As Queens grows, so does the number of building fires in 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Riyad Hasan

The number of structural fires in Queens surged last year by 7.7 percent, well above the average increase for the entire city, as firefighters responded to reports of 5,170 burning buildings in 2014, new statistics compiled by the Uniformed Firefighters Association show.

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Queens gambling crackdown nets seven


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An illegal betting enterprise operating in Queens was able to rake in thousands of dollars in wagers annually on sporting events, but what its operators didn’t bet on was getting caught just days before the Super Bowl.

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Meeting held to strengthen relationship between western Queens NYCHA residents and NYPD


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Residents of NYCHA developments in western Queens came together Saturday afternoon to discuss strengthening relationships with the police officers assigned to protect them.

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Springfield Gardens father massacres his own family, killing three and wounding one before taking his own life


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

A Springfield Gardens man inexplicably massacred his own family early Saturday morning when he methodically shot his two daughters, their mother and their grandmother, leaving three dead and a 12-year-old girl fighting for her life, police said.

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Astoria clubgoer arrested for firing at bouncers after being denied re-entry: NYPD


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Photos courtesy of the NYPD

It was a short night for one Astoria club patron when he was kicked out of the establishment for acting belligerently, according to police. But before he called it a night he wanted the last word.

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Far Rockaway man arraigned in killing of rival dollar van driver: DA


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Far Rockaway man is facing a possible life sentence after gunning down a rival dollar van driver in broad daylight and tampering with evidence earlier this week, the district attorney’s office said.

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Police officers honored for saving man’s life in LIC


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Police Officers William Caldarera and Corey Sarro of the 108th Precinct were given a proclamation on behalf of the City Council for saving the life of a 66-year-old man who was found motionless in front of LaGuardia Community College in December.

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Arrest made in assault of off-duty cop outside St. Albans supermarket


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Video and photo courtesy of NYPD

Police have arrested a man in the assault of an off-duty NYPD officer outside a St. Albans supermarket less than 24 hours after releasing video footage of the suspect.

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Oakland Gardens man pleads guilty to setting fire to pal’s Little Neck apartment


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Ezra Barashy, 26, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson Tuesday for setting fire to his friend’s Little Neck basement apartment this summer, according to the district attorney’s office. In his plea, he admitted to intentionally tossing a Molotov cocktail at the home of his pal.

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Developmentally disabled Queens woman missing for more than a month


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A Richmond Hill woman who is developmentally disabled and needs daily medication has been missing since early December, according to one of the centers where she receives services.

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