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Man wanted for stealing a collection box from Forest Hills synagogue

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a man wanted for breaking into a Forest Hills synagogue on Monday.

The man removed a collection box containing approximately $300 from the Beth Gavriel Synagogue at 66-35 108th St. on Sept. 21, according to police. He was able to enter the house of worship from an unlocked back door at around 12:40 a.m, and fled to parts unknown after the theft.

Officers from the 112th Precinct responded to calls about the break-in.

The suspect is described as a partially bald white male with a beard. He is believed to be approximately 46-years-old and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering on the front of the shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

2365-15 112 Pct Commercial Burglary 9-21-15 photo #2 of suspect

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Corona man arrested for drunk driving on LIRR tracks in LIC

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Photos courtesy of MTA PD

This guy took joy riding to a whole new level.

Ronny Mora, 25, of Corona was arrested Sunday night for allegedly driving his car while intoxicated on LIRR tracks in Long Island City and only coming to a stop after his car burst into flames upon striking a third rail, authorities said.

According to a criminal complaint, police were informed by a LIRR employee that on Sept. 20 between 10:45 and 11:43 p.m. he saw a 2011 Nissan Juke enter the train yard at the intersection of Borden Avenue and 11th Street. The employee added that he then saw the car drive eastbound on the track for about 3.25 miles.

The employee then saw the vehicle stop, and a man – later identified as Mora – exited the car and walked westbound on the track, authorities said.

Police then responded to a call of a vehicle stalled on the track and upon arrival saw the vehicle on fire.

A supervisor of transportation for the LIRR informed police that the train yard is enclosed by a fence to prevent intruders.

Cops later saw Mora sitting on the side of the tracks inside the train yard near the intersection of Borden Avenue and 11th Street. An officer noticed that Mora had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the criminal complaint.

The 25-year-old then allegedly admitted, “I had one beer, I drove my car onto the track, I’m sorry. I saw it sparking so I left.”

Mora was taken to the 112th Precinct stationhouse in Forest Hills, where he was administered an Intoxilyzer exam that indicated he had a blood alcohol level of 0.164 percent, well above the legal 0.08 limit.

According to the MTA, the fire forced the LIRR to suspend service between Penn Station and Jamaica for almost three hours while the FDNY extinguished the flames and LIRR personnel repaired the third rail – which suffered damages exceeding $1,500 and create a risk for serious injury to passengers on trains.

Mora faces charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting property damage.


Police rescue cat trapped under truck in Rego Park

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Photos via Twitter/@NYPD112Pct

One kitten who made the mistake of hiding under a delivery truck while it was stopped at a red light still has one of its nine lives thanks to the work of officers from the 112th Precinct.

On Thursday at about 9:30 a.m., Police Officers Keith Tuohey and Nicole Patwell of the 112th Precinct responded to a call for help about a cat under a vehicle at the intersection of Eliot Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Rego Park, according to police.

When they arrived, the driver of a delivery truck explained to the officer that while he was stopped at a red light he saw a cat jump into the truck’s rear driver side wheel axle and he believed that the furry feline was stuck between the rear tire and truck, authorities said. He added that he was afraid to move the truck because he did not want to injure or kill the cat.

Lieutenant Eileen Han and Patrol Supervisor Sergeant Johnny Hines, also of the 112th Precinct, responded to the scene. Han and Tuohey then crawled underneath the truck and Han used a broom stick to free the cat from under the vehicle.

After it was freed, the cat, which sustained injuries to its right rear leg and left eye socket, was taken to the Animal Control & Care Center, located at 92-29 Queens Blvd.

According to police, the cat is in good condition.


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.


Cops save dog left inside hot car in Forest Hills

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Photo via Twitter/@NYPD112Pct

Two police officers came to the rescue of a small dog this weekend in Forest Hills after its owner left it inside a hot car for over an hour, according to the NYPD.

Police officers Timothy Geary and Joseph Reagan of the 112th Precinct were reportedly patrolling the area on Sunday when at about 3:45 p.m. they responded to a call from someone who spotted the dog in the car on the corner of Yellowstone and Queens boulevards.

