkers and still owns a house on the Bedford/Mount Kisco border, also has two outstanding bench warrants in Westchester for prior moving violations (which he failed to show up in court for). And last April, police raided his Arizona house, finding abused pit bulls, a weapons cache and cocaine. The rapper hasn’t been charged with any crimes there, though.

“DMX arrested for speeding, reckless driving in Ariz” [Excite]

MORE: Suburbarazzi’s previous DMX coverage

(Mug shot and speeding camera stills: AP Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety)

Rob Thomas usurping Rob Thomas as the most famous Rob Thomas

Speaking as someone whose name has already been effectively trademarked by a half-dozen more famous Ted Manns, my sympathies go out to Rob Thomas the television producer (below, left), who seemed destined to always play second fiddle to Rob Thomas the singer and Mount Kisco resident (below, right). Alright, so maybe TV Rob he was lucky enough to get his IMDB page to show up on the first batch of Google results, but just about everything else is all Matchbox Twenty Rob. Then again, maybe not for long.


See, TV Rob’s career, which began with his hit “Veronica Mars,” is hotter now than ever before, with him successfully selling three pilots in this season alone. They are: a “90210” spinoff, a comedy called “Cupid,” and “Good Behavior” about the matriach of a crime family who decides to take over when her husband is sent off to jail.

Nicely done, TV Rob. Music Rob is going to have to come up with something way better than songs on the “Meet the Robinsons” soundtrack to top that!

(TV Rob: IMDB; Music Rob: AP Photo/Richard Drew)

DMX sparks frat-house riot

In case all you Pi Beta Phis out there ever considered hiring DMX for your next Spring Fling shindig, don’t. tjndc5-5b1xw0oqsso138s5pgqo_layout.jpgYeah, sure, he’s wild and unpredictable and sure to yield some crazy cocaine-addled/ pitbull-abusing/ warrant-flaunting stories. But as the brothers at Indiana University’s Lambda Chi Alpha learned when they scheduled him for a recent performance, he might just also lead to a riot.

At the show in question, the rapper, who lives on the Mount Kisco-Bedford border, showed up an hour late. When he finally got on stage at 9:30 p.m., police were taking positions, getting ready to put the kibbutz on the whole thing. According to this account, officials sprayed mace into the crowd, only making the matter worse.

Word to your mazel tov! Paul Shaffer helms rap inspired by synagogue congregant’s poem

shaffer1.jpgWith a little help from the Blues Brothers, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer has collaborated with jazz, R&B and rock legends.

Now, the CBS Orchestra leader can add Larry Levy to that résumé.

Shaffer and Levy are part of the Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, which on April 13 will celebrate not only its 100th anniversary but also Levy’s 93rd birthday.

Levy’s poem about the anniversary inspired Shaffer to produce a rap video that uses those words and others written by Jewish rapper Etan G. The result is a video that will be shown at an event celebrating the congregation’s anniversary, but curious Suburbarazzi readers can view it on YouTube right now.

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Like many of Shaffer’s efforts, the video is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the tribute itself seems appropriate, especially after reading about Levy’s life in a press release issued by the synagogue this week:


A native of Poland, Levy escaped when he was a teenager and immigrated to Palestine. Shortly after he left, his entire family fell victim to the Holocaust in Poland and was entirely wiped out. While living in Palestine (before the State of Israel was established), Levy met his wife, Toby, and they ultimately decided to move to America, in search of a better life. The moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they lived for 60 years. When they grew older, they made the decision to live closer to their children — in northern Westchester, N.Y. — and moved to Mount Kisco in 2000.


Mazel tov, Larry!

(File photo/The Journal News.)

Who’s up for a little DMX straight-to-DVD goodness?

A hyperactive black man, a dread-wearing B-list actor, and a hottie Latina walk into an abandoned house. … Yes, I know, sounds like the setup for screwball comedy. But what if the house was in China? And they were in company with a psychotic killer. And only had an hour to live!

lasthour_dvd.jpgOh yeah, and what if the cast consisted of DMX, Michael Madsen, and Monica Cruz? Yep, straight to video. The film in question, “Last Hour,” appears to be trying to straddle the ultra-violent models created by “Saw” and “Kill Bill” (in a nod to the latter, it stars David Carradine, who was in “Kill Bill” with Madsen), yet from the YouTube trailer, it’s hard to make any sense of the plot at all — much less why Paul Sorvino would agree to star in dreck like this.

On the plus side, the kinetic energy (and love of firearms) of Westchester resident DMX jumps right off the screen. That said, it’ll be tough to top the last performance of him we saw — during a coked-up recording session for his new Gospel CD.

