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Flushing 7-Eleven robbery ends in flames after police chase


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Three men suspected of robbing a Flushing 7-Eleven at gunpoint early Tuesday morning crashed into a deli after police chased the trio through the streets of Queens, authorities said.

Three men in their 20s were in the process of robbing the 7-Eleven on Northern Boulevard near 171st Street at about 2 a.m. when cops arrived, police said. The three men then took off in a Nissan Altima.

During the chase, the three suspects threw a wallet and money out of their window. Police later discovered that it belonged to the 7-Eleven workers they robbed, cops said.

The hour-long chase led police and the thieves along Northern Boulevard and then the Long Island Expressway before ending when the robbers crashed into a Flushing deli on 164th Street and Pidgeon Meadow Road, according to authorities. Fire and smoke rose out of the car’s engine following the crash.

Police recovered a shotgun from the car but couldn’t say if it was the weapon used in the robbery.

The deli was empty at the time of the crash, but the incident left one of the suspects, 21, with a broken hip, and a 22-year-old suspect with a broken hand, cops said. Both were taken to Flushing Hospital. The driver, a 29-year old, was not injured.

Charges against the three suspects are pending.

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NY Lottery $1,000 a day for life winning ticket sold at Bayside 7-Eleven


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Paulina Tam


Bayside just hit the jackpot.

New York Lottery officials confirmed Tuesday that a single Cash 4 Life ticket, worth at least $7 million or $1,000 a day for life, was bought at the 7-Eleven on Bell Boulevard and 41st Street.

The winner has yet to be identified. Officials are urging the winner to sign the back of the ticket immediately and contact the organization to claim his or her prize.

The Cash 4 Life game is the lottery’s newest game and recently started with its first drawing on June 13. The winning numbers for the June 23 Cash 4 Life drawing were 5, 16, 21, 33, 47 and the Cash Ball was 4.

The odds of winning the jackpot were 1-in-21,846,048, according to the New York Lottery.

 

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Petco, other shops overcome Sandy setbacks


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

As the days and months since Sandy tick by, businesses in south Queens are rising from the rubble and returning to normalcy.

There was “paws” for applause on Saturday, April 27 as the Howard Beach Petco reopened. It had closed six months ago due to damage from Sandy.

Animals both big and small—all the way down to crickets—were evacuated before the storm, according to general manager Victor Aponte. He regularly communicated with his corporate affiliates. They decided to move the animals and their habitats to other locations in Queens and Brooklyn.

By the time flood waters from Sandy had ebbed back into Jamaica Bay, Petco and many other Cross Bay Boulevard businesses were considerably damaged. Aponte said floors had to be ripped up and the whole shop was inspected for mold.

Before the storm, there were 15 staffers at Petco, many of them living in the community. They were not only worried about damage to their homes and properties. They also had concerns about their jobs. However, staffers were relocated to other stores in Utica and College Point.

Now that the store has reopened, staff and community members couldn’t be happier, Aponte said.

Shoppers and their four-legged friends came to the store all day Saturday, making use of special bonuses and grabbing giveaways.

Rich Naimoli of Ozone Park said he had been shopping at another pet store on Cross Bay Boulevard, but it did not compare to the variety and help at Petco. He added that he and his wife, who own three dogs, were thrilled the Howard Beach pet shop was up and running again.

“I’m just happy they’re back,” Naimoli said.

Aponte said while Petco was part of a corporate chain, he and the staff have tried to make it a community place where residents can get one-on-one help. There are now 17 staff members in all. The reopening, he said, was another step toward normalcy half a year after Sandy devastated the area.

“It’s just exciting to get the neighborhood back to where we were before the hurricane,” Aponte said. “We really feel we’re a neighborhood store.”

According to State Senator Joseph Addabbo’s office, eight businesses are still closed on Cross Bay Boulevard. Some were able to bounce back just weeks after floodwater caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. For others, it’s been a major struggle.

It remains to be seen whether 7-Eleven and Jennifer Convertibles will reopen, However, Cross Bay Diner is slated to come back.

Joe DeCandia, owner of Lenny’s Clam Bar, was back in business less than a month after the storm. He worked practically around the clock on repairs. Now, he said, the popular eatery along with most of the boulevard is in good shape.