According to published reports, police were able to unlock the car through one of the door windows which was left somewhat open. Once they got the dog out of the car, the police officers gave it some water.

The pooch’s owner reportedly returned to her car shortly after and was issued a summons for leaving the dog in the car during extreme weather.

After tweeting about the rescue on Sunday, the 112th Precinct also reminded people to be sure to take care of your loved ones — including pets.


Police looking for driver who fatally struck man in Forest Hills

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A 40-year-old Forest Hills man is dead after he was struck by a car just steps from his home following a dispute with a driver Sunday night, police said.

Aron Aranbayev was on 71st Avenue near 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. when he allegedly got into the argument with a driver of a dark colored Dodge Magnum. According to authorities, the driver then hit Aranbayev with his vehicle before speeding away.

Officers from the 112th Precinct and EMS responded to the scene. Aranbayev was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday. His death has now been classified as a homicide, police said.

According to CBS New York, Aranbayev is a well-known jeweler with celebrity clients, working at his family’s store Rafaello & Co. on West 47th Street in Manhattan.

Police are still searching for the driver.

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.


Anti-bullying contest winners honored at 112th Precinct meeting in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/112th Precinct Community Council


The four winners of the 112th Precinct Community Council’s anti-bullying script contest were honored during the council’s June 17 meeting in Forest Hills.

Precinct Council President Heidi Chain, Chief Diana Pizzuti of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North, other officers in the precinct and children from the precinct’s youth council read the 31 scripts submitted to the contest and awarded the four winners with plaques and gift cards donated by Ridgewood Savings Bank.

“The people who wrote these scripts, you are all to be congratulated because you captured real life and I think when they do the production everybody who sees it will benefit because it will give a deeper understanding,” Chain said.

The winners, students from Kew Forest School and Russell Sage Middle School, will have their scripts combined and adapted by producer Jay Rogers and performed by participating students at Queens Theatre in August.

Kenia Torres, a seventh-grader from Russell Sage Middle School, was the first-place winner. Sofia Rubin, Annie Podedworny and Genesis Azor, who are ninth-graders from Kew Forest School, were second-, third- and fourth-place winners respectively.

In other news, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, the 112th Precinct’s commander, said that crime is down across all disciplines for the year and that the burglaries around Forest Hills High School have severely decreased in large part to increased patrols. The last burglary in the area occurred on May 26.

Harrison said the precinct is offering to survey specific houses and make recommendations for alarm systems and other preventative measures homeowners can take to secure their property.

Finally, Police Officers Wilking Nunez and Anthony Fallacaro and Sgt. Walter Padilla were awarded Cop of the Month honors for apprehending an individual who stole a vehicle. Nunez, who detected the stolen car with a plate reader on 71st Avenue, called Fallacaro and Padilla to the scene because they were in an unmarked car and dressed in plain clothes.

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

The perpetrator rented the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban from a Rent-A-Car at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license and kept the car beyond the agreed upon time. Padilla and Fallacarro performed a screen observation and surveillance and were able to arrest the perpetrator when he tried getting into the car.


Infant dies in stroller on walk through Forest Hills Gardens park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Every mother’s worst nightmare unfolded in Forest Hills Gardens Wednesday afternoon, when an infant suddenly died in her stroller, according to police.

Zoey Kaplan, just 10 weeks old, apparently lost consciousness while with her mother on a walk through a public greenspace on Borage Place and Burns Street at 12:30 p.m.

Officers from the 112th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call. Paramedics rushed Kaplan to North Shore Forest Hills Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her body was brought to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. An investigation is ongoing.


Woman found dead inside Rego Park apartment house

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Property Shark/Christopher Bride

An investigation is ongoing regarding the death of a 40-year-old woman in a Rego Park apartment Monday morning.

Officers from the 112th Precinct were called to the apartment on 63rd Drive near Carlton Street sometime before 8:15 a.m. Monday and discovered the woman in a third-floor unit.

Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced her dead; her body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Her identity was not disclosed by police pending family notification.


Identity theft tops crime talk at 112th Precinct meeting in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua


With identity theft on the rise, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) representative came to Wednesday night’s 112th Precinct Community Council meeting in Forest Hills to educate residents on the issues and solutions related to the problem.