The DVD for “Last Hour” releases April 15, just one day before the anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

Man(ning)’s best friend: Eli continues to help guide-dog charity

eli-manning.jpgA few years ago, some New York Giants fans might have complained quarterback Eli Manning was playing football like a dog. This June, the Super Bowl MVP will again be playing golf for man’s best friend.

It was announced today that Manning will return to host the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic on June 23 at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk. Entering its 31st year, the event raises money and awareness for the Yorktown Heights-based organization that trains guide-dogs and offers them to the blind for free.

eli2.jpgIn a press release, Guiding Eyes CEO and President Bill Badger said at last year’s fundraiser — held June 25 at Mount Kisco Country Club — Manning golfed with sponsors and stayed at the banquet until the event’s conclusion. Badger continued to rave about the recent Super Bowl champ:


Everyone here — even our blind graduates, who couldn’t watch the game but listened instead — is moved by Eli’s association with Guiding Eyes. On behalf of our staff, our graduates, and our volunteers, Guiding Eyes for the Blind extends its heartiest congratulations to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.


Hear hear! Or should I say woof woof?

(Game photo: Julie Jacobson/AP; golf photo: Ricky Flores / The Journal News)

John Schneider shows love for LoHud roots, brings ‘Razzle Dazzle’ to Broadway

schneider.jpgIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for Mount Kisco native John Schneider, an actor perhaps best known for his role as Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Five days before selling his model of the “General Lee” — a bright-orange 1969 Dodge Charger made famous on the show — at a Jan. 19 auction for $450,000, Schneider returned to Broadway to begin a stint as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” His run is expected to last through March 16, according to Playbill.

Yesterday, he appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about his Lower Hudson Valley roots, his career and his Broadway return.

Near the start of the interview, Schneider said he was amazed by “Hazzard’s” lasting impact and explained why he had to lie a little to land his big break in the industry.


I’m from Westchester County, New York. I’m a New Yorker. They wanted a good-old southern boy, 24 to 30 years old, and I’m actually — at that point — I was 18, from Mount Kisco, New York, you know. So, I walked in with a ripped-up T-shirt and a six-pack of beer — no kidding, I had this kind of nerve at 18 years old — six-pack of beer, popped open one of the beers, offered ’em one and said, ‘Hey, y’all want one of these?’


In the process of explaining that he’d been acting since he was 8, he gave many more shout-outs to the Lower Hudson Valley:


I went to the movies all the time in Mount Kisco, saw double-features on Saturday, and loved John Wayne and Robert Redford. I wanted to be in the movies; I wanted to be on television. And I didn’t know it wasn’t possible. So, I started doing theater at 8 years old up at Fox Lane High School, at John Jay High School. And of course a dream was always to wind up one day here on Broadway.


After offering a deafening “Yeee-ha!” to close the segment, he reminded viewers yet again where he honed that skill.


There’s Westchester County for ya!


Check out the full 4-minute, 44 second video of his “Today” appearance here.

Learn more about Schneider’s upcoming morning show appearances and his Broadway background after the break.

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DMX loses $1.5 mil court case, cuts gospel album

It’s been a busy month for Bedford/Mount Kisco homeowner DMX. Since video of him looking coked up and erratic showed up on the Internet right before the holidays, the following has happened:

dmx-damages.jpgOn January 11, a Maryland judge awarded Monique Wayne $1.5 million in damages, as a result of a character defamation suit she filed against DMX. Wayne, who is the mother of the rapper’s son, sued after he said in an interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine that he was sexually assaulted during a one-night-encounter in 2003. We reported on this back in 2006, after the interview came out. Wayne already won a paternity suit against DMX in 2004, and was suing the deadbeat dad for $6 million this time around. As has been the case with nearly every other court date the man has faced in the past year, he failed to show up at the Maryland court to defend himself. [E! News]

So, given that Sony dropped him from their label, how is he going to manage to pay Wayne? Why, by cutting an album, duh. But not just any old album — a gospel album this time. And a combination hip-hop album, to boot. Call it gospelraphop. The albums, which are to be released by independent label Bodog Music, will be called “Walk With Me Now” and “You’ll Fly With Me Later,” and as DMX explained it to MTV, “The same title is gonna be on both albums, but on one album one part [of the title] is gonna be [highlighted], … the other album, the other name is gonna be [highlighted].” Got it? Also interesting, the gospel album will have no swearing and “No songs about b—-es, no songs about robbing, just straight ‘Give God the glory.’ ” [MTV News]

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Didi Conn, who played Frenchie in the movie version of “Grease,â€? once visited visited Nyack Middle School to see its production of that musical. In that show, the role of Danny Zuko was played by what actor who would go on to star in “Freaks and Geeksâ€??

A. John Francis Daley
B. James Franco
C. Seth Rogen

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