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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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Hit-and-run driver’s fib backfires in St. Albans


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A bad lie got a Long Island man into big trouble with the law in St. Albans this week.

Officers from the 113th Precinct arrested Gary Joseph, 31, who allegedly struck several parked cars and then ditched his vehicle in the area of 198th Street and 122nd Avenue in St. Albans at about 3:45 a.m. on Monday.

Nearly four hours later, police said, Joseph called 911 and met Police Officers Jose Suriel and Angel Ramos in front of a home on Nashville Boulevard between 120th and 121st avenues. Hours earlier, Joseph told the officers, he left his vehicle idling in front of that location unattended and that it had been purportedly stolen.

Using their department-issued smartphones, authorities said, the officers checked the vehicle license plate that Joseph provided them. Within moments, the officers determined that a vehicle with the same plates had been involved in the St. Albans hit-and-run accident that morning.

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Suriel and Ramos transported Joseph to the 113th Precinct’s station house for questioning, during which the suspect admitted to causing the accident. Reportedly, Joseph swerved his vehicle in an attempt to avoid striking a cat on the street.

Joseph was charged with falsely reporting an incident and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Urinating man caught with handgun, pot in Laurelton


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A man caught urinating in public by officers from the 113th Precinct was arrested for more than just releasing his bladder.

Police found the suspect urinating between two parked cars on 231st Street in Laurelton on Saturday at 1:45 a.m. The suspect was ordered not to move and, as he turned around, officers from the Anti-Crime team noticed a bulge in the suspect’s upper right waistband area.

Police recovered a loaded 9-mm handgun from his waistband and approximately 5 ounces of marijuana.

Marvin Robbins, 23, of Laurelton was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana, public urination and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Previously, officers from the Anti-Crime team stopped a black 2010 Mercedes E250 for driving recklessly on Rockaway Boulevard but the vehicle sped away. They were canvassing for the vehicle when they discovered Robbins relieving himself.

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Pair wanted for robbing teen on St. Albans street corner


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Detectives are looking for two men — one of whom claimed to be armed — who robbed a teenager at a St. Albans intersection last month.

The NYPD released security camera images of one of the suspects wanted for the June 15 robbery that occurred at the intersection of 110th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard near the Brinkherhoff Mall.

At about 2:45 p.m. that day, authorities said, the two men approached the 17-year-old male victim and demanded his cellphone. When the victim refused to comply, one of the perpetrators told him he had a firearm.

The suspects then grabbed the victim’s cellphone and backpack, then fled on foot. The robbery was reported to the 113th Precinct. The victim was not injured.

Both perpetrators are described as black men between 20 and 25 years of age.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects’ 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 are kept confidential.

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Rochdale Village man suspected of killing brother in double shooting: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is asking the public’s help in finding a 23-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting his brother and another man in Rochdale Village earlier this year.

Police released on Wednesday a picture of Shane Van Williams, who is sought for killing 20-year-old Sean Van Williams and 24-year-old Rendell Cassimy on the night of Jan. 25 inside an apartment house on 127th Avenue.

Sources familiar with the investigation stated that the Van Williams brothers and Cassimy were involved in a dispute between two groups of individuals in the lobby of the building. During the exchange, authorities said, Shane Van Williams allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire; Sean Van Williams and Cassimy were both shot in the head.

Shane Van Williams and others involved in the fight fled by the time 113th Precinct officers arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call about the shooting. Cassimy was pronounced dead at the scene; Sean Van Williams died five days later while undergoing treatment at Jamaica Hospital.

Police describe Shane Van Williams as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He was previously arrested in 2011 for theft of service in transit.

Anyone with information regarding the double homicide 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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Brooklyn man shot to death in Jamaica


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A Brooklyn man was found dead from a gunshot wound to the torso in Jamaica over the weekend, police said.

Officers from the 113th Precinct discovered the 54-year-old victim, identified as James Burnett, at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday near 110th Road and Sutphin Boulevard, authorities said.

EMS rushed Burnett to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

There are currently no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Richmond Hill man charged in fatal shooting of Queens grandmother


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD113Pct

Updated Monday, April 27, 5:11 p.m.

Detectives slapped the cuffs on a Richmond Hill man Friday night for fatally shooting a 71-year-old grandmother at her Jamaica home last month, authorities said.

Julian Douglas, 22, was arraigned Saturday on second-degree murder and weapons possession charges for the March 31 killing of Leta Webb at her 119th Avenue home.

According to the district attorney’s office, Webb answered a knock at her front door just before 2 a.m. that morning and, after opening it, was shot in the head and left arm.