Robin Eichen, a lawyer with the FTC, distinguished between different types of fraud that exceedingly affect senior citizens, including healthcare fraud, work-at-home fraud, phishing, grandparent family fraud, and romance, lottery and sweepstakes scams.

In advising residents on how to avoid becoming a victim, Eichen suggested that they shred all financial documents and paperwork with personal information before discarding them in the trash.

Eichen also stressed that residents should avoid providing their personal information —including credit card numbers or their Social Security number — or any kind of payment to unfamiliar people. She said people or organizations who ask for money through the phone, email or mail should be properly vetted.

She also suggested that residents carry only what they need in their wallets. Items such as Social Security or Medicare cards do not need to be carried at all times.

Computer users should also regularly update anti-virus software and avoid clicking on unsolicited emails, according to Eichen. She also said that passwords should be made difficult for anyone to guess.

Victims of identity theft should report the crime to ftc.gov, the state attorney general’s office and a consumer reporting agency like Experian. Victims of identity theft can also call 877-438-4338.

Regarding local crime, the 112th Precinct’s commanding officer — Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison — reported a 1.8 percent decrease in major felonies this month. Though officers have been able to stem the rash of commercial burglaries near Queens Boulevard, she noted, the number of residential burglaries have spiked.

Most of the burglaries occur from the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area bounded by Jewel Avenue to 65th Avenue and 68th Drive and 68th Road.

This area is problematic, Harrison said, because Forest Hills High School is located near the confines. She said one witness to a burglary said the two suspects involved looked like teenagers.

Harrison urged homeowners to get alarms for their homes, install security devices such as sensors or cameras and to always lock their windows when they are away.

The commander also outlined the precinct’s plan to prevent quality-of-life problems related to the summer concert series at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, which begins on May 28.

“From a police department standpoint were going to do pretty much the same thing we did last year during the concerts,” Harrison said. “We have a contingency plan … my specialty units, Anti-Crime Units in plain clothes, my Conditions Unit will be around to make sure that people who have been drinking or maybe urinating in places other than a bathroom, that they’re appropriately dealt with and we’re going to continue to do that to make everything safe.”


Precinct council meets new officers, domestic violence chief in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua


New faces were introduced at the 112th Precinct Community Council meeting on Wednesday, March 18, at the precinct’s Forest Hills headquarters.

Capt. William Matusiak, who has been on the job for 31 years, will be joining the precinct as an executive officer from the Midtown North precinct.

Though Matusiak never served in Queens, he grew up in Maspeth and Woodside.

Sgt. Brian McGowen, who previously served the 109th Precinct, will be supervising area schools.

The new community affairs officer, P.O. Tony Jimenez, is originally from the 104th Precinct and is also a clergy liaison. He has worked for the NYPD for 22 years.

Chief Diana Pizzuti of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North, said she hopes the new additions to the precinct will help “build relationships between cops and kids” especially “with the recent unrest” that has taken place across the country that has strained relations between police officers and the communities they serve.

Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff at the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Tracy Weber-Thomas also addressed the community about what services are available for victims of domestic violence.

Approximately 282,000 domestic violence occurrences were reported in New York City last year, according to Weber-Thomas, with 53,000 reported in Queens. Of the cases in Queens, 1,300 were in the 112th Precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park.

The Queens Family Justice Center, located at 106-02 82nd Ave. in Kew Gardens, is a “one-stop service center” that will help victims of domestic abuse regardless of immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation or the language they speak, said Weber-Thomas.

Weber-Thomas encouraged anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to visit the family justice center, where no appointments are needed to speak to a counselor. Children can play in a children’s room while parents meet with a prosecutor or apply for housing or financial assistance.

The city also runs a NYC Healthy Relationship Academy initiative that coaches children ages 17 to 24 to run workshops about dating violence and healthy relationships for adolescents and young adults.

Click here for more information about the city’s domestic violence prevention programs.


109th Precinct to pilot NYPD’s newest online social experience

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Photo courtesy of Rob Trombley

The 109th Precinct’s commander, Captain Thomas Conforti, has become an ambassador of social media and technology to the NYPD.