“We’re doing pretty good,” he said. “We’re up and running. We’re doing okay, thank God.”

 

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Hurricane Sandy photos and videos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

In addition to giving you the latest information on Hurricane Sandy, QueensCourier.com will be posting photos and videos from our reporters and others here.

Old Howard Beach (Photo by Victoria Holt)

Belle Harbor (Photo by Victoria Holt)

Woodhaven Boulevard blocked by a downed tree. (THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison)

Sanitation begin cleaning up near Juniper Valley Park. (THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison)

Cross Bay Boulevard is under water. (THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Bay Park in Bayside; GCP by LaGuardia Airport; Gantry State Park in LIC overlooking Manhattan; GCP. (THE COURIER/Photos by Tony Ringston)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flood waters approach the JFK and LaGuardia runways. (Photos Twitter/@PANYNJ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of Monday afternoon, flooding had already begun in some spots of the east bound service road of the LIE (THE COURIER/Videos by Terence Cullen)

Hurricane Sandy hits western Queens. (THE COURIER/Photos by Alex DiBlasi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boarded up stores in Howard Beach (THE COURIER/Photos by Terence Cullen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less than a dozen residents had registered at Bayside High School’s evacuation center as of 11:15 a.m. An official said there were 50 responders on hand, with close to 20 emergency vehicles lining the school. (THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NASA animation of satellite observations of Hurricane Sandy from October 26 to 29. (Video: NASA)

 

A 7-Eleven store along the Cross Island Parkway in Bayside. (THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bottled water and bread flew off the shelves of Key Food in Fresh Meadows one day before Hurricane Sandy was set to hit the city. (THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan)

An eerily deserted Penn Station. (Photo courtesy LIRR)

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee: Arvind Mahankali of Queens finishes third for second straight year

New York’s reigning wordsmith again came achingly close to a title at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday, notching a third-place place finish for the second straight year. Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, Queens, who was sponsored by the Daily News, sailed through his third national bee until well into Thursday night’s finals – aired live on ESPN – when pronouncer Jacques Bailly hit him with “schwannoma,” a tumor of the sheath of the peripharal nerve. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

P.S. 174 Teacher Now Accused Of Molesting Five Boys

A Queens elementary school teacher arrested in February is now accused of molesting a total of five boys. 49-year-old Wilbert Cortez was originally charged with fondling two young boys in his classroom earlier this year. Read more: [NY1]

 

Deli fury at city’s ‘grocer’ injustice

Big Apple deli owners yesterday cried foul over Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban them from selling sugary drinks that are more than 16 ounces — a rule that wouldn’t apply to “Big Gulp” king 7-Eleven and other grocery stores. Read more: [New York Post]

 

State Senator’s husband tells cops he was mugged at Aqueduct racino 

A casino may be the perfect place for bluffing, but not when guns and the law are involved. The husband of a Queens lawmaker claims that he was recently mugged at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Aqueduct racino. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Decorated Marine named valedictorian of York College in Jamaica 

A decorated former Marine corporal who served two tours of duty in Iraq has overcome yet another challenge: college, and with flying colors.Chemistry major Tony Wan, 25, of Fresh Meadows, was named valedictorian of his class at York College. Wan, the first college grad in his family, is to accept his diploma on Friday. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Man Who Hijacked Plane In 1968 To Be Re-Sentenced

A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing Thursday for a man sent to prison 15 years ago for hijacking a plane from New York to Cuba in 1968. Authorities say 69-year-old Luis Armando Pena-Soltren hijacked the plane to Cuba after it took off from Kennedy Airport. Read more: [NY1]

NYPD searching for Corona armed robber


| brennison@queenscourier.com

corona robbery

Police are looking for a suspect in connection with two Corona armed robberies.

The first incident occurred just before midnight on Sunday, February 12 at the Papa John’s on National Street, police said. The suspect entered the pizza joint armed with a gun and demanded money from the cashier. When the victim did not immediately respond, the suspect fired a round into the restaurant’s wall, according to authorities. The suspect fled with an unknown amount of money.

Two weeks after the first incident, the suspect entered a 7-Eleven on Corona Avenue and again pulled out a gun and demanded cash, police said.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic between his mid-20s and early 30s, with a stocky build and thin mustache.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.