Queens Morning Roundup

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Saturday: Snow sprinkles or flurries possible early. A high of 38, partly cloudy and windy, with a west-northwest wind at 20 to 30 mph. Saturday night: Clear with gusty winds. Low of 30 with a west wind at 20 to 30 mph.

Suspect in ’05 hit-and-run nabbed in Spain

A hit-and-run suspect who allegedly fled the country after killing a 15-year-old Queens boy more than seven years ago is back in New York after being arrested in Spain, cops said. Paula Bartolo, 56, was picked up by Spanish authorities on Monday and returned to New York last night to face manslaughter charges in the gruesome death of Jeffrey Javier, a developmentally disabled teen from Ozone Park, back in 2005. Read More: NY Post

Bodega worker gunned down in Ridgewood

A man working behind the counter in a Ridgewood deli was shot and killed during an apparent robbery last night. Ishak Ghali, 26, was killed at approximately 6 p.m. while at his job at All Friends Deli on Onderdonk Avenue, according to police. Read More: The Queens Courier

School bus drivers threaten to strike after holiday break

After the new year, kids may be looking for a new way to get to school. Yellow school bus drivers have threatened to strike when children are scheduled to return to school after the holidays. The city’s contract with Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 1181 is set to expire in June and a bid, open to all suitors, was issued to secure a new contract. Read More: The Queens Courier

NY, NJ Senators say Sandy aid package will pass Senate

Legislation to provide $60 billion in funding for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy moved an important step forward towards passage in the Senate Friday. The Senate voted Friday to end debate on the relief bill, allowing it to be voted on by the full U.S. Senate. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, said they have the votes to push their storm aid package through the Senate. Read More: NY1

Queens teacher writing childrens book on Sandy

A Long Island City teacher is collecting the stories of brave children on the Rockaway peninsula and weaving them into a book of hope. Author Marie Barret, who teaches at Public School 111, said she decided to write the book, titled “Sandy Can’t Get Me Down,” after hearing children share their experiences of the storm and its aftermath. The 24-page book is based on 11 tales from Rockaway kids and will be accompanied by photographs taken by the children. Read More: Daily News