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Crews wipe out hateful message found written in Flushing sidewalk


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of City Councilman Peter Koo

Whoever wrote an anti-Asian message into the sidewalk near a Flushing condominium won’t have the satisfaction of seeing it any longer.

Crews from the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Tuesday morning erased the slur from the sidewalk slab in front of the Cherry Manor Condos at 141-18 Cherry Ave. A photo of the vandalism, apparently written while the cement was drying after being recently poured, was posted on a Facebook group on Saturday and subsequently shared with City Councilman Peter Koo.

Koo’s office then contacted the DOT and the condo management, both of which resolved to take action as quickly as possible. The DOT’s Sidewalks and Inspection Management Division buffed away the markings.

“It is critical that the community take an immediate stand against this kind of hate speech wherever and whenever it surfaces,” Koo said. “We embrace our diversity here in Flushing as a strength that should be celebrated and nurtured, and we will stand vigilant against racism in all forms.”

No one knows who wrote the message on the sidewalk, but the 109th Precinct is investigating the crime.

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Cops in 109th Precinct recover loaded gun from emotionally disturbed man


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

Officers in the 109th Precinct disarmed an emotionally disturbed man possessing a loaded gun on Friday, according to police.

“I cannot stress how dangerous of a situation the officers were placed in,” Deputy Inspector Thomas J. Conforti said in a statement. “It is a true testament to the professionalism and bravery of these officers, given the circumstances, that the incident was defused without a single injury to anyone involved.”

The four officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 9 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the 109th Precinct’s confines about an emotionally disturbed man suffering from depression. After arriving at the location and approaching to establish a verbal dialogue, the officers observed a firearm in the man’s hand and immediately sought cover.

The man complied with the officers’ initial demands to put down his firearm, but picked up the weapon once again when he was approached to be taken into custody. After the officers convinced the man to put down the gun for a second time, police said, he was tackled and the weapon — a loaded 9mm handgun — was secured.

“Great job to each and every officer,” NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker said via Twitter. “Thank you for relying on your communication skills to resolve the job peacefully.”

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Elderly man found dead at Flushing’s Maple Playground in apparent suicide


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Robert Stridiron

A 74-year-old man was found dead inside Maple Playground in Flushing early Saturday morning after an apparent suicide, police said.

The man’s body was discovered hanging from a piece of exercise equipment at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday in the playground located near Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue, authorities said.

The victim’s name has not been released and an investigation is ongoing.

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PHOTOS: Queens residents enjoy a fun ‘Night Out’ with New York’s Finest


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Promoting greater harmony between police and the people they serve, Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime brought thousands of Queens residents out to venues across the “World’s Borough” for family-friendly activities.

From Astoria to the Rockaway Peninsula, each Night Out event included free games and activities for children of all ages as well as refreshments, live music and other entertainment. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with the officers who serve their community and learn more about the NYPD’s various crime prevention programs.

Local elected officials, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, attended each gathering and presented proclamations to the precinct commanders. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who made the rounds at Night Out events across the city, stopped by the 113th Precinct’s Night Out in Springfield Gardens.

The National Night Out Against Crime, founded by the National Association of Town Watch, aims to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities. Millions of people across the U.S. and Canada were estimated to have participated in Night Out events Tuesday evening.

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Burglar strikes several homes near Bowne Park in Flushing


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons, Inset courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted for a recent burglary pattern in the area surrounding Flushing’s Bowne Park dating back to June.

Police released on Thursday morning a surveillance camera image of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a white bucket hat and a gray jogging suit while carrying a backpack.

The first incident occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 16, when the crook entered the backyard of a home on 158th Street and was observed trying to enter through a window. Police said he fled after he was unable to get inside.

His second burglary attempt also failed, police said, when he unsuccessfully tried to enter through a window of a 154th Street home on June 25 between 3 and 10 p.m.

Police said the burglar finally succeeded on July 1, when he broke into a home on 28th Street between 1:30 and 4 p.m. and removed an undetermined amount of property.

Then, on July 2 between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., authorities said, the bandit broke through a rear window of a home on 25th Avenue and stole two gold rings and a pair of earrings.

All of the incidents took place within the confines of the 109th Precinct.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary pattern or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Suspect sought in forcible touching of teen in Flushing


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo/video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted for forcibly touching a 14-year-old girl in Flushing last month.

On June 29 at about 1 p.m. the victim was walking near 41st Avenue and Main Street when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks several times, according to cops.

The man then fled the scene; there were no reported injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Authorities have released surveillance video and photos of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Five-alarm inferno in Queens Village amid stormy weather


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@FDNY

Updated Monday, June 1, 11:24 a.m.