Officers from the 113th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Webb was pronounced dead later that morning at Jamaica Hospital.

Police reportedly believe that Webb was not the intended target of the shooting and that the incident may have been gang-related.

Douglas, who was remanded into custody, faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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Three St. Albans residents arrested in gun and drug bust


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Police found guns, drugs and a bundle of cash while executing a search warrant at a St. Albans home Thursday morning that led to three arrests, authorities said.

The discovery was made while officers from the 113th Precinct were conducting a raid about 7:15 a.m. at a three-story home on Marsden Street near 165th Street.

During the operation, according to police, officers found a Taser stun gun and three loaded firearms, which included two Jennings 9 mm revolvers and a Rohm RG10 .22-caliber revolver. Twenty 9 mm rounds and a 9 mm magazine were also recovered.

Officers also discovered 23 codeine pills, more than $25,000 in cash, a fraudulent credit card and assorted drug paraphernalia, including a large quantity of glassine envelopes, a scale, seven crack pipes and a marijuana cigarette.

Police also spotted what they believed to be cocaine inside two vehicles— a Ford Expedition and a Nissan Maxima — parked in the home’s driveway, authorities said. The NYPD obtained warrants to search both vehicles and, hours later, found within them 545 grams of crack, 221 grams of cocaine and two scales.

The residents taken into custody at the scene were identified as Brian Tindley, 34, Alicia Davis, 35, and Shanique Casey, 18, according to police. Each was booked on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Tindley was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, while Davis was also booked for possession of a forged instrument. Casey faces an additional count of unlawful marijuana possession.

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Jamaica Rotary Club honors cops in southern Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

When two officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to a woman screaming from the second floor of her home during a robbery on Feb. 10, their heroism took control as they went above and beyond the call of duty.

The officers, Craig Lalla and Gobin Raghunath, ran to the back of the building where they noticed the door had been kicked in. As they entered the home, the suspect ran at the officers full speed with a crowbar, smashing one in the head. In the struggle with the crowbar-wielding suspect, the officers fired two shots that hit him in the arm and leg.

They were able to apprehend the criminal following the shooting but decided not to get the medical attention they needed until they checked the house for other perps and made sure the woman was in safe hands.

“I saw the terror in that poor woman’s eyes,” said Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere. “And you guys saved her.”

For their work and the work of other officers around Queens South, the Jamaica Rotary Club used their monthly meeting to show their appreciation for what the men and women in blue do to keep their communities safe.

Along with the two officers honored in the 103rd Precinct, the Rotary Club gave awards to cops from the 102nd, 106th and 113th precincts.

In the 102nd Precinct, three officers were honored for catching a man who had stolen a pick-up truck with a snow plow in the wagon at the end of January. The man, who had 17 prior arrests, took the vehicle to the affluent neighborhood of Malba.

Officers spotted the man taking the snow plow out of the truck and using it to clear snow from homes in the neighborhood, in what police said was an attempt to make some extra cash after he stole the vehicle.

102nd Precinct, From Left: Chief Barrerre, P.O. Keith Douglas, Iaboni, P.O. Neil Conde, D.I. Henry Sautner, P.O. Joesph Cortright

102nd Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Keith Douglas, Iaboni, P.O. Neil Conde, D.I. Henry Sautner, P.O. Joesph Cortright

In the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff honored two officers under his command for their work in apprehending a 35-year-old man while he was committing a robbery on the street in January.

The suspect, along with a friend, used a taser on an 18-year-old man and stole his belt, wallet and phone. But the officers, who responded quickly to the call, got to the scene in time and were able to arrest the suspect.

They later found out that the 25-year-old criminal had already been arrested 35 times in New York City and had even more arrests in Nassau County.

106th Precinct from left: Cheif Barrere, P.O. Bennett Choi, Iaboni, P.O. Vincent Creco, his wife and mother, D.I. Jeffrey Schiff

106th Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Bennett Choi, Iaboni, P.O. Vincent Creco, his wife and mother, D.I. Jeffrey Schiff

In the 113th Precinct, Officer Brett Devine was honored for helping to save an unconscious person’s life. The officer responded to a report of someone who had apparently overdosed on heroin back in December.

Because the NYPD now carries Narcan, a drug that helps to reverse effects of heroin overdoses, Devine was able to revive the person and allow enough time for paramedics to come and save their life.

113th Precinct from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Brett Devine, his mother, Captain Rod Diattini, Iaboni.

113th Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Brett Devine, his mother, Captain Rod Dantini, Iaboni.

”I am so proud of the men and women of my police force for the hard work and heroic work they do every day,” said Barrere. “Thank you. I know all the good you guys do in the community.”

