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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

Deadly Parkway shoot stumps cops

Baffled Queens cops are looking into everything from a possible gang link to road rage in the bizarre, drive-by slaying of a young mom on the Grand Central Parkway on Mother’s Day. Former Queens resident and mother-of-two Stephanie Taveras, 21, was killed by a bullet to the head in the predawn shooting. Relatives said Taveras — who was with a man she had met earlier while visiting old friends in Queens — was simply the victim of mistaken identity when another car pulled alongside the man’s BMW and riddled the passenger side with at least 10 bullets. Read More: New York Post

‘DWI slay’ cabby: I hit a guy?

A Brooklyn cabby who was allegedly drunk when he fatally mowed down a pedestrian told cops that he “didn’t remember hitting a person.” “I was driving and lost control when another car cut me off,” Avedis Sayesh told the officers at a station house on Sunday morning when he was nabbed for allegedly striking 24-year-old Gabriel Hernandez with his car. “The car kept going, and I hit six parked cars — but I don’t remember hitting a person,” he told cops. Read More: New York Post

JFK Customs Officials Charge Traveler From Haiti With Cocaine Smuggling

U.S. Customs officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week found 16 pounds of cocaine inside common household objects in a Haitian passenger’s luggage. On May 8, customs officers stopped Tomas Sykora and found in his luggage a bag of magic markers with white powder that tested positive for cocaine. Sykora’s luggage also contained 17 deodorant bottles, 24 nail polish bottles and six bags of buttons that contained cocaine.  Read More: NY1

 

District Attorney Brown Takes Some Credit For Borough’s Decreasing Crime Rate

Crime in Queens, like the rest of the city, has decreased in the last two decades, and that is partly because of the borough’s district attorney, who has been on the job for nearly 22 years. Borough reporter Ruschell Boone spoke with Queens’ chief prosecutor, District Attorney Richard Brown. He’s a bit older, grayer and not as healthy as he once was, but Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is still going strong. With nearly 22 years at the helm, he has no plans to retire. Read More: NY1

 

 

106th Precinct, which encompasses Aqueduct racino, gets more cops

The prevailing concern before the Aqueduct racino opened last year was that crime would spike in the area right outside its doors. But it turns out that crime has impacted parts of the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park most in areas far removed from the Queens attraction due to police manpower being pulled toward the racino, elected officials and community leaders said. Read More: Daily News