Firefighters battled a five-alarm inferno at a Queens Village commercial building Sunday night amid wild weather that caused street closures borough-wide due to flooding.

According to the FDNY, the blaze broke out at about 6:30 p.m. on the ground floor of the warehouse located in the area of 218th Street and 98th Avenue.

Hundreds of firefighters from across the city were battling the inferno, which was upgraded to a five-alarm fire at about 8:47 p.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported, and the blaze was brought under control about four hours later.

The 109th Precinct tweeted that the odor of heavy smoke from the fire wafted across northeast Queens. Residents in the Queens Village area were advised to keep their windows closed and limit outdoor activity until the smoke dissipated.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, as thunderstorms carrying torrential rains rolled through the city, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reported numerous road closures due to flooding.

As of 9:01 p.m. Sunday night, the OEM reported flooding forced the closure of the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway at Union Turnpike in Glendale and the Long Island Expressway at Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows. Both roads have since reopened.

The 104th Precinct also reported that part of Cypress Avenue at Vermont Place in Glendale was closed after a sinkhole developed at a construction site.

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SUV smashes into Flushing supermarket, injuring five


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter, @NYPD109Pct

Updated Wednesday, May 27 

An out-of-control sports utility vehicle turned a Flushing supermarket into a drive-thru Tuesday afternoon, injuring four people plus the driver in the process.

Police said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. inside the Pathmark located at 31-06 Farrington St.

A 72-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the Mercedes Benz SUV when she suddenly accelerated while in the supermarket parking lot and drove into the wall of the store before coming to rest inside, cops said.

Officers from the 109th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene.

Four people and the driver received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Three of the victims were reportedly transported to New York Hospital Queens, while two others were taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

An investigation is still ongoing.

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Heroin concealed in candy wrappers found inside car in Flushing: NYPD


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

It was like taking candy from a criminal.

Police, while collaring a driver for a suspended license in Flushing Tuesday afternoon, discovered about $85,000 worth of heroin hidden in butterscotch-like wrappers inside the man’s car, authorities said.

Cops noticed the vehicle idling at Prince Street and 39th Avenue about 3:45 p.m., and when they ran the plate, they found that the driver, 40-year-old Jesus Perez, had a suspended license, according to the NYPD.

Inside the car, they uncovered the heroin and a digital scale, and arrested Perez, along with his passenger, Ivan Carvajas, 50.

According to the 109th Precinct, the drugs were valued at around $85,000.

Perez, of Deer Park, Long Island, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated unlicensed operator.

Carvajas, a Jackson Heights resident, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary of tools.

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Two 109th Precinct cops show NYPD’s friendly side in Whitestone


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of We Love Whitestone

While 12-year-old Joseph Prisco was playing basketball alone in a local Whitestone park one day, a squad car pulled up at the curb and one officer approached him.

Joseph thought maybe he was in trouble, but what the officer said shocked him. The policeman asked to “shoot some hoops,” according to the boy, while his partner waited by the car.

As the officer played with the preteen, he asked questions about where Joseph lived, sports he liked and school. When they finished playing, Joseph called his mother, Angela Delli Gatti-Prisco, and told her about what happened. She was stunned, and thought, “Since when does a police officer stop a car to play ball with some kid at a park?” she recalled.

But the men, Police Officers Justin Hubbard and Nicholas Hon, were just making certain the boy was okay when they saw him alone on March 26 at Clintonville Playground. Their actions inspired Delli Gatti-Prisco to write a letter of appreciation to the We Love Whitestone community group, which honored the two officers on Wednesday.

“In today’s day and age, many of us take for granted the protection and service we are provided by our ‘men in blue,’ the policemen of New York City, who day in and day out put their lives on the line for the lives of others,” the mother wrote in a letter to the group.

About the incident, the cops said they were just doing their job and checking on the boy. That humble response resonated with community members.

“With all the bad publicity that cops have been getting, we felt that the majority of them are good and trying to do good things,” We Love Whitestone founder Alfredo Centola said. “And we wanted to acknowledge their going above and beyond their everyday duties.”

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Candlelight vigils across Queens to pay tribute to fallen NYPD officers


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Communities across much of Queens are coming out tonight to hold candlelight vigils for the two police officers slain in Brooklyn over the weekend.

Candles and flowers have begun to appear on Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in Brooklyn, where two police officers were shot to death over the weekend.

While the incident may have occurred in Brooklyn,  people and precincts all across Queens are honoring the officers Monday night.

The candlelight vigils are being held all across the borough to pay tribute to Police Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40. The two were killed in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 20. In what is being called an assassination, shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up behind the car and killed the two officers.

