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Manhattan Criminal Court Moves Across Centre Street After Fire

By Shayna Jacobs on March 3, 2010 10:03am | Updated on March 3, 2010 1:58pm

The main criminal court building in Manhattan will remain closed on Wednesday following a basement fire Tuesday.
The main criminal court building in Manhattan will remain closed on Wednesday following a basement fire Tuesday.
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By Shayna Jacobs

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT — The Manhattan Criminal Court building will remain closed on Wednesday and cases will move across the street due to damage from Tuesday's basement fire, court administrators said.

Hundreds of building employees, litigants and attorneys will cram into a small courthouse across from 100 Centre St., a 17-story building where most of Manhattan's felonies, misdemeanors and violations are adjudicated.

Details of the relocation to 111 Centre St. can be found at the New York State court system's Web site.

The damaged building is home to the criminal term of Manhattan Supreme Court, as well as Manhattan Criminal Court, where hundreds of smaller offenses like trespassing and low-level drug possession are processed daily.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office at One Hogan Place is attached to 100 Centre Street and will also remain closed.

Thousands of people were evacuated from the building on Tuesday morning as 25 FDNY units and 106 firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire.

Eight minor injuries were reported, including five firefighters, two civilians and one prisoner, the FDNY said.

Among the displaced court dates is the gun possession sentencing of rapper Lil' Wayne, whose trip to jail was delayed because of Tuesday's fire.

The star, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, will likely be sentenced Wednesday afternoon.

The main criminal court building in Manhattan will remain closed on Wednesday following a basement fire Tuesday.
The main criminal court building in Manhattan will remain closed on Wednesday following a basement fire Tuesday.
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DNAinfo/Shayna Jacobs

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