Tag Archives: 112th Precinct

‘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.”

 

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Suspect swiping checks from Queens mailboxes


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A suspect has been raiding Queens mailboxes for checks, then cashing them in for larger amounts of money, according to police.

Cops said eight thefts have taken place around Yellowstone Boulevard or 108th Street between Dec. 29 and March 22.

After the checks were removed from the mailboxes, they were each altered to a larger sum of money and deposited into ATMs, officials said. The suspect or suspects then take the cash from the accounts.

Police have released a photo of a suspect taken from a Bank of America ATM taken at 248 East Fordham Rd.

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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Rash of Forest Hills burglaries prompt safety meetings


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A rash of burglaries in Forest Hills has prompted a second safety meeting in two months.

Home and car break-ins have skyrocketed in Forest Hills and Rego Park this year, according to the 112th Precinct.

According to Captain Thomas Conforti, property crimes make up 80 to 85 percent of criminal activity in the 112th Precinct.

A special meeting geared towards teaching precautionary measures was held by the precinct’s Community Council on May 6. The first was held early last month.

Residents were told to keep windows, doors and garages locked at all times. The 112th Precinct also encouraged residents to bring in mail and newspapers each morning so intruders do not assume the house is unoccupied.

Concerned residents can also have their homes surveyed for by police for free under an NYPD service.

Little could be said about break-in details because of ongoing investigations, Conforti said. But at least two arrests have been made in connection with the burglaries.

For more information on safety, call 718-520-9321.

-BY LUKE TABET

 

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Suspect punches, robs woman inside Queens apartment building


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect who robbed and assaulted a woman inside a Queens apartment building Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m. the suspect followed the 25-year-old victim into her building near Wetherole Street within the 112th Precinct, punched her in the face and removed her wallet, according to the NYPD.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault 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 at or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 36 with a windchill as low as 18. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 18. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

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Queens schools damaged by Sandy welcome students back

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Boehner sets House votes on Sandy aid after Republican attacks

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Hillary Clinton released from NYC hospital after being treated for blood clot 

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Chef sues Citi Field food contractor Aramark

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NYC murders, shootings down in 2012


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Murders and shootings fell dramatically in the city last year as other felonies in the five boroughs ticked slightly upward.
“The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“The fact that the safest big city in America is safer than ever is a testament to the hard work and determination of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day — and it also reflects our commitment to doing everything possible to stop gun violence.”

In the five boroughs, there were 414 homicides and 1,353 shooting incidents, as of December 23, the most recent numbers available — both record lows since comparable statistics began being kept in 1963. The previous record low in murders was 471 in 2009.

Rape, robbery, assault and burglary saw slight upticks while grand larceny rose more than 9 percent.

When murders reached their all-time high in the city in 1990, nearly six New Yorkers were killed each day. Even with that number dropping to just over one per day, Bloomberg said one murder or shooting is one too many.

Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police initiatives such as Operation Impact, which funneled resources to high-crime areas, for the decreases.

“We’re taking 8,000 weapons annually out of the hands of people we stop, 800 of them illegal handguns,” said Kelly. “We’re preventing crimes before someone is killed and before someone else has to go to prison for murder or other serious crimes.

Guns remained the leading cause of murder within the city; 57 percent (237) of killings were by guns last year.

In Queens, murders fell from 82 to 80 last year while shooting incidents jumped more than 6 percent.

Within the 112th Precinct, zero homicides were recorded while the 111th and 104th precincts each had one.

Murders in NYC (1990-2012):

  • 1990 – 2,262
  • 1995 - 1,181
  • 1998 -629
  • 2001 - 649
  • 2009 - 471
  • 2010 - 536
  • 2011 - 515
  • 2012 - 414*
* Number of murders through 12/23/2012

 

 

Santa was really a Rotarian


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THE COURIER/Photop by Alexa Altman

Santa Claus rang his sleigh bells loudly as he combed the halls of the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) Children’s Center. Followed closely by Frosty the Snowman, the pair peeked inside various rooms, searching for children. Toys in hand, they entered one at the end of the hallway — to an eruption of delighted squeals.

For the past 10 years, the Jamaica Rotary and the 112th, 113th and 103rd Precincts, as well as officers from NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South, have teamed up with QCP to provide gifts for the center’s children during the holiday season.

QCP is an organization that provides educational and residential services for children and adults in Queens county living with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities, in hopes to maximize their quality of life.

Walter Durchalter, Vice President of the Jamaica Rotary, stood amongst the crowd, grabbing gifts off a cart and handing them to the excited children. His four daughters joined him at the event, dishing out gifts and wishing the children a “Merry Christmas.”

“We’re giving out toys to all the residents,” said Durchalter. “It’s something nice to give back to the community.”

Santa and Frosty shuffled down the hallway to another classroom, trailed closely by a caravan of helpers. Santa greeted the next roomful of children, waving and posing for photographs. He wished them a “Merry Christmas” and handed each child a present. Frosty shook hands with kids, dishing out gifts.

According to Durchalter, each toy was purchased by the Rotary using member-donated funds. Even Santa Claus turned out to be Jamaica Rotary President Joe Iaboni.

“I’m here to share in the charity and Christmas spirit,” said Lieutenant Donzel Cleare, head of Community Affairs for Patrol Borough Queens South. “The most important thing is to try to bring a smile to someone else.”

“It’s all about giving back,” he continued. “We take a lot for granted. To come here and do something for someone else, that’s what it’s all about.”

Charles Houston, executive director of QCP since 1988, said he was glad to have the support of so many local individuals.

“Government funding never quite gets us where we need to be,” said Houston. “So we rely on community groups, like the Rotary. Some of these kids don’t get a lot of presents, so [the toy drive] just adds to the holiday spirit.”