The shooter then ran to the G line subway station at Myrtle-Willoughby Aves with cops chasing him. After disappearing into the station, he shot himself in the head on a platform, according to reports.

In Jackson Heights, a candlelight vigil will be held at 5 p.m. at Diversity Plaza at the corner of 37th Road and 74th Street, Jackson Heights. The vigil is replacing a tree lighting. “Please come in peace and dignity,” read the notice announcing the vigil.

The 109th Precinct council in Flushing will be holding a similar ceremony at 149th Street and Willets Point Boulevard at 7 p.m. The event is also being sponsored by the “We Love Whitestone Association.”

The 109th Precinct wrote on its Twitter account: “The outpouring of support for the #NYPD is overwhelming. More tears fall with every message read. The brave officers of the #109pct THANK YOU.”

Nearby in the 108th Precinct, another vigil for the officers was organized outside the station house. It was set to start at 6:30 p.m.

In Forest Hills, the 112th Precinct will also be paying respects to the two police officers with a candlelight vigil. They will hold the ceremony in their station house on Austin Street at 7 p.m.

On Friday, there will be a viewing service in Glendale at Christ Tabernacle Church for Ramos and the funeral service will be held the next day in the same church at 10 a.m.

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Police shoot and kill knife-wielding man in Flushing


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

One man is dead after he confronted police with a utility knife Sunday morning in Flushing, according to authorities.

The incident started when a 29-year-old man at New York Hospital Queens threatened personnel with a knife and then fled the facility, police said.

According to published reports, the man, Joseph Priolo, checked into the hospital early Sunday morning complaining of chest pains. Following his release, he returned a short time later, brandishing the weapon.

After he fled the hospital, cops were called, and at about 7:40 a.m., they began to canvas the area.

Then at about 8:24 a.m., a suspect, who fit Priolo’s description, was seen in front of 43-32 Kissena Blvd., according to authorities.

Police approached Priolo on foot and he then confronted one of the officers while holding a utility knife in one hand, authorities said. The officer then shot his gun twice, striking Priolo once in the torso.

Priolo was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four members of the NYPD were taken to New York Hospital Queens for treatment of tinnitus.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Police looking for thief who stole gold necklace off victim’s neck in Flushing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy the NYPD

Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a bizarre theft in which the victim was tricked into modeling scarves so the suspect could steal her gold necklace.

The suspect, described as a 40-year-old Asian woman, approached the victim, a 56-year-old woman, about modeling scarves for her on July 20 at about 1:45 p.m. in front of a retail store at 41-43 Main St. in Flushing, cops said.

Both women entered the store, and while the suspect was placing scarves on the victim’s neck, she removed a gold necklace from the older woman and fled the store in an unknown direction, according to authorities.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, and has black hair and a thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Cops search for College Point serial burglar


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

A serial burglar has committed 25 break-ins in College Point since March, police said.

Cops are looking to identify a man caught on film during a May 8 burglary near 14th Avenue and 124th Street.

During the burglaries, the man broke into residential locations and stole items that included jewelry, electronics and money, mostly during daylight hours, police said.

In one incident on May 25, $3,000 in Chinese currency was taken, cops said.

The suspect is described as about 25 to 40 years old and 170 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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109th Precinct donates $500 to elderly victims of robbery in Flushing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy NYPD

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Being an NYPD officer goes further than just catching bad guys- it’s about helping the victims.

Cops from the 109th Precinct in Flushing reached into their pockets to help out 71-year-old twin sisters who were robbed of their monthly income, the NYPD said on its Facebook page.

The women were on their way home from a bank in Flushing on April 5 when they were followed into an elevator in their apartment building by Salvador Morales, who knocked them to the floor and stole the $1,100 in Social Security aid they just received, the NYPD said.

One of the sisters suffered a fractured bone in her leg, and both were transported to New York Hospital Queens.

After word of the crime spread through the precinct, Officer Anthony Lo Verme and Detective Kevin O’Donnell collected about $500 from their colleagues and donated the money in person to the victims, the police said.

“When we heard that they had just lost their entire monthly income we all knew we had to help,” O’Donnell said.

Morales, a 58-year-old man from Manhattan, was arrested in Brooklyn and has been charged with burglary, robbery and assault. Police were able to identify him from similar burglaries he pulled off in Coney Island in Brooklyn wearing the same “mask-and-hat get-up,” police said.

Morales has at least 11 prior arrests for burglaries dating back to 1989, authorities said.

The cops visited the women, who are still recovering, and handed the money to them at their bedsides.

“Cops in New York City do things like this each and every day,” said Inspector Brian Maguire of the 109th Precinct.”I love the fact that my officers took it upon themselves and they rose to the occasion.” 

 

 

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