Gambino crime family associate arrested in 2002 Queens murder


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A longtime associate of the Gambino crime family has been indicted for his role in a racketeering conspiracy, including allegedly shooting a man to death in Queens more than 10 years ago.

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Suspect charged with hate crime in Ozone Park hit-and-run of Sikh man


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Police have arrested a 55-year-old Long Island man and charged him with a hate crime after her allegedly ran another man over last month and dragged him several feet before fleeing.

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Council approves law increasing number of parks where crime is reported


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The City Council unanimously passed an amendment Thursday that would require the NYPD to submit to the Council crime reports for all city parks and playgrounds larger than one acre. Currently, crimes are only reported in the city’s 31 largest green spaces. The NYPD would also be required to post this data on the department’s […]

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NYC debuts interactive crime data map


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The City of New York debuted Sunday, December 8 an interactive crime map that will allow the public to search basic data on the seven major felony crimes as defined by the New York State Penal law. The searches are based on address, sip code or police precinct. The map displays crimes at the nearest street intersection or area.

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Pol: Report crime stats for more parks


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Here in the largest city in the country, crimes are only reported in 31 parks. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. wants to fix that problem. Vallone, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, held a hearing on November 22 in connection with his proposed law that would require the NYPD to submit to the Council […]

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Hate Crimes unit investigating after Bellerose cars tagged with swastikas


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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan

Bellerose residents whose cars were vandalized with graffiti were able to wash off the spray paint — but not the hateful message it left behind. Fourteen cars in the quiet residential area were marked up during an early morning graffiti spree on October 11, police said. Silver-painted swastikas were found on half of the vehicles […]

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Op-Ed: The impact of DNA cold hits on solving crimes


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QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN Last week my office announced that a Queens grand jury had indicted Jose Martinez for raping and murdering a 23-year-old Astoria woman in 2009. Martinez was indicted as a result of a DNA cold hit following a 2012 reckless endangerment conviction for which he was required to provide a […]

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Pols and Sikh Cultural Society respond to alleged Sikh hate crime


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Just days after a Sikh professor at Columbia University was brutally attacked, the Sikh community and elected officials gathered in Richmond Hill to speak out against what is being investigated as a hate crime. Dr. Prabhjot Singh was walking through Harlem on Saturday, September 21 when more than a dozen attackers shouted slurs such as […]

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Spike in crime sparks push for park safety


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The city may continue to report decreasing crime rates, but its park safety is up for question. Crime in city parks this spring was 44 percent higher compared to the same period last year, according to NYPD data. From April 1 to June 30, 128 crimes were reported in the 31 city parks for which […]

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