He was one of the first commanding officers in the city tapped to introduce Twitter while leading the 112th Precinct last year, and he organized the first online precinct community council meeting.

Next month, the tech-savvy police captain will serve his online-forward liaison role again as the first in the department to make use of a growing social software platform called IdeaScale. The crowdsourcing platform will give residents the ability to vote and give feedback on ideas or projects by the precinct.

“Twitter is good for me to get information out to people, but when I need to know people’s opinions on something in the community, how do I get that?” Conforti said to a room full of members of the recently formed We Love Whitestone organization on Wednesday. “I think it’s a step in the right direction. It’s going to build on my belief that the police department is reaching far more people that have concerns than they ever had before.”

After an idea is submitted on IdeaScale by an organization, members can share their opinions, which can be anonymous, and they can vote on the idea. The goal is to get more people involved to make better decisions and strengthen ideas.

Created in 2009, the software is being used worldwide by 25,000 customers and 4 million users, according to its website. This includes various private organizations, institutions, and federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and even the White House.

One way the precinct will use IdeaScale is to share plans for events and collect feedback from residents, Conforti said. They’ll be able to know what members of the community think and what’s popular.

Conforti believes that it will also help them reach more people who want to connect with the precinct but may not have the time to attend monthly community meetings.

“We understand that people might have some issues so they don’t come to meetings,” Conforti said. “They could reach out any time at their convenience over social media.”


Cops seek suspects in Forest Hills, Rego Park business burglaries

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in a burglary pattern at businesses in Rego Park and Forest Hills dating back to January.

The most recent burglary occurred on March 4 at the Key Food supermarket at 92-02 63rd Dr. in Rego Park after breaking into the market’s side door, police said.

Authorities said the crooks also visited that day the Da Mikelle II Restaurant, located at 102-53 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, broke through a rear door and removed an undetermined amount of money.

The person of interest is pictured in a security camera image taken at a nearby 7-Eleven shortly after the March 4 burglaries, authorities said.

Police described the six other incidents in the burglary pattern as follows:

  • On Jan. 24, the burglars broke through the rear wall of the Knish Nosh restaurant at 100-30 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and removed kitchen utensils and cash.
  • The following day, Jan. 25, burglars broke through the rear door of the Midorinatsu Hibachi restaurant at 111-16 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and stole cash, an ASIS laptop computer and two safe boxes.
  • On Feb. 18, the suspects entered through a skylight at the Rainbow store at 63-22 Austin St. in Rego Park and removed assorted drugs.
  • On Feb. 26, the burglars unsuccessfully attempted to break through the rear door of Colony Drugs and Surgical at 103-19 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
  • The next day, Feb. 27, the crooks also failed in attempts to break into two Rego Park restaurants: Vstrecha at 98-98 Queens Blvd. and Nasicha at 98-92 63rd Dr.

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.


Candlelight vigils across Queens to pay tribute to fallen NYPD officers

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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.


‘Dangerous’ Elmhurst intersection to get crossing guard

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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Pedestrians and school children will soon be able to safely cross a busy Elmhurst intersection.

Last year, state Sen. Jose Peralta called on the Department of Transportation to study the intersection of Junction Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway and restore a school crossing guard to ensure the safety of pedestrians, especially school children, who cross the “dangerous” thoroughfare.

P.S. 206, located at 61-02 98th St., is near the heavily trafficked area. Students cross the intersection on their way between home and school every day.

“The children and the parents are in great danger each time they navigate this intersection because the drivers do not drive with care or follow traffic regulations,” P.S. 206 Principal Joan Thomas wrote in February, requesting to bring back a school crossing guard. “In addition, we have had some instances in which some of our walkers have been harassed on their way to school in the morning and there is no adult present who can assist them.”

The 110th and 112th Precincts had previously told Peralta that a crossing guard was that assigned to the area because  guards are stationed at other nearby intersections.

Now, after Peralta renewed the call for a crossing guard once Vision Zero was implemented, he has learned that the 112th Precinct will assign a crossing guard to P.S. 206 in the upcoming months.

“This is a very dangerous intersection for children and there’s simply no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard provides to kids,” Peralta said. ”Thankfully, a crossing guard will finally be reinstated there.”