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Speeding accidents prompt increased enforcement: 107th Precinct

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Two recent serious car accidents have prompted the 107th Precinct to crack down on speeding, according to the precinct’s commanding officer.

“It gets rough when you see bodies that were trapped inside the vehicle after it’s been burned,” Capt. Paul Valerga said at Tuesday’s 107th Precinct Community Council meeting in Fresh Meadows. “And this is all because of speed, because of people driving way too fast on the roads.”

A fatal April 3 accident was caused when the driver lost control of the vehicle, hit construction scaffolding and then a tree, and the car subsequently exploded. There were two fatalities.

The other recent speeding accident is still under investigation, with one victim alive but still in the hospital.

The 107th Precinct is also battling a spike in fraud cases. According to Captain Valerga, fraud reports have been rising in the area for the last two weeks. Common scams included bank PIN codes stolen through rigged ATM machines, and phone calls from phony charity organizations asking for donations and credit card information.

“Be careful who you give your money to,” warned Captain Valerga. “ You work too hard for it to give it to a crook and a criminal.”

Sergeant Michael Salice was named "Cop of the Month" in the 107th Precinct meeting which also saw the community warned about increased enforcement for speeding violations. Salice was instrumental in diffusing a recent home invasion. (THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel)

Sgt. Michael Salice was named “Cop of the Month” at the 107th Precinct meeting, which also saw the community warned about increased enforcement for speeding violations. Salice was instrumental in diffusing a recent home invasion. (THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel)


Cheap Shots bar near St. John’s University may soon go dry

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A problematic bar near St. John’s University is facing its last call after a local community board voted against renewing its liquor license.

Community Board 8’s Liquor License Committee rejected Cheap Shots’ renewal application Monday, citing numerous complaints the 149-05 Union Tpke. bar has racked up since it opened in March 2010.

“This is the most I’ve heard about any establishment,” Committee Chair Michael Hannibal said. “There’s a concern.”

Rowdy customers break out in fights, repeatedly robbing neighbors in a residential area of a good night’s sleep, board members said.

Some have also been spotted urinating and vomiting in front of the bar, according to 107th Precinct Community Council President Carolann Foley.

“It appears to me your business is a cancer to the community,” said board member Marc Haken. “It is decaying the community. You have to be cut out of the community.”

Bar representatives have had multiple meetings with local civic leaders, but to no avail, the board said.

“It’s pretty serious,” said Councilmember Rory Lancman, calling the bar a “magnet for criminal activity” and the site of four arrests in the last year.

“Cheap Shots has failed to clean up its act and has instead remained a blight on our community,” he said.

The committee unanimously voted to shut down the renewal and urged the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) to follow suit.

The sobering news means Cheap Shots could be forced to close if it loses its ability to serve alcohol.

Its current liquor license expires Feb. 28. SLA officials did not immediately comment.

“Right now, we don’t know what this means for us. It’s basically in jeopardy,” said Louis Abreu, the bar’s owner. “I’m trying my best to fit in. It’s not easy, but I’m not throwing in the towel.”

The bar boss said he shells out at least $800 on security detail on weekends to keep a handle on commotions and often calls the police himself when fights erupt.

“What happened at the meeting was a lynch mob,” Abreu said.



Star of Queens: Carolann Foley, president, 107th Precinct Community Council

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



Community Service:  As president of the 107th Precinct Community Council, Carolann Foley describes herself as the bridge between police and the community.

Foley works closely with the precinct’s captain, community affairs officer, crime prevention officers and sometimes the lieutenant of special operations to enhance partnership between residents and the police.

With help from the precinct and the community, Foley organizes a number of events and programs. Besides holding monthly meetings where community members can speak with police officials, the community council holds annual Halloween parties for children complete with a performance by a magician. The council also collects gifts for underprivileged kids during the holidays.

After Sandy struck last year, Foley and other community members traveled to Brighton Beach and the Rockaways along with 21 trucks sent by the 107th Precinct to assist those in need.

Background: Foley was the PTA president of P.S. 200 when her son attended. Since then, she has become more and more involved in her community.

“I started out, and every time there was a problem to work, on I got deeper into my community,” she said.

Foley has worked with the 107th Precinct for more than 20 years. She has been president for 11 years, and was councilmember for 10 years before that. Foley is also a member of Community Board 8 and serves on the board of her co-op.

Favorite Memory: Every year, many precincts in the city participate in the National Night Out Against Crime.

“We are number one in the city,” Foley boasted.

The 107th Precinct sees anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people attend the event each year, which takes place on the first Tuesday of August.

At the event, parents can sign their children up for the NYPD’s Child ID Program. Kids can also participate in a flashlight-guided walk around the precinct, in which they are encouraged to look for crime.

“The real reason we do this is to bring the children into the station to interact with officers,” Foley explained.

Biggest Challenge: Foley said the biggest challenge that she faces is getting residents to communicate with the precinct.

“Any captain will tell you that they need the residents to tell the police what’s going on, or else they won’t ever know,” she said. “They have to get involved, they live here.”

Foley stressed that residents are the eyes and ears of the community and that their input is the police’s most valuable resource.  She said while it is tough to encourage people to participate, things are improving in the 107th Precinct.

“We have it pretty good here compared to what other [community council] presidents tell me,” she said. “That’s the biggest challenge, but we’re doing a good job.”

Inspiration: Foley is committed to helping create the best community possible. She imagines leaving a better place for her children and grandchildren.