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Police honored at Jamaica Rotary Club meeting


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Salvatore Licata

It is not often that police officers get the recognition that they deserve, according to the president of a local civic group who organizes awards for outstanding cops.

Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club,  holds a monthly meeting to honor the cops who keep the communities of southern Queens safe.

“We are very proud to have you [the police] protecting our communities the way they do,” Iaboni said. “You all show great commitment and dedication. Your names are synonymous with the word ‘hero.’”

Police officers from the 102nd, 103rd 106th and 113th precincts were honored at the meeting on Wednesday.  Each precinct honored officers who showed outstanding work during the months of August and September and helped to keep the community they patrol safe.

“This is a great occasion where I get to honor the men and women that I am so proud to lead,” said Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “They all do tremendous work for our community.”

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a  25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a 25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

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Police arrest St. Albans teen for firing gun in Jamaica


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Cops arrested a fleeing 19-year-old shooter who fired two rounds at a group of people in Jamaica.

Michael Jones of St. Albans got into a verbal dispute with the group around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday near Merrick Boulevard and 119th Avenue, police said.

Jones pulled out a gun from his waist and started to shoot the people, cops said. No one was injured, according to officials.

Officers that were driving nearby jumped out of an unmarked car and chased Jones, who threw away his gun before he fled, authorities said.

Jones was caught and arrested around Merrick and Baisley boulevards. He was charged with weapon possession, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, according to police.

The incident was the second shooting that occurred on Merrick Boulevard on Saturday. A 35-year-old man was shot dead on Saturday morning inside Edge Bar and Lounge on the boulevard, cops said.

Police did not reveal whether the incidents are connected.

 

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FDNY defeats NYPD at Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Fire Department was just too hot to handle in the inaugural Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament at Daniel O’Connell Park on Sunday, August 25.

FDNY from Engine 317 and Ladder 165 defeated the 113th Precinct, 30-15, before crushing the community team 36-18 to win the tournament.

Jamahl Wright of the fire team scored the most points in both games, with 15 in the first and 9 in the second.

The game was organized to bring local first responders and residents together to build trust in the community.

“First responders are our partners of the betterment of our community,” said State Senator Malcolm Smith, who played for the community team, drawing on his experience playing basketball for Christ The King High School. “More important than winning is the camaraderie that comes about.”

Members of the Fire Department wore red, the NYPD wore blue and the community had white T-shirts on. While the game’s main message was about unity, the teams played very competitively.

“We out here to win,” said Shaka Gaines captain of the FDNY team. “You got be able to brag about something. So when we see them we can say ‘remember the game.’”

The first annual event brought tons of basketball fans from the community to watch. Unlike the Jump and Ball Tournament games that have been in the park every weekend during the month, these games were special, because only adults participated. It was also unique, because it brought local responders to the park for fun.

“This whole thing came together two weeks ago, so it’s a win in my eyes,” said Johnny Hines, a Community Affairs officer of the 113th Precinct. Hines came up with the idea of the game a few weeks ago and reached out to community leaders to put it together. “These guys would never be here in this park if this [tournament] wasn’t here.”

 

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Man killed in Jamaica shooting


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A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in Jamaica early Saturday morning, police said.

Donte Smith was shot once in the chest at 110-52 Farmers Boulevard near his home on June 22 around 1 a.m., cops said.

He was pronounced dead at Queens General Hospital.

There are no arrests at this time, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Decomposed body found in South Ozone Park


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Decomposed body found in Queens

Police found the decomposed body of a woman in South Ozone Park late Friday night.

Her identity was not released. She was pronounced dead on arrival on June 21 near South Conduit Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway at 9:25 p.m., police said.

There are no arrests at this time, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

 

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Queens officers win Cop of the Month awards


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The Jamaica Rotary Club honored police officers of Patrol Borough Queens South on Wednesday, May 30 with Cop of the Month Awards.

Officers Jose Vasquezmiranda and Matthew Lewis of the 113th Precinct were recognized for a May 14 arrest that led to the recovery of a loaded .25-caliber handgun.

Officer Jennifer Martinez of the 106th Precinct was cited for arresting a 17-year-old suspect wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 15-yearold girl. The suspect was later charged with firstdegree rape.

Officers Corey Harris and Eugene Hunter of the 102nd Precinct won awards for helping track down a stolen iPhone. Pursuit of the suspect eventually ran into East New York, Brooklyn.

Sergeant Mary Humburg and police officer Charles Lovett of the 103rd Precinct were recognized for the April 10 arrest of four men trying to break into a house. The suspects had a total of 40 previous arrests between them.

 

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